Columbia, SC
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$27,644 ($10,488)
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Reviews 2843 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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5 College Freshman

Academics: I came to the University of South Carolina because it had an great Athletic Training Program. The professors here are very helpful and like to remind us that they are here FOR US! They have no problem answering any questions you may have and are willing to give extra help if needed. They love when you ask questions and communicate with them in class because it lets them know that they are doing their job correctly!

1 College Senior

Majors: I am not satisfied with the program at all. I would definitely get my masters again but probably not from this program. Regardless, I am optimistic about my career opportunities.

3 College Senior

Majors: In the social work program there are some good professors but there is a lot of disorganization and plenty of bad professors as well. The program isn't all that challenging and almost everyone I know is placed in an internship that they feel like they aren't learning anything from.

2 College Freshman

Health & Safety: The bus system's terrible. for as big of a campus we have they should have more shuttles at night...

4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: hot boys, but every single girl is beautiful so there is a lot of competition

5 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greek life is amazing a huge part of the social scene at USC! Greek village is also absolutely beautiful! Parties can only be thrown on the second floor of fraternity houses so they mostly serve as a pregame spot and then people go to fivepoints where fraternities rent out bars (sometimes with a tab so drinks are free!). It is extremely important for guys to be in greek life in order to get in to parties however it is not as important for girls since girls can get in anywhere.

5 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Columbia is the city of dreams! 5 points has a ton of things to do (a fake ID is needed for most). The vista is also really nice but a bit more upscale. the town is completely catered to college students so its perfect!

5 College Freshman

Athletics: the gamecock football team is one of the best in the nation so football season is a BIG DEAL. the baseball team also won two consecutive national championships so that is a big deal come spring time.

4 College Freshman

Scholarships: The financial id process here at USC-Columbia is one that is very organized. The people in the office are always ready to help out with any question that you may have.They will give you a list of options that you can choose from when trying t get loans and things like that once you've used what you already had from filling out your fafsa. There's always options available.

5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I feel extremely safe on campus. We have a system that let's us know when there are crimes going around near/on campus so tha we will be alert at all times. The policemen are on guard at all times. We also have emergency buttons like on every street on campus so that if there's any kind of problem that you may even suspect you're able to press the button and the police will be notified immediately.

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Off-Campus dining is great. You have a variety of places to choose from. Some may be expensive but you can find others that are just as good and less expensive.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: There are a lot of different options as far as dining goes at USC. You're never too far from a dining hall. Meal plans usually allot a pretty generous amount of food, so long as you get it from a cafeteria-style hall versus a vendor, like Chik-fil-a. We have a lot of different choices in vendors, such as Taco Bell, Einstein's Bagels, Pizza Hut, and Great American Cookie.

2 College Sophomore

Parking: Parking is expensive and limited. Fines at meters can be really expensive (try $28 in one day!). Some of the spaces are tight and garages are further from classroom buildings and residence halls than they should be.

5 College Freshman

Nightlife: Lots of thing to do as a student all over Columbia

5 College Junior

Athletics: Go Gamecocks! Sports, particularly football, are a hurge part of USC student life. When the game starts, students are either cheering in the stadium or watching from the dorms. The facilities are very up to date and a variety of sports, including some fairly unusual ones (Quidditch team, I'm talking to you!), are available to interested prospective athletes.

5 Recent Alumnus

Facilities: USC is unique because it is in the heart of the state's capital, Columbia. Columbia is an awesome, old, Southern city. History is all around you. Columbia has great restaurants, shopping, and sight-seeing. One of my favorite things to do was go for long walks on one of the river walks. Living in Columbia also presented great intership and job opportunities.

5 Recent Alumnus

Facilities: The facilities at USC are top-notch, and improving more and more every year. The gym is like no other gym I have ever seen-- any type of workout machine you would want is there, olympic size pools, sand volleyball courts, and outdoor pools. The Russell House (student union) houses good food and is centrally located. Overall, campus is beautiful and rich with history. I chose USC because I fell in love with the campus and the city of Columbia.

3 Recent Alumnus

Diversity: I loved this school because of its diversity. I was able to learn so much more from my fellow classmates due to their various backgrounds. The city of Columbia tends to be very conservative, and it is in the "Bible Belt."

4 College Freshman

Weather: The weather is great in SC, very mild and not too many cold days.

5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There is a lot of options and they are very close.

4 College Freshman

Academics: I came to USC for the Hospitality program and am extremely impressed. I love my college and all the teachers have been very interesting and knowledgeable of their subjects.

5 College Freshman

Athletics: At USC our student bod really supports all our sports. While we may not have a winning basketball team right now, we still have rallies for them to get them pumped up. Our football team had the two best seasons in school history. We have the states two largest workout and training facilities on campus as well.

3 College Freshman

Transportation: There are various buses that are free to students and go to the popular locations on campus. There are also numerous taxi companies that run in Columbia and they are fairly priced. The only downfall to the bus system is that they only run certain hours and do not run late at night.

3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: The food is good; it may get old, but that would happen on all campuses. The meal plan system is where the dining needs some work. It is very strict and often causes students to waste a lot of money.

3 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Coming to the South, I expected to find the gorgeous, stereotypical southern gentlemen...not the case. Every once and a while, I pass by a cute guy, but they are not all they are cracked up to be. Even if they are cute, chances are they are in a frat and are just looking to use you. The girls are very preppy as well, monogram, monogram, monogram.


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Gregory Goetz
Fort Mitchell, KY
Media Arts/Entrepreneurial Business
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If there is one word to describe the experiences you will have at USC, it would have to be "unforgettable." Being away from home for the first time at USC is both exciting and scary at times, but the freedom you get when you come here feels natural. It makes you wonder why they don’t send people to college sooner! Academically, there are courses and professors who can make you look at things in ways you never considered before. Facts and figures will be thrown at you, but some of the professors (and your peers) can teach you a lot about life as well. It’s also a very cool thing to see laid-back professors who will sometimes move their classes out onto the Horseshoe lawn.

On top of this, with such a large student population, you will inevitably form new relationships that will last a lifetime. As at any college, the quality of the experience depends on what you put into it. There are thousands of new people to meet, tons of activities going on, and things to learn both in and out of class. Those who don’t take advantage of these opportunities will not get a lot out of their experience here. Some students get tired of being at USC after a while, and some hate it from the start for whatever reason. USC is not the place for everyone, but overall, students seem to be thoroughly enamored with Carolina and wouldn’t trade their title of Gamecocks for anything in the world. There seems to be an aura of its own inherent to the University, and its welcoming vibe is infectious.

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