Columbia, SC
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$27,644 ($10,488)
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Reviews 2669 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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3 College Sophomore

Transportation: The shuttles are large in size but are not advertised throughout campus so they are hard to find but when you do find them, they help!

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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There are a good amount of places to choose from yet the prices are sometimes high and unachievable for college students.

3 College Senior

Nightlife: The nightlife scene is good. There are many options such as clubs, bars, restaurants and parties. The vista and 5 points are always populated at night and USC has free taxi services that run from 5 points to campus late at night.

3 College Senior

Transportation: Public transportation is good, we have a shuttle and most students walk to wherever they would like to go on campus. To get from one end to the other on campus walking only takes about 20-30 minutes. The shuttles are convenient however you have to utilize the nextbus.com time schedule to make sure that you can make to where you are going on time.

3 College Senior

Greek Life: I don't know too much about NPC greek life but from what I do know I don't like that freshmen can come to school and be able to join greek life within their first semester of being here. With NPHC greek life I do like the fact you can't join as a freshmen. I think both NPC and NPHC could have better unity within each one and together as one. USC mainly have greek housing for the NPC greeks that is also an issue.

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3 College Freshman

Nightlife: Many people enjoy going out to 5 points, however there is not much to do if you are under 21. If you go to the vista though, you can go swing and shag dancing which is a lot of fun

2 College Junior

Diversity: There are many international students from countries never heard of due to our high ranked business school. On the other hand, minorities are usually pushed aside due to the dominant numbers of Caucasians here. There are many cases that minorities get unwelcoming auroras, comments, and glances from people resulting in an uncomfortable setting. Half of the student population is from out of state which pushes people to look for groups or friends. Since the school is mainly Caucasian and located in the south, many of these people get pushed towards their own race including minorities resulting in many cliques seen around campus. There are many clubs and organizations geared for Caucasians but rarely for minorities. The only reason we have minorities at the school is because of the international business program. -A reason why the school is ranked low in 'Most Open Minded'; very low.

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4 College Junior

Nightlife: The nightlife at USC is great for students who are above the age of 21. There are a few places for people under 21 but not enough.

4 College Junior

Computers: The computer labs at USC are spread out throughout campus which makes it very easy for students to get work done or find a good place to study.

4 College Junior

Diversity: There are several different types of people on campus. There are also groups that anyone can join to meet people with similarities. It is very easy to find someone who may share the same race or religion.

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3 College Junior

Nightlife: Its the average college life and its what you make of it

4 College Junior

Transportation: great suttles if you get to them on time and not have to park in mans land

4 College Junior

Academics: I came here because it was my choice of this or Liberty and they both could offer a good medical education

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: I have had a great experinece by being involed and realizing the college is not that big once you get out and meet others. I would like to say a big thanks to MS. Bufford for going the extra mile in finanical adi in making sure my mom and I were on the right track.

4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: University of South Carolina offers a lot of opportunites. They have a lot of food places to eat places to go out to have fun. We have a great gym called Strom Thurmond Fitness Center. There is always something going on at the Colonial Life Arena. Game day is the best everyone gets involed with tail gating wearing garnet and black and cheering on the team. USC is a place to be.

3 Recent Alumnus

Campus Dining: The campus dining facilities still have a long way to go at USC. The options are pretty limited, but the university is working on expanding options and the convenience to students on different parts of campus. Food options like Chik-Fil-A; Einstein Bagels; Burger King; and Pizza Hut are available for purchase on your meal plan. Cafeteria-style options are also options at the Student Union and in some of the dorms (such as Capstone). Chicken Finger Wednesday is a big thing on campus (self-explanatory). After Freshman year, I avoided the meal plan and ended up saving more money for my parents.

3 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Housing: There are tons of off-campus housing options at USC. Each has its own pros and cons. The prices keep going up each year which is unfortunate for the students. Some of the housing facilities were built very cheaply and quickly (such as the Retreat), so be aware of thin walls and things not working. Other off-campus housing options do not have security gates (such as the Woodlands) so if security is a concern for you, I'd look for other places. People can get very drunk at apartment parties and have attempted to drive home drunk, failing and instead crashing into the other parked cars in the lots. Mostly sophomores and juniors living in these promoted off-campus housing options; most of the seniors I know move to rented houses near 5 points.

3 Recent Alumnus

Health & Safety: I have been fortunate enough to not have had to visit Thompson Student Health Center on a regular basis. However, the few times when I had infections that needed medication I went there and was treated correctly. The facilities are nice and it is literally in the center of campus. However, you could be waiting in the waiting room for a while even if you do make an appointment (so bring a book). Everyone was nice and professional in my personal experiences.

4 Recent Alumnus

Academics: I came to USC for the business school; it is well-recognized throughout America and has great professors that push you to do your absolute best. In the international business major, you are required to have at least one other major and must minor in a foreign language. Furthermore, you are required to spend at least one semester abroad. As a result, the study abroad program at USC is well-developed, although the people working in the study abroad building can push your patience sometimes.

5 Recent Alumnus

Academics: International business has been ranked #1 in the country at USC for years. The curriculum is intense yet rewarding. There is currently a new business school being built, therefore future students will be able to attend classes in a brand new building with the latest technology available to further help the students in their education endeavors. Because the program is top-ranked, the best of the best from across the nation (and internationally) come and thus there is a lot of diversity within the major. The professors I have come across have all been professional and care about each student. They are great resources when it comes down to recommendations for professional opportunities.

5 College Freshman

Facilities: USC is winner when it comes to the campus and student life! Yes, the campus is pretty good sized, but you learn it fairly quickly. The Horseshoe is a lovely place to study or just talk. I have seen many people put up hammocks even! Our traditions are known across the country, especially if we are talking football (always a good time!). We have one of the largest libraries, the BEST gyms (Strom is the biggest in the South East I think), and there is always something going on here.

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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: The areas around campus have a good bit of variety, but some are a farther treck then others. Regardless, I have yet to visit a restaurant that has been bad and some have discounts or specials for USC students!

3 College Freshman

Parking: I have a spot in the parking lots down on campus and have never had a problem finding a spot. I know that they over sell those lots however because everyone has classes at different times and I have seen a couple people with tickets due to them parking in a space that is not an actual parking spot. If you want a guaranteed spot however, you can pay more for a garage pass and you are assigned a parking place. You can also have your car parked there overnight if you do pay for a garage pass.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I feel very safe on USC's campus. I have walked across campus alone at night once headed to see a friend in her dorm and was never othered. Plus there were other students walking about as well. We have quite a bit of resources as far as health and safety, but there are some incidents upon occasion. Hey, no place is perfect.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: I was very impressed at Orientation Day as they talked about the Career Counseling service the University offers. Not only do they help with job placement after graduation but are of tremendous help with internships during the year.

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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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