Columbia, SC
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$27,644 ($10,488)
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Reviews 2904 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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4 College Junior

Majors: I enjoy my majors. I am actually majoring in two which are public health and psychology I enjoy it because I am learning about things that i love.

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4 College Junior

Academics: we have many majors at our school and we tend to use all of them

4 College Junior

Campus Strictness: we have many emergency polls everywhere to keep us safe

3 College Junior

Health & Safety: we have had many robberies lately in the past few months

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: With my relation to the Greek system, I feel like the stereotype continues. If it were for this affiliation, I feel as though I would not be around alcohol or drugs as much. However, alcohol is far more popular than any drug. I do know numerous people outside of the Greek system who do partake in these substances.

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: I was able to receive some financial aid through my school. Being considered an out of state student until now, I did not receive enough to be helpful. Although the process was simple enough. However, I have not dealt a great deal with financial aid other than the online process.

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: Our school can seem very diverse but at the same time, I primarily face a student body full of whites. Although, it is easy to find this diversity if you look in the right places. There are many groups throughout campus that support this diversity.

4 College Junior

Computers: Many of the computers are being upgraded, but there are still some that are a few years old.

4 College Junior

Academics: The registration process is straight forward, and professors are willing to help if you run into problems. There are plenty of special study options in many different fields, like P.E, art yoga and outdoor activities.

4 College Junior

Academics: The workload is heavy but managable. I feel like I have gained a thorough understanding of accounting, what is expected of an intern and what will be tested on the CPA exam. The teachers are all very knowledgable and passionate about their subjects, with stories and situations from things that they have dealt with in their career.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: There are plenty of options in plenty of price ranges.

3 College Sophomore

Computers: The computers are typically always full in the library, especially around finals time. Printing is quite expensive. Certain majors, like journalism, have free printing because of the amount of printing necessary, but for everyone else it can get pricey. Network speed tends to be quite slow, especially at peak times when everyone is on attempting to complete their work. It is not very reliable at all.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: I don't know too terribly much about Greek Life, but from what I've heard, they have a great system and are quite prevalent on campus. They have many fundraising opportunities and throw many parties on the weekends. It is a large part of the campus community that many students join each semester.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: I would say that the Russell House dining hall has many options for anything you could be craving or feel like eating. It does, however, tend to get very old after awhile and new food options are desired. The late times of the sub restaurant, Horseshoe Deli, are extremely convenient, especially during late night study sessions. Overall, Russell House has many diverse food options that typically appeal to everyone.

5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: We have our very own health clinic which offers a number of different services to students. The pharmacy is very convent too. Safety is also very good on campus because there are a number of on duty campus police who are certified police officers and around campus are 911 call boxes with cameras mounted on top.

5 College Freshman

Computers: The computers are very up to date and in the library they offer a whole 'apple' lab which is full of apple brand computers to fit everyone's needs.

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: The off-campus dining options are wonderful and also tasty.
Check out Moes and Monereys

3 College Freshman

Weather: It rains a lot. It's also super hot in August. It can get pretty cold in the winters. You definitely experience all of the seasons.

1 College Freshman

Parking: Even if you have a parking permit it's a nightmare. Getting to campus at least 30 minutes early is recommended. After 5 it's a free for all on spaces.

3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: Food is good, but I got tired of eating at the same places every week. The best places to eat were Verde and Gibbes

2 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Dorms had really bad mold problems this year. Dorms are open to everyone, but there are too many students (1st year freshmen) to guarantee housing to anyone but the incoming freshmen. Also the quality of the rooms is not what is expected. Security was lacking pretty hard. I lived in a dorm that only had keypass locks which broke often and entrance doors that didn't lock well/were easily opened without a key.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: The drug scene on campus is generally Marijuana. Off campus cocaine and molly are easily found and visible. Around finals prescriptions are common

5 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Living in the dorm room my first year was by far the best experience of my life. I met so many great people and it offered way more than a regurlar high school would offer.

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: They have manly off campus housing places in Columbia that are really close to campus.

4 College Freshman

Academics: I came to the University of South Carolina because it seemed like a very diverse and different school. They also have a amazing schooling


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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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