Columbia, SC
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$27,644 ($10,488)
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Reviews 2891 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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3 College Senior

Academics: Have had some really great professors, but have had some who were not available or willing to support

4 College Junior

Majors: I am an Accounting major. All of the business majors at USC are extremely reliable and pretty rigorous. USC has one of the top business schools in the country. At one point it was ranked #2 out of all the schools in the country. I feel pretty confident that I will have earned a sufficient education by the time I graduate with my Accounting degree. Business is a safe choice, especially in today's economy. Choose your major wisely and think ahead. Earn a degree that will offer you many job opportunities.

3 College Junior

Transportation: While on campus, you should have enough time to walk to your next class. USC offers campus transportation that has different loops and pick up locations. If you live off campus you might need a car. There are some parking lots on campus that you can purchase permits for but they are not always reliable and very expensive. Many of the off campus student apt communities offer shuttles that run from that apt community directly to campus.

2 College Junior

Campus Strictness: Campus police and Columbia police are pretty strict about underage drinking and minor possession. I've heard of a lot of kids getting ticketed while using a fake ID at the downtown bar area called 5 Points. You are more likely to get caught using marijuana if you live in on-campus housing because housing monitors will report you if they smell anything from your room. USC judicial office has been know to kick students out of the university for having tickets for alcohol or drug use on their records. A friend of mine got kicked out because his roommate was involved in selling illegal substances.

5 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: The guys mostly dress and act southern, but you have a good mix of everything else. The girls are just about the same way. The percentage of boys/girls who are involved in greek life is less than those who are not involved in greek life.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Dining: The dining halls aren't that bad and the food off campus is pretty good.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: There aren't a lot of drugs around but a lot of people drink... a lot.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Plenty of Fast Food – You can find several restaurants just located on the outside of the campus. Just a few feet away from campus you will find, pizza restaurants, Mexican food, fast food burger places, and many sub/sandwich spots which are the most popular among the students at USC-Columbia. The pricing of the restaurants are a bit costly and somewhat convenient. Right off campus, many fast food locations surrounds the area. These restaurants offer little student discounts sadly. The best place to check out is no doubt the Beezer's Sandwich Shop. Cheap subs, offering free delivering and on top of that great offer, it's convenient enough to open until 3 a.m.

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2 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Here at USC, there are always alcohol and/or drugs presentable during the weekends. Almost every social event consists of alcohol and drugs, it is a huge part of the social life here at USC. Peer pressure is not as great, but compared to many other situations, fraternities and sororities may differ in that part. The policies at the University requires students to take a test before entering the school and officially enrolling. Although these policies to restrict alcohol and drugs varies in strictness from different residence halls

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Campus living is definitely what you make it. Not that there are plenty of flaws or excellent facilities but there are obvious differences between different residence halls. Becoming friends with your floormates early on could make the biggest difference. The housing process is very simple, and direct. There should be no troubles, the school does a good job on organizing and making sure everyone has proper instructions to complete the process. Make sure to construct a specified roommate contract when you move in, as directed by your resident mentor. The social atmosphere in these dorms could range from quiet silent halls, to the most outgoing places, it all depends on the people on your floor and the comfort level you guys all share. The best thing to do is to get to know everyone early on before the school year starts. Being on campus means costly living. Convenience is obvious and there are nearby restaurants and facilities that are helpful to accommodate your needs.

3 College Freshman

Parking: It is a struggle to find a parking spot when class is about to get out or start. You will have to give yourself some time but you'll find a spot.

5 College Freshman

Weather: Beautiful! Mostly sunny! In the mornings it's pretty chilly but usually after morning classes it gets warmer. It tends to rain a fair amount but nothing too bad.

4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: The guys are of all types: redneck, preppy, partiers, fratty, and very sweet. The girls are about the same as the guys.

4 College Freshman

Nightlife: There is usually something to every night. You must be at least 18 years old. Not everything is 21 and up, but a lot are.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I rarely feel unsafe on campus but I also don't go walking around campus at midnight. There are Emergency beacons all over campus that you can get to within seconds if you ever feel endangered. Each beacon also has a security camera on it.

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3 College Junior

Facilities: South Carolina's central hub, the campus union, called Russel House was newly renovated and contains a variety of dining choices, and is very modern. The drawback being it is large enough to accommodate huge numbers of students that come during the lunch crowd, it could be quite hectic finding a place a to sit. But it is great other than the lunch crowd there is plenty of room to sit, surrounded by your fellow Gamecocks.

5 College Junior

Facilities: The school is large, and is home to so many people from different backgrounds, different countries, or even different ideals. The school also has excellent faculty and if you are interested in scientific research there is some fascinating research being conducted around campus. There is something for everyone, it just takes exploring. Another great part is the variety of groups and organizations that can be found around campus, each dedicated to a different thing, but with the purpose to bring similar minded people together.

4 College Junior

Campus Dining: Carolina Dining, Great? Most of the Times. The Dining on Campus is good, but you have to pick and choose what you get. The hotline is bad some days, but there are many other options to choose from. Chicken Finger Wednesdays are a must, it is the best meal of the week.

4 College Freshman

Nightlife: If there's not a party, 5 Points bars are always awesome. I highly recommend getting a fake ID though. They're not very strict so as long as you have an ID saying you're 21 it should be fine. There's a couple 18+ bars but you'll find that they can get pretty boring.

3 College Freshman

Transportation: Transportation is great during the day, but at night it isn't very good. You have to call to get a bus and they take a long time. The transportation to and from the bars is awful. You will probably spend quite a bit on taxis.

3 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Columbia is nice-ish, but it can get really dull. USC's campus is open so people downtown can be walking right beside you. Opens the door for a lot of creeps and heightened campus security.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Lots of cuisine options in and around downtown Columbia. If you want to get out of downtown, a 10 minute trip to West Columbia or Harbison Blvd. also have great options.

5 College Freshman

Diversity: The school is really diverse. It has many different ethnic grouos and clubs that you can join. Their are also a variety of clubs and organizations that promote freedom of religion and sexual orientation. Everyone can fit in at the University of South Carolina.

5 College Freshman

Drug Safety: The drug scene seems nonexistent because it is not visible unless u are included in it, which will not normally happen unless you really search for it.

4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: The ladies are hotter than the weather in South Carolina. I challenge you to walk around campus and not see at least five women you would like to get to know. Come to campus on a game day and you won't want to leave.

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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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