Location
Columbia, SC
Undergrads
21,646
Tuition (in-state)
$27,644 ($10,488)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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Reviews 2669 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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4 College Freshman

Scholarships: The financial aid process was not bad at all.

4 College Freshman

Academics: I am in a nursing major. It requires a lot of time and work but the outcome is worth all the hard work.

5 College Freshman

Athletics: Our athletics at USC are great! Our facilities are very nice. The school spirit is so great and there is nothing like game days!

4 College Freshman

Transportation: I have not used the transportation much. I have only used the transportation for the Carolina football games and it was eat.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: I think the off-campus dining options are really. They are very convenient and there are a variety of options

4 College Freshman

Diversity: The University of South Carolina is very good at helping everyone feel like they are excepted. They are very diverse in everything.

4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Downtown Columbia (the Vista) is beautiful at night and has some great things that happen in it occasionally. Plus the university is right next to the State Museum, the State Zoo, the Columbia Museum of Art and other great things to do.

5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Due to the fact that Columbia is not expressly a "college town" and more of a regular city, it has a great variety of awesome restaurants within walking distance from campus.

3 College Sophomore

Nightlife: I'm not big on going out and partying, but I do know that 5-points has great clubs. Jillian's in the Vista has a shag night every Thursday.

3 College Sophomore

Weather: I am from South Carolina, Columbia more specifically. So I have grown up with the ridiculous weather. In the winter, it goes from 80 one day to 30 the next and then back to 75. It's crazy, but not really that affective in influencing me poorly.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: I have always been very pleased with the way that things are handled with school policies.

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College Sophomore

Transportation: I do not use the campus transportation very often if ever, so I do not feel qualified to answer this adequately.

5 College Sophomore

Athletics: There is nothing like going to a USC sporting event: baseball, basketball, football, soccer, you name it. USC is so proud of our athletics and I truly enjoy being a part of that whenever I can.

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3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: While it was not difficult to receive financial aid, I think that there should be a way to let the university/government know that I am paying for college myself, without help from my parents, yet due to the fact that they make a middle-class salary, I am unable to receive as much financial aid as I would need to adequately attend and live on/near campus.

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3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: The pathways are not very well lit at night except in certain areas on campus so it is pretty difficult to feel safe when walking in the evening. I have always been taught to not walk by myself but sometimes I find it necessary to. Security is good at patrolling the perimeter of campus, but it would make me feel safer if there was some sort of security patrolling the walkways.

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: I feel very safe stating my views and opinions at USC. Because the university as a whole strives to reduce bigotry, it is easy to state your opinion. Of course that does not necessarily mean everyone will agree or be accepting, but for the most part people enjoy the discussion that comes out of opposing views. There are student organizations for almost every diversifying factor out there and I really appreciate that.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Off-campus housing in Columbia is easy to find if you put effort forth into looking for it. While it is slightly expensive, it could be a lot worse. Parking is not good. Public transportation is very limited as well. Overall safety is pretty average as long as you are not doing things that would cause you to get hurt.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: I didn't really like living in a dorm. My roommate was great, but my suitemates weren't friendly at all. My dorm wasn't the friendliest either. I had some friends who lived in different dorm and I enjoyed visiting them. It seemed like everyone on their hall was friends.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: I wouldn't say the Greek houses are opulent, but they aren't run down. They are very nice. Greek life is fun. USC is such a big campus that going Greek shrinks the campus a bit. Once you join a fraternity or sorority you tend to only do the activites the Greek community is doing, so you don't really mingle with non- Greeks that much.

College Sophomore

Transportation: I have my own car so transportation isn't a problem

3 College Sophomore

Computers: The wireless is sometimes sketchy. It all depends on how many people are on. Like during exams the internet is really slow.

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3 College Sophomore

Weather: It's hot in the summer and cold in the winter. I think there are about 2 days of spring and 2 days of fall.

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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: It's fine. I can usually find something to eat nearby. There is a variety of restaurants at different price points, so it's easy to find a place to go.

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College Sophomore

Scholarships: I am just now trying to get financial aid and it's all confusing. I'm not really sure what I am doing. There are so many options and I want to make sure I pick the right ones so I'm not tied down with debt the rest of my life.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: It's okay. If you have a beer and look underage, the police will question you. You just have to throw it away and they will let you go.

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Gregory Goetz
Hometown
Fort Mitchell, KY
Major
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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