University of South Carolina Summary

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Basic Statistics

Location
Columbia, SC
Website
www.sc.edu
Full-Time Undergrads
21,646
Part-Time Undergrads
1,717
Setting
Mid-sized city
In-State Tuition
$10,488
Out-of-State Tuition
$27,644
Room & Board
$7,744
Acceptance Rate
63 %
Admission Difficulty
Average
Average SAT Scores
1100–1290
Average ACT Scores
24–29

Best ThingsMore . . .

  • Football games
  • Cocky the mascot and Cocks paraphernalia
  • International Business School
  • Honors College

Worst ThingsMore . . .

  • Parking
  • Tuition increases
  • Under-21 nightlife scene
  • Hot summers

Frequently ComparedCompare . . .

Overall ExperienceWhat's This?

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.

South Carolina Student Reviews

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5 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: Campus is fairly lenient and is easy to stay out of trouble.

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4 College Sophomore

Nightlife: A whole lot of fun

4 College Sophomore

Nightlife: The parties and clubs I have been to were great for the most part.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The cost and the ease of the housing process are the only things people might have problems with. The ease of the housing process isn't difficult, but it also isn't easy. The application for housing is fairly long and depending on which learning community you want to live in you might have to fill out more applications. The cost of housing might cause problems to people who don't have much money to get into college. Plus there are insurances that must be acquired.

College Freshman

Guys & Girls: I didn't pay attention to people's looks. The only thing I noticed about the guys and girls there was that either they were studying, working, or had someplace to go.

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