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Location
Columbia, SC
Undergrads
21,646
Tuition (in-state)
$27,644 ($10,488)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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4 College Freshman

Weather: When you're reading tweets about how people wish it was still summer, meanwhile you're lounging by the pool at the strom, you'll understand.

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4 College Freshman

Weather: The weather is very unpredictable. It can be 40 and raining in the morning and sunday and 78 by 3pm. Nothing is consistent until about late February when it starts getting warmer. Then its hot and the weather is gorgeous 90% of the time

4 College Senior

Weather: South Carolina is always beautiful.

3 College Sophomore

Weather: The local weather does not have a big affect on my campus experience I am at work most of the time or in my room.

3 College Junior

Weather: The winter is mild and spring and fall are wonderful, but the summer is brutal.

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  • 27th
    Hottest Summers
  • 431st
    Coldest Winters

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Gregory Goetz
Hometown
Fort Mitchell, KY
Major
Media Arts/Entrepreneurial Business
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Between the blistering Carolina sun in the summer and mild winter temperatures, the weather in Columbia is very southern. Pollen season covers the campus with a blanket of yellow every spring, which can be pretty heinous for people with allergy problems—bring allergy medicine if necessary. Shorts, T-shirts, tank tops, and sandals are must-haves, and if you’re not bashful, you might want to bring your bathing suit to lay out on the Horseshoe or by the Strom Thurmond Wellness and Fitness Center’s outdoor pool.

The winters don’t get very cold, but you will need to bring some warm clothes—a coat, boots, sweaters, and warm pants. Some students wear gloves, scarves, and hats during the winter, but you will also see students walking around in flip-flops in the middle of January. It just depends on what kind of climate you’re used to. Sometimes it snows, but usually that happens only once or twice a year in very small quantities. Even so, it means a definite cancellation of classes at least for one day. Most of the time, the weather in Columbia is beautiful and sunny and may be a little sweltering, but students agree that it’s one of the things that makes going to USC so enjoyable.
 

Facts & Statistics

Temperature Averages
Spring - High: 79 °F
Spring - Low: 54 °F
Summer - High: 93 °F
Summer - Low: 70 °F
Fall - High: 79 °F
Fall - Low: 55 °F
Winter - High: 61 °F
Winter - Low: 38 °F
Precipitation Averages
Spring: 3.58 in./month
Summer: 4.97 in./month
Fall: 3.28 in./month
Winter: 3.89 in./month
Did You Know?
Wind storms can be a problem in the spring, and snow has been known to fall once or twice in Columbia.

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