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4 College Junior

Local Area: I drive and is very familiar with the area.

3 College Junior

Local Area: The city has its ups and downs, but overall it is okay. There are other colleges close by so you can interact with many different people. There are also many different clubs and bars to go to, but they are not diverse enough for me. I'd rather go to Charlotte.

4 College Freshman

Local Area: The school is surrounded by a bad neighborhood, but not 5 minutes away is the good (or at least better) part of town. Many activities around.

4 College Sophomore

Local Area: i think that columbia is a good place and the people here are really fun.

3 College Sophomore

Local Area: Since it's the capital city of SC, it is obviously the hot spot of the state. There are a lot of festivals during the fall and spring that have really good food and music. The art museum does a lot of shows and activities. It's best to go around in groups with at least 3 people. I haven't actually talked to be people in the city, so I don't know about their attitudes to college students.


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Student Polls

Rate the local atmosphere on the following topics    Based on 26 responses

Very poor
  • Cost of living
  • Dining
  • Friendliness of locals toward students
  • Museums/cultural attractions
  • Nightlife
  • Parking
  • Parks and recreation
  • Professional sports
  • Safety
  • Scenery
  • Shopping
  • Transportation

What is the local atmosphere like at your school?    Based on 27 responses

  • 37% City living at its finest. There's always something fun and interesting going on.
  • 26% Vibrant college town. There's no big city, but there are plenty of things to do off campus.
  • 4% Small town with plenty of charm.
  • 30% In or near a big city, but there's not much to do off campus.
  • 4% Painfully remote.

What is the proximity to other universities? Is there much interaction?    Based on 26 responses

  • 62% There are nearby schools that students often interact with.
  • 38% There are nearby schools, but students do NOT interact much.
  • 0% There aren't any nearby schools.

Can you see yourself living here after graduation?    Based on 27 responses

  • 33% Totally.
  • 37% Maybe, if I could find a good job.
  • 30% No way.


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