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Reviews 3407 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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3 College Freshman

Party Scene: I wouldn't really know much because I don't join in but most people do go out to five points and they normally uber there and back.

3 College Freshman

Party Scene: The scene could have a positive or negative impact. Could make it easier to make friends but could have an impact on your grades and classes.

4 College Freshman

Academics: The academics and professors are pretty great. The workload can be average to heavy depending on the classes or your major. There are good study areas within dorms or in the Thomas Cooper library, you can even get help by going to SI sessions or going to the student success center. The registration process can sometimes be difficult when you actually do register but your adviser does help you with what classes you are needing to take.

3 College Freshman

Diversity: The campus is pretty diverse and has different clubs based on race, politics, religious, or even sex so it's easy to fit in more around campus and get involved with other people and a good way to know more.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: I don't partake in any of it so there is no peer pressure if you don't do it. Policies differ on where you live or where you go.

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I genuinely feel safer on campus when I'm in a big group and it's easier to walk around when it's light out. They do have safety measures in place which are emergency boxes that watch out and protect students who could possibly be in danger. There are other implements such as the rave app and the campus polices phone number just in case you don't feel safe getting back by yourself. If something was to happen they find out quickly and help to find the person or whatever happened.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: The professors I have had were all pretty great and they know what they are talking about and are passionate about what they teach. The class sizes they choose for some of the classes are great such as some of the core classes that are needed because they are smaller so it's more helpful and they also have the class sizes right for other topics that are needed as lecture classes.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: They have multiple ways to help students with having a job after they graduate. They have multiple job fairs on campus where they can meet local employers and the career center is always willing to help with mock interviews and helping students with their resumes. Some majors have to complete a practicum and internship in order to graduate and it helps those students make connections with employers so it can lead to a job once they graduate.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I live in women's quad which is newly renovated so it's clean and there are absolutely no problems in the dorm except it is a stricter dorm. It's in close proximity to Russell House and to the horseshoe including it's easy to get to other places on campus. I've had a great experience so far living within women's quad and I can't really compare it to the other dorms on campus.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: I'm not part of Greek life but it's okay. The Greek housing is nice and fairly new and non-Greeks have different views on the Greeks.

5 College Freshman

Athletics: Gamecocks football has a high fan experience and a high amount of students show up to support the school. Basketball has also gotten bigger but all athletics are supported and we have school spirit like no other school.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: The experience in Columbia is so far the best. I would definitely choose this school again because I found so many great people and had great classes for my first year here. It's a great experience and there is so much to do. I definitely was not disappointed with my choice to go here. They are the only school to offer my major which is retailing in this area and getting involved in the community with clubs was not hard either. I was already able to join Fashion Board which is a club to go along with my major.

3 College Junior

Health & Safety: Safety is very important and the security takes it serious.

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: High quality and a variety of courses are offered, with a variety of styles and class sizes to choice from. The professors are generally very good.

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4 College Junior

Overall Experience: The honors college and IB program are rated very high.

3 College Junior

Greek Life: The Greek parties are enjoyable.

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5 College Junior

Athletics: School spirit is high and there is a very large fan support.

5 College Junior

Overall Experience: The school is everything I want and expected.

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I often wish that there was more security, especially walking around the campus both day and night. It definitely helps that every building has security and that we have the emergency buttons, but sometimes help is far away and there are no other options. Perhaps having more security cars patrolling the streets would help make students feel more safe.

3 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Like any school, there are professors that are memorable and professors that you don't want to remember. I find myself with many teachers that I respect and enjoy their class but still have a handful of professors that I disliked.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Teachers really care about the students and want them to succeed. Professors will often talk about internships and opportunities for students and will help students get ahead with jobs and internships in their fields of interest.

2 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The rooms are dirty, the bathrooms have mold, and parking is awful. We are near the athletic fields so athletes are always using the parking spots and even though we live in this building, sometimes we have to walk in the street. This is ridiculous considering how large our parking lot is.

4 College Freshman

Greek Life: People in Greek life do great things for the community and have tons of events that benefit students even if they aren't a part of Greek life. They are always having parties and you can often get invited if you aren't in a fraternity or sorority if you know the right people.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: Our teams are great and school spirit and athletics are certainly important. Our athletic buildings are the nicest around and help to support not only varsity athletics but also students who just want to exercise.

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3 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Being in a bridge program, I receive a pretty basic education while also being able to live as a traditional college student. There are many classes available but the class difficulty is sometimes non-existent.

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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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