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Reviews 3705 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Theres a really good variety of courses for all interests.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: My intended major is international business and USC and Darla Moore School of Business has repeatedly been rated by US News with the #1 international business program in the country.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Mostly freshman live on campus, unlesss youre a resident mentor. So its definitely a good way to make friends because everyone is new and looking for friends. The application for housing is honestly ridiculous and i didn't do any of it. You have to write and essay on why you should live there and what you bring to the community and blah blah. It was stupid, eff that.

best options: any of the quads (West, South, East). They're all apartment style dorms meaning you have your own room, a private bathroom, a kitchen and living area. Its the greatest thing ever. and they're all close distance to russell house and the rest of campus

Worst options: I couldn't really tell you, depends on your style. I've heard bates is the worst, I've heard womens quad stinks. It depends on your preference.

4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: I rushed for sororities my freshman year, ended up not liking te houses that had bidded me so i didn't join. That being said, two of my best friends did join sororities and they love their sisters and they're very happy. USC is in the south so obviously greek life is pretty big. But no one cares whether or not you're in greek life. If you are-cool, if not-great. No big deal we all see things differently and want different things from our college experiences.

Greek village is absolutely beautiful, the houses are divine and anyone would be happy to live in thouse MANSIONS! parking there is the worst but not everyone drives so its ok.

5 College Sophomore

Athletics: USC is in the best conference in the world, the SEC. So if we're being real, obviously sports are big here. Gamecock football is HUGE! Obviously, other varsity sports are overshadowed by the football team, but we are proud of every single team we have and they're all amazing and athletic. Williams Brice Stadium is a beautiful magical place, its an atmosphere every student gamecock wants to be in and everyone else is afraid of. I'm only going to be a sophomore so I have only a little experience with this stuff, but school spirit and big sports was in my top 3 necessities when applying to schools, and USC has definitely got it. We also don't just have great facilities for the athletes, the students are pretty spoiled too, haha. Two gyms and multiple athletic fields, we just can't be beat. Type in google "Strom Fitness Center" and try to tell me its not the most beautiful athletic center you have ever seen. I rest my case.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Being a student at the University of South Carolina has given me opportunities I could not have been any to find in many other places. Columbia is the perfect college town, blending a campus and a city into one. There is an overflowing amount of school pride, you can't go anywhere without hearing someone yell "game" and someone reply "cocks!" Being a minority, a diverse university was a priority for me. In just one year, I've met many different people of different backgrounds, ethnicities, and countries even (due to USC's great recognition abroad). All in all, its always great to be a gamecock. It's a university unlike any other, I honestly feel bad for people who don't go here because its the greatest place in the world. I'm so excited to spend my college years here, and I would absolutely 100% pick the University of South Carolina over and over again if given the chance.

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3 College Sophomore

Party Scene: There are times when it seems quiet and boring. Then there are the times when it's a life time party.

3 College Sophomore

Party Scene: There are different places to go and different bars. There are many options.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: It does depends on class and professor. However, most of the time if you work hard and prove you are trying you will get help to be sure you get the best grade possible.

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: I am sure there are a lot of different religious views at USC. There are also many international students which add to the diversity. My only concern is I rarely see Hispanics.

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3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: The are strict in all honestly. Doing drugs in campus and getting caught can hurt you.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: My professors are good and within my major, class sizes are good. I'm able to participate and get help when needed.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: We live in the middle of a a capital city. Dangers accompany that so we must take extra precautions.

5 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Love my dorm. It's apartment style so it's great!

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: I'm not Greek. I have no review.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Love USC! It's fun but also a great education!

4 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: The courses I have taken were very difficult but the assistance I received from my professors helped me tremendously.

3 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: The prospects of internships and co-ops are hard to come by because of the high competition between the students.

5 Recent Alumnus

Health & Safety: I have not once feared for my safety while on campus.

3 Recent Alumnus

Campus Housing: In West Quad the social environment was okay, it was difficult to get to know my fellow hall mates.

3 Recent Alumnus

Greek Life: Our Greek life is viewed similarly to any other Greek life; they are known for there parties and comradery.

5 Recent Alumnus

Athletics: Students and faculty members go crazy cheering for the school. No onw can stop our school spirit.

5 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: My university is the best because it helped me find my passion. They showed me the joy of figuring out problems. They also showed me the capability I had to do so.

4 College Senior

Health & Safety: Pretty safe, despite the area.

3 College Senior

Overall Experience: It was a bit of a trial to get in, but it wasn't as bad as it could have been.


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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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