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4 College Student

Off-Campus Dining: A lot of good restaurants in the Vista and 5 Points, great for taking people out to eat or dining on the weekends.

3 College Student

Administration: They set rules and enforce them. Not different from any other big university

4 College Student

Scholarships: Very nice people and they worked well with me!

3 College Student

Party Scene: All parties are off campus, which isn't that big of a deal. Lots of people go into 5 Points

3 College Student

Campus Food: Nothing fancy, pretty average food

4 College Student

Campus Housing: I love living on campus in the city. Provides you with great location and a great sense of community.

3 College Freshman

Academics: Lots of great professors that know what they are talking about, but some are mediocre. Registration is competitive and its not always easy to get into classes you want/need.

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1 College Freshman

Diversity: Very homogenous. I felt like everyone I met was the same in terms of beliefs and value. It is really a school where not everyone can find there own place because there aren't many different types of people

6 people found this useful Report
1 College Freshman

Campus Food: As a picky eater I never had anything to eat. The food is very average and it gets boring right away

3 College Freshman

Campus Food: Hilariously enough, a friend and I were just discussing the fact that you can only swipe once within an eating period. I feel that is the biggest downfall to the on-campus eating experience. When purchasing a meal plan, we buy a set number of meals for the entire week. I do not think the university should limit the number of meals we eat in a day to 3 because we can only swipe three times in one day during each of the allotted periods. Considering I do not make it for breakfast, usually, I would not mind a second swipe for lunch or maybe I want desert after dinner. I think we should be allowed our set number of meals that we pay for on our meal plan and we dictate ourselves how we will divvy it up for the week. Outside of that, I love the on-campus eating experience. There is the perfect balance of healthy choices mixed in with more fast food choices and Bates West is currently home to the best buffet experience (sorry Preston's!).

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4 College Freshman

Administration: I have never personally spoken with any of the USCPD officers on campus, but I see them around a lot and that alone makes me feel safer. I also love the incorporation of the USCPD Alert poles that are strategically placed throughout campus in the event that anyone need immediate help from harm or danger. Again: my school is the best.

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5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: In my first semester here at USC, I was enrolled in a freshmen seminar class known as University 101. In that class, we had several lectures and guest speakers who spoke on various topics of campus crime, personal safety, and the concept of sexual assault and how to help prevent it. The topics were not something that I had not been introduced to before, but it was amazing to see that my school cared enough about our safety to not take any chances and go ahead and reiterate the information just in case.

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4 College Freshman

Athletics: The Gamecocks bleed garnet and black. When we throw up our rally towels to "Sandstorm" or "2001 Space Odyssey" we do it with pride and the love for our school. The athletics always garner huge turn outs from the students dressed in school colors. Obviously, the football team gets the biggest turn out and the casual attire for our female Gamecocks is known worldwide as black dresses and cowboy boots. What other school has ever been heard to have an unofficial rulebook on the dress code for a football game? My school is the best.

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4 College Freshman

Scholarships: It was not difficult whatsoever to receive financial aid. My mother had not worked a job where she was not the owner for 8 years until 2014, and after her company's closed in 2011, it left us in deep financial debt and living off of the mass of savings she managed to salvage from her entrepreneurial pursuits. Therefore, receiving FAFSA and grants from both the government and my school were not hard. Aside from that, I lived in Louisiana for the majority of my life and managed to snag a few scholarships there when I was younger. Transitioning those scholarships from Louisiana to South Carolina was effortless and I experienced no problems.

2 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I was not expecting to live in a dorm where I did not have my own bedroom or bathroom, so the ease into living was tough for me at the beginning. However, though I do not enjoy my on-campus living environment, that does not affect my overall view of the university whatsoever. The dorms are not the cleanest and, for months, we went with nothing but stark cold water that required us to travel to different halls in our building for a hot shower. The current building that I live in, which is also the cheapest choice of housing, is not ideal, but I am positive that those in upper echelon living statuses are satisfied with their community and building.

5 College Freshman

Academics: I love my school and there is no other place on Earth that I would rather call home. The International Business program here is nationally recognized as the best in the country and that has driven me to make myself a better student. I absolutely love our beautiful campus and the atmosphere of the students matches that of the university: amazing. The workload is pretty average compared to that of what you would expect from a flagship college and the business program is a pleasure to be apart of. Their standards are not necessarily high, so to consider the program "hard" is over-reaching.

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Just fill out your FASFA every year. The process is a hassle but they will help you in every way they can.

3 College Sophomore

Majors: I haven't yet had an internship, but it is required for my major.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: I have lived in The Retreat every so far. It is about a mile from the football stadium, and it takes me about 7 minutes to drive to campus. Driving to and from campus can be annoying, but the housing itself is worth it. Price isn't too bad. I pay about $600 a month for a 3 bedroom and 3 bathroom house. It is a gated community so I feel pretty safe.

5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There are unlimited places to choose from to eat. Price isn't too bad. Everything is in an extremely convenient location.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Columbia is kind of scary at night time. I don't feel very comfortable walking through campus alone in the middle of the night. There are call boxes spread through campus that contact the police in emergencies. There have been a lot more robberies this year than normal.

3 College Sophomore

Party Scene: I personally do not partake in partying often, however this college is in a pretty ideal location for partying. Tons of people go to 5 points, there are occasional frat parties in Greek Village, every Saturday during football season is a party.

5 College Sophomore

Athletics: Football is amazing (well usually). It is the favorite sport on campus. The games are a great experience and literally everyone goes. I love the amount of school spirit we have. Basketball and baseball are big too. Our girls basketball team is currently number 1 in the country with a 20-0 record. Baseball team was back to back national champs. Overall, the athletics is one of my favorite things about attending UofSC.

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4 College Sophomore

Academics: As a science major, the workload can be tough at first, but you will get use to handling it. The resources are good and the teachers are too. There are a lot of internships and job opportunities.

2 people found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Almost all of the professors I had has thus far are fair, approachable, and overall good teachers.

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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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