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4 College Freshman

Academics: Library's great, academics are challenging but doable. It all depends on your major though.

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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3 College Freshman

Diversity: Huge school - lots of different people.

4 College Freshman

Majors: So great, not difficult for me at all, great program.

4 College Freshman

Majors: I love my major so I love the classes. Some gen eds aren't my favorite but my major based classes are great. Awesome faculty for the most part.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: USC offers a ton of scholarships and aid, but the financial aid office will definitely leave you on hold for hours on end.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Obviously, be careful, nowhere is perfectly safe. However, I feel safe walking alone at night on campus.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: pita pit. go there. all the time.

4 College Freshman

Local Area: Definitely always things to do. Downtown is fun. Locals are nice. Definitely southern though. Yes, they definitely fly confederate flags.

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3 College Freshman

Technology: The internet can be shoddy at times but for the most part is fine. Nothing worse than an occasional annoyance. Definitely recommend bringing a computer to school.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: I personally did not rush this year, but I have several friends that are involved in greek life. Although I'm not interested in being in a sorority I can see the benefits to joining. All my friends appear to love it. You don't need to be part of greek life to have fun here but it definitely opens a lot of doors.

3 College Freshman

Majors: I've never had an internship but its pretty easy to find one or take over for someone who is leaving one. This is where being Greek comes in helpful because many people will pass them on to their sorority/fraternity sisters or brothers before just leaving.

4 College Freshman

Majors: Pretty content with my program. I plan to be a cardiothoracic surgeon and this school has been helpful in getting me on track to get there.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Dorms are pretty nice. It's pretty much a give and take with traditional vs apartment style dorms. Apartment style is very spacious and has more perks, but encourages you to be more antisocial since everyone has their own room. Traditional style is a bit more cramped and further from campus, but you make way more friends with people on your hall and everyone always hangs out there.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Campus is relatively safe but can get a little scary once you go downtown or off campus at night. Police presence isn't very overbearing but can always be contacted quickly

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

3 College Freshman

Academics: Biology (Pre-med): Bio majors have a pretty tough workload but they make it pretty easy to balance classes so you don't get too overwhelmed. Advisors are helpful if you reach out to them. Classes get filled very quickly so you have to make sure to take care of any holds before you're allowed to register for classes.

4 College Freshman

Local Area: It isn't a huge, vibrant city like NYC or Boston but there is plenty to do off campus. So many stores and restaurants very close to campus that aren't very expensive and there's a big mall about 20 minutes away for anything you cant find in Columbia.

5 College Freshman

Party Scene: Downtown the bars are a lot of fun. They're pretty easy to get into even with a shitty fake ID. There are no covers and the drinks are pretty cheap. Free cabs and a shuttle back to campus every Thursday- Saturday. Tailgates are also a huge part of the party scene here too.

5 College Freshman

Athletics: Division 1 SEC football is one of the greatest experiences at this school. Everyone has such high school spirit and the games are filled with the most intense fans. This spirit carries over to other sports like basketball and baseball which is perfect to walk over to watch in the warmer weather of second semester

4 College Freshman

Administration: Depending on the typeof dorm, it is pretty easy to get past alcohol, visitation and noise policies. Parking is very strict and there is practically nowhere on campus to park unless you buy a pass to a garage

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: A lot of students drink here, especially because of all the tailgating opportunities. Drugs are a lot less common and fly more under the radar, but still present. There isn't much peer pressure but the opportunity to drink is almost always available. There are also a ton of things to do that don't include drinking or drugs and its perfectly acceptable to not drink at tailgates too

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3 College Sophomore

Technology: Good wireless connection and easy access to labs however poor lab ta's

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: It's easy to get in but no one treats you differently if you aren't greek

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4 College Sophomore

Academics: Great professors at least for my major. Decent workload, mostly papers for my major

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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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