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4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: It is within walking distance to most classes and we have a gated parking deck

4 College Sophomore

Majors: I love sciences and am a biology major with pharmacy aspirations

4 Recent Alumnus

Campus Quality: The football is inevitably the first thing that comes to mind, it is pervasive throughout every fall semester and a large number of the big parties involve football in some capacity--be it tailgating or post-game parties or viewing parties for away games. The party scene in general is great, it is very unlikely that you will spend any weekend bored. That being said, the academics are also notable. The international business school is one of the top programs in the country and the new business building that is getting built will only improve that. Additionally, the Strom is one of the best fitness facilities you are likely to find anywhere. Lastly, but certainly not least, the females there are absolutely gorgeous. Expect to be smitten a half-dozen times every day just walking to class.

4 Recent Alumnus

Campus Quality: The athletic facilities are great, as I have already mentioned several times. The main library--Thomas Cooper--is big enough for you to find a place to study most times of the day and the fact that it is open 24/7 (to students only) is great for late night cram sessions. The yearly Tiger Burn before the Carolina-Clemson game is always a good time. There is also a weekly farmers market on campus that I would highly recommend

3 Recent Alumnus

Weather: Beware the heat. You will be in for hot weather. It will start usually in March and stay as hot and sticky as you can handle until September/October. The winter is short and mild. It snowed twice in 4 years that I can remember so it is a fair tradeoff with the heat. Also, all buildings and apartments, for the most part, are air conditioned so you don't have to worry about getting heat stroke inside.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Diversity: While the student body may at times seem somewhat homogenous, you will undoubtedly meet people from all walks of life and backgrounds. The international student population is robust, the majority comprised of Koreans and Saudis. The predominant religious affiliation is protestant (there is a prayer before football games) but there is no pressure or ostracism to be of any particular faith. The same can be said of the political affiliations, with it being South Carolina, conservatism is very much the most common political identification but I have had many a lively (and, mostly, civil) political discussion with people of many different political leanings.

3 Recent Alumnus

Academics: The workload is manageable and the material is generally introduced at a reasonable pace. Some classes fill up quickly, especially the general ed-type classes but if you are proactive or willing to take a summer class or two, you'll be fine. Professors are up and down, some good, some not so good. My experiences with professors was mostly positive.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Academics: I was a psychology major. My fellow students were all fairly laid-back and the course load is very manageable. I was also pre-med. The science classes were more difficult (obviously) but I never felt completely overwhelmed. Both psychology and pre-med have professional organizations that can direct you towards career/internship and volunteer opportunities. I would highly recommend participating in either of these

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4 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: I enjoyed my time at USC. I made friends and had a lot of fun. Classes weren't ridiculously difficult and I never felt weighed down with schoolwork. All in all the education was decent--it served me well enough to get in to medical school. Ultimately, there is a place for just about anyone at this school, the population is large and diverse enough that you will find friends and enjoy yourself no matter what your interests are. I would highly recommend this school

4 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Housing: You have a lot of options and you'll find that the majority of students end up off campus for at least their junior and senior years. The big apartment complexes like Copper Beech, the Woodlands, the Retreat, Stadium Suites, Aspyre, etc are all about equal. The cost is comparable or a little cheaper than living on campus and the units will serve the purpose for the vast majority of students. Quality is a little variable but for the most part the places are decently maintained. There are also a variety of houses for rent close to campus, but I don't know what the price range for those is.

3 Recent Alumnus

Campus Food: The cafeteria food is so so, nothing incredible. The other options in Russell House are decent--the bagel place, Chick-fil-a, and Pandini's is all good food. The meal plan is somewhat limited, but ultimately, you get about what you pay for.

3 Recent Alumnus

Campus Housing: The buildings are a little old and I hear it has gotten a little more difficult to get in to housing if you are a freshman. I lived in Capstone and South Quad and they were both average. The Capstone dorms are small, but it is nice to only have to share a bathroom with your roommate and two suite mates. Capstone was great for meeting people and socializing, just about everyone on my floor was friends. South Quad was decent also, the apartment-style setup was a nice change from the typical dorm room--having a kitchen and your own room is always a plus. All of the on-campus, except for the Roost, is a very convenient walking distance to classes.

5 Recent Alumnus

Athletics: Williams-Brice Stadium is consistently rated as one of the loudest and most raucous stadiums in the country. Every home game the stadium is packed to the brim and roaring from the moment 2001 starts playing and doesn't stop until the game is over. The stadium itself is good, the new video board is a great addition. After football season, enthusiasm dies down some. The basketball following is not as rabid but it's fairly easy to get student tickets to games and they are fun to watch. Baseball also has a decent-sized following. Intramural and club sports are both big and anyone get get a team together and have a great time.

3 Recent Alumnus

Parking: The general permits are decently priced, but it might require some walking. The biggest lot is next to the Coliseum but it does fill up quickly. Be proactive if you expect to get a spot consistently without driving around some. The garage permits are expensive, ~$300 per semester, but the convenience of being guaranteed a spot makes up for it if you can afford it.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Party Scene: Almost everyone who is interested in partying will have numerous opportunities to go to big parties. 5-Points and the Vista are both chock-full of great bars, the former has great drink specials. Some major off campus apartment complexes run buses on the Thursday-Saturday to 5-points, which is very convenient and saves you some money on taxis. Of course, every Saturday during football season is one enormous party. The tailgating is unbelievable, it is not uncommon for groups to have 3+ kegs ready to go every week. The underage nightlife is not as strong but the campus does sponsor various activities throughout the year.

3 Recent Alumnus

Health & Safety: On campus feels very safe. There are emergency boxes all over and you can walk around late at night without feeling worried. Some of the areas outside of the campus can feel somewhat less secure but the police department is usually present in some capacity.

3 Recent Alumnus

Transportation: Living on-campus, all your classes and numerous entertainment options are available within walking distance. The school shuttles are useful, they even run buses to and from the football stadium for games. Living off campus, it is a little more difficult to get by without a car. Most of the big student-focused apartment complexes have shuttles that go to and from campus but getting groceries and going out would be challenging without a car.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: The University truly wants students to pursue their desired major

3 College Sophomore

Majors: While biomedical engineering is largely challenging, the College of Engineering and Computing strives to work with students to ensure their continuation of the program

3 College Sophomore

Weather: Columbia is known as the arm pit of the south.

5 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: While Greek Life is large on campus, it is not frowned upon if a student is not involved in it.

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2 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: With an increase of incoming students and a decrease of on campus housing due to renovations, more and more students are moving off campus.

5 College Sophomore

Athletics: Thank God, Sweet Tea and the SEC

3 College Sophomore

Administration: Like any campus, the university enforces the rules.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Definitely a ton of places to eat off-campus at all hours of the day/night. Most have specials every day on something, so it's always affordable. New this year, restaurants are starting to accept Carolina Cash as payment.

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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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