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Reviews 3430 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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3 College Freshman

Scholarships: I don't really remember the financial aid process, it has been awhile since I went through it.

4 College Freshman

Campus Food: Bates Diner, in my opinion, is the best place to eat on campus. Also the food at Russell House is good too.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Campus life here is great. There are tons of extra activities to do so it never gets boring. The dorms are great. They are so clean and the atmosphere is very nice.

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I personally do not live off-campus this year, but do plan to in the near future. I also have friends who currently live off-campus. If you can not find an apartment walking distance to campus, most of them run shuttles back and forth so you can get to class easily. Also, it saves you the hassle of trying to park on campus.

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Since we are in a city there is almost everything to eat within five to ten minutes driving distance. It is a little more challenging to eat off campus when you don't have a car, but there are still plenty of options in walking distance.

5 College Freshman

Administration: I think the policies that the school has in place are to protect you. They are very strict about cheating and underage drinking. If you are caught doing either, the consequences are sever. However, it's not hard to not do either.

College Freshman

Party Scene: I do not attend parties at USC. Plus, a lot of people get in trouble when they go to parties. My scholarships and grades mean more to me than going out. Therefore I can not give a proper rating to this.

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5 College Freshman

Scholarships: I had no problems receiving any of my financial aid here. I would suggest that you start looking for scholarships right away and get them taken care of as soon as possible. The sooner you get things done, the less you worry about right before school starts.

4 College Freshman

Campus Food: Meal plan is great. You don't have to worry about buying groceries or cooking something. It is so easy, you grab your food and then swipe your card. You pay no money up front and if you have scholarships you are essentially eating for free!

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I really love living on campus, it makes your life easier because parking is pretty hard to find. But living on campus forces you to get involved with school and here at USC if you didn't get involved you locked yourself in your room and never came out. It is so easy to get involved and the people are amazing.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: The off campus housing is okay. Some of the places can be expensive especially for college students. However most of the places are very closer to campus so that is a plus.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: The off campus dining is okay. The prices aren't to high and are very convenient. Some places give student discounts.

4 College Sophomore

Administration: Campus is not really strict they just want to make sure all rules are followed.

4 College Sophomore

Scholarships: The financial aid process was pretty smooth for me. I received what I needed and if I needed some help I got it. One tip would be make sure you stay on top of financial aid so that you can make sure you get the amount needed.

4 College Sophomore

Party Scene: The party scene is fun. Every time I have gone on I have had a good time. I think the best parties are house parties. I think it has a positive impact on student experience. It gives students the opportunity to meet new people and to take a break from school work.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: The food on campus is pretty good. The prices are not to high and there is a lot of variety.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Living on campus has its pros and cons. One pro is that it is cheaper to live on campus. Another pro is that you are able be around more people and socialize. A con is that sometimes we have to deal with power outages or fire alarms early in the morning and it can be an inconvenience to students. The housing process was very easy and we have some good amenities.

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4 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: There are tons of pros about living off campus. You are no longer required to follow the rules and restrictions that come with dorm life. You are able to essentially live on your own for the first time. Pros definitely include having a kitchen, your own bathroom and room by yourself. Cons would be being a little further away from campus, but the walk is not too bad to do daily. Cost is getting a little crazy and competitive for housing, but you get what you pay for.

5 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: We have tons of off-campus dining options. There are a bunch of different restaurants between the vista, downtown and basically all over Columbia. It all depends on what you feel like eating when it comes to deciding where you want to go. Since there are a ton of options, price varies. If you are going somewhere more fancy, of course it is going to be more expensive, but if you're looking for something simple, grab a sub or a sandwich from the deli.

3 College Junior

Administration: Campus strictness is okay... The parking is absolutely ridiculous. Parking is already limited, yet they continue to take away parking lots and doing tons of construction which also takes away from parking spaces. The prices of the garages are outrageous per semester.

2 College Junior

Scholarships: It's not great. I was told I was going to be receiving a scholarship when accepted, but then never got it.

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4 College Junior

Party Scene: It's college, there's parties all over. I wouldn't say partying has a positive impact entirely, but it is a way to get out there and meet people for those who are feeling lonely.

3 College Junior

Campus Food: I didn't really enjoy eating on the meal plan as a freshmen. I'm a bit of a health nut and greasy sodexo food was not on the top of the list of food that I wanted to eat. I normally stuck to salads and anything not deep fried. That was good, but the options are limited.

4 College Junior

Campus Housing: Living on campus as a freshmen was great! It was a great way to meet friends. I lived in the "business community," meaning that all residents on my floor were business majors. Due to this, we all took similar courses and were able to study with one another which made classes a breeze. The dorm building was average, i enjoyed the suite style rather than traditional. We had our own bathroom shared by 4 girls instead of 50 so that was a plus. The worst option i would have to say is Bates or Bates West. I have not heard great things about those dorms and I am so glad that I was placed in Columbia Hall last year.

4 College Junior

Greek Life: I am not in greek life myself but they aren't all that bad. I only didn't join because I could not afford the dues. It is very expensive to go greek.

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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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