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University of South Carolina-Columbia Reviews

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  • 07/07/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    32 out of 33 people found this review useful. 1 of 215

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Football fans Business majors Nursing majors Highly involved students

    Tips for prospective students

    The University of South Carolina is an exceptional school to attend. The is always a function going on whether it be Carolina After Dark, a Greek function, or meetings for one of the school's student organizations. There are over 300 student organizations on the Columbia campus, which allows something for everyone. The classes are great and there are many great professor on campus. Alot of the classes after freshman year are smaller intricate classes that let you get familiar with others and the professor in class. The tuition is a little high, but that's any college, but it is all well worth it. Football season is great and another perk to the school is its Strom Gym, its one of the best in the country!

  • 12/28/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    26 out of 26 people found this review useful. 2 of 215

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    If you are a hard working, diligent student who really wishes to succeed and excel in your college then the University of South Carolina is the right college for you!

    Tips for prospective students

    This University is known to be a large party school, but my tip for you is to know what you want when you go into college. Do not fall for all of the drinking and the partying the college portrays. Rise above all of the stereotypes and excel! It is so easy to do at the University of South Carolina when you use all of its amazing resources offered. Work hard, make friends, get involved! You will never regret receiving an education from this University!

    Bang for the buck

    Any college you attend is going to be expensive and the University of South Carolina is a bit expensive, but if you compare the value of the education, organizations, functions, free events, amazing friends, great atmosphere, postivie influence to the amount of money you pay, I would say that the University of South Carolina is a great bang for your buck.

    Am enjoying being here

    I live in an on campus dormitory at the University of South Carolina and I love it! I love having freedom to come and go as I please and I love being able to have places to study as well. I recently attended a Carolina After Dark function which is located normally in the Russell House, which is at the center of the campus. The function offered different types of massages, make your own Pixie Sticks and lip balm, and even an oxygen bar! All of these events were FREE! The University of South Carolina is hard not to enjoy with all of its great activities. I highly recommned the University of South Carolina if you enjoy having a fun time and taking advantage of your education.

    Am learning a lot

    At the University of South Carolina in Columbia, there are a multitude of classes to choose from. From the Psychology of Sex to the Philosophy of Contemporary Moral Issues, this University has many classes that will tickle your fancy. Being the number one University in the United States for International Business, this University will most definitely broaden your horizons! I have been learning so much since I have been at this University not just through classes, but through the numerous events going on around campus. There seems to never be down time at the University because of all the organizations. I took a Philosophy class which helped me really solidify my beliefs in different areas of government politics. If you are a hard working student who will take advangtage of all that the University has to offer, then the University of South Carolina is right for you.

  • 10/27/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    20 out of 20 people found this review useful. 3 of 215

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Medical Career Business Career Football Fans Social People who like to meet new people!

    Tips for prospective students

    Come ready to love the Fighting Gamecocks because there's a lot of school spirit. Don't be afraid of bigger classes, the teachers are there for you. Look up financial organizations because there are a lot that students don't know about.

    Bang for the buck

    Being at Carolina is really worth the money. You receive a great education and you'll never have a dull day.

    Am enjoying being here

    I love USC, GO GAMECOCKS!!!!! There is never a dull day at Carolina. There are always events going on and so many organizations to join.There are over 300 student organizations on the Columbia campus ranging from white water rafting club to clubs based on your career choice. My favorite event is Carolina After Dark. It is basically a night filled with food, music, movies and activities that allow you to show your creative side. The University of South Carolina is an exceptional school to attend.The classes are great and there are many great professor on campus. A lot of the classes after your freshman year are smaller than you would think. The teachers really focus on you as an individual and helping you learn the material.. Football season is great!!! There are so many activities to do the day of the game and the school has a shuttle to escort all the students to and from the game.

    Am learning a lot

    The classes at The University of South Carolina are great. The professors are always there to help you if you have any questions and they really want you to succeed in their classes. Plus, being at Carolina teaches you a lot about who you are and the organizations are designed to help you in your career choice.

  • 12/15/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    18 out of 18 people found this review useful. 4 of 215

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Business Majors Sports Fans Anyone looking to be involved on a college campus Anybody who likes grits

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't be afraid to go talk to the professors. Most of them want you to come talk to them. USC is really a great place. Oh, and embrace your inner gamecock. Yeah, you will probably get made fun in high school for saying Go Cocks! but it's worth it.

    Bang for the buck

    USC really is very generous with their scholarships. I am an out of state student, and I am going to this great school for less than I would have paid to go to a small in-state college. I am learning a lot, and making great connections for later in life (I hope).

    Am enjoying being here

    There is so much to do on campus, it's probably your own fault if you're bored. The weather is beautiful and the people are so nice and welcoming. No wonder South Carolina claims to have beautiful places and smiling faces.

    Am learning a lot

    What took me a full year to half-understand in high school took me only about a semester to fully understand at USC. Plus, I probably learn more from my fellow gamecocks than I do in classes.

  • 12/19/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    16 out of 16 people found this review useful. 5 of 215

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Business Majors Nursing Majors Journalism Majors Engineering Majors Students who want to get involved in undergraduate research (lots of opportunities for that) Students looking for a school that has a lot of warm weather Students interested in more than one subject area Football and sports lovers Students looking to have fun in college and for academic challenges, but not so much that they have excessive amounts of work that keep them studying all night/weekend long

    Tips for prospective students

    USC is a great school! But it has a reputation as a party school for a reason (especially on the weekends). However, there are people who don't party that hard and there are tons of things to do on campus that don't involve excessive partying. USC can offer a lot of academic rigor for those who feel like it might not. The South Carolina Honors College offers honors courses that take the course to the next level and offer that next step up that some students are looking for.

    Bang for the buck

    The University itself is amazing and is a terrific college to attend. But like most colleges, the out of state rates are not cheap. But USC is great at giving out academic scholarships, even if it just lowers the scholarship to instate tuition. But instate tuition is very reasonably priced.

    Am enjoying being here

    A lot of what makes an experience great and memorable is the people you get to share it with. There is a wide variety of people at USC with tons of different interests. The campus is beautiful and very well kept. The campus is always hopping with different events and activities to do, and being in a city, there are always parties, clubs, etc to go to. The university does a wonderful job of taking care of its students and helping where it can. The food is great, the people are great, everyone here is friendly, and its warm 85% of the time...even during the winter!

    Am learning a lot

    You can learn a lot, or you can learn very little. It all depends on what you make of the class. Of course there is the occasional professor who doesn't teach very well, but usually information can be found in the textbooks assigned for the class. Even so, talking to professors during their office hours helps as well since the professors are very knowledgeable about their subject areas. However, some classes seem completely pointless, and you will learn a very minimal and basic amount of information even though the class is required.

  • 10/06/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    15 out of 16 people found this review useful. 6 of 215

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Sociable students who can handle distractions. You should also be willing to at least follow Carolina Football.

    Tips for prospective students

    1. Commuting is not best way to go if you can help it. Parking is scarce and often a 10 to 15 min walk away if you cannot afford a parking garage. 2. Don't get carried away and party so much you start to fail out. 3. There are a lot of great ways to get involved with the school, so don't miss important events like Club day and Rush Week. 4. Investigate your professors before you sign up for their course! 5. I cannot stress this enough, plan your work (if you have a job) around your classes, not the other way around! Finishing school is more important! 6. Try to make friends everywhere on campus! It is easy and they can often provide you with information you may not have otherwise known.

    Bang for the buck

    I hate to say it, but USC is getting to be fairly costly. It is difficult to get a straight-up academic scholarship here. There are always tons of activities, as I mentioned before, but USC does have its issues. There is an odd system in place for choosing classes that will often leave you with an unfortunate 8 am course or taking classes you don't really need until your classes open up. A lot of times the office hours are inconvenient if your schedule involves a lot of mid-day classes. It is tough to run a school that is so large so you can expect the bureaucracy to be a little irksome at times, and you will learn, if you didn't already know, life is not always fair.

    Am enjoying being here

    I love the atmosphere at USC. It is really easy to meet people and there is always something to do if you have the time to go. The professors here really care what you have to say and will often go out of their way to accommodate you if you need extra help. There are so many people you cannot help but find a staggering amount of people with similar interests to your own.

    Am learning a lot

    There are so many types of classes to take here at USC you could literally make a career out of learning! Based on the demands of the ever-changing workforce, classes are always being modified and added to the curriculum. I am attending for a Business degree and the Moore School of Business has been one of the nation's top business schools in the U.S. for years now. The staff here clearly enjoy what they do and make it a point to prepare you for the demands of the workforce. The great part is many of them have ACTUAL work experience rather than being career students.

  • 10/26/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    14 out of 14 people found this review useful. 7 of 215

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    EVERYONE. There is literally a place for everyone here, no matter what type of person you are.

    Tips for prospective students

    There are a lot of fun things to do here in Columbia, but save it for the weekends! Focus on your studies during the week. Remember the real reason you came to college!

    Bang for the buck

    College is expensive, everyone knows that. There are tons of scholarships available here. If you are out-of-state and you receive an academic scholarship (credentials on the school website) you will receive in state tuition. Now you can't tell me that's not a good deal! that provides for a very diverse environment here. There are 300+ student organizations and it is super easy to get involved. Not only is there an on campus bookstore at the Russel House for easy book purchase, there is a cheaper one off campus that is less than a quarter of a mile from the on campus bookstore! Very convenient!

    Am enjoying being here

    University of South Carolina has a state of the art fitness center that is extremely nice and includes a 40+ft. rock climbing wall! Even if you don't work out (like me), you can still go hang by the pool on the weekends to study or just spend time with your friends. There are about 26 dining facilities on campus providing for a wide range of food choices. The food here never gets boring for me! Football is amazing, especially with our recent win over bama and attending this school means free student tickets (GREAT seats). With so many events in Columbia, for example the state fair, there will never be a dull weekend here. Also, five points is walking distance from the campus to provide for more fun filled weekends!

    Am learning a lot

    There is a wide range of classes available at the University of South Carolina. From various business classes, to languages, to music class (one about the beatles!), to whatever you want. The University has a wide range of majors, and is ranked number one for its program in International Business. The school has MANY connections for study abroad, and helps you find scholarships to do it. Even though there are 20,000+ students here, the class sizes are small providing for a good relationship with your teacher. My English class has 15 people in it! That is less than my class in High school. There are so many opportunities here, and many pre-professional programs to dig your heels into. With a student success center like ours, with free tutoring and many more resources there's no reason you should fear failing a class!

  • 11/03/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    14 out of 14 people found this review useful. 8 of 215

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    The University is great for all types of students because there is a great deal of diversity here. Also, I was born completely in the middle of nowhere and coming to the city was a big deal for me. Once I got here, I was surprised how quickly I adjusted.

    Tips for prospective students

    Schedule classes earlier during the day so you will be more than likely to go! I'm not saying to take all 8 o'clock classes, but the sooner in the day you go to class, the sooner you are done. Also, make sure to get a planner! There are so many assignments to keep up with. Labs for certain classes are also scheduled at a different time than lecture, so it can be easy to forget to go.

    Bang for the buck

    I never realized until I came to the university how much you get for your money. There is tutoring help and the library is open 24/7. Also included in your tution are visits to the student health center, so there is no excuse not to go when you are sick!! There are always free things to do on campus when you don't have a lot of money to go out. The Russell House theater plays 2 movies Thursday through Sunday. Also, if you get involved in an organization (which you should! there are over 300 organizations to get involved in!) they are always hosting free events for students.

    Am enjoying being here

    I LOVE the University of SC!! When you are not studying and doing homework there are so many things to do and so many friends to make! The beautiful campus is an added bonus.

    Am learning a lot

    The academics here are challenging, and although the campus is huge and it may seem like professors do not care about your success, that is not true. I've found by talking with my professors and getting one on one help during their office hours that they really do care about your success in their class and at the university as a whole.

  • 01/01/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    11 out of 11 people found this review useful. 9 of 215

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    There are so many clubs and activities that there is something for everyone, and if we do not have a club for you we invite you to create your own. If you are like me and love being able to walk across campus and meet new people or just like being able to get lost in a crowd without everyone knowing everything about you, then USC is the place for you. If you like the city feel without the drawbacks of a big city, then Columbia is the place for you.

    Tips for prospective students

    Fill out the Honors College Application, even if you know you do not want to be in the Honors College. There are a lot more scholarships that they will consider you for if you do this. Because USC is a big school, there is also a big party scene. Be wary of frat guys. I know that this is a stereotype, but sometimes stereotypes exist for a reason. This does not mean avoid them. It simply means use caution in the beginning.

    Bang for the buck

    I mean college is of course not cheap, but with my scholarships, it is definitely affordable. I feel like I am getting my money's worth from my education because I am not paying for a bunch of classes that I do not want to take. The real rip off is the textbooks because the publishers keep changing the editions so that you can not get them used.

    Am enjoying being here

    I love being at the University of South Carolina. I actually did end up going to my back-up school. This meant that I did not really go to school expecting to like it. Now that I am here, though, I can not imagine myself anywhere else. I love my classes; I love the social scene. There are tons of parties, but I am not really big into partying, so I thought that might be an issue. In truth, though, I still find loads of things to do.

    Am learning a lot

    I just finished my first semester. At the time, it did not really feel like I was learning a ton but that was because I was used to the high school way of learn it and forget it. I am used to having information jammed down my throat. At USC, there is a greater focus on life long learning. I learned things I know I will never forget and that is way more valuable than memorizing facts for no reason.

  • 12/21/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    8 out of 8 people found this review useful. 10 of 215

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Business majors International Business majors Football fans--there is no better conference than the SEC Those who wish to affiliate with or join a Greek Organization Those who enjoy going to the beach

    Tips for prospective students

    Make friends with Thomas Cooper early on, it'll help you keep your grades up. Also take U101.

    Bang for the buck

    You get a hell of a lot for your money. Not only do you get access to a massive library (7 stories), WiFi all throughout campus and the biggest gym in the nation, but you are only an hour to an hour and a half away from the beach.

    Am enjoying being here

    Columbia is a great place to be. The weather is great (I can wear shorts all the way into December), and there is always something going on. 5 Points goes off pretty much every night, and with around 20% of the student body being Greek, there is never a dull moment.

    Am learning a lot

    The University of South Carolina has one of the best business schools in the southeast, on top of the number one International Business School in the country. The faculty and staff are always willing to help you out and do their best to make sure you know the material.

  • 12/29/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    8 out of 8 people found this review useful. 11 of 215

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    USC is great for students who enjoy the outdoors. The students who love the sunny weathers clear blue skies, as well as the ones who can stand the heat of the south. Students who embrace football should enjoy this school as well!

    Tips for prospective students

    Once you're in college, first of all, take a deep breath! Yes, it is tremendously overwhelming, but after a week or so, you'll begin to grasp the idea of college and get to used to the system. Do not ever panic about any situations, professors are there to work with you, staff workers are there to help you, and other students are there to advise you. Be lucky, you're at a university like USC, most people here are very kind. Make sure to schedule everything in your calenders or day planners, turn everything in on time, and just ask for advice if you need help. Eventually you'll love it here in college too! The secret to success in college is followed by this formula: Sleep + Social life + School work = Ultimate Success! You must ultimately learn, above all else, to manage your time and balance all aspects of this formula! If you're a procrastinator, do not worry, because many of us are. The timings and the scheduling will help you tremendously down the stretch. Remember, whatever you do, school first! And do not forget to get your sleep!

    Bang for the buck

    USC offers plenty of opportunities without costs! Lots of events and shows that are no cost to the students and they offer plenty of free merchandising too as well. Great learning atmosphere, peaceful and beautiful campus, along with great professors, USC is definitely one of a kind. Many people here are surprisingly from out of state, and they fit in just well. USC is a great place to live on campus too, maintenance is surely on top of most situations, trying their best to clean up or resolve any issue within the living residential halls. USC is definitely a great place to be!

    Am enjoying being here

    I enjoy being on this campus and atmosphere! The campus provides a large variety of organizations, events, and dining. The campus is always peaceful and calm, filled with trees and grass everywhere. The only issue is, there are also plenty of squirrels and birds everywhere on campus, due to the large amount of trees present. But this problem isn't too much of an issue, eventually you'll get used to seeing animals everywhere. The students, staff, and Resident mentors are all friendly and kind. Everyone is nice to one another, and courtesy is always the priority of everyone here at USC.

    Am learning a lot

    Learning here is inevitable. The course-load surely is a handful, but eventually you'll learn how to manage your time and work evenly. The work here and materials learned in class are very in depth, a requirement of lots of reading expected. You truly do learn a lot from this University! Once you start your first semester here, you'll learn immediately the difference between the high school education and college education.

  • 12/16/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    7 out of 7 people found this review useful. 12 of 215

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Sports Fans. Students who love having fun. Business majors.

    Tips for prospective students

    Go to class and do your assignments. Nothing more than a little dedication is required. Get involved with an organization of interest. University of South Carolina has over 300 organizations and if they do not have something then a student can try to add one. The last thing to remember is to have fun!

    Bang for the buck

    The financial aid office is always busy, but very willing to help. They make it very easy to get grants and loans for what isn't already covered. In-state tuition is very affordable, but there are other expenses that they tell you about when you get your bill, such as lab fees of $45 or miscellaneous fees. But it is very worth it.

    Am enjoying being here

    Time goes by so fast. Busy with classes and friends makes for a beautiful day. By the time the semester was over I thought that it just had begun, but looking back at all the experiences I had I could not imagine having a better time.

    Am learning a lot

    My first semester at USC was very educational. Students learn a lot about by what the professor teach in the class, but also a lot about themselves and college life. Everyday I learned something new and the university always has lots of going on, which makes it easy to learn more and meet new people while doing it.

  • 10/26/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    7 out of 7 people found this review useful. 13 of 215

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Everyone and anyone. Trust me, you'll find something you'll like. You just have to look around to find your niche and accept help where it's given and ask for it when it's not. Some people leave because they get homesick, but I think those people didn't try hard enough to find the right group.

    Tips for prospective students

    Join an organization on campus. They're easy to find out about, and there's something for everyone. It's a great way to feel like a part of something and meet people. If you have a problem or need help, never hesitate to ask your teacher- that's why they're there, and that's why they have office hours. It might be a little scary to you, but it's always worth. Also, there is so many different places to get academic help- take advantage of them. If you can't Pass all of your classes, you're probably not putting enough time or effort into it.

    Bang for the buck

    USC is a great all-around school. It has anything you could possibly imagine, and more. Plus, if you think we need something else/new, there's committees you can easily go to to request it. Honestly, it's not cheap going here- but it's worth it if you want the full experience.

    Am enjoying being here

    USC is a great place to be! The atmosphere is amazing. The people here really emulate Southern Hospitality. We almost always make it a point to be nice and hold the door ope, and if you're lost, the people are nice about helping you. The campus is beautiful here. There are so many gorgeous trees, nice places for you to sit and read a book- in the grass, by the fountain, or most dorms have a nice area outside to relax. And the sporting events. Wow. The atmosphere at games are amazing. Even if you have no idea what's going on, you always have a great time, and feel compelled to cheer along side your fellow Gamecock. If nothing else, we're loyal. Win or Lose, we all love our school.

    Academic Rigor

    My teachers do their job well, and if I don't understand, they're more than willing to help outside of class. They've all been really good with communicating. USC is a big school, so there is tons of classes for you to choose from. You learn a lot here, and you can learn what you want. There's also a large variety of teachers. I have friends that will tell me about how their advisor or teacher aren't very helpful, but I've had the opposite. A great way to get a feel for your semester is http://blog.ratemyprofessors.com/.

  • 02/23/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    7 out of 7 people found this review useful. 14 of 215

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    i have never felt unsafe on campus during the day. however, at night is a different story. never ever walk alone at night. this applies to any college. columbia is not the safest city, and if you are not careful, you may find yourself in trouble. pepper spray is always a good thing to have on you. however, campus does take precautions like emergency lights and police on campus. it's mostly when you step off campus that you really have to watch out.

    Greek Life

    greek life is major on this campus. i, myself, am not a part of this as it is pretty expensive. however, my roommate is, and she adores greek life. greek village is gorgeous and the houses are amazing to look at. everyone does have a place in greek life if they want it, they just have to search for the right one. greek life is very involved with the community and holds many fun social events as well.

    Clubs and Activities

    there is something for everyone. the organization fair holds boths that go on and on. everything is different and there are so many fun things to choose from. you can be a part of scuba club, or greek life, or religious groups, or any and every club sport. and if the organization or group is not created, it's so easy to grab a few friends and get your own idea started.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    5 points is the number one place to be on the weekends. it's a 5 minute walk from campus and it is where all college students hang out for nightlife. tiger burn is a big tradition here, as clemson is our rival school. the horseshoe is the best spot on campus. it is the historical part of usc and it's a gorgeous grassy area surrounded by the prettiest buildings on campus. it's a great place to toss a frisbee around, study, or just hang out with friends.

    What to do for fun

    two words. football season. there is nothing better. football games and tailgating are huge at this school. with the energy of the crowd and the atmosphere of the stadium, it is impossible not to have a good time. this applies to baseball season as well. campus hosts great concerts, movies, club sports, and organizations for literally everything. every single person can find something that they enjoy doing on campus. and if not, there's always columbia's nightlife.

    Food and Dining

    food is actually pretty good on campus. there are fast food options that are always a safe option. hot line is usually avoided, but there are so many other options. greek food, italian, mongolian, salad bar, grill, soup, sandwiches, and pizza to name a few. usc definitely has a variety, and the meal plan covered the meals, for the most part, without going over.

    Dorm Life

    freshman year in the dorms could be great, or horrible. it is so important that you get along with your roommate because that can make or break your year. we had several issues with heated water and clear water in our shower. ladybugs also got in our room, due to our window being duct taped shut. however, it was nice compared to other dorms i have seen at other campuses. the rooms were large enough to share, but have your own space, and overall, i'm glad i made the option to live in the dorm i chose.

    Academic Rigor

    i truly believe this depends on the major selected. as a marine science major, i can say that the course work is not easy, nor always enjoyable. it is a lot of hard work and many long hours in the library. there are going to be classes that you may not be interested in, but are required, so that makes it more difficult. i don't think college is easy no matter where you go, but the professors here definitely push your limits.

    Tips for prospective students

    my advice would be to meet as many people as you can freshman year in your dorm, in your classes, or even just on campus. college is a lot more fun when you have good friends to share the experience with. freshman year is easy, no matter what you think. the work gets a lot harder, so don't slack off because it is your first year. use study groups, they really do work. and, as cliche as this may be, take in every moment of your experience. this can be the best, or the worst 4 years of your life. college is what you make it.

    In three sentences

    usc has a gorgeous campus that is always buzzing with events and fun things to do. the marine science program here is incredible and the professors really do make sure you're keeping up in class. the amount of different classes offered is immense and there really is something for everyone.

  • 12/27/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    6 out of 8 people found this review useful. 15 of 215

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    All students can find a niche at the University of south Carolina!

    Tips for prospective students

    Prospective students should look into different organizations that would better suite them. There is something for everyone and most majors are offered here. The couselors are easy to talk to and all prospective students should be eager to talk to a counselor and feel free to ask any question i promise they don't mind

    Bang for the buck

    The cost to attend this University is feasable. The University of South Carolina offers academic scholarships for hardworking students as well as many jobs to earn money. Other ways to earn scholarships are offered by the University which also help in attaining tuition money.

    Am enjoying being here

    There are so many organizations at the University of South Carolina that is near impossible to dislike attending there. They have clubs from skydiving all the way to religious clubs and professional business clubs. They offer so many oppurtunities through these clubs.

    Am learning a lot

    The professors at the University of South Carolina are willing to take the time to help individual students. They offer many office hours that i found extremely helpful. They give homework in advance so that I was able to visit them during office hours to get the help i needed if I did not understand something in my homework.

  • 05/31/2011

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    6 out of 6 people found this review useful. 16 of 215

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Anyone!

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't overlook University of South Carolina just because of the distance from home. It's an easy commute.

    Bang for the buck

    The value is very good for how much it offers.

    Will enjoy being here

    Someone who doesn't enjoy the beautiful Columbia campus, warm southern weather, and fun and competitive football games is crazy.

    Will learn a lot

    I believe the University of South Carolina is one of the most elite post-secondary educational institutions in the country based on their academics and because of this, you will learn I lot.

  • 12/13/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    5 out of 6 people found this review useful. 17 of 215

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Urban atmosphere Football Tailgating Night Life Business Criminal Justice

    Tips for prospective students

    When walking around the campus, make sure to wear comfortable shoes since this is an urban atmosphere some roads and sidewalks might be uneven. Also when game day comes around make sure you find parking an hour ahead of time rather than 20 minutes before the game.

    Bang for the buck

    Seeing that admission might be pricey, USC has great programs for in-state students and also students coming from different states. USC is also rated to have the top business school in America! Along with having that, just the scenario is amazing. Game-days are always a blast, be sure to sleep well before then since you will be out and about playing games and having a blast with friends and even making new friends with people around you. Everyone is so friendly which makes USC one of the best universities in my book.

    Am enjoying being here

    Coming from a Tech school and transferring to the University of South Carolina is by far one of the best decisions I have made. Tech schools tend to have the same feel as a high school which is why I really enjoyed this transfer. USC has a great campus, in the Horseshoe (which is a huge area that has a walk way that curves around like a horseshoe) there are huge beautiful trees which shade the area which is really great for either studying outside or just hanging out with your friends. Also if you are into photography I can't even list all the areas on here that are spectacular for scenarios you might need. I love being in an urban environment and USC can bring that to me in a great way. The sidewalks tend to stay clean and there really isn't anyone that will bother you in a negative way.

    Am learning a lot

    The instructors and professors are by far the best I've had, even though some may be more difficult to understand, you can always talk to them to work out a climax to any problems you may be undergoing.

  • 09/28/2011

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

    5 out of 6 people found this review useful. 18 of 215

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    Great for these types of students

    If you are very artistic or inclined to your artistic side, then this school and city is perfect for you. If you are athletic or are in any sports then you have come to the right university.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure the school has the degree or academics that you are looking for. If you are in any sports or athletics, definitely check out those while on campus.

    Bang for the buck

    The campus is large enough to enjoy and located in a great part of the state that any college student will be getting their money's worth for attending.

    Will enjoy being here

    Not only will you learn a lot but the campus is large and there is much to do and see around it. The college is located in the heart of the capital, which so happens to be right between historical downtown Columbia, The Vista and Five Points. This gives any college student a chance to venture out and enjoy the city.

    Will learn a lot

    This school has a lot to offer enrolled students and those interested. Their engineering programs are some of the best in the nation.

  • 11/10/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    5 out of 5 people found this review useful. 19 of 215

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    Great for these types of students

    Students who like warmer weather (Even though it's beginning to cool down), students who want to be able to study abroad and opportunities to get connected, students who love sports! Ps: We have a top of the line gym with a nice outdoor pool, a few Starbucks and Einstein Bagel's, many dining options, a lot of nightlife, a new club, everything's in walking distance (the stadium has a shuttle), and it's a beautiful campus :) My favorite thing is that Moe's Southwest Grill and THE BEST fro-yo place, Yoghut, are both walking distance from my dorm! I'd advise you to visit soon if you are a prospective student!

    Tips for prospective students

    I would try to get into the Capstone program if you can't get into the Honors program. Dr. Hickey, who's in charge, and the other leaders are there for you all the time. They want to get to know each of the Capstone Scholars personally. I'm even going to go skydiving with them on Sunday! They also offer many opportunities and have tons of connections to professionals in the area!

    Bang for the buck

    The faculty and staff want you to succeed. If your teacher isn't helping you the way you need, there are teaching assistants and offices that can help you! I haven't had any problems so far here!

    Am enjoying being here

    It's expected as a freshman to miss being home, so I'm currently going through that phase. I definitely have fun here, especially Gamecock football season! Most of the time, I am glad to be here. It's easy to make friends if you live on campus!

    Am learning a lot

    I am in classes that push me to succeed. The teachers that I have now are very helpful through office hours and good criticism.

  • 02/18/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    5 out of 5 people found this review useful. 20 of 215

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    Campus Safety

    usc takes a lot of measures to keep the campus safe, such as emergency boxes located around campus. from every box, the next one is within eye shot. there are also transportation services available from five points.

    Clubs and Activities

    there is something for everyone.

    Great for these types of students

    everyone! usc has a large variety of pretty much everything.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    girls wear black dresses, garnet accessories, and cowboy boots to football games.

    Bang for the buck

    usc is the least expensive school i found in my search for a college. it still is not cheap, but it's the cheapest if you do not have any scholarships.

    What to do for fun

    there are a lot of clubs around between five points and the vista. columbia is very historic. so, i like to take my friends on ghost tours or visit the state house. there are several museums in columbia which are free on sundays. there are also several parks, a couple along the river. all of these places i mentioned are within walking distance. there are a lot of clubs on campus as well as intramural sports. we also have two gyms. the strom thurmond wellness and fitness center has the tallest rock wall in the sec. in addition there are groups such as carolina productions which hosts a lot of events. they have free movies every weekend that are in the in between stage between the theaters and being released on dvd. carolina productions also hosts comedians and other guest speakers, such as frank abagnale and a hypnotist.

    Food and Dining

    everything except the grand market place, the main place for dining, is pretty good.

    Dorm Life

    the older dorms smell bad and you hear horror stories of the ways they are falling apart. however, the university has a lot of plans to renovate many of the residence halls. patterson was renovated last year and it is beautiful inside. the honors college is very nice as well. there are plans to renovate the women's quad soon. i do not know if there are plans to renovate mcbryde, an all male dorm in desperate need of renovation.

    Academic Rigor

    you are eased into college classes. the 100 level classes are fairly simple and the classes become progressively more challenging with the level you are at.

    Tips for prospective students

    as new student, the first time you make your schedule you need to have a map of the campus with you to make sure you can get between your classes in time, especially if you are an engineering student since the engineering building is far from the majority of the other classroom buildings.. if you have classes back to back, then you have 15 minutes to get between classes.

    In three sentences

    usc is always striving to improve its rankings. the moore school of business is one of the best business schools in the united states and the law school is making a lot of changes over the next few years. not only is usc competitive academically, but also athletically as we have one the baseball national championship the past two years in a row.

  • 02/22/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    5 out of 5 people found this review useful. 21 of 215

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    What to do for fun

    it's the city of columbia! there's frankies, assorted restaurants, 5 points, concerts, and sporting games

    Food and Dining

    there's a special little event every wednesday called chicken finger wednesday. russell house serves chicken fingers and french fries on wednesday. apart from that, the food and dining is sooooo much better than the cafeteria food in high school. there's a wider variety of places to eat and they are spaced around campus so you can pick your own little quiet spot to eat in peace if you aren't social. or you can go to the hot spots like russel house.

    Dorm Life

    dorm life is fun. there's nothing like sitting in the hallway with your floormates just having a good time. the dorms are spacious with plenty of closet space. there's even dressers to accommodate your intimates. of course dorm style varies from residence to residence.

    Academic Rigor

    i cannot accurately attest to the academic rigor due to the fact that i will be attending this university. i am not currently attending.

    Tips for prospective students

    i encourage you to visit the campus as well as take part in any summer programs they host. that is where i fell in love with carolina and i am positive you will too. those programs are the backbone for recruiting students. if you really want to know what carolina is about, don't read the website or listen to other people. go, and experience it for yourself.

    In three sentences

    university of south carolina-columbia is one of the more urban colleges of south carolina. it is a very safe and clean environment intertwined with the city of columbia. the students and faculty are there to help and able to successfully aid students in whatever field necessary.

  • 07/25/2009

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    4 out of 10 people found this review useful. 22 of 215

    Categories Comments
    Tips for prospective students

    APPLY FOR AS MANY SCHOLARSHIPS AND GRANTS AS YOU CAN, especially if you're out-of-state.

    Will enjoy being here

    It has a beautiful campus with a lot to do.

    Will learn a lot

    not sure yet, but I know someone who went here and she had no complaints.

  • 08/01/2009

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    3 out of 6 people found this review useful. 23 of 215

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    As far as i can see this school is great for all sorts of students. There seems to be niche for everyone.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you know what you're interested in doing before you choose a major. The advisors are really good at making sure you will succeed but it helps if you know your strengths and weaknesses so they can help you more successfully.

    Will enjoy being here

    There are plenty of groups on campus, all of which seem very organized and interesting. Also, if there's something you want to start up they make it accessible for students to start new organizations .

    Will learn a lot

    The faculty is great at working with their students, and actually care about the success rate of their students.

  • 12/29/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 5 people found this review useful. 24 of 215

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Business students - the exceptional Darla Moore School of Business Football fans - football season is a majority of the school's spirit And anyone who wants to recieve an exceptional education

    Tips for prospective students

    The university is a larger environment to get use to. Don't hesitate to become involved on campus. Attend organization fairs, career fairs, whatever may interest you and become apart of the university. Remember that the college experience should not consist solely of academic endeavors; but use the many opportunities provided by the university to become a well-rounded individual.

    Bang for the buck

    College is an expensive endeavor wherever one may attend. USC does seem to provide a great deal of student support, etc. included in tuition.

    Am enjoying being here

    There is always something to do on the Columbia campus: academic, social, service. There is something for each individual.

    Am learning a lot

    The professors are exceptional. They relay material as well as useful insights on subject matter.

  • 12/31/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 7 people found this review useful. 25 of 215

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Any Business majors (especially IB) Sports fans - great conference battles and awesome student sections for viewing

    Tips for prospective students

    USC is a little pricey (but better than most) so apply to as many scholarships as you can Also don't spend a whole lot on meal plans

    Bang for the buck

    Price is a little steep, but that's just me

    Am enjoying being here

    Great sporting events, good dorms, and lots to do

    Am learning a lot

    Only 4 stars b/c i haven't taken many classes geared toward my major yet

  • 06/16/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 3 people found this review useful. 26 of 215

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    USC offers opportunities for many different types of students to get involved and to enjoy college. This college would suit just about any student.

    Tips for prospective students

    In order to do well at USC, find a balance between school work and social life. Try to study at least a week in advance for each test, and try to avoid cramming. Also have fun! Join clubs and make friends! Enjoy college!

    Bang for the buck

    For what USC has to offer through academics, etc. I feel the price for the college is fair.

    Am enjoying being here

    USC offers lots of opportunities to get involved in different organizations such as academic and social clubs. Also the football games are awesome!

    Am learning a lot

    The college allows one to have the opportunity to meet various different people from different places, which allows people to learn about different cultures, etc. Also the class sizes differences allow students to learn in a large or small class setting.

  • 01/02/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 3 people found this review useful. 27 of 215

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    Great for these types of students

    Outgoing, diligent, fun-loving, social, creative, athletic, anyone pursueing a great education in a fun, safe environment.

    Tips for prospective students

    Take advantage of all the opportunities Carolina offers. Go to strom, a soccer game, greek life, intramural sports, student government, pep rallies, homecoming activities, everything! Don't be afraid to try something new. Be outgoing so you can meet as many people as possible; enjoy the southern hospitality!

    Bang for the buck

    I think that Carolina gives us a lot for the cost of tuition. Unlike many schools, we do not pay for football tickets and many extracurricular activities. This is made possible by a fee included in our tuition. Attending college is, however, very expensive; more so than I had anticipated.

    Am enjoying being here

    I LOVE being a Carolina Gamecock. I love walking around campus and meeting new people. I have also thoroughly enjoyed attending our home football games. Being in the student section and going wild when we score has been the highlight of my semester. I have also really enjoyed taking advantage of some of the school sponsored activities such as a FREE Josh Turner concert for students only, How great is that? I really look forward to the upcoming semester at USC.

    Am learning a lot

    I have completed my first semester at USC with all A's and one B. I really enjoyed all my classes and learned a lot! Two of my classes were small (less than 20), two were medium sized (around 80), and one was a large lecture class (around 200). However all of my professors, no matter what the size) were willing to work with the students. I was able to make personal connections with many of them, and I know that in the future they will help me if needed.

  • 01/28/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 28 of 215

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    Campus Safety

    there is a campus shuttle that runs at night and will take you anywhere on campus. there are also emergency call boxes if you need help almost anywhere on campus. campus security patrols the streets and sits in the lobby of dorms - which are only accessible with a valid usc id.

    Greek Life

    very popular and nice greek village which was recently created.

    Clubs and Activities

    there is almost any club you can think of - including quidditch.

    Great for these types of students

    if you like greek life you will probably fit in well here, but even if you don't not everyone participates.

    Bang for the buck

    try hard on your sat or act and you could get a scholarship that qualifies you for in-state tuition a great deal.

    What to do for fun

    there are many opportunities to connect with other students in and out of the classroom setting. join intramural sports or other organizations on campus to do what you like best or you can start your own club if it doesn't already exist. athletic events are a great way to spend with friends or you can spend time at the many local restaurants and social clubs for fun.

    Food and Dining

    the university uses sodexo for their food operations. the staff is very friendly and makes great food. sometimes the food isn't great but most of the time it is good. there is one all-you-can-eat cafeteria on the south-side of campus and most f the other dining is located in the middle of campus at the russell house. downstairs is regular cafeteria food, a deli, smoothie shop, and an italian restaurant; while, upstairs there is burger king, einstein bagels, santorini's (greek), pizza hut express, chick fil-a, and taco bell.

    Dorm Life

    most of the dorms are really nice and are green certified. most are also apartment style where you may have four people to a room. some dorms have individual bedrooms while others are shared by two roommates. most dorms have bathrooms located in the rooms themselves and the dorm floors are coed.

    Academic Rigor

    most of the freshman classes are not too hard because they are really there for you to adjust to the campus lifestyle. once you move on to your concentrated area of study however you can await much more work and more difficult ideas presented.

    Tips for prospective students

    make sure you take the act and sat very seriously because good scores could save you thousands of dollars in scholarships.

    In three sentences

    academically strong with positive, helpful faculty. socially vibrant with many international students and opportunities to network with others. athletically exciting to watch the different sports teams compete throughout the year.

  • 02/08/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 29 of 215

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    Campus Safety

    safety is not usually an issue in the heart of campus but campus police patrol regularly and there are 'panic buttons' located in intervals around campus. pushing the button will light up the blue light at the top and an alarm will sound. campus police can find your location and track it if you push different buttons if you change locations.

    Greek Life

    greek life is not only limited to social sororities and fraternities but also service and academic ones. if going greek is important for you, there should be a sorority or fraternity on campus that will fit your needs, but if greek life isn't your cup of tea, there are plenty of other activities to become involved in.

    What to do for fun

    there are a myriad of fun things to do at usc. between clubs and inter-mural sports there should be an extracurricular activity for every type of student. every week there is a different usc sports event being held, football games in the fall, basketball in the winter, and baseball in the spring, with soccer and other sports being held at various times throughout the year. many students go to five points or the vista on the weekends, but russell house offers everything from movies to performers, so everyone should find something that peaks their interest.

    Food and Dining

    each dorm has kitchens located in it, some on every floor while some only have it every few floors, but most students on campus eat at russell house. russell has a variety of food options, and even the pickiest eater should be able to find something they like. bates, capstone, and honors all have their own smaller dining facilities but it is usually more convenient to eat at russell than go to the outskirts of campus to eat at one of the smaller dining halls.

    Dorm Life

    dorm life depends on which residence hall you live in. traditional style dorms (south tower, bates, etc) have hall bathrooms, while suite style dorms (capstone, patterson, etc) have two rooms sharing a bathroom in between. apartment style dorms (those located on the horseshoe and the quads) allow students to have their own room and all share a bathroom in the apartment. dorm preferences depend on your personal need for privacy, but location is key. dorms located near the center of campus usually make it easier to get to and from classes but each dorm has it's benefits.

    Academic Rigor

    the academic rigor depends on the classes you enroll in and the effort you put forth. while some basic level classes might not require much effort to pass, the more effort you put forth the more it will help you in higher level courses. always go to class if possible; certain situations come up but unless it's an emergency, class should come first. the reading assignments may seem unnecessary but usually end up being really helpful in preparing for finals and papers.

    Tips for prospective students

    as a prospective student i would definitely do my research. be sure you know what you're signing up for in terms of housing and parking. be well informed about what you commit to, and if you have questions don't hesitate to ask. take a guided tour given by the university but also try to find someone you know to show you around and take you to a class.

    In three sentences

    the university of south carolina - columbia is an incredible place to attend college. between the friendly people, knowledgeable professors, and sec athletics there is no where else anyone would rather be. columbia places usc in a great location, and there is a niche for any student with any interests.

  • 02/08/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 30 of 215

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    What to do for fun

    going to the sports events is one of the main things to do for fun. five points is right next to campus where students experience nightlife.

    Food and Dining

    there are numerous places to dine at. there is even a cafe that is open til 3 am. students have a great variety of types of foods everyday.

    Dorm Life

    obviously, it depends what residence hall students live in. the only thing that may be wrong with some dorm is the distance is far from central campus. other than that, the dorms are great.

    Academic Rigor

    academics here are made for students to be challenged. the professors/doctors do a great job teaching. it is definitely reasonable from year to year.

    Tips for prospective students

    the campus is big, but manageable. there are no outrageous distances students have to walk. it there are some classes that are semi far in a small amount of time, the university provides free shuttle that run daily.

    In three sentences

    usc has a great combination of opportunities. academics are outstanding, social life is comfortable, and have a plethora of extracurricular activities. there is never a dull moment at usc.

  • 03/04/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 31 of 215

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    the campus safety is excellent. there are security cameras on every corner. along with those cameras there are call boxes that goes straight to police station. there are even carolina alerts sent to your phone and email everytime an emergency occurs.

    What to do for fun

    there are plenty of fun things to do on campus. they have free movies at the end of every week. there are a lot of fun opportunities every month. they are great for students who do not have transportation or money to go off campus.

    Food and Dining

    there are many great places to eat on campus. there are at least six places to eat using your meal plan. inside each place is a variety of different foods. especially one building that has at least 12 different restaurants to choose from. even if you do not want to food on campus or it's just too late for you to swipe your card there are plenty of places in walking distance and quite a few places that deliver. don't worry about the money because you get coupons at the beginning of each semester.

    Dorm Life

    dorm life is good if you stay in the right place. many residence halls are being renovated at this time so dorm life should improve massively. freshman receive on campus housing automatically. upperclassmen are not always guaranteed a place to stay on campus.

    Academic Rigor

    remember to study hard. if you have si sessions for a class, please attend them. they are not just for students who do not understand, they are also for those who want to get ahead. do not be afraid to ask for help.

  • 03/09/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 32 of 215

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    campus safety is great at usc. there are police call boxes every where and usc's alert system will send out emails and text messages to students in case anything happens on campus, advising them on how to react.

    Greek Life

    as in most of the southern schools, greek life is a fairly large part of usc.

    Clubs and Activities

    usc has over 250+ clubs and organizations. any student can find at least one that appeals to them. anything from skydiving to scuba-diving to pastafarians are groups available to students.

    Great for these types of students

    any, as it is a diverse school.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    carolina football is the largest tradition, in which the females usually dress up in black or garnet dresses and the guys in jerseys or t-shirts.

    Bang for the buck

    there are a lot of opportunities for additional scholarships. overall, i think that i do get what i pay for.

    What to do for fun

    the mall is about 15 minutes from campus. there is a great river walk in cayce, about 5 minutes from campus, which has walking/running trails as well as places to float down the river. usc offers a lot of free activities such as: 2 free movies a week that play thursday - sunday, bands that come and play, famous speakers, etc.

    Food and Dining

    einstein bagels, colloqium cafe, cafe verde, and gibson court are the best places to eat on campus.

    Dorm Life

    usc are remodeling the dorm, thus are becoming much more modernized. however, the older dorms that have not been rebuilt or remodeled are not in very good condition.

    Academic Rigor

    i am an exercise science major, and feel as if usc is able to set me up for success in meeting my prerequisites for dental school.

    Tips for prospective students

    football is probably the largest carolina tradition; followed by our 2-time national champion baseball team! however, if you are not really a sport fans, there are over 250+ student organizations, to include a skydiving club.

    In three sentences

    usc columbia provides all the necessary opportunities for students to be successful. it is a very friendly and diverse school, which makes it unique. i have thoroughly enjoyed my college career at usc so far!

  • 03/10/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 33 of 215

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    it is an urban campus and there are dangers and crime associated with that. but there are emergency call boxes literally always nearby. and there are great late-night escort and transportations systems for going between campus buildings. be smart and you'll be fine.

    Clubs and Activities

    lots of student organizations and clubs: from skydiving, outdoor recreation, and rugby to green room productions (theatre) and green living (environment)

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    if you want to be outside in the gorgeous sc weather, but there are too many people on the horseshoe for you, walk around the perimeter and duck into any of the numerous side gardens. they have fountains and sundials and benches and solitude for thinking.

    Bang for the buck

    sports events are free!! or they are at least included in tuition. don't just go to the football games (but do go: they're awesome and unlike anything you've every experienced). also check out soccer, volleyball, swimming and diving meets, etc. more things included: the strom and blatt athletic centers (with swimming pools and a rock wall); ipad checkout at the library; fairly large film collection for check-out (not just boring educational ones either)

    What to do for fun

    there is five points for the weekends if that's your kind of thing. but there are also a bunch of parks and the horseshoe for nice days. frisbee and naps in the sun are very popular (and only occasionally do these two activities interrupt each other...). russell has free movies every weekend. there are various shopping options as well. downtown stores are fun and harbison has a good mall and other stores if you have a car. but my favorites are the thrift stores in and around columbia

    Food and Dining

    there are a lot of options on campus. chik-fil-a and pizza hut were my favorites freshman year. but i also fell in love with einstein bros and cafe verde (healthier but delicious options and its open til 3am most days). there are plenty of options relatively close to campus as well. beezer's sandwiches are the bomb.

    Dorm Life

    even though it may seem like a lot of money, i would definitely recommend living on campus. i never had huge problems, just know that it will not be quiet and serene all the time in a dorm. but the community you build will last at least all four years of college, and the convenience of being a five-minute walk from one of your classes will really pay off when 8am classes come around.

    Academic Rigor

    of course, you will be expected to attend classes, do the work, and study. but there are different levels of academic rigor: general admission, capstone scholars, honors college, etc.

    Tips for prospective students

    it is a large college and unfortunately, all the different offices are not the best at communicating with each other. don't be afraid to check up on them to make sure everything is going smoothly. stay proactive and make sure you know what you want so that they can help you know what you need to do to get it.

    In three sentences

    usc is a fantastic place to be--in the middle of the city within walking distance of three downtown areas (five points, main street, the vista) but also a peaceful campus with lots of green spaces. another thing that makes usc so great (and this one is important for a lot of us): they give away so many scholarships! there is no reason to be lonely or bored with hundreds of student organizations and even fun classes for credit; so far, i have taken backpacking, west african dance, jewelry-making, and archery to name a few!

  • 03/13/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 34 of 215

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    the university has a campus police department that is constantly on watch and keeps the campus safe from harm. all students also must join a safety alert program where the university can send out emails and text messages to get the latest information on dangerous happenings on campus from criminal activity to severe weather.

    Greek Life

    usc has a large greek village filled with southern mansions for all of the fraternities and sororities on campus for students. greek life is very popular at usc and many students join them and participate in the social aspects of them as well as the many community service projects they participate in.

    Clubs and Activities

    there are clubs for just about everything you can imagine from business clubs to a republican club to student government clubs. the clubs are numerous so it is easy to get involved and as previously mentioned there are many intramural sports programs here.

    Great for these types of students

    the university of south carolina is great for students that want to succeed and create special relationships with people around campus. it is also for students to want to live in a warm southern climate while going to school.

    Bang for the buck

    the university has a lot on campus for the students that allow them to succeed in all of the aspects of their lives with free tutoring programs, and many resources to help them improve grades. also the university of south carolina recently built a huge wellness and fitness center for students to use to keep themselves in top shape or just lay out by the pool.

    What to do for fun

    there are many things to do for fun at usc. there are well set up intramural programs at usc, spanning from football to softball to sand volleyball, the choices are endless. there are also numerous clubs to join for social aspects for your major you are studying. if you like to watch sports the gamecocks are back to back national champions in baseball and are a powerhouse football program that always draw large crowds. the other sports programs are here to watch as well such as basketball, soccer, and swimming and diving. if you are into the party scene, five points and the vista are two regions of columbia that have a lot of restaurants and clubs that draw huge crowds during the night as well as during the day for shopping and eating. not to mention that this is south carolina, where you are an hour and a half from the mountains and some of the best beaches in hilton head and myrtle beach.

    Food and Dining

    there are many dining halls on campus for students to choose from for meals. the main dining hall is in the university union and has a wide variety of food choices. in the main hall there is a grill, filled with burgers and the like, a food line for a wide variety of meals, and a healthy food like and a salad bar. if these do not fit your liking, there is a pizza and pasta restaurant called pandini's for students as well, however, if you are more inclined to fast food there is a burger king, a taco bell, a pizza hut, a chick-fil-a and a greek place for you to choose from in the dining hall. also around campus there are two einstein brothers bagels, a starbucks, and a fresh deli alongside a marbleslab creamery and freshens for dessert choices. the food choices are endless!

    Dorm Life

    in my experience, the best friends i have made at usc are from my freshman dorm. we have spent countless hours just hanging out and going around doing different things as well as studying together. dorm life is so vital to the college experience and the university of south carolina is no exception with its numerous dorms open to all students and required for freshmen students.

    Academic Rigor

    the university of south carolina has some very highly acclaimed majors such as international business and exercise science. both programs have rigorous schedules and require a lot of time and effort and have difficult courses. all majors, however, have their own courses that have difficulty and require a lot of time and effort in order to succeed in them. with that said, there are classes at the university that have a high rate of a's and b's that people generally take to fill a schedule, but, with that said there are courses with high fail rates as well.

    Tips for prospective students

    take the time to visit the campus and the specific college that you want to attend. each branch of the university has specific requirements for admission and for graduation. learn about your intended major and what will be required of you, and don't hesitate to meet some professors and learn about the process. also take the time to explore the campus itself and learn about what you can be doing outside the classroom. there are numerous clubs to join, sports to play and many other activities around town and the university.

    In three sentences

    the university of south carolina is a large university that spans a broad list of majors. while the school is large, each individual major and college focuses on their students intently and helps them reach their academic potential and get on the right track. usc is a quality institution that gives all students the tools necessary to enjoy their college experience as well as prepare themselves to be active members of society.

  • 03/13/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 35 of 215

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    although some accidents have happened, campus safety is on top of it for the most part.

    Greek Life

    i experienced rush week, but i decided not to be a part of the greek life for personal reasons.

    What to do for fun

    there are many organizations to include yourself in, and once you are in one of those, it keeps you busy, but not all work. there is a lot of fun to be had and new friends to be made.

    Food and Dining

    this campus offers a very expanded variety of foods.

    Dorm Life

    i lived on campus for only my first year. i think everyone should get that experience at least for one year but being on campus 24/7 can start to feel like you are trapped.

    Academic Rigor

    most of the classes definitely challenge you throughout your time here, but as long as you try your absolute best, you should be fine.

    Tips for prospective students

    do not be afraid to throw yourself into many organizations that the university has to offer.

    In three sentences

    the university of south carolina - columbia has been a great school for me so far. it has made me more social and allowed me to experience many new experiences. i would definitely try to get others to go here.

  • 03/23/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 36 of 215

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Call boxes are located throughout campus wherever there is a walkway, dorm, or parking lot. USCPD makes regular rounds throughout the day and all through the night. In the dorms, you have to use your ID to scan yourself in and sign in guests.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Greek life has many traditions each year, but one the whole campus shares is the rivalry with Clemson. Each year, we burn a tiger over a huge bonfire. Most students attend and its a great way to meet new people.

    What to do for fun

    Go to the Historic Horseshoe in the middle of campus. It has big open places to play Frisbee with friends, shady trees to study under, and walkways that are great for running.

    Food and Dining

    There are many dining facilities on campus. Every dorm has a place to eat within 10 minutes of walking.

    Dorm Life

    Freshman live in the freshman dorms, so don't get too excited here. Go for an apartment style living arrangement; there is more room and less personal space to be shared.

    Academic Rigor

    Class sizes are big when starting as a freshman, which makes it hard; but this is expected at any big university.

    Tips for prospective students

    Come prepared for changes in the weather, you never know what the day brings! Class sizes as freshman are big but as you progress in your major, there are smaller classes. Don't be intimidated by the size, the people are great!

    In three sentences

    The University is a great location in a college city. The landscaping is beautiful and campus is full of life. I have already switched my major twice and it was a breeze!

  • 04/02/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 37 of 215

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    There are campus police that drive around 24/7, and their is also a shuttle called the duck bus that if you call it will take you anywhere you need to go campus and that also runs 24/7. There are also emergency buttons posted all around campus and they actually work. I have a friend that pushed the button to test the efficiency of the police and they were literally there within 2 minutes. COME TO CAROLINA!!!!!

    Greek Life

    THE GREEK LIFE IS AMAZING!!!!!!! I could not picture myself in any other sorority and I love most of the fraternities here. I hangout with just about every fraternity, it's not very clique-y here and everyone finds their niche and where they're supposed to be!

    Great for these types of students

    Students that are outgoing and don't mind going to a big school but also want to go to a big school with a HUGE sports team.

    What to do for fun

    There are so many things to do for fun! There are so many clubs and organizations to join to get involved. Russell house has a movie theater that students get to view movies for free, 5 points is within walking distance and we have a shuttle that can drop you off right on the outskirts of it. There are always sorority and fraternity functions.

    Food and Dining

    The food is amazing! We have about 20 different options on campus so it's virtually impossible to get tired of the food or not find something that suits your eating habits.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are dorms, but they really aren't that bad. It's all part of the college experience!

    Academic Rigor

    There are so many things offered to help students improve their grades, time management, study skills etc. As long as students are willing to be helped they can be.

    Tips for prospective students

    COME TO CAROLINA!!!! You won't regret it, it's a big school but as long as you get involved you'll feel like a big fish in a small pond.

    In three sentences

    The campus is beautiful and not too spread out. All of my classes have been wonderful thus far and really are shaped to my interests. There are so many study enhancements in this community to make sure that students do succeed.

  • 04/20/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 3 people found this review useful. 38 of 215

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Make sure to walk in lighted areas. Our police on campus works hard on the wrong things. Do not walk alone at night.

    Greek Life

    Many get into trouble, enough said.

    Clubs and Activities

    A lot of clubs, can get involved with no problem. Usually always a program going on that Carolina Productions put on. Love poetry night, and project condom.

    Great for these types of students

    If your a poet, great chances to perform and compete. If you love business, Moore School of Business is nationally and internationally known.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Pipes under the university that were used during the civil war.

    What to do for fun

    Not much. Clubs, house parties if you know people who go, hang out with friends, malls that are a little far out, 5-points which is close to campus, etc.

    Food and Dining

    Food is great when you first come, gets old. But there are plenty of eating spots around campus because USC is in the heart of downtown Columbia.

    Dorm Life

    I'm currently in South Quad, apartment style, have cool room mates. I do have space but gets annyoing if you have a nosey room mate. Lock up your properties.

    Academic Rigor

    Have to step it up once out here. I thought I would sail through like I did high school, NOT!

    Tips for prospective students

    Do not buy books from the bookstore on campus, use amazon/chegg, just not b&n. Be prepared to work hard, high school is not college. Study hard!!!

    In three sentences

    A very big campus, always joke that the university is half of Columbia. Great business school which I am enrolled in. Overall a good school.

  • 04/23/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 39 of 215

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    The sports events are always fun. sometimes the Russell House will host a Carolina After Dark event where you can come socialize and receive freebies.

    Food and Dining

    The food here is great. There are a variety of things you could choose from. Whether you want fast food or something healthy.

    Dorm Life

    I love my dorm. I have an apartment style dorm and we each have our own rooms so its nice to have space to myself. However some of the dorms can be a little on the down side.

    Academic Rigor

    Some of the classes may be challenging but it all depends on how well you manage your time.

    Tips for prospective students

    Bring walking shoes. The campus is spread out so all of your classes may not be in the same area.

    In three sentences

    The campus is great. Everyone is friendly and willing to help. The professors actually help you.

  • 04/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 40 of 215

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    There are poles with emergency buttons linked to USC PD all over campus. You can constantly see one.

    Greek Life

    Tons of sororities and fraternities to choose from and new ones are coming. The Greek village is not too bad either!

    Clubs and Activities

    Over 200 clubs and things to join.

    Great for these types of students

    Any especially international business of course.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Every Friday there is a special call on campus.

    Bang for the buck

    You get the urban and college experience here in Columbia.

    What to do for fun

    You can go to strom and lay out by the pool. Watch football or baseball games. Lay out on the horse shoe and do home work and relax.

    Food and Dining

    Russell House is OK but the options just get old.

    Dorm Life

    You meet so many people and experience so much by living in a residence hall.

    Academic Rigor

    Some teachers have easier ways of teaching or just better ways of teaching than others. But it is not impossible to do well.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do not procrastinate with anything no matter how easy the task.

    In three sentences

    The atmosphere is also lively. Classes are interesting and there are always new people to meet. Sports are going all the time!

  • 04/29/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 41 of 215

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Campus security is great, there are buttons and councils all over the campus so that if you are in danger you can press those buttons to be able to get security over to you. There are also constant security officers all over campus to ensure protection and in the event something does happen they send out text alerts, email alerts and any other necessary to ensure the protection of the students.

    Greek Life

    Awesome Greek Life too, there are over 20+ social fraternities and sororities on campus that you can rush to and pledge to. There is good Greek Life regulations too to ensure that nobody is hurt during rushing or pledging processes.

    Clubs and Activities

    Awesome, there are almost 100 clubs that are run by students and there are also club sports and intramural sports for those of all levels of expertise.

    Great for these types of students

    Students who are looking to have fun and to learn a few things that will help ensure you have a brighter future.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    We do a tiger burn every fall semester before the Carolina versus Clemson game. We also have an awesome homecoming week that have a lot of school spirit activities. Not really unusual locations on campus that I can think of right now, its a pretty normal campus. The horseshoe is a great place to hand out on a nice day.

    Bang for the buck

    Its good, there are a wide variety of classes that you can take and you have a good amount of access to professors. Again there are a lot of clubs and organizations too, I am actually a President for an organization that was just founded last year by a roommate of mine.

    What to do for fun

    If you are of are there are bars and clubs that you can go to which are less than a mile and a half off campus. Also there are a lot of places to dance at and Russell House also has a lot of fun things for someone to do. Finally there are also clubs and organizations to participate in, including fraternities and sororities.

    Food and Dining

    Food and dining is good, there are a lot of options to accomodate those will all kinds of appetite. You will get sick of it though after a couple of semesters, at first it will seem great, but it does get old quickly. Dining is quiet expensive so after your sophomore year, you may want to look into eating at the dorm or off campus.

    Dorm Life

    University housing here is not very good, its not bad but not good nonetheless. University housing is a pain to deal with and after your sophomore year, you may stuck living off campus even if you want to live on campus.

    Academic Rigor

    Not too bad, but you need to be studying some other than just partying because if you get good professors it won't be too bad, but if you get bad ones, you need to study all the time! (This is the same for ALL universities)

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't procrastinate and think that the University is all fun and games because they have a few weeder freshman courses, that if you aren't careful you can possibly fail out of and lose your scholarships/spot in school. Don't be scared by this, just heed a friendly warning.

    In three sentences

    The University of South Carolina is a fun, intuitive school anxious to accept almost anyone and everyone. USC has a good amount of help for incoming freshman and offers help for harder freshman and some sophomore level classes. The university also has a lot of dining areas on campus for those with all kinds of appetites.

  • 07/15/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 42 of 215

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    USC is a school with such a large student body, that it is not difficult to find people with similar interests as yourself. The athletics here are crazy, from our SEC football Saturday nights, to our 2x World Series Champion baseball team, if you're a sports fan USC is your place. If you enjoy warm weather and palm trees, you'll be in your element. I can say whole-heartily that USC provides a lot of diversity and a lot of opportunity. There is something for you; no matter who you are.

    Tips for prospective students

    1. If you're looking for a large school, with over 20,000 people and a great collegiate atmosphere, USC has it. 2. If you are not from the south, understand that like most regions, it comes with it's own culture. From food, language, to attire. 3. Be prepared for the HEAT. 4. USC has something for everybody. Get involved. 5. Visit the school before you make a decision. That is when I fell in love.

    Bang for the buck

    Just check the credentials. USC is constantly ranked int the top 50 by various college review organizations as one of the best-value universities in the USA. I can say that is certainly an earned recognition. Considering rising tuition costs, this SEC, tier 1, nationally recognized school has been able to provide the best without charging the most. Also, for those who did graduate from a SC high school, unlike myself, the state does offer some really good scholarships.

    Am enjoying being here

    I am from New England, and coming to the University of South Carolina was a challenge and adventure I was certainly looking forward to. I was not intimidated by the culture shock I was told that I would expirence. Perhaps I should've taken this advise more seriously because it is very different in many ways. However, I wouldn't trade being here for anything. Being from out of state and not knowing a soul was certainly a challenge, but there are so many students from all across the globe that it is hard to feel alone. This time in your life is meant for changing and growing and figuring out life, and USC is a great place to do it. And oh yea, also having a crazy amount of fun, all the time. There is always something going on.

    Am learning a lot

    Although South Carolina is quite a large school, it is very easy to create a personal academic experience if you desire. Academic advising is very important, and advisers in all majors are very helpful and you easily forget that you are one of thousands that they are advising. I have had professors that have doctorates from Brown and Penn State, and from all corners of the United States, exposing me to various types of people and experiences. From a Lady Gaga class to some of the most esteemed International Business courses in the world, USC is an enriching place to be.

  • 02/19/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 43 of 215

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    the campus is surrounded by call boxes and alert systems that if in danger one could press and have immediate safety. usc has many police officers speckled about the campus to ensure utmost safety and the city of columbia in general has an outstanding police and community watch.

    Greek Life

    the greek life at usc is a blast and its a big part of the university. the fraternities have their own little community or houses to reside in and the sororities are always hosting functions. there is a great sense of pride and competition in the greek life but in south carolina it has a more positive approach. overall the greek life aspires to have fun as well as give back to the community.

    Clubs and Activities

    theres layers and layers and layers of campus activities. student government is very prevalent within the university and there is a club that will fulfill any students interests.

    Great for these types of students

    this campus is wonderful for any type of student. if you are a studious introvert the classes are challenging and perfect for you. if you are an outgoing always looking for fun student the campus and environment is perfect for you. it's a growing and exciting community yet its small enough to where you can make a difference and thrive in it. any student willing to be active and engaged in their college experience would love usc.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    the horseshoe is the most famous location on the campus. it is a large open u-shaped field and is a very relaxing area for anyone to study or just enjoy outside. there is an excellent restaurant on top of the capstone building that rotates as you eat and allows one to see the entirety of columbia from an aerial view. our baseball time is also back to back national champs and our football team had 11 wins in a season last year.

    Bang for the buck

    to really fully enjoy the usc experience one needs to get as involved as possible. join the greek life, participate in all the clubs, attend every single game as possible, enjoy the functions, etc. there is always something more to be a part of on this campus and in this community.

    What to do for fun

    it's not hard to find something fun to do at university of south carolina. in the fall the football games and tailgates are some of the most fun you'll have at usc. the games are exciting and entertaining and the tailgates before and after become just a fun celebration. the greek life frequently hires bands and have them perform after the games, and the frat lots in general are a big outdoor party for all. also five points is the source of a lot of fun. they have clubs and bars that include dancing and just having a general great time every weekend. regardless there is always something to do around campus.

    Food and Dining

    the university of south carolina is surrounded by a fairly large city so finding delicious food is not difficult. five points has many bars as well as andy's deli, harpers, and yesterdays which serves great food for college students. and the vista, right next door, is filled with all sorts of restaurants and dining any one could enjoy. the university itself offers a great meal plan and has many little cafes and the russel house has a food court serving pizza hut, chick-fil-a and many more. they also have the mccutchen house which is a small little on campus restaurant put on by the students themselves. where they run the restaurant, make the food and ultimately serve the students.

    Dorm Life

    at usc there are a variety of different living options. a student can choose a co-ed, or single gender dorm, and has the option to make their environment as open as possible. columbia hall is a open co-ed dorm where boys and girls are walking around the halls and intermingling, and patterson is a all girls dorm where ones living environment is more exclusive. there are also quads and apartment style living for those who decide to live in more separate living conditions. overall if one desires certain living arrangements they can find exactly what they are looking for on the campus.

    Academic Rigor

    there is academic rigor at usc because there are so many different education opportunities outside of the classroom. not only are classes challenging, a student has numerous ways to educate themselves such as study abroad, internships, non-profit volunteer work, clubs, community service, and hands on learning.

    Tips for prospective students

    if you are a prospective student wanting to attend the university of south carolina, the first thing you should do is get a tour from a student who currently attends the campus. they will show you how much they love it from a hands-on perspective and be as honest as possible. one should also research which school they exactly want to be in. there are so many different possibilities for an education at usc and many of the colleges intertwine in ideas and studies and it is imperative that one examines each college carefully. and importantly they should attend a carolina football game. this is how i fell in love with usc's amazing atmosphere, spirit and energy. anyone who walks into williams brice stadium and glances over at the student section will realize how much fun it is to attend the school.

    In three sentences

    the university of south carolina is a well-rounded university that can suit any potential student. the campus is located in a fun, growing city that is enjoyable by anyone whether they are going to a football game or heading down to five points or the vista. it also contains a variety of different majors and is perfect for anyone wanting to have an admirable career.

  • 04/12/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 44 of 215

    Categories Comments
    Greek Life

    The Greek life is large, and the Greek village doesn't have houses, it has beautiful mansions.

    Great for these types of students

    Definately great for students who enjoy all levels of athletics.

    What to do for fun

    Being in the Capital of SC, there's a bunch to do! Most people hang out in Five Points, which houses cute resturants and boutiques. In addition, you are only 2 hours from Charleston and Myrtle Beach.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms I've seen are huge!

    Tips for prospective students

    Definitely apply during early acceptance (it's non-binding) and apply for the honors college. Even if you don't get accepted to the honors college, they use that application to give out scholarships, and some of those include tuition reductions for out-of-state students.

    In three sentences

    I love the opportunities USC offers for it's athletes, they have a huge support staff specifically for the athletes. The chances for outside research are phenomenal, especially for those in the Marine Sciences department. Go Gamecocks!

  • 04/24/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 45 of 215

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    This a priority for the school. They do send email updates on any crime activities to keep students informed. There are also several blue light stations around campus for emergencies.

    Greek Life

    I am not a part of Greek Life so I do not know them all, but there are many on campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    I am not a member of any clubs on campus so I do not know them all, but I know there are many.

    Bang for the buck

    I have enjoyed all of my professors. Each one really gets involved with the student's learning.

    What to do for fun

    Students can go to movies, network and make friends with other class mates, and enjoy many restaurants and night life establishments. There are also theaters in order to enjoy plays as well as many bands to chose from for good music.

    Food and Dining

    I do not dine on campus so I do not know, but there are many places to eat and socialize.

    Dorm Life

    I do not live in a dorm so I do not know exactly.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be ready to walk a good distance to classes. Always take good notes and be on time for classes. Good information is dispersed in each class and you want to be ready to receive it.

    In three sentences

    The parking is bad due to having to pay to park and/or walk several blocks to classes. Other than that, the acedemic standards are of sound quality. I believe the college produces quality career people.

  • 05/01/2012

    Reviewer is A past student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 46 of 215

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    Football and baseball games, and of course 5 Points, the nearby bar/food district and the heart of USC's social life. There are always events going on with Greek life and other campus organizations, and intramurals/sports galore at the Strom and Blatt PE centers. There are many museums and galleries within walking distance to campus, and the state zoo! Columbia is also less than two hours from the mountains, beach (Charleston), Charlotte, or Savannah.

    Food and Dining

    The Russell House has it all; from a decent variety of fast food chains, sushi, stir-frye, build-your-own smoothie, and even a bakery, anyone can find something to chow down on. Patterson, Columbia and Bates (dorms) all have their own dining halls as well, and there are plenty of other options around campus (Starbucks, Jazzman's in the BA, the Colloquim Cafe, a snack canteen in the Humanities office building, etc.).

    Dorm Life

    If you are a freshman, live on campus, hands down! You will meet so many people without even trying to, and will definitely get the best college experience possible by being on campus in the middle of things!

    Academic Rigor

    I found the Honors College to be very stimulating, but the rest of my classes were pretty average. Some really easy courses, others more challenging, but overall very manageable.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't be afraid to showcase your talents, and get as specific as you can on your application (future career goals/professional interests, even if you aren't sure what you want to major in yet). USC prides itself in their strong alumni base, so if you have connections to the university/South Carolina in general, don't be afraid to show that off either!

    In three sentences

    USC boasts a wonderful Honors College, great student life, many popular study abroad programs, very involved Greek life, and Columbia is just an all around fun location to be a college student!

  • 05/07/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 47 of 215

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    Football games, campus events, greek life

    Tips for prospective students

    Get a map of the campus because it is really big, carry pepper spray at all times because it is in the middle of the city, go to the football games, it's an awesome experience

    In three sentences

    The college is awesome, it's pretty big but I love it because everyone is so different and that gives you a chance to be you. I plan on going to graduate school here as well

  • 05/16/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 48 of 215

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Campus Police are generally prompt and helpful

    Greek Life

    I'm not into greek life at all but I hear Greek Village is where it's at!

    Great for these types of students

    Anyone

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    If you don't know about Sandstorm, you better ask someone.

    Bang for the buck

    Tuition can be costly but if you're out of state join the band for tuition reduction

    What to do for fun

    The mall is a short drive away, intramural fields, gym, tons of things to get into.

    Food and Dining

    So many places to eat! It can get boring after a while but there's so many places right on campus to eat

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is generally great except for mold or building issues.

    Academic Rigor

    At least in the School of Music it is.

    Tips for prospective students

    Bring all your shorts, and t shirts! Columbia is known to be, Famously Hot, and best believe it is.

    In three sentences

    USC is a great place to be, a fairly large campus, great sporting opportunities, and generally sunny campus demeanor make for a great college experience. Columbia is home of many opportunities and such diversity that it's the perfect college town. I can't imagine being anywhere.

  • 05/21/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 2 people found this review useful. 49 of 215

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Its Downtown Columbia of course there are robberies but the campus provides the emergency poles and things, there advice hit each button as you run away from your attacker (yeah...there working on it). I guess feeling unsafe makes us more aware anyway

    Greek Life

    HUGE! greek life allows you access to many other opportunities and events on campus!

    Bang for the buck

    Tuition includes a lot of things make sure you take advantage of the programs and other things you have already paid for. Buy books off campus, and gamecock gear its expensive in the book store, and your going to wish you had that money later. Its older and more traditional in all aspects for sure!

    What to do for fun

    Party's all day starting every thursday, sometimes before, but there is something for everyone, check out all the registered clubs there are hundreds, join intramural teams if you think you will miss playing sports Frats and Soros are HUGE here there is one for everyone! There is always an event going on just find some that might seem interesting (even if its only a little)

    Food and Dining

    Russell House may seem like the ish when first arriving but it gets tiring and a sure way to the freshy 15. There are many places to eat try them all no matter how far away it may be. Nothing will fit on meal plan ANYWAY have CHASH at all times. P.S. anyone can eat in the honors diner!

    Dorm Life

    haha, old buildings crammed with college kids, there are newer and more remodeled dorms, but getting into those takes skill especially since there are always more students that housing! Its dirty and disgusting, but you meet the most amazing people and learn alot about everything and everyone...including yourself

    Academic Rigor

    Most teachers that I've had have a lenient attendance policy which I have stretched to the limit. But go to class on the first day to find out what there policy is before deciding to never show up.

    Tips for prospective students

    Bring A lot of decoration for your room, most were modeled after a jail cell decor. Freshmen are usually taken care of when it comes to receiving dorms, but the style is often run-down. 8 a.m's are no-nos if you didn't get up in high school no way in college! If you like walking you will loovvveee it here. You will walk regardless if you live on campus, parking is tiggghhht.

    In three sentences

    Education wise USC is definitely top-notch. But great campuses are often older, particularly the buildings. Though they are attempting to remodel its has ALOT of older buildings. The people are great too, most, big schools only feel that way for a short while, don't count them out because you are scared!

  • 05/23/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Cops are on campus VERY often, I've seen six people get arrested during my second semester alone. I feel pretty safe~

    Greek Life

    Greek life is a HUGE deal on campus. You can still be someone if you aren't greek, but it helps with the social aspect of college.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are lots and lots of clubs, but I don't think they have a Model UN which makes me sad because I was planning to join.

    Great for these types of students

    social, planning to go greek, don't mind lots of people around you ALL THE TIME, sports lovers, those who don't have a ton of money, or International Business majors. Of course it works for others, too, but this is the best case scenario.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There are some ghost stories surrounding the campus, especially in the horseshoe. The university was turned into a hospital for the Union during the Civil War and there was this Confederate nurse who poisoned her Northern patients. There's a specific dorm room, but I don't recall which. If you're a guy from the north, you'll see her watching you some nights. That. Is. Creepy.

    Bang for the buck

    USC is cheap, and thank god it is. My family is still kind of struggling with the cost, but had I gone to Furman like I wanted, we would be in an exponential amount of trouble.

    What to do for fun

    There is a free movie theater in Russell, and we have pretty cool guest speakers, there is also an awesome mall close by, so that's a plus, too!

    Food and Dining

    There are a few places on campus that are pretty good: the Colloquim, Einstein's (near Gambrell), and Pandini's. Downstairs Russel isn't bad, but it does get repetitive. There's a lot of fast food upstairs if you like it, and there is a Greek place (it wasn't bad, either), and they also have a Marble Slab.

    Dorm Life

    TWO STARS BECAUSE I STAYED AT SOUTH TOWER! It was unsanitary, old, LOUD, and the walls are pretty much made of PLYWOOD. YOU CAN HEAR EVERYTHING! It's co-ed this year, and I'm not staying there so~~ The two stars are for Patterson and the Quads. They're both very beautiful and clean. You can see the gorgeous upscale highrise that is Patterson from South Tower, and it's just downright depressing.

    Academic Rigor

    It really depends on your class and your teacher. I can tell you that the French program at USC is VERY rigorous, and East Asian History class is nothing to smirk about. But these have only been two classes, I will warn you away from taking a 300's level political science class during your freshman year, too. Not a good idea.

    Tips for prospective students

    Columbia is really hot during the summer/spring, so be prepared. Make sure you talk to your counselor before changing any of your classes. Wear comfortable shoes because USC is a BIG campus. If you aren't planning to go greek or go crazy in college, stay away from South Tower if at all possible. I did not enjoy my stay there. Make sure you sign up for a learning community when you submit your housing application or else you'll end up in a place that isn't so great. If you're planning to bring your car and park it on campus, beware. It gets very busy and there have been accidents, make sure you brush up on defensive driving before coming to school in the autumn.

    In three sentences

    USC is a very large school, but there are many majors and minors you can choose from because of the large student population. The professors I have gotten thus far are very good at what they do. USC is a great deal especially if you live in-state, the tuition is pretty cost-effective.

  • 05/23/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 51 of 215

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    Campus Safety

    The USC PD is always quick to respond. There are also call boxes scattered throughout campus. One is always in plain view.

    Greek Life

    There are many sororities and fraternity on campus. The Greek Village is located close to campus. Going Greek is a great way to serve the community and meet people from all over!

    Clubs and Activities

    There are all sorts of clubs and organizations to get involved in. Many people join Sororities and Fraternities and have so much fun! Carolina Productions also puts on shows and bring in comedians and singers. The student organization fair at the beginning of the semester is a great way to see whats offered. Anyone can get involved!

    Great for these types of students

    Business Majors Music Majors Engineering Majors Those who want to be on a big campus

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The Historic Horseshoe is always a great place to go. On a nice day you can see people sitting out there playing Frisbee or just hanging out with friends.

    Bang for the buck

    USC offers a good quality education and there is something always going on. The financial aid office is there to help you make ends meet.

    What to do for fun

    Sporting events, Football games, hang out with friends on the Horseshoe, Five-Points, go to dinner in the Vista, Carolina Production events

    Food and Dining

    There are plenty of places to eat on campus. Pretty much anything you want, they have somewhere. The hours are a little annoying but there are also places close to campus to eat.

    Dorm Life

    USC has some great dorms all over campus. Living in a dorm is a great way to meet people! It is the ultimate freshman experience! It keeps life interesting.

    Academic Rigor

    The professors will challenge you. Don't be scared! The are always there to help. The tutoring center is great the the library is filled with thousands of resources to help!

    Tips for prospective students

    Go to class! Get involved! Keep your grades up. Have fun! Visit the Strom Wellness at least once!

    In three sentences

    You are going to love USC! It is a great campus filled with great people! There is always something to do and great people to meet!

  • 05/24/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 52 of 215

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    There are call boxes all over campus. My car was stolen this year from a parking lot right across the street from my dorm, but I usually feel safe on campus. Of course you should never go places by yourself. There is some safety in numbers.

    Greek Life

    I am not Greek but there are lots of greek organizations on campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    USC has numerous clubs. Students go on trips to the mountains, kayaking trips, study abroad trips. If there is something you want and USC does not have it, talk to student affairs and they will probably try to help you form a club to do it!

    Great for these types of students

    If you are out going this place is for you. If you are the quiet type Carolina will help you to come out of your shell.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The Horseshoe is beautiful. It is the perfect place to study, relax, or listen to a small ensemble.

    Bang for the buck

    College is expensive everywhere. I believe one receives a quality education in the midst of all of the education budget cuts.

    What to do for fun

    There are lots of activites on campus and almost anything you want to do in Columbia. I like going to the sports competitions and recitals or performances on campus.

    Food and Dining

    There are many choices in the dining halls. The food is pretty decent for cafeteria food.

    Dorm Life

    USC makes room for the Freshmen each year leaving very little dorm space for upper classmen. If you don't have an early registration time you probably won't get a dorm after your first year here.

    Academic Rigor

    If you prepared yourself in high school, you will be all right. If you were slack and only took easy courses or cheated your way through high school, you are gonna find it tough. Some of the colleges are highly competitive so you must be prepared to alter your plans if needed.

    Tips for prospective students

    Talk to your professors when you are having trouble in class. Talk to your classmates as well. Don't be afraid to seek help when needed.

    In three sentences

    Carolina is a great school. Some of the classes are large but you have to get in those classes and make some study buddies. There are some really fine instructors and only a few who won't work with you to help you.

  • 05/31/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 53 of 215

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    Campus Safety

    It's improving. Columbia is a city and there are homeless people around. Just don't go anywhere by yourself at night, especially if you're a female. Carolina police are always around, there are emergency buttons at several locations around campus, and Carolina Alert sends out texts/email about crimes and risks around the city that we should be aware of.

    Greek Life

    Greek Life is HUGE here. Those in frats and sororities are easy to spot too, considering they all wear the same things and act the same ways.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is an endless number of clubs and activities - something for everyone.

    Great for these types of students

    Ideal student: -southern -loves football -fairly motivated -doesn't mind hot weather

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Google Flying Spaghetti Monster

    Bang for the buck

    Tuition keeps increasing, as it does with every other college. In-state price isn't bad, but it's a college education. Be prepared to pay a little money for it.

    What to do for fun

    I wouldn't say that there's a whole lot more to do in Columbia than any other place. In the city you have the usual restaurants, coffee shops, bars, and shopping centers, but there are also football games, a yearly fair, a zoo, parades, theaters, parks, lakes, and a river that you can go to and enjoy.

    Food and Dining

    You're in a capital city! There's a bunch of places to eat downtown. If you're still not satisfied, then there's Forest Acres, West Columbia, Lexington, and Harbison nearby where you can find something to satisfy your taste buds.

    Dorm Life

    I personally never lived in a dorm, but if you're social, then I highly suggest it. Freshman generally want to meet as many people as possible within the first few weeks of college and living in a dorm is the easiest and fastest way to do it. It also gives you a community to always come back to. However, many of the dorms are old and aren't the best when it comes to living conditions.

    Academic Rigor

    There are definitely some classes that are more difficult than others. Your advisers are quick to tell you which classes are more or less there to boost your GPA. There are also those where the work load is ridiculous and you have a foreign teacher who can barely speak English. I would suggest going on ratemyprofessor.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't come to USC because you're settling. On the other hand, don't not apply because you think it's too difficult or too big. It's a place where many different people can come, make a home, and be happy.

    In three sentences

    Overall, USC is a great place to be and well worth it, especially if you're studying engineering or business. It's in the capital city so there are plenty of things to do, and it's just a couple hours away from the beach and the mountains. And if you're a sports fanatic, you won't find anyone more loyal than SC Gamecocks.

  • 06/02/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 2 people found this review useful. 54 of 215

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    Campus Safety

    AWFUL

    Greek Life

    Fabulous! I have met some of my best friends through my sorority and have had the opportunity to participate in so many things I never could have dreamed of.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is a club or activity for basically everyone! You name they have it.

    Great for these types of students

    USC is a great place for people who are social. Shy people don't seem to like it here too much. It is a very active campus so getting involved is a must!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    I love hanging out on the horseshoe. It is such a beautiful place and helps eliminate all the stress from class.

    Bang for the buck

    I am an out of state student and feel that tuition is very over priced. Basically everything on campus is over priced.

    What to do for fun

    USC IHSA Equestrian Team Phi Mu

    Food and Dining

    Awesome but gets old

    Dorm Life

    Fun....unless you live in South Tower.

    Academic Rigor

    Moderate

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't be afraid to get involved on campus and go to SI sessions when available for your class!

    In three sentences

    I could not imagine spending my 4 years of undergrad anywhere else but USC. Not only is the campus beautiful but it has a great learning environment that encourages you to succeed. I have met some fabulous students and professors here and it has only been 1 year!

  • 06/06/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 55 of 215

    Categories Comments
    Greek Life

    Greek life is huge on campus. While there are many sorority and fraternity options, there are still a lot of students that don't participate in greek life.

    Clubs and Activities

    Student organizations are very popular. Every semester their is student organization fair that introduces all the new and old clubs and activity groups on campus.

    Great for these types of students

    This school is great for any type of student. There are so many majors available to explore and student organizations are huge on campus. There are always opportunities for the sports fans, the academics, the greek students, the party animals, the theater students, and the activists!

    What to do for fun

    Columbia is a great city. During the fall, the football games are most popular- they provide a great way to spend your Saturday. Since the campus is in the downtown area, there are always events going on in the city. The school also provides different opportunities for different interests.

    Food and Dining

    The campus has many choices for dinner. If the cafeteria, fast food, or nicer dining options on campus don't satisfy you, there are always other restaurants available around town.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms on campus are great. They're spread out throughout campus and are really nice! Whether you want to live with just girls, in an apartment, or in a 'green' dorm, there is always a great match.

    Academic Rigor

    While it's a fun school, classes are not a joke. The school takes academics seriously and you can tell this by simply sitting in on a class.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be prepared for all kinds of new experiences. Don't be closed minded, college is a chance to start all over!

    In three sentences

    The University of South Carolina Columbia campus is just one of the many perks. This school is the perfect blend of downtown nightlife and southern hospitality. No student would disagree that this school it by far the best.

  • 06/07/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 56 of 215

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Campus safety is apparent at USC with a well-lit campus and multiple sites on campus to call for assistance as needed. USC police are visible and willing to help students.

    Greek Life

    Greek life at USC is an excellent sisterhood/brother hood opportunity for students who want to build a family and have a sense of belonging to something bigger than themselves. Greeks are committed to helping others, both on and off campus, and strive to uphold the traditions of USC.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are numerous clubs on campus at USC...from religious clubs, to intramural clubs, to service learning clubs. Get involved and you will see!

    Great for these types of students

    All types of students are welcome and encouraged at USC. We have a diverse group of students here and we embrace diversity at USC.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    We always have the traditional tiger burn the night before the USC/Clemson football game. This is a tradition since the university began and all students are involved. It is a fun way to promote school spirit!

    Bang for the buck

    If you want a university that is steeped in tradition, committed to academic excellence, and shares a loves of athletics and school spirit, USC is for you!

    What to do for fun

    There are many opportunities to have fun at USC..from watching a free movie at the Russell House, to playing ultimate frisbee at the Horsheshoe, to swimming at the Strom fitness center.

    Food and Dining

    USC has a wide variety of food and dining options...from a Mongolian bar, to Chick-fil-A, to yogurt and late night munchies.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life at USC is exceptional as it provides many different options for students. It feels like a home away from home.

    Academic Rigor

    USC takes pride in preparing students for the real world by providing academic rigor and excellence!

    Tips for prospective students

    Come prepared to learn and have fun at one of the top schools in the United States. Bring your spirit, too, as we have many athletic teams at USC to be proud of!

    In three sentences

    USC is a university that integrates high academic rigor with a feeling of of tradition and excellence!

  • 06/11/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 57 of 215

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    Bang for the buck

    Very expensive in the community area. There are always ways around that though with all the free collage meals at friends, family companies and through the school with free pizza nights.

    What to do for fun

    Taking friends or meeting people at the activities USC provides throughout the school year are always fun. The gym at Storm is a great way to excessive and have fun. They have an inside pool and hot tub and an inside rock climbing wall!

    Food and Dining

    I love there options of food in the Russel House. My favorite is the salad that you make yourself. Although, the pricing of some things could be a little high for the collage life. The meal plans and flex plans help a great deal.

    Dorm Life

    I havn't had a dorm life.

    Academic Rigor

    It's okay. I have been trying to get into the Business Collage and because my GPA of a 2.9 will not do, they wont let me go ahead to fulfill my dream. There should be a way on interviews for people like me.

    Tips for prospective students

    Students planning on transferring or attending out of high school the University of South Carolina need to understand that not only wile you live your life you need to create a balance with the school work load. Only join clubs if you can handle them with your classes and try not to go out to much and slack in school, especially as a freshman.

    In three sentences

    I love this University because of the schools location and the helpfulness of the staff. There are always opportunities at the University of South Carolina.

  • 06/12/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 58 of 215

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    Greek Life

    So many choices if interested in joining a Fraternity or Sorority, you will not go wrong in your decision.

    Food and Dining

    There are a TON of options to choose from when deciding what to eat around campus. especially with the Meal Plans offered. From Chinese food to subs to everything in between there is a lot to go around.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms here on campus offer a lot, whether it being meeting new friends and getting to know people or even having things to do while not in class. Overall a pretty good experience.

    Academic Rigor

    The academics are not as hard as you might think, sure you have to put in a lot of work, but it all pays of with very positive results.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure to check out all majors and minors offered before choosing just one!

    In three sentences

    I honestly believe that USC has a lot to offer, the campus is fun and exciting; many activities to do around here. The academics are spot on, with the ALL the teachers having many years of experience; one really gets to see how the real world is. Overall the school is great and does not lack in any areas.

  • 06/20/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 59 of 215

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    The University has its own police force as well as partnering up with the police force of Columbia. Your USC ID card is your passport and lifeline on campus. The majority of the buildings can not be entered unless you have an active ID card or a student has to sign you in.

    Greek Life

    Greek Life is extremely large and active, having a large presense on campus and in the community. The majority of Greek life has their own housing in Greek Village and are always behind the majority of the events on campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    Their is club for every sort of interest whether it's scuba diving, outdoor recreation, traditional Greek life, or bible study. A student will most definitely find his place.

    Great for these types of students

    Great for students who love city life, the outdoors since it is a big campus built into a city a lot of walking shall be done and a great sense of community and belonging.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is a wavy rivarly with Clemson University and every year before the big Clemson v. USC game, a huge paper tiger is set on fire, a ceremony titled the Tiger Burn to get our boys revved up to defend our pride and honor.

    What to do for fun

    Football season might as well be a national holiday in Gamecock country. Everyone steps out in their best to cheer on their beloved Gamecock boys. There is also a local bar scene that is said to be one the best in the state.

    Food and Dining

    Russell House is the hub of USC with great cafeteria options downstairs and your favorite fast food options upstairs. Most of the dorms also have their own dining options as well located inside of them

    Dorm Life

    In the process of renovating most of the dorms, the majority of the on campus living spaces are fairly new and state of the art.

    Academic Rigor

    USC takes pride in challenging their students and offering them opportunities to grow and reach other for areas of research.

    Tips for prospective students

    Definitely take a campus tour before attending. Since it is such a large campus, it will serve you well to be acquainted with it as much as possible.

    In three sentences

    University of South Carolina is the best school if you are looking for a strong sense of school pride, professors that take their job seriously and great opportunities to get involved on campus. Being a transfer student I was scared of new things, however all my needs were met socially, mentally, and physically (great food!). At USC, it's not just a campus, it's a whole city filled with historical wonders and community opportunities.

  • 06/20/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 60 of 215

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    What to do for fun

    There are many clubs like scuba and outdoors clubs. Carolina football games are free to students and an amazing thing to be able to go to. Greek life is also an easy way to meet people and go on retreats like to the lake or mountains or even Myrtle Beach.

    Food and Dining

    There are so many options on meal plan like The Colloquium, which is similar to Panera. There is Chick-fil-a, Burger King, several sub places, Taco Bell, Einstein's Bagels, starbucks, a greek restaurant, and even the cafeteria grill is good!

    Dorm Life

    The honors dorm is the best in my opinion because you only share a bathroom with the two people next to you, and the building is relatively new, but for students who aren't in the honors college, there are nice dorms like Patterson as well. USC keeps renovating and solves most housing issues right away.

    Academic Rigor

    Depending on if you are an Honors college student taking Honors classes, which I am, some classes are harder than others. Honors classes are taught in a way that makes you more responsible for your grade as in some of your grade is class participation, and trivial things like study guides are not required grades like a regular lecture hall.

    Tips for prospective students

    You have to keep on top of what courses are required for your major, so you are taking classes that achieve major goals. Get involved on campus because there are a lot of opportunities like medical fraternities and service sororities as well as study abroad.

    In three sentences

    Everyone on campus feels like family. Your councilors are always supportive and available by email for questions about your major, classes, or career goals. There are numerous activities on campus, but the best of the best is Carolina Football.

  • 06/20/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 2 people found this review useful. 61 of 215

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Most of the time it's safe. However, lately there has been a string of armed robberies. Hopefully campus police will apprehend these people soon!

    Greek Life

    I'm in a sorority, and I love it! No one in my family was Greek, and I decided to do it, despite the negative stereotypes. You just have to find a place that you fit in with. I encourage every girl to at least go through rush.

    Clubs and Activities

    Literally, there is something for everyone.

    Great for these types of students

    Anybody! Unless you don't like southerners.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Apparently there is an entrance to the catacombs under Columbia Hall....scary!

    Bang for the buck

    I was in-state, so my tuition was a little cheaper. In this economy, it still stings a bit, but there are more out-of-state than in-state for a reason: this institution has a quality reputation!

    What to do for fun

    Anything! There are 400+ clubs, I think, and anyone can head one up if it's not in existence.

    Food and Dining

    NOTHING is as good as mama's home cooking, but they sure try. Russell House has the best selection of dining.

    Dorm Life

    I lived in Capstone, and our floor was SO close. We made a bond that will surpass our freshman year. It made the transition from home to college ten times easier.

    Academic Rigor

    Some of the gen ed classes are pretty easy, but when you start specializing is when you stand out from others in similar classes in other universities.

    Tips for prospective students

    Come on over! Columbia wants you! From sports to academics, we get excited about everything down here.

    In three sentences

    Open environment. Place for everyone. Unparalleled academia.

  • 06/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 62 of 215

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    What to do for fun

    The athletics program at USC is fantastic, and no matter what sport, going to watch the Gamecocks compete is an awesome experience. There are also over 300 clubs and orginizations that offer fun activities for anyone's hobbies and intersets.

    Food and Dining

    The food at USC is awesome. Russell House offers a ton of options-both fast food and home cooked style foods, Bates House has an all you can eat buffet, and the Colloquium offers great bistro style foods.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms were not nearly as bad as I was expecting. They're much more roomy than alot of University's and are such a fun experience when it comes to bonding with other students.

    Academic Rigor

    The academics at USC are challenging, but not to a point where you feel you can't be successful. Every professor wishes all the success to each student and is more than willing to help if it is asked for.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get rain boots for when it rains, enroll in University 101, go to every sporting event you can (especially football and baseball), rush a fraternity or sorority, get involved, eat at Bates at least once.

    In three sentences

    The University of South Carolina is a place where anyone can find their niche and absolutely love being in college. It offers something fun for every personality type, while allowing students to be well educated in the classroom. The University of South Carolina Columbia is an amazing place where no student will want to ever leave.

  • 06/27/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 63 of 215

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    You can get crime alerts texted to your phone, and USC has a shuttle that will drive you places on campus if you don't feel comfortable walking at night or if you've had a bit too much to drink. There are also emergency stations with a button you can press so the police can quickly come to your location. However, there is crime (mostly around the outer regions of campus), since we're located in an urban area, so always travel with others after dark.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The historic horseshoe is a beautiful park located near the center of campus. It's a great place to hang out with friends, play frisbee, or just relax.

    What to do for fun

    Going to athletic events is big at USC, especially during football season. The zoo is also about a five minute drive from campus. The university also puts on a range of events like comedians, concerts, and guest speakers. This past semester I saw Young the Giant and got to hear Frank Abagnale (the inspiration for Catch Me if You Can) for free! recently released movies are also shown for free on Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

    Food and Dining

    There are alot of places to go on campus, but it can be really easy to just go to the closest dining hall to your dorm, which gets boring, so try switching it up. Also, you can use your meal swipe 3 times a day, but each swipe is limited to a certain time. For example, if you miss your lunch swipe (11-4) you won't be able to swipe twice at dinner or on another day. There are also set amounts for breakfast, lunch, and dinner that will be covered by your meal plan. If you go over, you'll have to find another way to pay for the rest.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are pretty nice, but make sure you research them pretty well rather than just picking one at random. Get opinions from actual students, because the pictures on the website aren't always what you'll get. And make sure you make a roommate contract so everyone knows what's expected of them.

    Academic Rigor

    Academic rigor depends a lot on what sorts of courses you'll be taking, but in general you shouldn't have too much of a problem as long as you make time to study and organize your schedule so you have plenty of time to do your assignments. And always do every assignment, even if you think you'll get a bad grade. A low grade is always better than a zero.

    Tips for prospective students

    Sign up for clubs and extracurricular activities right away. It's a lot easier to meet people and get to know an organization if you join right away when more new people are coming in than trying to join mid-semester when everyone's already settled in.

    In three sentences

    I really enjoy USC. The campus is beautiful, and since it's located in the middle of a city, you're able to walk to restaurants, banks, and stores. I also like how diverse the student population is.

  • 07/02/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus itself rarely- if ever- has incidents. However, off-campus has a fair amount of petty crime. If you travel in groups, nothing happens. If you have common sense and don't walk around at night by yourself, you'll be fine!

    Greek Life

    Greek life is huge on campus. You don't need to be a part of it to have a great college experience, but not being in it has resulted in me feeling left out once in awhile. It is expensive to be a part of. However, Greek Village is beautiful and rushing during your freshman year definitely results in finding your place at USC that much quicker. My friends who are in Greek life are, for the most part, thrilled to be a part of it.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are HUNDREDS of activities on campus for you to get involved with, and our motivated students start new ones each and every semester.

    Great for these types of students

    Anyone! Our theatre programs are very popular and the student body is supportive, our athletic fan base is notoriously outrageous, and our undergraduate research office is one of the best in the country. We have thousands of students study abroad every year. With over 25,000 students, you'll find a little bit of everything here.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    We're the Gamecocks, which you can imagine, leads to some great jokes about our mascot. Our baseball team is known for their quirkiness- you'll hear it discussed on ESPN (on TV and online). We have Tigerburn before the Clemson-Carolina game every year, where we set a giant fake tiger on fire.

    Bang for the buck

    USC is famous for giving out merit-based scholarships and accommodating families who are not financially stable. I pay less than anyone from my high school's graduating class, and I'm getting a fantastic education and a well-rounded college experience. USC is about as good as you can get in terms of quality for your money.

    What to do for fun

    Luckily, USC is in a city, and therefore, there's always something to do! Concerts, sporting events, even rodeos come through town on a regular basis. There are two downtown areas in terms of nightlife, and both are within walking distance. Plus, Charleston and Greenville are both about an hour and a half away.

    Food and Dining

    On-campus food is less than delicious, but off-campus food is fantastic! Columbia has all kinds of food genres, and most places are open extremely late, which is awesome.

    Dorm Life

    Capstone and Columbia Hall are ridiculously fun places to live your freshman year. Honors is the nicest, but it's a bit of a walk from the other dorms. Patterson is a close second in terms of cleanliness and aesthetics. From what I've heard, McBryde, Bates, and Bates West are brutal, but there's camaraderie that forms over the nastiness of the facilities. Women's quad isn't bad either! A lot of schools have it a lot worse. Most people move off-campus after their freshman year.

    Academic Rigor

    USC is more difficult than I expected it to be, based on its average academic reputation, but that varies from major to major.

    Tips for prospective students

    Go in with no expectations. College isn't like Animal House or the I Hate College music video (well, at least, not all of the time). If you go in expecting one thing, the exact opposite will happen- I promise you that. College is what you make of it, and USC can be the best thing that ever happened to you if you just keep your mind open.

    In three sentences

    USC is stunningly beautiful (as are the people) and has a myriad of opportunities for you to be the best you can be. Between undergraduate research, diverse majors and minors to choose from, hundreds of student organizations, and the incredible athletics, there are plenty of chances for you to find your niche. Becoming a Carolinian was the best decision I've ever made.

  • 07/10/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Campus Safety

    This is a very safe campus, with call boxes at every turn. Of course safety only works if the students follow the safety tips provided.

    Greek Life

    I hear that Greek Life is a fun way to meet new people and make lasting friendships.

    Clubs and Activities

    Currently I am focused on my acedimics and only a member of the Marchng Band. This is exciting and great way to meet people with the same likes from all over the United States and other Nations. N

    Great for these types of students

    This is a great university for all types of students. It doesn't matter if your are studying music, nursing, sports medicine or gulf. There is something here for everyone.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Being a Gamecock is a great tradition. Even if Cocky is a bit u usual.

    Bang for the buck

    For the cost of tuition your are guaranteed a great education at a leading University.

    What to do for fun

    There are games, concerts and always things to keep you busy.

    Food and Dining

    Lots of options and great food for the cost.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is different for everyone. I am lucky enough to be in an apartment style dorm with separate rooms. It is important to keep your space clean and tidy and remember to ask before borrowing from roommates. Sharing a room doesn't apply to everything.

    Academic Rigor

    You will need to pay attention, take great notes and follow instructions to maintain a good grade. It is worth the hard work in the end.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make your studies your first priority, as your education is the most inportant thing.

    In three sentences

    This is a great school for music education and other career paths. All of the campus is located in downtown Columbia and beautiful. I feel safe walking around campus, which is a plus for those coming from a small town.

  • 07/11/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    Rush is really big and I know a lot of people have fun with it.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are all kinds of clubs, if your passionate about something there is a club for it, if there isn't make one.

    What to do for fun

    5 points is the place to go for bars and such but the school puts on lots of dry activities too if you don't like to drink and go out.

    Food and Dining

    The meal plan is a rip off. The food isn't that bad but say you get the meal plan that's 14 meals a week. if you get 2 meals for F-M, 1 meal on Tuesday and Wednesday, you should have 4 more meals left. But, you lose one because there are only three meals in a day.

    Dorm Life

    Try to live in the center of campus otherwise the walk to class makes you not want to go. I lived in one of the farthest dorms (Bates House) and enjoyed it even though the walk was long.

    Academic Rigor

    It depends on your major. Some courses are easy and others will kill you.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't be timid. There are so many new people here who are in the same situation as you. Be outgoing and you'll meet people that will become the best friends. Oh and don't live in Bates house. Bates west is fine.

    In three sentences

    I am an out of state student and love USC because it give out great scholarships that reduce the tuition for out of state students. About half of the student here are out of state too so it was great to meet so many different people and I didn't feel out of place. Columbia is a great place to be young and grow as a person.

  • 07/12/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There are various call boxes around campus which alert the police to that area if you need help, when pushed. The campus police frequently ride around campus and they untimely make you feel safe. The campus is also lightened at night but never walk alone.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is very big around Carolina, but most of all they are big on grades. It is a great opportunity for you to get out and do something for the community.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Russell house and T.Coop are the most famous locations on campus that are usually crowded around exam times but its also a great place to relax with friends.

    Bang for the buck

    There are so many great amenities that are included with tuition, such as the state of the art gym, free doctor visits, discounts with local stores/restaurants, tickets to the games and much more!

    What to do for fun

    Take a walk with friends around the way, catch a game, or even go out to 5 points.

    Food and Dining

    Russell House offers great options for students. There is a healthy line, grilled line, also the hot line that has great food for everyone, with an incredible staff.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms aren't that great of condition but they are in the process of remodeling them all eventually. The best one is Patterson, as it was just finished this previous year.

    Academic Rigor

    USC understands that some classes maybe more difficult than the others so they offer SI classes (extra help). The classes that I was in were not extremely hard but if you keep up with it then you'll be ok.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get out and make new friends, this is your chance to network with people and to start your career. Focus on school because when your 60 there will still be parties but not another chance for you to get your education.

    In three sentences

    I love this school, I'd give it a solid 8. This was an excellent choice to attend school as, I have grown to love it more and more because of the resources and things available to students. I find myself wishing for the summer to end quickly so I can get back.

  • 07/23/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    What to do for fun

    There are many things to do for fun in the Columbia area. The largest thing or the most known would be tailgating at the football games or going to the football games. There is also many lakes and rivers near the schools campus.

    Food and Dining

    The school has a wide variety for food and dining. There are many options for everyone. In the new honors dorm they have healthy foods and in the Russell house they have more fast food places.

    Dorm Life

    The dorm life seems to be improving, however it is not the best. Some of the residence halls are very nice and some are not so nice. The upper classmen have the best residence halls and they are very nice to be college dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    The academic rigor has increased over the past few years. It depends on which major for how rigorous the academics are in the school. For medical fields the school is one of the most difficult.

    Tips for prospective students

    Students looking to attend the University of South Carolina should not only have a great academic history, but also have a great extra curricular history.

    In three sentences

    The University of South Carolina is an academic and athletic school that is well endowed in both fields. The campus life is improving with newer invocations. The school has a large diversity.

  • 07/24/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    USC-Columbia is a pretty large campus in the middle of the capital city of South Carolina. Because we aren't in an enclosed campus, it is a little harder to patrol who is and isn't allowed on the campus. The doors to all of the campus owned buildings do require your student ID to enter after a certain hour and you aren't allowed in the library or any campus building unless you're a student past 11 PM. There are police boxes literally every 20 feet in case of an emergency and there are security guards and campus police that patrol the grounds after dark. USC-Columbia also had Carolina Alerts which are text messages and emails that get sent to your phone in the event of an emergency or a nearby crime. There is also an alarm that will sound in the event of a campus-wide emergency and it is tested every Friday at noon.

    What to do for fun

    USC always has many different events planned throughout the semester. You can see free movies and watch free concerts. There's always some kind of music or dancing in the middle of campus and one day out of the week we have a small farmers' market. Also, campus is right in between 5 Points and The Vista which both have a lot of bars, clubs, restaurants and shops to explore.

    Food and Dining

    Freshman year of college you're required to have a meal plan if you live in the dorms. At first it seems like you have a lot of options but after about halfway through the semester, you grow tired of all of it. Wednesday is chicken tender and curly fry day which is always a crowd-pleaser. Overall, the quality of the food is very good but it is the same options from week to week which makes it monotonous.

    Dorm Life

    My freshman class was so large that I actually got housed in upperclassmen housing. It was a bit more expensive but it was really nice and my two roommates and I each got our own bedroom. We also had a full kitchen, living room and bathroom. It was kind of like living in an apartment. We even had a doorbell! The regular freshman housing that I visited didn't offer as much privacy or convenience but were still really nice and clean.

    Academic Rigor

    USC-Columbia takes academics very seriously. Any class that has a fail rate of 50% or more has an SI leader who is someone that meets with the class at a separate time and location to go over any questions. The SI leader is always a person that has taken the class before and received an A, usually from the same professor. This is always very helpful because they can tell you how grading and test format is for a specific professor before you ever have to take a test. Professors also have office hours multiple times a week where students can drop by and ask questions. In addition to that, there are tutors for specific subjects that meet in groups and individually. If you use these tools that are available to you at USC, there is no reason not to succeed.

    Tips for prospective students

    The campus is a little bit overwhelming at first because is is literally a part of the city of Columbia. I always try to walk around and find all my classes a couple days before classes actually start just so I know where everything is. Once classes start, you only get fifteen minutes between some of them so it is nice to know where you're going ahead of time without the time constraint.

    In three sentences

    The University of South Carolina-Columbia is a beautiful campus with a multitude of subjects to major in. There is also an abundance of help with any classes you're struggling in or problems you're dealing with. The class sizes are large for some subjects but the professors still try to make sure they know each student individually and try to be there for them if they need any help.

  • 07/29/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Campus Safety

    It is very safe. All campuses carry a degree of risk because of the great population of students.

    Greek Life

    They have it all.

    Clubs and Activities

    You name it and they have it.

    Great for these types of students

    Usc is great for students that are ready to get out on their own and join a great atmosphere of students.

    Bang for the buck

    USC is on the 50 most affordable US college and university list. It has great bang for the buck.

    What to do for fun

    There are clubs around the campus. The sports teams are successful and the school spirit is enormous. There are many clubs to join.

    Food and Dining

    There are over 25 different places to eat at USC. there are many different meal plans that are versatile and affordable.

    Dorm Life

    They have very nice and spacious dorm rooms. They are a great way to get to know the fellow students. The dorm rooms are nicer than many other colleges and Universities I visited.

    Academic Rigor

    They have many fields to choose from and excellent professors and advisers. They have a great reputation for academics and a degree from USC is considered very prestigious.

    Tips for prospective students

    Talk to upper class men at the school. Tour the school and the housing available. Go to a Gamecock football game and feel the excitement.

    In three sentences

    The University of South Carolina-Columbia is everything you need in a University. It is just the right size with great student school spirit. There are many clubs and organizations to get involved in and the campus is beautiful.

  • 08/18/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    As any college or university goes, parties are readily available. But for those who deviate away from the party scene, there are plenty of activities, student groups, community projects and intramural sports to participate in on and off campus. Stores and shops are nearby for those who enjoy shopping.

    Food and Dining

    The dorm I'm staying in has an all-you-can-eat cafeteria on the very first floor. There is plenty of space and I look forward to being able to walk down at all hours of the day and night to grab something to eat while working on any schoolwork.

    Dorm Life

    I recently moved into my dorm and in order for me to begin to love it there, color is needed. You cannot paint your dorms but definitely be prepared to buy posters or knick-knacks to liven up your dorm. One thing that concerned me when I heard that the entire floor shared a community bathroom at the end of the hall was privacy when it came to taking showers. I am a very private person and even in my own home I lock the bathroom doors when I go in for any reason. I was very relieved when I looked in the bathrooms and saw that each shower was a separate stall with a door that locked along with a curtain outside the shower itself. There are also dorm activities set up throughout the year which I look forward to participating in. I anticipate that dorm life here will be very fun. :)

    Academic Rigor

    I have not started classes yet but I have heard that the academic rigor is challenging but very manageable as long as you are willing to work. Determination and dedication is the key to success at any university.

    Tips for prospective students

    Definitely do not procrastinate when it comes to doing anything at all. I made that mistake and that put me in a bad position at the very beginning of my freshman year. Apply for as many scholarships as possible before and after you are accepted into your school of choice. And apply for financial aid as soon as it becomes available for you to complete. You want as much free money as possible so that loans are your very last resort. And definitely look into student loans as early as possible so that in the event you do have to rely on them, they can already be ready to be set up and you know which places will approve you for a loan.

    In three sentences

    The campus of University of South Carolina in Columbia, SC is absolutely beautiful. The atmosphere is very chill and relaxed. There is a great variety of majors and minors to be explored.

  • 09/02/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There are a lot of clubs to go to. The school usually has some sort of event going on at the student union and the school sporting events are always a good time.

    Food and Dining

    The food is not that great but its better than some restaurants in the area.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are fun and eventful. There is a great sense of community and a connection between students.

    Academic Rigor

    There is a high academic standard held throughout the school but your class difficulty is all based on your professor.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be ready to walk a lot. The campus is spread out but you can easily make to any building from anywhere on campus in 20 minutes.

    In three sentences

    USC is a wonderful school with great history. USC has the number one business school in the country and a very diverse community. Southern hospitality is very present here and its just a beautiful place to live and study

  • 09/22/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    USC is a very safe campus for being in the middle of the city.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are tons of organizations for everyone. If you can't find it you can start it.

    Bang for the buck

    Average costs.

    Food and Dining

    The food at USC is usually good.

    Dorm Life

    Get an apartment style dorm room they only cost a few hundred dollars more, and you will get a much better room. If you come to USC you can make a lot of great friends that ore on your hall.

    Academic Rigor

    Pick a major that is right for you. If you want an easy college experence consider the arts, they only need around a 100-110 credit hours. If you need to be challenged biomedical engineering needs 132 Credit hours. thats hard!

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply early and get good test scores, my grades weren't great but my test scores were. once you apply don't worry most applications are accepted.

    In three sentences

    UCS Columbia is a great school it has an awesome campus. I you are even considering USC schedule a visit and come look around.

  • 09/26/2012

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Campus Safety

    USC has its own police I believe (never really needed to call on them) and a large number of call boxes scattered around campus to use if you're in danger, directly connects to aforementioned police. The campus itself doesn't have any real large safety concerns, though Columbia itself has a number of homeless individuals that might be uncomfortable to run into at night. The campus is fairly well lit and I'm not aware of any problems beyond the normal ones a school the size of USC might run into.

    Greek Life

    I honestly didn't join a frat though freshman year I did have a roommate that was in one. They have a number of frats and sororities on campus and have a Greek Row where they tend to be clustered. Like I said above the school does have a party aspect to it so that fits in well with many of the frats and sororities.

    Clubs and Activities

    I saw clubs for everything from mountain climbing to major specific academic clubs to anime clubs. You'll probably find a club or group you want to join if you have the time. If you do and eventually become a president/vice president/treasurer/etc. of said club dealing with the school can be a major pain (especially when it comes to using campus space for events or getting funding) though if you end up becoming an officer of a club it is probably because you love the club (or want something that looks good on a resume). Like I mentioned above, checking out the club fair is a good idea, held within the first week or two of classes starting usually. I have some great memories of my time in the few I joined (though I went from 3 to 1 by the time I graduated unless you count an unofficial one). When it comes time for student elections, your club probably will get visited by a number of students seeking office, even small ones got visited by a few vote seekers.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The Horseshoe is where the old part of campus is. I don't know if they even have any classes in those buildings, I think one of the smaller libraries is out there and I saw a few award ceremonies take place there. Mostly it is just a beautiful part of the campus where you'll see people relaxing, playing games, or even getting some sun. The mascot of USC is the Gamecock, often shortened to The Cocks so get used to seeing that plastered on a ton of stuff. Funny at first, it doesn't even seem unusual after a year or two.

    What to do for fun

    The Strom and the Blatt are your two choices for gyms, with the Strom being more modern and an overall better pick, though your housing location on campus may make the Blatt a more convenient choice. The campus is pretty good about having stuff going on in front of and in the Russell House (the student union). Additionally you get a ton of student clubs and groups to choose from, both academic and non. When you get free time you'll always be able to find something going on if you wander around, the Horseshoe is a nice place to relax and is maintained fairly well. I had the best times simply making plans with friends I made. Early each semester they have a club fair that's a good idea to hit up your first year or two to see what they have available (and to grab some free swag). Another option is going down to Five-Points for parties and drinking if that is your scene. Football is pretty big at USC so if you like to tailgate or just go for the game they have you covered. You can find pools at both the Blatt and the Strom if you like to swim and there are a few libraries on campus though you'll want to go to the Thomas Cooper Library right next to the Russell House. I recommend going down into the lower floors (the majority of the floors are underground) to find a nice quite place to study when it comes time for exams.

    Food and Dining

    Besides a bit of crowding, I can't complain about the food. You get a wide variety of on-campus locations to choose from and an enormous multitude of locations within easy walking distance. The Russell House has centrally located on-campus dining with a Pizza Hut/Taco Bell, a Burger King, a nicer pizza place called Pandinis, a generic university grill, a soup place, a sushi place, and one or two other things. Capstone (a freshman dorm) has their own generic grill like the Russell House, near the nursing building they have a small place that sells some stuff and I believe they have another grill or two situated around various dorms. Five Points has some great on-campus dining. I recommend the Blue Cactus (Tex-Korean, sounds weird but really good) and the Salty Nut if they've rebuilt it (it burned down a year or two ago but was a bar/restaurant place that was fairly low key). I'm not a big coffee guy, but my friends who were swore by Cool Beans which is downtown, not far from the Jones Physical Science building. They have a Starbucks in Five Points as well. Other places in the area that are worth looking up are the Mellow Mushroom for pizza, Egg Roll Station for casual Chinese food, and Beezers which is the sandwich place everyone likes.

    Dorm Life

    The freshman dorms are cramped but the open door policy (at least when you're there of course) did give an atmosphere I never saw before or since of bringing together the majority of the people on each floor. Dorms for upperclassmen seemed large (south quad and east quad were very spacious at least from my experience) and located fairly centrally. I have to knock a point off for the school being bad about matching you up with the people you want as roommates. We managed to get it sorted out eventually but it was always a pain each year (and they usually threw in a random person we didn't know despite our best efforts). They lock down the freshman dorms fairly well though my friends and I saw quite a bit of wildness in our time at Capstone. The dorms for everyone that isn't a freshman were much more relaxed (it was quite a shock to go from one to the other). At Capstone (freshman dorm) they had hired security guards at the entrance to the elevator and you had to sign in and out if you brought anyone over. Technically a lot of other dorms wanted you to do that too, but at places like the quads they didn't really care. If you are big on the environment West Quad (renamed Green Quad as I was graduating) was the place to be, not the most centrally located dorm, it was USC's big green dorm to show off new technologies and stuff. I can't speak for all the dorms of course (I was at Capstone, then South Quad, then East Quad) but besides a number of fire alarms at East Quad it was pretty solid.

    Academic Rigor

    This probably varies more from major to major than anything else. Some (like engineering students) will work like dogs while others will have it easy or a moderate amount of work. Overall I got the impression that the academic rigor was about average overall compared to other schools. USC is a bit of a party school in a lot of respects but it isn't a bad school academically speaking by any means. Their business school is very respected and the marine science department (where I was) seemed to have their stuff together. It isn't Ivy League, but I was pretty pleased by it. They have a number of satellite schools for areas around South Carolina and I know they have a deal worked out with the Baruch Marine Institute where marine science students spend a month or two out there doing some hands on science that gave a good taste of what the job would be like. USC and Clemson are pretty much the best choices for schools in South Carolina academically speaking when it comes to four year schools.

    Tips for prospective students

    They will try to overload you with more books than you need (at least as a marine science major they did), I suggest waiting a week or so to see which books you REALLY need and which ones you don't. Rate my professor is very useful, though this is true of nearly all colleges. As far as finding your way around campus is concerned I recommend quickly learning the way to the Russell House from wherever you are staying and spreading out from there as it is basically the center of the University. It is a big place and each year will likely see you having a class or two in a new area though they are pretty good about clumping together buildings with the same focus. Don't get a full meal plan (3 meals a day for every day of the week) because you'll never use it all. The 14 meals a week served me well and even then I never really ran out, you could probably go down to the 11 meals or whatever is below 14 and be fine. The meal plan covers $5.35 of food per meal if I recall so sometimes you'll go over by a dollar though it is possible to get a meal from the grill with a drink for the cost of a meal plan. Morning classes are never fun, though if you're like me you'll probably get hit with a few early ones as part of your major that you can't get out of. I have mixed feelings about recommending all M/W/F or all T/TH classes if you can swing it. It is so nice to have that many days off, but the days you have class can be crushing. Depends in large part what classes you're taking.

    In three sentences

    USC has a gorgeous campus with generally nice people and knowledge professors. The parking situation, like at most large schools, is rather poor. I really enjoyed my time there and grew as a person both socially and intellectually.

  • 09/27/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus police do all that they can and do a good job. But it is also up to the student to always make sure to be safe and careful.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are hundreds of organizations that are each unique so a student has a variety of choices for what they would like.

    What to do for fun

    There is always something going on for students to do. There is The Vista right near campus full of night life and fun, there are multiple fairs for students to join clubs and etc. There is a mall not too far from here and a lake. You can never be bored.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you don't plan to come home every weekend for whatever reason, I highly suggest getting at least the 16 meals a week meal plan. Stock up on necessities such as bathroom necessities before you move in.

    In three sentences

    Anything you could possibly want is here. The campus is beautiful, contains: tons of places to eat with a wide variety of food, lots of history, wonderful people (and lots of them to meet), millions of opportunities for everyone in education and career wise. Why wouldn't you want to come here?

  • 10/17/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    USC has its own police sqaud that patrol the campus to ensure the safety of its students. Around campus are many emergency boxes that light up the area and make students feel safe. Campus security has been ramped up the past few years starting in 2012 and continues to be a top priority for USC officials.

    Greek Life

    There are over 38 Greek social organizations on campus that constitute 25% of the schools female population and 20% of the male population. In addition, there are a handful of service sororities and professional fraternities that allow many options for the diverse student body.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are over 440 student organizations, 15 intramural and various club sports that students are able to participate in. With organizations ranging from Carolina Investment Association to Traditional Indian Dance and Student Government, it is easy to find a organization that caters to your interets. If there is not an organization, it is very easy to start your own. All you need is 10 signatures of support and a faculty advisors and 'viola', you have an organization.

    Great for these types of students

    Those looking for the options a modern city provides without the New York attitude. Many students comment on the endearing southern hospitality that welcomes strangers and friends alike.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The Horseshoe is a well known green area on campus that students and Columbia residents alike enjoy spending time on throwing the frisbee, studying, going on dates, and getting a tan. In addition to

    Bang for the buck

    In-state tuition is very reasonable and out-of-state students find it cheaper to attend school here than in their home state. In fact, we have a large population of students from 'up North': New Jersey, Virginia, New York, Pennsylvania, Conneticut, etc. Cost of living in Columbia, SC is cheaper than many areas of the country while not sacrificing the quality of living.

    What to do for fun

    Intramurals, laying out, tubbing down the river, hanging with friends in 5 Points, local live music, concerts, free movies for students, and of course, SEC Football games, are just a few of the many things that can be enjoyed as a student at USC.

    Food and Dining

    The dining services on campus are managed by Sodexo and offer a rotating menu with a less than perfect meal plan payment system. There are two dining halls that are buffet style. The student union, Russel House, offers Einstein Brothers Bagels, Chick-fil-a, Pizza Hut, Taco Bell, Santorinis (Greek Gyros), and Burger King. The Vista and 5 Points are two shopping and dining areas both within walking distance of the campus with 5 points being the larger college scene. Pawley's Front Porch is a popular joint that made it onto the food network for its delicious burgers.

    Dorm Life

    There is a wide range of dorms on campus: gender specific, co-ed, newly built, historic, middle of campus, edge of campus. There is no better choice than to live on campus freshman year. You will make many lasting friendships and will experience a time like no other. Many dorms have their own dining halls, entertainment rooms, and study rooms. Capstone, Honors, Preston, the Horseshoe (various apartments), Women's Quad (Sims, McClintock, Wade-Hampton) are suite or apartment style with bathrooms shared with no more than four people.

    Academic Rigor

    This highly depends on the major you decide to pursue. The international business undergraduate major has been recognized as the #1 program for the past sixteen years and likewise carries with it challenging, yet fulfilling classes. The nursing program is also a very competitve field and often requires a 4.0 GPA to be admitted

    Tips for prospective students

    Take a visit. Many students attributed choosing this school to participating in a tour and consequently falling in love with the campus

    In three sentences

    The University of South Carolina is a public institution that offers a wide range of majors to a student body comprised of a wide range of students from all over the United States and the world. The campus is located right next to downtown Columbia, the state capitol, and comes with a large dose of Southern Hospitality. Some of the many highlights include the highly ranked football team, the warm weather, burgeoning downtown areas: 5 Points and the Vista.

  • 10/20/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    SANDSTORM Clapping Circle

    Food and Dining

    The possibilities of food and dining are endless on campus. The campus offers healthy food as well, and in my opinion, its difficult to put on freshman 15 here. They have so many salad, sandwich, soup, options as well as hamburgers, etc. there is always fruit and veggies at arms reach.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is family oriented, in a short time you become so comfortable with the people around you and thats who you do most activities with. Being in my Residents halls government has opened so many doors and possibilities for our dorm, we host tailgates, theme parties, all to bring us as residents closer together.

    Academic Rigor

    The level of difficulty is what you make of it, no matter how large your lecture hall is to how small your class room is, professors set up office hours and have developed SI sessions for students to help you study and work through your course. The help is always there, its up to you to take advantage of it.

    In three sentences

    USC gives so many opportunities for you to become successful. They have something for everyone, it is easy to find a place you fit in, and a place you can become successful in. USC offers so many clubs and organizations to help you succeed in what you want to do.

  • 11/02/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    In three sentences

    This school is fantastic. I will be attending and this is fun (: swag

  • 11/02/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    For fun, I hang out with my friends, go to restaurants off campus, and go swimming at the pool in my apartment complex.

    Food and Dining

    At the University of South Carolina, there are many great places to go in the Russell house on campus. They have a Chick-fil-a, a Pizza Hut, Taco Bell, Burger King, and an Einsteins Bagel. Off campus, there are many many different restaurants to eat at.

    Dorm Life

    The dorm life is where you will fine the majority of your friends. Unlike high school, the friends you make in college will be there for you for the rest of your life.

    Academic Rigor

    Studying for test is always tough and rigorous. Make sure you start studying at least a week before your test!

    Tips for prospective students

    Find your adviser as soon as possible so he/she can direct you on where to start and where to go next.

    In three sentences

    The University of South Carolina is always there for the students individuals needs. Meaning, the professors are always willing to meet with the student to make sure he/she will pass their class. Also, advisers will meet with their advisees so the students knows he/she is on the right path to earn their degree.

  • 02/04/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus safety has improved greatly since I've gotten here. Campus police are always around if you need them. Shuttles are available on weekends so students can safely get to and from Five Points. Dorm security is high and can sometimes seem annoying, but you always feel safe. I just suggest you don't walk all the way across campus by yourself at night because there is the occasional mugging.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is huge, and I'm actually not part of it, but almost all of my friends are in sororities and they absolutely love it. They host numerous functions and mixers, volunteer for their philanthropy, and host events such as the homecoming week activities. It's definitely something to consider, even if you don't think you're a typical sorority girl. Everyone finds their home and meets some of their best friends through rushing.

    Clubs and Activities

    The biggest clubs are obviously the sororities and fraternities, but there are so many other options as well. They have job and club fairs every so often, so I highly recommend going to those.

    Great for these types of students

    This school is honestly great for anyone. Obviously it's a huge sports school, so any sports fans should definitely consider it. I actually chose it because of the football program because I'm a huge football fan. It also has an amazing international business program and nursing program. I encourage anyone to apply though because you will find your niche, no matter what it is. The school is extremely diverse.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    One thing everyone on campus has to do is try the clapping circle. It's located between Russell House and Thomas Cooper Library, and makes a really cool sound if you stand in the middle and clap. It's really embarrassing because everyone will know you're a freshman, but you have to try it at least once. I promise it's worth it. That is one of the things on the USC Bucket List, which you also have to complete throughout your 4 years.

    Bang for the buck

    If you live out of state, it is actually pretty common to receive instate tuition, which helped me a lot. I'm not paying a lot to go to school here and you always get free stuff, both at sporting events, or just around campus. I highly suggested joining MyCarolina because you get a lot of free t-shirts.

    What to do for fun

    There is also something to do, whether it's on campus or off. Russell House often host movie nights in the theater with pretty recent movies. Carolina Productions has comedy nights, guest speakers, and other cool events. Then, on the weekends most people head downtown to Five Points, where there are bars, restaurants, and shops. The Vista also has a variety of shops and restaurants. There are also a lot of frat parties and functions, so you'll never be left bored.

    Food and Dining

    Once again, the food was a lot better than expected. There are many options, including pizza, sandwiches, salads, soups, burgers, and the hot line which varied daily. There are also Einstein's bagels and other little cafes on the meal plan. You are required to try Pandinis at least once even though it goes over the meal plan, but it is actually amazing. I thought I would get sick of the food really fast, but I didn't. The only downside is that the healthier options don't usually fit on the meal plan, but if you get the 16+ meal plan, you can use your residence dollars to pay the difference.

    Dorm Life

    I had an amazing experience living in the dorms. Of course, by the end of the year I absolutely hated my roommate, but as long as you don't pick fights with them, it should be fine. I lived in Capstone and the rooms were a lot bigger than expected and everyone on my floor became really close. In fact, some of my best friends are from my floor. Capstone also had lots of fun activities for everyone in the building. The downside, of course, is cleaning your own bathroom, but I cannot imagine living in anything but suite-style.

    Academic Rigor

    The academics are definitely above average, but my high school prepared me extremely well for college, and I find that the workload and exams were not as bad as I was expecting. You definitely need to study and go to all of your classes, but if you do that, USC is the perfect place to get a great education without feeling like you're going to fail out.

    Tips for prospective students

    My biggest recommendation is to get involved on campus, whether it's through a job, volunteering, a sorority/fraternity, or other clubs. It's a great way to meet new people. When scheduling classes, try to avoid scheduling all your classes in a row. I did that my first semester and realized that I never had any time to eat lunch. Definitely go to the gym as much as possible, not only because it's the nicest gym I've ever seen, but also because the food here is all pretty fattening and the freshman 15 is not a myth. Lastly, stay on top of your studies. Even though a lot of times you only have two exams per semester, you'll get to the final and realize you won't be able to sleep for a week straight in order to memorize everything. Then you'll end up failing all your exams due to lack of sleep. Yes, that actually happens.

    In three sentences

    Overall, the university is extremely friendly and accepting. Professors are always willing to help out if you're confused, the food is actually pretty decent, and the campus is gorgeous and well laid out. I could not have asked for a better school and I highly recommend it to any high school students applying to college

  • 10/20/2010

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Bang for the buck

    Of COURSE

    Will enjoy being here

    I have always wanted to attend since I was a little girl. My older sister went to Clemson but I knew that wasn't my path

    Will learn a lot

    I know I will learn because USC is a great college to experience real world things.

  • 05/17/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Football fanatics. Business students. Nursing students. Friendly, outgoing, fun students.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't be afraid if it's out of state because South Carolina sure is great :) Be open to new experiences. Try out a club, organization or intramural sport to meet tons of new people.

    Bang for the buck

    I believe the college is very decently priced, and financial aid is great.

    Will enjoy being here

    The atmosphere is so fun and friendly; there's no way I won't find something to do!

    Academic Rigor

    I believe that the University of South Carolina-Columbia has tons of resources to help me get all the education I can in my field. The libraries are extensive with the South Carolina State library a few blocks away and there are plenty of science labs.

  • 05/22/2011

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Great for these types of students

    I'm sure everyone could find a place for them at this school. Since it is so large and offers so many different career paths it truly feels like there is something for everybody here.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you do your best in school, which such a large number of people applying each year the school is slowly becoming more selective.

    Bang for the buck

    If you are an in state student the price is very reasonable and even if you aren't the price isn't very bad considering all the school offers to its students. Also, if you apply to plenty of scholarships and fill out a FAFSA a large chunk of the price is taken out.

    Will enjoy being here

    The campus is absolutely beautiful for one but there are also over three hundred clubs and organizations to help new students meet other students with similar interests to help ease in to the large school.

    Will learn a lot

    The University of South Carolina has so many majors it would be hard for me to believe they didn't have one. They also have so many different classes that it's impossible not to find some you are very interested in. For example, one of my friends has a deaf sister. I love her to death and have learned to partially understand things she says in sign language but I want to be able to fully communicate with her, which is why I'm so happy USC offers a sign language class.

  • 06/19/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Tips for prospective students

    Get them to tell you about events and everything before they happen

    Am enjoying being here

    I would not say that I enjoyed it because I never found out about any activities or anything going on until after they happened.

    Am learning a lot

    I would say I did learn a lot but, some of the classes it was like the teacher did not want to take the time to teach use the lesson; she just wanted to tell about her experiences

  • 06/21/2011

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Great for these types of students

    Any type of student would be excellent, excited, and even happy to attend the University of South Carolina.

    Tips for prospective students

    Learn that you may see an old historic college but when you really look into the campus, there is more than the eye can see. Also make sure your major is at the school and that you are willing to get out side of the box.

    Bang for the buck

    It is absolutely worth every penny!!!! :)

    Will enjoy being here

    The entire campus is always alive, there never seems to be a dull moment. There is already emails being sent out about events occurring this summer that you can attend.

    Will learn a lot

    I have been told that you will learn so much information that you will not realize how much you truly know. When I went on the tour, I found on more information about my major that it made me become more interested in my future career.

  • 07/06/2011

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Great for these types of students

    It is a great type of student especially if you are a great student.

    Tips for prospective students

    The tip is to try to do some extracurricular activities.

    Bang for the buck

    When you get the scholarship try to apply for more.

    Will enjoy being here

    I will enjoy being here because I can meet some new people and at the same time I can learn something new.

    Will learn a lot

    I will learn alot at the university of south carolina because my family has been to the school at it is a fun campus.

  • 07/12/2011

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Tips for prospective students

    Remember: Academics are important but so are extra curricular activities. USC has over 300 student organizations that you can engage in. Don't be afraid to try different things.

    Bang for the buck

    The University of South Carolina is very affordable for instate students compared to many of the schools in South Carolina.

  • 07/27/2011

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Great for these types of students

    Football fans Baseball fans (since we won two championships) nursing medical involved students

    Tips for prospective students

    I would definitely consider using Cappex. It has helped me so much on deciding on a school!

    Bang for the buck

    This school is very affordable compared to other public and private schools.

    Will enjoy being here

    I absolutely love the campus the first time I visited. It is so relaxing and fun. It feels just like home!

    Will learn a lot

    The University of South Carolina is an amazing institution. It has the best business school, top nursing program and an amazing pharmacy program. This school has such variety and they are successful at it too.

  • 09/29/2011

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Will enjoy being here

    GO GAMECOCKS!

  • 12/01/2011

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Bang for the buck

    For instate students, it's a great education for a reasonable price, however, for out of state people, the price is fairly steep.

    Will enjoy being here

    The people on campus are friendly and the campus is beautiful. The temperatures stay fairly warm, which is perfect for me!

    Will learn a lot

    The curriculum is extensive and includes all of my areas of interest, so even if I change my mind later, I'm covered.

  • 12/25/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    I'm an engineering student and I have to say I LOVE our department. Everyone is very nice and friendly. Plus we are a great school for computing, check it out!

    Tips for prospective students

    Skip the hall bathrooms if you can, make sure to check where your classes are held, it's impossible to walk across campus in fifteen minutes and go with a small meal plan, trust me you won't use it.

    Bang for the buck

    No college is cheap, but I'm not complaining!

    Am enjoying being here

    I love it here! The atmosphere is so nice with the busy big city feel without having to have a ridiculously big city.

    Am learning a lot

    Most of my classes were really well planned out and I thought I learned a lot. Only one class, my English class, was I not impressed with, and I would never suggest that professor to anyone.

  • 12/28/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    In-state students

    Tips for prospective students

    Research and obtain scholarships

    Bang for the buck

    To expensive to attend if you are an out-of-state student

    Am enjoying being here

    Enjoying classes, staff and surroundings

    Am learning a lot

    Learning a lot

  • 01/04/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Business and Medical

    Tips for prospective students

    Study-get a system down on when to stay in and study and when to go out with friends. You have to find a balance.

    Bang for the buck

    Being able to live at home and not paying dorm fees.

    Am enjoying being here

    At first it was a little scary, my first year at a large university but I'm getting the swing of it.

  • 01/10/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus security is ok.

    Great for these types of students

    All types.

    Bang for the buck

    Even though the classes are large, each teachers' commitment to making sure that every student understands each concept taught speaks for itself...I don't think you can ask for much more. In short, you get way more than what you pay for!

    What to do for fun

    Working full time has not really given me an opportunity to explore all that there is to do on campus, but I do know that football season is when most of the excitement happens.

    Food and Dining

    Food is excellent and freshly prepared daily. Make sure to try every restaurant because there is such a wide selection.

    Dorm Life

    I don't have any experience with the dorm life.

    Academic Rigor

    My USC experience has been extremely challenging and each course has required extensive study time.

    Tips for prospective students

    Tips for other students would be to stay on top of your homework and ask as many questions as possible. Also, study in groups whenever possible.

    In three sentences

    USC has been a wonderful and intellectually stimulating experience. I have enjoyed the teachers and the students' attitudes. The only thing that I would give a bad rating to this school would be the parking availability.

  • 01/17/2012

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has not been to campus.

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    In three sentences

    It is small. it has the major of math I want. People in admissions are always available for me

  • 02/10/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    columbia can be on the unsafe side, but campus is very secure

    Greek Life

    very strong greek system; many different organizations (social, honor, service)

    Clubs and Activities

    every club under the sun is here; skydiving, quidditch, fencing, etc.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    chicken finger wednesday :)

    Bang for the buck

    great school for the costs

    What to do for fun

    plenty of events on-campus sponsored

    Food and Dining

    lots of variety and different options

    Dorm Life

    i live in patterson, which was just renovated. the other resident halls are your standard living community

    Academic Rigor

    depends on the class and professor

    Tips for prospective students

    traffic is bad; so be careful when crossing the street

    In three sentences

    a beautiful campus full of possibilities enriches knowledge

  • 02/29/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Food and Dining

    the food plan is very easy to follow and understand. excited that chick-fil-a is on campus!

    Dorm Life

    my friend lives in the capstone hall dorm and loves it! the room is very big compared to the typical dorm and everyone was very excited.

    Academic Rigor

    i chose exercise science as my field of study and the classes are going to be very difficult, as of any medical career being pursued.

    Tips for prospective students

    visit the college and go on a tour. they are very helpful and excited about their school!

    In three sentences

    when i went to visit my friend who is currently attending usc, my weekend there was great! there was so much to do and the school pride was outstanding. the trip definatley confirmed my decision to attend the university of south carolina!

  • 02/29/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    i go down town with my friends or o to parties. we also go to the movies and shopping.

    In three sentences

    it's a great school. it's fun but challenging. i love it.

  • 04/30/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    In three sentences

    USC is a great school, with a very welcoming environment. We have awesome professors who will work to help you if you show them you are serious about the class.

  • 05/13/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    In three sentences

    University of South Carolina cannot be described in words. There truly are no words that do this university justice. The only words that come close to accurately describing University of South Carolina is that it is the most amazing place on Earth, filled with the most amazing people on Earth.

  • 05/16/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    not a fan of greeks

    Great for these types of students

    want an academic challenge along with southern hospitility

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    gamecock tailgating for football. nothing like it in the world. rated by GQ and many magazines as best place to party during football season

    What to do for fun

    plenty of bars if you're of age.

    Dorm Life

    ive never lived on campus

    Tips for prospective students

    network and meet new people. usc is big on that

    In three sentences

    it's a nice up and coming school located in a great town for college students

  • 05/17/2012

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    What to do for fun

    Go shopping

    In three sentences

    The campus is beautiful. It offers a dual program of MPH/MSW. Well known school in SC.

  • 05/20/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Business students, pharmacy students, hrtm students, football fans

    Food and Dining

    Food places around and in campus are great. There is a ton of food places available on and off campus. There's different types of cuisine for everyday taste.

    Dorm Life

    I never lived in a dorm here, but I hear they are repairing some of the old ones so they are definitely looking better and more updated than the previous years.

    Academic Rigor

    Great campus but they need some better professors.

    Tips for prospective students

    Everyone should at least give this institution a chance. You can truly find many good reason why you would like this campus. The classes they offer are amazing and very reasonable.

    In three sentences

    This campus is a great college to complete and pursue my degree in Exercise Science. They offer many degrees and minors to enroll in.

  • 05/29/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Food and Dining

    If anyone loves food the way that I do the Russell House is the place to be. You get great food and almost everyone is there so you will get to see quite a bit of your friends

    Dorm Life

    I haven't experience the dorm like because I am living in my own apartment but its seems like it would be fun because you are aware of the activities and make new friends that can help you out with your classes.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes aren't as hard as some people think its all about good study habits, making it to class so you wont be behind in your work and if you still don't understand how to do something then there are tutors that are willing to help.

    In three sentences

    I love the environment and positive energy this campus generates

  • 06/23/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Food and Dining

    The food is amazing it looks like what i cook in the house. The also have a food court like burger king, chick Filia pizza hut, taco bell and marble slab.

    Dorm Life

    The dorm are nice majority of them have a suite where it has a kitchen and 2 bathrooms. Its always events going on occasionally in the dorm throughout the year.

    Academic Rigor

    Academics is great over there and the professor are good with the students. They are always welcoming students to come to their office by their hours and see if they needed help.

    In three sentences

    This is a great school you will learn alot than any other institution. Our sports program are amzing and our baseball team is getting ready to win the world series three years in a row. The community life is great and everyone is nice and friendly.

  • 07/06/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    I just work thats all I really do and study.

    Tips for prospective students

    It is great all the way around I couldn't have asked for a better school.

    In three sentences

    It is very great to all the students. Right now I go online and the instructors are very attentive to our needs. The admissions department is very great I can call them for anything.

  • 07/09/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Academic Rigor

    I believe the academic rigor of USC is excellent. The professors test to the highest ability. Many people come out of this school knowing the gained knowledge.

  • 07/10/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    If you're an out-of-state student with decent grades and SAT/ACT scores, the university might award you in-state tuition, which makes USC that much more affordable.

    What to do for fun

    Columbia is a somewhat large area, so there's definitely a lot to do. For those who like going out, the two main bar areas in Columbia are Five Points and the Vista. Both are definitely within walking distance of the campus. For people who like the outdoors, there are several rivers and the nearby Lake Murray as well as several parks. There's definitely something for everyone here.

    Food and Dining

    The meal plans aren't so bad, although a lot of my guy friends complain that they don't get enough to eat. Each item has a value and you can't go over a certain amount which limits how much you can get without going over.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life depends much on where you live and the people who live in your hall. I had a really good experience my first year, but not so much my second year.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes at USC vary in their difficulty. Science and math classes are difficult due to their subject matter. Other classes depend on the professor.

    Tips for prospective students

    Visit the campus and talk to the students! Don't let the fact that the campus is in downtown Columbia intimidate you, the town can definitely have that smaller college town feel.

    In three sentences

    USC is your traditional southern state school. What makes USC so special is the people; everyone is very friendly.

  • 07/10/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Police officiers are always walking around campus and cameras and video recorders as spaced out around campus keeping eyes on those up to no good.

    Clubs and Activities

    Numerous clubs provides for any type of students' interest.

    What to do for fun

    Shopping at local stores, going to tailgating parties and games, taking a stroll around the city, or catching up with friends at the local Starbucks. The possibilities are as endless as you make them.

    Food and Dining

    The Russell House has an assortment of choices from fast food chains like Burger King and Chick-fil-a to cafeteria type which is prepared by an expert staff.

    Dorm Life

    The dorm life isn't as scary as one may think. Those involved in keeping the dormers in check take their responsibilities above and beyond to keep everyone living the dorm life safe and clean.

    Academic Rigor

    It can be difficult but it's prepares you for what the future will hold in your given career field. Plus the professors are friendly and very easy to work with so you can achieve your fullest potential at the university.

    Tips for prospective students

    Prepare yourself for an amazing experience and numerous opportunities at the University of South Carolina! The school suits all types of students from sports fanatics to those who wish to explore their artistic side.

    In three sentences

    Overall everything is wonderful about the university! The location is ideal to downtown Columbia where there's a lot of shopping, eateries, and nightlife to keep anyone busy!

  • 07/11/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    What to do for fun

    There are lots of places on campus where you can sit down and enjoy the fresh air, get a bite to eat, and meet new people.

    Tips for prospective students

    Have a solid plan for how you will pay for tuition, its double your community college!

    In three sentences

    The campus is beautiful, huge, and a bit intimidating. Administrators have been somewhat judgmental in my opinion. For example when I went to get immunized yesterday the nurse took one look at me and assumed I didn't speak English!

  • 07/23/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Great for these types of students

    Anyone!

    Bang for the buck

    Really expensive, but it's a great school. Out-of-state tuition is really high.

    What to do for fun

    There are so many options! No matter what you're interested in, there is a club that accompanies it. And there are a ton of fraternites/sororitoies to join.

    Food and Dining

    I'm a vegetarian, and I've never had trouble finding food to eat. I think the food overall is really pricy. It is really yummy though!

    Dorm Life

    There are so many dorms to choose from! A couple of them are really dumpy, but some are really nice! Be sure to visit them before putting them on your application.

    Academic Rigor

    Not too hard, but not too easy. There is always someone there to help, whether it be with essay or school work. I'm always learning something.

    Tips for prospective students

    Try to apply for as many scholarships as possible. At a large University, things can get expensive pretty fast. And visit before you accept!

    In three sentences

    Absolutely love it! Beautiful campus with friendly and helpful professors. There is always something to do!

  • 07/31/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Despite our campus being in the middle of a big city, it is very safe because we have a police unit that patrols at all times around our campus. We also have to have a key card to get into our dormitories. We can also subscribe to a Carolina Alert service that sends E-mails and texts when something happens in Columbia or on campus.

    Greek Life

    I am not a member of greek life, but it is also a big deal at USC providing students with a group of people like them to spend time with and do community or charity work.

    Clubs and Activities

    Sports events are big at USC because it's an SEC school, so the football games are a HUGE deal to us.

    Great for these types of students

    Students who are focused on their studies, who don't mind a large crowd, and who are generally pretty outgoing and fun loving.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Every Wednesday on Greene Street (which is in the very middle of our campus) we play music and have lots of different companies and corporations come and advertise their products and lines of work to us. It's beneficial because we could possibly meet our future employer! (Also, free stuff works too!)

    Bang for the buck

    I wouldn't really say USC is an expensive college in general, just for me considering my family doesn't have very much money. With that said, I never regret paying the money, because I feel like I am getting an awesome education.

    What to do for fun

    You can go to the movies, a great mall is close, there are many nice restaurants, lots of fields to play sports with friends, and the beach is within an hour.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you like BIG schools, for there are many many students. Don't party all the time, it hurts your GPA, and what could be more important in college? Fun isn't everything. Work HARD.

    In three sentences

    The University of South Carolina is brilliant. It is a wonderful place to live and to go to school. It is natural and beautiful and exciting.

  • 08/02/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    What to do for fun

    Well for incoming freshman, we have a week before classes where USC planned a whole bunch of fun and exciting events. The purpose is to a acquainted the Freshmen class with one another and the campus. There are also many organizations that students can join and enjoy.

    Food and Dining

    The food at USC is absolutely amazing. They have a broad selection. If you love food, then the Russell House is heaven. They even have some fast food establishments, such as, Chick-Fil-A, Burger King, Pizza Hut, etc.

    Dorm Life

    I toured the campus twice and dorm life seems nice. There are plenty of places a student can reside and they have all different styles of residency halls. I am an incoming freshman and I received apartment style, which is amazing. I won't know too much about actually living there but I will find out soon.

    Academic Rigor

    Since I have not started my classes on campus yet, I really don't know how difficult or leisure the academic aspect of USC is. I have my preconceptions that it is quite rigorous, especially when you are a pharmacy major.

    Tips for prospective students

    I am a prospective student myself but I relay the messages that others have given me. The most important thing is to not lose sight of the true purpose of college-obtaining an education. College is a time to be social and fun, but one must maintain good standing in the class room.

    In three sentences

    The atmosphere is nice and welcoming on campus. It is appears so easy to meet new people and adjust to college life. I feel that this is the college for me.

  • 08/08/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    They have those emergency button things everywhere on campus

    Greek Life

    I mean, if you want to

    Clubs and Activities

    Anything you could want

    Great for these types of students

    anybody

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    U-S-C GOOOOOOOOOOO COCKS! & The Horseshoe

    Bang for the buck

    They give away a lot of scholarships

    What to do for fun

    5 POINTS

    Food and Dining

    Lots of choices. Meal plan is reasonable.

    Dorm Life

    Fun, dorms are dorms, but everything is close to campus.

    Academic Rigor

    For the honors college, it's pretty tough. Regular classes are regular.

    Tips for prospective students

    Go to the campus, take a tour, ask any questions.

    In three sentences

    Warm, beautiful, sunny, people are polite, everybody drives slow. Academically, the honors college is challenging but not impossible. Student life and night life are awesome.

  • 08/16/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    Average college food. Mostly fast food, but some healthy options are available. Check out the Coloquim

    Dorm Life

    I've heard both good and bad, but they are updating the dorms to meet the needs of the students better.

    Academic Rigor

    The requirements for the business program are tough, but help keep the degree strong.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get to know the city a little bit, it's a small/big city. You'll love the weather.

    In three sentences

    The campus is beautiful, and very active. The central location in town helps to keep everything in one area. The staff always seems helpful.

  • 09/04/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The USC police are very active, at least for the first couple weeks of the semester. While if you are going into Columbia, it is recommended to travel with a friend, but you aren't likely to have any problems.

    Greek Life

    The Greek Life is one of the main parts of social life at the University of South Carolina. With over 700 freshmen boys and several hundred freshmen girls trying to rush in 2012, it is readily apparent the Greek Life is very popular and highly sought after.

    Clubs and Activities

    USC offers a wide variety of clubs and activities for its students. From intramural sports to student organizations to clubs, there is very many things to choose from.

    Great for these types of students

    USC is a great school for students looking to receive a great education from a top-notch school while experiencing the great southern tradition of SEC football and a very fun school.

    What to do for fun

    The Greek Life is a big part of social life, but not all of it. A lot of student organizations, intramural sports, and clubs exist for students to participate in.

    Food and Dining

    The dining halls are very nice. They are spacious and have many options. However, the meal plan is expensive and you usually are not receiving much food. If you are looking to eat after 9pm, there are very limited options too.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are really nice at USC, but some dorms are further away from the class buildings than others.

    Academic Rigor

    USC classes are like most colleges. There is a lot of work, but if you put in effort and studying to stay on top of your coursework, you will do more than fine.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you stay on top of all your classes, USC will be some of your best years yet. There is so much to do in terms of social life and, as long as your grades remain high, you can have as much fun as you want.

    In three sentences

    The University of South Carolina is a great, top-notch school with many activities to keep its students busy. As long as you put in some time in school, you can have some of the best years of your life while receiving an exceptional education and graduate with many, many opportunities awaiting you.

  • 09/05/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Visit the Historic Horseshoe, its beautiful.

    What to do for fun

    There are a lot of activities and social gatherings always happening.

    Food and Dining

    There are a lot of choices from Asian, to sushi, to Pizza Hut, there is something for everyone.

    Dorm Life

    There are many varieties of housing options.

    Academic Rigor

    There are a lot of writing assignments and studying that goes along with in the in-class lectures.

    Tips for prospective students

    Stay on top of your school work. Set aside some studying time. Get involved. Represent your school, in the highest degree.

    In three sentences

    The University of SC was my number one choice. As a freshman, there are a lot of activities and service projects to get involved with. There are also many programs such as USC Connect to help with school work and adaption to this new setting.

  • 09/09/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    This campus is very safe to an extent . There are numerous alarm systems throughout the campus and police is constantly patrolling the campus . I would caution new students to just be aware of your surroundings, just because it is a big city and it is downtown, and some places aren't the best places for students to be .

    Greek Life

    Greek Life is a big deal on this campus and has its own section of campus . Greek Life host numerous social events and functions across campus . Greek life is also very expensive and selective of who can join.

    Clubs and Activities

    Like I said previously this university has an extensive amount of clubs and activities to do both on and off campus and there is an activity and a club for everyone !

    Great for these types of students

    This university is perfect for those students who want a big university in the middle of a big city . This university is also great for those students who want to get involved in organizations and who want to expierience the college life away from home in a safe environment .

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The campus is absolutely breath taking and has alot of convienient and peaceful spots for students to study and hangout . I think the most interesting spot is right near the Russel House between the library . In this spot there is a large series of circles and if you stand in the very center circle and clap your hands it squeaks .

    Bang for the buck

    I think the university does a decent job of making sure that it's students get enough bang for their buck, however there are are a few things I think they should change . I dont think they should charge student to park on campus , I think that every student should be rewarded a ticket to football games, and I feel like there are some out landish charges to the actual tuition .

    What to do for fun

    There are numerous organizations to get involved in and there is a place for everybody at this university ! You can always find something to do whether you attend a game , hangout at the horse shoe, or go to events on campus there is something for everyone .

    Food and Dining

    The University of South Carolina Columbia offers a wide variety of food from Southern home cooking , foods from other countrys, and fast food options.Most of the meals are reasonably priced for the portion you get .

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are very small and condensed . I personally didnt like the dorms, however they are strategically placed across campus so that students can access the school's resources effectively .

    Academic Rigor

    The University of South Carolina Columbia is very rigorous but the professors are willing to help you in anyway they can , but you do have to prepare and study for each class .

    Tips for prospective students

    My only tips for prospecive students are to make sure that you arent afraid of large classes and that you are willing to get involved in the school because that is the only way to get the fullest expierience from college .

    In three sentences

    This school is very big and beautiful . It has an extensive list of classes that can pertain to anyones interests . It is also very hospitable and friendly .

  • 09/11/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The fact that USC has it's own personal police department, along with the Columbia police, already makes me feel better. That being said, be smart about where you are late at night and don't be alone in a dark area.

    Greek Life

    While I have just joined a fraternity, go Lambda Chi! The greeks tend to do many service events as well as social. Don't be intimidated by the idea of being hazed since in recent years that has been cracked down on more than ever.

    Clubs and Activities

    I could go on and on about the list of clubs at USC, but you would be better off just looking the entire list yourself. I mean who wouldn't want to go sky-diving or join the quidditch team? Not to mention for those looking to give back to the community, there are many non-profit organizations that are eager for more participation; did I mention it's pretty easy to start your own club/organization?

    Great for these types of students

    People who want to meet many more people, be in a diverse community and want to try or maintain the comfortable southern hospitality.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    So far I haven't seen anything that would be considered strange.

    Bang for the buck

    For in-state students the tuition is a bit cheaper than most universities and with everything offered here money quickly becomes forgotten.

    What to do for fun

    On Greene Street there are usually events going on all the time, not to mention free movies at the Russell House and Five Points/The Vista are fun places off campus to go out.

    Food and Dining

    All your favorite fast food joints are here like Taco Bell, Chick-Fila and Pizza Hut, but there are healthier alternatives and the cafeteria serves different foods per day, but don't forget about the famous Chicken Finger Wednesday!

    Dorm Life

    Depending on where you stay, it can be very comforting or a long walk to campus. Places like Preston, Patterson and Capstone are popular since they are close to campus, but others like the quads aren't too bad either.

    Academic Rigor

    For the first three weeks, school hasn't been the worst, but I have a feeling it will pick up to the point of many other rigorous college workloads.

    Tips for prospective students

    Take a tour of the campus, the layout may not be for everyone. Also, don't label this university as the school of the of the south, because it is pretty far from that generalization.

    In three sentences

    A giant university that has the southern touch, but isn't afraid of diversity. With so many people attending, it's hard to remember faces! Yet the people you do meet are amazing people to get to know.

  • 09/25/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Pool, Baskeball Watch Football Games Go to the football Games Video Games Netflixs

    Tips for prospective students

    Keep the grades ups, this is not high school, your grade are not going to be handed to you. Always be open to new ideas, and new people.

    In three sentences

    The university of South Carolina has a lot of program. There are so much opportunity here. The classes are large in sizes but once you know a few people, you can build quite a home here.

  • 09/27/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Overall they keep a close eye on the campus, and I always feel like I'm safe. Plus they do a lot to keep students informed of any crime and also how to avoid crime.

    Greek Life

    There are tons of Frats and Sororities! Greek Life is huge here and is a ton of fun! If you can do it, I definitely recommend rushing.

    Clubs and Activities

    They have a club and things to do for people of pretty much every social circle! I know you will find something you like!

    Great for these types of students

    Business, Pre-Med, Foreign Language, International Studies, Science/Engineering

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Tiger Burn is always fun for our game against Clemson! It's a tradition and you have to go at least once.

    Bang for the buck

    With all the things this university has to offer you are definitely getting your money's worth, even if you are paying out of state tuition.

    What to do for fun

    There is no way you won't have fun! Between the football games, student organizations, intramural sports, clubs, and night life going on in Five Points and the Vistas. Everything you need is right here! Plus if you want to go to the beach, it's only 2 hours away.

    Food and Dining

    The food isn't bad, but it could be better. I feel like they should offer a wider variety and try and get some of the local fast food places and restaurants to take Carolina Meal Swipes and CarolinaCash as a form of payment! That would be awesome.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is great! You meet some of the greatest people, and have a wide variety offered to you when it comes to living styles. You can do traditional, suite style, or apartment! There's no way one of them won't fit you.

    Academic Rigor

    There is a fair amount expected of you as a student and everything does fall on your shoulders. You need to make sure you stay on top of your work in all of your classes. Don't fall behind!

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't worry if you don't know your major when you first come in. The counselors are more than willing to help you figure everything out, just pick a general field to have something to start with and work your way from there. Also, don't worry about not finding friends, that is impossible here! Everyone is so friendly and welcoming that I can guarantee you will find a group of people to hang with.

    In three sentences

    This is a great university that offers so much to its students. It is one of the leading universities in research, and offers an almost unlimited amount of research opportunities to students. It also offers a wide range of amenities to help students feel comfortable and find friends through its many clubs and student activities.

  • 09/30/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    It sounds safer than it really is. Sad but true. Their was a shooting downtown, which is about 2 miles from campus. A robbery took place on campus.

    Greek Life

    Typical.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are all kinds of clubs you can be a part of.

    Great for these types of students

    Those who have already been raised in or near a very large city.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    I have no idea.

    Bang for the buck

    It's about average.

    What to do for fun

    Jiu-Jitsu Business Fraternity Investment club

    Food and Dining

    The food is just about the only highlight of this school.

    Dorm Life

    My dorm experience has been horrible. The rooms and halls are disgusting, the other kids on my hall come in drunk and belligerent at all times of the day it seems.

    Academic Rigor

    Some of my classed are academically challenging, while others are more of a joke.

    Tips for prospective students

    Take a campus tour. Visit a smaller school to make sure a large campus is right for you.

    In three sentences

    It is a large campus with a lot of opportunities to make connections and join clubs. There are countless majors to choose from. Getting involved will help you make friends.

  • 10/22/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    USC has done a good job providing safety to it's students. USCPD does regular rounds around campus, and there is a security officer located in every residence hall. There are danger alert buttons located around campus, and there is a text message alert system called Carolina Alert that lets students know when something has happened in the area.

    Great for these types of students

    There is a place for literally any type of student at the University of South Carolina!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Carolina is all about tradition. One of our strangest, but also the tastiest, is Chicken Finger Wednesday. Also, the campus is full of beautiful historical sites, as the University was built in 1801. It has survived a number of wars and events in history, and that history is alive on campus.

    Bang for the buck

    Tuition is pretty up there, but if you take advantage of everything the university has to offer, you will certainly get your money;s worth.

    What to do for fun

    Not only are there hundreds of different clubs and organizations on campus for students to join, you are right in the middle of downtown Columbia, one of the largest cities in SC. In the fall, you can tailgate with your friends and enjoy an exciting Carolina football game, or you can experience all of the fun at the SC State Fair. Five Points, the downtown district, is also close to campus.

    Food and Dining

    There are more than 20 restaurants on campus that accept meal plans or Carolina Cash from your student ID card. These restaurants vary from an all you can eat buffet, to fast food restaurants, and also includes vegetarian and vegan options.

    Dorm Life

    Though some are better than others, all of the dorms at the University of South Carolina are kept clean and presentable. The rooms are large enough for what you need, and for the most part the university is mindful of roommate requests and other accommodations.

    Academic Rigor

    Like any university, it really depends on the professor. Many of your large lecture classes require you to play close attention and take lots of notes. Smaller classes are more interactive and you are able to participate more freely in discussions.

    Tips for prospective students

    To reach your maximum potential at Carolina, it is important to always do your best and always get involved. There are hundreds of opportunities for student involvement on campus, you just have to be aware and take advantage of them!

    In three sentences

    Carolina is everything you would expect from a large campus university in a big city. The campus is always alive, and the student are always friendly. At USC, everyone is part of the family!

  • 10/28/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There are so many things to do on Campus. The University offers full time access to the Strom Thurmond gym with the largest rock wall on the east coast as well as many social events that are put on by Carolina productions every week.

    Food and Dining

    USC offers many different choices for cuisine. They offer healthy, fast, and fancy cuisine as preferred by students.

    Dorm Life

    Dorms are simple yet very satisfactory.

    Academic Rigor

    I love how challenging the classes are at USC. They allow me to not just memorize, but also apply what I know. USC is preparing me well for a career.

    Tips for prospective students

    Look into the many financial aid opportunities that USC has to offer. Many of them are very helpful and very broad in terms of the class of students that are allowed to apply. Also, do not be intimidated by the size of the campus.

    In three sentences

    The University of South Carolina has very exceptional professors. You are not just a number, and you are able to get to know your professors. It has a well rounded community, and offers many events to get each student involved

  • 11/07/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    USC Police, Columbia Police, State Troopers, and security guards roam the campus at the most random times, ensuring that the campus is well lit, and more importantly, is extremely safe for everyone.

    Greek Life

    Fraternities and Sororities are a great experience to everyone that joins one.

    Clubs and Activities

    No matter what club you join, or activity you participate in, you will not regret it.

    Great for these types of students

    Any type of student can find at least 5 things enjoyable to do here either on campus or within walking distance off campus.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Heading to Strom at least 5 times a week is a great way to tell the Freshman 15 to go to someone else.

    Bang for the buck

    Not everyone can afford everything, but there are more than plenty of ways to help afford whatever it is that you need money for.

    What to do for fun

    Being in a capitol city, walking down the street for half a mile is an adventure (and not scary). Fun is all around the corner, all you have to do is just engage yourself and you'll be loving life. Just don't do too much fun on a class night.

    Food and Dining

    Whether it be Grand Marketplace or Gamecock Park, these are just a few of the amazing 21 places on campus that offer amazing food, almost as good as mom's cooking.

    Dorm Life

    Becoming a community here with all your room, suite, floor-mates is an experience of a lifetime.

    Academic Rigor

    Some classes offered here are a breeze to go through, and other classes challenge you, but are passable.

    Tips for prospective students

    -Study -Have Fun -Manage your time well with the above two tips

    In three sentences

    Located in the beautiful capitol of South Carolina, students come here to learn more about their future careers. All Alumni have no regrets to coming to this school. Go Gamecocks!

  • 11/08/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    They need to step it up a little. There have been some robberies and assaults that haven't been handled. But, they are getting better at patrolling.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is big. Get involved it will totally change you and the community.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are so many clubs and activities. Student media does a nice job of bringing in a good amount of celebrities and great movies at Russell House.

    Great for these types of students

    Those that know how to balance partying and studying and for those that like the city but don't want to be in it all the time.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    You get to yell Go Cocks and the good word is always, To HELL with GEORGIA and Cuck Flemson!

    Bang for the buck

    I think that the tuition could be better priced however the school is well-known and you get a good education. The teachers are very knowledgeable.

    What to do for fun

    There is a lot of stuff in the city to do. You can go downtown, hang out at house parties, go to the zoo, go shopping, or just tan in the warm weather.

    Food and Dining

    The food is great until about second semester when you have the same thing every week. But it is okay and there are lots of options.

    Dorm Life

    The people you meet in your dorm can end up being your best friends like they have for me.

    Academic Rigor

    Make sure that you spend a good amount of time studying rather than partying. Remember that you came to school to learn.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure that your advisor actually knows what they are talking about. Live on campus your freshman year. Get involved right away.

    In three sentences

    The University of South Carolina is awesome. They truly care about the students that go here and there is so much school spirit. You really feel like part of the Carolina family.

  • 11/11/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Campus Safety

    Call boxes to campus police everywhere!

    Great for these types of students

    Football fans, people who like big schools, nice southern hospitality personalities

    Bang for the buck

    Not unless you are an instate student!

    What to do for fun

    A lot of music concert opportunities.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply early and get community service hours.

    In three sentences

    Beautiful campus, big school opportunities, amazing school activities, friendly administration, great football, one of the best college gyms in the south east.

  • 11/18/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus safety is very good here. There are rarely problems that require campus safety. Our school's campus safety response time is very quick.

    Greek Life

    Greek Life provides many opportunities for students. It helps them make many friends along the way. They also can be used to establish connections in the future.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are countless clubs and activities to participate in. Our school can fulfill any students desires for clubs and activities. This ranges from community service to intramural sports.

    Great for these types of students

    This would be great for sports fans, or Gamecock supporters. It would also be fun for those that like showing school spirit. Also those that like to meet many new people would really enjoy it.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    College Gameday comes to town for football games. We have homecoming events like dance-offs, and the Tiger-Burn before our rival football game. We also have pep-rallys to introduce the new football season.

    Bang for the buck

    Living off campus is worth the money. It costs nearly the same as living on campus. It gives you much more freedom this way.

    What to do for fun

    There are many fun things to do here. You can attend sporting events, spend time on the horseshoe, or participate in clubs and activities. There are also cultural things to do like museums or concerts.

    Food and Dining

    Food and dining is acceptable here. There is a food court that ranges from fast food to a hot line. There are also healthy options.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is easy and convenient. Dorms are relatively close to classes. Many dorms like to provide a sense of community.

    Academic Rigor

    The courses are very challenging and only get harder. Professors will try to confuse and challenge you. They also want to do everything they can to help you.

    Tips for prospective students

    Prospective students should prepare themselves for the challenge the school brings. They should be prepared to work hard and have fun. Prepare to adapt to large lecture classes.

    In three sentences

    It is an excellent institution. The professors are very knowledgeable. It is as good as any institution in the country.

  • 11/20/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    In three sentences

    The University of South Carolina has incredible research opportunities and welcomes scholars to find their scholarly interests and paths. The faculty is very knowledgeable in their field of study and assure for a great lecture experience. Here, the students are not only taught a subject, they are also encouraged to think independently and do their own research. All in all. it is a great University.

  • 11/28/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Always keep the usc police number in your phone. Also make sure you walk with a buddy at night, there were unite a lot of incidents this past year and the emergency reports are rarely sent out because they are. Deemed unimportant when it was critical information.

    Great for these types of students

    Southern, football lovers, excellent weather, city dwellers.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is a hootie and the blowfish brick on the horseshoe, and a clapping circle in front of Russell house. The one other tradition is before the Clemson game the turners set fire to a Clemson tiger built by the engineering students.

    What to do for fun

    You can go work out, see a movie, play in the game room, watch tv, go to 5 points, go shopping, go to athletic games. There are so many concerts and this year Taylor Swift is coming and the arena is close to campus. There is usually a concert on campus each semester.

    Food and Dining

    The school needs more healthy options, vegetables not cooked to death, and light options such as unrotten fruit. The only place i eat is honors where there are always fresh ingredients, and occasionally at the colloquium but it is usually very crowded. Wednesday are chicken fingers, pretty good and occasionally the sweet tea is real. The grits are not southern either. In all honesty start with 16+ for the extra 100$ and downgrade after that if you get tired of buying vitamin water and sod when you've already eaten.

    Dorm Life

    I currently live in one of the big rooms in the building, made for three people with only two in it. My building is being renovated next year so It all depends on your dorm building. They all have communities, and seasonal activities to participate in if you choose. Go in with an open mind.. it may look small at first but once you move in it may look bigger than you thought.

    Academic Rigor

    It all depends on your major and the academic hours you take per semester as well as your teacher. Currently I am taking 17 hours and having two sciences in one day can be stressful when exams come around and you are trying to separate material in your head. If you don't take more than you can handle you'll be fine as long as you try your best.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you can see yourself going to a school you visit while you are there, definitely consider choosing that school. Go explore on your own with your family...without the tour guide you will get a better feel of campus. Definitely think about other costs besides tuition, meal plans, books, housing, and fees. No matter what try to keep an open mind and see if you can meet with professors of your potential major or who teach subjects your interested in you'll get an idea of class size, how they teach, the rigor of the curriculum, and maybe brownie points if they end up being your teacher. If you can look at a dorm room.

    In three sentences

    A place that changes with the seasons, has an amazing gym, a good amount of free tshirts, and challenging courses if you want them. It celebrates holidays, and gives every student ample opportunity to show their gamecock spirit. It can be overwhelming at first but you adapt.

  • 11/29/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    It is near downtown, and college students are college students. There are several reports every semester, but they could happen anywhere. I feel safe on campus. There is an shuttle service if you ever want an escort.

    Greek Life

    Very popular, don't know much as I am not Greek. It's a big deal, but you won't miss out on all the fun if you don't want to participate.

    Clubs and Activities

    Lot of specific clubs for any interest. Chances are they've got what you're looking for. If not, you may find something else you never thought you'd try or you can always create your own club!

    Great for these types of students

    Southern, Northern looking for a different experience that they will fall in love with, International Business majors, Nursing majors, football lovers.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Ghost tours on the historical Horseshoe every fall, Tigerburn when we play our rival in football, blood drive competition with our rival.

    Bang for the buck

    I went in-state and had scholarships, so it's definitely worth it for me. You can work the system and get as much out of it as you want.

    What to do for fun

    Riverbanks Zoo, Columbiana Mall and Harbison area for shopping, Yoghut/Cupcake/Starbucks for snacks, 5 Points for partying, The Vista for eating out, Gameday every home game in the fall, Charleston/Greenville/Charlotte/Atlanta for weekend trips. Plenty!

    Food and Dining

    I am not a picky eater, so I didn't have a problem with the food. It's not your momma's cooking. You can always find something though! Every Wednesday is Chicken Finger Wednesday, and the corn muffins in the Honors Dorm cafeteria are incredible!

    Dorm Life

    I loved the convenience of being on campus already. It was also a great plus to live in the honors dorm with many of my classmates because we could go to a study room for group projects or ask for homework help late at night easily.

    Academic Rigor

    This most definitely depends on the major. I am a business major and honors student with considerably less studying than my science major friends. It's enough to prepare you, but even my pre-pharmacy friends have a social life. Don't stress about it, you'll be prepared!

    Tips for prospective students

    Be prepared to fall in love with the campus and surrounding area. You will learn to love football if you don't already. Don't be afraid to reinvent yourself at a decent sized school; you don't have to hang out with your high school friends and do what you've always done.

    In three sentences

    USC is a spirited, Southern campus with a great variety of students and activities. You can easily find people like you or try something you never thought you'd do all in the same day.

  • 12/14/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Emergency systems are set up and Carolina alerts will be sent to your phone, Facebook, and Twitter to let you know if anything's happened.

    Clubs and Activities

    With over 300 student organizations ranging from sailing to Latin dance, there is something for everyone. Get involved and be proud to be a Carolinian!

    Great for these types of students

    Students that want a large university but yet not feel lost in a crowd. USC has the most amazing faculty and staff that will help you every step of the way. Southern hospitality is at its finest here!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Carolina football is a great tradition in itself so tailgate on Saturday's and get your picture taken with Cocky! Also, Chicken Finger Wednesday is a Carolina tradition so eat up!

    Bang for the buck

    If you're a South Carolina resident, there is no better option. If you're an out of state student, apply for the many generous scholarships they grant. The quality of the university is amazing, especially if you're heading into business.

    What to do for fun

    Go see Columbia! It is a traditional southern city that mixes an old-time feel with modern things. Try dancing at Jillian's in the Vista or head to Five Points to eat out!

    Food and Dining

    Food is not bad, and definitely better than other schools. However, it can get a little monotonous so mix up the places you eat at. Try the dining hall marathon--eat at all 16 dining locations in a week!

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is pretty good as long as you can keep up with your school work while still having fun. Certain places are better to live than others (hint: Honors is great! Avoid Bates!).

    Academic Rigor

    Depending on your major, the classes can range from average to quite difficult. However, if you're in the honors college, the personal attention is amazing. You'll never feel like a number in a crowd.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved! There is so much to do at USC with over 300 student organizations. Focus on your schoolwork but immerse yourself in all that USC has to offer.

    In three sentences

    USC is an amazing school with spirit. There is a small-school feel for such a large university. You'll never feel lost with all the helpful faculty to guide you.

  • 01/03/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    The best decision I every made, second to choosing USC, is joining the Greek Life community! It is a wonderful place to meet people and my connections for the future as well as become a part of something bigger!

    Great for these types of students

    Any and everyone, especially those who love football! Go Gamecocks!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Just very friendly people who are genuinely happy to be at school at USC!

    Bang for the buck

    I am obsessed with my school! I would recommend any and every future college student to look into it. Not only is it fun, rewarding, and challenging, it also give you the opportunity to make a name for yourself in so many different on campus organizations.

    What to do for fun

    There are so many fun things to do such as football games, baseball games, hanging out in the rec center, joining the Greek Community, getting involved on campus, going out in the two downtown areas, floating the river, running/walking the river walk, hanging out on the horseshoe, and millions more things!

    Tips for prospective students

    Definitely visit the school before you decide against it. It has one of the most incredibly beautiful campuses and the people there are beyond welcoming and nice. The Carolinian Community is amazing to be a part of.

    In three sentences

    The most fun I have ever had. The most challenging but rewarding courses I have ever taken. The best friendships I have ever made.

  • 01/06/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    They have campus alerts that are sent via email and text and they have campus police. I have never once felt unsafe or threatened in my two and a half years here at this school.

    Greek Life

    A very organized Greek Life that everyone seems really into; the Greek Village is beautiful just to drive through.

    Clubs and Activities

    Many, many clubs and activities to choose from

    Great for these types of students

    Ambitious yet fun-loving students who want and can have it all. Footballs fans especially.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Every Friday, there is a rooster crowing that can be heard all throughout, as if on a campus-wide speaker. I couldn't figure out what it was for the longest time. My whole first year there I thought it was somebody's alarm in a floor above me in my dorm building, East Quad.

    Bang for the buck

    The school really has such a nice landscape to it as you walk through all the different buildings. They have so much to offer for their students I really have no complaints.

    What to do for fun

    They have a lot of events at Russell House. I frequent the Farmer's Market whenever I can during the week. And for football fans, Gamecock football is intense and truly bonding; I would definitely attend the games.

    Food and Dining

    There are so many places to eat on campus and directly off campus you definitely will never go hungry.

    Dorm Life

    The dorm life is probably like most other campuses; as long as you can make it work out with your roommates there should be no problems. Just make sure you really let them know what you're looking for in a roommate if you're doing random assignment as a new/transfer student.

    Academic Rigor

    I love the challenging classes and the interesting professors who really know their material are so willing to help. As long as you go to every class and put outside study time in, you should thrive in all classes.

    Tips for prospective students

    Plan on doing a lot of walking around, especially if you are living on-campus. Try not to lose your student ID. You need it for everything.

    In three sentences

    The campus is beautiful and historical. There is a lot of diversity and everyone is nice. I enjoy all my classes; the professors are great.

  • 01/12/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus police are great at their job, and they are really nice. Just keep your nose clean and you will never have a problem with them. And there are cameras everywhere so they know if something happens to you.

    Great for these types of students

    Everyone!

    What to do for fun

    Go to a game; those are always a blast. There are free movies every week, and they're actually movies that people want to see. There are concerts and other events that are put on by the university that are free. There is always something going on.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved!

    In three sentences

    There's always something to do, and the people are great. It's a surprisingly beautiful campus for being in the middle of downtown Columbia. There is also so much to do that's within walking distance.

  • 01/18/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I don't always feel safe on campus and don't see a lot of campus safety officers patrolling dark areas of campus.

    Greek Life

    Greek Life is great. The organizations are large and cliquey but still something to meet people in. The Greek Village is amazing.

    Clubs and Activities

    No clubs or activities have really appealed to me.

    Great for these types of students

    Great for a student that does not want to have a lot of drama. There is always more friends to find!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Football is a huge tradition there. Try the fraternity lots of tailgating and you'll be sure to have fun.

    Bang for the buck

    You get what you pay for. It's a college education, it's right for some people and not for others.

    What to do for fun

    The only thing to do for fun for the regular college experience is 5 points. The cops are really bad so I guess you could do other things, but the options are not that large.

    Food and Dining

    I also do not have a meal plan but I have not heard great things about their dining experience.

    Dorm Life

    I transfered to USC after freshman year so I never lived in a dorm. But, I have seen my friend's dorms and they appear very nice.

    Academic Rigor

    Some classes are hard, some are not. Try hard, and you will do well.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you try very hard to make new friends. Try and join Greek Life or any other organizations. This is the only way you'll find friends.

    In three sentences

    It is a large school where you can get lost very easily. There is not much help for transfer students. But overall the school is okay.

  • 01/23/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus safety may not catch everything but a student started the company Drinking Ticket, an app on twitter that notifies you of where the cops are and where the crooks are.

    Great for these types of students

    Sports fans, prospective greek lifers, partiers.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Gamecock pride is a serious tradition, Garnet and Black baby!

    Bang for the buck

    If you put the effort in you'll receive the education you pay for, but ont a lot of graduates stay in Columbia after.

    What to do for fun

    There's an awesome gym, with an outdoor pool and all new equiptment. The bars are right by campus, and there's a river that's really fun to hang out or tube on when it's nice out.

    Food and Dining

    They do have great food, but the dining plan is slightly restrictive giving you a price limit at each meal, you almost always have to go over and use your extra Carolina Cash.

    Dorm Life

    It's really 50/50 whether you'll get a nice dorm or one of the ones that's been left behind in the remodeling phase. I lived in the women's quad to appease my parents but wish I had lived in a coed one because it's so much easier to meet people.

    Academic Rigor

    Gen ed courses are almost a joke. University 101 is unnecessary, although it does help you remember when advisement and registration happen but the major courses are serious.

    Tips for prospective students

    It's really easy to get distracted with Five Points, the downtown bar scene, and partying every night because almost everyone is doing it. And you can skate by in the gen ed courses while partying, but you have to learn how to balance it.

    In three sentences

    I'm a northerner who decided to switch it up for college by going south. I definitely didn't understand how big football culture is here till the fall, but I love it. Being able to bike and longboard in the dead of winter is nice too.

  • 01/27/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Columbia can be extremely frightening, but is completely fine if you use your best judgement. I have never had a problem, but I am always sensible and don't walk home from downtown at 3 in the morning by myself. Everywhere has it's bad areas and Columbia is no different.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is big here, not as big as some of the other schools but it does have a lot of members. Most of the fraternity guys are extremely awkward and only speak when drunk, but a majority of the sorority girls are nice and excited to get new members. However, as on any campus each organization has a reputation, I recommend going into rush blind so that you truly pick the house you like best, not who's likely untrue reputation you like the best.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are so many options to get involved, it is best to pick something and stick to it in order to make friends and advance in the organization.

    Great for these types of students

    Those who love the gamecocks, want a beautiful campus and are looking for a southern experience.

    Bang for the buck

    The in state tuition here is a steal, plus people from South Carolina receive a ton of financial aid. However, if you are out of state don't expect much, you will never receive more than you were offered Freshman year and will probably be angry about how little everyone else is paying.

    What to do for fun

    I highly recommend bringing a car to campus so you can visit people who live off campus, go shopping and even to get groceries. Most people end up going to 5 points who like to drink, however the bars are all 21+ and the police are cracking down on underage drinking. Other than that people go to parties in the off-campus housing and to greek functions.

    Food and Dining

    Chicken finger wednesday is the best thing on earth. The food here is pretty good, although they usually repeat the menu each week which can get annoying. If you need a break from the ordinary Russell House is stacked with better options and there is good food off campus.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is hit or miss on this campus, some people have a great experience while others dread it. The rooms are fairly large, and almost all of them are suite style and even some apartment style, which is really nice. However, your overall experience mainly depends on the people in your building including your resident mentors.

    Academic Rigor

    I went to a fairly rigorous high school, which completely prepared me for college, making USC feel like a breeze to me. I really enjoy my classes and never find them particularly difficult. Additionally, graduating in four years and a lot of the time less is extremely attainable - a plus if you are looking to save some money!

    Tips for prospective students

    Academically, pick a major you like and change it as soon as you can if you don't, if you don't like what you are doing in your class, you should switch your track. Socially, as an out of state student I found my home by rushing a sorority, recruitment is the most painful two weeks of your life but in the end it is completely worth it.

    In three sentences

    USC offers a wonderful balance of college town, convenient city and great education. The campus is beautiful and it comes to life during football season. It is easy to succeed academically and enjoy yourself while doing so!

  • 01/29/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Party, football games, movies

    Tips for prospective students

    Be aware of all deadline. Make sure you tour the campus before coming to make sure its really what you want in a college.

    In three sentences

    BEST SCHOOL EVER!!

  • 01/31/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    They burn this Big Tiger for the Clemson vs. USC game :)

    Food and Dining

    They have lots of onsight dining. Taco Bell food is amazing.

    Tips for prospective students

    It's a big school and has lots of people, but if it has a major that you are interested in you better pursue it. There is no time like the present.

    In three sentences

    I give the University of South Carolina a 8.5.

  • 02/14/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I feel very safe on campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    The engineering society that I am involved in is a great way to make friends and practice the skills I'm learning in my classes.

    Great for these types of students

    We have students for all over the US and foreign countries.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Our Horseshoe is a beatiful gathering spot for students.

    Bang for the buck

    I will be well qualified as a civil engineer upon completion of my degree.

    What to do for fun

    Dorm activities, such as movie night, are great. The Strom Thurmond Fitness and Wellness Center is second to none. Don't forget about sports, especially Gamecock football.

    Food and Dining

    The food is much better than food in high school. It's hard not to gain weight, though, because you aren't always eating the way you should for proper nutrition.

    Dorm Life

    My dorm is older and doesn't have a lot of amenities. There is a housing shortage for upperclassmen but you make great friends in the dorm. It's the best way to get acclimated to campus.

    Academic Rigor

    Calculus and chemistry are incredibly demanding. Professors expect you to handle your schedule and be an adult.

    Tips for prospective students

    Take the SAT numerous times so you can improve your scores. You need to take rigorous classes in high school. Dual credit, AP, and Honors classes are best to prepare you for college work. It will be much harder than you think so be prepared and organized.

    In three sentences

    USC is a great school with activities each day for students. It's easy to get involved and make friends. Our Gamecock football team is fantastic and will only get better.

  • 02/15/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    The Vista or Five Points

    Tips for prospective students

    Register early for classes. Be flexible.

    In three sentences

    USC is a challenging school. It has a wide variety of majors. It also has respected educators.

  • 02/17/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Five Points area isn't safe and there are routinely muggings

    Greek Life

    Pervasive

    Clubs and Activities

    See the Pastafarians

    Great for these types of students

    Sports fans

    Bang for the buck

    Not that expensive, especially in state, but not the most impressive degree

    What to do for fun

    Columbia itself has quite a few options, especially if you're over 21

    Food and Dining

    Limited but decent options

    Dorm Life

    Dorms are not that bad, campus life is OK

    Academic Rigor

    This is not a difficult school

    Tips for prospective students

    Become a fan of Gamecock football because it will be a major part of your life whether you like it or not.

    In three sentences

    The school is very focused on sports, but big enough to find a group for you. Some of the student groups are great resources. The academics are generally not challenging outside of the honors college.

  • 02/19/2013

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has not been to campus.

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    In three sentences

    Im acually a clemson fan planning on going into pre-pharmacy and i was thinking that it would be best to go to USC becuase of what im wanting to do and it seems alot cheaper than clemson. I was just wonder how the nice the doors are and if theres much to do aound campus?

  • 02/25/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Fairly safe but there have been several robberies on campus. You need to always travel with someone.

    Greek Life

    They have many organizations that seem to be very community service related.

    Great for these types of students

    Versitile and studious.

    What to do for fun

    There are lots of on and off campus activities. They provide transportation to many of the functions.

    Food and Dining

    Large assortment and variety. Only get minimum number on meal plans.

    Dorm Life

    Make sure you get a room mate that is similar in characteristics to you. Establish boundaries early. 8

    Academic Rigor

    Hard. 10

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure to apply for all scholarships. Fill out your fafsa early. Apply for on campus housing early.

    In three sentences

    This is a great college to attend. There are many activities that keep the students interest and promotes diversity. Tuition is expensive but is competitive with other universities.

  • 02/27/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There are endless ways to have fun both on and around campus. There's a farmer's market every Wednesday on Greene St. right in the center of campus, as well as all kinds of organizations and school clubs that host events almost every day on campus. There are over a hundred different clubs students can join too, as well as an enormous state-of-the-art gymnasium that has fitness classes, two floors of fitness equipment, a rock wall, and so much more, available free to students.

    Food and Dining

    The food court in Russell House is pretty awesome. There's a huge variety of food to choose from, including sushi! There are also a multitude of restaurants on and off campus that one can easily walk to, so you never have to drive anywhere to eat.

    Dorm Life

    I live off-campus and commute to school, so I really have no idea what dorm life is like.

    Academic Rigor

    How rigorous your classes are, in my experience, depends mostly on the professor you have. There may be two professors teaching the exact same course, and while one may be super easy and lax, the other can make your life hell. I always look up the professors on RateMyProfessor.com and choose the one who gets the best reviews. This has worked in my favor all the years I've attended USC.

    Tips for prospective students

    Invest in a spot in a parking garage, and make sure to reserve it about a year before the semester begins, because they fill up quickly! Expect to be nickle-and-dimed to death, because hardly anything is free for students! Also, sign up for classes on the very first day registration is open because they fill up quicker than you can possibly imagine.

    In three sentences

    It's expensive and not very military-friendly. The campus is beautiful, but parking is monstrous, and I'm constantly getting parking tickets from my meter expiring. The admissions criteria and standards for staying in are pretty lenient.

  • 03/13/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Greek Life

    The Greek Life is so much fun, accepting, and the grounds of the Greek neighborhood are gorgeous!

    What to do for fun

    There are activities constantly happening around campus. From sporting events to club meetings, there is never a dull moment.

    Food and Dining

    Not only are there numerous choices of places to eat, but the campus is in the middle of downtown Columbia, so students have a chance to get off campus and enjoy a little bit of the city dining as well. There are so many local places that you just have to try before you leave.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are really nice, and there are many locations on campus for new and returning students to live. The dorms are clean and well designed.

    Academic Rigor

    The academics are going to push you to become the best student you could be. Even though it might get hard and frustrating at times, it is only going to give you a leg up out in the real world and is totally worth it.

    Tips for prospective students

    Students should keep an open mind about everything that is going on. They need to explore the many different aspects South Carolina has to offer them, and push their comfort zones to really become involved with the school.

    In three sentences

    The campus is beautiful and is in great location for students. Everybody you will meet is so friendly, willing to help or guide you, and has a great attitude towards the school.

  • 03/22/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There are cops everywhere. The school has its own police department aside from the other police agencies already within the city so there is a lot of protection going on.

    Greek Life

    Many fraternities and sororities to choose from and its a big deal at this university.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is literally a club or organization for anything you can think of at this school!

    Great for these types of students

    This school is located within a fast paced city. I think students who like always having something to do would enjoy this school.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There are too many to name, you have to be here to experience it!

    Bang for the buck

    Overall great school to attend. Plenty to offer.

    What to do for fun

    Meet new people and stay positive. :There are many athletic events to attend for free ! The school also host many entertainment events like bringing celebrities to campus and student events. There is also an on campus movie theater.

    Food and Dining

    The food on campus is great. There is much offered. The variety and schedule of the food does become routine as the year progresses.

    Dorm Life

    There are really nice dorms in the works. There are nice dorms already established but there are some traditional dorms that could be better. Also after your freshman year its generally difficult to live in a dorm on campus.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes fit any schedule. Many courses are difficult but there is an academic assistance program for just about any course offered. You benefit from attending and paying attention in class.

    Tips for prospective students

    Come in with a hard working mentality to avoid getting behind in classes. Manage your time wisely with planners or schedules to get work done. Take advantage of your free time. Study your material properly. Stay positive all the time and you will have a great experience at the university.

    In three sentences

    The university has many career and educational opportunities. It's diverse and the chances of meeting new friends are high. Overall excellent school all around from its academics to athletics and every other aspect.

  • 03/23/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Just use common sense and don't walk around campus alone after 10. USC is right in the middle of the city so we have regular city dwellers on campus as well as students.

    Great for these types of students

    Great for business students and nursing students. Also great for people who love to party and love SEC football!

    Bang for the buck

    USC is definitely worth the money. There are tons of free events, and there is always something going on around campus. You'll never be bored!

    What to do for fun

    USC is definitely a party school. Most people go out every weekend to the bars in Five Points and football season is a blast! SEC schools go all out for football games!

    Food and Dining

    Russell House, the student union, has basically everything you could want. Einstein's Bagels, Pizza Hut, Taco Bell, Chik-fil-a, Burger King, a deli, a grill, etc. There are also many small cafe's and shops that are great to grab lunch at between classes.

    Dorm Life

    Most dorms are very old but they are in the process of updating all of them. The newly constructed dorms are beautiful!

    Academic Rigor

    Classes are usually large until you get into upper level classes. However, USC has one of the best academic support centers in the nation. There is tutoring available for A LOT of classes and professors are always willing to help!

    Tips for prospective students

    Take a tour and you'll be hooked! USC has such a beautiful campus and the people here are so nice!

    In three sentences

    Attending USC is an amazing experience! The southern hospitality and gamecock spirit will keep you coming back for more! You won't regret coming here because you get the best of both worlds (academics and sports).

  • 03/27/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus safety is on the rise. President Pastides has recently upped our police staff making it a more safe and comfortable environment.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is a great resume builder! It also is a great way to get active in the community.

    What to do for fun

    Downtown is where most of the fun happens on the weekends. The amazing zoo is only a couple exits down. And not to mention our amazing SEC dominating sports programs.

    Food and Dining

    There are some amazing restaurants on campus. Cafe Verde is a hidden gem, filled with delicious sandwiches. Einstein's bagels is always a hit, luckily there are two on campus. Santorini's is also very authentic and delicious.

    Dorm Life

    Patterson is great for the females- brand new gorgeous dorms! Another great living place for upperclassmen is the West Quad. Or if you want to be involved in Greek Life, Greek housing is an amazing experience and great place to stay in touch!

    Academic Rigor

    Classes are fun and the professors are very knowledgeable. Classes can be challenging- but that's part of college! Next year classes will not be starting before 8:30am (yay!).

    Tips for prospective students

    If you love athletics, a big environment come here. It may seem hard to choose a school out of state, but I am so happy with my decision. Get as involved as possible to make the most of your experience!

    In three sentences

    A school full of pride, intelligence and academic pursuit. An atmosphere full of closeness where you will meet your best friends. Everyone at the University of South Carolina has a special bond -- being a Gamecock for life.

  • 03/28/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    USC police have a department on campus and have jurisdiction over the entire state of South Carolina. There are safety call boxes all over campus that one can press and USC P.D. will be there in a matter of a minute. They take their job very seriously and put the safety of students first.

    Greek Life

    I am not USC Greek Life's biggest fan. Sororities are overly picky during rush and then by the end find out they do not have enough pledges because girls drop out after being chosen at the last minute when they could have given a chance to a girl who actually wanted it.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are over 500 clubs and activities on campus and counting. As stated before, there is something for everyone and anyone is permitted to get involved.

    Great for these types of students

    USC is great for all people of all types. There is literally something for everyone there.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    We have a ridiculous rivalry with Clemson dating back to the 1800s and sometimes make a giant paper machete tiger (Clemson's mascot) and burn it right before the USC VS. Clemson football game.

    Bang for the buck

    USC parking can get expensive if one parks solely in the parking garages. However, there is an $80 all year parking lot pass one can purchase in the fall semester and park slightly out of the way but there is a shuttle system with multiple shuttles that go all around and through campus.

    What to do for fun

    There is a local party scene a few streets over from the main campus called five points and a more upscale version of that on the other side of town referred to as the vista. The campus has a free movie theater for students and plays two new movies a day Monday-Saturday. There are also many volunteer service projects one can get involved in. The campus's historic horseshoe is a great open place to play Frisbee, read a book, or even hang a hammock and take a nap!

    Food and Dining

    USC has a large variety of different dining places and some ran by the hospitality students which is great for everyone. The food is amazing and there is a fast food court upstairs above the main cafeteria if one is in a rush. There are a variety of healthy eating spots as well so ladies can avoid the freshman 15!

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is mainly reserved for freshman. I have never lived in the dorms but I know those who have absolutely love it. It is affordable and a great way to meet new people and make friends.

    Academic Rigor

    There is an honors college on campus but the application deadline is extremely early so one must apply very early. Classes are challenging even at the basic level so it encourages students to immerse themselves in the material and study hard. Class sizes are relatively small except for lectures but almost all lecture classes include a discussion section to clear up any confusion about material.

    Tips for prospective students

    It is a wise idea to visit the University before attending and especially before orientation. Take advantage of as much of the resources available to you during your academic career at USC as you can.

    In three sentences

    USC has a variety of different clubs and organizations that any student is eligible to join. It has a great diverse student body with students representing over 100 different countries all around the world. There are so many departments and resources for students all around campus strictly dedicated to student success.

  • 03/28/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There are organization-hosted events all times of the year that include scavenger hunts, fashion shows, movie/play productions, and the annual talent show(which is a must-see). Most events are free or discounted to students.

    Food and Dining

    There is always something good to eat. Many students frequent the fast food in Russell House, but there are also Colloquium Cafe, Einstein's Bagels, and other restaurants close to campus for every mood.

    Dorm Life

    I stayed off campus.

    Academic Rigor

    Some classes will kick your butt, and some of them you have to TRY to fail. Either way, do your best and it can only help you in the long run.

    Tips for prospective students

    Wear comfortable shoes because you will be doing a lot of walking(uphill and down), unless you are lucky enough to have time to wait for the shuttle. Get to class early so you can get a seat up front and possibly get on the professor's good side. Take advantage of the resources in Thomas Cooper Library.

    In three sentences

    USC is a great opportunity for students from all walks of life. They have a challenging curriculum, lots of activities to help de-stress, and plenty of organizations to join that have members with common goals. Though more expensive than preferable, it is well worth the money.

  • 04/03/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    The Greek life here is great many of opportunities to get involved with.

    Great for these types of students

    This university is great for any student, there are different groups that old accept any type of student.

    What to do for fun

    For fun i tend to become involved with school clubs and hang out with friends.

    Tips for prospective students

    Prospective student should come to campus ready to work hard. Do not wait until the day before to complete work. Always put your first foot forward.

    In three sentences

    Columbia is a great place to meet new people. There are alot of places to eat in the city. At this school you will never fill left out.

  • 04/19/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus safety is a 5 out of 5. You see a police car riding around every 3 minutes or a police riding a bike through campus all the time. There are also call boxes located every 25 feet from another one. So the campus is extremely safe.

    Great for these types of students

    Student who are studious but also like to have down time to do what they want to do are very likely to succeed in the USC environment.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Wednesday is Chicken Finger day where every cafe makes the best chicken fingers you have ever tasted.

    What to do for fun

    There are recent movies playing in the theater every Thursday through Sunday and USC also plans a variety of trips to the beaches or to professional football games. Also The University has a top ten ranked football program in the nation so you would not be let down if you decide to go to a football game.

    Food and Dining

    You can never go hungry at the University of South Carolina. Over 25 places to eat on campus!

    Dorm Life

    The Dorm Life has the total package. Great RM's and very clean. USC has always kept the campus clean and they are currently renovating 3 new dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    Once again be studious. Study Hard and make the transition from High School to college an easy one.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't procrastinate and Be studious. Also participate in as many programs and organizations as you can.

    In three sentences

    The University of South Carolina is a great school with great students. The flagship University of South Carolina has a beautiful campus and provides great quality of education. Personally, I couldn't imagine being anywhere else.

  • 04/20/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus offers emergency boxes that are located all around the university and always within about one to two hundred feet of each other. USC police are always on duty and are suppose to assist you anytime at night or day. The USC shuttle does provide students rides around campus at night but not during the weekends.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are many different clubs to get involved with which is very important for freshman I feel. No matter what your interest are there is a place for you to find a community to join. If for some reason they do not have what you are looking for, starting your own organization is very easy also.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    A funny tradition that I love is the boom box guy that walks around campus. He carries a giant boom box as he walks and has said to of been doing this for many years. Also there is Gamecock Jesus who goes to almost every USC athletic event and is on the USC bucket list to get a picture with him.

    Bang for the buck

    USC offers a lot of scholarships, especially to out of state students and really promotes it's value at the university. Overall I feel it is a great deal.

    What to do for fun

    Gamecock athletics are one of the highlights of the university. USC football games are some of the best times I have had here so far and I never miss a home game. When football season is over, you still get an amazing baseball team in the spring and basketball games in the winter.

    Food and Dining

    Many great places to eat on campus, but the meal plan situation needs improvement. Students are only allowed to use meal swipes at certain times which means that if you use your lunch swipe at 11 am., you can't you another meal swipe until dinner which starts at 4pm. I do believe the school needs to recreate the meal plan system, but the restaurants on campus are overall really good.

    Dorm Life

    Dorms can range from being close to the Horseshoe, where most of your classes might be, to being a 15 to 20 minute walk. The dorm quality also ranges from a state of the art living experience to old and cramped living areas. You do definitely get what you pay for when it comes to the housing at the university.

    Academic Rigor

    The academic requirements mainly depend on your major, but overall the university is competitive with academics and continue to grow every year. The business school requires at least a B average from students and a solid foundation in each field of business before a student can declare a specific major.

    Tips for prospective students

    Great business school with an amazing International Business department. Get involved immediately and participate in any free event the university offers. Go to Major Mondays as soon as you can to get an idea of what to major in so you don't have to worry about switching majors later in your college career.

    In three sentences

    The University of South Carolina has every aspect a college should have. Students get to enjoy great Gamecock athletics, receive a great education, and surround themselves with numerous activities to get involved. No matter where you come from or who you are, there is always a way to fit in with the university.

  • 05/08/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Everything seems fairly safe with all of the campus police and emergency towers.

    Greek Life

    Large and in charge. If you aren't a part of the Greek life you do no see fun until you are 21. Greek life at USC means you get in to the bar scene at 18.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are tons of activities and clubs to join.

    Great for these types of students

    Kids with money. Greek life. Sports fans.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Cocky call.

    What to do for fun

    Drink and eat.

    Food and Dining

    Tons of Food. Prepare to gain that freshman 15!

    Dorm Life

    Absolutely gross. Unless you are an honors student.

    Academic Rigor

    Some classes are hard, mostly the teachers are just terrible. They do not care about you as an individual student.

    Tips for prospective students

    Pick another school.

    In three sentences

    Terrible all around. The school views you as just a number and a check. Your progress, stability, or success means nothing to the institution.

  • 05/14/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    it is relatively good plenty of police around and emergency towers spread around campus and there are shuttle at night during the week to guarantee safe travelling at night throughout campus

    Greek Life

    Many student join Greek life, but it does occupy a good amount of your time. Some join for social reasons others join for community service or academics

    Clubs and Activities

    Many organization on campus that possibly anyone can fit in somewhere!

    Great for these types of students

    Football Fans Engineering Majors Pharmacy Majors Nursing Majors Pre-Med Majors

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The horseshoe during good weather is a beautiful place to relax and/or study

    What to do for fun

    Not much to do for fun if under 21. There are parties you can attend, but you must be careful there are police all over Columbia and USC campus

    Food and Dining

    The food gets old really fast. There are many choices, but the meal plans are expensive. The are also healthier choices besides fast food and some dining halls are open past midnight.

    Dorm Life

    I lived in Columbia Hall although it seemed far it was fun it is a very social and friendly dorm to live in as a freshman so I enjoyed my dorm life experience at USC

    Academic Rigor

    The courses can be difficult. You have to attend most classes in order to pass. Participating in class also helps. There is plenty of help available for students in order for them to succeed in class.

    Tips for prospective students

    Attend class Keep your grades up because you'll need to keep your scholarship for the years to come Don't party too hard or too much Make friends and socialize

    In three sentences

    It is still school, but more complex than high school. It's a beautiful city and college. Remember you attend this college for an education not to party

  • 05/21/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I feel safe on campus 99% of the time. Just be smart and don't walk alone at night and remember that USC is in a city.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are hundreds of clubs you can join and if you don't find one you want to join, find 10 friends and start your own

    Great for these types of students

    Friendly-lots of people to meet if you try Loners-with so many people you can just fall into the crowd if that is what you prefer Hard workers Diverse people- although you would think the campus is very conservative... diversity (in all of its forms) has a large presence on campus.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The Historic Horseshoe is a beautiful green space on the old part of campus that everyone loves to study/nap on. Also, check out the USC bucket list to find cool traditions you should do.

    Bang for the buck

    I am getting a superb education at an in-state school. However, even getting the largest state scholarship and a scholarship from the school, I am left to cover $10,000 in costs. Out of state students with good grades might qualify for in-state tuition and other scholarships. All in all the cost isn't astronomical, and you get a lot (remember to use the services your fees cover)

    What to do for fun

    I don't go to the clubs, but if that is your thing, Five Points is for you. I enjoy going to Jillians in the Vista for s h a g nights (its the state dance not what you are thinking), or walking main street. There are multiple parks within walking distance and you can find fun things to do in Columbia almost any time.

    Food and Dining

    The food itself is pretty good, but the meal plan is a pain sometimes, and the hours dining halls are open on weekends sucks. During the week, you can find food on campus until 3AM, on weekends however, there are 2 places open and they close at 9 PM.

    Dorm Life

    Living in the dorm was definitely the best experience I had as a freshman. I learned so much about myself and met amazing people, don't stay in your room all the time and you will enjoy it. Also, try to make things work with your roommate, but if things are going really bad, talk to your RM

    Academic Rigor

    I am in the honors program and I probably work/study 2-4 hours a day (less than most) to keep good grades, and that is not extremely uncommon even for people who are not taking those classes. Pay attention in classes and do your work, or your grades will suffer.

    Tips for prospective students

    Keep your grades up Be prepared to actually work so you don't fail Talk to people (almost everyone is super friendly) Find your niche

    In three sentences

    The University of South Carolina is a great school with good professors, interesting classes, and a wide range of social activities to do. This school out-shined all of the expectations I had when I first moved in. The best part of USC is the friendly people.

  • 05/22/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Inevitably, there is some crime in Columbia but the police do a fast and speedy job of getting to the crime scenes and helping victims as much as possible.

    Greek Life

    You either go greek or don't, but either way we all love our fellow gamecocks.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are hundreds of clubs all for students, you will find some type of club that you will love.

    Great for these types of students

    This university is great for any student. I promise you will fit in somewhere.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The horseshoe is a pretty spot in the middle of campus that every Gamecock student has strolled through on a pretty day, and unfortunately, every Gamecock has tripped on the Horseshoe bricks.

    Bang for the buck

    It is not cheap to go to school but I never felt that I was wasting my money when paying my tuition fees.

    What to do for fun

    Go to football/ sports games and FIVE POINTS.

    Food and Dining

    Carolina Dining has a wide variety of food options but trust me eating it everyday gets old really fast.

    Dorm Life

    I loved living in my dorm! I made so many great friends and memories in my dorm with my friends and I will never forget them. Your hall really does become your family and it's nice to know that you always have someone to lean on if you need them, because they are right down the hall.

    Academic Rigor

    As fun as USC is, going to class everyday is a big part of making good grades. Professors take attendance and give lectures every class. Missing a day of class in college is not like missing a day in highschool, you will fail if you skip class.

    Tips for prospective students

    Stay on top of your schoolwork, seriously don not get behind because you will still be trying to catch up at the end of the semester.

    In three sentences

    If you have been looking at the University of South Carolina and you are on the fence about becoming a gamecock, do it. Join our gamecock nation and have the best time of your life. USC is a home away from home. In my experience, USC is full of smiling faces and people who want nothing more than to be your family when you are far from home. The classes are no joke, unfortunately. Professors do a great job to make their students work for their grades, and refuse to hand students good grades for little effort.

  • 05/28/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    DELTA DELTA DELTA FOR MEEEEE!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Black dresses and cowgirl boots every game day!

    What to do for fun

    Get involved in a club, attend one of the many events put on by one of the numerous clubs, go to Strom to work out or get involved in intramural sports. You can also head down to five points, there's never a lack of activity there!

    Food and Dining

    There's places to grab food everywhere. Colloquium is my favorite, it's a lot like Panera. But there's also all kinds of other awesome options like sushi and Chick-fil-a!

    Dorm Life

    Try your hardest to get Columbia Hall if you want a nice place to stay that has the most fun.

    Academic Rigor

    Depends on your major

    Tips for prospective students

    Join Greek life or some sort of club upon arrival, it'll be a great way to meet people. Staying in a co-ed dorm is probably the best option, you'll never run out of things to do and it's another great way to expand your network.

    In three sentences

    University of South Carolina was the best decision I've ever made. A school deeply rooted in tradition; between football games, Greek life, and all of the hundreds of clubs and activities, you never forget you're a part of the southern charm at USC. You will stay constantly busy in the warm weather on the beautiful campus.

  • 06/18/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    campus is safe

    Greek Life

    I love it

    Clubs and Activities

    greek life

    Great for these types of students

    everyone

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    horse shoe! Cocky!

    What to do for fun

    There is everything from night life to the zoo!

    Food and Dining

    Lots of options!

    Dorm Life

    Dorms are not very up to date.

    Academic Rigor

    If you go to your classes and study the material you will be fine.

    Tips for prospective students

    Stay focused!! It is really easy to lose focus especially because USC has such a reputation for being a party school.

    In three sentences

    I would definitely recommend it. It has great teachers and many opportunities. It also has a beautiful campus.

  • 06/19/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There have been a few assaults light at night due to people walking alone or close to areas that do not have a lot of light. Overall the safety of students is paramount by the university and its security staff. There are lots of ways to ask for help around campus using some of the technology such as connecting to emergency txt messages, facebook, twitter, and campus security stations.

    Great for these types of students

    Out doors, creative, engaging, eclectic

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Just know that our mascot is the gamecock. So there are lots of things that have been created over time using the word the last part of the word after game*&%.

    Bang for the buck

    The cost of tuition for graduates is rather high and is currently at 470 per credit hour. The state newspaper just announced that tuition for undergraduate programs will be going up.

    Academic Rigor

    The courses in the graduate program for the School of Library and Information Science are balanced with group work, individual work, current technology and tools, and the creation of a portfolio in some classes. Overall there is challenge, but a great amount of wanting students to be successful.

    Tips for prospective students

    You need to get to parking situation as there is a small amount of free parking for anyone who is attending the USC campus in Columbia. You should also be prepared to walk a lot across campus.

    In three sentences

    A southern school located around Columbia, SC which is the capital for South Carolina. The school is passionate about its level of achievements in business and academics as well as it sports accomplishments. A really good school to be an alumni of.

  • 06/24/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    is the best

    Clubs and Activities

    every club you could think of is here

    Great for these types of students

    all races are wlecome

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    the clock goes off at noon and sounds like a Crowing Roosters

    Bang for the buck

    I LOVE being a Carolina Gamecock. The football games are great. .

    What to do for fun

    I am just a student

    Food and Dining

    Great food

    Academic Rigor

    The best teachers ever.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get your paperwork in early. visit all orientations....they really help.

    In three sentences

    walking around campus is great, learing more about english is a highlight of my semester. i look forward to the upcoming semester at USC, when I cross the stage.

  • 06/24/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    There is a wide range of different foods to eat all over campus.

    Dorm Life

    It is best to live on campus.

    Academic Rigor

    Depends on the professor, some are challenging, some are not.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get to know your professors and reach out to clubs and organizations for meeting others with similar interests as you,

    In three sentences

    Honestly, it's a good school, but it just isn't for me. There are many opportunities to grow and meet others. Big school.

  • 06/29/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    disciplined, self-sufficient, and determined.

    What to do for fun

    Movie nights at the college. Places to eat around the are are good.

    Food and Dining

    No food and dining

    Dorm Life

    No dorm

    Academic Rigor

    rigorous but in a good way

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't expect people to DO things for you. Ask questions. Pay attention. Let your professor know when you are in trouble.

    In three sentences

    I am currently enrolled in the Professional Counseling program. Wonderful professors! Excellent learning experience.

  • 07/03/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    In three sentences

    Being a part of various extracurricular programs at the University of South Carolina Columbia has shown me how much the university means to me. At USC I feel as though I am home. I look at it not as me leaving my home, but finding a new one.

  • 07/09/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There are always opportunities to have fun at USC. Sporting events, such as football games, are always an amazing time to spend time with friends. There are multiple Greek activities during the week, and there are multiple bars close to campus. Attending free concerts and movies are always great!

    Food and Dining

    Dining is typical at USC. There are several fast food options, but few healthier options. It gets boring after a while having the same options every night, but that's typical for college. Another drawback is that meal plans are pretty expensive.

    Dorm Life

    Dorms are an amazing way to meet people! Keep your door open, and people will usually come in to talk. Plus, each dorm will usually have hall and dorm activities to get you involved.

    Academic Rigor

    USC does not allow you to slack and procrastinate. You have to abide by a strict Academic Honor Code, and you have to work so much harder than you did in high school. Attendance isn't usually mandatory, but it's pretty much the only way you will do well in class.

    Tips for prospective students

    When you are accepted to USC, try to get involved! Even though it's no fun to be the new person, it's the easiest way to make friends. Try keeping your door open in the dorm, eat in the restaurants, go to the movies, join a club; there are many opportunities to meet new people.

    In three sentences

    The University of South Carolina is a very excellent and diverse school. The school provides many interesting and free activities for their students ranging from concerts, movies, and group organizations. Even though it's known for it's outstanding football and baseball teams, it provides a rigorous education that will prepare you for life after school.

  • 07/09/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is a system of tunnels that runs underneath the entire campus and most of Downtown Columbia. It's illegal to go down there, but there are students who have done it. There are some legends associated with the tunnels, including one about a three-eyed man in a silver suit.

    Food and Dining

    It's overpriced and isn't that high of quality. The Starbucks on campus (in the bookstore) isn't a real Starbucks--they don't take Starbucks cards, and your drink will likely taste different that what you're used to. Most of the food is greasy. There are very few vegetarian options and even fewer vegan. Figuring out meal plans is kind of confusing at first. Colloquium Cafe is my favorite place to eat on campus.

    Dorm Life

    The Living and Learning Communities in the University of South Carolina's residence halls are awesome. I'm personally quite fond of the Capstone Scholars LLC. My freshman floor bonded so well because so many of us were Capstone Scholars, and we got to go to so many events and even classes together. The Resident Mentors (upperclassmen students living on each hall who help to enforce rules) are amazing people, and so are their bosses (Residence Hall Directors, Residence Life Coordinators, and Area Directors). However, University Housing isn't the most efficient department by a long shot.

    Academic Rigor

    USC is often underrated when it comes to academia, but we've got several top-rated schools and colleges at our university, including the business school. For most majors, you'll get out of it what you put into it. If you are willing to take classes at odd times, you may be able to find easier professors. However, a lot of our professors are pretty tough, but if you get to know them and ask for help, most are more than willing to assist you however they can.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved! It's so important to find somewhere on campus to plug in and make friends. If you do, you'll quickly learn to love USC and all it has to offer. But don't over do it either. Go and try out a bunch of different clubs and organizations, but don't commit to more than you can easily balance. Get used to hills. From somewhere with lots of flat land? Be prepared to walk up a hill when you get to campus. USC was built on a hill, so if you have to walk across campus, you're going to have to go either up- or downhill at some point.

    In three sentences

    USC is great university that is incredibly welcoming of all sorts of people. It has a beautiful campus filled with beautiful people, and everyone is there to learn. It's so easy to get involved in a wide variety of things, from research (graduate and undergraduate) to Greek Life, and there are so many clubs and student organizations, like the skydiving club, BGLSA, and the Quidditch Club.

  • 07/15/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There is an active night life in the 5 points area that is adjacent to the campus. There are also numerous clubs that you can join at the University.

    Food and Dining

    There are a variety of places to eat on the campus ranging from fast food to white tablecloth dining facilities. Offcampus restaurants provide fast food and family style as well as fine dining. The apartment style apartments have their own kitchens so that a student may prepare their own meals and save money. The meal passes for campus dining can be expensive but may fit your needs depending on your circumstances.

    Dorm Life

    All students are required to live in the dorm during their freshman year unless they are older, married, or other circumstance that would make dorm life impractical. The dorms are very active in social activities. There are room-size dorms as well as apartment style. Many upperclassmen prefer to live offcampus so they be more independent.

    Academic Rigor

    I do not believe it is any more difficult than the average college but that can also depend on the professor teaching the course. The University is known for having the best business school in the Nation according to US News and World Report.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be prepared for very hot summers and keep a water bottle with you to keep yourself hydrated during this time. Although Columbia is a mid-size southern city, it is dangerous at night for students to be out and about around the campus. That is because the University is right in the city and is surrounded by city and criminals just wonder right onto the campus and rob people. If you are going out at night, make sure you do not walk by yourself and stay in well-lit areas.

    In three sentences

    Columbia is a mid-size southern college city. You really need a car to be able to travel around town but there is a shuttle system with the University that helps to somewhat alleviate this problem. If you are from a large city, you may find Columbia boring because even though it has a decent night life, it is still a small and conservative place.

  • 07/16/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Participate in club sports and intramural sports. Support Carolina in various sports including football, tennis, soccer and baseball.

    Food and Dining

    Food can be improved. The variety of food is very limited at Carolina, and by the end of the day students do get tired of eating the same food over and over again.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life varies from dorm to dorm. Certain dorms which are more expensive provide a better standard of living then others. Most dorms have a copy center on the ground floor and laundry machines in the basement.

    Academic Rigor

    The academic curriculum at Carolina varies from class to class. Certain classes require more time others do not. However, their is no class which is not passable or a way to make an A.

    Tips for prospective students

    Keep up with your class notes, take a recorder to class if you deem it necessary in order to record the lectures word for word. Try to participate in as many activities as possible in order to keep yourself occupied and mind running. The more occupied you are the faster one's mind works

    In three sentences

    University of South Carolina provides a wide range of extracurricular activities for all groups of people. Football season and atmosphere is unlike any other university or college, students from all over the state come together to support the gamecocks. The student-professor relationship is very friendly and professors encourage students to meet them during their perspective office hours.

  • 07/23/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Food and Dining

    Several meal plan options for students and several choices for food.

    Dorm Life

    Several dorm layouts and a great roommate matching system.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes in all fields extend to a high level and are quite rigorous.

    In three sentences

    Great academics. Great campus. Great student body.

  • 07/25/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Clubs and Activities

    Over 150 clubs offered.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Tiger burn is a tradition created by the USC students before the USC vs Clemson game every year.

    Food and Dining

    So much to choose from. Meal plans are affordable and include almost every dining option campus has to offer.

    Dorm Life

    Most dorms have been renovated, ample room with closets desk space, and personal belongings. The university offers their students different types of dormitories such as apartment styled dorms, suite styled, etc.

    In three sentences

    Atmospheric campus with a variety of majors attracting students from all over. Very diverse and friendly.

  • 07/29/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    I love sports so I spend a lot of time in the campus recreation center (Strom Thurmond) I play tennis and golf and try to stay involved in intramurals. I also like to go out and have fun with my friends. I also enjoy fine dining and am a complete foodie, and there is plenty of places to go around campus.

    Food and Dining

    You can get all sorts of options when it comes to eating, several of the campus diners are just as good as any restaurant. Overall the service and food is amazing.

    Dorm Life

    Depending on what dorm you land, it is a great experience. Great way to make friends and to some extent feel independent. Some dorms are a bit older than others but the experience is what counts.

    Academic Rigor

    Most of my teachers for my business classes are professor with doctorate degrees with published articles and renown for their works.

    Tips for prospective students

    Meet new people, everyone is nice and willing to meet others. Don't be afraid to be yourself, always be responsible but have as much fun as you can.

    In three sentences

    It is a great institution which sets out to embed great morals, values and teaching upon its student body. Everyone is amazing and willing to make a friend of you. I love my school because of its great unity and spirit as well as its incredible academics and campus life.

  • 08/01/2013

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Campus Safety

    There are poles with emergency buttons on the side, so if you or anyone is in need, at least one of these poles are architecturally set up to be within view at all times.

    Greek Life

    MANY sororities and fraternities

    Great for these types of students

    Social butterflies, loves meeting people, outgoing

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Famous country music singer, Darius Rucker of the band Hootie and the Blowfish, often walks around campus. He was an alumni there.

    What to do for fun

    Picnics, Frisbee, or even some pick-up soccer. There are many open grassy areas and walkways for people to hang out, eat, study, and even sleep.

    Food and Dining

    Lots of varieties. From Chinese, to Southern American cultural-typed food, the food never gets boring!

    Dorm Life

    LOTS of different dorm options, from co-ed to all-men or all-women.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes are fairly challenging. Lectures with one professor can reach up to a ratio of 120:1, so peel out those listening ears!

    Tips for prospective students

    Prepare to meet TONS of new people. Know your way around; I'd suggest carrying a map at all times just incase. Cars are more of an inconvenience on the campus, so count on a lot of bike-riding, bus riding, and walking. Luckily, you have 20 minutes in-between classes!

    In three sentences

    The University has a very large campus. It gets very confusing because it is so complex. However, the campus is very diverse with many different restaraunts, pubs/bars, buildings, and music centers.

  • 08/02/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    We are pretty safe. We have had a lot of robberies during night life.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is one of the most important things on our campus. It's a great networking opportunity.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are so many different clubs you can join for a small fee.

    Great for these types of students

    Great for any type of student.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    We walk from campus to the stadium on the football game day.

    Bang for the buck

    It's cheaper than private schools. The tuition has increased every year I've been there.

    What to do for fun

    There are so many activities on campus. We have intramural sports, predictions and clubs. No one should ever be bored.

    Food and Dining

    There are a lot of places to eat from around campus. You can never run out of places to eat. Russell house food is pretty good.

    Dorm Life

    I've never lived on campus but the dorms are in the process of getting renovated. We have a few dorms that are brand new. Off campus living is amazing and new.

    Academic Rigor

    We have great instructors and TAs

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure to always study. Enjoy the time you have there.

    In three sentences

    The university of South Carolina is a great college. The knowledge and experience that you gain from the undergraduate programs are second to none. This school is on of the top colleges the choose from in the south east.

  • 08/04/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    The selection is a little sparse in the russell house (main dining building) especially after 3 years, but there are other places around campus that accept meal plan. be nice and friendly to the staff because you never know when you will forget your meal card.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life isn't too bad. It really depends on which dorm you get. Communities develop in the dorms. Develop those friendships.

    Academic Rigor

    Use ratemyprofessor.com. Some class are torturous to go through, but are required. For those classes, study hard and keep up with everything because it will catch up to you at the end of the semester.

    Tips for prospective students

    Keep up with your studies. At the same time, don't forget to kick back and relax every now and then. You'll need it. Find a group of people to hang out with who are going to help you. Drinking isn't all it's cracked up to be. You are there for an education, not to party.

    In three sentences

    USC is a beautiful campus. It has a lot of friendly people and has different things to do if you just look for them. Study hard but don't forget to find time to relax.

  • 08/06/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I don't quite know how to rate this with stars but there have been rapes robberies, and assaults on campus. The campus PD are real cops and are normally pretty nice but just be careful where you are at certain times of the night. Columbia has gang issues and some serious ghettos behind 5 points so just be aware of this. I did miss two shootings by about 20 minutes but that was off- campus though not far from it.

    Greek Life

    Hit and miss I know some cool frat guys and sorority girls (more cool girls from my experience) but I also know plenty that genuinely suck as human beings.

    Clubs and Activities

    A lot to choose from.

    Great for these types of students

    A wide variety I have met some very different and interesting people at USC and everyone eventually finds their crowd.

    What to do for fun

    What ever you want to its college!

    Food and Dining

    The food is generally not that great and if it is good you either don't get a lot of it or your meal plan doesn't cover the whole thing. If you are an athlete though you are set, the place that they get to eat is awesome and anyone can go there for breakfast.

    Dorm Life

    I had a bad experience with this because I ended up in an all guys dorm that was actually a mile and a half from the main part of campus. My case was kinda an exception as was everyone else's in my dorm though. Oh girls by far have the nicer dorms and move off campus as quick as you can(with dry campus its way more fun off). One of the only benefits of my dorm experience was being paired up with my roommate who is still my roommate and good friend today.

    Academic Rigor

    Be prepared to work hard. I am a business student so my course load is not that bad compared to some others I know but if you don't study unless your a genius you will not do well. I learned this the hard way and I am pretty smart.

    Tips for prospective students

    First be prepared to actually try hard in college, this was my first mistake and I lost a $10,000 scholarship as a result. Second you do not have to join greek life to have fun even though it seems like it is huge here, I didn't and I have had a phenomenal time at this school and made a lot of friends. Also if you like to go out be careful as a lot of people I know have been arrested and local cops prey on students. Also be careful at night at times Columbia can be dangerous. Overall though this place is awesome the football games and tailgates are insane, there are the most beautiful women I have ever seen here and the nightlife is awesome and cheap as long as you stay out of handcuffs.

    In three sentences

    My first year at USC wasn't the greatest and I almost transferred home. After roughing it out for another 2 years I have finally realized what a great school this is to go to, football, girls, parties, weather are all huge perks of going here. I have met some amazing people and friends here that I will never forget.

  • 08/10/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    USC is always working hard to make the campus safe. Students can get rides from campus police around the clock and there are shuttles that will drive late night library studying groups back to their on-campus housing. The lighting could be better on campus, but they do have an initiative to make the campus more safe. It becomes unsafe when students walk at night alone and don't take advantage of the free night shuttles. There are police call posts all over campus. By just pressing the blue button, police will be called and rush to the scene. These posts have a motion censored camera.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is growing with more fraternities and sororities coming to campus. It makes up a small percentage of the students. There aren't huge rivalries or feuds. Greek Life works together for philanthropy events and mostly Greeks are at other Greek events.

    Clubs and Activities

    Outdoor recreation (mountain biking, rock climbing, kayaking), Carolina Productions (help put on shows with comedians, magicians, show movies), Surf club, Cross Country club, WUSC radio hosting, Garnet and Black magazine, Daily Gamecock newspaper, Race for the Cure, Walk in Her Shoes, club sports, intramural sports, Strom Thurmond Fitness Center, etc.

    Great for these types of students

    Every school has their typical student. While the fraternities and sororities seem to have taken over, they make up a small percentage of the school. The average student appears to love football, partying, fitness, and their fraternity/sorority, the university has such a mixture of people that anyone would fit in. There are places to worship on campus, there are dancing competitions, movie showings, Go Green events, Outdoor Recreation events, etc. One would not have to fit under the typical student categories to enjoy the University of South Carolina.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Tiger burn- we have a huge rivalry with Clemson and before the Clemson/USC football game, one of the architecture classes constructs a huge 50 tiger and we burn it to the ground while chanting. A bit intimidating, but a fun tradition. Clap Circle- there is a circular section of brick on the pathway to the library that when you stand in the center and clap, the acoustics bring an odd noise, but only to the clapper. SO fun. Student Government gives out a USC Bucket List and it has many fun, interesting things to do before you graduate.

    Bang for the buck

    Work hard to get scholarships! Academic scholarships are not hard to get with some effort (on ACT or SAT).

    What to do for fun

    Five Points (bar scene at night but fun shopping center in the daytime), The Vista, the Zoo (is excellent), State House, Athletic events, Greene St. activities, Carolina After Dark events, movie showings on campus, guest speakers, the many museums downtown, Congaree and Saluda rivers, State Fair, concerts.

    Food and Dining

    There are few healthy options. A bowl of lettuce is the freshest thing you'll get. The food is pretty good, but not healthy and ridiculously priced.

    Dorm Life

    Being required to live on campus freshman year is a BLAST! It helps you connect with all of the freshman and you meet people constantly. Once you become a sophomore and many people move off campus, it's harder to keep in touch with certain friends. Dorm life is a blast.

    Academic Rigor

    Like all schools, some classes are hard, some easy. Some professors are excellent, others lacking. It depends on the major and the professors and your attitude. 99% of my professors have been knowledgeable, helpful, understanding, and kind.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved on your own. Find your interests and choose your own path. That is how you will grow and figure out what kind of person you are.

    In three sentences

    Carolina has a beautiful and very busy campus. Athletes, other students, and professors alike are active in the university community. It is hard to not appreciate the campus and education that you receive there.

  • 08/15/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Clubs and Activities

    I have never seen so many organizations in my life. The variety of groups is amazing, and I have met some of the most accepting and open minded people I have ever known. Virtually anything you have interest in has a group or place you will fit right in to!

    What to do for fun

    There is an abundance of things to do here. The football games are unimaginably fun, and are something to look forward to. Since you are in the middle of Columbia, the downtown life is shortly away. There are tons of things to do, and lots of absolutely amazing places to eat. There is definitely nothing to complain about, when it comes to what to do for fun.

    Food and Dining

    The food is good, most of the time. There are a wide variety of food places, with the main location being the Russell House. Upstairs you will find fast food chains like Pizza Hut and Chick-fil-A, while downstairs you will find the surprisingly good cafeteria. Nothing to complain about here!

    Dorm Life

    The dorm mainly depends on your social experiences. Once you engage yourself with the friends you've made in your dorm, the quality of the building you live in is not nearly as important as you once thought. While at first all you can think about is how nice your dorm will be, you come to realize that it is more about the people that you live with. Make lots of friends and have fun!

    Academic Rigor

    The school isn't as challenging as I thought it would be in some areas. I have definitely had to work hard, but some of the classes did not require very much effort. While at times I definitely felt like I was pushing myself, other times I didn't feel very challenged at all.

    Tips for prospective students

    Just like any other school, college is intimidating at first. The trick is to go out and meet friends. Joining organizations and getting involved in student life get you familiar with college life, and make your experience that much better.

    In three sentences

    Great school. It isn't the most prestigious school in the country, but it certainly isn't a bad school by any means. It has an amazing campus, and a great atmosphere. I have enjoyed my time thoroughly while I have been here!

  • 09/03/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The Clapping Circle. Find it and use it.

    What to do for fun

    Go to the movies, head to Yoghut, go to a sporting event, head to Strom, the options are virtually endless

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply early, visit campus and definitely put USC as one of your top choices

    In three sentences

    It's absolutely fantastic. It's beautiful, the people are so kind, and the professors truly care. It very quickly becomes home.

  • 09/24/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    We have police on duty here 24/7/365. Our campus is not crime free because it is an open campus but the police here do all they can to keep us safe. There are call boxes all around campus and some off campus that you may push a button and police respond within a few minutes. Campus safety is also determined by students. If you see something, it is a good idea to report it to keep it from happening again.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is different experience for each student. For a certain group of people Divine Nine may be the Greeks they are familiar with and others may be familiar with the Greeks that live in the village here on campus. There are also business and social fraternities that you may join that are not necessarily the Greeks you are familiar with.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are over 100 different clubs to join! Anything you can think of, there is most likely an organization here for it. If there isn't anything you are interested in, you can also create a club. Get involved in an organization. It will make your college experience much better and you will meet great people and establish lasting relationships.

    Great for these types of students

    The university is great for everyone. The university is especially great for an SEC football fan. Even if you're not a football fan, there is something here for you that fits the kind of student you are. Diversity is welcome here.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    A great study and relaxation place on campus besides the library is the Historic Horseshoe. That is one place you can not pass up on an opportunity to visit. The horseshoe is home to beautiful scenery and a quiet atmosphere and who knows, you may catch the president passing by. His house is also located on the horseshoe.

    What to do for fun

    FOOTBALL GAMES!!! University of South Carolina is famous for their football team. As a student here, you have to experience the atomosphere of Williams Brice Stadium and sandstorm with your fellow classmates. Besides football games, there are always movies going on in the Russell House for free and there never fails for a great event to be going on at the Koger Center.

    Food and Dining

    Food here is great. Chick-fil-a is very popular though it is not the only thing here. Chicken Finger Wednesday is worth the wait because of the great curly fries. Pasta at Pandini's and brunch at Bates on Sundays is something you can't miss. My favorite is using a dinner meal swipe at Marble Slab for some delicious ice cream though that is not a good idea everyday for dinner.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is what you make. Establishing a relationship with my roommates was my top priority. Though you don't have to be their friend, it is great to be on good talking terms with them. An added bonus was getting to know the people on my hall. We are able to hang out and just talk without leaving the floor.

    Academic Rigor

    Work load depends on your major. Some majors are harder than others. Don't let that determine what major you choose. It could be an easy major but no work should be taken lightly. Homework is just as important as a test. There are no do overs.

    Tips for prospective students

    Come to college expecting to have fun. Do not come to college starting off stressed thinking what if. Skipping class should never be an option. A lot of things can be missed in one day and you can easily fall behind. Stay on top of your work and everything else will become easy to you.

    In three sentences

    Even though the University of South Carolina is considered a big school, it isn't. The atmosphere of the school created by the students make the school days enjoyable. Professors and faculty are willing to get to know you on an one to one basis and are there to help you in any way possible.

  • 09/27/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    We are an open campus and its right in the heart of the city of Columbia. So even though you would think that that would be a problem, USC and the city of Columbia have campus security down pack.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is pretty evident on our campus. This is the South so what more do you expect than Southern belle and gentlemen on this campus. Sororities and fraternities are a great way to meet some of your college long and even life long friends. They do so many events around and off campus, it's hardly ever a dull moment. We have almost all of the most well known fraternities and sororities...so you do have options.

    Clubs and Activities

    We have over 400 student organizations on campus for you to choose from...and it's constantly growing! For every interest you can think of, there is probably a club for that here.

    Great for these types of students

    The diversity here is pretty amazing. You get to meet people from all different walk of life. We also have the #1 international business school here, best known for our outstanding business, nursing, and engineering programs.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Tiger Burn- During the week of the Carolina vs. Clemson(our biggest rival) game, the engineering students come together to build a tiger about 30 feet tall and the night before the game all the Carolina students come together to have a good time and watch the Tiger being burnt down.

    What to do for fun

    USC, student organizations and greek life, they all hold many events for students through out the days of the week and even in the night. When those aren't going on, Carolina productions have a calendar full of events such as; poetry nights, talent shows, concerts for well known musicians, nationally known comedians come through, Thursday through Sunday they play fairly new movies in our Russell House Theatre.

    Food and Dining

    Being in downtown Columbia, aside from our approx 30 options to choose from on campus, you can always go down the street to eat at the local restaurants(all of which are walking distance). There is something for every taste and many healthy options for those who are worried about the Freshman 15.

    Dorm Life

    For the 2013-2014, the women's quad has been shut down due to renovations. For the upcoming school year those dorms are said to be bigger and better. And looking at the past dorm renovations USC has done has been pretty awesome. Also over the next 5 years USC is expected to build a couple more dorms. I promise they never fail to disappoint with new technology installed and eco-friendly dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    The workload here at USC is certainly not a walk in the park. The curriculum here challenges you in so many ways but that's exactly what you want from a college and it is the reason why many of our programs have been ranked the best in the nation. Also almost every teacher has more than enough office hours available if you have questions. USC offers tutoring, academic centers for excellence, and the well known Supplemental Instruction which is students who have already made an A in the class hold hours each week to assist students in any way that they can to help them grasp the material.

    Tips for prospective students

    Tips for prospective students: The best advice I can give is do your research and take campus tours. I always knew I wanted to come to Carolina but once I drove through the campus I was sold, when I first step foot on campus for my tour I was ready to graduate high school already. Also most importantly see what school has the best programs for your major since that is the main reason you are coming to college anyways. I highly encourage that you apply by the early admission deadline. You get to know your acceptance early, still have time to improve your application if you are wait listed and you get priority on your dorm rooms!

    In three sentences

    University of South Carolina is a great school if you are looking for an overall college experience. I love this school because I can have teachers who are truly concerned about my academic and future endeavors to finding awesome diverse friends to hang out with and even go to the Gamecock football games (which I must say is truly an experience!). What more could you ask for?

  • 09/29/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus is equipped with numerous security cameras and police call boxes. Shuttles for students walking late at night are offered and easily accessible. Residence halls are kept secure by requiring that students swipe their student ID cards to unlock the doors, and each building is monitored around the clock. However, USC has an open campus that anyone can simply walk into. It is highly recommended that students keep their personal items close, lock their doors, register all valuable items, and if traveling at night, to never travel alone.

    Greek Life

    There are a total of 39 fraternities and sororities, each unique, but all encourage the core values of leadership, service, and scholarship. About 1 in 5 students are members of a sorority/fraternity, and members can receive support from each other, both in academics and in their personal lives. Recruitment varies, but it is generally a good idea to read about the ones that interest you early on in the year before you start attending.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are hundreds of organizations available to students, no matter what their backgrounds or interests are. Numerous political, religious, and service organizations exist on campus, as well as many student-led interest groups and athletic clubs. Professional organizations are also eager for new members, and can provide tutoring or professional experience to members of their field. Like horror movies? There's a club for that. Enjoy rock-climbing, whitewater rafting or skydiving? There are clubs for that, too. At USC, there is something for everyone to get involved with and enjoy.

    Great for these types of students

    USC has a place for everyone to fit in. Its current student body consists of a large variety of nationalities, races, ethnicities, religions, interests and skills. The diversity of the student body allows anyone to find some sort of niche on campus. Events are planned to allow students to have fun, but there are also services to provide academic assistance as well. The environment is quite social, however, there are places students can go for privacy or quiet.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    One of the most famous traditions at USC is the Tiger Burn. Every year, the USC Gamecocks play against the Clemson Tigers in football. A large, 20-foot tiger mascot is built and then burned to build up enthusiasm and support for the Gamecocks. There is food, music, and various other parties occurring at the event, making it quite popular and a lot of fun.

    Bang for the buck

    In terms of class options, living accommodations, and food, students are certainly well taken care of. For out of state students, the price to attend might seem daunting, but the quality of education plus the comfortable housing, dining options, and activities around campus make the cost well worth it. There is also great access to college/career advisement, job and internship opportunities, resume writing classes, etc. that make finding employment after graduation much easier. Overall, the price to attend USC is worth it in the end.

    What to do for fun

    There is always something going on at USC. Athletic events, particularly football attract large crowds and tailgate parties. Student organizations are numerous and host multiple trips, social events, service projects, and fun activities for students to enjoy. There are two fitness centers on campus, with indoor/outdoor swimming pools, a climbing tower, and fields open to all students. The city of Columbia also has many annual festivals, museums, and the Riverbanks Zoo.

    Food and Dining

    There are numerous dining halls and cafes all over campus, all easily accessible no matter where one's residence hall is located. There are various food options, including Mexican, Greek, Asian, healthy/vegan, and so on. Some fast food restaurants are available as well at the Russell House. One of the more popular dining halls is located at the Bate's Residence Hall, which is an all-you-can-eat buffet. The food all over campus is quite good as well. The unhealthier options, however, do outnumber the healthy ones. However, the amount of variety offered ensures that even the pickiest eaters can find something to enjoy.

    Dorm Life

    This is variable depending on the building you are assigned, but overall, the accommodations are quite nice. Students must swipe their student ID cards to enter and unlock the entrance to their residence building, and free repair services are offered to all students. Buildings all have air conditioning, power, cable and Wi-Fi, wheelchair/disability accommodations, and other basic services.

    Academic Rigor

    Rigor depends highly on one's choice of major and the courses they take. Engineering majors, for example, may have more difficult coursework than art majors. The University of South Carolina boasts the number one undergraduate international business program in the nation, so IB majors suffer more than most. However, all of the work is manageable. College is meant to stimulate your mind and teach you; USC's courses and programs will do just that, but without overwhelming you.

    Tips for prospective students

    Involvement, time management, and discipline are vital to success at USC. The courses offered are more in depth than those taught in most high schools, so naturally, their rigor is much greater. More time will have to be allocated to homework and studying. At the same time, be enthusiastic about starting college. Get involved in other activities, and have fun while you're a student. College will be the most enjoyable experience of your life as long as you balance leisure with work and keep your head up. A positive attitude is key to everything in life, college included. Get involved in your classes, the community, and the university, and you'll benefit from it in more ways than one.

    In three sentences

    Representing true Southern charm, the campus is lovely and idyllic. Each professor takes a genuine interest in the success of their students, enthusiastically encouraging questions of all sorts and participation in classes. There is an unmistakable sense of community, allowing every student to feel at home at USC.

  • 10/01/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Football, tailgat, and other sporting events. also there are a lot of bars and clubs.

    Food and Dining

    very good food, but not a huge variety.

    Dorm Life

    The dorm I stay in is awesome. All dorms have ac and most are clean.

    Academic Rigor

    teachers can do their jobs well, but some classes are very large.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't live in Bates house. Don't come down here if you don't like warm weather. stay ahead of your classes.

    In three sentences

    Great place to live, weather and people. Academics are very important to most everyone. Food is good some dorms are very nice.

  • 10/07/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Overall the campus is kind of safe, but not the type of place you want to walk by yourself at night. There is a blue light system and an text/email alert system, but they are solely for on campus. They also offer a shuttle that will pick you up and bring you back to your dorm at night so that you don't have to walk. If you are aware of your surroundings and make smart decisions, you will be fine.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is huge at USC and the majority of people you know will be a part of it. Unlike other schools, however, I'm pretty sure everyone who completes the sorority rush process receives a bid at the end.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is a good variety of things to do on campus.

    Great for these types of students

    International Business, Honors Students, Southerners, Football Fans

    Bang for the buck

    If you get into the Capstone Scholars program or the Honors College you receive in-state tuition which is super cheap compared to a lot of other states.

    Food and Dining

    Its okay, but its a lot of the same stuff all of the time. Most of it is not healthy, but they are taking steps to improve that. The meal plan is set up so that you get a set dollar amount for each meal swipe. Most places have specials, where they tell you what you can get that will fit on your plan, so those are the easiest. By the end of the year, though, you will be sick of the food. One of the things about Campus Dinning that everyone loves is Chicken Finger Wednesday. However, be prepared for lines to be crazy on those days.

    Dorm Life

    They are in the process of renovating some of the dorms because they had mold in them. A few of the dorms are really nice (ie. Honors, Patterson, the Quads) but most of the others are not so good. I lived in Capstone, which is better than most especially in terms of size, but it still wasn't spectacular.

    Academic Rigor

    Most of the core classes are pretty easy, but it really depends on the professor you get.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you are from out of state, really consider what you are getting yourself into. The majority of the people that attend this university are from the east coast and the south. If you are from somewhere else in the country you can easily feel alone and stuck because a good number of people go home on the weekends. Also, it can be a culture shock. Even if you think you know the south, you really don't until you live here. Also, if you have a car bring one, especially freshmen year, because you will not be able to get anywhere off campus without one.

    In three sentences

    The University of South Carolina is a good school for some students. It offers a variety of majors and ways for students to get involved. It is a very large school and you need to get involved right away.

  • 10/07/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The employees at USC stress that there is a lot of crime surrounding USC since it is in a city but I personally have never felt unsafe on campus. The biggest problem is probably theft, I definitely wouldn't leave your stuff out or doors unlocked. The campus police do a pretty good job and as long as you don't walk around alone late at night you should be fine.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is a huge part of campus life. I did not rush but I strongly recommend it. Most things tend to revolve around it here. When you first meet people often the first question they ask is what sorority/fraternity are you in? Sorority girls tend to only talk to other sorority girls (not really in a mean way it just happens) and everyone I've talked to involved in greek life loves it. So I definitely regret not rushing and I would encourage everyone else to.

    Clubs and Activities

    USC has so many clubs/organizations that you will never be bored. There really is a club for everyone. They have everything from skydiving club to wildlife club and a whole list of intramural/club sports. The only problem is that it's hard to do multiple clubs because their schedules tend to overlap. I'm currently an active member of Caroline Productions, which is the school organization that puts on movies, concerts, and other productions. It's a really cool club, you help work the event and you get to meet the people after. For example Nev from catfish came and I got to meet him last week.

    Great for these types of students

    If you are looking for a southern school centered around football and greek life this is the school for you. Being from out of state I was worried I wouldn't be able to meet people, but everyone here is really nice and there are a actually a ton of out of state students. Since USC is so big it really is a place for any type of student. You will always be able to find people like you. Although, the majority of the people who do go here are your typical outgoing, partying, and preppy type of people.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    USC is known for their tailgating and I can't stress enough that there is nothing like game day in Columbia. Sandstorm during football games is another big tradition at USC. The state of the arc Strom Thurmond Health and Wellness Center is really really nice and has a pool for tanning and offers a ton of group exercise classes. You can definitely tell where your $40,000 a year is going to. Chicken Finger Wednesday has been a tradition here forever. My mom went here and said it was a big deal back then too.

    Bang for the buck

    USC is one of the more expensive state schools, especially for out of state students. I was placed in the most expensive housing and received no scholarship or money so I'm paying a lot to go here. I honestly feel like I'm being scammed. The out of state tuition is ridiculous considering how average their academics are and you can definitely tell your money goes toward athletics and technology. They are updating the dorms but I still feel like it isn't worth $43,000 a year.

    What to do for fun

    On either side of campus you have Five Points and the Vista, which is sort of downtown. USC is a huge bar scene so if you're under 21 you are limited to house parties and frat parties. Since there are a ton of off campus housing though it's usually not very hard to find parties. If you aren't into parties, USC shows movies every weekend in Russell House and there are usually soccer games and other athletic events to go to. There are also dance clubs and restaurants in the vista/five points. Columbia sadly doesn't get very many concerts though. Game days are a big deal and people will tailgate all day and then go to the game or watch the game with their friends.

    Food and Dining

    The food is average and the meal plans suck. The best part is probably having chic-fil-a, taco bell, and pizza hut on the meal plan. They limit you to 3 swipes a day and you can't roll over swipes so at the end of the week if you have extra swipes you've just wasted your money. There are a ton of dining halls across campus but not a lot of variety in the type of food they serve. There is an ice cream place that is on the meal plan and stays open really late. Also, most dinning places are closed on saturday which kind of sucks. We do have an insomnia cookies though!

    Dorm Life

    I was fortunate enough to be placed in an upper class-men dorm called Woodrow. It's apartment style and in the heart of campus. Russell House, the student union, is right across the street and most of my classes are within a five minute walk. It is also located on the historic horseshoe, which is the prettiest part of campus. It is self regulated, meaning you don't have to sign people in and you can guests over whenever. The other dorms are okay. They are all mostly suite style and apartment style. The worst dorms are probably bates house, mcbryde, and south tower. I would definitely apply for Woodrow, it really is the best dorm. They are currently renovating the women's quad which should be pretty nice once they are finished.

    Academic Rigor

    USC is obviously not known for their academics. I'm taking all gen ed classes and so far they have not been very challenging. This is definitely a school where as long as you put in the effort and the time you can easily get an A. Their business and nursing school are a big deal but everything else honestly seems mediocre to me. I'm in the journalism school even though I want to be a graphic designer and so far I'm not convinced this school os going to help me get the career I want in the art field.

    Tips for prospective students

    I personally haven't found many people who are passionate about what they are studying. So if you are looking for a university where you can have deep conversations with students about what they want to do this might not be the school for you. That's not to say that these people don't exist, but the majority of people here seem to focus on the partying aspect of college over the academic part. If you do decide to go here be sure to request Woodrow college when applying for dorms and I would rush since greek life is a huge part of USC.

    In three sentences

    Sweet tea, SEC football, and greek life. USC is a huge school where you will never be bored. This school is your typical southern school where the students have a passion for their school and a lot of school pride.

  • 10/17/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus safety is incredibly important. There are cameras literally all over campus. The USC Police Dept. has jurisdiction over the entire state of South Carolina. Also, due to a very unfortunate and isolated incident, the police force around campus has increased. It is a very safe and secure campus.

    Great for these types of students

    There is honestly something for everyone around campus. If there isn't something that interests you, find ten people and make a club. Simple as that.

    Bang for the buck

    One thing USC has to offer that a lot of other schools don't is the football atmosphere. Campus is always dead on game day because everyone, and I mean EVERYONE, is at Williams-Bryce Stadium cheering on our Gamecocks. Also, USC is the #1 school for business and international business. Not Harvard, not Yale, but the University of South Carolina. You can make connections here that you can't make anywhere else. Strom Thurmond Wellness and Fitness Center is a world-class facility that is free for students. Most people go to the gym to lift weights and run on treadmills. At Strom, people play basketball, swim (recreationally and for fitness), play volleyball, rock climb, and a million other things.

    What to do for fun

    There is ALWAYS something to do on campus for fun. You could catch a movie at Russell House, hang out on the Horseshoe, go to Strom, the world-class fitness center that's free for students. You could play intramural sports, go to football games, or catch a performance of the USC Symphony Orchestra. There are also a lot of special guests that perform at USC such as Key & Peele, Seth Meyers from Saturday Night Live, and many others.

    Food and Dining

    The food on campus is really good. At first. After a year of on campus living, it starts to get repetitive. Granted, there are a lot of options for food, there are even buffets on campus that work on the meal plan. The people who work at the dining facilities are all wonderful people. They try to switch it up every now and then, but it's just not enough. Thankfully there are a ton of restaurants which aren't affiliated with the university that are within walking distance from campus. You just have to be willing to spend a little extra cash.

    Dorm Life

    Depends largely on what dorm you live in. There are a few dorms that are very tightly knit, such as Bates and Preston. They are more like communities and families than just people who happen to live in the same building. Most people are very open and where I live, a lot of people leave their doors wide open and actually welcome people in. Most dorms on campus are very conveniently placed. Walking to class never takes more than fifteen minutes.

    Academic Rigor

    As with any college class, the difficulty of the class depends largely on the professor. I have one professor right now who, instead of giving us an exam, has us compete in a trivia game related to what we are studying in class. Even if the class is hard and the professor is strict, there are a ton of resources at your disposal, such as supplemental instruction (teaching assistant-led review sessions). Also the professors want you to do well and will be more than willing to meet one-on-one with you during office hours.

    Tips for prospective students

    Take University 101! It is one of the easiest classes you will take in college. Not only is it easy, it is probably one of the greatest resources at your disposal. At the end of the course, you will know more about the university than most seniors. You don't just learn about the history of the university, but about current resources and opportunities. The University of South Carolina is one of the leaders in this program so it's extremely useful. Study abroad! UofSC has a ton of options for study abroad

  • 10/23/2013

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Food and Dining

    I love the food at USC! Mainly in the Gibbs Court Cafe!

    Dorm Life

    Very Clean and comfortable

    Academic Rigor

    Not too hard just remember to stay focus

    In three sentences

    I can't wait until I go to USC ! there is always something to do and most things are in walking distance, but if it isn't take the shuttle! How convenient is that?!?

  • 10/23/2013

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Campus Safety

    The tour guides were very helpful and pointed out all the 'emergency' buttons on campus, they are never out of sight. They also said how they have never had to use one and have never heard of someone having to use it- which makes you feel pretty safe. They also have campus security and a sheriff's department on campus (If I remember correctly). I'm not sure, the campus just didn't seem like an unsafe place, you walk on campus and you just get that vibe I guess.

    Clubs and Activities

    I don't remember the exact number, but I remember being very surprised while on the campus tour at how many clubs they said were available- it was somewhere around 400. There is literally something there for anyone and everyone, and you can start your own if you want.

    Bang for the buck

    This is an inexpensive school, I live in-state and I'm hoping the Gamecock Guarantee will cover what my scholarships don't (if neither of your parents graduated college). This school just also happens to be one of the best schools in the nation, which is amazing. There are a lot of school's out there that cost WAY more than USC and they don't offer nearly as much- or have the great reputation backing it up.

    What to do for fun

    My high school took a tour of USC, so we didn't go out in Columbia and see what was available- but it's Columbia, there's plenty of entertainment. If there's not a game going on (Williams-Brice Stadium is within view of the school) then there's all the restaurants and nightlife you could ever want within minutes of the school, like 5 Points. On a larger scale, USC is perfectly located between the mountains and the beach with everything in between- there's tons of stuff you can do for fun around here.

    Food and Dining

    On our campus tour we ate in the dining hall area and they had plenty of options to choose from. They had food for everyone (vegetarians, vegans, etc.) and it was not overpriced. At first you don't think you'll use the meal plans that colleges offer, but USC's campus has good food and you will definitely use your points card there.

    Dorm Life

    I don't like that you have to live on campus your first year, that's the only thing. Everything else I learned about the dorms was great! You can choose between several different housing options, and freshmen are the priority- meaning every freshman will have a place to stay on campus and it won't be taken by an upperclassman.

    Academic Rigor

    From what I've researched and from what I hear from the students at USC, academics are everything. They have a lot of work and their classes take a lot of focus, but their teachers are also very helpful. It sounds like a pretty good fit for people who want to do well.

    Tips for prospective students

    I think that students who will be going to USC should be prepared to walk/ride a bike everywhere- you really don't need a car. Restaurants, shopping, entertainment, everything is right there near the campus and the school has free transportation for the students, but it's so beautiful there you will want to walk. All I can think of is know where your classes are and how long it takes you to get to/from them.

    In three sentences

    The campus was beautiful, lots of trees and shade and is perfect for walking or riding your bike/skateboard to and from classes. None of the buildings were too far from each other, you have MORE than enough time to get from class to class. It reminds me of Charleston, with all the history in the buildings and the appearance of the school itself, and I love it.

  • 11/08/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    I am an out of state student, and if you are looking at being an out of state student USC is the place to go. They have a ton of scholarships for out of state students, most of them grant you in state tuition, and are not impossible to get. Its a great university with awesome athletics and academics, and is not super expensive.

    What to do for fun

    Five points is the big bar scene here and it's a lot of fun. You are close to Charlotte, and they get a ton of concerts so that's always a fun trip. The beach is about 2 hours and the river is 10 minutes from campus. There is a lake 20-30 minutes away which is a lot of fun. Theres tons of shopping and restaurants and there is always a festival or ballet or something cool in town. Sporting events are the best, you go to football all fall, basketball all winter, and baseball all spring there is always a sporting event to go to.

    Food and Dining

    Food here is pretty good, you just have to know the places to go. Pandinis is a great italian restuarant and also Gibbes and the Honeycomb have great food. It is easy to go over your meal swipe at a lot of places so be sure to always know what is on the meal plan.

    Dorm Life

    I live in Capstone and it's great, everyone is really nice and friendly. The buildings are relatively new and they are renovating a lot of dorms currently and also over the summer. The rooms are not too small and the closets are really big.

    Academic Rigor

    Professors overall are pretty tough. Your freshman year classes will not be as hard as those you will take later on but it still is a hard transition from high school to college, but that will be how it is everywhere you go. You will have homework and you will have tests and essays, and your professors don't care if you have three tests all in one day. They are very big on emphasizing how you are on your own and independent, and that you need to time manage and not just party all the time.

    Tips for prospective students

    Learn how to study in high school, professors here will not baby you. Also, do not procrastinate especially if you are here on scholarship (which most people are) you can not afford to fail a class! Apply early, its not binding and its great to know if you got in or not way before everyone else. Get your SAT scores as high as you can, the higher the the score the bigger your scholarship, and trust me its worth taking the SAT three or four times just to get an extra $2,000 a year your parents will thank you.

    In three sentences

    USC is a great school and really well rounded, not only do you have great athletics such as football and baseball, you also have really strong academics. Campus is absolutely beautiful, and the weather is great year round (well if you like it warm and beachy its great year round, if you like snow then the south is not for you). People are so friendly here and you will never have a problem meeting new people and making friends.

  • 11/16/2013

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Food and Dining

    I did not get to try the food but there were many places around the area to eat at!

    Dorm Life

    For the most part all of the dorms looked nice and had plenty of room in them!

    Academic Rigor

    I researched and found out that USC has an extremely good nursing program, which is a plus for future nurses!

    In three sentences

    USC has a great environment! I visited here not too long along and I absolutely loved it! The students and staff were very friendly!

  • 11/20/2013

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    What to do for fun

    PARTY!! This school is one of the top party schools in the nation, so take advantage!!

    Food and Dining

    Its in downtown Columbia so you'll have your pick of restaurants

    Dorm Life

    You have a choice of all guy, all girl, and co-ed dorms

    Tips for prospective students

    make sure u get up on time for class or you WILL get kicked out at the end of the semester

  • 11/26/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Campus Safety

    emergency call boxes everywhere, campus police will walk you home, shuttles to take you home from five points at no cost

    Greek Life

    lots of groups for guy and girls

    Clubs and Activities

    i 50pg book full. groups of common interest, race, ideas, many scholar clubs, community volunteering , many look great when getting a job.

    Great for these types of students

    young and ready to enjoy life

    Bang for the buck

    free tuition for people over 60. if you never went to college why not try now it's free.

    What to do for fun

    five points shopping and bars, many clubs to joint, the vista

    Food and Dining

    lots of places to eat some open 24hrs ,healthy food to fast food

    Dorm Life

    many places to choose from on and off campus. 5 shuttle buses to take you all around campus. historic buildings, different floorplans, prices are good, many places to eat on campus.

    Academic Rigor

    easy to get in and transfer students too.

    Tips for prospective students

    take a tour, talk with people in admissions,research usc life.

    In three sentences

    it has something for everyone. they have people from all walks of life, out of state, international, many religions. many scholarships for freshman.

  • 12/16/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    UofSC is big on Campus Safety! We have shuttles at night until the early morning running for students who stay out late on campus, so they do not have to walk home. There is also a Buddy Walking system where students walk other students back to their dorm from the library to make sure they get there safely. There is also many emergency posts all over campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is a variety of intramural and club sport for people to join. There is a wide variety of student organization that can fit any person according to their interest, personality, belief, major, etc.

    Great for these types of students

    College is about experiencing life, but remember you are there to get an education not to party your life away. Partying and spending time with friends will affect your grades

    What to do for fun

    Play pool or play video games in the Spurs Game Room in Russell House, Go to the Strom Thurmond Gym, Watch a movie (Thursday-Sunday) in Russell House Hangout in the Horseshoe, Hangout in dorm rooms, Walk around Five Points or the Vista

    Food and Dining

    The food is great the first week or two then you just get tired of it because there is a wide variety of choices

    Dorm Life

    I stayed in Columbia Hall my freshman. I loved it except for the restrictions, other than that it was terrific.

    Academic Rigor

    There is no excuse to fail any classes because UofSC provide all the academic help a student needs to succeed.

  • 12/17/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There are three different police forces that protect USC (Columbia, Richland County, USC Campus) so there is always someone there when you need them. There are also emergency boxes everywhere that connect you to the police or can track you if you press them consecutively if you're on the run. They also have programs to walk you home from the library late at night and shuttles to pick you up for free from Five Points on the weekends.

    Greek Life

    It's a pretty big deal

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Sandstorm during a football game, hang out on the Horseshoe, hear the Gamecock crow on gameday, tailgate at the fairgrounds or memorial lots.

    Bang for the buck

    Tuition can be pretty pricey. But it is worth it for the experience and the great programs.

    What to do for fun

    Join a club, rush a srat/frat, make a new club, play frisbee on the horseshoe, play a club or intramural sport, hang out in your dorm or at Russell, work out at Blatt or Strom, go to a varsity sports game, go to Five Points, go eat at the Vista...there's an endless list of things to do!

    Food and Dining

    There are 19 restaurants on campus, so it is pretty easy to find whatever you're hankerin' for! Most places are really good and offer a lot of different choices.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are pretty much all very nice. I live in South Quad, which is one of the nicest dorms on campus, and everyone is super friendly. It's easy to meet people in your dorms and most RLCs (head RMs) put together fun activities for residents so that you can get to know each other.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are challenging but definitely not impossible. When you put effort and time into your classes, it is not difficult to make good grades.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved. Learn as much as you can about your university and be spirited. In the south, especially in the SEC, football is huge and everyone here LOVES their Gamecocks! There's so much to do to make the most of your experience at USC.

    In three sentences

    Columbia is the perfect city - not too big, and not too small. USC has a beautiful campus with tons of opportunities to get involved. There's nothing quite like being a Gamecock!

  • 12/17/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Love the officers, they're hysterical.

    Greek Life

    SO MUCH FUN. Being from the North, I was nervous I wouldn't fit in but I recommend it to everyone now. It gives you somewhere to belong and I wouldn't trade it for the world.

    Clubs and Activities

    SO easy to get involved. If you're not involved, it's your fault.

    Great for these types of students

    ANY.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    TIGERBURN ! Clemson is our #1 rival and before the big football game every year a huge tiger is built and burnt down. SO fun, don't miss it. Also, homecoming week rocks and football is a culture, not a sport.

    Bang for the buck

    I love my school but I wish it were cheaper.

    What to do for fun

    Join greek life, go downtown, join clubs or intramurals.

    Food and Dining

    The food is good but nothing is ever open:(

    Dorm Life

    The Honors Dorm is AWESOME. Living on the Horseshoe rocks as well, and so does Patterson. Capstone, Columbia and South Tower are close knit communities. DO NOT LIVE IN EITHER BATES OR McBRYDE.

    Academic Rigor

    The South Carolina Honors college is definitely one of the top in the country and for a reason. The classes are extremely hard, but rewarding. Most of the professors are top notch.

    Tips for prospective students

    Definitely go here. Nuff said.

    In three sentences

    USC is a great place to make memories that will last a life time. The Honors College is difficult but worthwhile. Greek life rocks.

  • 12/19/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Columbia SC is not a particularly safe town to be in, but on-campus safety is much better than it is off campus. I would never walk off campus alone - day or night. But it is safe to be on campus alone at almost any hour of the day.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is very prominent at the University of South Carolina. However, students like myself who are not Greek, can fit in perfectly well at USC. The fraternities and sororities at USC are very well known, and are made up of all personalities of students.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are hundreds of clubs at USC, and if there is not a club that a student wants, he or she is able to create it. Students who played varsity sports in high school, and students who have never ran before can join together on an intramural sports team and try to win the coveted champions tee shirt.

    Great for these types of students

    USC is great for students who love southern culture, because it exists all over campus. While most students appear to fit into this southern style, almost any personality can find its place on campus. However, every student at USC becomes a gamecock, and must have extreme pride in being a gamecock to fit in.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Clemson University is the University of South Carolina's major rival. The weekend before the Clemson-USC game, the USC student government builds a gigantic tiger, and USC students gather around to watch the tiger burn in flames. Every wednesday, hip-hop music is played on Greene Street, and students are welcome to join in dancing. Every dining hall serves chicken fingers on Wednesday, and is known as Chicken Finger Wednesday across campus. There are also many chants and calls that all students know for games, such as the Gamecock Call and the Carolina Spell-Out.

    Bang for the buck

    Attending any university comes at a cost these days. The University of South Carolina gives out many scholarships and tuition reductions to students. The school also participates in the Academic Common Market with various states, where in-state tuition is offered to out-of-state students who are studying a major that is not available at their home state's university.

    What to do for fun

    The University of South Carolina hosts many events for students. There is something happening on Greene Street every day, there are multiple athletic events per week, and there are many organizations and sports to participate in. The Strom Athletic Center is open seven days a week with weights and exercise equipment, basketball courts, a rock wall, a running track, and an indoor and outdoor pool. For more artsy students, there are operas and plays at Longstreet Theater.

    Food and Dining

    The University of South Carolina has dining halls all over campus, with a nice variety of foods available to students. Some restaurants include Pandini's, Einstein's Bagels, Fresh Burger, Santorini's, Mein Bowl, and Salad Toss. There are options available to all appetites. The only difficult thing with the meal plan system is that meal prices usually go over the allotted amount for each meal, and they control the hour blocks when you can purchase a meal.

    Dorm Life

    The University of South Carolina has some great dorms, and some that are less desirable. Preston Residential College, Patterson, the Honors Residence, and Capstone are a few of the nicer dorms on campus. Bates House, Bates West, South Tower, and McBryde are the older and smaller dorms available to students.

    Academic Rigor

    Most classes base final grades on tests, a final, and a few online assignments. The workload is more tedious than high school classes, but if students spend their time wisely, then it is not difficult to achieve good grades.

    Tips for prospective students

    It is very important to consider multiple factors when choosing a school. The most important thing is to attend a school that has a good program for your major. The University of South Carolina has a very good business program, and is a great school for students who are interested in business, particularly international business.

    In three sentences

    The University of South Carolina is a southern comfort home for anyone, even students like me who are from the north. There are countless opportunities for students to feel at home, whether it be by joining an intramural sports team, becoming part of greek life, participating in one of the many clubs, or even by starting a new club. I made the best decision of my life by choosing the University of South Carolina to be my home.

  • 12/21/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    Great greek life.

    What to do for fun

    Five points is always fun. Good memmories. Strom is the best gym i have ever seen. Every activity and more.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be the first to pick your classes. Dont procratinate. Dont go out on school nights. I learned that the hard way.

    In three sentences

    It has great housing. It makes you feel like home. Choosing classes can be a hassle.

  • 12/31/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus is very safe. Off campus has it's unsafe moments.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is intense at south carolina. It seems like everyone is apart of it and those who are are dedicated to their fraternity. Despite how it seems it is perfectly fine to not be involved.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are so many opportunities to get involved. They wont find you, you've got to look for them. Anything you could possible imagine being involved in is there. We even have a surfing club.

    What to do for fun

    Tailgating and football games will consume your first semester and they are the most fun you can have. On weekends you can make beach trips or attend the state fair. During the spring semester baseball games start up which is also a fun sporting event to attend. Even though our basketball team isn't spectacular those games are fun to attend to. For night life 5 points is where most students go.

    Food and Dining

    So many great restaurant options. The schools food isn't that spectacular but some of it is good like chicken finger Wednesday or their pulled pork sandwiches.

    Dorm Life

    As of right now dorm life is getting revamped. There is a lot of construction being done on dorms so there is a lot of new dorms to look forward to. The dorms are quite spacious and there are a lot of options that allow you to avoid the typical dorm issues. Suite style bathrooms are common as well as apartment style dorms that provide with your own room.

    Academic Rigor

    Some departments are going to be more challenging then other, and some teachers are going to be more unfair then others. Make wise decisions on what you can handle academically and what professors you should take.

    Tips for prospective students

    It is easy to get caught up in social activities. Manager your time and have a good balance.

    In three sentences

    University of South carolina provides an amazing college experience on a stunning campus. Its has a good balance of top notch academics with fun college experiences. It's the best school in the SEC.

  • 01/01/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There is an unlimited amount of things to do for fun! Football games are a HUGE part of life at South Carolina during the fall. There are also plenty of opportunities to get active yourself, including intramural sports, two gyms, indoor & outdoor pools, a rock climbing wall, dance & fitness classes etc. There are also many clubs to join, as well as sororities and fraternities. Nightlife is very active, with both The Vista and 5 Points being very popular spots to party.

    Food and Dining

    There are numerous dining options, though not very much if you plan to eat healthy. If you're lucky enough to get an apartment style dorm I would recommend getting the 10 meal plan and also making some meals yourself as campus food can get tiring at times.

    Dorm Life

    Living on campus is a big part of college life, especially at this school and even more so as a freshman. You will make friends this way, and it will be easier to adjust to classes etc. on campus rather than off. If South Carolina is your first choice school then accept your offer as soon as you get it, as housing assignments are based on who accepts their place first, and the best dorms will be snatched up quickly.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes will challenge you, but they are far from impossible. Come to class, utilize the resources provided to you and take advantage of the office hours held by the teachers.

    Tips for prospective students

    Come with an open mind. Don't be afraid to try new and different things, and take advantage of the 400+ student organizations available to you.

    In three sentences

    This is a great school with a diverse rang of friendly people,Greek life is also prominent, though members are not snobby or stuck up. The athletics are great, and football games are a big part of college life here. Finally, the weather is ideal and location is great.

  • 01/05/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    Greek life is ridiculously popular at UofSC. You can't go very far without seeing

    Great for these types of students

    Preppy Students who like sports

    What to do for fun

    Sports - Gamecocks are above-average in nearly every sport and all tickets are included in your tuition and fees, so there's always a game to go to. Five Points is fun if you have a few bucks for a cover charge. There are always parties off-campus and get togethers on campus in dorms.

    Food and Dining

    Meh. It's certainly better than high school dining, but you get tired of fast food type food pretty quickly. Discovering the all-you-can-eat buffet on campus was a highlight of my semester.

    Dorm Life

    I live apartment style (West [Green] Quad) and I absolutely love it. My only complaints are the inconsistencies of the temperatures of the A/C and the water. There were times when I couldn't shower because it was so cold, and also times when I couldn't shower because it was too hot. The A/C just seems to come and go.

    Academic Rigor

    My classes were not difficult by any measure this semester, however many of my friends reported difficult classes. I think it varies greatly by type of class (i.e. Chemistry is more difficult than English) and I just didn't have any difficult types of classes.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't be put off by stereotypes of South Carolina (Christian, conservative, etc.). I am neither of those and have never felt anything less than at home here in Columbia.

    In three sentences

    The campus and the people are beautiful. We have elite teams in football, women's basketball, baseball, and a men's basketball team that shows a lot of promise. I would never choose another university.

  • 01/08/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    In three sentences

    College life here is great; as long as you're in a fraternity or a sorority.

  • 01/08/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus safety here at the University of South Carolina is state of the art! The university has its own Division of Law Enforcement and Safety that has been serving the university for over 50 years. There are also an abundance of Emergency Call-Boxes placed across campus that are available to all students. No matter where you are standing on campus, there is a call-box within your eyesight in all directions!

    Food and Dining

    Campus Dining here at the University of South Carolina is always great. Our main dining site is the Russell House. Majoirty of the students here on campus eat at this dining facility. Located on the main floor you will find the cafeteria, Grand Market Place, Horseshoe Deli, Marble Slab, and Pandini's. The second floor includes Einstein's Bagels, Fresh Burger, Chick-fil-A, Pizza-Hut, and Taco-Bell. Across campus you will find 16 other Dining Facilities that are available for students!

    Dorm Life

    The Univeristy of South Carolina's Resident Halls are excellent! Currently being renovated is what will be known as the Women's Quad which will house many female student-residents in the coming 2014 Fall academic year. Other residental halls include the Apartment-Style Quads (West Green Quad, South Quad, & East Quad), McBryde (all Male Hall), and the Honor's College Resident Hall. Here at the university, all first-year freshman students are guarenteed housing. The Resident Mentors

    Academic Rigor

    The University of South Carolina loves to challenge its students. Because we are the best, we expect the best. With this challenge, there is also help that is offered through the university and its professors. The Academic Center for Success (ACE Center) is available to all students to help tutor with any classes a student my be struggling in or just seek extra help in. The professors here are also willing to work with their students and help them to succeed in any way they can!

    Tips for prospective students

    For any prospective students considering the University of South Carolina as their college of choice, please take the time to come and visit us! We love to catch your eye in our brouches, but would like to amaze you with the beauty of our campus on a tour with one of our student ambassadors. Also keep in mind that the university is a big school, however, dont let its size discourage you from keeping us a top choice.

    In three sentences

    The University of South Carolina is a great school. If I had to rate it on a scale of 1-10, it would definitely get a 9.5! Established in 1806, the University of South Carolina gives its students a traditional home feeling with a taste of southern hospitality!

  • 01/14/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Its great, there are camera and help sites every few feet on campus and are activated 24 hours a day with lights. the entire campus is lit up with street lights, we have our own police force that constantly drives around, they are known to be the best cops in the state.

    Clubs and Activities

    Too many to name.

    Great for these types of students

    Any! It doesnt matter if youre an extrovert or an introvert, there is something for everyone.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    We have a tiger burning before the big game of the season against the Clemson Tigers! Many tailgates for the football games which have their own traditions. Boombox guy! Maybe you'll see him around campus every so often playing his boombox.

    Bang for the buck

    Yes the tuition is worth it but you always amke it worth it!

    What to do for fun

    River anything! Many things to do at the river and 5 minutes away from campus!

    Food and Dining

    You have everything right near you from fine dining in the Vista to taco bell and chickfila in the Russell House.

    Dorm Life

    I have always lived off campus which there are many options for. I have heard the dorm life is acceptable.

    Academic Rigor

    You have teachers who care and some who dont. Some classes are fun, but they are usually the most challenging. Never assume anything will be easy!

    Tips for prospective students

    Grab a map! Always ask questions for anything you need. There is always someone willing to help you and/or point you in the right direction. There is a ton of things to do on campus and off and great people to help you. Collect quarters for parking meters.

    In three sentences

    Great community to help students with any problem they may have from physical to emotional, they cover it all. Horrible phone services when you're looking for help with an issue and the people answering the phones are no where near the best. Bad layout but great community to help you and great being around different businesses.

  • 01/14/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Dorm Life

    The dorms here are great

    Academic Rigor

    The academics at this school are great and they make sure they provide the things you need to be successful

  • 01/17/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Everyone watch out for everyone. We have each other backs.

    Greek Life

    Awesome. You get news councils, and parents can get involved.

    Clubs and Activities

    Many different sports to choose from such as basketball, football, softball, soccer and etc. You have a lot of sororities. You can even start your own club.

    Great for these types of students

    Starbucks great for energy.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The Great Tiger Burn for Football season.

    Bang for the buck

    Many jobs that are provide by the school.

    What to do for fun

    I love to play basketball for fun.

    Food and Dining

    Many places to choose from. Dining is awesome place to relax.

    Dorm Life

    Students feel at home.

    Academic Rigor

    Graduates from USC-Columbia find it easier to advance in careers.

    Tips for prospective students

    Study and practice are two main words that you should live by.

    In three sentences

    USC-Columbia is the best school ever. Everyone is friendly and helpful. Many activities to get involved in.

  • 01/18/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I have never been scared walking around campus but there have been many serious incidents. A few months ago, a guy was aiming for some other person and accidentally shot a freshman girl while she was waiting for a taxi with her friends. She is now paralyzed.

    Greek Life

    The Zetas almost got in trouble for drugs during rush week and boys in fraternities are usually assholes or unintelligent. If you want to be a part of greek life, join one that has a good reputation. also, the fees are really expensive.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are many motivated students that are very involved.

    What to do for fun

    West Quad (Green Quad) has a lot of activities in the D building, like yoga, organization events, free food, and a lot of other free things. There is rock climbing at the gym and field to play sports on. 5 Points is where college students go for night life, but it can be dangerous so be careful.

    Food and Dining

    The food can be tasty for the most part but extremely greasy and unhealthy. Most freshman do gain a lot of weight. The sophomores I know that live off campus now without a meal plan lost weight.

    Dorm Life

    You meet a lot of people in the freshman dorms but you do not get your own space unless you live in a quad with tiny individual rooms. The dorms usually have a lot of mold, so make sure you clean well. Living on campus saves gas and keeps you updated on a lot of events because it will be posted everywhere.

    Academic Rigor

    I know people who fail because they party too much, succeed because they study hard and do well even while partying a lot. You have to be able to manage your time wisely because there will be many distractions. There are many motivated and lazy students here.

    Tips for prospective students

    You do not need to love football to come here. Make sure you do not get distracted by the parties because academics is important. Get invalid in many organizations!

    In three sentences

    Attending a college in one of the most conservative states is not the best choice I could have madet, but there are students who take action for change. There are many cliques but you will meet someone that you enjoy spending your time with. Sports is a huge deal here, so be prepared for the crazy tailgating and football parties.

  • 02/18/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I have never been afraid to walk alone on campus and if you are, they provide free transportation and they have emergency boxes every few yard that you can run to if anything happens on your walk.

    Greek Life

    I'm personally not involved in Greek life but I know that it's a really popular thing here. If you're not interested in the preppy types of sororities or fraternities like in movies but you want to be involved in greek life, you may want to consider taking part in a service fraternity or a business fraternity, which tend to be co-ed.

    Clubs and Activities

    I have met some great people through the clubs I have joined and I definitely recommend joining at least one club or sport to get involved. Also, the school tries to throw a lot of fun, free activities, such as bowling and you should take advantage of them.

    Great for these types of students

    Take advantage of all of the opportunities that come your way. I'm already regretting not doing more my first semester because now I'm realizing how much more fun and homey my campus is when I'm more involved.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is this circle on the ground made of bricks next to our Russell House(food, bookstore, and approximately center of campus) that you can stand in the middle of and clap and it makes a squeaking sound. People call it the clapping circle and every time I walk past it, I have to step in the middle and clap.

    What to do for fun

    I am in a few organizations on campus, which keep me busy in my spare time. I also know a lot of people that love playing intramural sports. And, the football games here are a HUGE deal. I don't care for football, so I don't go, but the majority of the campus clears out on game days to hang out at or around the stadium. There are also movies that play in the Russell House on Thursdays-Sundays and they are generally pretty good, and most importantly, FREE!

    Food and Dining

    The food at USC-Columbia is definitely better than other universities but I got bored of the choices very quickly. I was a vegetarian first semester but there are not many vegetarian options so I decided to eat meat again this semester so I can have a lot more nutritious options.

    Dorm Life

    I was actually assigned a roommate and her and I aren't exactly the best of friends. We have learned to live together, but that took a couple of months. I never had to share a room at home so thats another thing I had to get used to. I've met some of my best friends and future roommates on my floor and it didn't take long for me to call my dorm 'home'. The showers aren't always as hot as I would like, but I put up with it because I love the sense of community from my building and floor.

    Academic Rigor

    The academic rigor all depends on your major. I know a lot of International Business students who are swamped by tons of classes, but, a lot of my other friends came in with credits and are handling five classes each semester very well. Personally I have to study much more now than I ever did in high school, but I also have much more time on my hands because the in classroom learning time is shorter. As long as you do your best and communicate with your professors, you should get an A or B.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure that you know something about football, because everyone will be frustrated with you if you aren't a football fan, like me. Also, try new things with organizations and groups to venture outside of your comfort zone because you'll meet some amazing people.

    In three sentences

    USC-Columbia has been life changing for me. They helped me grow as an individual and young adult by making me figure out the world for myself but they also provide support so I didn't feel completely lost. I would give USC-Columbia a very high grade on a scale because it has helped me develop the way a university should.

  • 03/18/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    We have a large staff of campus police who are very personable and make it known that they want to keep USC's student's save. They even offer services like free escorts to and from places if you do not want to walk alone at night.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is HUGE here. I personally do not participate in it, but the majority of students do. If you are not interested in Greek life, that does not mean USC is not a match for you! I love it just the same!

    Clubs and Activities

    There are hundreds of clubs on campus. The first club I joined was Mountaineer and Whitewater Club. We went on awesome trips like Camp Fear, an overnight stay at Caper's Island, rock climbing, kayaking, and spending the night in a cave in Tennessee! I promise you will be able to find a club that peaks your interest if you attend USC.

    Great for these types of students

    Girls who are very interested in Greek life, students who are looking to get away from the north and away from the types of people who are from the north, and students who plan to major in business, engineering, or anything having to do with sports.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Football is HUGE here, you get dressed up and tailgate all day long before games. The amount of school spirit will give you chills. During the hot days, you will often find students laying out by the pool of our gorgeous fitness center.

    Bang for the buck

    Being out-of-state, USC is very pricy. I'm sure to be in loads of debt after grad school.... Although the experiences will probably be worth it!

    What to do for fun

    I won't lie, USC is a huge bar school. Most students head downtown and go bar-hopping on weekends. If you are a guy, a social life may be hard to have if you are not in a frat. For girls, whether or not you are in a sorority, you will be allowed to attend almost all parties/tailgates/events.

    Food and Dining

    There are many dining options including Pizza Hut, Einsteins, Starbucks, Garden Toss, Naturally Woodstock, Santorini's (Greek food), a Mexican place, a Chinese place, and multiple places wherein you can get sandwiches/wraps. All of the food is of good quality.

    Dorm Life

    I live at Patterson Hall, which is newly renovated. It is basically like living in a hotel room. Cleaning services, air conditioning, suite-style, and I have never seen a single insect at all throughout the entire year... However, it is all-girls, most of whom keep their doors closed, so making friends was a bit of a challenge at first. I would recommend living in a co-ed dorm!

    Academic Rigor

    It really depends on your major and the courses that you choose.

    Tips for prospective students

    USC is the one.. if you were looking for a sign.. THIS IS IT! Also, be sure to apply for financial aid ASAP!

    In three sentences

    From the first time I visited USC's campus, I felt at home. The people are incredibly welcoming and the campus is absolutely gorgeous. Being at USC makes it very hard to be homesick (I am from CT).

  • 04/03/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The clapping circle in between Thomas Cooper Library and the Russell House. Just ask a tour guide or a student.

    Food and Dining

    The meal plan here is frustrating to me. You have to choose a set number of meals you want to eat a week and then you receive a corresponding number of meal swipes of the card. The catch is that you have to use them all in a week otherwise the money goes to waste! The meal timing is divided into four sections. There is breakfast from about 0730-1100, lunch at 1100-1600, dinner from 1600-0000, and then something called midnight swipe from 0000-0300. You can only spend a swipe once during a meal period meaning you can't use two swipes during breakfast. Also, you can only use a meal swipe for the midnight period if you've missed a meal period during the day. For example, if I ate breakfast and dinner, but skipped lunch, I can go to an on campus restaurant that is open after midnight and spend a swipe there. The swipes are also like credit, and the credit is different for each period. This means if you buy food that costs more than the credit, you have to pay the difference somehow. You can find a list of all the restaurants on campus that use meal plan on the USC website. I would say that the selection is very good. There are fast food places like Chick-fil-a and Taco bell, dining lines similar to high school such as the Grand Market Place and Honeycomb Cafe, buffets like Bates, and even higher class eateries like Preston's. They also make a point to accommodate to every diet. You can find carnivorous, vegetarian, and vegan options at the various restaurants.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life can be really fun as well. Sadly, however, the standard of living is different at each dorm. The best dorm is the one with the most money sunk into it because it houses all of the Honors Program students. It is possible to receive a room in that dorm even if you aren't a part of the program (like me), but it is very unlikely unless you and a prospective roommate who IS a part of the program request each other and list the Honors Residence as your first choice. I can't really speak for the other dorms, but Honors is top notch. The rooms are in suite style. This means that there are 3 (I think) different room configurations. The first is where you live alone in a room, but share a bathroom with one other student, making you suitemates. The second is that you live with a roommate in a larger room and share a bathroom together. The third is like the second, except you share the bathroom with two other students that are also roommates, meaning 4 people have to use 1 bathroom. The quality of the rooms are high as well. The furnishings are of good quality and flexible to accommodate several arrangements. The space is also big enough that you can bring in extra furniture if you want. The bathrooms are also as clean as you'll let them be, with cleaning crews coming about once every two weeks, and the water is always hot. The residents also have access to several study rooms and common rooms on each floor to congregate and make use of.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes can be really easy and fun if you're up for it. This means that you have to be willing to attend class every day and go to every Recitation, SI session, and review session. You'll have to be willing to put in time for work outside of class as well; you have to do all your homework (even the ones that are not required), you have to read all the sections in the books that are assigned, you have to up to 3 hours studying for every 1 hour you spend in class. IF you've got the guts to do that, you'll have no problem getting an A.

    Tips for prospective students

    - Make good use of your time. - Buy the 14 or 16 Meal Plan. They are much more flexible than the 21. - If you have the chance to go to SI (Supplemental Instruction), go to it. It's a godsend. - There is a vast support network that is available to you at any time. If you screw up or need some help, don't be afraid to look or ask for it. - If you're bringing a car, shell out the money for a spot in one of the garages. The cheaper option is to pay for a decal that will allow you to park in a Student Parking area IF YOU CAN FIND ONE. Trust me, the chances of that are really low.

    In three sentences

    The University of South Carolina is a fine school in all aspects of a good school. The institute really does want your money, however, but it provides great value, opportunities, and resources for those who are willing to seek after and use them. The academics are rigorous, the sports are entertaining, the organizations and clubs are useful for making and strengthening connections, and the overall experience is very pleasant.

  • 05/15/2014

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Food and Dining

    There are many different dining areas to choose from giving you a wide varitey of food to choose from.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms here are pretty cool. There has been a great deal of up grades done to some of the dorms bringing them up to a more moderate living and homely environment.

    Academic Rigor

    I believe that the academic rigor is that the professors do their best to teach and be of up to the students that have attented for a degree of higher learning.

    In three sentences

    The University of South Carolina is a great school. It is a well known higher learning institiute that focuses on leading students to the careers of their choices. USC- Columbia is also a higher learning institue that offers many different degree programs to accomodate students from all walks of life.

  • 06/02/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    We have many alarms around campus if you ever need help. Mini vans around campus late at night to take you to you destination on campus.

    Greek Life

    Very secret unless you are running for homecoming and need the funds to win. For students who aren't in the greek life we know nothing about it.

    Clubs and Activities

    Too many to count. Variety of clubs and activities to join.

    Great for these types of students

    outgoing, willing to try something different, multicultural and more.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    We burn a tiger during the week we play Clemson. Blood drives against Clemson. Chicken tender Wednesdays.

    Bang for the buck

    Not really worth it.

    What to do for fun

    We have our own movie theater that is located on campus. Sometimes have concerts and downtown if you are of age.

    Food and Dining

    There are always dining areas for a person to go to all over campus.

    Dorm Life

    Sometimes there isn't enough dorms to live on campus.

    Academic Rigor

    Depends on the student.

    Tips for prospective students

    Study, ask lots of questions, stay focus

    In three sentences

    This university is a great place for athletics, our program in all sports are improving. This past year for football we had the number one draft pick. Education is also great depending on the professor you get.

  • 07/24/2014

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    In three sentences

    This campus is beautiful, and there seems to be the perfect balance of academics and extra curriculars.I would like to go for research and because they are a Carnegie recognized school, there is tons of it constantly occurring. For example, during my summer tour, there was ovarian cancer research happening on campus conducted by the graduate students.

  • 08/10/2014

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Greek Life

    Seems like a big part of the campus. The houses are huge!

    Great for these types of students

    Students who love sports and students interested in greek life.

    Food and Dining

    Food wasn't bad when I went on my visit. Could have some more options though.

    Dorm Life

    I have heard that the rooms for scholars in Capstone are bigger and nicer so if you get good grades in high school you could end up with better dorms.

    In three sentences

    The campus is absolutely beautiful! Sports and greek life seem to be a huge part of the school especially football games. For out of state students it seems like the tuition is cheaper at USC than other schools.

  • 09/02/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Chicken finger Wednesday is a delicious weekly tradition.

    What to do for fun

    There are plenty of things to do for fun like go to the local mall, go to the zoo, take a day trip to Lake Murray and go eat at all the great places off campus!

    Food and Dining

    There are so many dining options and major food places that you have access too with your meal plan like Chickfila, Taco Bell and Pizza Hut. There are dining halls all around campus so you never have to go far for food and there are so many different types of food so the meals are never boring.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms I have stayed in have been very clean and I have not had problems with people on my hall or roommates. My room was comfortable and I personalized it to make it feel like home.

    Academic Rigor

    In most classes, the course material is very rigorous but the professors offer a lot of help outside of class during office hours and there are plenty of study aids to access from your books and classmates.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't be intimidated by the size of the campus. Carry around a small map and check out where each of your classes are located before class starts.

    In three sentences

    The University of South Carolina is a large school with an amazing football association. The classroom size is relatively small, which makes the learning experience a lot easier. You will meet tons of people and there is so much to do in the city of Columbia.