College Sophomore 2013-07-18T02:22:53Z
Tons of taxis are available. During the school year, the school offers free transportation via taxis to on campus living from five points.
College Sophomore 2013-07-18T02:20:52Z
The bar scene at USC is great, with many options existing for students to go out and ease the stress of the week. Five Points offers many different bars, with different deals happening almost every night of the week, giving very affordable options to go out.
College Senior 2013-07-17T19:30:56Z
A variety of internships are offered throughout all the majors on campus. Some are paid and others are unpaid, but the experience is well worth it if you want to stand out for future employers or graduate schools. Time commitment usually averages around 10-20 hours a week depending on the major. Paid internships are usually above minimum wage, and pay also depends on the major. If you don't see any internships listed for a particular focus you're wanting to pursue, don't stop there! If there is a professor who is in that focus, don't hesitate to get in contact with them and ask them for opportunities, even if you haven't been in one of his classes before. They may not help you right away, but if you prove to be a good student who is motivated, they most likely will end up helping you out or pointing you in the right direction. Responsibilities vary on the major, but all tasks that involve applying the information you learned in your classes.
College Senior 2013-07-17T19:16:57Z
Beware of the summer heat! Even if you aren't living in Columbia for the summer, the beginning of the Fall semester offers the same, if not worse, weather. If you can't handle an immense amount of humidity, this isn't the school for you. However, this weather mostly only happens from the end of May to mid to late September. Otherwise, it rains occasionally throughout the school year. Buy rain-gear! You will definitely get good use out of them! Otherwise you can take the bus services around campus. The winters are only cold if you're from the south, but nothing too frigid. It rarely snows, maybe once or twice per year, if even that. Ice and sleet are more of a problem, but that is usually dealt with pretty easily considering classes get cancelled for snow flurries (even if it doesn't stick!). However, for the rest of the school year, the temperature and weather is perfect!
College Senior 2013-07-17T18:58:17Z
Quite frankly, it depends on the crowd of people you hang out with. And if you have a roomate who might partake in any drug-related activities, most of them won't do anything around you or at both of your place if you're not comfortable. However, drinking is more common at the University because of Five Pointes. Again, your safety primarily just depends on who you surround yourself with.
College Senior 2013-07-17T18:55:29Z
Assuming you are a sports fan or are interested in getting involved, the University of South Carolina has a lot to offer. Primarily, Football encourages tailgating for not only college students, but family as well (numerous who were previously alums themselves). I had never went to a college football game or watched college football before coming to school here, and I must say: it blew me away! The Gamecocks' games are high-spirited and offer many opportunities for the student body to get involved in chants. Lots of people like to dress up for the games, but there's nothing wrong with taking a casual approach as well! Baseball is the same way, but on a smaller scale. Also, for the athletes themselves, the university offers the largest gym facility on a college campus in the US, the Strom Thurmond Gym. Strom offers many opportunities to stay fit like the Outdoor Recreation group, a 3-story rock wall, numerous courts made for various sports, intramural sports, trainers, and fitness classes you can purchase semester passes for a small fee. While that gym is more popular, the campus also has another gym (Blatt) located on campus, as well. There is also a training facility available for all athletes!
College Senior 2013-07-17T18:43:57Z
Columbia offers a variety of off-campus. Whether you're looking for a cheap fast-food place, a fine dining restaurant, or looking to try something new, you can find it. Granted, I suggest using the internet or apps such as 'Yelp' or 'Urbanspoon' to find the not-so-clique' dining selections. You can't go far without finding restaurants lining down the street. Also, don't hesitate to ask your fellow students for suggestions. Nothing is better than a personal recommendation!
College Sophomore 2013-07-17T17:51:42Z
The summers and early fall are extremely hot. The winters can be very cold. It occasionally snows and it rains kind of a lot
College Junior 2013-07-17T04:09:32Z
Health & Safety:
USC offers great means to stay safe while on campus. Security boxes and a lot of police presence on campus make for a safe environment.
College Junior 2013-07-17T04:06:46Z
There are a lot of different types of people at USC. Different race, religion, nationality, etc. are all things that I see on a daily basis.
College Junior 2013-07-17T04:04:24Z
Nightlife at USC is great. There is always something to do on any given night of the week. Whether this be going downtown to bars, or house parties.
College Senior 2013-07-16T19:39:44Z
I heard top notch but I am not there yet so i can not speak to it
College Senior 2013-07-16T19:39:18Z
I am not sure because the guys I hang with we don't do drugs.
College Senior 2013-07-16T19:38:36Z
I enjot it but its tough the high science you go up but it will be worth it in the end.
College Senior 2013-07-16T19:36:51Z
As Biology planing to study medcine it is great but very challenging all the way. Plan your life in the library. make sure you set study times and have a true study buddy. No all professors or not the same or equal.
College Senior 2013-07-16T19:34:54Z
It depends on the major but most ofUSC majors are top notch.
College Junior 2013-07-16T04:23:09Z
I live in a state plagued by drought, but the sun isn't too bad. The problem is the rain. Although it doesn't do it often, when it rains, it pours. And of course the rain slows everything down because no one is prepared. We are all in shorts and sunglasses here.
College Junior 2013-07-16T04:19:25Z
We have so many diverse backgrounds! From the students to the staff, more than...I dare to say 50 countries are represented! Lets be honest, diversity goes deeper than the color of your skin. It is a magical difference between our cultures,traditions, attire, etc. That makes us unique and ultimately enriches our school environment. I take pride in seeing student organizations like the Vietnamese Student Association, Young Democrats Association, christian reading groups, NAACP because it means that we, as students, are taking the first step to welome those studying at USC and giving them a network of friends. And even when it does come to race or ethnicity, we are still no too shabby.
College Junior 2013-07-16T04:05:10Z
I give this category a very poor grade. While there is variety, the dining halls contain fatening foods, little vegitarian dishes, and is not at all sensitive to the Green Movement. 90% of the restaurants are fast food and the only healthy choice is the salad bar which serves the same thing every day. What I dislike above all, is the fact that the don't advertise using the plates instead of the to-go boxes. They made a stride in odering the biodegradeable boxes, but these boxes are useless if they go in the landfill. And the meals are so expensive. We have a swipe system, but the swipe corresponds to a certain amount of money. Well we often run out of money and have to pay for the rest of the meal out-of-pocket.
College Junior 2013-07-16T03:56:59Z
The greatest thing that I have learned about financial aid is to never give up on your federal aid. I didn't even fill out my FAFSA form because I was sure I wouldn't recieve a dime. The second year, I was "convinced" by my parents to fill one out. At first, I was denied aid, but then, during the middle of the fall semester, I was offered two loans and money from the government. It was an awesome surprise. Never under-estimate financial aid. As far as my other scholarships go, they were a breeze to file for because they were well known. The only regret I have is not going for more scholarships. Once I recieved a scholarship that would cover my tuition, I thought I was done. WRONG! There so many hidden fees, not to mention housing, meals, and books. My department excells in providing students with scholarship information, so it was entirely my fault for not sending in an application for tte scholarships.
College Junior 2013-07-16T03:40:56Z
I have never had an internship, but that doesn't mean I'm not looking! My university didn't focus on biological internships (the majority are business- related) so they're hard to find. Equally hard to find are internships that don't require prior expeeience. For example, I loke studying microbiology and am consideeing a future in the field. However, I don't have enough experience so I must wait another year. To gain experience, I am conducting my own research in the fall, and aiding a professor with his/hers in the Spring so that by next summer, I will have gained enough to work with a team. The bottom line is that more internships need to be provided for other majors than business. I won't give USC and F because they are starting to realise this and are adding more opportunities.
College Junior 2013-07-16T03:29:50Z
The first hassle of any academic year is the registration process. USC recently switched programs and we students experienced some issues suchas crashing, inability to find tabs, missing information, etc. Although the new system is more asthetically pleasing, it has the same functions as the old system and in my opinion is unnecessary. We are provided with an excellent staff whom are not only diverse in culture, education, and concentration, but are also compromising and easy to work with. They definitely provide us with a curriculum that is easy to follow, and a workload that is not over-powering. There are many special study options provided such as undergraduate research, study abroad, volunteer opportunities at the free health clinic, but I must deduct an entire letter grade because the students are unaware of these opportunities. They are never discussed in class, are rarely discussed via email, and aren't posted in the appropriate departments.
College Junior 2013-07-16T03:20:12Z
Well to begin with, I particate in the Biological Sciences Department where I, like most of my peers, am on the pre-med track. The woekload is very fair and is as expected for college level courses; its flexible without being stress-inducing. The curriulum is easy to follow and once all the basic eequirements are completed, extremely personalized. For example, the sophmore/junior year, we are given a huge, well rounded list of classes to choose from. I feel like I'm given the control of my education. The facilities aren't flashy, but suitable for undergraduates. Where I have to dock points is the internships/job opportunities category. While there are endless research opportunities, internship and job opportunities are still rare and very competitive. I would like to see more opportunities, local or not.
College Sophomore 2013-07-15T18:46:02Z
The University of South Carolina has a variety of computers. They offer Dell and Apple computers in almost every building. Students are also able to rent a laptop which they also have the option of choosing which computer works best for him or her. The school offers accesablity to those who can not afford or do not want to have a laptop.
College Sophomore 2013-07-15T18:40:22Z
I just recently switched my major from Journalism to Business. I am now on the path of majoring in Marketing. I love the Moore School of Business because they were extremely helpful in my admission process and also afterwards when signing up for fall classes. The workload does not seem too heavy but the classes I am taking have a good balance of variety but still pertaining to my major. I have yet to experience the professors in this field, but I am sure they are very well educated in their profession. I look forward to experiencing the school for the first time!
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