Recent Alumnus 2012-09-27T13:52:05Z
The campus dining facilities still have a long way to go at USC. The options are pretty limited, but the university is working on expanding options and the convenience to students on different parts of campus. Food options like Chik-Fil-A; Einstein Bagels; Burger King; and Pizza Hut are available for purchase on your meal plan. Cafeteria-style options are also options at the Student Union and in some of the dorms (such as Capstone). Chicken Finger Wednesday is a big thing on campus (self-explanatory). After Freshman year, I avoided the meal plan and ended up saving more money for my parents.
Recent Alumnus 2012-09-27T13:46:42Z
There are tons of off-campus housing options at USC. Each has its own pros and cons. The prices keep going up each year which is unfortunate for the students. Some of the housing facilities were built very cheaply and quickly (such as the Retreat), so be aware of thin walls and things not working. Other off-campus housing options do not have security gates (such as the Woodlands) so if security is a concern for you, I'd look for other places. People can get very drunk at apartment parties and have attempted to drive home drunk, failing and instead crashing into the other parked cars in the lots. Mostly sophomores and juniors living in these promoted off-campus housing options; most of the seniors I know move to rented houses near 5 points.
Recent Alumnus 2012-09-27T13:40:56Z
Health & Safety:
I have been fortunate enough to not have had to visit Thompson Student Health Center on a regular basis. However, the few times when I had infections that needed medication I went there and was treated correctly. The facilities are nice and it is literally in the center of campus. However, you could be waiting in the waiting room for a while even if you do make an appointment (so bring a book). Everyone was nice and professional in my personal experiences.
Recent Alumnus 2012-09-27T13:37:33Z
I came to USC for the business school; it is well-recognized throughout America and has great professors that push you to do your absolute best. In the international business major, you are required to have at least one other major and must minor in a foreign language. Furthermore, you are required to spend at least one semester abroad. As a result, the study abroad program at USC is well-developed, although the people working in the study abroad building can push your patience sometimes.
Recent Alumnus 2012-09-27T13:30:11Z
International business has been ranked #1 in the country at USC for years. The curriculum is intense yet rewarding. There is currently a new business school being built, therefore future students will be able to attend classes in a brand new building with the latest technology available to further help the students in their education endeavors. Because the program is top-ranked, the best of the best from across the nation (and internationally) come and thus there is a lot of diversity within the major. The professors I have come across have all been professional and care about each student. They are great resources when it comes down to recommendations for professional opportunities.
College Sophomore 2012-09-25T21:08:26Z
USC is winner when it comes to the campus and student life! Yes, the campus is pretty good sized, but you learn it fairly quickly. The Horseshoe is a lovely place to study or just talk. I have seen many people put up hammocks even! Our traditions are known across the country, especially if we are talking football (always a good time!). We have one of the largest libraries, the BEST gyms (Strom is the biggest in the South East I think), and there is always something going on here.
College Sophomore 2012-09-25T20:59:28Z
The areas around campus have a good bit of variety, but some are a farther treck then others. Regardless, I have yet to visit a restaurant that has been bad and some have discounts or specials for USC students!
College Sophomore 2012-09-25T20:56:13Z
I have a spot in the parking lots down on campus and have never had a problem finding a spot. I know that they over sell those lots however because everyone has classes at different times and I have seen a couple people with tickets due to them parking in a space that is not an actual parking spot. If you want a guaranteed spot however, you can pay more for a garage pass and you are assigned a parking place. You can also have your car parked there overnight if you do pay for a garage pass.
College Sophomore 2012-09-25T20:51:33Z
Health & Safety:
I feel very safe on USC's campus. I have walked across campus alone at night once headed to see a friend in her dorm and was never othered. Plus there were other students walking about as well. We have quite a bit of resources as far as health and safety, but there are some incidents upon occasion. Hey, no place is perfect.
College Junior 2012-09-18T22:13:41Z
I was very impressed at Orientation Day as they talked about the Career Counseling service the University offers. Not only do they help with job placement after graduation but are of tremendous help with internships during the year.
College Junior 2012-09-18T22:09:39Z
I have my own laptop and carry it with me. I have used the university computer labs once and they served my needs very efficiently.
College Junior 2012-09-18T22:07:41Z
The atmosphere is almost electric with football season in progress. You can hear the roars from the stadium all across the city. Go Gamecocks!!!!
College Junior 2012-09-18T22:04:08Z
Guys & Girls:
Most everyone seems very school spirited, wearing the Gamecock colors and logos. The comaraderie amongst the students is very evident and contagious. The girls I have met are mostly Southern Belles, a few from the north, dressed in casual wear for the most part. The guys seem helpful friendly and well groomed for the most.
College Sophomore 2012-09-18T19:12:22Z
Health & Safety:
I definelty feel safe during the day walking around campus, but ALWAYS walk in groups at night. Campus security does a lot to help and I feel comfortable asking any of the many cops on the USC campus for help.
Recent Alumnus 2012-09-12T14:40:23Z
Seek Fun, It Won't Come to You – Columbia is a mid-sized city that is primarily a military town with a huge college presence. That being said there isn't a whole lot to do, however, with the huge presence of greek organizations as well as a bustling downtown with pubs, bars and the like USC is known as a huge party school. But if that isn't your scene there are art and cultural museums all within walking distance of the campus, great green space, and rivers for rafting or picnics.
Recent Alumnus 2012-09-12T14:34:36Z
Diverse in SOME Aspects – There is a huge international student population here, however, the campus is majority white. Which means that there can be some intolerance to minority groups, that being said, racism can work both ways and there are certain minority groups that aren't comfortable with the prevalence of whites and can display negative behavior among these groups. Overall, as long as you can drink a beer and/or enjoy football you'll be fine. This is the SEC overall.
Recent Alumnus 2012-09-08T01:23:45Z
There are whites, blacks, hispanics, and other international students. It's cool.
Recent Alumnus 2012-09-08T01:21:24Z
Limited Options! On campus, walking is really the only good option because the traffic is ridiculous! As far as transportation, a car is necessary when going off campus.
Recent Alumnus 2012-09-08T01:19:22Z
Friendly + Fun – No matter where you go on or off campus, everyone is very friendly! You can make a friend wherever you go, and there is so much to do, day or night.
College Sophomore 2012-08-29T17:15:44Z
There Are Busses – The university provides several busses that drive on set bus routes however sometimes they can run a little behind, but when you're timing it to make a class it matters
College Sophomore 2012-08-29T17:12:20Z
All Around the Campus – There are several places to dine at off of campus, especially considering that we are in the middle of downtown Columbia, the cheapest and late night place would be Cookout in five points, or if you want to go classy and expensive, California Dreaming
College Sophomore 2012-08-29T17:10:54Z
Typically Good, Sometimes Limiting – The late nights options on campus are very limited, there are several places very close to campus, some even on the general campus, but are not university businesses.
College Sophomore 2012-08-29T17:07:37Z
I Love It – The Campus life is great, the college is trying to host more events for everyone to participate in, especially freshman. They host free movies, lots of free events, the main goal of these things I feel is to try and keep people at university events to cut down on drinking.
College Sophomore 2012-08-29T17:02:55Z
Punishments Are Just – The policies in place and punishments for the policies are fitting for what was done. The RA's on each floor are required to report anything suspicious that they see.
College Senior 2012-08-29T13:17:23Z
Adult Student – I am an adult (over 45) student who works a full time job. I do not know anything about the nightlife or party scene at this school.
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