College Senior 2012-08-16T02:30:12Z
Health & Safety:
Never Walk Alone at Night – Although South Carolina has emergency call stations within a 360 degree view everywhere on campus, I've never felt safe walking alone at night. The campus is very big and spread out. Take advantage of resources like the Carolina Cab which runs all night and can take students anywhere within a 5 mile radius of campus for free.
College Senior 2012-08-16T02:24:28Z
College City &Amp; Capital – Almost everything in Columbia, SC is revolved around the Gamecocks. Football and baseball are a huge deal and people get pretty worked up about it. Columbia is also the capital so visiting the state house is a pretty cool attraction. The school campus is very spread out, but there are emergency call stations within a 360 degree view of wherever you are on campus. Five Points is the popular night scene and can be very dangerous if you're not careful.
College Senior 2012-08-16T01:48:36Z
Newer Dormitories – The overall best and nicest dorm is the Honors, followed by the Quads, then Patterson. The honors dorm is specifically reserved for Honors College students only, but if your roommate attends the college you can cheat your way into living there. Also, with a majority of the students in this dorm attending the honors college-it is extremely quiet. The Quads is also one of the newer and nicer dorms and offers apartment style living. Patterson was recently remodeled and is an all girls dorm. It's also located in the heart of campus. Obviously the newer, nicer dorms will be more expensive than the older ones. I lived in an older dorm and still ended up loving it because of the people I met on my hall and building.
College Junior 2012-08-15T20:46:52Z
Health & Safety:
Safe Atmosphere – If you sign up with the Carolina Alert, you receive emails and text when there is something wrong like a robbery.
College Junior 2012-08-15T20:44:44Z
Restaurants Are Everywhere – There are many restaurants that are available outside of campus. If you are studying late at the library and decide to order pizza then it only takes about 10 mins.
College Junior 2012-08-15T20:42:53Z
Final Cause Them to Be Crowed – The computer labs in Thomas Cooper get crowded during finals. If you ever forget your computer then they are a great source to use.
College Student 2012-08-15T15:46:46Z
Cars Are the Best Option – As far as on campus, there is a shuttle. However, you will need a car to drive around the Columbia area.
College Student 2012-08-15T15:40:25Z
Underclassmen Dorms Are Too Small – They do not have enough room to put everything students need.
College Senior 2012-08-15T01:45:11Z
Expensive and hard to find a spot and then you have to walk far to get to class.
College Senior 2012-08-14T02:24:50Z
Pretty Easy Process – When you apply to USC you are automatically considered for university scholarships based on your high school GPA and SAT scores. As an out-of-state student, I recieved a tuition discount as well as $500/year, which is the lowest scholarship option. Departments and colleges offer a lot of scholarships, too. I recently recieved one. I have never had a problem recieving financial aid. As longs as you fill out all the necessary forms, on time, you'll be fine!
College Senior 2012-08-12T02:44:30Z
Plenty of Things to Do – USC is right in the middle of Columbia's downtown. The student life center does good job always having things and outings for students.
College Senior 2012-08-12T02:42:25Z
Apartments Are Expensive – Apartments are expensive wherever you go however they have access to housing already furnished.
College Senior 2012-08-12T02:36:38Z
You have to walk everywhere on campus so it could be very dreadful when it pours.
College Senior 2012-08-12T02:31:10Z
Pretty Good Experience – Very nice school, with very good professors and a great variety of classes.
College Senior 2012-08-12T02:29:06Z
A Variety of Places to Try – USC has the convenience of being downtown and a student has access to many different types of restaurants.
College Junior 2012-08-01T13:51:27Z
Capstone Hall – Even though Capstone may be a bit old, the dorm rooms are enormous and the security is excellent. It is also extremely convenient having a cafeteria located on the 1st floor. I strongly recommend putting Capstone at the top of your list even if you aren't a "Capstone Scholar." I would say the location is very good especially for those of you who are party animals because it is the closest dorm to Five Points. Five Points is where a majority of the nightlife is and has various amenities.
Recent Alumnus 2012-07-31T19:53:28Z
Columbia, SC has very beautiful spring and summer seasons. The winters are also very mild. The only downside is that it can become too hot over the summer months.
College Junior 2012-07-31T17:55:05Z
Academic Assistance – Let's face it, college is tough, especially the first year. It's challenging to learn how to pace yourself and manage a stressfull workload. USC has so many resources to help for new and returning students. The ACE student success center can help you find habits that help you learn better personally. There are multiple offices that are willing to provide a huge variety of help from stress management, study skills, tutoring, and assistance with time management and academic forgiveness. It really is a priority for students to succeed.
College Junior 2012-07-31T17:51:03Z
Different Types of Greek – Greek life is pretty affluential at USC, but that's because it's so widely excepted. There are about 17 panhellinic groups that people assume would dominate the social scene. However, that's not true. The Univeristy also offers academic, major related, religious affiliation, and greek life based on community service. The possiblities are truly endless and the great part is that everyone gets along! The greek scene is highly promoted because of it's integral part of the University.
College Junior 2012-07-31T17:48:29Z
In the SEC football is the biggest sport in college and gamedays at USC are no exception. The school spirit is amazing, to be part of the student section waving a white towel while jumping up and down to sandstorm. It really is an experience like no other, and the school spirit flourishes into other parts of the school as well. It's not just about football, but students have pride in a lot of different sports as well as many other factors of the University.
Recent Alumnus 2012-07-23T13:59:57Z
Wonderful Academic Programs – The Moore School of Business is one of the best in the country. The university is also currently in the process of updating and creating new buildings for the individual schools of study, such as the new Public Health and Research center and many others that construction will be beginning soon.
Recent Alumnus 2012-07-23T13:32:55Z
Great Just Sometimes Slow Speed – Computers are many and the only time students encounter crowds over computer use are at midterms and finals. The vary of computers include PCs and Macs and laptop are available for rental use by the library.
Recent Alumnus 2012-07-23T13:29:11Z
The nightlife is what you make it so it's better (safer) to stay at a dorm or apartment and host a house party with people you know as opposed to going downtown and running into trouble. Lately crime has really just increased so staying close to a known place is better too.
College Junior 2012-07-21T05:59:25Z
Greek life is involved in nearly every aspect at USC. It's very easy to find your place among the sororities and fraternities. Everyone is very nice and welcoming to one another. Greek life is a great way to get plugged in and stay involved.
College Junior 2012-07-21T00:27:06Z
The parking situation at USC is AWFUL! Although you don't really need a car if you are living on-campus just to buy a regular parking permit is $75 & to buy one for a garage can range from $300-$500 per semester! Not too mention if you buy a regular parking pass there is NO close or convenient spaces and the ticketing is ridiculous, they will tow or ticket at any cost. Your meter runs out, $25 per day & towed after the third; you back your car in, $5 per day & towed on the third; & if you don't pay the ticket you can't graduate.
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