College Senior 2012-05-16T21:36:35Z
Overall Good – University of South Carolina is not the most prestigious school in the country but it is definitely a great school. It is a big school with a small town feel. All the professors, advisors, and even maintenance staff and cafeteria workers are all warm and friendly. Advisors are always extremely helpful and the registration process is pretty simple. There are so many opportunities to get help with studying that fit individual preferences. The workload can be a lot sometimes, depending on your program. Overall, everyone is willing to help you succeed if you put in the effort.
College Senior 2012-05-16T21:25:26Z
The Most Important Thing Is Knowing Your Professors – I am in the College of Arts and Sciences doing Psychology and the program is a pretty small community when it comes to the people who are actually involved. I think the biggest mistake college students make is just showing up to class and doing nothing more. The most important thing is getting to know your professors and getting involved in their programs. Especially in psychology, there is always research going on and if the professors know you then you have a good opportunity to get your name known in the program.
College Junior 2012-05-16T16:19:12Z
Guys & Girls:
Guys Are Generally Good Looking – There are quite a few really great looking guys on campus, they range from preppy to redneck, from video gamer types to the musical type. I actually like Asian guys, and a lot of them that go here are international students, and they're generally pretty cute~
The girls that go here are mostly slim and pretty. It really just depends on what you study, some of them are the kind of fake-nice that most people really dislike, but there are some "real" ones that have minds of their own.
College Junior 2012-05-16T16:08:34Z
If I Could Give It an a++++++ I Would – Woah, greek life is the game at USC. If you're in a sorority or fraternity, you can go to huge parties, mixers, and you have a huge alumni base that is extremely influential. I'll tell you, 3 out of four people are in them, there are so many people that rush and get accepted.
College Junior 2012-05-16T16:03:54Z
SO BLEEDING HOT – It is HOT AS HADES in the summer, seriously. Columbia sits in a bowl in the middle of South Carolina and has a circulating convection thing going on. It is HELL. Unless you love being flayed alive under the hot sun, STAY AWAY FROM COLUMBIA.
College Junior 2012-05-16T15:58:44Z
So Many Different People – There are many different races and ethnicities on campus, with 30,000 undergrads and grad students, how could there not be? I have met Christians, atheists, Buddhists, and many others here. We have rich kids and poor kids, greek students and non-greek students. The international student rate is really high as well.
College Junior 2012-05-16T15:41:19Z
Pretty OK for Cafeteria Food – You really just have to find your favorite places to eat, and mix it up so it doesn't get boring. The salad bar takes FOREVER and eating from the downstairs grill makes you feel like you've slathered the inside of your stomach with trans fat (which you probably have). The breakfast buffet downstairs is traditional southern, so if you don't like bacon, eggs, sausage, biscuits, and gravy (every morning), you'll hate it. There is a bagel place on campus that I'm absolutely addicted to and I usually like making a routine out of going every other day.
College Junior 2012-05-16T15:32:31Z
Not My Match – I spent my freshman year at USC and I can't say that I'm very impressed. This school is WAY too big, and was geared towards a very different demographic from myself. Partying and greek life is a very big deal here, and I don't partake in either. I have way too much of the rest of my life leaning on my success in college. The only plus about it is that it has super affordable in-state tuition, I'm not impressed with their financial aid program however as they gave my family NOTHING even though we really needed it and I'm an excellent student. The academics aren't terrible, but the school is just way too enormous for my taste. I'll probably transfer soon.
College Junior 2012-05-16T02:51:55Z
Guys & Girls:
Very Diverse – There is a very large variety of the students that attend USC. A lot of southerners, but more northerners than you would expect. There are also a lot of foreign students.
College Junior 2012-05-16T02:47:04Z
Sports at USC are huge. Gamecock pride is easy to spot all over campus. The football team gets a tremendous amout of support and brings a lot of fans to Williams Brice on Saturdays. Other sports are always open events too and there are reminders all over campus for thier meeting times. GO COCKS!
College Junior 2012-05-16T02:42:13Z
Always Something to Do – As my U101 teacher told my class, "you can find a party going on on campus all hours of every day." Parties are usually the best option, whether is a frat or house party. There is only one club downtown that is always 18 and up. It's ok if you really want to dance, but not much fun.
College Junior 2012-05-16T02:37:15Z
I was nervous when first going to USC because I was scared about it being such a big school. I admit that at first I felt some what insignificant because a lot of my classes had 100+ students in them, so there wasn't much contact with the professors. A few weeks into the semester though, once I got the hang of my classes and began making friends, it became a much better experience. Now, I love USC. If I had to do it all over again, I would still choose USC. It's the greatest school and I love its location in the city of Columbia.
College Junior 2012-05-14T22:29:00Z
Cool Things in Not So Obvious Places – The most obvious place for college kids to go would be Five Points, which is the bar scene. However, there is more to Columbia, and, if you search a little, you can find other cool things to do such as shagging at Jillian's, volunteering at Pets Inc., shopping at Columbiana Mall, or running in Grandby Park.
College Junior 2012-05-14T22:06:50Z
Great Dorms – From my experience touring other colleges, the University of South Carolina has excellent dorms. Most are relatively new and clean. Patterson was most recently re-innovated, so the building is the nicest. Capstone and Preston have the best sense of community. The Roost should be avoided at all costs.
College Junior 2012-05-14T22:00:26Z
The University of South Carolina offers the Capstone Scholars program, which a truly unique experience. The program is about 60% out of state students, so you meet people from all over the country. The program pushes you to try new things, give back to your community, and leave a legacy at the school. I cannot imagine what my freshman year would have been like without it.
College Junior 2012-05-14T21:11:27Z
Bull Street Is Great – I think that parking is pretty good considering that I live in Charleston and downtown Charleston parking is horrible. I think that there are many spots in Columbia and the walk to class or your dorm is not far at all. Bull Street Garage is very cheap and it always has parking in it.
College Junior 2012-05-14T21:04:30Z
A Great Campus for Great Students – The Facilities at the University of South Carolina are state of the art, the athletic facilities especially always have students working in them and improving themselves and the campus.
College Junior 2012-05-12T16:39:06Z
The Food Plan System – The Campus Dining is not that great. First the food plan is terrible. Almost any meal you get somehow goes over the allotted price of either breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Therefore, student have to pay the difference with cash, carolina cash, or bonus bucks. This defeats the purpose of having a meal plan. There are some places that do not even accept the meal plan and solely want cash. In addition, the times of meals are not convenient for students. For example, lunch closes at 3:59 but I have encountered many times where I would go to the Russell House, a dining hall, and there was no food out at 2:00! Lastly, during the week they have the same specials for each day, such as Chicken Finger Wednesday and Barbecue Thursday. The dining options are repetitive, overpriced, and inconvenient.
College Junior 2012-05-12T16:11:46Z
Eat, Sleep, Class, Repeat – I decided to attend the University of South Carolina because it has an overall great academic program, especially in nursing. The professors make a great effort to help students one on one. They provide a significant amount of work that is not too overwhelming. Not only do the professors provide their office hours for extra help, but so do the teacher's assistants. This gives busy students a flexible schedule to fit studying in. The campus is big, but not gigantic. Most of the buildings are clustered together rather than being spread out. This brings an enormous amount of convenience for the students. The Thomas Cooper Library is big enough for accommodating students. It has over 5 floors, a couple are dedicated to quiet studying and the others allow group studying. There are even private group and single study rooms. The University of South Carolina makes it their best to supply students with all the help they can get.
Recent Alumnus 2012-05-10T16:44:35Z
Campus dining is pretty legit. They have the cafeteria of course. The most popular dining is in Russell House. They have places like Burger King, Chickfila and such. They have some nice upscale places to eat if you are not one that is on the meal plan.
College Senior 2012-05-06T07:01:34Z
All Is Close by – Large enough but not so large to you feel lost. A lot of things to do within a 10-15 mile radius.
College Sophomore 2012-05-06T05:45:00Z
Even in college you have your clicks. It is easy to make friends and get along with others. The school isn't that diverse in religious beliefs because most are Christian, including myself. There is Ethnical diversity because no one is just one race, or come from one background. I'm am not rich but found myself becoming good friends with my "rich" roomate and her friends. They are nice and understanding. Not the stereotypical rich kid.
College Sophomore 2012-05-06T05:29:59Z
There are many apartments available around the campus. Some can be pricey but the closer you are the more the cost. one set of apartments are for university students only. It is great to try and get a room there because you meet more people who attend your school and its just like a suite style dorm with more privacy and independence.
College Senior 2012-05-06T05:22:49Z
Eye Opener – Compared to my previous college, USC has way more going on - more things to do. It's difficult at times to prioritize studies over leisure time. I love being off campus in an apartment vs dorms. USC is unique because it is large but has a friendly atmosphere. There is a great deal of opportunities to be had in Columbia, SC. I would choose USC again if I had to do it over.
Recent Alumnus 2012-05-06T02:54:24Z
Great Instructors – USC have some of the best Art instructors. They love you create art as much as a student and they are very passionate about it. They do not mind helping you if you have questions and most have a flexible schedule.
I enjoy going to class and learning from them. Even one teacher encouraged me to the point to incorporate 3D design in my projects and they came out way better than I expected.
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