College Senior 2011-10-16T18:50:49Z
Charming or Outdated – The older campus buildings and all newly renovated buildings are gorgeous. The horseshoe is historic and charming. There are a couple outdated dorms and buildings like McBryde, the BA, humanities, capstone, bates, capstone that aren't the most attractive but USC is slowly renovating many buildings.
College Senior 2011-10-16T18:48:40Z
Internet on Campus Is Great ! In classrooms and most campus buildings there is a great wireless connection. You will typically get a strong signal wherever you are as long as you're logged in. Some of the dorms don't get wireless though. You'll need an ethernet cord
College Senior 2011-10-16T02:44:22Z
There is not too much to do off campus unless there is a concert/fair/event in town. There are a lot of bars off campus and you would need to be of age unless you have a fake.
College Senior 2011-10-16T02:37:57Z
GDI Not Welcome – Greek Life is huge at USC, some are more tolerant of others who are not part of that organization but most don't socialize with people outside of that community. It is partially a status and a lot can be said about you from your sorority/frat.
College Senior 2011-10-16T02:33:35Z
Guys & Girls:
Greek Life is HUGE. Most all guys and girls are part of it can it all goes back to southern-ness. Accents, trends, activities.. all of it. There is a good mix of races but it can be racist at times, though I have never personally experienced this.
College Senior 2011-10-16T02:26:43Z
Health & Safety:
Health and Safety – Health and Safety at USC is good, but there are many streets with cars and crosswalks that aren't acknowledged really well and some blind corners where walkers have to be very very careful. Also, there are some places on campus that are somewhat secluded where I would not be comfortable walking alone.
College Senior 2011-10-15T17:33:51Z
Be Smart – If you are living in a dorm, don't try to throw a huge party that will attract attention from the RM! Make friends with people who live off campus and party there. It will be more fun because you won't have to worry about being written up.
College Senior 2011-10-15T17:27:54Z
Thought-Provoking New Perspectives – I came to South Carolina because I was not sure what I wanted to major in, so I wanted a large school with lots of options. I took a variety of entry level classes and I was surprised how the professors were able to inspire my interests. I really enjoy going to class because the teachers connect ideas that penetrate all disciplines of the curricula.
College Senior 2011-10-15T17:23:44Z
Health & Safety:
Safe, but Be Smart – I personally have never felt unsafe while on Columbia's campus, but it is important to keep in mind that you are in a big city. I don't think its smart to walk alone anywhere by yourself, no matter where you go to school. As long as you stick with your friends and make smart decisions, Columbia is a blast!!
College Senior 2011-10-06T01:23:44Z
It's Okay – a decetn amount of financial aid, but not as easy as I thought to get work study.
College Senior 2011-10-06T01:22:04Z
It's good here. Studying is important, but lots of activities are available. Lots of fairs are on Greene St. and it's a fun atmosphere.
Recent Alumnus 2011-09-30T14:38:39Z
The University of South Carolina has a wide range of students from all over the world. Since our HRTM (hotel restaurant and tourism management) program is 9 in the nation, we have students from many countries.
Recent Alumnus 2011-09-30T14:29:36Z
Five Points – Since starting at USC Five Points was the place to go on the weekends for fun with friends. Recently cops have swarmed the area and are making the atmosphere unpleasant. Not only is five points no longer enjoyable for those under 21 but those who are 21 have realized downtown has become dead and not what it use to be.
Recent Alumnus 2011-09-30T14:24:07Z
Guys & Girls:
Obsession With Greek Life – The first thing asked when approached at the University of South Carolina is " What sorority/Fraternity are you in?" Greek life is very big here and the majority of student are seen everyday wearing their letters or some sort of greek life attire.
College Junior 2011-09-27T18:08:25Z
Guys & Girls:
Pretty Friendly – In general, the students are friendly, smiling if you smile back, and waving at other classmates. Most girls tend to dress in their gym clothes, with running shorts being a staple, and guys have seemed to realize that, yes, people look at what you wear. As a result, the girls seem to be trying less, while guys try more to look decent. Greek life is a regularity, and takes up a substantial amount of time for student who decide to rush, but greek life and social life outside of brothers and sisters are not mutually exclusive.
College Junior 2011-09-27T18:05:04Z
Possible Flooding – While the apartments nearby campus are relatively decent sized, in ok shape, and at a reasonable price, unfortunately, given enough rain, there is a chance of flash floods ruining the lower floor apartments. Granted, South Carolina usually doesn't see much rain, but if any sort of storm happens, driving onto campus is a hassle with traffic, and flooding of streets and apartment complexes is not unheard of.
College Junior 2011-09-27T18:02:33Z
Campus Bubble in the City – Being on campus at USC doesn't make you feel like you're in a city, but step off campus to Five Points, or the Vista, and you can definitely tell that the city life is bustling around you. Getting around campus is easy, with the longest walk being about 20 minutes, and that's only for the engineering students. Shuttle services, buses, taxies, and even a new car rental service create so much more accessibility to the rest of the city. If you have time, visit the State House, or the theatre right nearby, and on campus, respectively.
College Senior 2011-09-26T07:32:16Z
Park to Walk? I've had a car down here for almost 2 years. Last year was great, I had general parking right next to my dorm, and didn't have to walk more than 30 yards most of the time. This year, I live in a more central location and the parking lot close to me is ALWAYS full. I have to park about a mile away from my dorm and when I come back with groceries it's hard to carry all of them in one trip without multiple people. Fines are everywhere. I got a $15 ticket for parking in an "unmarked parking zone" (there was no sign when i parked there, and a week later they put a sign up saying faculty/staff parking).
College Senior 2011-09-26T07:29:56Z
Bates House – If you want drugs, go to Bates House. (Marijuana and other "low-level" drugs) I don't partake myself, but it's all over the place. I'm unsure about other drugs such as heroine, cocaine, shrooms, etc.
College Senior 2011-09-26T07:27:58Z
5-Points Sucks – If you are under the age of 21, 5-points is pretty much useless (for guys). Girls manage to get free drinks no matter how old they are (within reason). From Thursday night 'til Sunday morning, there are parties in surrounding apartments that are within walking distance. Cabs are available and cheap. Alcohol is everywhere.
90% or more of this happens off-campus, which in my opinion, is better.
College Junior 2011-09-26T05:52:50Z
Unique Things – Between cultural diversity and all the organizations, University of South Carolina ROCKS. We have so much to offer from Greek Life to pep rally's and TONS of clubs to join (and these clubs range from quidditch and anime to politics and fashion)
College Junior 2011-09-26T05:47:33Z
A tad outdated, but very comfortable none the less.
College Junior 2011-09-26T05:46:33Z
LOVE IT!!!!!! only downside, cops are mean, foods only decent, and parking is hard to find. Other then that, its alllll good!
College Senior 2011-09-14T14:32:08Z
So far my experience has been awesome. A lot of things to get involved in and new people to meet. It really feels like a family environment. We are the Gamecock family and we live by the Carolina Creed daily.
College Senior 2011-09-14T14:30:26Z
Arrive Early – If you want to get a parking spot you better arrive early. I recommend staying somewhere that provides you with a decal because otherwise the cheapest campus decal is $75 and that's only parking near the coliseum. Otherwise you will either pay daily through meters or $250-$280 to park in a parking garage. All tickets are through the City of Columbia, not campus police so it does show on your driving record
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