Recent Alumnus 2011-01-30T20:32:36Z
The cost is fairly reasonable but it'd be nice if it were cheaper. The availability is great, with adequate parking and it is very safe.
Recent Alumnus 2011-01-25T11:56:01Z
The Feeling of Togetherness – if you allow it to be, this school can become a huge family
Recent Alumnus 2011-01-25T11:51:22Z
Pretty Good – There is a great area called five-points two blocks away
College Senior 2011-01-24T21:24:14Z
Good but Gets Old – The food on campus is very good. Especially upstairs at russel house but as the year goes on you get very sick of eating the same thing all the time. Also the fact that a lot of places are closed on weekends is inconvenient.
Recent Alumnus 2011-01-21T04:00:23Z
SEC Football!!!!! School spirit at USC is awesome! It really unites the Carolina family. You will never experience something as intense as Gamecock football or SEC football for that matter. If you are in to fall sports, USC is definitely where it's at.
Recent Alumnus 2011-01-21T03:57:31Z
Some Things to Do – Living in the heart of Columbia is great. The state fair comes here. The popular Saint Patrick's day parade marches straight through 5 point which is a short walk away. There are many jazz and sports bars and great restaurants to enjoy.
Recent Alumnus 2011-01-21T03:55:09Z
Professors Really Give Guidence – Curriculum is challenging but both programs give you ample hands on experience and they pepare you well for the career field you plan to enter into. I'm a new Public Health major transferring from a Public Relations major and the advisor were really helpful and patient.
Recent Alumnus 2011-01-19T22:34:30Z
The greek like at upstate is very poplular. Since no one is realy into sports up there they pay alot of attention to the Greeks. Which is why i left that school because i love sports!
Recent Alumnus 2011-01-19T22:31:02Z
The facilities on campus i love the athletic center, i loved the fact that students got in free for the games. As far as the campus activites that was very poor it was no spots on campus for anybody to hang out.
Recent Alumnus 2011-01-19T22:28:29Z
They Were Usuable – the computers at school were in good shape they were not old or slow they were like new computers. I never had a problem with them at all.
Recent Alumnus 2011-01-19T22:24:15Z
From the time i have been at usc upstate no one has been caught using drugs it is a tobacco free campus. Which is the only reason i would tell people to go there. Drinking is very popular.
Recent Alumnus 2011-01-19T22:16:21Z
Health & Safety:
Safety and Security on Campus – The safety and security on campus is a very important job. When i was at USC Upstate i always saw the police driving around but then again i always had emails about men on campus stalking females. Usually at night i would just stay inside my apartment and decide not to go out after a certain time of hour at night.
Recent Alumnus 2011-01-18T04:34:29Z
Underage or legal, the majority of USC students will spend their weekends at Five Points. Five Points is a strip of bars and night clubs. However, rumors are going around the SLED is beginning to crack down on the underage drinking. It's basically the same thing over and over every weekend. According to USC: Rage, rage, rage!
College Senior 2011-01-18T03:45:34Z
Early Deadlines – If you are applying for financial aid, MAKE SURE YOU APPLY EARLY. If you miss the deadlines your are likely to get screwed out of your money.
College Senior 2011-01-18T03:43:36Z
Pretty Laid Back – At least in my dorm, there is no strict rules about drinking. If your drinking in your dorm, your more likely to get into trouble and can face possibly getting kicked out of the dorms, but if you come back drunk no one is going to say anything to you.
College Senior 2011-01-18T03:40:32Z
Honestly, as a freshman your never going to have the best choice in dorms. The older ones are best if you going to want to be close to the heart of campus, since the newer and more in demand ones are further away. Once your an upperclassman though, the apartment style dorms are really nice.
College Senior 2011-01-17T20:17:53Z
I only recieved a scholarship for my grade, but was not given any other financial aid based on my parents income, which is unfair.
College Senior 2011-01-17T20:15:40Z
Parking on campus is easy and convient, but a little bit too expensive.
Recent Alumnus 2011-01-13T16:53:32Z
Really not too fond of USC. I am a senior..parking has been aweful I have even missed class trying to find a space. People are not too friendly, all my friends I met outside my classes.
Recent Alumnus 2011-01-13T16:48:46Z
Housing Is Poor – Do not live in dorms but the offcampus houses for students are usually not in great condition. We looked at many to rent that were far bellow standard.
Recent Alumnus 2011-01-10T18:57:39Z
It Worked for Me! I have a full-ride academic scholarship, so I feel like I have a slightly warped view of the process. It worked great for me, though. I do know, however, that there are a ton of scholarships and financial aid available. Over 93% of students get some kind of aid.
Recent Alumnus 2011-01-10T18:49:33Z
Funny You Should Ask – Today is actually a snow day (4 inches in Columbia, SC!!), but it is quite the spectacle here. It rarely ever snows--maybe once a year, but it normally doesn't stick or cause delays. I've had two cancellations in my four years here, including today, and the other one was just a three hour delay. Other than that, the weather is phenomenal early March through late May and mid-September through late November. There will be one or two cold spells (40-50 degrees Fahrenheit) that last maybe a week during those times, but it is normally any where from 60 to 80 degrees. The summer months, especially July and August, do get pretty hot and humid, though, and it can be hard to be to adjust to if they aren't prepared for it.
Recent Alumnus 2011-01-10T18:44:27Z
A Good Time With a Lot of Options – The nightlife in Columbia is definitely a lot of fun. With two districts, 5 points and the Vista, students and residents have a multitude of options. 5 points is the "college life" area with 20+ bars and dance clubs, with a handful 18 and over places, too. It's great because everything is within walking distance, so you can hit as many bars as you can find time for. The Vista is the "young professional" sector where the average age of the crowd is probably more like late 20s than college age, but it is still a fun time. It's a good place for seniors and graduate students to go if they want to escape the craziness of 5 points. After a while, things get a bit repetitive, but a good house party mixed in with going out helps keep it exciting.
College Senior 2011-01-04T01:19:10Z
There are a lot of scholarships but then again there are also a lot of students so there is a lot of competition to obtain them. Be proud, be confident, be COCKY!!!!
College Senior 2011-01-04T01:14:51Z
Wide Variety of Housing Options – There are many apartments that are rated at the same cost as living on campus and for the most part are even cheaper than living on campus. There are many options so you have to be willing to look at them.
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