Recent Alumnus 2010-10-22T06:56:07Z
State Capital – The city is the state capital so it offers a lot of interesting things to do. But the city revolves around the school and football season. That is the best thing about Columbia. (but the state fair isnt bad either)
Recent Alumnus 2010-10-22T06:53:35Z
Take the Bus! The bus is awesome because it takes you all around campus and you know when its coming. I had NextBus on my phone and I could get it to send me a text when the bus was close or I could just look and its always right.
Recent Alumnus 2010-10-22T06:51:25Z
If You Want It, You'll Get It. There's obviously a lot of alcohol. It's easy to get even if you're underage. There was a fair amount of pot between the guys on my floor and frat guys on campus but if you're not into it you could easily avoid it all together. Once or twice I've seen acid, molly, and shrooms. If youre doing anything illegal just watch out for USCPD, they pop up when you least expect it.
Recent Alumnus 2010-10-22T06:46:15Z
Going Greek – Greek life is great for people in greek life. I am in it and I love it but there is a definite separation between greeks on non-greeks. Nicknames like GDI (God Damn Independent) for non greeks or "sorostitute" for sorority girls dont help. But seperate or together everyone is having a good time. If you're looking to party then you'll be downtown, greek or not.
I highly recommend going through rush to new students. I've made life long friends and I'm having the time of my life!
Recent Alumnus 2010-10-10T17:07:10Z
Sports Like Religion – Sports in South Carolina are followed like a religion. People might not know all the rules of the games, but the school spirit for sports is big. Always a good turnout for the SEC games.
Recent Alumnus 2010-10-10T17:01:16Z
Need More Student Housing – One of the bigger dorms closed for renovation this year. The number of incoming freshman increased though, not every new student gets to live on-campus.
Recent Alumnus 2010-09-26T23:09:40Z
Pretty Strict in Dorms – Freshmen USUALLY get caught (drinking) in dorms, probably because those resident mentors TRY to catch their residents in the act. There is a fee and a class if you are caught, so it's better to try doing it off campus.
Recent Alumnus 2010-09-26T23:06:40Z
There are MANY restaurants in the area, be it super casual or a bit fancier. There's the typical Sonic near campus, along with great delivery choices (wing zone, tio's).. Moe's right off campus, along with a Yoghut (frozen yogurt)...Over all very good choices, but not always accessible by those without cars.
Recent Alumnus 2010-09-26T23:03:53Z
There are desktop computers all around campus, but it is very convenient to bring your own laptop (or desktop if it is what you prefer). With printing, one is able to do so all over campus, but there is usually a fee per page. There are very few computer labs with free printing, but they require you supply your own paper...these printers are good at the beginning of the year (like at Columbia Hall), but tend to break down by the end of first semester.
Recent Alumnus 2010-09-22T14:34:00Z
from what i have seen it is in pretty good surroundings.
Recent Alumnus 2010-09-15T03:48:20Z
Five Points Is Not for Freshmen – Our nightlife in Columbia leaves much to be desired. We have a place called Five Points where many of the bars are located. Many freshmen venture out there and get caught trying to drink underage. Going to Five Points can be fun but risky. There are some nightclubs for people 18 and older that are pretty decent. Partying on campus would not be the best bet either. Just party at the clubs until you can go to the bar and some 21 and up places.
Recent Alumnus 2010-09-15T03:40:47Z
Guys & Girls:
Athletes, Greek Life, and the South – Many of the students are involved in Greek Life or try to participate in Greek Life. Many freshman girls are interested in the athletes and guys in Greek Life when they first arrive. Some of the girls are your typical "Southern belles" and we have some "rednecks" as well. However, we have many out-of-state students. We have a lot of good looking guys here.
Recent Alumnus 2010-09-15T03:29:50Z
Overall a Great Place to Be – The Strom gym is amazing. It is state of the art and has everything you could imagine. The student union has gone through an extensive renovation. I barely recognized it when I came back this semester. Everything looks better. One thing I have noticed is that some of the popular meals are gone and the way meals are prepared have changed. Not all of those changes have gotten positive reactions. The student union does have many dining choices, however. The campus is really beautiful and overall it's a great place to hang out.
Recent Alumnus 2010-09-08T20:09:28Z
Overall, I feel USC balances its rules of conduct for the student very well. The policies are clearly published and enforced. The police are very good at patrolling after dark. This keeps the rowdiness of the students in check. I am not a big party seeker so I don't come in contact with or put myself in compromising positions very often.
Recent Alumnus 2010-09-08T19:49:38Z
I can't complain about the number and variety of dining choices off campus. From Moe's SW Grill to all the pizza and sub shops to my favorite Chinese, what more could a student ask for. Firehouse Subs is fantastic!
Recent Alumnus 2010-09-08T19:47:33Z
Good selection of menu items on campus, both healthy and fast food but I typically order the same stuff and get bored with it. I am not very adventurous. However, I live off campus and enjoy cooking my own meals. I have a limited meal plan and use it as well as Carolina Cash to eat on campus during the day. I never go hungry!
Recent Alumnus 2010-09-01T00:31:45Z
No Wireless Network Available on Campus – School increase the tuition,but cut budget. No more free printer. No free WiFi on campus
Recent Alumnus 2010-08-27T22:08:28Z
Athletic Facilities – The athletic facilitics at usc are in my opinion some of the best. It is clear a lot of money and time were spent on them. The university definitely treats the atheletes well.
Recent Alumnus 2010-08-27T22:06:12Z
Pros and Cons – There is an abundance of off campus housing options for students at USC. One of the pros of off campus housing is the fact that it is cheaper than living on campus and you have more freedom. A con is the fact that everything is not within walking distance, therefore you have to factor in traffic and trains when estimating when to leave your apartment.
Recent Alumnus 2010-08-27T22:03:06Z
For the freshman hoousing is top priority for them. But after freshman year it is like the university does not care about you or your living situation.
Recent Alumnus 2010-08-23T19:20:05Z
Campus Ministries – There are great amounts of campus ministries in which students can get involved in. Such ministries include Campus Crusades for Christ, FCA, Navigators, and many others. Being that our school is known for its International Business program, the school draws in a great amount of international students.
Recent Alumnus 2010-08-23T18:18:49Z
Health & Safety:
Safe as Can Be – It seems as if the University of South Carolina stresses a great deal on student safety. There are great amounts of security measures that must be considered upon entering freshmen dorms. Campus police are always available throughout the day.
Recent Alumnus 2010-08-23T18:16:30Z
Create Your Own Atmosphere – Columbia is a city where activities must be created in order to have a have a fun time. The cite is beautiful as well as the campus itself. Everything can be within walking distance. Parking is a hassle and can be frustrating at times.
Recent Alumnus 2010-08-23T04:26:41Z
It's always hot and it's always humid. Be prepared to sweat walking to class, but at least we don't have to deal with snow very often.
Recent Alumnus 2010-08-23T04:25:33Z
Need a Car – There are buses that can take you to and from campus but they are often late/early and not always on schedule. It's best to get a car and a garage permit and its super easy to get to class
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