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
Recent Alumnus 2010-08-23T04:20:46Z
Class Sizes – I love most of my professors in the Biology department but the class sizes are large and if you aren't a quick learning it may be hard for you to pick up on.
Recent Alumnus 2010-08-19T01:47:55Z
Always Something New – Our biggest source of pride is the US News ranked #1 International Business program. The school has a number of ranked programs, led by some world renowned professors. Some of the cooler features on campus are the rec center (largest of any college in the country), the Horseshoe (site of Civil War battles), excellent boutique shopping in the Vista and Devine Street, great bars and restaurants just off campus, and of course our beloved Gamecocks athletics.
Recent Alumnus 2010-08-19T01:43:30Z
Life Altering – USC is such an amazing place to go to school. The campus is one block away from the State House, two from the SC Supreme Court, and surrounded by the very cute city of Columbia. Students are friendly, academics are intellectually challenging, athletics are exciting, facilities are top-notch, and the bounty of resources for students is unparalleled. I am so glad I chose to attend USC.
Recent Alumnus 2010-08-19T01:40:40Z
Not Really That Bad – Parking is generally a non-issue if you live even remotely close to campus because Columbia is extremely walkable. The shuttle service to and from the larger apartment complexes off campus is great. Commuters complain about parking, but there are plenty of garages and spaces around the city- just perhaps not as close as they would like. The one problem are parking tickets, which almost everyone seems to receive regularly.
Recent Alumnus 2010-08-12T03:54:18Z
Not Exposed to It – I have no experience being exposed to drugs or drug issues
Recent Alumnus 2010-08-12T03:52:35Z
Dorms Are Good – There is a brand new Honors College dorm with a cafeteria and comfortable study areas for students. Other dorms have been recently renovated. University housing is convenient to get to and close to everything on campus.
Recent Alumnus 2010-07-28T19:32:53Z
Trains Hold up Traffic – Our campus is surrounded by plenty of apartments, and prices aren't that bad, but trains often hold up traffic coming to and from campus. This often makes have to rush to class to get there on time.
Recent Alumnus 2010-07-19T21:48:40Z
Check Out Five Points – There are many places to eat around campus. Especially in Five Points. I love going to Yesterday's, their food is great and is decently priced. Another one of my favorite places to go to is Teriyaki Grill. Five Points is also a great place to buy drinks at a good price.
Recent Alumnus 2010-07-19T20:20:09Z
Free Free Free – DO NOT TAKE PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION IN COLUMBIA. The city bus is really sketchy. USC provides shuttles on campus. You can park your car at various places and take the shuttle to another side of campus. USC also provides shuttles to and from football games and has recently started shuttles downtown on the weekends. All of these services are free to students. There is also a service fraternity that offers free shuttle services after the USC ones end. Many places that you will need to go on campus can be reached by bike or walking if need be.
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