University of South Carolina-Columbia Reviews

  • 115 Reviews
  • Columbia (SC)
  • Annual Tuition: $33,928
87% of 115 students said this degree improved their career prospects
89% of 115 students said they would recommend this school to others
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Student & Graduate Reviews

Anonymous
  • Reviewed: 10/21/2019
  • Degree: MSW
"I am currently a student enrolled in the MSW program. I came in as a transfer student at the start of fall 2019. I am still attempting to gather my thoughts in regard to the curriculum and how classes are conducted. The classes are three hours long with no lunch break in-between. You sit in class and listen to professors lecture on the subject matter, some make it intriguing when it comes to the field of social work, while other professors make you question if social work is really for you. They also incorporate discussions into their lectures but as an adult, these so called discussions are surface level and uninteresting. There has been much confusion in regard to the program schedule that was changed in order to accommodate the students and faulty in order to receive a lunch break during the day. To my surprise, that meant that you would be attending classes from 8:30am to 8:40pm during the weekday. Students and faculty were not happy about this change and started petitions and even threats of lawsuits due to the schedule change from parents of the students. The director of the program, Dean Sarah Gehlert, decided to hold off of the change of schedule but was not happy about it. Dr. Gehlert stated the UofSC is not a commuter school and will never be. Mind you, most of the MSW students travel to Columbia in order to attend classes during the weekday. I am confused as to why the classes are set up the way they are and if you are a full-time student, why can't one attend classes on Saturdays and even UofSC campuses that are located across the tri-county area. While this is my first semester in this program, it honestly reminds me of undergrad with so many group projects and surface level class discussions. Thinking I made a mistake transferring into this program. Soo many issues from the start and I feel really unhappy here."
Kristen Adams
  • Reviewed: 6/26/2019
  • Degree: Exercise Science
"USC is by far one of the best universities to attend. They are culturally diverse and make everyone feel welcomed. We have the BEST student crowd, especially for game days in Williams Brice Stadium. Who doesn't love a good college life experience?! The university provides many student success opportunities throughout your undergraduate career. They also have a wide array of majors to choose from and a ton of extra curricular activities that you can be involved in. They encourage friendships and diversity throughout the campus. The Exercise Science Program has been rated number 1 in the country for quite some time now, and I think that the ranking should speak for itself. Our faculty and staff at USC in that department are exceptional. I have learned more than I could ever imagine about this field and I am so thankful I chose USC for that reason."
Anonymous
  • Reviewed: 6/26/2019
  • Degree: Performing Arts
"The University of South Carolina-Columbia campus prepared me immensely for life after school. The professors in the Theatre department are top notch because they care, they listen, they challenge you as a student and they have a breadth of knowledge and experience to share with you. In my common core classes, even though class sizes were quite large, I never just felt like a number, but rather I felt respected and valued in the classroom. I received my undergraduate degree there as well as a post-graduate Certificate degree at USC. In both programs, I was excited by my faculty and challenged by the coursework. The campus itself is beautiful and expansive. I remember sitting on the lawn in between classes and loved looking up at the large oak trees and enjoying the outdoors. The town of Columbia, where USC is located, is simply booming. So many arts and cultural programs are happening consistently at the museums, theatres and all along on main street. You never get bored at the many restaurants you get to choose from to eat at! USC is overall a wonderful college and campus. I felt safe there as well. USC is also a research-focused university and so the courses require that you investigate topics and subject matter through research methodologies and strategies. By doing engaging in research approaches, it makes you, as the student, harness your critical-thinking skills while being creative and relevant. I truly enjoyed my time at USC and remember both my undergraduate and certificate program experiences with a fondness and appreciation."
Nicole
  • Reviewed: 6/23/2019
  • Degree: Finance
"My last four years at the University of South Carolina is one I greatly appreciate. The business school here is amazing and the student atmosphere is beyond what I would have ever imagined from a large university. The professors are amazing because most of them are still working in the real world or have long-term work experience."
Danny C.
  • Reviewed: 3/30/2019
  • Degree: Fitness Trainer
"I was privileged to be the second class of the Masters of Athletic Training program, something I am very proud to boast. I completed the two-year program and was hired to work for the football program for another two years. In that time I can say the program has grown by leaps and bounds. As an alumnus, I am very proud of the work the faculty and staff have done to create an amazing program."
Rebecca Seley
  • Reviewed: 3/26/2018
  • Degree: Exercise Science
"USC is a huge school, over 15,000 students last i checked. My major, exercise science, by itself would be enough to run a college on its own. This university hires a lot of foreign professors for their sciences. I do not know if this is true for their other subjects. The university does not particularly care that they are foreign, they only care that they are a brilliant professor. Many of them are, especially for the physics and chemistry as well as biology sciences. I would only recommend getting a meal plan for campus if you have absolutely no time or if you happen to be enrolled at Preston college. Otherwise I wouldn't bother with it. Housing on campus is a roulette, Women's quad is the newest and where I lived freshmen year. Expensive, but nice, smallest rooms. Then it ranges all the way to McBride, which is a all male dorm and is the oldest on campus, has the largest rooms, is the worst in terms of comfort however. Being a University in the middle of a city is very convenient because there are interesting things to do within walking distance from campus. Also the university itself will have annual beginning of the year parties and end of the year bashes. Every year at the Koger center for the Arts they have one famous guest come and give students free tickets. One year it was the comedian TJ miller, another year it was Bo Burnam."
Suki
  • Reviewed: 12/23/2017
  • Degree: Criminal Justice
"Imagine a place where the sun is always shinning and the trees are always standing tall and moving with the wind. Where everyone is smiling on their way to class and having the time of their lives. This describes the University of South Carolina. The teachers care and want their students to succeed. They provide office hours as well as meetings after class for anyone who doesnt understand the material. The criminal justice program is excellent and the teachers have some type of experience within this field. The University of South Carolina is considered to be home in my book."
Anonymous
  • Reviewed: 9/1/2017
  • Degree: Accounting
"I appreciate my college education and experience more than anything I've ever received. Those four years were vital to who I am today. Not only did I receive an education in my selected field, I learned so much more about people and especially how different people are. I learned to appreciate views that are so vastly different from my own. College gave me so many opportunities that I wouldn't have today if I had never gone. The friendships I forged in college are also some that I will forever cherish and maintain."
Anonymous
  • Reviewed: 9/1/2017
  • Degree: Education
"I think it is an important experiece for everyone"
Anonymous
  • Reviewed: 9/1/2017
  • Degree: Social Work
"I enjoyed my time at UofSC. The college is set in a city but has a college town vibe. The athletics and school spirit make for a good environment on campus."
Nothankyou
  • Reviewed: 9/1/2017
  • Degree: MBA
"Small enough that you get to know everyone a little, but the program has limits because the instructors are trying to market it all the time."
Female graduate, Age 42
  • Reviewed: 9/1/2017
  • Degree: Public Health
"Beautiful campus with a diverse student population."
Anonymous
  • Reviewed: 9/1/2017
  • Degree: Information Technology
"A school too mired in a false pride of its past, one that should instead look to a progressive future instead of wasting funds on football and Confederate remembrance."
Anonymous
  • Reviewed: 9/1/2017
  • Degree: Social Work
"Brand new Social Work building with new programs curriculum. Full time faculty are very knowledgeable."
Anonymous
  • Reviewed: 9/1/2017
  • Degree: Accounting
"The Master of Accountancy program at the University of South Carolina is a fine one. It has a strong network with accounting firms of all sizes. I enjoyed my time spent there and found the education to be quite valuable."
Narayan
  • Reviewed: 9/1/2017
  • Degree: MBA
"A wonderful University to do an MBA. The class size, mix , instructors and the overall experience was indeed great!"
Anonymous
  • Reviewed: 9/1/2017
  • Degree: Biomedical Sciences
"It was a fairly good program, but I didn't take full advantage of it. The Integrated Biology specialization barely requires any classes, which is great in that it allows you to focus on research but you need to make an effort to interact with the department."
Female graduate PE student
  • Reviewed: 9/1/2017
  • Degree: Health Sciences
"The campus is spread out in downtown Columbia. There is a lot to do as a student with a variety of places varying in prices. Campus is very wide spread so you'll have to take buses from parking lots to buildings or walk. Athletics are a big part of campus life so make sure to attend a variety of events."
Anonymous
  • Reviewed: 5/22/2017
  • Degree: Social Work
"USC is a wonderful campus full of rich history and wonderful experiences. The staff and faculty truly care about the students and want to see them succeed."
Jamie
  • Reviewed: 3/29/2017
  • Degree: Economics
"The University of South Carolina is a fun, engaging university of over 20,000 undergraduate students. Students take immense pride in being a gamecock, bringing enthusiasm to various sporting events and philanthropy fundraisers on and off campus. The faculty for International Business at the Darla Moore School of Business is unparalleled nationwide. With 47 nationally ranked programs, you are sure to leave USC with a quality education in the field of your choosing. The University of South Carolina is a heavily Greek student body, with about 1 in every 5 students being affiliated with a Greek organization. From the perspective of the sororities on campus, the universites sorority recruiting process does a great job to find incoming students a new home amongst women who share like-minded values. While my overall experience with the Darla Moore School of Business was a positive one, the experiences between my two majors were extremely different. The Marketing program was interesting, but not rigorous unless you choose classes not required in the curriculum. For example, there are more rigorous classes that focus on retail marketing, international marketing, or a capstone project, but none of them are required to graduate with a marketing degree. If you follow the curriculum for Marketing exactly, the classes are fairly easy to excel in as long as you attend class. On the other hand, the Economics curriculum was more difficult. The economics classes require critical thinking skill, as well as a certain comfort level with math. The marketing classes tended to be larger, being anywhere from 50 to 300 students, while the Economics classes tended to be smaller with more individualized attention."