University of South Carolina-Columbia Reviews

3.88 out of 5 stars
(34 Reviews)
  • Columbia (SC)
  • Annual Tuition: $33,298
86% of 34 students said this degree improved their career prospects
94% of 34 students said they would recommend this school to others
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Student & Graduate Reviews

5.0 out of 5 stars
Kristen Adams - 6/26/2019
Degree: Exercise Science
Graduation Year: 2015
"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."
4.2 out of 5 stars
Anonymous - 6/26/2019
Degree: Performing Arts
Graduation Year: 2004
"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."
4.3 out of 5 stars
Nicole - 6/23/2019
Degree: Finance
Graduation Year: 2019
"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."
4.2 out of 5 stars
Danny C. - 3/30/2019
Degree: Fitness Trainer
Graduation Year: 2007
"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."
3.8 out of 5 stars
Rebecca Seley - 3/26/2018
Degree: Exercise Science
Graduation Year: 2018
"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."
4.8 out of 5 stars
Suki - 12/23/2017
Degree: Criminal Justice
Graduation Year: 2016
"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."
4.0 out of 5 stars
Jamie - 3/29/2017
Degree: Economics
Graduation Year: 2017
"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."
3.5 out of 5 stars
Daniel - 3/28/2017
Degree: Exercise Science
Graduation Year: 2016
"Attending the University of South Carolina was the greatest decision I have ever made. The university is continuing to grow each year with brand new buildings and facilities popping up all the time. It is an affordable and quality education that you will receive. The school pride at University of South Carolina is incredible. Students support each other's organizations, they support all sporting events, and we partake in massive amounts of philanthropy events. Our Greek Life is huge at USC, but there are plenty of people who are not involved in Greek Life as well. Overall an amazing school and place to be."
5.0 out of 5 stars
Amanda S. - 3/20/2017
Degree: Management
Graduation Year: 2011
"I attended the University of South Carolina, in Columbia, SC. While there, I was a student in the Honors College and the Moore School of Business. I had attended a small, private middle and high school, and I was excited to go to a school that offered diversity of thought, culture, and economic background. USC offered me a variety of academic paths as well as extracurricular organizations with which I was able to be involved, and within these I was able to build a diverse community with lasting relationships. The Honors College is a tight-knit group, a small school within a big school, and it was easy to make friends with like-minded, intelligent, and driven people with varying (and interesting!) interests. The curriculum of the Honors classes and requirements themselves provided and elevated level of education. I encourage all Honors students to live in the Honors housing - especially the historic dorms on the Horseshoe. You have your whole life to live in an apartment, but only three short years to enjoy the Historic Horseshoe and call it your front yard. I could not speak more highly of the Moore School of Business. Be sure to meet Brian Shelton - the best adviser they have! If you can take his section of U101, that's the best way to build a relationship with him. He will advocate for you to no end. The new school building is cutting edge with the latest technology, and the curriculum amply prepared me for my first job as a manager of 20-person team at a Fortune 500 insurance company. USC also offers a diverse array of extra curricular with which you can get involved. My best advise I've shared with my younger brothers as they've stepped into their undergraduate experience is to try something totally new, something completely outside-of-the-box, and something you could only try while in this special place of college. I found myself hosting a radio show with a friend of mine for 3 years at 90.5 WUSC-FM. I am a conservative academic, and I found myself building an unbelievable community of creative, radical thinking, and super cool friends who introduced me to all new forms and styles of music, art, and philosophy. One of my brothers took my advice and starting a curling team at his school! (Yes - curling! With the stones and brooms on ice!). He's gotten to travel all over the country for tournaments and meet incredible people as well. All in all, make sure you attend one of at least every major sporting event even if you're not an athletic enthusiast (the Gamecock spirit is something special!), don't miss a Chicken Finger Wednesday and always get the honey mustard, pizza at Pandini's and the pita chips from Santorini's are comfort food you'll miss after graduating (believe it or not), find your special study spot and make it your home away from home (whether it's Cool Beans, a study carrel at T. Coop, or the RuHo Starbucks) - you'll bond with other graduates over your special place as an alum, climb the rock wall at the Strom, play at least one game of Frisbee or football on the Horseshoe, go to at least one Carolina Productions event a semester (they are always well put together - I got to see J.G. and M.N.! And their Rocky Horror Picture Show is hysterical and so fun), see at least one show at New Brookland Tavern, the T-Bird is the BEST sub at Beezer's (don't let anyone tell you anything else otherwise), President P. is super nice and approachable - don't be afraid to say hello and engage him in conversation, go to class (seriously - you'll regret it in the future if you don't take advantage of learning what you can while you can), likewise it's ok to miss a class or two for a worthy cause and to make a memory, if you can study abroad (boy do I wish I did! It's way harder to find the time and money to travel now, but travel will teach you so much about yourself and others!), take a zillion pictures and don't worry about posting them online - keep them for yourself for one day, the campus health center can answer all of your questions (even the hard, scary, and embarrassing ones) and they won't judge you, make sure you find the squeaking clapping spot behind Russell House, and lastly make a wish in the fountain behind the Caroliniana Library - I can tell you from personal experience that mine came true."
4.8 out of 5 stars
Kathryn - 3/15/2017
Degree: Psychology
Graduation Year: 2014
"South Carolina is a warm place - both the people and the weather. I had full access to each of my professors throughout my entire college experience, and was able to experience both large and small class sizes. The Psychology department does a really nice job at creating an active learning environment. USC will always feel like a second home to me."