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

2.3 out of 5 stars
Nadia - 6/8/2015
Degree: Art & Design
Graduation Year: 2007
"General education courses were ultimately of no use in my career and only added to the financial burden of my education. I also feel that my degree program - media arts - was too general to provide me with a competitive advantage in the job market."
4.7 out of 5 stars
Natalie - 5/19/2015
Degree: Liberal Studies
Graduation Year: 2010
"After looking at several other advanced degree programs in the South, I chose the University of South Carolina for my Master's degree in Literature. I selected this program since I had the option of teaching during my two years in school, a fact that I loved since I would get real world experience in a college classroom. During my time there, I taught 2-3 sections of an introductory English class each semester, in addition to the 3 classes per semester that I took. My teachers were extremely knowledgeable in their fields of study, and I graduated with a deep knowledge in everything from Georgian novels to Romantic poetry to critical theory. My mentor, who directed my thesis, went above and beyond to help me with my research and writing, and provided concise, appropriate feedback throughout the process.I loved the variety of classes that were offered each semester in the M.A. and Ph.D. programs; in most of my classes, there were a mixture of M.A., M.F.A., and Ph.D. students which allowed for unique perspectives and engaging class discussions. My time at USC more than prepared me for my time after graduation: I have since gone on to teach literature at the college level and work as a freelance writer."
4.1 out of 5 stars
Faye - 5/19/2015
Graduation Year: 2010
"I had a wonderful experience at the University of South Carolina. I attended all of my classes on campus. All of my instructors were very helpful. When I needed extra help outside of class, I was always able to go to their office and get the help that I needed. My courses were not easy, but my professors helped me pass with flying colors. I give them the credit for the success I had while I was in college.My advisers were also very helpful. I switched majors twice while I was in college, but they helped me select the right courses. Because of them, I was still able to graduate on time. Not only did I enjoy my academic experience while at University of Aiken, but I also enjoyed the campus activities. There were social events weekly that allowed me to get to know the other students. I highly recommend this school to anyone who wants to continue their education. This school not only gave me the education I needed for my career, but it changed my life for the better."
4.8 out of 5 stars
MSVOLVO - 9/5/2014
Degree: Liberal Arts
Graduation Year: 2000
"Attending the University of South Carolina has really prepared me for a rigorous law school program. I graduated in December 2000, and I was highly engaged as a student and very competitive during my studies. I was challenged by every professor that I encountered in course work and strived to be the best. The professors were highly qualified & experience who were very demanding with instructions, deadlines, classroom etiquette, feedback with grades, and perfection. I did my best to give them exactly what was required. Learning the rules were different for each professor but my encounter during my undergraduate years at three different schools was most invaluable as it truly prepared me for a very intense, rigorous, and tedious challenge. Independence is a must, by following the syllabus carefully, READING & PRINTING it out in it's entirety is your road map (Guide) and key to your SUCCESS. As with anything in life, Nothing is perfect, & professors are no exception. It is your responsibility as an individual to do the best that you can by always preparing yourself to go beyond what is required, by not doing the minimum just to slide being an average student. Anyone can be an average student but a great student knows he or she will have to go well beyond expectations to stand out and above your peers. Do not wait until an assignment is due at midnight to begin working on it at midnight or waiting until the night before the assignment is due to turn in a ten (10) page paper full of spelling errors, improper reference citations, and plagiarism. Trust me, most experienced professors can tell by the first sentence if it's your own words in writing. Always remember, on your first day of class online at USC when a professor ask you to submit an introduction of yourself is mainly to identify who you are but more importantly, establishing your writing style so they can recognize when you submit a paper that is not being written by YOU. Just a suggestion that have always worked to my advantage. Get to learn some of the staff working in the admissions office, financial aid office, and advisors by becoming friendlier instead of becoming an enemy & you will begin to see a difference in how your paperwork is being processed. You can always catch more BEES with honey than with Vinegar (Bad Attitude)."