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University of South Carolina

South Carolina, United States

Ranked among top 100 universities in US

About University of South Carolina

Founded in 1801, the University of South Carolina is a public, co-educational research university located in Columbia, South Carolina with seven sister campuses. It covers over 359 acres in downtown Columbia which not far that from the South Carolina State House. The university offers more than 350 programs of study including the doctoral degrees from fourteen different degree-granting colleges and schools. The University of South Carolina has an enrollment of approximately 49,220 students, with 33,575 on the main Columbia campus as of fall 2015 which is pretty good in number considering the locality in fact.

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Columbia is the capital of and largest city in the U.S. state of South Carolina. The city's population was estimated to be 133,358 as per the census of 2012 which is pretty less that’s why the fact about university’s enrollment seem a little shocking because it is too much as compared to city’s population. Apart from that the university is located a little on the outskirts of the city, but accessibility for city is quite easy. The city has few places to hang out like parks or few bars but the places are quite most times. Rarely will you find someone enjoying his heart out and running wild on the streets which are quite usually.


Built in 1801, the campus is considered in the list of must visit heritage sites in Carolina. The main campus building is right in the center of the city and is gives a vintage look to whole locality.

Residing Options

The university provides in campus housing facility which are open for everyone. The price range every year for residential expenditure can go up till 7,000 US$ which also depends on the hall you prefer to live in. Also, the minimum cost is 4,000 US$ for a year which is affordable and your savings will be great as you won’t end up living with the rich class to whom you’d have to show off your brands all the time.


In the summer, South Carolina is hot and humid, with daytime temperatures averaging between 30–34 °C in most of the state and overnight lows averaging 21–24 °C on the coast and from 19–23 °C inland. Winter temperatures are much less uniform in South Carolina. The weather is pretty fixed throughout the year but snowfalls are random, they just happen out of the blue but the campus sure does look pretty when snow falls.

Faculty and pedagogy

The faculty at USC is considered as one of the best faculty in the state of South Carolina. The appointed teachers or professors are well respected everywhere and few of them sure must have had the pleasure to receive some honorary award somewhere, although teaching is a tough job but teaching at USC is a little more tough than that of other university because professors are strictly given guidelines to not to avoid any student’s doubts or problems. The professors are helpful, even if they do not want to be. They wouldn’t care about you but the university rules ask them to treat you as a mamma’s boy. But, don’t take any advantage of that, similar rules are applied to students and the consequences for ignoring them would be straight rustication.

Financial aid

USC provides various kinds of financial aids to students those who cannot afford fees for the university. There are various other scholarship programs that can be availed by foreign students by applying for the entrance while filling in the admission form.

Jobs and placements

Life after USC has been pretty over rated; the actual census says something else. The students are pretty happy with the university’s educational outcome. There are campus placements held after every final semester, but the students are always unsatisfied with the job profile. The outcome of every placement turns into 40% of students being employed as white collars, which is good but every time students do not prefer to be one of them. There is a low percentile of students who get the job that they wish to be in and even the starting average salary for an employer is a bit low as expected. So, do not wish to get the best job immediately after graduation because unlike other universities this university has contacts within the state of South Carolina and not outside that.


  • Andrew Card, BS 1971, U.S. Secretary of Transportation under George H. W. Bush, White House Chief of Staff under George W. Bush
  • Lindsey Graham, BA 1977, South Carolina Senator in the United States Senate
  • Richard Riley, JD 1959, former Governor of South Carolina, 6th United States Secretary of Education

  • Verdict

    The University Of South Carolina is indeed a great university, but just bound within the state of South Carolina. The university has a great name but the exposure for a USC graduate is only limited within the state. It is not because the student isn’t bright it is because the university has a big competition outside the state boundaries and one of them is Yale. At an average 70% of employees prefer Yale over any other university and that is not because of its name it is more because of the reason that Yale has done its marketing well. It has kept its sister school close but marketing strategies closer which other universities couldn’t gather. Else apart from that if you desire a foreign degree with a good outcome from the university and do not expect much from life apart from a government house and few extra monthly cheques for your wife to shop at Burberry, then this is the place to go to.

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