Those who teach here are "intent on getting their students involved outside of the classroom," and "able to relate their in-class lectures to the real world." "I've had a ton of professors present me with opportunities for research, internship, or part-time employment on campus which has all developed me into being a very employable prospect upon graduation," says one student. While classes "can sometimes be very difficult," there are tutors and supplemental instructors through the university ("for free!") who "will always fill in the gaps that you are missing." USC's size "lends itself to interdisciplinary degree programs and individual projects," and faculty fosters academic exploration in asking for student opinions and "[encouraging] us to argue and consider other students' opinions."
On the weekends, many upperclassmen spend time in Five Points, a "very student-friendly bar district beside campus," and Columbia's central location "grants shorter distances to the beach as well as the mountains"; the town itself is very easy to get around on foot and "very artsy." There is "literally a club for everything," from "skydiving to latin dance to language," and service opportunities are also very popular. Additionally, the amenities that USC provides are "phenomenal," and include everything from "free athletic tickets to twelve free counseling sessions a year." USC really cares about the well-being and safety of its students, and "offers so many things to help the students here to succeed."
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