University of South Carolina-Columbia Graduate Program Reviews

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of students recommend
(3.94 out of 5.0)
School rating based on 134 respondents

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School Information

  • Website: Visit College Website
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC, + 4 more
  • Programmatic Accreditation: ALA and CEPH
  • Campus Setting: City: Midsize
  • Student Population: 34,099 (25,556 undergrad)
  • Student to Faculty Ratio: 18 to 1
  • Graduate Attendance Status: 31% part-time, 69% full-time
  • Annual Tuition: $13,254 in-state; $28,368 out-of-state
Source: NCES

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4.17 out of 5.0
Degree: Instructional Technology
Graduation Year: 2014

The education programs at the University of South Carolina are securely rooted in sound learning and instructional theory and practice. The instructors take the time to insure that you are able to put theory into practice in your current work environment and encourage opportunities in obtain additional experience. Students produce high-quality functional projects for authentic assessments. The sequence of courses is designed for optimal effectiveness. For students who are not on campus or in the local area, the networking opportunities and financial aid opportunities are reduced.
4.5 out of 5.0
Degree: Social Work
Graduation Year: 2015

Some of the pros of this program are the small class sizes and having classes with the same cohort. Columbia is really small and easy to get around. Everything is really close together, I came from a larger city in Florida where I would spend 2 hours everyday commuting to and from work. In Columbia, I spend about 10 minutes in the car going to class or to my internship. Southern hospitality reigns true here in South Carolina. Cons of my program are that in some classes there are too many "personal stories" and not enough lecture and application. Some classes are very political and "lean" towards a certain political view. Students should not know how a professor thinks or feels towards a certain political party. Overall, I think it is a great program and a great area. Columbia is big on military, and that is the population that I want to serve, which is why I chose University of South Carolina for my graduate degree in Social Work.
5.0 out of 5.0
Degree: Educational Leadership
Graduation Year: 2014

The new addition of 100% online master's programs for educators is efficient and convenient. I would recommend this program to anyone!
4.25 out of 5.0
Degree: Human Resources
Graduation Year: 2013

Overall, highly recommended program to advance your HR career.
4.33 out of 5.0
Degree: Social Work
Graduation Year: 2015

The University of South Carolina is a great choice for graduate studies. I am currently in my first year of grad school in the Social Work Program. I feel that I am receiving quality yet affordable education. The faculty here is very supportive and are always available to meet with students.
Degree: Social Work
Graduation Year: 2015

I chose USC because I wanted to pay in-state tuition and it is the only MSW program I would consider in the state. My main issue with the program is the caliber of students admitted. Diversity is important to the profession of social work, but I would hope professionalism and intellect would be to priority as well. This is not the case. If we continue to admit sub par students, who cannot think critically in an academic setting, we are doing a disservice to every social worker who chose the profession in spite of the sacrifices it requires. I also have an issue with some of the faculty. I have had professors who are more or less completely unprepared for class. I appreciate a kind instructor, but I'd much rather you know your stuff than be a well-liked person. In other words, they are not authorities in their field, and this is passable for employment in this program at USC. Just be aware that you must advocate for your education in this program.
4.08 out of 5.0
Degree: Chemistry
Graduation Year: 2016

I have been at the University of South Carolina for 1 year. This is my first semester as an official Chemistry/Biochemistry graduate student after transferring from the Biomedical Science (umbrella) program. I am enjoying this city and the school. The work load does not allow for much socializing, but the comradery among the fellow graduate students makes it easier. The faculty look to challenge our minds but also provide guidance for our progression. It is always inspirational to hear from past graduate students who know your struggle and have moved on to do amazing work in their field. I know that perserverance will allow me to be apart of a great group of alumni.
3.67 out of 5.0
Degree: Public Health
Graduation Year: 2014

Great education program can be a bit disorganized. But as long as you are a proactive student about finding out what you need its fine.
3.5 out of 5.0
Degree: Social Work
Graduation Year: 2015

The graduate school of social work at the University of South Carolina is an excellent program and is one of the top accredited among universities in the nation.
3.83 out of 5.0
Degree: Nursing
Graduation Year: 2016

I really like the teaching staff and accessibility of the staff. A con is that there wasn't much assistance in locating facilities for internships. We had to find those facilities on our own.
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