Location
Los Angeles, CA
Undergrads
17,619
Tuition
$46,363
Admission Difficulty
Very Hard
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Reviews 2388 total reviews with an average rating of 3.8

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3 College Senior

Guys & Girls: Not sure how dating scene goes. People hook up at Frat parties. Not sure why you would be looking at a school for a dating scene. Prioritize schoolwork, and the social interactions fall into place.

1 person found this useful Report
5 College Senior

Campus Housing: My floormates became my best friends. Everyone kept their doors open and there was always someone to hang out with. Flour>Parkside>everything else

5 College Senior

Greek Life: Greek life at USC is nationally rated in the Top 5. It is the center of all nightlife activities.

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3 College Senior

Campus Dining: I would avoid EVK, go to Parkside only when necessary, and go to Cafe 84 whenever possible. Food quality is poor except for Cafe 84. There are many resturants on and around campus as well.

5 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: USC is right in the middle of Los Angeles. You could walk from campus to Staples Center and L.A. Live, the entertaiment and athletic center of L.A.

5 College Senior

Athletics: If you pay attention to any professional or college sports, you know what USC is about. If we competed as a country in the olympics, we would be ranked in the top 10 countries.

5 College Senior

Health & Safety: USC campus is a fortress that protects the students from outsiders. There are security officers on every corner for many blocks in every direction. I have never had an altercation that required them to intervene.

5 College Senior

Facilities: USC makes sure that every student feels like a part of the Trojan family from day one. Football games, concerts,and many other events bring the students together and cause lifelong friendships to form.

4 College Senior

Nightlife: The party scene is 5/5 if you're involved with Greek life. If you don't rush (I didn't) you wont have any problem as long as you make friends and talk to people who did. There are very few bars.

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4 College Senior

Majors: I enjoy the challenge of the mechanical engineering major, but i wish someone warned me exactly how difficult it is. They push students to their limits and I learned more than I ever thought I would.

3 College Senior

Majors: I have interned for many years with government engineers. I would reccommend finding a paying intership above all else. Experience is valuable, but so is your time.

3 College Senior

Academics: As an engineering student, the professors are very hit-or-miss. I've had a few courses where the professor struggled to speak english. Other than that, the I can only say good things about the academic experience.

4 College Senior

Academics: The classes prepare you to become a professional engineer and focus on skills that will prepare you for the working world.

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: The financial extremity of attending this school does limit the economic range of students allowed, and I find very few students from my own, moderate background. What is lacked in financial differences is made up for by the range of culture and views that can be found at USC by its highly international and variously affiliated student body.

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3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: As a nonparticipating student, I find the culture provided by Fraternities very accessible. Unfortunately, this is a biased perspective, and as an inactive female, I can appreciate that inactive males at this school struggle to involve themselves in events that I am unquestioningly allowed and invited. There seems to be a much higher payoff for men to join Greek life here than women.

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4 College Sophomore

Athletics: USC students, staff, and alumni greatly care about athletic facilities and performances. Recreational amenities are available to all those affiliated with the University and are highly accessible. Support for events, however, is not very evenly spread; USC football clearly overshadows all other activities and other varsity sports suffer a lack of attention from the general student population.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: USC provides the necessities for forming an on campus community by encouraging student groups and dorm activities.

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5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I love USC. Everyday I think about how lucky I am to go to this school.

2 people found this useful Report
5 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: The social scene on campus is fantastic. I love the people and I love my new friends.

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3 College Sophomore

Diversity: It's called the University of Spoiled Children for a reason. A lot of rich white people.

3 people found this useful Report
5 College Sophomore

Majors: Writing for Screen and Television for life. I'm in the right place for what I want to do.

5 College Sophomore

Majors: I visited several times before applying and they always told us that getting into USC is one of the most difficult things to do. I don't know how to describe being rejected because it never happened to me. Although the application (six writing samples) was strenuous, it was one of the most rewarding things I did my senior year of high school.

5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: LA is known for its food, and for good reason. I work on the campus cooking show and we constantly explore LA cuisine.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Walking off campus is one of the scarier experiences I've had.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: They have good restaurant options, but if I ever go to EVK again it will be to protest the food there.

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BJ Grip
Hometown
Colorado Springs, CO
Major
Theater
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Students from Southern California usually love USC from the beginning and strengthen their bonds with the school as time passes. Students who travel to USC from longer distances tend to adapt more slowly, dealing at first with the culture shock that inevitably comes with a first impression of LA. Universally, those who can survive the transition into the USC way of life fall in love with the school after first semester. Typically, students entering school with a skeptical mind-set ends up getting the most pride out of being a Trojan. At the very least, they come away with a new affinity toward college football.

The opportunities on campus are plentiful, and in LA, opportunities are endless. Time flies for everyone at USC, and changes in living conditions, academic standards, and career goals come quicker than newcomers might expect. USC graduates are sure to look back on a college experience that could not have been offered anywhere else. Basically, the more that students are willing to explore the opportunities available to them, the more they endorse the idea that USC is the perfect school for its time and place.

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