Location
Los Angeles, CA
Undergrads
17,619
Tuition
$46,363
Admission Difficulty
Very Hard
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Reviews 2429 total reviews with an average rating of 3.8

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4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: I mean, if you like the blond, preppy look this place is your mecca. if you want smart, intelligent, interesting, artistic people, its going to be hard to find.

3 people found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: You have to get a car to take you anywhere worthwhile.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: The surrounding neighborhood is shabby to say the least and the school doesn't help you really. If you don't have money for the Lorenzo or Gateway and want to live in a house its gonna be run down.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Majors: the film major is the best. Other programs (theatre, ehem) are extremely lacking.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Majors: I mean, its the #1 film school in the world. Its hard to get into. But you also meet people and you say "YOU got in?"

Be true to yourself in your application and focus on your writing.

2 people found this useful Report
2 College Freshman

Nightlife: Its all on the row. And thats just annoying cause its all about hooking up.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: I don't really participate, so I don't really see it. But plenty of people partake.

2 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Extremely strict with visitors and swiping in. Such a hassle.

4 College Freshman

Academics: As a film major you're getting the best education in the world. The GEs generally suck and fill up quickly. If you want to be intellectually stimulated by your peers, I'd consider looking elsewhere.

3 people found this useful Report
College Freshman

Athletics: I mean... the football. if you love it or hate it, its here. and its here to stay. Its HUGE.

College Freshman

Greek Life: If you love greek life you'll love it here. Otherwise it can be pretty isolating when the only true way to make lasting connections it through a sorority or frat. Be mindful when you apply.

2 people found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Its hard to meet people because its like living in a city. And if you're not the blond, preppy sorority type you're going to have a hard time meeting people you connect with-- even in the honors program. I have yet to find my group.

2 people found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Of course the surrounding area isn't great, but USC has worked extremely hard to make it the best it can be.

3 College Freshman

Computers: You need your own computer. Simple as that.

4 College Freshman

Transportation: I know friends who have taken a shuttle to the airport and its been great. Campus Cruiser for parties and registers is awesome.

3 College Freshman

Parking: Parking is expensive on campus and difficult off, which is why most people skateboard or bike around.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: It has little value outside of the parties, and attempts to justify it through "philanthropies" that waste more money than they raise and are really just excuses for drinking are annoying.

3 people found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Weather: The weather in California is fantastic, and it is rarely cold.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: There is very little peer pressure to drink (unless you are pledging a fraternity).

2 people found this useful Report
College Freshman

Nightlife: It depends on what you're looking for. If you want a loud scene with lots of people and lots of alcohol the row is great, but it can be very superficial, very rapey, and overall a little disgusting at times.

3 people found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Facilities: The libraries are amazing on campus, and there are specific libraries to individual subjects which is cool.

2 people found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Computers: It sucks to print things, bringing your own printer is kind of a must.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Transportation: Campus Cruiser is fantastic, although the hours can be a bit challenging sometimes.

3 College Freshman

Majors: I love the IR major and its faculty. The Econ and Math departments kind of suck on the other hand.

2 people found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Majors: It's hard to get an internship, most of them don't pay, and most of them have terrible hours.

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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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