Location
Los Angeles, CA
Undergrads
17,619
Tuition
$46,363
Admission Difficulty
Very Hard
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3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: on campus is extremely safe and even a few bloacks out is safe too, but it is downtown LA so dont be naive

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4 College Freshman

Scholarships: I applied for everything that existed and got most of what i needed. The process is a struggle at times, but so worth it.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: i love living on campus

5 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: im getting my taste of LA right now but i know i dont want to live here in the future! but living here for four years couldnt be better

4 College Freshman

Majors: so many choices which is great unless you are indecisive like me

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: So close to LA live, Hollywood, Santa Monica and Venice, good food is everywhere

5 College Freshman

Weather: nothing beats southern california, the weather allows for endless possibilites and activities plus if you need a change of pace you dont have to go any further than an hours drivw

5 College Freshman

Athletics: Sports here are amazing, and highly encouraged at any level. Even if it is just taking a one unit yoga or ballroom dancing class.

4 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: I never feel like there are problems with follwing the rules outlined by the university. There are registered parties and things and they seem to be very lenient on things like that though there are cops everywhere to ensure safety.

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5 College Sophomore

Facilities: There is a true sense of the Trojan Family. This sounds cliche, I know but it is there. When I go for interviews, or ask for assistance outside of the University I can usually find someone who went to USC and it has ALWAYS been the difference between a maybe to a YES. I love that so many people come together to form this network of possibility and it makes it a truly special place to be and it rings true when I hear the words "trojan family."

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: Most of the administration is not stuck on a power trip, they treat you like an adult and if you act like one than everything is copacetic. Obviously some of the administration is harder than others and after the shootings on campus (not student related) the security guarding the perimeter became much tighter and dorm access is like Fort Knox, but for the most part administration is respectful and helpful.

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3 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: The atmosphere around campus is usually relatively nice. Most of the students are happy to be here and have something to do when they are not in class or studying so in between the beautiful campus and the surrounding activities, people find themselves in a good spot.

4 College Sophomore

Weather: Weather is usually beautiful which is amazing for campus life since USC has so many open fields to lie out on and is right next to the beach if you want to have a beach day. It is easy to stroll around campus and get lost in the beautiful parks and winding architecture. I love the rain as well so on a random day or two (when all of the campus goers are scared of the rain) when the campus is clear and it is raining, it feels like I have the whole school to myself.

4 College Sophomore

Computers: There are plentiful computer labs available to students and work places. Many students end up causing problems by actually bringing laptops to the computer lab and sitting in front of the desktop however, which is incredibly frustrating. It is not incredibly important to have a laptop but makes your life much easier if you have one. If you choose not to buy a laptop however you will be reliant on the computer labs. Most of which are open all day and Leavey Library is open 24/7 which has an abundance of desktops.

3 College Sophomore

Parking: Parking can become rather packed rather quickly but if anyone looks hard enough they can find a spot. I find for your first few years at campus you do not really need a car though and can manage without one.

4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Greek Life is a cornerstone to USC life, although it has been dying down due to stringent restrictions from the local police force and our campus security alike. Greek Life provides a fun loving and party filled atmosphere that keeps the campus alive on the weekends and involves all the students. However, due to these recent restrictions, I cannot see this history of Greek and Sorority Life lasting forever. The harder the campus cracks down on their sororities, the less predominant they will be found on campus. I am sad to see this as it is the end of an era and I think while the Greek system has its flaws, it essentially provides an outlet for the college community a fun environment to hang out.

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3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: I want more scholarship opportunities.

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4 College Sophomore

Athletics: Tailgates are fun on campus.

3 College Sophomore

Nightlife: Pasadena has an older crowd.

College Sophomore

Computers: I use my iPad required by the DPT program.

5 College Sophomore

Academics: The DPT program has great professors.

3 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: I feel safe living in Alhambra, but I wouldn't move any closer to the Health Science campus.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: The program is amazing, but pricey.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: Maybe performing interviews to be more selective.

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: USC has the highest accepted number of International Students in the country. It is because of this that we have such a diverse group of classes ranging from people all around the country and the world. I enjoy our diversity as I end up living with people (as we all end up staying in the areas around school) that I would never expect to. I learn things about my own culture and the cultures of others and it only makes me want to travel and expand my world view. I have friends of all ethnicity's, backgrounds, sexual orientation and heritage and it makes my understanding of the world much broader and comprehensive.

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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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