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

Greek Life: Again, we are the University of Southern California. Any Greek life you have seen in the movies, is based off of my school.

4 College Freshman

Computers: There are computers available, however, they are often being used. I have my own personal laptop which makes it easy to use.

5 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: We live in LA baby! Beverly Hills, Hollywood, all of the best places in the country are right around the corner!

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I personally have several fixtures within my dorm room that have yet to be fixed...

5 College Freshman

Athletics: We are the University of Southern California. Football.is.life. Nothing more to say about that. FIGHT ON!

5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: My experience with the health center has not been stellar, however, I do feel extremely safe traveling alone on campus.

4 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: I feel that the campus strictness is acceptable, particularly because of the location and past history of events of the campus.

2 College Freshman

Transportation: LA is a driver's city, if you don't have a car it's possible to get around but either very time-consuming (metro) or expensive (cabs, Uber, zip).

3 people found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Not a ton of options here - the biggest problem is no In-N-Out.

4 people found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greek life is very very big at USC. It's also competitive so if you're planning on rushing, come prepared. That being said, Greek life at USC is a lot of fun - sometimes a little overbearing, but generally awesome.

5 people found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Nightlife: Most of USC's nightlife is on Greek Row - a great time for girls and frat brothers. Some actually incredible parties happen every weekend. Other off campus nightlife just isn't as good unfortunately.

6 people found this useful Report
3 College Junior

Campus Dining: There are three dining halls all of which are very similar in variety and quality. Most students are relatively pleased with the food but there are times when the quality dips. There is one late-night spot that students go to for snacks and coffee. Overall, we don't have very great food. The prices are edging on affordable, but most students try to opt-out of dining plans if they can because it's always cheaper to buy groceries.

3 people found this useful Report
4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: There is a nice selection of ethnic cuisine as well as fast food options. Student discounts are available at most places, even those that are family-run. Subway is the way to go for most students is the most popular place to eat. Spudnuts is a 24/7 breakfast and doughnut shop that is very popular. Check out and delivery is available at late nights but is expensive.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Junior

Transportation: There are shuttles and zip cars available but not too many. Long distance transportation is available to popular sites like the Staple Center or LA Live. Otherwise, many students try to get cars and/or take the bus wherever the need to go. I don't have a car nor can I afford one, so the bus is always the way to go for me.

2 people found this useful Report
3 College Junior

Athletics: We are the biggest football university in the country. Football is everything. The athletes mean everything to the school. Even my program gets a lot of it's funding and facilities from the athletic department. If not for the money that football pools in, we would not have some of the outstanding facilities. The school spirit is huge. I am not very prideful myself, but there is a lot of enthusiasm and comradery in general. Students are heavily involved in intramural sports and there are always outdoor activities happening on campus.

2 people found this useful Report
3 College Junior

Campus Housing: Less than 30% of the student body lives in campus dorms. That's pretty ridiculous for such a highly regarding, private research school. On campus housing is very expensive and limited. There are very few amenities. The social atmosphere in most dorms is underwhelming despite some efforts from the RAs to organize small events and gatherings. It isn't much more convenient to live on campus in terms of proximity to classes because the university is pretty small, anyway.

5 people found this useful Report
3 College Junior

Majors: Most internship opportunities at school are associated with counseling positions or RA positions. There doesn't seem to be many major-specific internships. Most students who apply for internships do so with institutions outside of school. I don't plan on interning because it doesn't seem important to me and for the goals I have set up for myself in the future.

3 College Junior

Majors: My program is a little outdated and poorly funded, despite being highly regarded in the country. There is immense talent and dedication, but little effort from faculty to improve the effectiveness of the program. The dean of my program is making plans to improve recording our guitar recording facility, organize more masterclasses, etc., but the curriculum is still very underwhelming. Fortunately, the program is tightly knit and everyone's concerns are well heard. There is hope because of how close the students and faculty are, compared to most other programs at the university.

My goals are to tour my band and eventually record under an independent recording label that my friends and I are organizing. We have talent, enthusiasm, skill and the work-ethic. It seems with a bit of luck and strategy, things could go well for me and the musicians I am collaborating with.

3 College Junior

Campus Strictness: The campus used to be open until there was a random school shooting on Halloween day of 2012. A student body decided to have an open party and some members of the outer community entered guns blazing. There were fortunately no deaths. Since then, the campus has increased campus security significantly by hiring "yellow-jackets," employees with basic safety training who are hired to patrol the corners of campus 24/7. DPS presence has also been increased and a curfew has been put in place. The students are also mandated to make "guest reservations" if they wish to bring non-student friends on to campus after a certain time. Fingerprint readers have been installed into most university dorms. Despite all these things, however, it doesn't feel safer, just inconvenient.

2 College Junior

Drug Safety: There really is not drug safety. The school in a way encourages parties by supporting a large fraternity presence. I'm not aware of heavily suppression or investigation of hard drug usage at the school. I know of many people who are heavy substance users, many of whom are my friends.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Junior

Greek Life: I am part of the Mu Nu chapter of Mu Phi Epsilon, a professional music fraternity. Over half of the student body is Greek. Greek life is very important to the school's identity. There is a an entire street composed of only sorority and fraternity homes, some of which are very large and heavily funded. Greek students are often the biggest trouble makers. Most of the student violence incidents originate on Fraternity Row. The row is currently shut down because of some out of control behavior which has resulted in one death by alcohol poisoning and a girl who fell into a vegetative state after falling from a stack of tables while dancing. It's ridonkulous.

4 people found this useful Report
2 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: The school is near some shady parts, just outside of downtown. There have been a few shootings and murders the past two years alone. There have also been a few suicides and several rape cases. There is a strong athletic presence with most of the funding and energy of the school geared towards football. There aren't many sites to see near the school nor interesting places to shop. The local attitude towards the school is poor because of the size and often overwhelming presence of the fraternities, which are an integral part of the social life.

3 College Junior

Academics: My program, Studio/Jazz Guitar, is very small and selective. My year is full of talent and enthusiasm. The funding is hampering the program, especially this year. The curriculum is a little outdated. Many professors aren't terribly engaging, but all of them are highly skilled and experienced. The comradery is the best part. The students are a great hang. The aura and energy of the music school in general is positive, save for the underlying competitiveness which can cause tension among students. The program is mostly about making connections and staying positive. Hard work and dedication is a given.

3 College Junior

Academics: I am a music major, so the only academic classes I take are from the general education categories. Most of these classes are poorly organized and the professors aren't very enthusiastic. There are the occasional high quality classes, especially in the sociology department, that are intelligent and engaging.

3 College Junior

Scholarships: The process is lengthy and there are at times random audits. Once you get through it, the financial packages they offer are usually very reasonable.

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BJ Grip
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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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