Location
Los Angeles, CA
Undergrads
17,619
Tuition
$46,363
Admission Difficulty
Very Hard
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Reviews 2199 total reviews with an average rating of 3.8

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College Senior

Academics: The education is what you make of it. Some teachers are incredible, others are awful. If you put time and effort in, you stand to gain a lot.

4 College Senior

Campus Strictness: Let's just say, don't be dumb/don't get caught and you will be fine.

College Senior

Majors: Haven't had one... why pay USC tuition to work for someone else for free?!

3 College Senior

Majors: The program was strong when I began, but it is outdated and going downhill quickly. You will take a class for 3000 dollars in which you memorize types of nails and staples and do BS work in the shop- literally bs. Once I spent three hours reorganizing the spray paint cabinet.

4 College Senior

Weather: Hello! Socal weather. Just know that, when it rains, you may fall... the sidewalks on campus do not feel designed for rain. Nighttime is colder than some may expect.

5 College Senior

Campus Dining: Many nice cafes and restaurants with a variety of yummy options.

5 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: It's LA! If you outgrow campus life, venture several miles to find a plethora of activities

3 College Senior

Campus Housing: After freshman year, be prepared to move off campus. If you get a good lottery number, housing is ok. Otherwise you'll be in a shit hole or unsafe area. Luckily, many fancy buildings are going up in the area by privately owned companies (not student housing). They are expensive, however.

4 College Senior

Nightlife: Be a hot girl or guy with connections-everything is free. Otherwise, be prepared to shell out 100 minimum any time you go out.

4 people found this useful Report
4 College Senior

Computers: Computer labs are plentiful but busy. Sometimes the network goes down, but it's rare. Teachers rarely understand technology in classrooms

3 College Senior

Guys & Girls: To completely overgeneralize, white kids like to study hard, play 5x harder. Ethnic kids spend their lives in the libraries.

5 people found this useful Report
3 College Senior

Scholarships: Besides being a national merit scholar, there are not really scholarships unless you are a minority or a legacy.

4 College Senior

Overall Experience: USC is an excellent university, but you have to work for whatever you get, i.e. alumni connections. However, the cost is exorbitant, so not worth what you get. The neighborhood isn't ideal, and the majority of students are spoiled rich brats with no concept of work, responsibility, or maturity. They just study and party on daddy's bank account.

4 College Senior

Diversity: The diversity is pretty good. Physically, we look very diverse, but sometimes it feels very cis-gendered and white.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Senior

Drug Safety: Sometimes it's great to have so much partying, but sometimes the atmosphere feels a little oppressive. There are definitely negative aspects of USC amplified by the drug/alcohol atmosphere (sexual assault statistics, reputation of the greek system, reputation of the school as a whole, academic performance, etc).

4 College Senior

Computers: Usually everything works, but occasionally the copiers break down. The wireless is almost always great, and I would bring a laptop to take notes for most lecture classes - unless you can't focus if you do, then bring a notebook.

5 College Senior

Weather: Amazing weather - always easy to get to and from class, and enjoy the day.

5 College Senior

Health & Safety: There is NO on campus crime it's wonderful. Also after 9 pm they check everyone's ID before entering, so they know who is coming onto campus.

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5 College Senior

Guys & Girls: You are encouraged to have a social life at USC. Our tailgates for our football games are amazing fun. The row is great as well!

1 person found this useful Report
5 College Senior

Weather: It's Southern California! Need I say more?

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: It's close to downtown La, Hollywood, truly in a prime location aside from the fact that it is south central. But you are really not in any danger, USC takes necessary precautions.

4 College Senior

Greek Life: Greek life is really great! However the president of our university is really cracking down on the registered parties because there have been so many alcohol related hospitalizations.

5 College Senior

Academics: Going to USC has been the greatest blessing in my life, and has truly helped me accomplish so much. It is an amazing school, and I am inspired daily by world renowned professors. Being a creative writing major, I am encouraged by such a loving community, and shown the true craft of writing through very different perspectives and opinions. By the time we are finished with the program we finish a novel under the guidance of a successful published author. Which is extremely rewarding to say the least.

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5 College Senior

Academics: I wouldn't suggest any other school. USC is amazing, we have the best professors throughout our university. One of our Professors just recently one a Nobel Prize in Science, all of our adjunct professors are successful in their field, and there are so many amazing Majors and amazing schools within our university.

1 person found this useful Report
5 Recent Alumnus

Athletics: USC Football is elite on campus! Everyone gets so excited and there is plenty of school pride!

3 people found this useful Report
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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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