Location
Los Angeles, CA
Undergrads
17,619
Tuition
$46,363
Admission Difficulty
Very Hard
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Reviews 2427 total reviews with an average rating of 3.8

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4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Locals are pretty accepting of the students even though they see most of us and spoiled and having a lot of money...

That aside, there is so much to do on and off campus all the time--from cultural events to the scenery to shopping to the nightlife in LA, there's something for everyone (so as you're willing to travel a little for the most part... there's isn't much directly around campus)

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4 College Freshman

Transportation: There's campus shuttles, campus cruiser, the Metro (train and bus), and zipcars (all if you don't have your own car). So that's great because there's lots of ways to get around

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3 College Freshman

Nightlife: Not many clubs immediately surrounding the school, Metro can take you downtown though and that's not too bad. The Row is within walking distance too so that's good

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Nightlife: It's mostly frat parties. House parties exist and sometimes they're great, sometimes they're terrible

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4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: People freak out about USC being in a bad neighborhood, but honestly I have always felt safe here.

3 people found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: If you're in Greek life it's great. But it's super expensive and if you can't afford it you're definitely left out. But it's way more important for guys than girls.

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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Housing is a huge pain. Everything is either expensive or inconvenient.

4 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: I've honestly never seen anyone do hard drugs. People smoke weed on occasion but it's really a drinking culture.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: LA is great, but you definitely need a car to go places.

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5 College Sophomore

Athletics: It's all about sports at USC. Don't bother coming here if you're not interested.

3 people found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Academics: I love everything about USC's academics. It's an amazing school with the most amazing faculty.

3 College Sophomore

Transportation: The metro goes downtown and that's about it. You definitely need a car.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Diversity: Sexual orientation doesn't seem to be a problem. But ethnic/racial diversity is pretty slim. It's mostly white people and Asians here.

2 people found this useful Report
5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Every vacation I'm excited to go back to school!

3 people found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Parking: It's better to take public transportation

1 person found this useful Report
5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: On campus is perfectly fine and safe, just be careful if you're off campus.

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: The only complaint I have is the dorm strictness

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5 College Sophomore

Majors: The internship coordinators really work with you, and you learn amazing prep for real jobs.

5 College Sophomore

Majors: It's the best way to network and see if you really want to pursue specific jobs.

1 person found this useful Report
5 College Sophomore

Athletics: Football is life, sports is the culture!

4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: You just have to be smart about where you walk and such.

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5 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: The security is a bit annoyingly tight.

5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: I absolutely love my apartment, Gateway.

5 College Sophomore

Academics: The network is crazy fantastic, you get real world experience, and you're set for life.

5 College Sophomore

Academics: The teachers all really care, and they have amazing credentials

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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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