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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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College Sophomore

Academics: I've just switched to this major, so it I can't say anything specific yet.

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: Diversity is highly valued here. In general, acceptance is important to most people here and there are plenty of organizations to support every culture, religion, and sexual orientation.

2 people found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Nightlife: If you are looking for parties you will find no shortage at USC. At the same time, if you want to avoid that scene, you can easily do so and still have fun. As far as parties go, most people head to the Row; if you're in a frat or a female, you will have no trouble getting in. If you like parties, you should love it here; if you don't it should affect your experience either way.

5 College Sophomore

Majors: I'm a student in Dornsife, which is pretty much the easiest school at USC to get in to. Once you have admission into USC, you don't need to do anything else to enter Dornsife.

College Sophomore

Majors: I've only entered my program recently, but I can say that my advisors are just alright. They do their job, but they haven't gone out of their way to make sure I'm on track, which would have really helped during my year as a confused, aimless freshman. So far classes have been good but I don't want to say anything definitive yet.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I personally haven't had to utilize health or safety services in any notable way, so I can't give any specifics. In general, though, I usually feel very safe walking around on campus. DPS officers are always out patrolling campus, and they even have security guards posted on the surrounding streets. However, there are times when I wonder whether their presence increases actual security or is just for show. For example, after 9 PM, policy requires an student ID check at campus entrances, but many officers are very lax and don't enforce this policy at all.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: In most areas, I see a good balance of strictness on campus, meaning that administration keeps things safe and functioning without being too overbearing. That being said, some students complain that things are too strict (you have to jump through a ton of hoops to visit friends in other dorms and DPS breaks up parties often). On the other end of the scale the enforcement of alcohol and drug usage rules really depend on individual authority figures.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Guys and girls here a pretty good, but some can be fake or just into partying; however most embrace the "work hard play hard" mantra.

2 people found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: The strictness isn't that bad, honestly if you make smart choices, even if there aren't the best, but use your head, you'll be fine.

1 person found this useful Report
2 College Senior

Scholarships: Very tedious and very stressful. For people like me with complicated family structures and issues, this process has always been a nightmare. The people at the physical office do try to help however they can, but I still find them quite unsympathetic to my needs.

Luckily, I am able to get aid, but it always only covers half of my tuition. I've knee deep in loans, and I've had very little luck in scholarships.

The tips I would have is looking for scholarships elsewhere outside of the school if possible. Visit the office often and get as many options as you can. The only reason I took out loans to come here is because I feel the school is definitely worth attending and will aid me in finding jobs to help pay back the loans under my belt.

3 people found this useful Report
3 College Senior

Overall Experience: Courses and professors are incredible and informative. Instructors are dedicated to their students and what they teach. Most I've encountered are not only very helpful, but also very challenging. They push you to do your own research, and become excited when we take interest in their subject matter outside of the classroom. Without my professors, I wouldn't have taken the opportunities I've experienced already. Class size seems pretty reasonable. I haven't had a problem with getting the attention of my professors when I need them.

In my courses, I've learned more here than in all of my pre-college education. Courses give great details, and teachers add more to them as well with their own experiences.

The variety is quite good, though I wish we had more room for classes not tailoring to our majors. Classes that encourage exploration of other topics and hobbies.

My only real complaint is the lack of support I felt as a transfer student and as a commuter. Considering I do not live on campus, I found it difficult to get into on campus activities. I wasn't particularly encouraged to participate as a student here. Much of my time is spent in class, at work, or back at home. I didn't feel like I "belonged" on campus for a little while. Other transfer and commuter students have told me similar stories, where getting into on campus clubs and volunteer opportunities was much harder for them.

2 people found this useful Report
4 College Senior

Overall Experience: It's no wonder they nickname this school the University of Social Connections. Most of my professors seem to know someone very influential and are very willing to introduce you to other people. The most emphasis my professors have put on their own advice is on making connections while we're students. Getting out there and meeting people. This school understands that it's not just about getting a degree anymore.

Employment recruiting is everywhere on campus. I hear the alumni network is very strong, though I haven't experienced this myself. All I know is that when I graduate, I will be well cared for. Or so I've been told.

3 people found this useful Report
4 College Senior

Diversity: On and off campus, I always find a variety of people who either go to USC or simply appreciate the campus and its sports team. We take pride in knowing that when you walk around, you see people from all kinds of backgrounds. No one seems hidden from view.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: The Greek culture does not lend itself to a safe environment for all people, but specifically women.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: There are a variety of options and although some are extraordinarily expensive the university off campus housing is fairly affordable.

1 person found this useful Report
2 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Rich, white, stuck-up, self-centered, greek/appearance focused.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Senior

Guys & Girls: Not sure how dating scene goes. People hook up at Frat parties. Not sure why you would be looking at a school for a dating scene. Prioritize schoolwork, and the social interactions fall into place.

2 people found this useful Report
5 College Senior

Campus Housing: My floormates became my best friends. Everyone kept their doors open and there was always someone to hang out with. Flour>Parkside>everything else

1 person found this useful Report
5 College Senior

Greek Life: Greek life at USC is nationally rated in the Top 5. It is the center of all nightlife activities.

2 people found this useful Report
3 College Senior

Campus Dining: I would avoid EVK, go to Parkside only when necessary, and go to Cafe 84 whenever possible. Food quality is poor except for Cafe 84. There are many resturants on and around campus as well.

1 person found this useful Report
5 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: USC is right in the middle of Los Angeles. You could walk from campus to Staples Center and L.A. Live, the entertaiment and athletic center of L.A.

1 person found this useful Report
5 College Senior

Athletics: If you pay attention to any professional or college sports, you know what USC is about. If we competed as a country in the olympics, we would be ranked in the top 10 countries.

5 College Senior

Health & Safety: USC campus is a fortress that protects the students from outsiders. There are security officers on every corner for many blocks in every direction. I have never had an altercation that required them to intervene.

5 people found this useful Report
5 College Senior

Facilities: USC makes sure that every student feels like a part of the Trojan family from day one. Football games, concerts,and many other events bring the students together and cause lifelong friendships to form.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Senior

Nightlife: The party scene is 5/5 if you're involved with Greek life. If you don't rush (I didn't) you wont have any problem as long as you make friends and talk to people who did. There are very few bars.

1 person 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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