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

Greek Life: I hate greek life, personally. However if it's your thing, USC is the mecca of Greek life.

4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: SC students party hard and it's up to you to know your limits.

4 people found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Nightlife: Ragers and frat parties all the time. If you want to go to a party with 300 strangers you are golden.

5 people found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Can't complain. The facilities are well maintained.

1 person found this useful Report
1 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: If you want a relationship don't come to this school.
The nice guys are the gay ones. The majority of straight guys at SC are frat boys who are only interested in sex. There is a very prevalent rape culture here so WATCH OUT. Nobody is going to take you out on a date. They harass you at parties and if you don't give them what they want, they'll find somebody who will.
In turn, if you are looking for casual hook ups look no further. USC is candyland for the sexually gregarious.

30 people found this useful Report
2 College Freshman

Overall Experience: USC is a great school full of opportunities. I just applied here for many of the wrong reasons.
Many people love SC, I just wasn't one of them. Coming from a small town, it is very easy to get lost at such a large school. It's difficult to find a place to stand out, and to find a group of friends that you love and trust. At USC you are a number and it's hard to develop an identity. If you are someone from a big city, you will probably like SC more than I did.
In addition, the financial stress that the high cost of the school imposes is detrimental to your experience. I wouldn't suggest going here unless you can pay for it, or have it payed for by the school.

6 people found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Scholarships: USC gives TONS of financial aide.
Unfortunately, in my case it just wasn't enough. The school is so incredibly expensive that even with all of the assistance I received I will still be in an insurmountable amount of debt if I chose to stay.

2 people found this useful Report
College Freshman

Diversity: I have two ratings for this section.
Ethnically, the diversity on campus is GREAT. Every race is equally represented it seems.

However, the economic diversity on this campus is TERRIBLE. Although many SC students receive financial aide, it seems as though you're always surrounded by rich kids. There are so many people on campus that it's rather hard to seek out those who are from a similar economic background.

2 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: USC is in the ghetto, which is peculiar considering the fact that the majority of the student body comes from a life of luxury. It's actually funny and kind of pathetic how some of these students look at the homeless like they are a different breed. The stretch of Figueroa outside of SC has every fast food place in existence, sans in n out, as well as assorted other restaurants and a CVS. There are too hookah bars near campus and going to "shisha" is a popular, and relatively inexpensive activity.
Unfortunately, don't expect the comfort of a college town. If you are the type of person who likes to frequent little coffee shops and hole-in-the-wall bookstores you will not be pleased.

2 people found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Transportation: The metro line can take you some places but not everywhere. It's almost impossible to get to the beach.

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: The health center is fine, although a bit of a walk depending on where you live. The campus itself is safe but if you walk off campus take a buddy. USC is not in the nicest of areas. However, the biggest threat to the safety does not come from the community, but from the students themselves. SC has a prevalent rape culture, and it is important to remain alert at a frat party. You have to take care of yourself, because nobody will take care of you.

3 people found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: Yeah it's fine. The school does what it needs to in order to feel secure.

1 person found this useful Report
College Freshman

Parking: I don't have a car, so I don't really know. Having a car isn't necessary at all, and there is parking on campus. I think it's generally easy to find a spot, but very expensive.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: There is a lot of partying, but generally it's pretty safe. If you don't want to drink, don't. There are plenty of things to do. The school has recently started cracking down on parties and underage drinking.

4 College Freshman

Greek Life: I'm not a Greek, but Greek life is fun. There isn't a disparity between Greeks and GDIs, but each has a unique experience. The party life provided by the Greeks is very influential.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Diversity: In the LGBTQA community, USC is one of the top rated friendliest schools. I'm very proud of it. We have a huge percentage of international students, representing more countries than most other colleges. That being said, combining the percentage of asian and white students, there aren't a huge number of other students. Economic backgrounds tend towards richer, upperclasses.

College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I haven't lived in off campus housing so I'm not quite sure, but I've seen a few places and they are fine for what a college student needs. Obviously quality increases with price.

1 person found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: On campus, the security is amazing because we're located in a rather bad area of town. I've never felt unsafe walking alone at 3am across campus. Security guards are always just around the corner if needed, and so are many people just walking around. Off campus is a whole different thing.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: I got a lot of need-based aid, but as the school is very expensive I'm still working on lowering the cost. The financial aid process is your typical FAFSA

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There are some great places around to eat, but some of them take getting to. Within a short walking distance there are many quick chain restaurants that have food you might expect for a low cost. It's whatever

4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Los Angeles offers everything you could ever want. Like I don't know what to say beyond... it's Los Angeles

3 people found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Academics: I'm in astronautical engineering, a very small lone department. Because of that, all the students and professors are very close and love helping each other out. The counselors and upperclassmen really take their time to help you find out if this is what you're passionate about. It's a great program.

3 people found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Academics: The diversity of topics to study in incredible. You can find every niche you want to and amazing professors to go along with it. The registration process can be frustrating as spots fill up quickly, but that gets better the earlier and earlier (see: getting older and older) you are able to register. I've had amazing professors and some crappy ones, but that goes for any school. Workload is manageable.

3 College Freshman

Computers: Printing on campus is a hassle and incredibly expensive - get your own printer. The wifi is fast, but on occasion unreliable. The computer labs vary within the schools themselves, but the engineering ones are great. You need a personal computer.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I work a lot with a student-run engineering group, and that has most definitely impacted my experience in a positive way. The spirit on campus is amazing, as is the system of student support. I would choose my school again, I've had a great time

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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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