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Reviews 2427 total reviews with an average rating of 3.8

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4 College Freshman

Athletics: USC is rooted in athletic excellence. Our football program has historically been one of the best in the country. Our other sports teams constantly win conference or national championships, and even if students don't attend the games, everyone knows about the victories and applauds them.

5 College Freshman

Weather: I've become so spoiled with the excellent weather LA has to offer. The best days are 78 degrees, sunny, and breezy. It's on the cooler side in the morning and evening, around the 50s-60s. It very rarely rains (maybe three times this semester).

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: My experience is that most people aren't casual drinkers or smokers, they're either almost entirely sober, or stoners and/or binge drinkers. There isn't a whole lot of middle ground.

5 College Junior

Parking: Permits are reasonably priced, the parking lot is never full and there are plenty of meters around campus. Plus, they offer students rides to their cars at night time to reinforce our safety!

5 College Junior

Facilities: Everyone is friendly on campus and there are often groups doing tightrope or playing sports on the grass during breaks throughout the day.

College Junior

Facilities: I've only been to the main campus a few times, but most of the facilities are located there rather than the health science campus.

4 College Junior

Campus Strictness: I've never gotten a parking ticket, but the parking is readily available and there are several lots and meters. I feel protected by the campus security and police and feel they have the students' safety at their highest priority.

College Junior

Transportation: I drive myself to school because I live off campus. So I can't say from personal experience, but I know many of my peers utilize the shuttles and other public transportation options with few complications.

College Junior

Computers: I've only been at the campus for a semester and a summer and haven't needed to use the computer labs because I usually bring my laptop.

4 College Junior

Scholarships: The only not so great part about it is how expensive tuition is. Applying for loans and scholarships through the school was straight forward and an easy process. The school tries to help students through various scholarship programs, but even with those I have a lot of loan debt adding up at rather high interest rates.

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3 College Junior

Campus Dining: Just because of the location of most of my courses, I feel a little restricted to one restaurant. But there is a food court nearby and a hospital cafeteria, that I hear is really good. I try to pack my lunch. What is really good about eating on campus is that students don't have to pay tax, so it's reasonably priced.

5 College Junior

Overall Experience: I really enjoy my peers, the professors and the atmosphere of the campus. Plus, being accepted into the number 1 program for Occupational Therapy was a blessing and I would never choose to give that up!

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: The surrounding area is not known for it's safety, but the area I live in feels very safe and my apartment complex is mostly graduate students and young professionals. There are many options around campus and plenty of options to commute from westside LA or surrounding counties.

5 College Junior

Drug Safety: Never come across anything on campus or experienced any sort of peer pressure. This is likely correlated to the program I'm in and being on the health science campus, where majority of students are pretty occupied and devoted to their studies and well educated about the health compromises of drug and excessive alcohol use.

College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: I don't live on campus, so I'm not familiar with the dining around campus, but the dining in surround neighborhoods is excellent!

4 College Junior

Athletics: Football games draw everyone on campus to celebrate and support the team, win or lose!

4 College Junior

Nightlife: The program plans some events for just Occupational Therapy students as well as events for the whole health science campus, which are fun, cheap and safe for students! Other than that it is close to downtown LA and plenty of neighborhoods in LA with tons of nightlife.

5 College Junior

Academics: The way the program is set up, everyone is required to take a full semester in three of the main fields of Occupational Therapy and in the last semester we have the freedom to take courses in fields of interest. During the program we are also integrated into the community by being assigned a fieldwork site once a week during the semester and full time in the summer. By the end of the program every student has experience at 5 local facilities.

4 College Junior

Academics: Professors are always available for guidance and questions, always have students' best interest in minds! Campus is nice and a great atmosphere for learning and taking breaks (lunch break). Classrooms are comfortable and have whiteboard walls, which help with interactive learning. Class structure for the program I am enrolled in is enjoyable, full of activities, interactions and real life examples of the material.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: I got a scholarship. The school is generous in giving merit scholarships so apply before the scholarship deadline and get a chance to win some major scholarships

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4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I love the school, lots of involvement opportunities. Academics are good and you have a lot of accessibility with professors.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: Trojan athletics is one of the finest in the nation. Producing the most Olympic players in any university and Trojan football is frenzy on campus.

2 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Lots of violence outside of campus. The streets are dangerous to walk at night, campus patrols guard corner ways within 1 mile radius

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3 College Freshman

Transportation: There are several metro/dash/campus shuttle stops around and within campus. But the quality of public transportation is bad.

4 College Freshman

Diversity: Lots of international students and Asians. Lots of religious groups on Campus with Christianity the biggest. There are several political associations and the student government.


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BJ Grip
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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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