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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4 College Sophomore

Transportation: The Campus Cruiser system is fairly unique to USC and is the only transportation system I really ever use - the rest of the campus is pretty bike-able or walk-able

4 College Freshman

Majors: The faculty is incredible. Coursework moves quickly. Several performance opportunities.

7 people found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Majors: The internships can be anything. I haven't won one yet because I'm still too inexperienced. Don't expect a paid internship during undergrad. They're rare.

3 people found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Majors: It's not everything I expected, but it's still great with more opportunities than I could use.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: They're in trouble right now for the LMU incident.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Majors: I'm a french horn performance major, so I had to audition better than the other applicants. It required a lot of preperation.

5 College Junior

Majors: I am earning a Master's degree in Heritage Conservation and am very happy with my program. I absolutely love my subjects, and my professors are all practicing professionals, which encourages me and reassures me that all of the things I'm learning can be applied in my future career. I haven't met one person in my program who isn't working if they want to, and have met some outstanding graduates of the program who are now doing fantastic things in Los Angeles.

3 people found this useful Report
4 College Junior

Facilities: USC has a network..and I'm talking a real network. I'm in a field where jobs are scarce and expectations are high, but almost every practicing professional I've met in the area has come out of my program at some point. The faculty is very helpful and has all but guaranteed jobs after graduation, which is extremely important to me having spent the most impressionable years of my life in the 'great recession.' There's nothing like the network, I'm tellin' ya.

5 College Junior

Academics: I am in a very small program- there are about 20 of us total. I love that we're such a small, selective program because it's less about competition than it is about support. Graduate school has a reputation of being scary and competitive, but this program is all about connecting and understanding your peers will be your future gateways to valuable resources. The faculty are incredibly supportive and are all working professionals. It is incredibly challenging, and TIME CONSUMING, but I wouldn't expect grad school to be anything otherwise. I couldn't be happier!

3 people found this useful Report
5 College Junior

Facilities: I've found all of the student facilities are clean, staffed, and easy to access. The only building I have trouble getting to is the gym, which is on the opposite side of the University Park campus, and I am in the department of Architecture. Other than that, everything else is central to campus including the bookstore, main dining center, health center, and other amenities. The staff in the various facilities is knowledgeable and very helpful. The building aesthetics are great, the university has several historically designated buildings on campus, and many of the other buildings are interesting and designed by firms that practiced heavily in the LA area.

3 College Sophomore

Transportation: The university provides many transportation services and partners with other companies to make transportation easier for its students. Busses and shuttles run throughout the campus and its surrounding area as well as into outside areas such as downtown LA. Graduate students can also get a very cheap semester pass with Metro. With all of that being said, it can still be difficult to get around without the convenience of a car. Cars can be annoying on the campus because they are expensive, parking is overpriced and very limited. Despite the difficulties of being in the city, the school does a good job helping students with transportation needs.

5 people found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Academics: As an undergraduate music performance major there are some good things and some bad things. The music teachers are wonderful performers, teachers, and mentors. Many of teachers give us the unique perspective of studio musicians and what it takes to make it in the industry. We have plenty of work cut out for us as we play in a large ensemble and at least one chamber group every semester in addition to preparing solo music and preparing for auditions. As an undergraduate, I don't always get to play the best parts in orchestra or wind ensemble because there are many talented graduate students who get the better playing opportunities. We usually have access to excellent facilities, but they can fill up during peak hours. Overall, I feel like I am getting an incredible education in music.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Academics: There are a wide variety of academic classes offered. Most of the professors are brilliant and design the courses well, but are generally average presenters of their knowledge. The TAs all tend to be fantastic teachers that are much more helpful than the actual professors. The classes I'm in right now have a surprisingly light workload, but a fair amount of dense reading.

2 people found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There are many wonderful restaurants in the LA area.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: I haven't seen any drug or alcohol use on campus. The school provides us training in responsible alcohol use and there is little pressure to drink.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Senior

Computers: Technology is completely advanced at the school. The students always have access to computers and laptops!

13 people found this useful Report
4 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: We have a truly diverse group of students that excel and are passionate in different areas, and there are outlets for each of these areas out of the classroom. the shopping, when i get a chance is fantastic along with the attractions. couldn't sask for a better area.

7 people found this useful Report
4 College Junior

Academics: Students with special interests or those who wish to better position themselves in the job market may find the opportunity to concurrently earn two degrees especially advantageous.

7 people found this useful Report
4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: eating establishment abound! i could eats somethig different everyday

2 people found this useful Report
5 College Junior

Academics: Campus os great! have not met a person i did not like! classes are awesom

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Senior

Guys & Girls: USC students are diverse with similarities and differences alike in number. Anyone should feel welcome at USC.

5 people found this useful Report
5 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: The local atmosphere surrounding USC is positive; there are tons of activities to get involved with and the people and businesses are very supportive.

3 people found this useful Report
4 College Senior

Athletics: USC has a great student following; they are supportive of our teams. We have great athletic facilities and regular emails are sent out to encourage faculty, students, and alumni support.

1 person found this useful Report
5 College Junior

Computers: All libraries has plenty of computers. From what I've seen, there are mostly fairly new computers, Macs and PCs, clean, fast and always available. Wifi works everywhere on campus, the printing is pretty fast and convenient.

4 people found this useful Report
5 College Junior

Weather: AMAZING! Almost every day is a beach day. Winter is rainy at times, but great weather for most year-round

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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