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Reviews 2429 total reviews with an average rating of 3.8

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1 College Junior

Transportation: No public transportation in LA, the rumors are true. (except the bus but it's awful and somewhat scary)

4 College Junior

Computers: It gets busy so you really should bring your own computer, but there are many and various computers available to students in the libraries.

5 College Junior

Overall Experience: Although it has its problems, USC is the best school for the well rounded student. Olympic level athleticism meets graduate level academics and first rate arts.

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4 College Junior

Campus Dining: Although at one point it was rather limited, it gets better every year, and with three meal halls now on campus you can usually alway find something you like. A bit expensive, but good quality, especially in terms of service.

2 College Junior

Nightlife: Frat houses are good, but exclusive. Other USC parties are frequent enough, but hit or miss, and there is only one bar off campus which has long lines and is extremely classless. However, if you really look for a good scene you can find one either in greek life or neighborhood parties.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: A lot of chain restaurants. Good for late night options, and there are a few gems if you can find them, but generally food is pretty repetitive and cheap.

3 College Junior

Greek Life: Gets shut down a lot, but when they're open they go all out on parties. This year one frat threw a party that cost $50,000 for one night. However, if you're in, you're all in, and if you're not, you'll probably never see the inside of a frat house. Very exclusive.

5 College Junior

Academics: Classics majors receive a lot of personal attention and are taught by full professors from their freshman year, Generally the student faculty ration is about six to one, with some classes essentially being private tutoring.

College Freshman

Parking: I don't have a car, nor is one needed except to leave campus and do things off-campus.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Nightlife: There is something for everyone, from the nightlife in downtown LA to local fraternity parties or dinner dates out.

4 College Freshman

Scholarships: Apply, apply, apply. You need to be looking at everything that is available and apply because it adds up.

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5 College Freshman

Athletics: The spirit of the school is carried by the sports, be football, basketball, etc.

5 College Freshman

Diversity: There are cultural programs for minorities and anyone who wants to explore different cultures.

5 College Freshman

Weather: It is Southern California! Sun, some clouds, a couple rainy days and beautiful mornings(on weekends at least).

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: The school spirit on game day invigorates the whole campus, people from everywhere come and being a student makes the experience better.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Reserve off-campus dining to weekends when there is the most time to go. Cup o' joy as a study break spot is the best! Boba!

5 College Freshman

Academics: I still havent taken classes for my major, however, as an International relations major, the programs available have been astonishing. So many opportunities to exercise what we learn.

4 College Freshman

Academics: The professors are very accessible and are willing to help.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: Being a non-vegan/vegetarian and having no religious preferences, I must say I find the food options plentiful. No organic choices, though. And it can get a little greasy.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Not part of Greek life. They tend to be pretty shallow to me.. I don't need a clique of girls to make my connections.

5 College Sophomore

Weather: Soo... It doesn't snow.. To me, that warrants an 'It's the best'

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Parking: I can't really say much seeing as I don't own a car.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: The USC campus has clear rules and regulations but honestly, as long as one is clever about their mischief, one can get away with a lot. I walk through one too many clouds of weed-heavy air in my residence hall's corridors.

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5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Attending USC is one of the best decisions I have made, and I am only a first semester freshman! So excited for the next three and a half years.

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5 College Freshman

Nightlife: A taxis is always the best bet because we do not have cars being that the majority of us are first year students.


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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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