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Reviews 2429 total reviews with an average rating of 3.8

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5 College Freshman

Parking: The main reason that I don't have a car on campus is becasue it costs so much to have permit.

5 College Freshman

Athletics: USC is definitely a big sports school.

5 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: The guys are one of a kind...in good ways and bad ways

3 people found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Facilities: The dining halls need improvement!!!

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I think off-campus is so attractive because the on-campus housing is so unattractive.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I love the campus and the city around it. The school is great and has so many opportunities. Going to USC also gives you great connections.

1 person found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: One thing that USC does have is a great Student Health Center with many specialists as well as DPS or campus police all over the place.

3 College Freshman

Computers: Most of them are Macs. I have not seen many computer labs, but I have never looked for them

4 College Freshman

Weather: You'd assume SoCal weather is 70ish year-round. DON'T. The weather here is bipolar. It can be in the 50s in the morning, but by noon, it'll end up being 80 something. And then it'll drop back down at night. It's hard to figure out what to wear here. It's also hotter here because we're in the city, urban heat island effect, blah blah blah.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Haven't been off campus much, not much time and trying to save money. There aren't a lot of places open after 11 though, and since the dining halls are also closed at that time, getting food late at night is a pain in the butt. Not to mention the fact that walking around off-campus at night is ill-advised here.

1 person found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Athletics: Galen Center is the best. Really nice facilities. The Lyon Center is just for student athletes and is supposedly even better than the Galen Center.

The school revolves around football. The amount of school spirit we have is almost obnoxious. We have 5 student organizations that focus on everyone's mutual love for USC: The Greatest Marching Band in the History of the Universe (ever!), Song Girls, Spirit Leaders, Helenes, and Trojan Knights. Also, massive tailgates on Game Days and Conquest Week.

Our team was doing pretty bad at the beginning of the season, but it seems to have turned around since Kiffin was fired.

2 College Freshman

Scholarships: While the University has been very generous with a lot of my friends, it has not been the case with me and my family. Scholarships are very generous for entering freshmen. If they offer a quarter, half, or full ride, it'll stay with you your whole time here unless your GPA is below 2.0 (like that's gonna happen). Scholarships for continuing students aren't nearly as big. The ones that are more than $1000 are often need based or for legacies.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Living on campus is extremely expensive. Most of the dorms don't have AC, so the price is not worth it. Internet here sucks. We're in South Central, so students do get robbed off campus. I've been getting emails about robberies at least once every couple of weeks. The campus itself feels pretty safe. Lots of lights, the gates are closed, and there's security guard patrols.

3 people found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Alcohol EVERYWHERE. In dorm rooms (occasionally), the Row, everywhere. Almost everyone drinks here. There's definitely a lot of peer pressure to drink; I for one entered college with the intention of never drinking but that's all gone now. DPS and the University cracks down on alcohol like crazy. God help you if you're found with alcohol in your dorm room.

4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Even though everyone here is very attractive, they all look very similar to each other and there's not much variety. A lot of the guys I've seen here are the SoCal type of hot, with sun-bleached blonde hair, bro tanks, longboards, etc. The girls are also the same. They all wear the same types of clothes and wear their makeup the same way too.

Tons of parties at the Row from Thursday to Saturday nights. Everyone there is drunk. The parties get shut down by DPS a lot.

No one's really into dating. It's all about hookups here.

6 people found this useful Report
2 College Freshman

Campus Dining: The meals cost about $13 each, and are definitely not worth the price. There isn't a lot of variety, the food is always too salty and americanized. All of the dining halls close at 10, so if you are hungry from studying, tough luck.

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Our campus is in the middle of South Central, so we can only feel so safe. Lots of robberies in the surrounding area; living off campus would be scary.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Student

Athletics: I go to Blair High School in Pasadena,California. The athlete's at my school are alright but, we haven't won a game in our season since 2008 ( in all sports) and although we haven't won, our team tries their hardest on the team and our teams performance is wonderful because the try over and over in till the complete what the need to get done. Our students at my high school and parents, help our teams motivation my cheering their hardest. Our school spirit is outstanding, we dress our school colors every day and we have spirit week, where 90% of the students that attend the school do spirit week. (For spirit week we had Monday- PJ Day, Tuesday- I.D. Switch, Wednesday- Classy Day, Thursday- Jersey Day and finally but no lease Friday- School Colors.

3 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: Administration is very strict in terms of parking, visitation, and academic violations, but are lenient and sometimes turn a blind eye to alcohol.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Transportation: We have the Metro line, Uber, Zipcar, etc. Everything but the Metro can get pretty costly.

4 College Freshman

Campus Dining: Better than those of other schools that I've visited, but definitely could use some improvement in late-night options and in healthier options.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: I wish there was better off-campus dining, but we are pretty confined in that area. Can't wait for UV to open!

5 College Freshman

Scholarships: As expensive as the school may be, they give great financial aid to those who need it.

4 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greek life is such a big part of USC. A third of the student population is involved.

2 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Drugs and alcohol run rampant in our school and it's very out of control.


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BJ Grip
Colorado Springs, CO
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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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