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Reviews 2199 total reviews with an average rating of 3.8

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3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: I want more scholarship opportunities.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: Tailgates are fun on campus.

3 College Sophomore

Nightlife: Pasadena has an older crowd.

College Sophomore

Computers: I use my iPad required by the DPT program.

5 College Sophomore

Academics: The DPT program has great professors.

3 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: I feel safe living in Alhambra, but I wouldn't move any closer to the Health Science campus.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: The program is amazing, but pricey.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: Maybe performing interviews to be more selective.

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: USC has the highest accepted number of International Students in the country. It is because of this that we have such a diverse group of classes ranging from people all around the country and the world. I enjoy our diversity as I end up living with people (as we all end up staying in the areas around school) that I would never expect to. I learn things about my own culture and the cultures of others and it only makes me want to travel and expand my world view. I have friends of all ethnicity's, backgrounds, sexual orientation and heritage and it makes my understanding of the world much broader and comprehensive.

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3 College Sophomore

Transportation: The shuttle systems are a mess and off timing consistently. However, the school offers a service called "Campus Cruise" which is a shuttle operating from 6pm-3am to avoid drunk driving and long dangerous walks. This system is phenomenal and convenient where as our shuttle systems are rather unorganized and annoying.

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5 College Sophomore

Majors: USC Interactive Media & Games is ranked the best games division school in the country for four years now, and I can see why. The school here is lovely, the teachers have experience, RECENT experience in the industry and truly care, the students are dedicated and all are working on independent projects, and the facilities are beautiful. I feel so blessed to be at this school. My only problem is the area is so expensive to live in, I have credit card debt up to my eyes despite the fact I work my maximum 20 hours a week allowed with my job while balancing coursework. I am worried that the debt will soon catch up with me and I may have to take time out of school just to get back to zero.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: Internship can be a tricky process. On the one hand when someone receives their first internship they have thoughts such as: "what if I'm not qualified," "do I deserve this," "will I receive a valuable experience," "how many other people my age have already had SEVERAL internships, am I behind?" They are all legitimate worries and are part of the reason students become so worked up over internships. However, for me I simply wanted to work with a company where I could: 1. Contribute something significant, 2. learn something invaluable not possible elsewhere, 3. create business connections that could help the future of my career, and possibly most importantly 4. will I still want to work in this field after I finish my internship?

I have found my internship to be incredibly valuable because I went in with certain expectations and put in more than I thought was necessary and the company responded with overwhelming gratitude. At the end of the day each internship is different for the field the applicant is applying for. An example would be my interview process for an educational games company called GameDesk. I came in dressed in a full 3-piece suit (against the recommendations of my friends) because I have always felt it is better to be over than under-dressed. As my friends predicted, I was out of place. The games industry is a very relaxed space demanding long hours and claustrophobic work environments, the last thing anybody wants to do is be stuck in anything but shorts or sweatpants here. It was here where I first found how much I enjoyed this type of work environment. Continuing on with the company I realized how to work with others in a dynamic field that requires a lot of pushback, how to say no, how much work is TOO much work, where to take my time, and--most importantly--how to understand how much my performance effects the rest of the team. While my internship experiences have been nerve-wracking to say the least, I can certainly call them meaningful.

5 Recent Alumnus

Weather: It's called sunny SoCal for a reason!

3 Recent Alumnus

Health & Safety: Overall, I didn't really feel unsafe at school.

4 Recent Alumnus

Diversity: I've met people from so many locations and with so many different lifestyles as a result of being at USC.

3 Recent Alumnus

Drug Safety: I think it's a normal level -- some people partake in it, some don't.

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5 Recent Alumnus

Athletics: The experience of being a fan of Trojan football is spectacular--our school spirit is extraordinary.

4 Recent Alumnus

Local Atmosphere: Right by Downtown Los Angeles, Hollywood, the movie studios, and the beaches… awesome!

3 Recent Alumnus

Campus Housing: Could be better, but the basic needs are met.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: There is a large diversity of dining options. Something for everyone

4 College Junior

Nightlife: There is always something going on or around campus. Either on th row or in one of the nearby bars.

3 College Sophomore

Computers: connecting to wireless plus is annoying

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1 College Sophomore

Transportation: public transportation in LA is a travesty.

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2 College Sophomore

Scholarships: cost of attendance was several thousands more than the expected cost

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: good until you get tired of the same spots


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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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