Location
Los Angeles, CA
Undergrads
17,619
Tuition
$46,363
Admission Difficulty
Very Hard
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Reviews 2429 total reviews with an average rating of 3.8

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4 College Senior

Majors: I enjoy the challenge of the mechanical engineering major, but i wish someone warned me exactly how difficult it is. They push students to their limits and I learned more than I ever thought I would.

3 people found this useful Report
3 College Senior

Majors: I have interned for many years with government engineers. I would reccommend finding a paying intership above all else. Experience is valuable, but so is your time.

3 College Senior

Academics: As an engineering student, the professors are very hit-or-miss. I've had a few courses where the professor struggled to speak english. Other than that, the I can only say good things about the academic experience.

4 College Senior

Academics: The classes prepare you to become a professional engineer and focus on skills that will prepare you for the working world.

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: The financial extremity of attending this school does limit the economic range of students allowed, and I find very few students from my own, moderate background. What is lacked in financial differences is made up for by the range of culture and views that can be found at USC by its highly international and variously affiliated student body.

3 people found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: As a nonparticipating student, I find the culture provided by Fraternities very accessible. Unfortunately, this is a biased perspective, and as an inactive female, I can appreciate that inactive males at this school struggle to involve themselves in events that I am unquestioningly allowed and invited. There seems to be a much higher payoff for men to join Greek life here than women.

2 people found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Athletics: USC students, staff, and alumni greatly care about athletic facilities and performances. Recreational amenities are available to all those affiliated with the University and are highly accessible. Support for events, however, is not very evenly spread; USC football clearly overshadows all other activities and other varsity sports suffer a lack of attention from the general student population.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: USC provides the necessities for forming an on campus community by encouraging student groups and dorm activities.

1 person found this useful Report
5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I love USC. Everyday I think about how lucky I am to go to this school.

3 people found this useful Report
5 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: The social scene on campus is fantastic. I love the people and I love my new friends.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Diversity: It's called the University of Spoiled Children for a reason. A lot of rich white people.

5 people found this useful Report
5 College Sophomore

Majors: Writing for Screen and Television for life. I'm in the right place for what I want to do.

5 College Sophomore

Majors: I visited several times before applying and they always told us that getting into USC is one of the most difficult things to do. I don't know how to describe being rejected because it never happened to me. Although the application (six writing samples) was strenuous, it was one of the most rewarding things I did my senior year of high school.

6 people found this useful Report
5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: LA is known for its food, and for good reason. I work on the campus cooking show and we constantly explore LA cuisine.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Walking off campus is one of the scarier experiences I've had.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: They have good restaurant options, but if I ever go to EVK again it will be to protest the food there.

1 person found this useful Report
5 College Sophomore

Athletics: USC has made me fall in love with sports again. Football is a religious experience.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: It's nice that they understand that we're students and we party. That's fine. But when it comes to sexual assault, it's pretty atrocious how lenient they are.

2 people found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Los Angeles is one of the coolest, most diverse cities I've ever been to. Unfortunately, I hate trying to get around in it almost as much as I love it.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Facilities: Trojan football has over taken my life. I can't wait to get back to campus and to my team. Ground Zero is one of my favorite places on campus. Doheny is beautiful. I love working for Trojan Vision. Some of the buildings are run down, though. The Lyon Center is... okay. It's fine. It's just lacking. And don't even get me STARTED on the hell hole that is Leavey. But those are minor in comparison to the perks that being an SC student offers.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Facilities: I came to USC for the School of Cinematic Arts. It's my version of the Ivy League. Because of it, I've gotten to have lunch--not just meet for five seconds--but have LUNCH with Academy Award winning directors. Directors with an "s." Not to mention the Trojan Family. If you meet a fellow Trojan, you've just made a lasting business connection.

2 people found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: The financial aid process is great and I received a large merit scholarship, but it's just that upper middle class burden of being too wealthy for extra aid but not wealthy enough to afford private school tuition.

1 person found this useful Report
5 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Attractive guys, attractive girls, tons of diversity

2 people found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Mostly fast food, but there are tons of options and they're all close by and open late.

4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Greek life is huge. For a girl, it isn't necessary to be in a sorority for the social scene, but guys kind of have to be in a frat to party. I didn't join a sorority freshman year, but I'm regretting that decision now because I've seen how great a sorority can be at creating friendships and connections.

2 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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