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Los Angeles, CA
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17,619
Tuition
$46,363
Admission Difficulty
Very Hard
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Reviews 2427 total reviews with an average rating of 3.8

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5 College Freshman

Athletics: USC football - enough said.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Off-campus crime is prevalent, but I always feel safe on-campus.

5 College Freshman

Weather: Los Angeles weather - enough said.

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5 College Freshman

Diversity: I think USC has arguably the most diverse campus in the nation.

4 College Freshman

Computers: Wifi is unreliable, but there are many computer labs and tons of Macs.

4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Alcohol rules. It's everywhere. You don't have to drink, but you have to be comfortable with drunk people because you'll see them often. Drugs aren't as big, but this is California, so you can find some weed if you want to score some. but yeah, booze everywhere.

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4 College Freshman

Academics: The key word at SC is flexibility. They're big on you planning out your curriculum and exploring your interests a lot. Some of the programs here (cinema, journalism, engineering) are nationally and internationally renowned. My professors have been amazing so far. Powerful, accomplished people teach at SC, and I've already learned so much.

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4 College Freshman

Facilities: It's a big campus, so it depends on what aspect you're focusing on. Some buildings, like the Cinema school, are GORGEOUS. Others are leaning towards the old side. Overall, the school is beautiful and pleasant to walk around in. They're always building more structures (like the new journalism/comm building!) so it's interesting to see the campus continue to grow.

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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: A lot of restaurants nearby within walking distance. You can find whatever type of food you want just by going off campus any time. If you have a car, you're set -- so many great restaurants in LA.

4 College Freshman

Diversity: One of the most cosmopolitan campuses in the US. One of the highest rates of international students here. Tons of clubs for people of every race, gender, and religion. Class tends to lean towards the affluent, but I think that's a legacy thing that SC is trying to shake.

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: DPS is everywhere, so you shouldn't worry about the bad rap the USC area gets. I've walked around at night in and around campus and never felt unsafe. South Central LA obviously isn't a college town, but the area around USC can feel like it due to the sheer amount of college students everywhere. Everyone seems safe, the health center is supportive, and I've always felt good about my safety. The only reason I didn't give SC 5 stars was because a LOT of people seem to get hurt due to binge drinking, which I think is a bit of a problem with the school's culture, especially with the Greek system. I've also heard a lot about the school's inability to properly deal with sexual assault, so take that as you will...

1 College Freshman

Campus Dining: One of the worst aspects on campus. There's only three dining halls and they mostly serve the same food (although students will debate otherwise, there really isn't much difference). They close at 10, so if you missed dinner, tough luck. The food is repetitive and gets old fast. They have maybe 5 or 6 meals they just cycle through with different variations. Everything tastes kind of bland and pre-made. Occasionally they'll have something decent, but that's rare.

4 College Freshman

Computers: Can't say there's anything wrong with the way computers are run here. They're handled professionally and as learning tools. I don't really know what else to say about them.

1 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The dorms are very social and nice enough, but the main problem is that it's basically anything goes a lot of time. It's hard to get sleep sometimes, and it can feel a little chaotic on some nights. Other than that, it's a decent vibe. The dorms are okay -- nothing really of note. They're pretty damn expensive though, which is why I rated them a little lower.

3 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: It's a big school, so it'll be a mixed bag. There's a lot of stereotypically vapid SoCal guys and girls who are just here to party, fornicate, and get drunk off their parents' money. But on the other hand, you have amazing filmmakers, actors, artists, and future doctors and lawyers who are very driven. It's hard to say who you'll encounter at SC. Generally, however, this is a VERY social school with a huge social scene and an outgoing population.

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4 College Freshman

Scholarships: They give out an obscene amount of merit scholarships to freshman for a top 25 school. I've heard the financial aid is pretty great as well. There's also countless scholarships for continuing students that should help ease the payments a little bit. I know people who turned down very good schools because of how good USC aid is.

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College Freshman

Campus Strictness: I don't really know how to "rate" this category. The campus is very lenient in almost every respect. It's very difficult to get expelled or put into serious jeopardy if you have half a brain and don't go around making a fool of yourself. Alcohol is easy to find. It's loud and people party -- hard. The streets overflow with beer during tailgating, and there's always a party going on somewhere. If that's your thing, then this is a good place to be. if it isn't, then there's plenty to do elsewhere.

4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: It's LA! It's hard to get bored in the second biggest city in the country. The talk of the surrounding area being "ghetto" is overblown and only shows how pretentious and classist people can be at times. The school has public safety officers posted EVERYWHERE around the school, the locals are accommodating enough whenever I walk near campus or take the bus downtown, and I've never had any problems. LA gets a lot of flack sometimes, but it's an exciting city to go to college in.

3 College Freshman

Transportation: There's a robust LA bus system and the metro is only getting better. USC runs several buses to places like Union Station and even around the local area. Campus cruiser is there to take you around the surrounding area at night as well. Obviously, this is LA, so you won't be able to get just ANYWHERE without a car, but there's enough to do that you can get to just by taking transit.

2 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: There are extremely expensive American Campus Communities-type options, and there are buildings that are a bit more rundown. The area directly surrounding campus isn't terrible, but some streets are definitely worse than others.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: The GE program is fairly rigorous, but the school's setup for GE requirements allows you to choose which classes you want to take from a variety of classes, so you can end up creating a class schedule that is as interesting and difficult as you want it to be, or as boring and easy. Pretty much totally up to you!

4 College Sophomore

Academics: It's pretty simple: if you want a theatre tech degree that won't go to waste, come to USC. The program is great, but what's really important is the connections you'll make. The internship opportunities are amazing, and guest speakers and directors come in all the time to work with students. You can begin networking right in your first semester.

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1 College Sophomore

Computers: A lot of the computer labs are locked almost 24/7 because they are used for specific classes. Wireless access is awesome, especially on such a large campus. I still haven't figured out how to print things on campus. I would definitely say bring your own laptop and printer.

2 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: We're in the worst part of LA. However, off campus security increases and expands every year, so it's safer and safer to attend off-campus activities at night. With the metro stations nearby and lots of fun things to do in downtown LA, it's easy to participate in a variety of on and off campus activities. I would highly recommend bringing a car if you come in the next few semesters. The metro is still fairly new and confusing if you're not from a city with a metro system you're used to using, and LA traffic is really not that bad if you travel at the right times. Getting to the beach is pretty easy and also awesome.

4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: I'm not a part of it, but they seem to have a great time, and are very open to including (female) non-Greeks at any party. Research the chapter you want to join before rushing for more information and to make sure it's the right fit for you.

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BJ Grip
Hometown
Colorado Springs, CO
Major
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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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