Los Angeles, CA
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Reviews 2199 total reviews with an average rating of 3.8

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3 College Senior

Transportation: Transportation is alright. The school does offer shuttles that takes you to the other campuses. However, the cost for parking is a bit pricey.

4 College Senior

Diversity: As a graduate student, there are various caucuses that cover the many diverse populations. From the various races, LGBT community, as well as the different religious clubs, this school takes into consideration all individuals attending.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: Fine. It could be better, but its decent considering the number of students.

5 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: LosAngeles is a gigantic city with a lot to offer. There's more than enough to keep people interested - Venice Boardwalk, Santa Monica Pier, Hollywood, all the studios, Long Beach, there's numerous museums from the Getty to Ripley's. There is something for everybody and vast cultural communities that offer history, information, activities and awesome food. Even the cemeteries offer something - weekends at Forest Lawn Glendale actually have a carnival atmosphere. USC offers a fantastic educational experience, LA offers a fantastic living experience.

2 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Housing close by is hard to come by and it's not exactly a safe neighborhood off the campus itself. What apartments there are seem to be reasonably priced and clean. Many students who live off campus prefer to commute from the beach communities. Commuting can be tough, though, traffic in LA is tough to maneuver and public transportation is hard to deal with.

3 College Sophomore

Academics: Professors are actually quite hard to reach. At this school, expect large classrooms where you'll basically be taught by inexperienced TA's rather than professors.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: The school and the officials understand what it's like to be a college student so very little punishment for drinking. They care more about getting you home safe than getting you in trouble.

5 College Sophomore

Weather: Absolutely beautiful weather almost any day of the week.

2 College Sophomore

Nightlife: The nightlife is basically limited to sorority and fraternity row. Good for girls, bad for guys not involved in fraternities.

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4 College Freshman

Scholarships: Lots of documents to submit, but after that its pretty easy and you receive a lot of financial aid

4 College Junior

Facilities: The school spirit and Trojan family make you feel instantly accepted into our special community as soon as you receive your letter of acceptance. The Trojan family is a unique combination of current students and alumni that care about USC and the experience that new students will have at the university. I must say that school pride is contagious due to the excellent alumni participation in school activities.

4 College Junior

Athletics: Athletics is the heart of USC. It truly bring students, their families, staff, faculty, and alumni together to support the university as a whole. Go Trojans!

4 College Junior

Campus Strictness: USC is a strict campus for a number of reasons. First, the campus is so large and the number of students on it at any time is also very large. The campus does its best to be strict in order to ensure the safety of its students, faulty, and staff.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: With the location of USC, the culture is undeniable, as is the food. There are a multitude of options on every corner that can be appeasing to everyone. There are traditional American cuisine restaurants and also ethnic food sections of the city. As a vegetarian, I have never had a problem finding something delicious to eat in the surrounding area.

4 College Junior

Scholarships: I was initially very confused about the progress of financial aid with the transition from undergraduate to graduate school. I called the financial aid office at USC and they were extremely helpful. They walked me through the process and the numbers to ensure that I had a full understanding of what I needed to do.

4 College Junior

Computers: Most people own their own computer but labs are available most of the time and WiFi is always on.

5 College Junior

Athletics: There is lots of Trojan football spirit and actually many other sports that "go all the way". If you aren't just a spectator, numerous clubs and intramural teams and sports are available that can be fairly competitive or just for fun. Home football Saturdays are really crazy and super fun!

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: There are plenty of very nice apartments with lots of amenities near campus if you want to pay for them. Most students live off campus by second semester sophomore year so follow your friends, make contacts with upper classmen and check with housing office on campus.

3 College Senior

Transportation: Public transit connects the major areas and reasonable prices are available for parking, but the LA region is heavily congested, making commute times slow.

3 College Senior

Diversity: Strong international group, mostly from the Asias (China India, etc). Mostly higher end economic backgrounds.

4 College Junior

Facilities: We have an awesome biomechanics lab in the physical therapy building. There are also multiple hospitals on campus.

4 College Junior

Guys & Girls: I attend school on the health science campus so we are all nerds. The men and women are generally fit and most are friendly.

3 College Junior

Scholarships: You will get all of your questions answered if you go directly into the financial aid office to speak to the man in charge. Emailing the FAO will get you nowhere.

2 College Junior

Facilities: I go to school on the health science campus of USC and it is really lacking in campus events.

4 College Sophomore

Nightlife: There is a bar on campus called Traddies, and a bar a couple of blocks down Figueroa called the 9-0. I've never been to the 9-0 so I'm not sure how lax they are on carding, but it's a popular place to go to. Traddies lets you in regardless of whether or not you are 21, but they give you a wristband if you are 21 and planning to drink. For those under 21: Another popular place to go is Frat Row on Thursdays to Saturdays, but Thirsty Thursday is when it's most packed. It's three blocks on 28th street full of frat and sorority houses, and unfortunately only girls are really allowed to party unless you know somebody or you have to pay a cover fee. Transportation is really easy because USC provides basically a free taxi called Campus Cruiser that picks you up and drops you off anywhere within one mile of campus if you call them. You can also pretty much walk to anywhere popular from campus. Nightlife at USC is pretty much awesomeeee


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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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