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4 College Sophomore

Weather: The weather is great. So Cal if known for its summers and beaches near by

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4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: USC is located downtown L.A and infamous for its diverse cultures. Campus is walking distance from many local restaurants which include Mexican restaurants, Salvadorian, Honduran and many other Latin American Cultures. The night life is great; LA Live one of the biggest attractions and close to the Staples Center.

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3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Wet campus. Lots of parties. Drugs very rarely shown, but alcohol is very prominent all the time.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: USC is in a pretty run down part of downtown LA. DPS keeps the place very secure and protected though. Just be smart and don't go out alone at night.

4 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greek life is very dominant at this school. Go Greek or go home. The Greek life is pretty cliquy and like a social ladder. There are top houses and bottom houses. Greeks aren't viewed very well by non-Greeks. They are viewed only as partyers. Housing for Greeks is very nice. Each chapter has its own house. 95% of the houses have a nice, large house on the "Row".

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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: The off campus housing is somewhat expensive, and the quality varies. Some places are pretty nice while others are flat-out terrible. The process to obtain housing is done by a lottery, so its completely random whether you get nice housing or crappy housing. There is not enough parking spots. DPS keeps the area very safe.

3 Recent Alumnus

Diversity: There is a pretty large international community on campus due to a large number or international students. However, most international students tend to isolate themselves (expected since it is a new country). I'll put it this way, there is not a large and diverse community on greek row.

2 Recent Alumnus

Health & Safety: USC is in the middle of a ghetto & every year there is usually one incident. That being said the school does make attempts to beef up security (i.e. private watch security), but even as an above average male I would never walk around the neighborhood by myself (or even in a group) late at night. Also I HIGHLY recommend anyone living near campus to stay in the student areas (the north side near the greek row) and AWAY from the west side (this is where the two international students were murdered).

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3 Recent Alumnus

Nightlife: USC is a party school but it is also a very heave greek school (~25%). If you are looking for "Animal House" you will find it here. The alumni culture is strong here especially during football season. BUT if you do not consider yourself "party person" or "greek" this may not be the best choice.

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2 Recent Alumnus

Majors: The school has a strong reputation in engineering & I have made lifelong connections. However, I was disappointed in the overall quality of teachers (multiple first time professors straight out of a PhD) and the lack of help actually finding a job from the school (not from classmates or networking). When I am unemployed I do not want calls from the school every 3-6 months asking how my college experience was I want a job.

3 College Junior

Nightlife: The club and bar scene in Los Angeles gives you plenty of variety. You can find 21+ and 18+ options. The music available at venues generally varies by night; I usually pick my place by the artist. At USC there are many school parties but the crowds are usually the same. Either a fraternity party, a theatre party, or (insert ethnic group) party.

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3 College Junior

Drug Safety: If you are going to party at USC school parties they are alcohol heavy. There is not a large amount of peer pressure but you may feel awkward as the only sober person in the crowd. If you are looking to go to clubs or bars around Los Angeles there is a free flow of drugs, but there is no real pressure to take any. As for disciplinary action at USC involving drugs or alcohol, it is not very strict as long as you don't make it extremely obvious that you are partaking in illegal actions. You get three strikes generally as long as it is keep in doors.

3 College Junior

Diversity: There are standard groups here. Majority of the students are wealthy so there is a not much class diversity. Many people are from the suburbs which creates a similar mentality through out many of the students. Also the majority of the students are white or asian so there is diversity but in groupings. We have a very large and welcome LGBT population. The students tend to be on the conservative side or the liberal side so I'd say its split politically.

4 College Freshman

Diversity: People are so different, but a majority is white. The different races often have their own enclave of groups and separate from others and keep to themselves. But on more than one occasion all races have fun together.

4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: The guys are friendly and some of their appearance can be deceiving. There have been rumors of rape from the frats. The girls are usually hot, but don't look at you too much unless you drink with them and go to parties to hook up. If you don't then you have to rely on your verbal game and how you present yourself. I've seen ugly dudes hook up with girls out of their league, sometimes it is just baffling.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I really liked living in the dormitories my freshman year. My dorm had a very social atmosphere and I met a lot of close friends because we lived together. If you want to meet a lot of new people stay one of the dormitories like Pardee, Marks or New/North as opposed to the residence halls that are formatted in a suite style. The in suites you bond with your suite mates but never really get to know anyone else in your hall unless you put in an extra effort. However, the suites are much nicer in quality because they are newer than the other residence halls.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: More people use alcohol, but marijuana is not uncommon. There are people who are really into that lifestyle, but it is not difficult to avoid it. There is less pressure to do drugs than alcohol.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: I would suggest applying by the earlier scholarship deadline so you are considered for all scholarships possible, also apply for other scholarships that the university offers. I ended up getting the aid I needed in the form of a combination of grants, a scholarship and loans, but I did have to phone in an appeal to the financial aid office after my initial awarded amount to get more aid. Talk to people in the office to see if things can be worked out. Apply for as many outside scholarships as possible in addition to applying for aid because USC is an expensive school and even after aid there is still a large amount to pay.

5 College Freshman

Nightlife: There is always something to do and somewhere to go every night of the week

5 College Freshman

Diversity: USC has the most international students out of all other universities in the US

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I feel totally safe on campus and north of campus at all hours.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: great teachers, resources, and opportunities to network!

3 College Junior

Guys & Girls: It really depends on the classes you take on what kind of people you will be surrounded by. Some people are really nice and no one is going to be rude during class. Outside of the class room it just depends on where you are some people are naturally bitter and off putting but most of the time people are really nice here and talk to everyone.

4 College Junior

Majors: The process of getting into the Political Science department is not very hard. You don't have any crazy requirements to fulfill. Classes are easy to find for your major and classes are decent sizes. To be admitted to POSC you really just declare your major and meet with the counselors who help you find the right classes.

4 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: There's people from all walks of life at USC. They could use a little more diversity, in my opinion but it's a great school. The guys range from jocks, to nerds, preppy, to your average down to earth cool cat. For the ladies, there's plenty of sorority chicks, some are stuck up, other girls range from country, to Southern Belles, to activists, to party girls and so many more.


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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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