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Reviews 2429 total reviews with an average rating of 3.8

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College Senior

Weather: I take classes online through their Virtual Academic Center.

5 College Senior

Majors: Extremely happy with the program although it is extremely time consuming.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Senior

Academics: Heavy workload because USC has extremely high standards of students

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4 College Senior

Academics: USC has an excellent student support staff that is extremely accommodating. The professors are very knowledgeable and go out of their way to ensure a student's success.

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4 College Freshman

Weather: It's wonderful California weather! The only problem is the summer... no AC in the dorms = sauna on some floors.

5 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greek life is pretty huge despite being a part of such a small % of the school's population. Having an actual Greek row definitely makes it the place to be on a lot of nights, but non-Greeks can find friends and things to do as well.

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4 College Freshman

Academics: T.O. is great for people who love reading, writing, and the liberal arts. Your milage will vary based on the program, but the media programs in particular (journalism, film, games, etc.) are incredible. You're really learning from industry professionals and getting the skills you need to remain competitive.

3 College Freshman

Parking: Readily available, but it can get a little pricey.

College Junior

Nightlife: I don't participate in nightlife because I do not live on campus. What I know I've heard from friends who attend.

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3 College Junior

Drug Safety: It's there but they do their best to stay on top of it. It's like any other large university.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: There are plenty of housing options available, but generally living in LA can be pretty pricey. The housing options that are very cheap are generally in undesirable, sketchy areas. Security has gotten better though, and many more apartment complexes directed towards students are being built. The Lorenzo, Gateway, and Icon Plaza are examples of this.

4 College Junior

Majors: I am in Dornsife Letters of Arts and Sciences at USC and am happy with the program. There are a lot of tutors and facilities available and there are generally enough classes for students. There are a lot of great staff who love to help out during their office hours. Workload depends on which classes you take.

4 College Junior

Majors: The process of getting into my major was very easy. You just had to meet with an advisor in order to get signed up for the major. You must be proactive with your advisor though if you really want to make sure you are getting the best out of the program. You must openly ask questions about paths towards graduate school or internships that could help you.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: There are a lot of food options near USC, however the ones that generally stay open late are only fast food options. Also, cafes and restaurants nearby generally are a bit pricy. This is expected for LA though. Lately a lot of food options have been opening. For example, my current favorite is Pizza Studio and Built right by USC. Pizza studio has pretty good prices, but Built seems a little pricy for a burger in my opinion. Both are great places though!

3 College Junior

Majors: I am very happy as a Kinesiology major. However, I am not looking into going into medical school. I am interested in going to a post physical therapy program. My major generally has the same classes intended for pre-med students as well though. This makes things a little difficult because general classes like chemistry and biology are generally crowded and professors are trying to weed out those who should not be going into med school. If i could do it all over again I would take the classes off track so my GPA would not have suffered so much.

4 College Junior

Majors: I have not had the opportunity to start an internship with the University of Southern California yet, however I plan on applying to internships on the Health Science Campus for USC in order to become familiar with the physical therapy department. I am afraid of not having enough time for an internship, but I believe it is something important and worth committing to. I am currently a student worker for the University of Southern California in the customer support center for their Information Technology Services department. My responsibilities include answering the phone and helping students connect to the network, reset their password, or connect to our VPN services.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: There have been occasional safety difficulties, but SC has a ton of policies in place to prevent future problems and make sure all students have the resources they need to feel protected. I rarely if ever feel unsafe on or near campus.

4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: People talk a lot about USC being in "the ghetto", but I actually really love the community. We're in driving distance of beaches, mountains, and deserts, as well as a huge cultural center and great nightlife. There are also a ton of opportunities for community service and engaging with other universities, and all the job prospects that come with being in a large city.

4 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Financial aid will work with you, but you need to put in effort as well. The A is for the relatively large number of merit-based scholarships available, more than more colleges, which is great for middle class students.

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5 College Sophomore

Transportation: Bussing system on the edge of campus that will take you around LA for a few bucks and even Santa Monica for $1.25.

5 College Sophomore

Scholarships: The easiest process ever. Literally walk up to the office with documents, fax, or email them and they are guaranteed to be read by an officer within a day or two. The office has a waiting room with a flat screen, computers, and leather couches. Couldn't have been easier. They even filled out my application for me.

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4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Los Angeles has great food on every corner and a classy restaurant is never more than a mile away. Less classy and equally delicious food is never more than a quarter mile away.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Good food, i recommend new north for parties and parkside for isolated suites.

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3 College Sophomore

Parking: Great spot and even better security but the cost seems outrageous to me.

5 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I don't live on campus but I could talked about the university in general. Atmosphere is great at USC! Everyone is very friendly and helpful. The campus is beautiful. I love there staying and studying for my classes. They have over 100 practice room for musicians which are open 24/7.


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BJ Grip
Colorado Springs, CO
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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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