Location
Los Angeles, CA
Undergrads
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 Junior

Nightlife: If you're Greek there is tons to do on the Row during the week and on weekends people hit up the Hollywood nightlife scene. Also, there is a bar ON CAMPUS.

4 College Freshman

Diversity: There are people from all over the country and the world.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Just a lot of drinking and occasional smoking. Nothing too hard core

2 Recent Alumnus

Transportation: On and around campus transportation is excellent. There are trams and shuttles that go around campus and to various parking lots all day and into the evening. There is also a free campus taxi service for after hours.

Off campus, it's LA; it's horrible. You need a car and you need to know how to handle major traffic. Parking is expensive or inconvenient --take your pick. The buses and subway are not connected well, are dirty and dangerous. And you can't walk anywhere.

1 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Housing: It's expensive and mostly run down houses or really overpriced apartments. Share housing with friends or just stay in the dorms.

5 Recent Alumnus

Guys & Girls: It's LA. Everybody is concerned with looks and style. Some VERY pretty people. ;)

4 Recent Alumnus

Scholarships: I went to a small school in my hometown for my first two years and I highly recommend it. It allowed me to transfer in as a junior with most of my general requirements done and saved a lot in tuition. Also it's a great way to rehabilitate a less-than-stellar high school record. Financial aid is great here but you will probably accumulate some debt. The school is expensive

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2 Recent Alumnus

Majors: I was a Cinema Production Major. It was very exciting and in many ways a rewarding experience but I feel like there were too many negatives to give it a better grade. oThe program is SUPER demanding. There is a lot of favoritism and pettiness from the faculty. The grades are almost arbitrary and the school doesn't help with job placement afterward at ALL. In fact they make you pay for career counseling. There were never enough resources to go around in terms of equipment and space and the grad students got first priority over undergrads on everything. So they have a green screen sound stage that they'll brag all day about but if you're an undergrad, you'll probably never see it. If you do go, do as many internships as you can and try to line up a job before you graduate. Don't worry too much about school competition, it doesn't really matter. And know that you will probably end up working as a producer, an agent or not in the film industry.

3 Recent Alumnus

Local Atmosphere: Los Angeles is huge and has great weather. There is a LOT to do. The only reason I gave a B is because most activities require driving and there isn't much in walking distance from campus. Also, campus crime gets a lot of attention but, frankly, it happens to people that don't have street smarts. Don't leave your doors unlocked or your valuables out when you're not their to watch them. Don't walk alone at night; have a buddy or call the free campus taxi. Don't get drunk beyond reason around people you just met. If you do those simple few things, you'll be fine. There are some fun campus activities. The university has a great movie theater, swimming pool drive-in movies when it's hot out, free comedy shows and some concerts. Athletics are huge as is tailgating. It's not my thing but a lot of people are into it at SC and really enjoy it. The city at large has everything: sports, shopping, concerts, the beach, hiking, museums, nightlife, amazing food of every kind, hiking, surfing and skiing within a days drive.

3 College Junior

Campus Housing: I believe it is fairly nice. I personally have not live in one. according some of my friend they love it.

3 College Junior

Scholarships: I received a decent amount of financial aid from the school and other places but I advice a person to make regular appoint with their financial aid adviser so that you can be well taking care of financially.

4 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: USC is located right next to a museum. The area is peaceful and quiet. There is even a rose garden that you check out and relax in or even take your partner.

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: Campus security is very strict on parking. They don't care that much about underage drinking, especially during tailgating. Drinking in the dorms depends on your RA.

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4 College Sophomore

Computers: Computer lab open 24/7 and computers in the main campus library. They get very crowded during finals, but the school opens up other building during that time so you can always find a place to study.

3 College Sophomore

Nightlife: There are always parties on the row or a house near campus, but there is only one close bar.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: The dining hall food isn't that great. But the on campus restaurants are good, although some are overpriced.

3 College Senior

Nightlife: There is only one campus bar/club which is a bit disappointing. Parties on the Greek Row happen every weekend are quality events. House parties occur as well but are much quicker to be shut down. Transportation to off campus events can be found relatively easily

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4 College Senior

Drug Safety: There's tons of drinking here, and ample use of illicit drugs. Marijuana is quite prevalent. There are policies in place like alcohol.edu and substance abuse education but only so much can be enforced

4 College Senior

Facilities: There are tons of libraries and many good study spots on campus. The student union has resources for almost every need and the aesthetics are pretty pleasing on campus. The athletic center could use some renovations and upgrades but is satisfactory overall.

4 College Freshman

Facilities: so much support and guidance, and the alumni will hook you up with networking

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4 College Freshman

Facilities: Spirit out the wazoo. Cardinal and Gold everywhere, and people are so psyched to be here. facilities and the like are amazing--it's USC so they better be. You get the whole Ivy and brick wall aesthetic, plus gorgeous foliage and sculptures.

3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: It's not exactly fine cuisine, but with a few dining halls within walking distance you can generally find something good. EVK has good omelettes, but IRC food is better for lunch and dinner. There's great stuff in Tutor center

5 College Senior

Athletics: USC is known for world class athletics and renowned over the country for football, track, water polo, and many other sports. Varsity sports are almost always televised and huge not only for students on campus but also the thousands of fans that never attended USC.

4 College Senior

Nightlife: Located in the heart of Los Angeles, there are thousands of things to do every night and even more possibilities on the weekend.

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5 College Senior

Guys & Girls: Great amount and variety of diversity with both guys and girls. Many kinds of people from different walks of life that make this school a very unique one.

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BJ Grip
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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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