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3 College Freshman

Parking: Parking is relatively easy with the parking structures, but the fact that the costs are so expensive to have a car here, many students decide not to keep a car on campus. Plus the process to get a permit and how to get to certain parking lot and a certain time is nightmarish.

4 College Student

Scholarships: I knew already that one phone call could get me financial aid to get me part way through school. Calling on a regular basis can be nothing but helpful for you to learn more ways to get more help. I just recently asked for extra help and i was led to all kinds of scholarships that could give extra free help.

4 College Freshman

Transportation: LA has a bus system and a train system that consists of many routes that can take you all over Southern California. There is a train station right at USC so students can easily hop on the train and explore the city. Travelling without a car is highly manageable at USC

4 College Freshman

Academics: I'm an electrical engineering major, and so far my experience has been fairly positive. My professors are accessible, my TAs are generally helpful, and many resources (writing center, math center, supplementary instruction sessions) are maintained to help students succeed in their academics. Some of the professors were less than adequate in their teaching skills, but there were always other opportunities to find assistance from others to succeed.

4 College Freshman

Academics: There are many options at USC to pursue your academic endeavors. Study abroad, research positions, and a wide variety of majors allows you to explore your studies in many ways. In addition, USC's location in Los Angeles opens the door to many internships, connections, and opportunities that comes with being in a global city.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Los Angeles has many delicious restaurant options to eat. Right off campus, there is the University Village which has 21 choices and Starbucks. There is also Chick Fil-A, Quiznos, Pizza Studio, Cold Stone Creamery, Built Burgers, and more. Little Tokyo and Koreatown are a short metro ride away, opening up many more options of Asian food. Being in Los Angeles, USC has many varieties of off campus food to eat.

5 College Sophomore

Majors: Classics is the best major ever. Anyone who likes literature, philosophy, history etc. will find a home there. Classes are extremely small, sometimes down to two or three person classes working with a professor, and you can largely structure the major to meet your interests, and easily double major.

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5 Recent Alumnus

Diversity: USC is consistently rated one of the top univerisites for diversity. We have the largest international population of any university in America. In addition there are over 600 clubs reaching out to people of all different backgrounds, beliefs, orientation, etc.. LA is a really tolerant city and those seeking diversity can find it here.

3 Recent Alumnus

Nightlife: Nightlife is great if you are 21. LA is for people with cars who are of age. There's plenty activities to do if you are underage, but unless you're willing to haul a distance to go out don't expect it to be easy to go to bars without a car.

4 Recent Alumnus

Facilities: I lived off campus because I transferred in as a junior but I spent a lot of time on campus because I had an intense major (cinematic arts production). The green spaces are beautiful. The campus is crowded but easily walkable. Most students are extremely friendly and helpful. The population is very diverse with people of all shapes, sizes, colors, religions, etc. so you don't feel much pressure to fit in. Most environments are very accepting and welcoming of diversity and differences. There are quite a few campus events: concerts, movie nights, performers of all types, plays, movies, sporting events, religious groups, singing groups, greek organizations, musical groups, student radio. The fountains are a ridiculous waste of money, especially the reflecting pond outside Linschied Library (it's heated for no apparent reason). The big tradition/event is football. There is always a big rally and all the fans follow the marching band to the stadium.

5 Recent Alumnus

Computers: USC has a 24 hour library that has a large computer lab with both macs and PCs. I didn't have a computer at all and wrote all of my papers there. I never had to wait for a computer and I felt safe when I had to pull all-nighters. If you live off campus, there is a parking structure right behind the library where you can park your car. Also, there is campus cruisers and an escort service to walk or drive you home late at night. The only downside was that you had to pay for printing but it was really not that big of a deal: 10 cents/page.

5 Recent Alumnus

Weather: It's Southern California; it's like summer all the time. Occasionally it rains and everyone freaks out and drives crazy like it's a big deal but it's really not to anyone who has lived where there is "real" weather. The only slightly annoying thing is that you always have to carry a light sweater because the temperature drops when the sun goes down.

5 College Freshman

Nightlife: Tons of parties. Dorms, house parties, the frat row, or (for the older folks or those with fakes) the 9-0 bar is a good option.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Big houses, usually with parking and a big yard area. You can expect to have your own room, which is nice, but you'll pay for it (800-1200 a month)

4 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: Registered frat parties never get shut down, but if you throw a party not registered with the school you can expect a visit from the campus police before midnight.

5 College Senior

Transportation: Public transportation is amazing at USC. The school provides students with discounted monthly bus passes that can be reloaded on campus and are accepted throughout all of Los Angeles. Aside from commuting from home, students use public transportation for fun nights out in Hollywood or Downtown LA. Aside from the, the University provides a service called Campus Cruiser that you can call to be picked up and dropped off between the hours of 6PM to 3AM around the USC area. For farther locations, students can use discounted taxi services and discounted car rentals. Furthermore, the train is a great resource to students and staff that commute daily from locations up to 2 hours away. The prices for all these forms of transportation are convenient on a college student budget.

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4 College Junior

Campus Strictness: We have DPS on campus and they are pretty strict with students and biking. I know that the LAPD sometimes stands outside of campus giving students tickets for biking.

4 College Junior

Majors: I am happy with my program and I would not do it over again if I could.

4 College Junior

Majors: USC has a lot of internship opportunities through Connectsc and internship fairs.

4 College Junior

Computers: There is internet everywhere on campus and you are not required to sign in. The speed is fast.

4 College Junior

Majors: I enjoy the program that I am in. The workload isn't too hard and the classes are fairly interesting.

3 College Junior

Majors: I am an English major at USC and there were no abnormal application processes. It was relatively easy to get in from my experience. Have a good GPA and a good application (essays).

4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: The school is in l.a and close to public transit that will safely take you to downtown or the west side where there are lots of things to do. The area is not the safest but it is often patrolled and there is lots of security. It is l.a so it is extremely multicultural.

3 College Senior

Transportation: THey offer very little by the school itself. However, there is an expo line, subway, that goes right to campus. Most people have a car.

4 College Senior

Campus Housing: It is very social, which is nice. Also, they are close to the classes which is very good. Most are nice buildings.


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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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