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Reviews 2429 total reviews with an average rating of 3.8

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3 College Senior

Facilities: For the most part, USC's facilities are state of the art, especially the new buildings that are being constructed. However, one thing they should really consider upgrading is the gym. It looks like they haven't upgraded it since USC opened

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4 College Senior

Greek Life: If you enjoy the Greek lifestyle, USC is for you. Social life is centered around Greek life.

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4 College Senior

Athletics: In term of USC's major sports, we had a pretty down year last year, but there are still die hard fans that come out and support their teams no matter what. Especially at USC tailgates, you truly see what sort of camaraderie there is among USC students and alumni. Great atmosphere and great program

5 College Junior

Majors: I love it. It's a little hectic schedule-wise and I've had a few not so great professors, but for the most part it's been excellent and I wouldn't want to be anywhere else in comparison.

2 College Junior

Campus Strictness: It varies depending on your experience and how risky you are about doing illegal activities. Generally, the campus is strict. It keeps things under control.

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4 College Junior

Guys & Girls: There is someone for everyone. Everyone is smart and generally attractive and classy.

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2 College Junior

Parking: You can find parking. It's difficult, from what I can gather, but I don't have a car. I don't recommend even having a car.

4 Recent Alumnus

Majors: Professors are very knowledgeable in their subject matter. I have a professor who has taught the subject longer than I have been alive.

3 Recent Alumnus

Majors: Many advance placement courses are necessary in the mathematics department. They are looking for students who demonstrate critical thinking and analytical skills.

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4 College Junior

Campus Housing: The campus housing, albeit expensive is GREAT! They school has provided dorms and apartments that are close to campus so if you have a bike, longboard, scooter you're always within 10 minutes of Tommy Trojan--the center point of campus. They're renovating alot of the apartments so they're not as dingy as they used to be so that is a plus. Living on campus means you are closer to the action, especially during weekends, welcome week, spring fest, football games. You're within walking distance of everything!

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4 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: The USC campus has a lot of stuff going on campus 24/7. There is the pop music midterms in which popular music majors perform either at Ground Zero, this really hip coffee lounge place near Trojan Hall or at Tommy's Place which is an underground bar/resturant at the campus center. I attended alot of those events and they were really cool and fun. Outside of USC, there are alot of options such as LA Live and Hollywood, although prepare to shed alot more money going out on the town as opposed to going to the free events that USC has.

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3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: The Drug scene her isn't big except drinking at bars, parties, and clubs. It is a very clean campus that knows how to have fun!

4 College Sophomore

Computers: The computer labs are very up to date with all of the software and technology available. The labs are always packed with students but it usually isn't hard to find a computer because even the classrooms in the computer lab are open. Salvatori Computer Science Center is open 24/7 which is very convenient for many students especially those in Engineering. Sometimes the WiFi goes out in the school during finals weeks but usually gets solved quickly and there are Ethernet ports in almost all of the dorms and apartments.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: NCAA Sports is such a huge part of campus life! We attend so many sporting events! Football games are by far the best because of such a great team and school spirit! Its also cool to attend other sports because student admission is free and they are always handing out free food and gear to students!!!

4 College Sophomore

Nightlife: There are so many parties available on greek row and off the row!!! Frats go over the edge with their parties with great themes and stages and DJs. Not to many bars except the 9-0 but if you can go downtown you will have a blast!!!

4 College Junior

Majors: I am in USC's Viterbi School of Engineering and I love it! They have helped students set up their class schedules to insure that they graduate in four years which is not very common for engineering majors. I had always wanted to study abroad, but going into engineering I dropped that idea because the classes are so dependent on each other I never thought it would be possible, but it is. Viterbi has a summer abroad program which allows you to take classes with USC professors in different countries around the world. In addition, if you go in to your advisor early, I have known multiple people who were able to study abroad with an engineering major. I absolutely love my school and would choose it again in a heartbeat!

4 College Junior

Facilities: USC is very focused on the quality of students' lives. There are constant polls asking how they could make classrooms or gyms better. There is free wifi all over campus. The athletic center is free to use and holds multiple classes throughout the semester. Libraries are constantly in use and it is easy to reserve a group study room online which includes a computer white board and table for groups to spread out. All events that USC holds are set up and taken down in a timely manner so it never closes off parts of campus for more than 24hrs. There are fairs held at the beginning of school to promote clubs, jobs on campus, and all other information you could ever want.

4 College Junior

Transportation: USC transportation is pretty good and is all free. Campus Cruiser is a mini taxi service and will drop you off within two miles of the surrounding USC area. There is a bus which is on a strict schedule which will drive you across downtown LA to the other campus. In addition, there are multiple USC bus routes which drop students off in the surrounding USC area. Even with all this campus transportation, most students bike, long board, or walk to class.

3 College Junior

Campus Dining: Food can get expensive, but we are in downtown LA. Food options can be improved.

4 College Junior

Scholarships: The financial aid process is pretty standard. The amount I receive is expected. Just call the financial aid office or set up an appointment with the financial aid officer if you have any question.

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4 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: USC is surrounded by a bunch of museums, sports arenas, and student housing. Lots of bus stops and tram stops are available around campus. Although the area can be dangerous at night, the school dispatches campus polices to stand in nearly every street near campus. Travel in a large group and beware of your surroundings; you will be fine.

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5 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: There are so many options on campus, so you don't have to worry about going off campus to eat. There are familiar fast food and coffee places on campus, as well as fine dining experiences on campus. Healthy options are available as well. As for meal plans, there are different options. You may even purchase a plan if you live off campus.

4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: The pride and spirit at USC is like no other. While the surrounding area may seem off-putting, USC is still in the heart of Los Angeles. There are many things to do, both for your academics and for your enjoyment.

3 College Junior

Greek Life: I don't know much about Greek life, but all my friends in a fraternity or sorority really make it a part of their college experience.

3 College Junior

Diversity: While there are many white people at USC, there are many other minorities as well. The Asian community is large, and there are many Hispanics, Blacks, and other minorities.


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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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