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Los Angeles, CA
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17,619
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$46,363
Admission Difficulty
Very Hard
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4 College Sophomore

Majors: Marshall allows you to shadow an alumni for a week during spring break. It definitely helps especially if you can shadow someone from your field of interest.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: USC Marshall gives students the opportunity to explore any and all business interests. They also have a great networking community, which is definitely thanks to Trojan Pride.

4 College Freshman

Majors: There is an extremely wide range of majors offered at the school, particularly from what I hear from my peers, and a number of good staff in all of them (if mixed in with the occasional bad teachers.) The most impressive is the cinema school, with a number of surprising majors you wouldn't find at nearly any other school.

5 College Freshman

Scholarships: While the process was somewhat difficult, the actual financial aid given by USC is outstanding. We're a school with plenty of money and plenty to give back- filling out every form is worth your while.

3 College Freshman

Computers: What I see as problems with the computers at USC are, in particular, the problematic reliability of the network. While it reaches far across campus, it often messes up or doesn't work on particular computers. Also, late at night, the only place to go to use a school computer is at the singular Leavey Library, which fills up rather quickly.

4 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: Perhaps the only flaws in the school's strictness are the policy of fingerprint scanning at every dorm entry and the issues with getting onto campus after 9 pm. The goal is to keep the school safer, but it doesn't quite seem like these policies are helping much. The school seemed just as safe to begin with.

4 College Freshman

Transportation: There's transportation for anywhere you need to go in the LA area, by train or by car- the problem is parking. Otherwise, the school and the city accommodate students well.

4 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: DPS officers sometimes make getting to places a hassle.

5 College Freshman

Weather: Most of the time it's sunny and beautiful. It'll rain occasionally and in the winter it gets down to like the 50s which can feel pretty cold compared to the rest of the year.

5 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greek parties are sick, greek kids are mostly sick, and greek girls are very hot.

5 College Freshman

Nightlife: Greek nightlife is sick if you're in a frat, otherwise you'll need a fake to get into the 9-0, the local bar.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Hard to say... there is a lot of crime in the neighborhood. South Central is one of the most dangerous areas in the country. However, USC has an army of police officers, guards, gates, checkpoints, and otherwise that almost make it a fortress. During the LA riots, despite being right in the middle of the most violent area, there was almost no effect on USC.

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3 College Junior

Drug Safety: People definitely use drugs of all kinds, but I have never felt pressured to do them. People do not them them particularly openly (besides pot and alcohol), but you can find them if you want.

Alcohol has huge presence on campus thanks in part to Greek Life/Frat parties, which offer free alcohol to all a few days a week, every week.

4 College Junior

Campus Strictness: USC is pretty lenient about strictness for alcohol use. Getting caught drinking in dorms or USC owned apartments may mean you get written up, but punishments are usually pretty low-key. Usually RA's will just ask you to be quiet. DPS does not monitor underage drinking at off campus parties or houses.
Academic integrity is real though, and USC will press charges if you are caught cheating.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: There are many freshmen dorms on campus. North/New North are a bit more social while Parkside is a bit more quiet and Pardee/Troy Hall/Webb Tower are all in between and dependent on the people in your surrounding area.

4 College Freshman

Scholarships: I received a decent amount of financial aid form the school because they are adequately funded and are able to help out every student with their needs. Just make sure that all the charges on your bill are accurate and to see if any new ones pop-up. Communicating with them in person is always better.

4 College Freshman

Nightlife: Nightlife is for everyone. Even the first week into my first semester there were so many parties and they don't care if you're 21 or not, they'll give you what you want. I don't indulge in the drinking activities but everyone is awesome.

4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: LA is wonderful and USC is extremely close to downtown and LA live. With a car, you can venture to the coolest parts of LA. However, the area immediately surrounding USC is run-down and often dangerous.

4 College Sophomore

Transportation: The transportation on USC and around the campus is very available and often reliable.

4 College Freshman

Academics: I'm a Chemistry major and one helpful thing about science majors is supplemental instruction. They offer review sessions for many of the science classes where upperclassmen lead review what was taught in lecture during that week. They are very helpful if you don't understand the material taught in lecture, especially since it's a little intimidating that there are so many people in lecture.

4 College Freshman

Academics: Many of the major requirement classes are excellent, but many of the General Education classes are not as educational. The registration process is fairly simple, but if you don't get an early time then many of the classes fill up before you get a chance to sign up. However, they do open spots periodically when the classes fill up.

4 College Freshman

Facilities: The campus is very beautiful, and the building are all typically aesthetically pleasing too. There are plenty of places to eat in the Campus center, as well as within walking distance from the campus. The campus is very self-contained and security is excellent. The activities are fun and educational, and are abundant throughout the semester. The Lyon center is easily accessible, easy to use, and convenient for people on campus.

4 College Sophomore

Transportation: Transportation is not complicated at USC but it is also not easy. It can take some time to get to know how the flow of traffic works in LA but it can be fun to travel and experience with friends or roommates. There are many places to go and many places to see.

5 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: USC is a vibrant city college campus surrounded by mixes of culture and intellectualism at its highest. The variety and family atmosphere makes strangers into Trojans and Trojans into families. USC is one of the best universities to live, work, and play.

3 College Junior

Diversity: I consider USC to be fairly diverse as everyone can find where they fit and their certain niche in the community. USC has people from all over the world that come attend USC, which allows people to learn about different cultures. However, given the relatively high tuition, the economic background of the school is mostly of the upper class of society, but you will find those who worked hard enough to earn financial aid and scholarships to attend USC. With the school being composed of mostly rich kids, it surprisingly has a good mix between its liberals and conservatives. Despite its size compared to other schools, USC has a fairly welcoming and diverse community that motivates you to become involved in activities outside of the classroom and enjoy your time at university.

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BJ Grip
Hometown
Colorado Springs, CO
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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