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Reviews 2461 total reviews with an average rating of 3.8

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4 College Senior

Diversity: It's balanced and open. Just find your clique, and don't give up until you do. Allow it to change too, because it's a natural part of maturing.

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3 College Senior

Transportation: Don't bring a car at first- you'll make a lot of fake friends. Year two, life starts to expand beyond campus, and, in LA, you NEED a car. Public transport is highly unreliable and cabs are expensive.

4 College Senior

Greek Life: If you want to be a sheep, join a sorority. If you're a guy, be in a frat or on the football team if you want access to most frat parties. The scene is great fun at first, but if you're someone like me, you realize the city is full of many better party and entertainment options.

3 people found this useful Report
2 College Senior

Parking: Never let a meter run a minute over. You'll get a 65-90 dollar ticket. This is true of street sweeping streets as well. Check posted signs.

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3 College Senior

Academics: Like I said, it's going down. Unlike other schools, theatre has almost no money and a dean who doesn't even have a college degree. Academics are harder than liberal arts, so don't think it's a walk in the park. You actually have to go to class.

College Senior

Academics: The education is what you make of it. Some teachers are incredible, others are awful. If you put time and effort in, you stand to gain a lot.

4 College Senior

Campus Strictness: Let's just say, don't be dumb/don't get caught and you will be fine.

3 College Senior

Majors: The program was strong when I began, but it is outdated and going downhill quickly. You will take a class for 3000 dollars in which you memorize types of nails and staples and do BS work in the shop- literally bs. Once I spent three hours reorganizing the spray paint cabinet.

College Senior

Majors: Haven't had one... why pay USC tuition to work for someone else for free?!

4 College Senior

Weather: Hello! Socal weather. Just know that, when it rains, you may fall... the sidewalks on campus do not feel designed for rain. Nighttime is colder than some may expect.

5 College Senior

Campus Dining: Many nice cafes and restaurants with a variety of yummy options.

5 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: It's LA! If you outgrow campus life, venture several miles to find a plethora of activities

3 College Senior

Campus Housing: After freshman year, be prepared to move off campus. If you get a good lottery number, housing is ok. Otherwise you'll be in a shit hole or unsafe area. Luckily, many fancy buildings are going up in the area by privately owned companies (not student housing). They are expensive, however.

4 College Senior

Nightlife: Be a hot girl or guy with connections-everything is free. Otherwise, be prepared to shell out 100 minimum any time you go out.

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4 College Senior

Computers: Computer labs are plentiful but busy. Sometimes the network goes down, but it's rare. Teachers rarely understand technology in classrooms

3 College Senior

Guys & Girls: To completely overgeneralize, white kids like to study hard, play 5x harder. Ethnic kids spend their lives in the libraries.

5 people found this useful Report
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BJ Grip
Hometown
Colorado Springs, CO
Major
Theater
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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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