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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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3 College Junior

Scholarships: You will get all of your questions answered if you go directly into the financial aid office to speak to the man in charge. Emailing the FAO will get you nowhere.

2 College Junior

Facilities: I go to school on the health science campus of USC and it is really lacking in campus events.

4 College Sophomore

Nightlife: There is a bar on campus called Traddies, and a bar a couple of blocks down Figueroa called the 9-0. I've never been to the 9-0 so I'm not sure how lax they are on carding, but it's a popular place to go to. Traddies lets you in regardless of whether or not you are 21, but they give you a wristband if you are 21 and planning to drink. For those under 21: Another popular place to go is Frat Row on Thursdays to Saturdays, but Thirsty Thursday is when it's most packed. It's three blocks on 28th street full of frat and sorority houses, and unfortunately only girls are really allowed to party unless you know somebody or you have to pay a cover fee. Transportation is really easy because USC provides basically a free taxi called Campus Cruiser that picks you up and drops you off anywhere within one mile of campus if you call them. You can also pretty much walk to anywhere popular from campus. Nightlife at USC is pretty much awesomeeee

4 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: The guys and girls there are very similar in that they are very preppy, into fitness and going to the gym, and they like to party a lot. The Greek system is very prominent at USC but it's definitely not a necessity to have fun, although you will know/see a lot of people who are in sororities and frats. Most guys and girls are pretty hot at SC and have the upbringing and the money to back them up. There are a lot of international students as well but they mostly spend time in the library....

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Live on the 4th floor of New or North. Its fun and social but smaller and quieter than 2nd or 3rd and you get a giant room and your own sink. For all the dorms, if stuff breaks (i.e. the washing machine) it won't get fixed.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: Most professors that I've had have been great. If you make an effort to get to know them they are very happy and you'll probably get a better grade.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Since the laptop-stealing and shooting incidents, USC has cracked down on campus security. It is now a closed campus at night with only students and registered guests allowed to enter after 9pm. New fingerprinting measures in the dorms make it almost impossible for anyone except students who live there to enter. I'm grateful for the extra safety but I am so happy I'm moving off-campus next semesters so I don't have to deal with it anymore.

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4 College Sophomore

Academics: I decided to go to USC for my MFA this fall because during callback weekend the department made me feel right at home. They treated me not as a student who was beneath them, but as an equal in my field. As a graduate student this was very important to me because I am not a child anymore; I am a professional looking to expand my knowledge in my field.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: FOOTBALL FOOTBALL FOOTBALL. USC football is HUGE and the atmosphere is something you want to be apart of. School spirit is never lacking in the athletics department. Facilities are top notch and many are involved in intramural sports and classes.

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: Depending on which professor you get really determines the grading policies but any sort of cheating or offense can be detrimental. The social atmosphere is great yet there's a good amount of security around too.

5 College Senior

Majors: I like it a lot and most of my professors are super cool and good.

4 College Senior

Scholarships: It is a lot of work but its worth your time for sure.

College Junior

Parking: I don't drive, so I cannot answer this question. Most students complain.

5 College Junior

Facilities: The facilities are incredibly impressive. I went to a campus club meeting and ended up in one of the campus theatres. The massive campus allows the school to really invest in it's real estate. I was not expecting the different religious centers and music halls.

5 College Junior

Guys & Girls: This is one of the biggest schools in California, and needless to say. The heat gets turned up and the women know how to dress. Beautiful ladies everywhere who are also brainiacs. All nationalities and sizes.

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4 College Junior

Facilities: Campus life at USC is how you take it. There are plenty of student organizations for any kind of student. The facilities are dignified as well as state of the art and the campus food is surprisingly good. A large school with large organizations help the transition from small community college to a 4-year university. The dedication of our sports teams is also amazing as the entire school shows it's pride come game time.

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: While there are students who do drugs casually, the majority do not. Even if people are surrounded by peers who do drugs, there is rarely any peer pressure in wanting others to follow. Everyone at SC is very open and accepting of people's morals. Drinking is a more popular activity to drugs at SC anyhow.

3 College Sophomore

Transportation: Campus Cruiser is a wonderful idea however it is restricted to only a small area directly outside of campus and takes a very long time (longer than it says it will) to pick up students.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: As far as campus housing goes, I believe USC has a very solid housing program. A variety of dorm types are offered as options, the facilities are nice, and the communal living experience allows students to get to know their peers well.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: THe places around campus are good we got a lot of options. But we need more. After a while you get sick of the same thing.

5 College Junior

Athletics: Almost all of our sports are the best teams in the nation, and the whole school goes to almost all of the sporting events, from Tennis, to Diving, to Football etc. It's a very athletically proud school.

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4 College Sophomore

Transportation: Trains and buses are convenient. Taxis are harder to come by.

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4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Many chain restaurants and original restaurants to satisfy your interests.

2 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Low financial aid and scholarships are hard to find.

5 College Junior

Weather: Southern California's weather is lovely and this enhances campus experience. In winter, summer, spring or fall one can enjoy the campus grounds and soak up some sun.

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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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