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3 College Sophomore

Nightlife: Nightlife at USC mostly consists of parties thrown by frat houses on the row or private house/apartment parties through word of mouth--this applies to students that are 21 and under. Frat parties are overwhelming if you are not in the Greek system, where its mostly a bunch of bodies squished together on the dance floor. House parties and kickbacks are a lot more casual and intimate, but can also be awkward if you don't know anyone there. There are a few 18+ clubs around Los Angeles, but they don't play modern music and consists mostly of locals from the area. The clubs that are 21+ are great, especially in Hollywood.

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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Most places vary per price, but the best off-campus housing spots are houses a little far from campus, where the rent can be significantly reduced if you board in a double with a house of 10 other people or so. Most of the houses are Victorian style and generally fit at least 4-6 people, and are well-maintained inside. As for apartments, there are 4 primary locations that are very close to school, yet given this distance, the rent is much more expensive because the rooms are already fully equipped.

5 Recent Alumnus

Weather: The weather is great because it is sunny most of the year. It sometimes rains during the winter, but there is not very much of it. Also, the climate helps me enjoy walking through campus during my free time.

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3 College Sophomore

Computers: Everything works but it is slow, especially the internet connection.

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4 College Sophomore

Nightlife: I don't know much about the nightlife, as do much other engineering majors. But the on-call "campus cruiser" service that takes you anywhere around campus is great.

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: The money you need is there and is accessible to anyone but the process is not the quickest and easiest thing to do.

4 College Junior

Weather: It is usually sunny in SC, but when it rains, it doesn't last a long time. Usually I hang out in the libraries, or the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism until the rain stops. Great time to study or grab a hot coffee from the Annenberg coffee cart in Annenberg.

3 College Junior

Campus Strictness: The police force is okay on reinforcing strict policies for students.

5 College Junior

Weather: I can never get sick of that sunny Southern California weather! I love studying outside.

5 College Junior

Nightlife: GREAT nightlife. The Row is poppin' on Thursday nights. Also, Downtown LA is just a free tram ride away.

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4 College Junior

Drug Safety: If you want drugs, they're easy to find - it's college. Alcohol is much more common, but there's no pressure. Most people drink, but you can easily have a social life without it.

4 College Sophomore

Transportation: You're located right next to downtown LA - public transportation is huge out here. My girlfriend and I spent the Thanksgiving break going around the city only using public transportation, and it was super easy to do things like go to the beach, go to museums, restaurants, etc. The MetroLink (train) is super fast and convenient, and the LA bus system is clean and pretty safe.

4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: The Greek System @USC throw parties, but the people involved aren't outrageous alcoholics or drug addicts. The people involved in Greek life here are for the most part really cool people, and they give a definite sense of diversity in the lifestyles lived here at USC.

5 College Junior

Facilities: It is a beautiful campus. There are tall brick buildings, a beautiful grandeur classic library, and all the facilities are first class and they are always being improved. They are always clean and they have everything you need and want on campus.

4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: You can't really tell who lives a greek life, unless they're wearing their letters. Students involved in greek organizations range from many different majors. (except for the professional ones, which are more major/job based)Greek life is definitely time consuming, but it is a great way to make connections and socialize. There are lots of partying involved, but responsible students handle them well.

5 College Sophomore

Facilities: There are many facilities available to students, all of which are well kept and in great conditions. The student center is normally crowded with enthusiastic Trojans, taking a break in between classes. The social life here is amazing. The majority of clubs and organizations are inclusive and welcoming to those who takes the initiative to go out and try new things. There is a wide array of clubs and organizations that range from archery to dance to greek life and much more.

5 College Freshman

Campus Dining: USC gets crap for the "bad" dining hall food, but honestly, they're just a bunch of complainers. I personally love the food and only once was I disappointed in the dining hall (they had fish and eggplants).

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4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Great parking on campus, but expensive.
Mediocre parking outside of campus, but free. The choice is yours.

4 College Freshman

Parking: Great parking on campus, but expensive.
Mediocre parking outside of campus, but free. The choice is yours.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: Financial Aid process was stressful and slow for me personally because my parents knew nothing, so I had to learn everything alone. Also, the website on USC always lagged like mad and added 5k to my account 2 days before the first payment which surprised me and my whole family. However, the aids were very friendly and helpful in the process and the school as a whole granted A LOT of aid.

5 College Freshman

Nightlife: Crazy parties at the Row. If you're not into that, Club Leavey is open 24/7.

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2 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Total pain in the ass. It's not so bad for continuing students because they have the advantage of starting their search a lot earlier but it still sucks. Off-campus is wayyy better than anything on campus or owned by USC so it's the way to go but it fills up fast and you need to be patient because some are total ripoffs. Everything is too expensive for what you get but that is because of the proximity to campus. There are not a lot of well made places to live around here as the owners know that students will be living in them so they don't seem to put much effort into making them look good or renovating. You also need to be sure not to live too far away from campus because even though it gets cheaper the farther away you get, it also gets a little more dangerous.

4 College Junior

Nightlife: It's definitely not all night, things shut down pretty quickly around 1:00am. But there is a club (209) that seems to be pretty popular and Greek Row has amazing party stamina. At least one (usually more) fraternities or sororities have a party going every week it seems. So plenty of opportunities there.

4 College Junior

Majors: I can say that I am happy with the program I picked because I know that when I finish I will really be able to make a difference in people's lives and that's what I want to do! If I could do it all over again I would, however I think I would take just a little break before I jumped right into my Masters because it does get a little overwhelming at times. My career goals are to become a school social worker or open up my own practice one day. I have no concerns at the moment about finding a job in my field, I believe once a prospective employer sees USC on my application I have the job or a good chance of getting it.

4 College Junior

Majors: I would say the most difficulty that I encountered with my program was the fee you have to pay once your accepted. The reason I say this is because they don't inform you right away about what happens once you get accepted and if it was not for my mother I would have had to wait until next term to register for classes. I believe the most important criteria for admission is your statement of purpose. My program does not have an abnormal application process. As for tips for admission I would say to really pour your heart into what your writing and also have plenty of people look at your statement of purpose when your done because I did and I believe that is what got me in! Oh something else I would recommend is getting to know your professor that you worked with your undergraduate year because when it comes time to write those letter of recommendations they are the best people to ask!


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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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