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3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: I had a great time in my freshman dorm - I got the dorm I wanted without any difficulty and was placed with a lot of people in my same major.

2 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: Food is really great, but expensive, and the late night options on or near campus are few and far between.

4 College Sophomore

Transportation: The Campus Cruiser system is fairly unique to USC and is the only transportation system I really ever use - the rest of the campus is pretty bike-able or walk-able

4 College Freshman

Majors: The faculty is incredible. Coursework moves quickly. Several performance opportunities.

7 people found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Majors: The internships can be anything. I haven't won one yet because I'm still too inexperienced. Don't expect a paid internship during undergrad. They're rare.

3 people found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Majors: It's not everything I expected, but it's still great with more opportunities than I could use.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: They're in trouble right now for the LMU incident.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Majors: I'm a french horn performance major, so I had to audition better than the other applicants. It required a lot of preperation.

5 College Junior

Majors: I am earning a Master's degree in Heritage Conservation and am very happy with my program. I absolutely love my subjects, and my professors are all practicing professionals, which encourages me and reassures me that all of the things I'm learning can be applied in my future career. I haven't met one person in my program who isn't working if they want to, and have met some outstanding graduates of the program who are now doing fantastic things in Los Angeles.

3 people found this useful Report
4 College Junior

Facilities: USC has a network..and I'm talking a real network. I'm in a field where jobs are scarce and expectations are high, but almost every practicing professional I've met in the area has come out of my program at some point. The faculty is very helpful and has all but guaranteed jobs after graduation, which is extremely important to me having spent the most impressionable years of my life in the 'great recession.' There's nothing like the network, I'm tellin' ya.

5 College Junior

Academics: I am in a very small program- there are about 20 of us total. I love that we're such a small, selective program because it's less about competition than it is about support. Graduate school has a reputation of being scary and competitive, but this program is all about connecting and understanding your peers will be your future gateways to valuable resources. The faculty are incredibly supportive and are all working professionals. It is incredibly challenging, and TIME CONSUMING, but I wouldn't expect grad school to be anything otherwise. I couldn't be happier!

3 people found this useful Report
5 College Junior

Facilities: I've found all of the student facilities are clean, staffed, and easy to access. The only building I have trouble getting to is the gym, which is on the opposite side of the University Park campus, and I am in the department of Architecture. Other than that, everything else is central to campus including the bookstore, main dining center, health center, and other amenities. The staff in the various facilities is knowledgeable and very helpful. The building aesthetics are great, the university has several historically designated buildings on campus, and many of the other buildings are interesting and designed by firms that practiced heavily in the LA area.

3 College Sophomore

Transportation: The university provides many transportation services and partners with other companies to make transportation easier for its students. Busses and shuttles run throughout the campus and its surrounding area as well as into outside areas such as downtown LA. Graduate students can also get a very cheap semester pass with Metro. With all of that being said, it can still be difficult to get around without the convenience of a car. Cars can be annoying on the campus because they are expensive, parking is overpriced and very limited. Despite the difficulties of being in the city, the school does a good job helping students with transportation needs.

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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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