Location
Los Angeles, CA
Undergrads
17,619
Tuition
$46,363
Admission Difficulty
Very Hard
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Reviews 2199 total reviews with an average rating of 3.8

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5 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Being in Los Angeles gives you a huge amount to do. There are a number of other universities around and a lot of bars, etc. Since students are spread out there are ample opportunities to visit a different section of LA.

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5 College Freshman

Computers: The computer labs are clean and well staffed. There is always a computer available so you will have no trouble finding a spot.

5 College Freshman

Majors: There are many internships available, simply because this is Los Angeles. As a film and television major, experience is key. Not only are internships available, you can help out on senior thesis films or graduate films from day one. I am a freshman and already working as production designer on a senior animation thesis.

4 College Freshman

Majors: Film and Television Production Major
The process is lengthy, time consuming, and dependent on creativity.
Start early, know the requirements, allow yourself time to complete all of them, focusing on originality and creativity.
Production courses don't actually start until sophomore spring semester, so don't expect a camera in your hands on day one.
However, the opportunities to network and learn from professionals are amazing. There're always film screenings and talks every week available for SCA students. You will never be bored.

5 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Playboy ranked us number 2 party school nationwide, and we have been ranked number 1 by multiple sources for hottest girls, if you want a good social life it's easy to find here.

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5 College Sophomore

Academics: Classics major: Amazing. Most of my classes are 7 students or fewer, and many times I work one on one with world renowned faculty in my field. I feel as if the faculty offices are no different than the quad in terms of accessibility, and am friends with many of my professors. The curriculum is extremely challenging, but there are many options for which area you would like to focus in, and how challenging you want your major to be. Study abroad also has many options.

5 College Sophomore

Computers: Always some available, and are constantly updated.

3 College Junior

Majors: As a Neuroscience major with a PreMed emphasis I can say that doing PreMed here was a good and bad decision. Pre Med at USC is really hard. The classes are extremely competitive and the teachers arent very good or helpful. The counselors convince you to take a lot of science classes at once which can be really hard for an incoming high school student. I would recommend not taking any science classes freshman year and easing into the science program which will save you alot of stress as well as helping you start strong with your GPA.

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: Very bad quality, cold food. The place stops serving food two hours before closing time.

4 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Very long lines, make sure to avoid calling over the phone whenever you can.

5 College Junior

Athletics: While other sports such as basketball, volleyball, etc, are on the rise, football here at USC certainly places our school into the very highest of the collegiate pantheon of sports. Our facilities are great and our athletes are recruited across the country for their talent and abilities.

3 College Junior

Diversity: California is a very diverse state and USC reflects that. While the student body's demographics are not always balanced, there are still a great variety of students on campus due to the number of international students on campus. After all, USC has the greatest number of international students in the country. This offsets the other two largest groups on campus: White and Asian American students.

4 College Sophomore

Computers: The computer labs are generally crowded during finals/midterms, but you can always find something.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Security on campus is amazing. Off-campus, you're in downtown LA, so of course there's some concern for safety. However, USC has done a phenomenal job in recent years amping up the off-campus security. I live a couple blocks off campus in a pretty poor neighborhood, but I have never felt unsafe walking home alone at night because of all the extra security. And if you're ever really concerned, there's Campus Cruiser. Super easy, relatively fast except for peak hours. I even have friends that basically use Cruiser as their personal chaffeur.

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4 College Sophomore

Majors: The Viterbi school of engineering at USC is a great one! We're ranked nationally and renowned highly, especially on the west coast. The classes may be very challenging, but the professors are helpful and want to see you succeed as long as you are trying your hardest. The facilities are top notch and always updating with times. Job opportunities are very high with such a huge alumni network who love to hire trojans!

4 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: USC is known for having beautiful people, it is right in the middle of LA. California living at its finest, there are a plethora of tan, athletic, and knowledgeable people both guys and girls! Social life is huge around campus and mostly centered around greek life. However, as an undergrad USC isn't the best place for relationships as all the beautiful people can't quite seem to put the fun single status, and who would with all the potential going around! However, as students get older relationships become a lot more common as with most college campuses.

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3 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: The immediate area around USC doesn't have much although more is developing. However, there is always plenty to do and everything you might absolutely need is within walking distance. There are a TON more things to do in the greater LA area, however to fully experience those one does need to have access to a car which brings down the grade to a B.

1 Recent Alumnus

Parking: The parking situation is bleak. The parking permit is really expensive and you have to arrive more than half and hour before class to find a spot in time.

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1 Recent Alumnus

Campus Housing: There are very limited housing options for all students. I lived on campus my 1st year but after that I had to move off campus in university housing. After the second year most people have to find their own apartments in the area, which can be expensive and unsafe.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Campus Strictness: It varies from dorm to dorm. Some RAs are fairly easy going about drinking and partying but some are really strict and will write you up on the spot. When you get numerous write ups, you have to go to SJACs. The university is strictest about plagiarism - it's absolutely not tolerated whatsoever and you can get in very serious trouble for it.

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4 College Junior

Drug Safety: It really depends on you you hang out with, but I've honestly never had an issue or seen anyone on campus with drugs. You do have your smokers, but that's about it. I'm sure there are students with drugs, especially at parties but its not an issue. Drinking however and partying are weekly events at USC.

5 College Junior

Weather: It's Southern California and the weather is always amazing! Never too cold, and although it does get hot in the summers its never as bad as nearby areas such as the San Fernando Valley. Don't expect much rain, it rarely happens. Everyone is always out walking around at nights because of the amazing weather.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Off campus housing is within close proximity of school. Rent is much more affordable than on campus (on campus is approximately $15K a year) and even cheaper when you live with roommates. Convenience is good, everything is within walking distance. For those leaving campus at night, USC Campus Cruisers can drive you safely home as long as its within a reasonable amount of miles from the campus. The neighborhood isn't too safe, but if you're smart and aware of your surroundings, you'll be fine! The area is mostly college students, and landlords are understanding and accommodating.

3 College Junior

Computers: There are numerous computer labs at USC, and the school offers free wireless access, network reliability, and fast speeds. I haven't had to print anything on campus yet, but I'm sure there are plenty of available resources at your disposal.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Overall, USC is a great school. Sure the food isn't five star, but the professors and quality of education can't be beat. You come to USC to be around winners, the people here make the college experience worth it. If you ever have any doubt of your experience at USC, just one football game and you'll be forever a Trojan.

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BJ Grip
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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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