Los Angeles, CA
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5 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: The local atmosphere surrounding USC is positive; there are tons of activities to get involved with and the people and businesses are very supportive.

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4 College Senior

Athletics: USC has a great student following; they are supportive of our teams. We have great athletic facilities and regular emails are sent out to encourage faculty, students, and alumni support.

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5 College Junior

Computers: All libraries has plenty of computers. From what I've seen, there are mostly fairly new computers, Macs and PCs, clean, fast and always available. Wifi works everywhere on campus, the printing is pretty fast and convenient.

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5 College Junior

Weather: AMAZING! Almost every day is a beach day. Winter is rainy at times, but great weather for most year-round

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4 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: Los Angeles is a great city to be in, the weather is AMAZING and has a fun lively feeling atmosphere. USC is located in Downtown and might have a downside by being there because it might not be the safest place at times, but the school area is secure at all times and so does the streets around campus. Santa Monica area is great to hang out in most times of the year- the pier, the beach and the little stylish stores are fun. Downtown, and specifically LA Live area, is vibrant and young- new bars and restaurants are popping all the time. Very health-moved city.

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3 College Junior

Transportation: Well, Los Angeles is known to force everyone to buy a car. You can't really do much without a car. The metro system started a train system that is pretty cheap ($1.50) and nice through the day, but still is pretty new and has only limited stops and stations around LA.

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4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: There are pretty great food choices off USC's campus. The streets around include mostly junk food places and some bars, which downtown is greatly known for. depends how far off campus you would want to go, there are some healthy places and very stylish going out places. The greatest hang out place after tests is usually The Lab right across the street from campus. The only reason why I didn't give the food off-campus an A+ is because sometimes the area outside campus might be a little scary after the sun guys down and not the best idea to look outside for food.

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4 College Junior

Drug Safety: The drug scene here depends on who you hang out with and where you go. For the most part, alcohol is the drug of choice with weed showing up sporadically at most parties but not in large supply. There is definitely not a big scene with harder drugs, nor peer pressure in a general sense surrounding them. You'd have to look pretty hard or hang out with certain people to get deeper into that scene.

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5 College Junior

Guys & Girls: Greek life may not be a huge percentage here, but it definitely feels larger than it is. The majority of the school's population is above-average on looks and smarts. If you're not from around Southern California, it can definitely be intimidating to enter a world of really good-looking and well-dressed people. You do, however, find plenty of average-looking people who make it much less intimidating but it doesn't seem that obvious at first. The boys in general are not interested in serious relationships or dating which can be hard for girls that are looking for that. Parties are big and fun around here since USC is in a bubble - there are parties every week on the row (the street with all the frats and sororities) as well as house parties galore. Girls dress up a lot to go to frats, which can also be intimidating since they're all hot.

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BJ Grip
Colorado Springs, CO
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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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