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Reviews 2199 total reviews with an average rating of 3.8

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3 College Sophomore

Transportation: The campus shuttles pretty much run on whatever schedule they feel like. The central location of the campus is great...if you have a car. If not, you'll be on campus a lot.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: There are a lot of really good places to eat, like Seed's, Panda's, Lemonade, CPK, and Wahoo's, but they're all fairly expensive. As if the school didn't make enough money off its students already. Dining hall food is ok, although if you eat there for more than two weeks you're bound to have some repeat dishes.

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5 College Junior

Academics: I am a Theatre major, and it is awesome. You have to know what the different teachers teach like, but if you work hard you can improve so much and create so many opportunities for yourself. There is also a lot to be involved in on campus as far as theatre is concerned.

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3 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: On-campus, there are several options. The dining halls are not great, but there are good options in the campus center. Off-campus are good options as well, but to get REALLY good food, you have to drive or take the metro to downtown (which is only about 10 minutes).

4 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: I really like city life, so USC is in a great location. However, campus and the immediate area are kind of a bubble, so you have to get outside the campus area to really experience the city.

1 College Junior

Scholarships: I received a very small amount of aid towards housing, but that was it. I am paying for school all by myself and I am afraid that I will not be able to graduate in a decent financial situation.

2 College Senior

Scholarships: The financial aid is confusing and difficult. Though some of the people in the offices are extremely kind and helpful, others make it seem like a factory, trying to shuffle people in and out quickly with less regard for the individual's situation. While I'm in the middle of several appeals, as of right now I have been unable to achieve the aid I need and there is a very good possibility I won't be able to stay past my first semester (if I did, I would need to take on a great deal of loans).

Campus security is helpful however and the people are nice. Not sure if I would do it over again though.

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: The majority of students are white and come from privileged backgrounds. However, the variety of student organizations that cater to minority groups - whether it is racial, religious, political, economic, or lgbt - are numerous and are highlighted by USC as some of the best student orgs. We have certain stereotypes, but if you really want to learn more about the diversity here at USC, which is rich, you have to be invested in it and actually engage in it.

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4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Get involved with student orgs. on campus, it's the easiest way to make friends. Social life is great, it's really easy to get into a party, but also don't slack on school! Professors are great, the students are awesome.

4 Recent Alumnus

Health & Safety: Campus security is very quick. We also receive many emails from the safety department.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: There is always something going on at USC. If it isn't a concert, it's a rally or a fair. The surrounding city is also great and there are many fun activities to do. The diversity at USC is one of a kind and the people here are so nice too.

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4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Everything is fantastic, except for the price of parking permits.

4 College Sophomore

Weather: Los Angeles area has a very stable weather pattern

3 Recent Alumnus

Nightlife: There is plenty of nightlife around Los Angeles, but it is very difficult to take public transportation there and back. You'll often need to be designated driver instead.

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4 College Freshman

Majors: Worth It – The program helps emphasize all aspects in which EE's are able to work in. EE's can go anywhere with their degrees and everyone is usually hardworking and willing to help because they know its a tough major. All I have to say is, utilize the office hours and never give up.

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4 College Freshman

Weather: Always Sunny – I come from Vegas weather, dry and hot heat and this is great weather, but to me it gets chilly at nights just because my body isn't used to the temperatures. But it is overall a great weather experience.

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4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Vibrant City – There is always something to do around the campus and off-campus. Some dorms have little group gatherings at different locations and show the students cites around the city. There is always something to do, and lots to see. The Staple center is just across the freeway, and the Coliseum is across the street. The train/metro helps you go everywhere you need to, just plan ahead.

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4 College Junior

Facilities: Bustling With People – Wherever you go, you'll always be surrounded by people. A lot of my friends just hit the gym during their one hour break. There are so many great places to eat at on campus and it's always filled with people where there is good food. I feel that the school puts in an effort to always have something going on on campus.

4 College Junior

Guys & Girls: Everyone Look Nice! I was surprised on the first day of school, most students were dressed very nicely. The girls in particular were dressed in very cute, fashionable summer dresses. Most students seemed to be already in good shape, or working on getting there.

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4 College Junior

Nightlife: Join Clubs – Unfortunately, I am a transfer and so I feel that it is a little late to be joining clubs, only because I should be focused on my studies. However, there are a lot of clubs with plenty of events and activities going on all the time. I feel that clubs really are the best way to make friends, especially if you're new to the school Otherwise, it is harder to make friends in large lecture halls.

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4 College Junior

Scholarships: School Was Very Generous! I was able to get a great amount of financial aid; my university grant was the largest in amount. Also, there are great payment plans available. I suggest meeting with a financial counselor so that you are fully aware of your loan and payment status. Also keep in mind that you do not have to accept all the loans offered. For instance, I declined my unsubsidized loan because i figured it was better to just pay the amount off in my monthly payments. Best thing of course is to constantly keep up with scholarship opportunities!

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4 College Senior

Majors: I take my classes through the Virtual Academic Center. I am unable to move due to work and family, so taking courses online was my only option for continuing my education. It is a wonderful experience if you can afford it.

5 College Senior

Majors: VAC-Virtual academic center is amazing tech for learning online. it surpasses classes I have taken online in the past. I am able to study across the state and never worry about having to go to the campus.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: It's Los Angeles – You can get anything if you have a car, after all, it's Los Angeles. There are still probably more off campus dining options within walking distance than 95% of other schools have in total, but a lot of it's junk food. Great student discounts though!

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Junior

Transportation: Take a Bus or Train – Many options, however the most used is the train or bus.


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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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