Los Angeles, CA
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Reviews 2429 total reviews with an average rating of 3.8

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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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2 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Mostly the school is surrounded by fast food places, but there are not a lot of healthy options or vegan/vegetarian options. Also, the area is fairly sketchy, so it's not a great idea to go get food further than a block off campus in some directions if you're by yourself at night. Also, during the week, almost everything is closed by 10 or 11 so there aren't a lot of nighttime options. Thank goodness for pizza and thai food delivery.

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1 College Sophomore

Parking: It's pretty much impossible to find a parking space, and super expensive to have one on campus.

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3 College Junior

Transportation: It's LA...so it is notoriously difficult to get around. At least they have lots of options.

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4 College Senior

Guys & Girls: People are generally attractive and willing to help others. Some students can be a little stand-offish. Most student dress in a Southern California style in shorts and flip flops, but girls are generally pretty stylish and guys tend to be preppy.

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3 College Senior

Computers: There are computers available around campus but most students will chose to use their personal computers. During "paper season" it may take awhile before you can get access to the computer you prefer to use.

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3 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: There are some options around campus which is different from when I was an undergraduate, but they are still limited and somewhat generic

4 College Sophomore

Academics: Classes at USC are amazing. I truly love my processors, they are more knowledgable than I would have ever hoped. They also are very friendly and helpful with internship opportunities. I feel like they genuinely want their students to succeed. Small classes are also very common (not including GE's)

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Drugs are not a big issue, although blacking out every weekend is a common thing for many students, especially in greek life.

4 College Sophomore

Facilities: USC is overall really great. The student union is probably the most popular area on campus, many student favorites are restaurants Seeds and Lemonade. The library is a great place to study (although Doheney isn't too attractive). There is even a farmers market on campus now, so the issue of getting fresh fruits/veggies is no longer! Overall USC is great. I highly recommend it.

5 College Senior

Facilities: This school has impeccable on-line distant learning classes

4 College Freshman

Academics: USC has a terrific bunch of professors, courses are challenging but invigorating, and the ability and accessibility of Double Majors allows a superbly-rounded education

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The dorms aren't great, and the cost far exceeds the value of the housing facilities, but the actual buildings offer great facilities such as exercise areas, laundry rooms, music practice rooms, and quiet study spaces

3 College Freshman

Athletics: Team Spirit and tradition are certainties at SC.
This season we've been struggling in football, but the facilities for all athletics are hugely impressive and our basketball team is showing serious potential

4 College Freshman

Academics: The premed track is certainly challenging, but professors are incredibly intelligent, inspiring, and with Supplemental Instruction sessions and Office hours anyone can succeed.

2 Recent Alumnus

Guys & Girls: I decided to write this review so people know about the reality of this school. First, with current insoluble safety issues around campus it is even hard to have a normal social life, there are lots of foreign looking people in their, attractiveness is average, and people are not that much friendly at all. I spent two years of my life their and I had below average experience.

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College Senior

Weather: I take classes online through their Virtual Academic Center.


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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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