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Los Angeles, CA
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17,619
Tuition
$46,363
Admission Difficulty
Very Hard
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Reviews 2429 total reviews with an average rating of 3.8

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5 College Sophomore

Facilities: Amazing facilities. Very accessible. Very clean campus.

4 College Freshman

Facilities: The campus itself is beautiful. There are a lot of green spaces and places to relax. The libraries are very nice on the inside and out. Doheney is our library that brings back memories of hogwarts. The campus center is only two years old and is a great place to hang out with friends or get some homework done. The gym is clean and has adequate equipment to work out, but is small compared to the amount of people that go there every day. I have also been pleased with the classrooms and lecture halls I've been in so far. Although this may not be a deciding factor in a college decision, the chairs are comfortable and rooms are high-tech.

4 College Sophomore

Facilities: Student life on campus is pretty vibrant. So much to do on a friday night. You can go to open mic nights at Ground Zero. Go to Tommy's Place to watch live shows or watch football games on saturday. Vision and Voices always has something to send students to go see and experience the arts and humanities of los angeles. The athletic center is pretty exclusive to the athletes but the gym at the Lyon center is what alot of people use to work out. The libaries are usually filled to the brim around finals but on a regular basis, it's a moderate number of students in there especially in Leavey. Conquest is every year and that is basically the USC v UCLA football game and that's a whole week of the rallies, the burning of the bruin, a concert/performance by a popular artist and of course, pranks. It's fun.

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3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: The culture of students at USC is very go-getter, goal oriented, and network type of feel. Therefore that causes the students to be very one track minded, offstandish and often fake. I'm used to the atmosphere at my high school where everyone is hugging and saying hi to each other so when i first came here, and when i smiled at someone walking the opposite way, they would dart their eyes away or completely ignore you. However, there are some very rich and beautiful people here. The social life is revolved around parties around the row usually, with exceptions of people actually exploring the awesome parts of LA and this is a very HOOKUP culture.

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3 College Sophomore

Parking: You need a permit to park on campus or in the parking garages off campus, or in the apartment garages that are univerisity owned. It's less expensive the farther you park away from campus, but then the parking structure near jefferson is so far, that theres no point in parking because you can just basically make the 10 minute walk other places. The cheapest price i've heard so far is $200 a semester. DPS constantly checks for permits in parking lots, so if you dont buy one, expect to be ticketed.

3 College Sophomore

Computers: When my friend doesn't have her computer with her, she is able to go to King Hall, or Salvatori to go and use their desktops. They are all macs, and are very efficient. And if you have problems with the laptops, ITS people are very helpful. Printing on campus is not that available in a lot of places. You either have to be a part of the Annenberg school to get access to printers, go to the black student union or El Centro Chicano in the UUC for free printing. Other than that you have to pay .10 cents per page at Leavey Library which only takes discretionary dollars on your ID card. If you dont have money on your card, SOL.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: Even though all the attention goes towards the yearly football season, overall the athletic program is really good. The women's lacrosse team is doing really good this season and the mens volleyball team is currently number one in the nation.

4 College Freshman

Greek Life: The "row" of fraternities and sororities is very popular and many special interest fraternities are available.

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4 College Freshman

Facilities: The facilities at USC are excellent. The libraries and athletic facilities are easy to access and there are many fun campus events and traditions.

3 College Freshman

Diversity: There are a lot of white people on campus, but many other races and religions are well represented.

4 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: Los Angeles is a dynamic city. It is a place where diversity and new ideas are welcomed and encouraged. University of Southern California (USC) is situated in an area where the neighboring cities love the Trojan family and aspire to create a welcoming environment for the USC students, alumni, and staff. USC is located near many attractions, such as Downtown Los Angeles, Rodeo Drive, LA Live, and Staples Center. Students are able to grow and succeed, through the various opportunities provided by the central location of USC. GO TROJANS!

4 College Junior

Transportation: Everything is close by already, but there are plenty of transportation options available. The University bus system provides constant transportion on campus and to surrounding off-campus areas. Campus Cruiser offers free private taxi service around the clock and USC has contracts with many local companies to provide good deals to students wherever they wish to go.

4 College Junior

Guys & Girls: You get a very wide range of both guys and girls at USC. The student body overall is extremely diverse--ethnically, socially, etc. There are tons of good looking guys and girls. The Greek scene is dominated by mostly wealthy, white kids, although all races and classes are represented. It is really hard to generalize here but everyone is fairly accepting to friendly individuals.

4 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: The immediate surroundings of USC are not all that great besides Exposition Park and LA Live. However, you don't have to go far to get the full Los Angeles experience. Hollywood, Santa Monica, Venice, and Long Beach offer more than you could imagine. There are countless opportunities for everyones' interests. The culture is a bit more materialistic than I like, but that doesn't mean you can't escape it with ease.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: My experience in USC housing was amazing. I lived in Birnkrant and Webb Tower, and I loved it. Birnkrant's atmosphere is so nice and sociable, but you can still focus on working hard in school. Webb is such a nice facility, and it was a great first apartment for me. My one concern is the fact that it's harder to stay in university housing as a junior or senior, so I didn't want to risk entering the housing lotto and then being forced to go to off-campus housing too late when the rates are increased.

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2 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: USC off-campus housing is relatively cheap; however, if you want to be closer than a few blocks away (which I would recommend, since USC is in downtown LA) and you are not a sophomore or freshman who gets first choice USC housing, you have to get an apartment/house yourself. The main complexes, Gateway, Icon, and Tuscany, are really expensive. You probably can't get anything for under $1,000 a month, not including utilities. I think it's a complete ripoff.

5 College Sophomore

Scholarships: I applied to USC before the scholarship deadline (December 1, I believe), and then I found out in January I was in the running for a merit-based Trustee Scholarship, which covered all tuition for 4 years. I then went to an Explore USC program (stay overnight and meet the school), had an interview, and then received the scholarship.
My advice would be to APPLY EARLY! You never know, you might be a candidate for a merit scholarship!

12 people found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Academics: It is challenging but if you are committed you will succeed.

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5 College Freshman

Nightlife: There is always something to do at USC, especially with Los Angeles being the city it resides in.

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4 College Freshman

Academics: University of Southern California has the best of both worlds. You can go to class and study all week, but once the weekend hits you can party all night. USC provides everyone with opportunities to improve their grades with the help of tutors or just going to see the professor during office hours.

3 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Housing: There are many options. They range in price from $400 to over $2000. The area around the campus isnt the greatest.

3 Recent Alumnus

Local Atmosphere: You definitely need a car unless you are a fan of LA public transportation. Most things are a maximum 20 min drive with traffic that you would need to get. Downtown LA is a 5 min shuttle ride and they have lots to offer there- Movies, Staples Center, Great Food, Bowling, Nightlife, Museums.

4 College Junior

Weather: Classic southern California warmth and sunshine. Every once in a while we get some overcast weather, some wind, and even rain, but it is perfectly tolerable and is never an issue. However, it does get chilly in the winter months as well, but that's nothing a cozy sweater and jeans can't fix.

3 College Junior

Computers: Every computer lab on campus has a wealth of computers available, the printing is reliable, and the wifi is perfectly speedy... until finals week rolls around, which is to be expected nonetheless. Every computer has Microsoft Office and Adobe Creative Suite loaded in, so those utilities are available as well. While it is nice to have your own computer, I don't see it as completely necessary for on-campus work, unless you are somebody that likes to take lecture notes on them (though some professors disallow it).

5 College Junior

Athletics: If you didn't associate USC with its rigorous academics, then you've definitely associated it with its stellar athletics. Aside from the obvious football team, water polo, volleyball, basketball are also very big and popular sports on campus. In fact, every sport on campus has a faithful following, and the student body is VERY spirited with its teams. Intramural and club sports are also popular and very much involved in the mix, and athletic facilities are absolutely stellar. As a serious or casual athlete, USC fits perfectly.

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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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