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Los Angeles, CA
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17,619
Tuition
$46,363
Admission Difficulty
Very Hard
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3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: It's Standard College Food – The cafeterias aren't sparkling clean but what are you going to do about thousands of freshmen on their unlimited meal plans? The food places on campus are clean enough, the student center is packed all day but in the end it's reasonable clean.
Security is another issue altogether though, there's always news about shootings, you can hear sirens all day, the helicopters fluttering around at night, it's not particularly recommended to walk on your own (or perhaps even in twos) by yourself offcampus, which might become troublesome since there is only one year guaranteed oncampus housing.

4 College Sophomore

Computers: No Flaws, Though in Limited Supply – This school is big. Like >20000 students big; so having a few buildings for computing isn't really that practical. However if you can get a seat in the library (which you can if you go in reasonable hours and not during cram sessions where people sit in front of the computers and proceed to use their own laptops because there aren't enough seats in the library!) the computers are fast, pretty up to date, want everything you want on it. The computing centers in the compsci building are slick too, Mac Pros with dual boot.

4 College Sophomore

Weather: It's Los Angeles. It's hot. 70-90 the whole year. If you walk, you might break a sweat, but there's not a lot of variance. Rains about a week total the whole school year. Sunny or maybe cloudy. Casual clothing is a must.

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3 College Sophomore

Transportation: It's in LA. There's a supermarket near campus so it's not paramount, but having a car would be beneficial if you can deal with the traffic. Buses go around the admittedly small campus (you can walk across campus in 15 minutes, but you only have <10 minutes between classes worst case scenario, so the buses won't do you good either since they have lots of stops, and you'll have to do research on the bus routes - I walk everywhere and it's fine. There are two metro stops near the edge of campus to get downtown, there's no USC discount for it however.

4 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: it is nice to attend USC through the VAC program. it is nice to see people from different backgrounds and places.

3 College Senior

Majors: Starting Social Work Internship – I am just beginning the process of a social work internship for my MSW.
It is scary to be entering it but at the same time, it is so very interesting

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4 College Senior

Academics: the academics are good at the VAC program at USC - I am in the MSW Social Work program and they have a wide range of professors as well as students all over the united states.

4 College Senior

Academics: Good Student Support – I am in the VAC program at USC for my masters in social work. I feel that I can reach out to professors as well as student support if I have any questions.

2 College Sophomore

Diversity: A Lot of Hype – USC has one of the most diverse campuses on the books, they are in the top 5 for international students, and can claim to represent almost every category of diversity. That said, there are usually only a few students making up each diversity demographic. Most of the international students are from China or Korea, and we are mainly just a lot of rich white people.

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3 College Sophomore

Nightlife: Good Parties If You Can Find Them – Really hard to get into frats if you're not a girl, there are probably 5-10 large student parties around campus in the community though on any given Wed-Sat, you just need to find out when and where; usually $5 for all you can drink and entry. Not many bars unless you drive 20 minutes to Hollywood, in which case anything goes.

3 College Sophomore

Parking: I parked a little off campus in one of the school's parking structures, and I was charged $12 for being there for an hour!!

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3 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: The area outside USC can quickly become unsafe. However, Los Angeles itself has plenty of shopping, entertainment, and attractions. The LACMA museum is a must!

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4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Not Much in the Immediate Area Off Campus but Lots to Do Elsewhere in the City – unless travelling to a different part of LA most students stick close to campus

4 College Senior

Athletics: Football Is Awesome – If you are a football lover this is definitely the school for you. The team is recognized as #1 within the conference and are favored to win a championship this year.

5 College Junior

Campus Dining: HOORAY FOR FOOD – There are so many options! Whether you're a health nut or you live off pizza and ramen, USC is the place for FOOOOOD. So many great and delicious options, and they only keep adding more! We also have a registered dietician who helps students with food allergies or preferences figure out where they can access the food they like. We have a vegan/gluten free dining hall that is just opening up as well as two other regular dining halls that also include waffle makers, mongolian barbecue, and panini grills. And that's just on campus. Off campus there are so many restaurants, including both chain restaurants and little places. All of them are so good. One of my favorite things to do during my free time is go out to eat and explore all of the options on and around campus.

4 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: Lots of Fun! If you know how to work public transportation and/or if you have a car or a friend with a car, the possibilities are limitless in LA. The immediate area around campus is mainly student housing, but there are also lots of restaurants to go out to if walking is your only option. Other than that, there are so many beaches, Disneyland, always a play to go to/museum to see, etc. There are always things going on!

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: I got a great apartment with my sister and we are really enjoying our time here. A lot of the apartment buildings around here don't have air conditioning units in them so you have to find your own creative ways to beat the heat. There are tons of restaurants and food joints around campus for whenever you want to go out. It's not the safest neighborhood as many know, but as long as you travel with a buddy or in a group, you're fine. Cost is a little much, but it's LA. Super cheap housing out here is nonexistent/probably not a place you want to be living anyway. TONS of student housing off campus. Miles of it. Easy to find living space. Our landlords are really great too. Overall, we've had a good experience.

4 College Junior

Scholarships: So Far So Good! A bit difficult to reach at times but overall helpful.
Detailed fin. aid packet given at open house.

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3 College Junior

Majors: Essentially two identical applications...
both expensive..
very time consuming.
Tips: start ahead of time..

4 College Junior

Majors: Excellant Program Overall! Dissapointed with one of the 3 teachers I had this semester.
While she know her subject matter.. she didn't really know how to teach.

I would stick to my career. Not concerned about finding a job in today's economy as an Occupational therapist.

5 College Junior

Diversity: So Many Cultures in 1 School! There are a lot of ethnic groups and cultures at USC from all over the world. Many are in fact international students. It's an amazing feeling walking around school and being exposed to so many cultures!

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Eat friendly staff always willing to assist you. On campus superb but off campus it gets a little harde to constantly patrol so that is where some of the issues come in. However, they have increased security measures off and arou d campus too. Health wise don't use USC healthcare not because it isn't good but because I'm active duty military

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Amazing School but Expensive – I haven't had any issues with USC it is an amazing university both for sports and education. The staff are friendly and helpful while taking good care of their students. The only negative thing I have to say about the school is the price. This was not a worry last year as the University gives out pretty hefty grants to assist you. However this year they cut the grant in half and I just hope it wasn't one of those real you in and hook you now it is hard to leave cause your established things. But honestly as much as I don't want to leave the school the price is too hefty and for a mother of two that college money I would rather use on my children then myself.

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5 College Junior

Transportation: Public transportation is great at USC. First of all many students, staff, and faculty take the metrolink to USC everyday. The metrolink is a lot cheaper then driving every day plus you do not have to pay for a parking permit. Not only that but USC has their own shuttles that go to the train station and pick up the students, faculty, and staff every day without any charge. These shuttles run every day until 10pm taking people back and forth from the train station. There are also a lot of bus stop near the campus.

4 College Junior

Facilities: The University of Southern California has a campus life that I have never experienced. There are many different centers that are there to help all of the students whether it be academic issues or personal issues. The libraries are a great place to study with plenty of quiet rooms that are available to all students whether you want to study on your own or whether it is a study group. The first two weeks of school is when you learn all abouth the different clubs and organizations that are availabe and school spririt is shown year round not only by the students but by the faculty and staff as well. When you step foot on campus you have entered the trojan home.

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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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