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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 Freshman

Nightlife: Crazy parties at the Row. If you're not into that, Club Leavey is open 24/7.

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2 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Total pain in the ass. It's not so bad for continuing students because they have the advantage of starting their search a lot earlier but it still sucks. Off-campus is wayyy better than anything on campus or owned by USC so it's the way to go but it fills up fast and you need to be patient because some are total ripoffs. Everything is too expensive for what you get but that is because of the proximity to campus. There are not a lot of well made places to live around here as the owners know that students will be living in them so they don't seem to put much effort into making them look good or renovating. You also need to be sure not to live too far away from campus because even though it gets cheaper the farther away you get, it also gets a little more dangerous.

4 College Junior

Nightlife: It's definitely not all night, things shut down pretty quickly around 1:00am. But there is a club (209) that seems to be pretty popular and Greek Row has amazing party stamina. At least one (usually more) fraternities or sororities have a party going every week it seems. So plenty of opportunities there.

4 College Junior

Majors: I can say that I am happy with the program I picked because I know that when I finish I will really be able to make a difference in people's lives and that's what I want to do! If I could do it all over again I would, however I think I would take just a little break before I jumped right into my Masters because it does get a little overwhelming at times. My career goals are to become a school social worker or open up my own practice one day. I have no concerns at the moment about finding a job in my field, I believe once a prospective employer sees USC on my application I have the job or a good chance of getting it.

4 College Junior

Majors: I would say the most difficulty that I encountered with my program was the fee you have to pay once your accepted. The reason I say this is because they don't inform you right away about what happens once you get accepted and if it was not for my mother I would have had to wait until next term to register for classes. I believe the most important criteria for admission is your statement of purpose. My program does not have an abnormal application process. As for tips for admission I would say to really pour your heart into what your writing and also have plenty of people look at your statement of purpose when your done because I did and I believe that is what got me in! Oh something else I would recommend is getting to know your professor that you worked with your undergraduate year because when it comes time to write those letter of recommendations they are the best people to ask!

3 College Junior

Scholarships: I received financial aid because of my income and the fact that I have a child. However, I switched a couple course a couple times and it was kind of frustrating because I did not expect the cost to be as high as it was... however, I am going to USC so I guess it is suspect. When everything got straightened out it did not take as long as I thought it would to receive a stipend, I was pleased. But the wait to talk to a finical aid representative at times is long because I guess they get very busy.

College Junior

Majors: My specific program is Social Work. I really enjoy it because I feel that when I am done with my Masters degree I really will be able to help people. Unique aspects of my program are that its online and I sit in front of a webcam for a certain time period... like a real class. I also like how the professors tend to the students needs and you can reach them when you need to. The workload however is a lot, however that is expected because it is a graduate level class. Internships are available and you need to enter into one to do hours on or you will not graduate, and I believe as for jobs if your internship goes well they might keep you.

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4 College Freshman

Weather: It's clear and sunny most of the time. Cool weather

3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: The dining halls arent the best but its pretty good food. It gets repetitive over the semester but the Campus Center offers good options if you have dining dollars

3 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: Pretty lenient on anything you want to do as long as you're smart about it. But, if you are obvious about it then yeah you will get caught and busted because its their job

4 College Junior

Majors: Very big selection with the chance to add minors and even create your own major that deals with all the areas you are interested in

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3 College Junior

Greek Life: I like that there are multicultural greek orgs at our campus and that there is a diverse group of which to choose from but sometimes there is a negative view of greeks because of past events.

4 College Junior

Campus Housing: there are a lot of choices even though most dorms are very similar. They make a great effort to accommodate anyone who needs hosing, although it is a little overpriced. But safety is a priority.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Off campus dining isn't anything special, you have to go a few miles for anything too high end. Lots of college kid grub though.

4 College Sophomore

Facilities: Student life is very vibrant. From concerts to sporting events, there is always something SC sponsored to do.

5 College Sophomore

Majors: I'm absolutely happy with my program, I believe it to be an innovative way to prepare a student for a career in the music industry. It creates flexible, dynamic, whole musicians who are capable in a number of different musical fields.

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College Sophomore

Majors: I am a member of the Popular Music Performance program at USC. I had to submit a pre screen DVD of myself performing several different contrasting numbers, and then fly to LA for a live audition. The acceptance rate into my program is around 8%, so it was fairly difficult.

2 College Freshman

Parking: Parking is almost impossible if you don't have a permit. Permits are very expensive. If you have to find parking, you'll probably have to pay for it and end up getting ticketed.

3 College Freshman

Majors: I'm an English major and I haven't really felt that I've received necessary support or guidance for such a relatively unpopular major.

5 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: There's a ton to do in LA and a lot of opportunities for USC students to get involved in the surrounding community and to find a job nearby. There's always something fun to do, provided you have money to spend.

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I haven't personally felt unsafe but as a freshman I have already heard about and been notified concerning several incidents involving theft, assault and one shooting.

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4 College Freshman

Athletics: Athletes are treated incredibly well but at a disadvantage to non-athlete students with services like free tutoring.

1 College Senior

Scholarships: They tend to be legacy scholarships or freshmen-only. It is difficult to obtain anything as a transfer or continuing student.

1 College Senior

Computers: I am pretty sure only one library has computers and the number is far too few for the amount of students wishing to use them.

4 College Senior

Transportation: Zip cars, enterprise rentals, free usc shuttles, campus cruiser. . . so much variety!

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BJ Grip
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Colorado Springs, CO
Major
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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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