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Reviews 2199 total reviews with an average rating of 3.8

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4 Recent Alumnus

Majors: Good Breadth – I think that there is ample room for growth and development

5 College Junior

Campus Dining: All of the food on campus is delicious. Be careful with the baked goods. I gained 15 pounds my first semester

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5 College Junior

Computers: I never have to wait to use a computer at any library

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3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Off campus and onmcampus housing prices are about the same price when you have a room mate. Prices are slighly higher when you live in a single or studio.

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3 College Freshman

Parking: Expensive and Packed – The parking is outrageously overpriced. And it is overcrowded.

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3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Drinking/ Casual Drug Use – Being California, there is a decent amount of weed constantly circulating around. And for the wealthier and crazier, harder drugs are available. But no one is ever pushy, and you definitely won't see or be exposed to anything that you don't want.

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4 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Everyone's HOT – USC was just ranked Number 1 for University with the hottest girls. And the guys aren't far behind. Everyone's well dressed, everyone's fit, and there are attractive students around every corner.

4 people found this useful Report
5 College Sophomore

Academics: USC wants to help you. I'm an applied mathematics major and I have found the workload challenging but manageable. It's really balanced.

3 College Sophomore

Computers: What You Need – Most people don't use the labs too much. Being USC, everyone has their own computer. But the labs are loaded up with everything that you could need to get your work done.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: You Get What You Pay for – The academics at USC are highly rated, and rightfully so. Unless you're in the business school, most classes have 20-35 students which really allows you to get to know your professor and establish a good relationship with them. Professors are super easy to access and almost always willing to help. Its pretty easy to get the classes that you want during registration, especially if you're coming in with credits already. USC is very accommodating and truly wants to help students thrive and succeed.

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4 College Junior

Overall Experience: I Love My School. I am a proud Trojan. From the football games (in which we dominate) to the academics (in which we also dominate) to the nightlife and culture, USC is the best. I have made some of the best friends I will ever have during my time at this university, and I know that I will leave feeling prepared for the real world. USC is an arrogant nation, but rightly so. It's impossible to attend and not feel a sense of pride in your school. If I had to choose all over again, it'd be USC for me again.

5 College Junior

Academics: Really Great Professors – The professors at USC are the best in their fields. Even in the arts/film/theatre schools, the professors are usually still working in their fields with the best of them. I have had acting professors who have won awards for what they do in the real world, and their experience is beyond valuable in the classroom.

4 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: It's Los Angeles. What can I say? It's LA, guys. The night life is amazing. There is ALWAYS something to do, I guarantee it. And if partying/clubbing isn't your thing (it's not mine), then there's still plays, movies, events, sports, shopping, the beach, hiking, and much more. There's so much to do that I promise that you will come out of your years at USC thinking, "But I still haven't done this, or this, or THIS!"

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Expensive, but Available! Okay, so it's Los Angeles. It's going to be expensive; that's a given. However, USC is extremely focused on providing/building new housing for its students. The school guarantees housing for freshmen and sophomores, and even if you're a junior you can apply to live in USC housing and likely receive it. I personally lived in the dorms my first year, a USC apartment my second year, and this year I am living in a non-affiliated apartment complex that is literally right outside of campus. It's very convenient, although pricey, but there are other options for those who do not want to pay the steep rent (which is totally understandable). There's less expensive housing a few blocks' radius from campus, like on Ellendale and Menlo, etc. There's also the option of joining a frat/sorority and living there, or even renting a house with a bunch of other people.

5 College Junior

Academics: Yes, I'm a Theatre Major. Anywhere you go, you're going to get that Look if you choose to become a Theatre major. However, at USC people are genuinely interested in the arts (actually in Los Angeles in general), and the professors really prepare you to become the best in your field. The theatre program is rigorous, and it covers all areas of theatre, not just acting. All majors are required to take classes in directing, production, design, and acting, and there's the optional writing classes as well. I personally am a writer, and yet every class that I've taken outside of the writing field is extremely helpful to my own work. I can apply what I've learned in acting/directing to what I want my plays to look like and communicate. It's all interconnected, and definitely worth it. Plus, in LA you will find some of the most diverse opportunities to see live theatre probably in the world. The city's attention to art is incredible; you will never find anything like it.

4 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Everyone Is Quite Beautiful! I was seriously surprised by how good looking everyone was, no joke! You got some diversity too, which includes a large amount of Asians. Most people are extremely outgoing, not hard to make friends at all. And all the girls have a pretty good sense of fashion, then again we are in Southern California!

3 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Downtown Los Angeles – USC is located minutes away from downtown Los Angeles. Which can be both a good and bad thing. The surrounding neighborhood is not the best, but the campus is gated and I have never felt unsafe on campus. You are also minutes away from the Staples center, a drive away from Hollywood, and about half an hour from the beach. If you have a car you are set to go.

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5 College Junior

Majors: I Love My Major – I am a Music Industry major and I love it. It gives be the best balance on everything within the music industry, not just the business side I want to get into. I get to learn some of the tech side, I get to learn some basic music theory, learn the basics of playing an instrument, internships, as well as all the law and business of music. I love how well-rounded it helps me to be, in preparation for going into the industry

4 College Junior

Greek Life: Greek life is very popular on campus, and those who are a part of Greek life seem to enjoy it a lot. They build a lot of new friendships, and participate in various activities throughout the year.

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3 College Junior

Diversity: Mostly Asian – There is a lot of diversity at USC, and I appreciate all the different ethnicities present, but sometimes it seems as if the majority of the students who get accepted are Asian. It's not really balanced, and Asians seem to be the majority of the students.

4 College Junior

Guys & Girls: Good-Looking, Diverse and Health-Conscious Guys and Girls – USC has a huge student body--so you will find a diverse range of students, including most ethnicities and some exotic mixes. The common denominator among most students is fitness-- the students at USC really like to work out; feel good and look good. You will find students in lectures either quite trendily dressed up or in work-out gear after or before hitting the on-campus gym.

Some students do participate in serious relationships while at USC, but it is more common to have hook-ups at parties or flings with people if you're in the Greek system.

Whatever you're looking for, you'll probably find it here. USC has more international students than any other university in the US, so that combines with Southern California's laid-back natives to produce a diverse and welcoming student body with a huge range of interests and attitudes.

5 College Freshman

Majors: Putting aside the racism, USC is one of the best schools to study because the number of majors. In addition, USC has a flexible double major programs that lets students pursue several disciplines with four minors for the over-achievers.

1 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Prevalent Racism – Though, many will disagree; racism is prevalent and needs to change to improve ties between students. It's hard to tell if it is, indeed, racism or if it's a result of differences in social class. Even interacting with professors has given a feeling that racial majority gets treated in a better way than minority students. I remember being in class once and a minority student asked a question and was chided by the professor, but then someone from the majority, racial class asked the same question; the professor responded sans the chiding.

1 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Minorities Marginalized – There's favoritism and it can affect your self-esteem. This is relative, though.

College Freshman

Campus Dining: Few Vegetarian Options – Mostly cater to meat-eaters and few veggie options.


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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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