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Reviews 2429 total reviews with an average rating of 3.8

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2 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: Lacking consistency: some are newly remodeled, others verge on dilapidated. All overpriced. Not enough spaces to accommodate student body. lacking A/C in many units.

5 College Senior

Diversity: Very Diverse – USC is amazingly diverse--people from all over the world, of so many ages and socio-economic backgrounds. I am a non-traditional (i.e. older), severely low-income student but I feel comfortable here since there are other people like me. Sure, there are the spoiled kids, but they are at any school.

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4 College Senior

Campus Strictness: Tough but Fair – Security is everywhere, which is something I feel is a plus here at USC given its location. Parking of cars and bikes is very strictly enforced. Drug use and underage drinking are dealt with quickly and fairly (as in, don't do it or you will suffer the consequences for breaking the rules).

1 College Student

Campus Strictness: If a student recieves a D in any course they are subject to retake it if there future strives as a college applyer.

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4 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Pretty decent variety of people and diversity at this school, always keeping it interesting.

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Not the best, but not the worst. Some don't have AC.

5 College Junior

Facilities: I love that my school is a traditional school. The school pride that everyone contains is amazing. Almost everyone participates in rival week and it's pretty amazing. We had a ferris wheel, a bruin bear bonfire, fireworks, etc. The works. Hands down the school pride is truly great.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: You are located in a Major city, there is crime, and you often receive notices about some incident, but the campus safety and LAPD work diligently to make sure USC students are safe.

4 College Sophomore

Weather: The weather in Southern California is great. It is sunny and warm almost all year long!

4 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: It is a very diverse culture at USC, there are students from every walk of life, with every taste and style you could imagine.

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4 College Junior

Majors: I am in the Marshall School of Business. I semi-enjoy it. While there are some useful things I am learning, several of the classes are very subjective and can seem sort of unnecessary and repetitive. I have also discovered that quite a few classes are unnecessary to even attend. All you really have to do is the homework and then study your ass off for the test and there you go. Some cool things are that there is a thing called the ELC in the business program which is like an interrogation room. There are cameras and two way mirrors from which you are watched as you enact mock scenarios and see some of the concepts you are learning in action. Then you usually get to see the film of everybody interacting and see how it went from an outside point of view. Good program but can't say it lived up to the hype whatsoever.

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4 College Junior

Majors: It is much easier to apply to USC now because you can do so with the common application. You need to excel in some area to get in though. Luckily for me, I had a 3.93 GPA from community college (mostly because I was good at taking tests, not really a true reflection of my intelligence to be honest ;) and I just got in directly to the Marshall school, which is what I applied for so no hassles. But you definitely need to have something good to get in.

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3 College Junior

Health & Safety: I certainly feel safe but there's still a few reminders every now and then that the campus is still in South Central LA. I get alerts every now and then about somebody who ran up and stole someone's cell phone or something. I usually get a followup email soon after though about how the campus police worked with the LAPD to catch the perpetrator so they seem to be pretty good at their job. Also, if you live off campus, be sure not to live too far because it can turn ugly if you go too far.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Admittedly there are drugs being used here, especially weed, because hey- it's California, but the peer pressure and all that is basically nil. If you don't want to do it, no one is forcing you to. It does all depend on who you're hanging out with, but even at sorority/frat parties, the most you'll probably ever see would be smoking. But once again, the pressure is not strong. Drinking is way more prevalent, but the pressure for that, once again, is not strong either. You do what you want to do.

3 College Sophomore

Parking: If you get an on campus parking permit, parking is easy to find. However, it is slightly expensive, and is around $500 a semester. If you have to park off campus, parking can be difficult to find.

5 College Sophomore

Facilities: Everything here is amazing! The campus is well kept and all the students and faculty are always kind. Trojan pride is visible throughout all of campus and the overall environment is wonderful.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Housing off campus is a little harder to find unless you are still a part of USC housing. Every apartment owned by USC however, will always have all of the amenities needed for living. Meaning it comes furnished, with a kitchen, 1-2 bedrooms that each hold two people and nice small to medium sized living areas. I give off-campus housing a B only because I enjoy the freedom, but often times we have maintenance issues in our apartment. Other than that you can find some pretty nice living.

5 College Sophomore

Academics: The Communication program in the Annenberg School of Communication and Journalism is wonderful. It's extremely theory based and teaches you essential skills needed in every day life. The span of subjects that are taught in classes is infinite. You learn a lot about culture and history. It is all very interesting and really gives you a good perspective on the world around you, making you more aware of your environment.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: I came into USC as a broadcast journalism major but now I am a communication major. The Annenberg School of Communication and Journalism is a wonderful community to be a part of. They are nurturing and I feel as though I have learned a lot in my communication classes. I love my major. The only reason that I give it an A- is because the general education classes could be a little better. Most of the categories are super boring.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Certain housing options are more luxurious than others. I happened to live in a dorm called Trojan Hall. It was very social and I made many friends. The only downside was that it was boring looking and the communal bathrooms were sometimes extremely gross. This is why I give it a C+, just because overall I enjoyed the experience, it just could have been better.

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3 College Junior

Scholarships: Although USC prides itself on rewarding need-based student, it is definitely a challenge to obtain financial aid.

5 College Junior

Diversity: The acceptance regarding ethnic diversity is amazing.

3 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: Campus is great, very safe. However, campus surroundings are not so safe.

3 College Junior

Parking: The chances of getting your preferred parking structure are very slim.

5 College Freshman

Diversity: Most diverse campus I have ever been on. All my classes have a representation of most races. Definitely a good experience.


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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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