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Reviews 2199 total reviews with an average rating of 3.8

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4 College Senior

Academics: I start usc in the fall but the main reason i chose this program is because their alumni network is very strong and will allow me to have better job opportunities.

4 College Senior

Academics: For graduate school each class registered needs to be approved by your advisor. So you stay on track.

5 College Freshman

Weather: The weather is one of the best parts of USC! I initially applied to all California schools just because I loved the sunshine and summertime. It is so much easier to get involved in activities and explore a city if the weather is nice all the time! Often times people will not go to class if it is raining or cold by Southern California standards.

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1 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Parkside Sucks for Freshman – I lived in Parkside my freshman year, completely sucked. I probably only met my roommate and two other people in my suite and no one from my floor.

3 College Sophomore

Transportation: You really don't need a car to get around. Mostly everything is walking distance or you can take public transportation which is really cheap. There is also a cruiser service that runs until 3am that you can take for free as well as a shuttle that runs until 6am for those late night study sessions in the library or the occasional late party ;). There are also shuttles that are free to students that take you around campus and between the main campus and the health sciences campus. Transportation for long distance you can rent a car by the hour or for the whole day. also pretty cheap.

3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Great School Spirit – Love the school, sometimes the professors aren't that great at teaching but they are SUPER passionate about their work and offer great support. School spirit is awesome! It's not that bad when trying to get into classes usually if you talk to the professor they'll let you in

Only downside, if you are on campus during the summer, there is a lot of construction.

3 College Freshman

Nightlife: LA Live – USC and the immediate surrounding areas aren't the best in terms of nightlife. However, you can take a free shuttle to LA Live for bowling, movies, lots of restaurants, concerts, and sporting events. Downtown LA in general has a lot to offer.

4 College Freshman

Computers: They Make It Easy – Very easy to connect to wifi with a laptop. Printing is also very easy.

4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Nothing Obvious – In contrast to other schools I have attended, I have never seen drug, etc. use on campus. I'm sure there is an "underground" presence of such substances, but it's not an obvious problem.

3 College Junior

Drug Safety: They Are Around – Really depends who your circle of friends are. I am in a frat, so drinking is much more popular, but recreational drugs like weed are used pretty frequently as well.

4 College Junior

Campus Housing: Living in a Frat House – I live in a frat house at USC, and its fairly awesome. Housing comes by every day to clean our messes. we can throw parties and stuff too, its baller.

4 College Junior

Diversity: Very Diverse School – as a private school, USC has a lot of international pull. There are high volumes of students from China and Korea, India, and Japan as well. There are also plenty of kids from all accros the US

5 College Senior

Academics: Always There – I am a recent admit but from what I have heard so far and from what I have experienced, it seems as if everyone is always willing to lend a helping hand. Class registration was went well and I did not have to struggle to get into the classes that I needed. My advisor was also really helpful and setting a timeline for my whole program.

3 College Senior

Diversity: Lots of Rich Students – I do feel that the school is a bit of a bubble as it does not represent what we would see in the real working world on a socioeconomic level

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: There's No Other School I'd Rather Be at – You'll be wholeheartedly overwhelmed by the aged buildings, each with a unique story behind them. I love how old the school is because it makes me feel as if I am somehow connected to the history of the university. If you're looking for an incredible education, then this is the place to be. USC has an amazing quality of education.

4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: The UV is a nice place to grab some food, Six Flags is extremely fun, it's LA so if you want culture this is the place to be. Visit a museum or art gallery, there's plenty of them. USC football is amazing and the staples center is right there if you want to catch a Lakers or Clippers game. Everyone here is extremely friendly. The only thing I'd change is the area by one of the Residence Halls. Don't live in Trojan on the street side. You will not sleep.

Read more: http://collegeprowler.com/university-of-southern-california/local-atmosphere/student-reviews/#ixzz1xtP2aU9n

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: YES! to Jack's and Joe's – This little place is quite a find! It is perfect biking distance from USC and it is always packed. The only downfall would be the wait, but once you get a table the service is quick, the vibe of the restuarant is vibrant and the food is top notch quality! Come with an appetite, because you will definitely leave stuffed! Also perfect for eating with parents, friends or a date.

5 College Junior

Computers: -So it only follows that to learn about the best, they have to supply us with the best. They also develop the best right here on campus, so everything you want or need or can even think of is available. And if it doesn't exist, you can actually propose it to faculty and see a turnaround before the year is up, depending on how monumental it is.

3 College Junior

Drug Safety: College Is College- It's Gonna Happen – Realize that USC is in perhaps what used to be notorious as the worst city in California, from pollution to safety to crime. That being said, drugs really aren't as bad as one might expect. They are basically divided by socio-economic lines. The rich kids that bought their way in or got in on legacy get the expensive stuff, usually Coke or H. Those on scholarship don't dare screw that up. Athletes don't do anything like that: being able to play is their life. Most, especially those from California and Colorado, are 420 friendly, but that doesn't mean we use it. We just don't care if anyone else does. Once you're here, you're family- and we take you just the way you want to be. No matter what you do here, everyone IS serious about succeeding, so while it might be there, it doesn't carry over to anything you see beyond a residence building.

4 College Junior

Majors: Petroleum Engineering – When I told my colleagues at work that I was accepted to USC engineering, everyone smiled and clapped. Someone asked if it was ME or PE (MEchanical or PEtroleum). When I said PE, everyone cheered, spent the next two hours telling stories about people they knew in industry and the college, took me out to celebrate after work, and are helping me with connections and scholarships already. You don't go into Engineering, any part of it, if you don't love math and science. You just don't. I went into PE because the money is about 2-3x that of any other discipline, and I already have multiple connections in the field. No worries here!

5 College Junior

Majors: I work with programming alarm sensors and facility design that our company puts in place. Essentially I'm the guy they go to when there is either really new software that nobody wants to learn or really old software that nobody ever did learn. Great pay, easy bosses, just get someone to like you and they'll watch out for you. So many people rely on me to finish their work. They routinely send me employment perks, like season dodger tickets, week-long deep sea fishing trips, even paying for vacations if I say I want to go to a college nearby that one of the higher ups likes.

4 College Junior

Athletics: Great School Spirit – The bigger sports have alot of following such as football, baseball and basketball. There is alot of school spirit on campus making games really fun. Some of the less popular sports do not have as much of a following but there are still students who go to the games to support their fellow trojans. I would say USC definitely puts alot of importance on its athletic departments.

4 College Sophomore

Weather: If your perspective of California is sunny beaches, warm breezes, and ideal summer, then expect no less at USC. Because of it's close proximity to the beach, the temperature stays pretty static (the water helps control temperature due to absorption of heat as well as cooling). Expect a good amount of the year to be summer-like. However, that doesn't mean LA doesn't get it's share of cold and wet storms or extreme heat waves.

4 College Sophomore

Transportation: USC provides a tram service and a system called campus cruiser, which is a student driven program that you can call to drive you to places within a certain radius of USC. This is extremely helpful for those late night endeavors. The trams are a good source of transportation as they are usually punctual and efficient. For long-distance, LA public transportation includes the bus, taxi, and the LA metro.

3 College Freshman

Majors: I enrolled as an undeclared major at Dornsife and later declared cognitive science - since it was in the same college, I didn't have to go through a separate application process.

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BJ Grip
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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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