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

Athletics: The football here is great. The students and others in nearby areas show a lot of school spirit and the games are a lot of fun. However, volleyball and basketball get almost no attention. The only reason I even know about them is because I work the games. Granted, the teams probably aren't as good as the football team but it would still be nice if school spirit and attendance were encouraged.

3 College Junior

Academics: I have my bachelors in the same major that I'm now pursuing my masters in (health administration). Compared to my undergrad school, USC isn't as organized in terms of being able to meet with faculty/advisors. The workload varies from class to class. All professors I've had so far are great in their professional careers but suck as teachers because they don't know how to and talk in circles without really answering your question. Classes are unorganized. The great thing about USC and my program is the ability to find internships/jobs. Several students have found something in the past month.

3 College Junior

Guys & Girls: There's a good mixture of guys and girls. Some are friendly, smart, and very into academics, while there's also the party animals that don't care about school as much, and focus more on their social lives.

3 College Junior

Academics: Overall, USC is a good school, great campus, nice people. In terms of academics, at least in my department, it is lacking. The professors are experienced professionals in their field, but do not possess the skills to be a good teacher. While some classes discussion is encouraged and you feel comfortable speaking to the professor about grades, etc. I've had other classes where the professors put you down for even attempting.

4 College Sophomore

Weather: The weather is always sunny. It's bright and usually hot. If you like sunshine, you'll get plenty of it.

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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There's nothing too fancy, mostly just fast food chains with the occasional restaurant chain nearby, but Hollywood is close by and that's where plenty of fancy places tend to be. There's also the Pantry which is a well known family restaurant.

5 College Sophomore

Academics: I'm a writer for screen and television at USC School of Cinematic Arts, so essentially just a screenwriter. The program is very specific about what classes we need to take and when we need to take them, so registration is always very simple and taken care of, plus the classes are extremely helpful and fun to go to. Each teacher I've had so far has been a great educational influence with a good deal of experience in the industry and I love being able to listen to them on a weekly basis.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: I can only account for my own major, but USC provides the best of the best with frequent visits from successful alumni (which there are many well-known) and the classes are very interesting and informative. My major is very specific about getting things done and USC is very accommodating for that reason which is one of the many reasons that I love being here.

5 College Junior

Weather: It's southern California. It definitely can get pretty hot but it's mostly dry and rarely cold. Beach weather for the most part.

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4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: USC is surrounded by tons of fast food restaurants. Unfortunately, there is not a good selection of higher quality sit-down restaurants though. LA is known for good food among other things so if you are able to travel a little farther than a mile, you can pretty much find anything you want. IN N OUT is 6 miles away though. That's a big bummer.

2 College Junior

Greek Life: The Greek Life is not the main thing at USC, but it does have it's own good status. I am not part of one, but I experienced some event that a Greek house was holding. It was decent. It doesn't hurt to try.

4 College Junior

Facilities: USC has good resources for studying abroad for any majors.

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4 College Junior

Facilities: There is actually good resources in the USC campus

5 College Freshman

Facilities: Facilities at USC are amazing. There's never any area that seems "old" and whatever areas are in need of repair get repaired.

3 College Freshman

Computers: The computer labs can get really crowded and the wireless network can be slow. It's not usually a big problem, but I definitely recommend bringing your own laptop and printer.

3 College Freshman

Parking: There's not much need for a car around SC unless you're like me and go home on weekends. Parking spaces are pretty okay, but cost for parking is ridiculous. Otherwise, just having a car can be really convenient and overall the campus is fairly car friendly.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There are so many different dining options around USC. Whether you're in the mood for Mexican, Japanese, whatever, there's always something in the vicinity. Not in the mood for restaurants around SC? LA Live and downtown LA are a metro ride away! Food can get a little costy though.

4 College Junior

Diversity: Well I'm on the Health Science Campus and we are mostly graduate students (Med, Occupational therapy, Pharmacy, Physical Therapy, etc.). It's a great community with a lot of opportunity to get involved. "2011-2012 total enrollment: 701 medical students, 294 Ph.D. students, 300 master's students" - http://keck.usc.edu
What I'm trying to say is that we're diverse, but very inclusive. There are a lot of Asians (Chinese, Korean, Indian, etc.), but that comes with being in Southern California. Honestly there's a little bit of everything here.

5 College Junior

Weather: It's california weather! Balmy warm during the day and cools of nicely at night. It's almost november now and I'm getting to pull out some light sweaters, but we still have some hot days every now and again.

5 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: It's LA! You can find any scene that you have your heart set on. There are beaches, hiking, sports, hollywood! The public transportation isn't the best ever, but the trains are nice. Traffic is just what you would imagine, but I'm from out of state and found that with some planning and a smart phone it's manageable (most of the time). Los Angeles is just what you would imagine. It's downsides are outweighed by it's perks. Night life, Music, Art, and Pop Culture is all around you. Not to mention great universities like University of Southern California, LMU and Loyola Law School, and FIDM (Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising).

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4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: In LA, everyone lives in apartments, so there are so many in the area. My advice would be to actually wait until the spring to figure out where to live next year because you can probably find lower rates that way!

4 College Sophomore

Majors: I am thrilled to be a bio major at USC, and I would definitely still choose to do this if I could do it again.

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2 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: I am a vegetarian and the options at the dining halls are virtually non existent. On the other hand, Lemonade has so many delicious, vegetarian options!

4 College Sophomore

Majors: Becoming a biological sciences major was very easy, and I especially like that it is in the college of liberal arts that way I am free to change majors more easily since there are so many options in this college.

4 College Senior

Majors: I will be completing my first internship through the university next week. I had the most amazing experience as a therapist intern at a residential substance abuse program. It took a long time for the school to find something for me that matched my schedule. But after that small hiccup I knew there was a reason I had to wait. the placement was perfect for me and was truly one of the most enriching experiences of my life.

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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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