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

Health & Safety: While USC may not be in the best part of town, the school's security is top notch. There are DPS agents that work around the clock to keep USC safe. Generally, if anyone its get robbed etc. It is more because of a lack of common sense than a lack in security.

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4 College Junior

Majors: Lots of Class Offerings – One of the things I love about what I'm studying (Theater and Screenwriting) is the abundance of classes offered on those subjects.

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2 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Not Enough – With 20,000 students trying to fit into one tiny neighborhood, finding off campus housing becomes very difficult. It comes down to choosing between a roach-nest or a 1500 a month apartment, which is very frustrating.

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4 College Junior

Facilities: Beautiful Campus/Construction Ongoing – USC is a beautiful campus with almost unlimited facilities available for undergrads. My main complaint would be the ongoing construction (particularly when it is for buildings that won't benefit me, like a building devoted entirely to athletes) One thing that is great about USC is the 24 hour library, which comes in handy during finals.

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4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: I Love L.A. Atmosphere in L.A. is like living in hollywood. YOu can do so many things here, it's amazing. From going to the beach, to going to the mountains on a snowing day, or just going to Mexico! All within 2 hours on the dame day. I love L.A.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There are numerous dining outside USC, especially on Figueroa Avenue. Figueroa has an excellent variety of fast food restaurants, along with a solid choice of sit-down restaurants. My personal favorites are Freebirds Burrito (student favorite), La Taquiza (pricey but good), and Chick-Fil A.

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3 College Freshman

Transportation: Public transportation could be better around USC, but that's mainly because transportation in LA generally could be a lot better. It's nice that there's shuttles around USC as well as zipcars and USC buses to LA Live on weekends, but lower rates to rent cars would be welcome.

4 College Senior

Diversity: campus is pretty diverse. a lot of different races and religions

3 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: Hard to get housing you want. Housing is expensive and costs just keep rising each year. Walking to off campus housing has become safer recently due to hired security.

4 College Senior

Facilities: Facilities are good. Clean and well-kept. A lot of new facilities are being built.

4 College Sophomore

Scholarships: USC is really great at giving students with high financial need a great financial aid package. I definitely know that if i were to go to any other school, i would be paying a lot more. It is definitely need based and they offer scholarships!

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5 College Sophomore

Diversity: USC is really diverse, you will see so many international students. You will never find this place to be anything but diverse. It's definitely not an issue here which is great

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4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Campus Safety – Campus safety at USC is really improving. I feel totally safe in the area especially since they have security guards everywhere and people willing to drive you home if you don't feel safe walking home from campus late at night. they also have campus cruiser that you can call all the way until 3am to drive you to and from places.

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5 College Sophomore

Facilities: My fav library to study is the Harry Potter esc. philosophy library hidden on the second floor of the philo. building by the bell tower

4 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: Hit It Quick – Not strict, if your ganna hit it, hit it quick or just eat it. Do it responsibly, they'll know your doing it right

5 College Sophomore

Greek Life: DONT THINK/ JUST DO IT!! If you think to much about it you might reconsider going GREEK, but I say don't think about it DO IT!! after a week you'll realize you made the right choice!!!

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4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Energetic and diverse – Generally, the students at USC are very energetic and diverse. There are a lot of people who are into working out and going to beaches, so they look healthy and fit. There are also people who are more into academics, music, and films (duh..) USC has a great theatre program, in which people are generally good-looking and friendly, but they don't party as much as the Greek people do. However, usage campus seems a bit segregated because of the big Greek system and lots of international students, but you can always meet attractive people with different interests from different countries if you want to.

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4 College Freshman

Facilities: Student Center Domination – The Ronald Tutor Campus Center is breathtaking and a hub for all kind of student activity. Between 11am and 3pm, its the "it" lunch spot for kids on campus and has an impressive array of food including Lemonade, Seeds, CPK, Panda, etc. Its open-air with lots of tables and umbrellas and almost always in perfect sunshine.

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5 College Freshman

Facilities: Intellect Plus Social Scene – This school is full of very smart and dedicated students who like to study and party hard. There are a lot of nerds as well though. Overall, it's amazing how well-rounded USC is, I only have great things to say.

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4 College Freshman

Facilities: Good Overall – Campus center is beautiful and has Coffee Bean, CPK, Panda Express, Carls Jr, Wahoo's, Seed's Marketplace and Lemonade. Leavey is a clean huge library open 24/7, Doheney is beautiful but only open until 10pm. Always different things going on around campus. The campus as a whole is always immaculately maintained and landscaped, there's a reason why films and commercials are filmed here regularly. Lyon Center is an alright gym, not the best.

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4 College Freshman

Academics: Very Good – All of my classes have been challenging, and professors expect you to apply yourself to you fullest ability. 99% of professors have a terminal degree and most are notable scholars in their field(s) of expertise. I am very impressed by the quality of professors. TA's can be less than desirable because many don't speak English well which makes it difficult to understand what they say. There are a ton of Business, Engineering, and Pre-Med students.

5 College Freshman

Greek Life: Seriously though, greek life is huge at USC. Only about 30% of students are in it, but believe me, greeks are very prominent on campus. If you want to party, frat parties are where it's at on The Row on Thursday and Saturday nights. Guys can't get in unless they're a bro or know people -- girls do whatever they want. Most people go out to Hollywood or downtown on Friday nights to clubs, sake bombing etc

4 College Freshman

Parking: You have to get a permit to park on campus which are anywhere from $200-$500 a semester. There is meter parking too but it is hard to come by.

5 College Freshman

Diversity: Very Diverse – USC has the largest international student population in the nation. Everywhere you look, you will see all kinds of different people.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Almost Only Freshman Live on Campus – Best dorm is New/North is you are social and want to have fun. Pardee and Birnkrant are a good mix of study and fun. Marks and Trojan Hall suck. Fluor is out of the way and annoying.

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BJ Grip
Hometown
Colorado Springs, CO
Major
Theater
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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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