Location
Los Angeles, CA
Undergrads
17,619
Tuition
$46,363
Admission Difficulty
Very Hard
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Reviews 2429 total reviews with an average rating of 3.8

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4 College Junior

Scholarships: School Was Very Generous! I was able to get a great amount of financial aid; my university grant was the largest in amount. Also, there are great payment plans available. I suggest meeting with a financial counselor so that you are fully aware of your loan and payment status. Also keep in mind that you do not have to accept all the loans offered. For instance, I declined my unsubsidized loan because i figured it was better to just pay the amount off in my monthly payments. Best thing of course is to constantly keep up with scholarship opportunities!

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4 College Senior

Majors: I take my classes through the Virtual Academic Center. I am unable to move due to work and family, so taking courses online was my only option for continuing my education. It is a wonderful experience if you can afford it.

5 College Senior

Majors: VAC-Virtual academic center is amazing tech for learning online. it surpasses classes I have taken online in the past. I am able to study across the state and never worry about having to go to the campus.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: It's Los Angeles – You can get anything if you have a car, after all, it's Los Angeles. There are still probably more off campus dining options within walking distance than 95% of other schools have in total, but a lot of it's junk food. Great student discounts though!

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3 College Junior

Transportation: Take a Bus or Train – Many options, however the most used is the train or bus.

4 College Junior

Weather: Sunny California! Need I say more! USC is located in Los Angeles, where the weather is never bad. I give it an A- mainly because we have so many hot days, that it's nice to have a break now and then to cool off.

4 College Junior

Majors: Social Work – I love my social work program at USC. The instructors are very energetic and it makes one feel happy to be there. The school is also enthusiastic about education and their students being the best of the best. I enjoy the program because it's been my hearts desire to help others and I found a program/school that helps me feel excited to be there. One of the main reasons I chose USC was for the curriculum. This school was one of the only schools I could locate that would work with my busy schedule and a graduate program. I'm able to maintain full-time employment while attending school a little more than part-time and it's not killing me!

5 College Junior

Weather: Always Sunny in California! Really, the weather is great. For one month (August) it's really, really hot, and for one month (December or January) it's cold enough to need a space heater at night. Other than that, sunny almost every day, with a light breeze, and no humidity.

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4 College Sophomore

Majors: Love My Major – I love social work and would definitely recommend USC's MSW program.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: Excellent Training – I'm a graduate student and USC doesn't wait to make us get into the field. We are our there almost immediately.

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3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: USC is like any other state university. There are Greek functions but unless one is really in tune with those types of groups they don't even notice them. I can say that at USC the Greeks and the Trojans, of course, go hand in hand, but if you're not into sports nobody crucifies you for it.

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4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Very Safe – I do not live on campus but the times I have been on campus there was good security and there seemed to be no problems.

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4 College Sophomore

Academics: Readily Available – Professors are available regarding questions about assignments or grades and are easily reachable as well.

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4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: All Around Awesome – Other than an overwhelming amount of snobby people, USC is a great place to go for your undergraduate career.

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4 College Sophomore

Majors: Many Options – Any student can apply to and be accepted to the major of their choice. There is a wide range of majors available and the only school that can be difficult to be accepted to is the School of Cinematic Arts.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: What Police Force? The atmosphere at USC seems to encourage underage drinking. On game day, thousands of young students can be found participating in heated games of beer pong in the presence of a few careless security guards. Thursday nights on the Row are even more extreme in this regard. Without any police force or security to enforce drinking laws, many students take advantage of the free alcohol regardless of age.

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4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Downtown LA - It Speaks for Itself – Los Angeles is one of the most bustling metropolises in all of the United States. The options for cultural events, sports, shopping, and dining are unlimited.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Many Options, Each Very Different – Students at USC have many options when it comes to choosing off-campus housing. If they choose to live in a USC-owned building, many of them share the same basic floor-plan. They are two bedroom apartments with a shared kitchen, living room, and bathroom. These apartments vary in price but are more affordable than the non-university housing options such as University Gateway and StuHo apartments. These are luxury-style apartments with amenities not featured in university owned housing. However, the prices can be quite high.

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Drinking Over Drugs – Alcohol is virtually unlimited but drugs play a very minor role in campus life. Other than marijuana, the students at USC largely abstain from drug use.

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4 College Sophomore

Facilities: Research Opportunities Abound – The unique aspect of life at USC is the opportunity for undergraduate students to participate in research with faculty members. At other institutions, this option is largely delegated to graduate students. However, many undergrads at USC are offered a chance to perform research alongside leading members of the school faculty and professors.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: We Make Do – USC is located in downtown Los Angeles. Crime is a guarantee. However, the campus does its best to make sure that students feel safe. Security guards are posted 24/7 throughout school grounds and in most of the surrounding residential neighborhoods to the north and west of the main campus.

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5 College Sophomore

Athletics: If you haven't heard of the Trojan football team, where have you been hiding? Athletics are the number two reason (behind academics) why so many students choose USC. The school is known for its infectious athletic spirit and its tendency to take football games at the Coliseum more seriously than the upcoming presidential election.

4 Recent Alumnus

Drug Safety: Drugs Are Not Bad – It really depends on who you hang out with. Drugs are not an big issue to my knowledge.

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5 Recent Alumnus

Academics: One of the best things are the internships. You don't have to do much. If you attend the School of Social Work, they will find them for you. That is awesome. Not every school is that engaging.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Academics: Always Available – It's great to be in contact with your professors on a daily basis. You don't have to wait for their emails for days, if you have important homework to do. They'll answer your questions even after class and are not rushing out.

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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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