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Reviews 2429 total reviews with an average rating of 3.8

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5 College Junior

Diversity: So Many Cultures in 1 School! There are a lot of ethnic groups and cultures at USC from all over the world. Many are in fact international students. It's an amazing feeling walking around school and being exposed to so many cultures!

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Eat friendly staff always willing to assist you. On campus superb but off campus it gets a little harde to constantly patrol so that is where some of the issues come in. However, they have increased security measures off and arou d campus too. Health wise don't use USC healthcare not because it isn't good but because I'm active duty military

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Amazing School but Expensive – I haven't had any issues with USC it is an amazing university both for sports and education. The staff are friendly and helpful while taking good care of their students. The only negative thing I have to say about the school is the price. This was not a worry last year as the University gives out pretty hefty grants to assist you. However this year they cut the grant in half and I just hope it wasn't one of those real you in and hook you now it is hard to leave cause your established things. But honestly as much as I don't want to leave the school the price is too hefty and for a mother of two that college money I would rather use on my children then myself.

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5 College Junior

Transportation: Public transportation is great at USC. First of all many students, staff, and faculty take the metrolink to USC everyday. The metrolink is a lot cheaper then driving every day plus you do not have to pay for a parking permit. Not only that but USC has their own shuttles that go to the train station and pick up the students, faculty, and staff every day without any charge. These shuttles run every day until 10pm taking people back and forth from the train station. There are also a lot of bus stop near the campus.

4 College Junior

Facilities: The University of Southern California has a campus life that I have never experienced. There are many different centers that are there to help all of the students whether it be academic issues or personal issues. The libraries are a great place to study with plenty of quiet rooms that are available to all students whether you want to study on your own or whether it is a study group. The first two weeks of school is when you learn all abouth the different clubs and organizations that are availabe and school spririt is shown year round not only by the students but by the faculty and staff as well. When you step foot on campus you have entered the trojan home.

4 College Senior

Weather: The only thing I do not like is when it gets cold during the winter time. Otherwise, I love the weather in southern California.

4 College Freshman

Weather: Nice and Sunny – The weather is usually nice. It doesn't get too cold (never snows) or too hot (Like Vegas or Arizona). Its always nice and peachy

4 College Senior

Weather: Usually Sunny – It's usually sunny in Southern California, so many students study outside. There's a quad where students frequently study while they tan during the warmer months. Most students live on/near campus so walking or biking to class are popular ways to get to classes.

5 College Sophomore

Weather: 70 degrees and sunny skies, it really doesn't get better than that.

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4 College Sophomore

Facilities: you are in luck! On campus housing beats off campus housing. Plus you have everything within walking distance--the dining hall, the gym, all the libraries, and if you want you can wake up ten minutes before class. Throughout the week things are pretty busy on campus and you have no trouble finding something to do, however on the weekends things really quiet down on campus, unless you decide to head off campus to party.

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4 College Sophomore

Facilities: Downtown Los Angeles – USC in located in the heart of LA. There are so many things to do in Southern California, and they are all just a drive away--the beach, Hollywood, Staples Center, Disneyland, you name it! So when you are not busy studying it is not too hard to find something to do.

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3 College Junior

Academics: A Little of Everything – Some of the classes can be a little dry but once your delving into your major course of study they become more fulfilling.

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: Summer Got Me Wishing – Its summer vacation right now but I'm ready for school to start again. The experiences are always amazing and its helping me to grow and prepare for the real adult world.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: The UV – Although not the obvious option there are a lot of hidden gem restaurants there and they are decently price as well.

5 College Junior

Health & Safety: Super Secure – They have soooo much staff to secure the safety of USC students that is amazing, USC offers transportation for students who need to a lift to their car if they have been on campus late (such as studying in the library). There is also a phone alert that a student sign up for the let any USC student know if there is any strange activity happening in the area.

2 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: USC is a wonderful campus, but anyone who is familiar with its location knows that USC is not located in the best neighborhood.

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4 College Senior

Overall Experience: Great University and Graduate Program – I have really enjoyed my time at USC. I found it easy to become involved on campus. I really love the staff. The students and staff have always been welcoming and helpful.

4 College Senior

Campus Dining: Good Food – I think that the hospital cafeteria is good. There are also food trucks. Also their is a starbucks and an einsteins bagels.

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College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: I Don't Live Near Campus – I live at home with my parents so I do not feel like I can provide an accurate rating of off-campus housing.

5 College Junior

Academics: Amazing Student Teacher and Advisor Relationships – The student to teacher relationship is very low and you get personalized attention from your teachers and academic advisors. They actually care and will guide you on the path to success and help you achieve your personal goals.

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4 College Sophomore

Computers: USC offers wireless internet throughout the entire campus and it extends to the off campus university owned housing. It's relatively fast which is great! You can also reserve computer space in the libraries

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3 College Sophomore

Parking: Expensive or Hard to Find – It's convenient to part on campus if you have $10 a day or pay for a parking pass. You can park in the surround neighborhoods but you may have to walk a considerable amount to get to your classes.

5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Extremely Cautious Security Due to High Crime Area – Blue light phones everywhere and top security 24/7

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: At USC, you really do feel at home. It is such an indescribable feeling knowing you are a part of the Trojan Family. From the tailgating and the phenomenal football games to amazing speakers (including president Barrack Obama) and lifetime friends, USC has it all. I find myself calling USC home rather than my actual hometown! Everyone is serious about their education and futures, while knowing how to have fun and be social. Ask anyone that attends this school. It is perfect.

5 College Sophomore

Computers: USC has several libraries and labs that allow students to access wifi and their choice of mac or windows computers. Students especially appreciate the 24 hour/day Leavey Library access.


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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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