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Reviews 2199 total reviews with an average rating of 3.8

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3 College Junior

Academics: The academics are diverse, a lot being hit-or-miss.

3 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: Lots of Activity – There are tons of things to do in L.A. - from going to the shopping districts to leisurely walking around museums. The food is as diverse as the population, a testimony to the strong immigrant community in L.A. While it has the same types of crimes as any majorly populated area, there's a general sense that if you reach out people will at least be willing to point you in the right direction.

2 College Freshman

Scholarships: Though there are scholarships available through University of Southern California, many of them are specific to a certain race, geographical area, etc. which doesn't provide many options for those looking to apply. Additionally, it takes a bit of digging to find information about it.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Mediocre Freshmen Dorms – The freshmen dorms at University of Southern California don't quite awe but are maintained well and provide adequate housing. It still provides an excellent opportunity to meet new friends, and is located in close proximity to campus hot spots.

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Safe If You're Smart – As long as you keep your head about you, you'll stay out of trouble on University of Southern California's campus. There is definitely danger around campus, especially late at night if you're walking alone on the streets. However, there are plenty of options such as Campus Cruiser provided by USC and many patrolling Department of Public Safety officers to make the campus feel safe.

4 College Freshman

Nightlife: USC is a party school when you want it to be. If you want to go out on a weekend, there's usually something to attend. Thursdays & Saturdays are the biggest nights to go out. If you're not into partying, however, you don't even notice it's happening unless you live in the New/North dorms.

5 College Freshman

Athletics: Football Is Awesome – The football season makes USC and Trojan Pride. It's fantastic.

4 College Freshman

Facilities: Campus Activities Are Great – USC's organized campus activities are great and very entertaining. Publicity is great so you always know when events are coming up. Concerts and pep rallies are very exciting and well-attended. Aesthetics on the USC campus are very inviting.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: First Choice – USC was my first choice for undergrad. I fell in love with every aspect of the school and feel fortunate to be a part of the school. There are so many ways to get involved in the campus and you can feel the school spirit every day. I would definitely choose my school again.

4 College Freshman

Diversity: There is acceptance for any one and everyone that attends USC. Tolerance of others is highly promoted and everyone is allowed to express themselves without being judged or discriminated. There is a good amount of diversify and all sorts of economic backgrounds.

4 College Freshman

Computers: State of the Art – the school has the newest computers with up to date programs, the speed of the network is excellent with the occasional crash. don't need personal computer or printer each library gives you access to one.

4 College Freshman

Majors: For my first semester of freshman year, I had a fabulous professor for Acting 101. The School of Theatre does many productions during each semester. They also offer a non-conservatory program for acting majors. You can either be a BA or BFA student.

4 College Freshman

Nightlife: Party School – USC is a huge party school...mostly due to its large greek life. However, you do not need to be a part of that in order to have a decent social life. Girls can get into any frat party, but it is a lot more difficult for guys to get into a party on sorority row if they are not in a frat. The row is basically USC's nightlife, except for the 901 bar on Fig.

5 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: USC constantly has events and activities for students, whether it's through its arts program called Visions and Voices, or during Welcome Week freshman year. Visions and Voices is a fabulous program that has well-known and successful entertainers, writers, directors, etc. that come to campus and talk to students. USC also screens many movies for its film students. There is always something for you to do on campus!

5 College Sophomore

Facilities: Once in the Trojan family, you are connected with the cardinal and gold. Everywhere you go, other Trojans will respect you. It helps with getting jobs, internships, or even just making friends. Having these connections will really help in your life.

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4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: There is no need for people to join any fraternity or sorority to enjoy the social scene. They are indeed a large part of the university but aren't all of it. You can still get into the parties they throw which are very fun and sociable.

5 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: The university is absolutely diverse. There are people from all places thus making USC one of the largest and best melting pots of the world. Here everyone gets along and the atmosphere is great.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: My perception is that everyone generally minds their own business. When I visited USC for the first time, I needed to find a particular building and I couldn't get anyone to stop for a moment and direct me. Everyone seemed to be in a hurry! My advice is to find nice friends and hang out with them. ;)

If you are clever, hardworking, and focused on your goals, you can find everything you need to excel academically at USC.

4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Diversity Is Key – There is a diverse range of things to do at USC. These activities include clubs, parties, academic discussions, hangouts, and athletic events including football.

4 College Freshman

Computers: Computer Labs Are Usually Fairly Open – Computer labs are often uncrowded since most students use their own labtops. It is more efficient to own your own labtop but not having one does not make tasks impossible to complete.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: The Greatest – It's easy to get swept up in the social scene, but the academics are also incredible and you learn so much both in class and out of class if you let yourself.

4 College Freshman

Nightlife: Always Something to Do – If you're a guy and don't want to join a frat, forget about trying to get into their parties. However, there are still lots of parties on weekends that that let anyone in (for a couple of bucks) and if you know people and try you can usually find something fun to do. Being in LA also affords you to do lots of awesome stuff like go to LA Live or going to the Sunset Strip, going to clubs, etc. Almost every night there is live music at Ground Zero Cafe and Tommy's Place, so there's almost always something fun to do during the week and weekend.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Some Great, Some Not – Fluor is very spacious, clean, and quiet, but not as social as other dorms. New/North is very social, but because of that its very loud and makes it hard to do work sometimes, and sometimes it lacks privacy. It's not true that Parkside isn't social, it's just incredibly social within itself. It's also probably the nicest of the Freshman dorms and its great if you wanna meet artsy people.

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4 College Freshman

Facilities: Trojan Family – The alumni network is one of the best I hear. While the sciences could benefit greatly from some funding, USC's engineering, business, and film are top notch.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: My first semester at USC has been a blast. There's plenty to do, plenty of school spirit, and the academics are challenging enough. I've had my hands full since the first day I stepped on campus.


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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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