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

Health & Safety: There is the department of public safety but they can be slow to calls.

2 people found this useful Report
3 College Junior

Drug Safety: It is okay. There are resources on campus that help with drugs.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: USC has a plethora of majors to offer, and it is one of the rare universities that has a great reputation for nearly every subject. As a student interested in the arts as well as academics, I am able to take advantage of the many majors and minors available. From Music Industry to Music Recording to Film, USC is the place to be. Professors are extremely helpful and because USC is a private school, students actually have the chance to get to know their professors personally - something that is not common among universities. Curriculum is challenging, yet the professors are highly ranked and even the hardest courses are not unbearable with the proper advising. Being in LA is a huge benefit for the USC student. Living in the center of the City of Angels, USC students often hold great internships ranging from large business firms to music and film companies. It is not uncommon for one to be offered a job straight after graduating, yet at USC it seems to be very common. The University of Southern California is famous for a reason - it is a university of great pride and it holds a great reputation that does not disappoint.

2 people found this useful Report
5 College Sophomore

Computers: There is USC wifi around the entire campus, in all of the public spaces and in most of the buildings. In some of the basements in the schools there isn't access, but for the most part it is pretty all inclusive. This saying, I am always hooked on the internet and only during finals do I experience a little slowness.

There are tons of libraries dispersed and hidden around campus. There are a lot of computer labs to accompany them. However, the latest technology is only available in select libraries. The majority of these labs are in the McKay center, reserved for student athletes.

3 people found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: If you like fast food, then you're in luck because you have everything from McDonald's to sushi

2 people found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Off-campus is just that-- OFF campus... so even if it's nice housing, it still kind of sucks to live off campus

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Academics: Workload is challenging depending on the classes you take. Some GEs are not as challenging as core classes for a major.

2 people found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Diversity: Diversity is a big reason to love USC. So many different people from different backgrounds!

2 people found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: If you don't have a car, it's very difficult to get anywhere

2 people found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Greek Life: USC without Greek life would definitely not be as fun

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3 College Freshman

Scholarships: I did not receive as much aid as I expected, however, I know of some people who received a surprisingly generous amount of aid.

College Freshman

Majors: Have not graduated yet (undeclared)

3 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: Haven't had any major issues with campus police or strictness in general

College Freshman

Campus Housing: Never lived in university housing

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: The area around USC can be a little rough at night, but it's really not as bad as everyone makes it out to be.

5 College Freshman

Athletics: Athletics here are great. Lots of Olympians come from USC

5 College Freshman

Weather: The weather here is beautiful and warm almost every day.

5 College Freshman

Weather: Coming from New Jersey, the weather in Southern California is unbeatable. It's a rare day when the sun isn't shining and there isn't a nice breeze.

1 person found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Computers: Computers and technology are often encouraged in the classroom environment, with plenty of labs and resources available around campus. Wireless access is free and well available anywhere on campus.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: As long as you're smart about walking around the outskirts of campus, you should be fine. Campus safety is definitely present with Department of Public Safety officers located frequently both on and off campus. USC also provides other safety services such as Campus Cruiser, a free car service for nearby locations, and the blue light emergency call system.

2 people found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Although campus living is expensive, each dorm has reasonable amenities and are well-located around campus. There are also a range of locations and social atmospheres to chose from in each dorm to find the best fit for each individual.

2 people found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Scholarships: Many students attend SC with the contingency that they recieved a certain amount of financial aid or grants. There are many scholarship opportunities to apply to throughout your time here. However, because tuition is so expensive, there are many students who are wealthy and don't receive aid.

2 people found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Academics: One of SC's most notable assets are its academic opportunities. All professors are well-qualified and experienced in their areas of study, and are always available to meet with students. USC is also provides great opportunities for interdisciplinary study and allows students to dig into their areas of interest almost immediately.

4 College Freshman

Greek Life: Although I'm not personally involved in greek life, I have plenty of friends who are involved and love it. Greek life is great for providing social events and activities around campus. However, with the range of clubs and activities available both on and off campus, it's definitely not necessary to join greek life to enjoy your time here and keep busy.

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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Although city living can sometimes be expensive, there are a variety of apartment complexes, houses, and USC managed living areas. There is a wide range of luxuries, amenities, and prices to chose from to meet your needs.

1 person found this useful Report
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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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