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5 College Sophomore

Greek Life: The Greek Life is awesome, if you are looking for a good sorority or fraternity experience come here. All the sorority houses are incredible with amazing food and the fraternities have sick parties every thursday night at the least. If you ever want to party you can always find something going on.

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4 College Junior

Computers: There are computers available in many of the libraries around campus. These get crowded during exam times, but at any other time are pretty available. There is wireless available in and around campus for laptops.

4 Recent Alumnus

Academics: I chose USC because of its small class sizes. Classes average about 26 students, however there are some courses where, such as general bio and chem where you will find your self in an auditorium of about 100 students. For these general science classes, you will also be enrolled in a lab of about 20 and/or a discussion section with 20 students. Science courses such as Bio offer SI (supplemental instruction) in the evenings from students who have passed the class with an A. Take advantage of it!!! It helps! There are so many resources available to students. Professors are open to meeting with students to talk about interests, coursework, etc.

5 Recent Alumnus

Athletics: The Trojan Family and Trojan network is amazing! School spirit and fan support is high! The highlight sport at USC is football! Students get discounted tickets!

4 Recent Alumnus

Academics: I majored in Health Promotion & Disease Prevention (HP) and was also a pre-med. While the workload of the HP courses was manageable (mainly reading, papers, presentations, small group work, etc) my pre-med science courses were the heaviest load. There is a variety of courses within the major to satisfy the interests of HP students. While research opportunities were abundant (with your professors if you so choose or you can do your own) while I was in schools, intership opportunities were non-existent. Depending on your career goals, HP may or may not be a great stepping stone into a career directly from undergrad. It's more for students who know they will be going on to graduate school afterwards. There is an opportunity to do a progressive degree in public health or others if you so choose (cutting your grad school time down by at least a year).

4 Recent Alumnus

Computers: There are a variety of computers available for your use on campus, PCs and MACs, that have a variety of programs to use for various courses. During the course of the semester, the wait for a computer ranges from no wait to very short. Printing is done via your USC ID card, which you load with money via your myUSC portal. During crunch time, eg midterms and finals, you would benefit by having your own computer with you if you choose to study in the library (Doheny) and space becomes limited. Connecting to the WiFi is easy on campus and the speed is great.

4 College Freshman

Transportation: There are metro stops right across the street from campus. It's pretty cheap and easy to use to get around the city and to other cities in the area. There's also campus cruiser to take you around very locally.

3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: There are three dining halls which are part of the typical Freshman meal plan. They have some gourmet options but not a lot for picky eaters. Also while they have some vegetarian and gluten-free options, they don't really have things that are lower fat or fat free.

4 College Freshman

Majors: I'm in the BA Theatre program through the school of Dramatic Arts. I enjoy the program but the downside is you don't even have to take acting every semester. More of an emphasis is placed on the BFA program instead.

5 College Freshman

Athletics: Sports (especially football) are huge at USC. There's a ton of school spirit and loyalty. We have a great facility for the athletes to use, as well as the gym, field, track, etc.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There are some typical fast food places as well as some build-your-own types but they can be pricey.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I have never felt unsafe, but some campus security don't care about whether or not some people aren't students at night while some are on top of it. You definitely should keep your door locked and you shouldn't be leaving things lying around for any period of time.

4 College Freshman

Nightlife: Generally the nightlife is for 21+, but often times 21 and under still can have a good time. House parties and frat houses are always welcoming for girls. I personally have not been to any clubs or bars yet so I don't know about that, but transportation is nice. USC has campus cruiser running at night.

3 College Freshman

Parking: Parking is relatively easy with the parking structures, but the fact that the costs are so expensive to have a car here, many students decide not to keep a car on campus. Plus the process to get a permit and how to get to certain parking lot and a certain time is nightmarish.

4 College Student

Scholarships: I knew already that one phone call could get me financial aid to get me part way through school. Calling on a regular basis can be nothing but helpful for you to learn more ways to get more help. I just recently asked for extra help and i was led to all kinds of scholarships that could give extra free help.

4 College Freshman

Transportation: LA has a bus system and a train system that consists of many routes that can take you all over Southern California. There is a train station right at USC so students can easily hop on the train and explore the city. Travelling without a car is highly manageable at USC

4 College Freshman

Academics: I'm an electrical engineering major, and so far my experience has been fairly positive. My professors are accessible, my TAs are generally helpful, and many resources (writing center, math center, supplementary instruction sessions) are maintained to help students succeed in their academics. Some of the professors were less than adequate in their teaching skills, but there were always other opportunities to find assistance from others to succeed.

4 College Freshman

Academics: There are many options at USC to pursue your academic endeavors. Study abroad, research positions, and a wide variety of majors allows you to explore your studies in many ways. In addition, USC's location in Los Angeles opens the door to many internships, connections, and opportunities that comes with being in a global city.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Los Angeles has many delicious restaurant options to eat. Right off campus, there is the University Village which has 21 choices and Starbucks. There is also Chick Fil-A, Quiznos, Pizza Studio, Cold Stone Creamery, Built Burgers, and more. Little Tokyo and Koreatown are a short metro ride away, opening up many more options of Asian food. Being in Los Angeles, USC has many varieties of off campus food to eat.

5 College Sophomore

Majors: Classics is the best major ever. Anyone who likes literature, philosophy, history etc. will find a home there. Classes are extremely small, sometimes down to two or three person classes working with a professor, and you can largely structure the major to meet your interests, and easily double major.

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5 Recent Alumnus

Diversity: USC is consistently rated one of the top univerisites for diversity. We have the largest international population of any university in America. In addition there are over 600 clubs reaching out to people of all different backgrounds, beliefs, orientation, etc.. LA is a really tolerant city and those seeking diversity can find it here.

3 Recent Alumnus

Nightlife: Nightlife is great if you are 21. LA is for people with cars who are of age. There's plenty activities to do if you are underage, but unless you're willing to haul a distance to go out don't expect it to be easy to go to bars without a car.

4 Recent Alumnus

Facilities: I lived off campus because I transferred in as a junior but I spent a lot of time on campus because I had an intense major (cinematic arts production). The green spaces are beautiful. The campus is crowded but easily walkable. Most students are extremely friendly and helpful. The population is very diverse with people of all shapes, sizes, colors, religions, etc. so you don't feel much pressure to fit in. Most environments are very accepting and welcoming of diversity and differences. There are quite a few campus events: concerts, movie nights, performers of all types, plays, movies, sporting events, religious groups, singing groups, greek organizations, musical groups, student radio. The fountains are a ridiculous waste of money, especially the reflecting pond outside Linschied Library (it's heated for no apparent reason). The big tradition/event is football. There is always a big rally and all the fans follow the marching band to the stadium.

5 Recent Alumnus

Computers: USC has a 24 hour library that has a large computer lab with both macs and PCs. I didn't have a computer at all and wrote all of my papers there. I never had to wait for a computer and I felt safe when I had to pull all-nighters. If you live off campus, there is a parking structure right behind the library where you can park your car. Also, there is campus cruisers and an escort service to walk or drive you home late at night. The only downside was that you had to pay for printing but it was really not that big of a deal: 10 cents/page.

5 Recent Alumnus

Weather: It's Southern California; it's like summer all the time. Occasionally it rains and everyone freaks out and drives crazy like it's a big deal but it's really not to anyone who has lived where there is "real" weather. The only slightly annoying thing is that you always have to carry a light sweater because the temperature drops when the sun goes down.

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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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