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4 College Junior

Guys & Girls: Good-Looking, Diverse and Health-Conscious Guys and Girls – USC has a huge student body--so you will find a diverse range of students, including most ethnicities and some exotic mixes. The common denominator among most students is fitness-- the students at USC really like to work out; feel good and look good. You will find students in lectures either quite trendily dressed up or in work-out gear after or before hitting the on-campus gym.

Some students do participate in serious relationships while at USC, but it is more common to have hook-ups at parties or flings with people if you're in the Greek system.

Whatever you're looking for, you'll probably find it here. USC has more international students than any other university in the US, so that combines with Southern California's laid-back natives to produce a diverse and welcoming student body with a huge range of interests and attitudes.

5 College Freshman

Majors: Putting aside the racism, USC is one of the best schools to study because the number of majors. In addition, USC has a flexible double major programs that lets students pursue several disciplines with four minors for the over-achievers.

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1 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Prevalent Racism – Though, many will disagree; racism is prevalent and needs to change to improve ties between students. It's hard to tell if it is, indeed, racism or if it's a result of differences in social class. Even interacting with professors has given a feeling that racial majority gets treated in a better way than minority students. I remember being in class once and a minority student asked a question and was chided by the professor, but then someone from the majority, racial class asked the same question; the professor responded sans the chiding.

1 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Minorities Marginalized – There's favoritism and it can affect your self-esteem. This is relative, though.

College Freshman

Campus Dining: Few Vegetarian Options – Mostly cater to meat-eaters and few veggie options.

3 College Junior

Transportation: parking is a luxury that you likely wont want to hassle with. but the trolly, bus and subway system are a great way to get around, provided you don't need to go all the way across LA several times. then again, good luck doing that in a car anyway.

4 College Junior

Majors: Secrets to Admission – All applications go through the common app. Big deal, right? Then the supplement, which is all about an essay to both see the level of intellect in your thought, and the real reason you're applying to USC. Then there's the interview that they ask for when you... actually, they never tell you they want an interview, and they don't 'penalize' those that don't, but you can almost double your chances by coming down. Furthermore, the admissions office keeps track of the number of times you call or make inquiries, using it to gauge to your enthusiasm and commitment. And of course they told you about the pull that the academic chairs have, right? No? See, the chair of any academic department, not just athletics, has first pick of any and all entering applicants. If you've contacted them and/or impressed them to the point that they want you to come to USC, you will get in. Simple as that.

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5 College Junior

Academics: Engineering and Its Perks – I am a Petroleum major under the Mechanical Department, and I have been out to 3 luncheons, 2 dinner parties, 5 introductory meetings and 2 interview-turned-company-wide-introductions just because I say "USC, Petroleum Engineering" when asked where I'm going and what I'm studying. People respect those that get in and study this major at USC, People respect USC (whether they love the school or hate it), and it is already showing. Even in this *%@&y economy, I won't have to worry about jobs and professional connections. That alone is worth the price.

4 people found this useful Report
5 College Junior

Academics: Registration Process Is Awesome! My major is a combination between two departments, but because it is headed by only one advisor, there would always be some lag in communication. One of the key courses i needed to graduate on time was in the other department, and had already filled, and had a 10-person wait list. I just walked over to the department advisor, said which class I needed and which major i needed it for, and my ID #. They couldn't legally fit me into the session without kicking someone out. So they opened an entirely new section for myself, and then placed the ten wait list people in it with me.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Junior

Parking: Get a season parking permit, and assume that, on any given day, there will not be parking for you. Always have a backup plan. The parking is certainly available elsewhere, but you need to be resourceful. lots of us will park in a friend's spot in their apartment complex and walk over.

College Sophomore

Parking: Non Applicable, I Have Not Atrted School Yet to Grade the Question – I cannot answer tis question because I start school in fall 2012

4 Recent Alumnus

Weather: The weather at USC is great if you like the Mediterranean climate.

5 College Sophomore

Majors: SO MANY OPTIONS – First of all I have the coolest major, Business in Cinematic Arts with an even cooler minor in Digital Media. Pretty much I'm learning how to produce movies and graphic design/write code/edit movies/sound mix/anything to do with media. If I wanted to, i could pick up any other minor, or even switch to one of the tons of other majors. There is something for everyone here, and if you don't like it, you can change. Or if you feel like you want something more, you can minor or double major, in fact USC really encourages students to have more than one major or minor.

4 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Gorgeous Girls, and Really Hot Guys – So you will find quite a handful of preppy dressing, pink short-wearing guys who come from the east coast or have joined TKE. Also, there are a handful who sport the Hawaiian USC shirts, which I haven't figured out is a joke or actual fashion statement from yet. But none of the guys are bad dressers; even if its not necessarily your type, these guys made anything look good. I was shocked how many good looking people I saw on campus every day; if you step into the Campus Center from 11-2, Mon through Thurs you are bound to see some good looking people. The girls are all gorgeous too, so if you were the hottest girl at your school....that won't be the case here, sorry.

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4 College Sophomore

Nightlife: GREAT Parties....But Other Things Are Harder to Find – If you're over 21, Hollywood is one of the best clubbing scenes in the U.S. For those under 21 you do have some good options, including those at frat houses, the local bar (901, although everyone refers to it as "The 9-Oh"), and some apartment parties. The frat's registered parties can be extremely awesome and fun and usually are a huge event on campus. Campus Cruiser is pretty good at driving you place, but if you get stuck in the Ralph's at 1 AM hiding after a party not quite on campus got broken up due to gang fights, then it takes them a while to come pick you up. For the most part you don't have to walk anywhere you need to go that's around campus.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Junior

Academics: This is a very tough school and professors are very good

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: I mostly eat sandwiches or asian (Thia or Japanese) food. And they are pretty good around campus.

5 College Sophomore

Weather: Hardly Ever Rains – best weather in the whole country. Although it dosent have the beaches like Miami; my home town. but there is no hummidity and the city of LA does not have such pollution like Miami or Newyork

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Transportation: They always have a campus shuttle around at anytime, anyday.

3 College Junior

Scholarships: Would Have Been Nice to Have a Little More Help – No financial aid available and when I called about asking for help with tuition they referred me to someone else. Little scholarships available on their website

1 person found this useful Report
5 Recent Alumnus

Campus Dining: The food at Parkside residence hall is fantastic. The cafeteria always has a large selection and the brunch served on weekends is delicious.

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5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: USC is the greatest school in the universe! I love going there and am having the best time! My classes are intriguing and inspiring. My professors are entertaining and knowledgeable. They make me want to attend class and learn. The campus is always sunny and clean. All of the students have such great school spirit by wearing USC gear and saying, "Fight On!" I have made such close friends and cannot wait for the next three years there! Another part of the school that I love is the athletics. Tailgating and attending football games with friends has been so much fun and I cannot wait for this fall! USC is the best school and I would recommend it to anyone! Fight on!

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5 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Best Housing Experience – I absolutely loved living on campus my freshman year. I lived at Fluor Tower, which was suite style. It was fabulous because I got a larger room, a common room, a kitchenette, and a bathroom. I shared this with seven other girls, so this allowed us to become close and great friends. I loved my experience and would recommend it to all incoming freshmen.

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5 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: The drug scene is not very big and it is under control. Drinking is a much more popular activity, than drugs. I am so proud of USC for having this issue under control.

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4 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Beautiful Bubble – The people at USC are so beautiful, especially in the Greek system. I didn't know there could be this many beautiful people in one place. Although I love it, it does put a lot of pressure to look good and dress well when everybody is worried about eating well and being fit.

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BJ Grip
Colorado Springs, CO
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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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