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Reviews 2391 total reviews with an average rating of 3.8

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4 College Sophomore

Weather: We receive MUCH sunlight. Its pretty typical. But when it rains, it pours. USC doesn't have that great of a drainage system around campus...aka there are puddles everywhere. But it is very do-able weather ;)

3 College Sophomore

Transportation: Good Attempts – There is a campus bus that transports people to and from the main campus and the health science campus. However, it can be a pain trying to travel during rush hour.

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3 College Sophomore

Parking: Parking at USC, just like everywhere else in LA, is pretty expensive.

4 College Freshman

Majors: Great Program – marshall is one of the best schools in hands down the best city. no one can beat this school it has the best of everything and is a great place to live after graduation

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3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: campus is safe and surrounding area just dont travel outside the bubble alone at night

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4 College Freshman

Weather: It's California – It's California. Correction - It's SOUTHERN California. The weather is great all year round. Of course, that doesn't mean that we don't get our rains/storms every once in a while. Or that we don't get our heat waves in the summer. But generally, it provides a most enjoyable day out on campus - the sun is out, the sky is blue with scattered clouds, the air is cool, and everyone finds time to bask in the sun or hang out under a tree.

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4 College Freshman

Parking: A car is not needed for USC, especially if you love around it. A bike is a much better (and world conscious) option. There's so many students with cars that it can be frustrating trying to find parking, and not to even mention the traffic which accompanies the 110 freeway that goes into Downtown LA. However, a car IS needed if you want to explore LA. It's a big city, and there's a lot to see and experience from the valley to Santa Monica, to Hollywood and to Koreatown. There's so much to do in LA and a car is pretty much a necessity if you want to experience LA.

4 College Freshman

Campus Dining: Parkside Restaraunt – The food here, compared to the other residential dining hall (EVK) is much better. I like their daily specials, especially on Fridays which are the hot wings. Overall, the food is great - there's nice variety, and they even have a gluten-free station for vegans/vegetarians.

3 College Freshman

Facilities: Hidden Spots/Awesome Events – The Philosophy Library, Ground Zero, Popovich Cafe, Tutor Hall Cafe, and the Campus Center study rooms are some relatively hidden places well worth going to.
Events to attend: Springfest (an all day music festival with awesome activities, food trucks, and mind-blowing headliners, this year was Macklemore, Anberlin and Wolfgang Gartner); any Company Profile Events (you can find these on the Connect SC website; frat parties (even if you don't like to, just go to ONE register, its a unique experience); GAME DAY-this is essential especially considering next year will be USC's best year yet as Matt Barkley will most likely lead us to the Rose Bowl and/or the National Championship; USC Film School free screenings; Vision and Voices Events

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Worth the High Price Tag – USC is expensive, but it provides so many opportunities, academically, socially, professionally, athletically, etc., that it goes above and beyond in giving its students what they pay for (Also, it is not uncommon for students to receive scholarship or financial aid). There is nothing like Game Day at USC, literally the campus is covered in red and gold and tailgates extend from the Row all the way to the Colosseum. The Career Center will work for you and give you free advising on how to get internships, jobs, etc. The weather is impeccable and there is always something fun going on.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Depends on Your $$ – If you want a cheap place, there are great options with University Housing, but they aren't that high quality. Troy apartments have a great location and are priced relatively well, but the actual apartments are just okay. Now, if you have $$ to spend on housing, Gateway, West 27th, Icon, and Tuscany offer awesome apartments, but for a cost. There are ways to lower costs by getting apartments with more people or signing leases earlier, but its generally expensive. You get a lot of perks with the cost, though so in a way it is worth it. Also, if your Greek, living in the sorority or frat houses is always a decent option. Usually, you get 2 meals a day at the houses and the rent is wayyy cheaper than apartments. but you DO have dues that come with being in the sorority/frat so in a way it balances out.

3 College Student

Off-Campus Dining: Off Campus Eating – Not much off campus, some cheap places to eat but the best places will be on campus

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4 College Student

Health & Safety: Health and Safety – although USC is surrounded by a bad area, the security measures are better than any other campus I have visited. While on campus you could not be much safer, the security team is top notch and as long as you are smart and don't venture into bad territory you have nothing to worry about.

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4 College Junior

Parking: Car is necessary living in California especially, Los Angeles. Parking around campus isn't too bad if you know where to go. The lots always seem to be empty if you're willing to pay for on-campus parking. Haven't had a ticket yet but definitely make sure to move your car on street cleaning days.

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5 College Senior

Overall Experience: I love the school! It has allowed me to pursue everything I wanted. I am going to dental school next year although i was able to study accounting as a major. I was also able to have a great time attending school and being involved while studying.

2 College Senior

Drug Safety: Drugs Is a Personal Choice – The opportunity to do drugs outside of campus is a personal choice. If you choose to do drugs, its up to you, but the school does not encourage it. They simply try to educate you.

4 College Senior

Greek Life: Going Greek Opens Doors – Greek life offers a plethora of opportunities for those who choose to join the Greek community. It helps with connections and meeting others on campus as well as give everyone a leadership opportunity to become involved on campus.

4 College Sophomore

Nightlife: The Row – The best place to party here at the University of Southern California is the Greek Row without a doubt. The Row is packed with fraternities that have open parties to all girls, and most guys if you are able to get on the list. There are day parties on the weekend, and you are always guaranteed a good time if you go on a Thursday. However, the nightlife in terms of bars and clubs in somewhat non existent, with only one bar close to campus. There are some in downtown LA, but not the college kid scene. You have to go to Hollywood if you're looking for a younger crowd at the clubs!

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: Quick Cafes and Dining Spots- Existing but Not Ideal – Our campus generally has a nice spread of dining options. The food is great and our student center is conveniently located directly in the middle of campus. However, the food is overpriced and the hours of the dining spots are very short, only open during the hustle and bustle of the day. When you want a place to relax in the evening after class and get a bite to eat, there are not many options. I have never been to a dining hall, so I cannot speak on behalf of them.

5 College Freshman

Greek Life: The only people who give the bad reviews are not in the system and so why they are commenting on it in the first place is beyond me.

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4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: DPS Makes Campus a Safe Place to Be – DPS (Department of Public Safety) keeps USC really safe. As far as being in any personal danger, I have never come close to feeling unsafe even at night, even in surrounding areas off campus. Since so many students live in the surrounding areas off campus, and we are known for being in a sketchy area, there are plenty of officers stationed at nearly every corner within a mile of campus, and LAPD constantly patrols the area, so you won't ever feel unsafe. That being said, petty crimes do occur. For instance, bikes get stolen VERY often, but as long as you buy a secure enough lock and don't ever leave your bike unlocked, you should be fine.

3 College Freshman

Parking: Cars on Campus – The problem with parking is not the number of parking spaces. We have plenty of parking structures and lots, it is just very costly to get a permit, and they are hard to come by, since there are only a limited number given out each semester. You also will most definitely get a ticket if you park with out a permit or day pass. And if you leave your car overnight and you only have a day pass, they WILL ticket you if you don't move it by 7am. And forget parking on campus during game days in the fall. Unless you have a permit and leave your car in the parking structure the night before a game, it will be next to impossible to find a parking spot the day of a football game.

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4 College Sophomore

Majors: There is no doubt that USC places a lot of attention on students' futures. There are two Involvement Fairs every year, an extensive and constantly updated jobs/internships database called ConnectSC where students can browse and apply for jobs they are interested in, numerous cover letter and resume workshops held year round, and a huge network of Trojan alumni ready to set you up in their industries once you graduate. The only downside is the lack of opportunities for freshman and sophomores, but search and you will find them.

4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Present but Not Overbearing – Greek life very much a part of campus life at USC. Frat parties are the go-to place for weekend fun and are open to anyone. It is rare to enter a classroom with no one wearing their fraternity/sorority apparel - pride and solidarity are important to the Greeks on campus.

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4 College Freshman

Greek Life: It is by no means necessary to join a fraternity or sorority to have an awesome college experience. That being said, Greek life is a huge part of USC. While there are parties elsewhere off campus, the majority of the parties are on Greek Row. It is really easy for ladies to go to parties if they aren't in sororities. However it is rather difficult for guys to go to them if they aren't in fraternities. Guys could always sneak in (which is really hard sometimes) or get on the list if they know someone in the frat, but other than that they can't really get in. All of our greek housing is pretty nice. I mean, frat houses will be frat houses, and they can get really dirty, but most of them aren't too bad. The sorority houses are all really nice and pretty.

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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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