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4 College Sophomore

Weather: If your perspective of California is sunny beaches, warm breezes, and ideal summer, then expect no less at USC. Because of it's close proximity to the beach, the temperature stays pretty static (the water helps control temperature due to absorption of heat as well as cooling). Expect a good amount of the year to be summer-like. However, that doesn't mean LA doesn't get it's share of cold and wet storms or extreme heat waves.

4 College Sophomore

Transportation: USC provides a tram service and a system called campus cruiser, which is a student driven program that you can call to drive you to places within a certain radius of USC. This is extremely helpful for those late night endeavors. The trams are a good source of transportation as they are usually punctual and efficient. For long-distance, LA public transportation includes the bus, taxi, and the LA metro.

3 College Freshman

Majors: I enrolled as an undeclared major at Dornsife and later declared cognitive science - since it was in the same college, I didn't have to go through a separate application process.

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4 College Freshman

Majors: Very Satisfied – USC is a large school that manages to still pay personal attention to its students - I feel like I can always speak to faculty regarding help with getting an internship or research.

3 College Junior

Scholarships: I received a decent financial aid package from USC, but it still wasn't what my family and I was expecting. There are a lot of things that go into receiving financial aid and it is very tricky and time consuming. The financial aid office at USC takes into consideration each student and how the family will be able to send their kid to USC. During my experience, they were very helpful and we were able to get a better aid package then what we originally had. My advice would be to meet with a financial aid advisor and discuss the situation because with my experience, I was able to get more financial aid. Overall, you have to make sure that you do as many scholarships and grants as possible because it is very expensive to attend USC and anything can help.

5 College Sophomore

Academics: International Relations – I love my major and I'm pleased with the courses I've taken so far. If you don't like reading then don't even consider this major. The workload varies on the courses you're taking. Some classes are demanding, have lots of quizzes and require constant reading and essay writing, others just require the bare minimum reading, one or two quizzes and a final. When you've got an awesome professor (and most of them are, since most are accomplished in the field) you'll be willing to do the coursework. The study abroad program for the major is also great since USC's network is so broad. What made me choose doing IR here at USC rather than other universities is that I was able to do two concentrations within my major instead of just one, so I could do more. What's great about USC is that there are so many other minors and majors that compliment IR well so that at the end of the four years, you really feel like you LEARNED.

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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Shady-Looking Area but the Insides Are Nice and Clean – People complain about expense and crime. The trick is to be smart about the time of night you're walking about and your alertness. Apartments closest to campus are rather pricey but it's really all relative. Off campus housing is no Beverley Hills but the insides are surprisingly spacious and comfortable.

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Good Food Within Walking Distance or After a Good Drive – There are several eateries near the campus that are delicious. Chipotle, Subway, 21 Choices, Yogurtland, etc. We're in LA, of course there's food! There are also good restaurants to go to if you can drive or take the bus, like Korean BBQ~ Take a trip to Little Tokyo or Chinatown if you are craving some foreign cuisine.

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5 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Hotter Than High School – I was never interested in dating in high school. It was not a large enough pool to get a lot of good-looking ones. In college, however, it's like they took all of the hottest people from across the country (and even some from across the globe) and stuck them in the same spot. I believe USC has also been said to have the most attractive students on campus. And since we are located in a hot climate, even in the winter you can see girls in short shorts and guys without shirts. Oh my~

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4 College Freshman

Athletics: Very Good for Football – USC is known for its football team, but we have other sports as well, although they do not get as much coverage. The rivalry with UCLA is legendary and on the USC vs. UCLA game, everyone is covered in cardinal and gold and trying to get seats in the stadium. There are loads of tarps and canopies set up with people plugging in large-screened TVs to watch on campus if they can't get a seat. The campus is packed with students and alumni for the football games. We also have a killer band that performs at half-time, doing renditions of popular modern rock, pop, and rap songs. There is also a gym on campus called the Lyon Center that is free for the students to use whether or not you are in a sport.

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3 College Sophomore

Weather: Humid in the Summer – During Spring its very comfortable but not during the summer time. It's very hot.

4 College Freshman

Facilities: There Is Always Something New – With frequent construction taking place on USC's campus, it is almost impossible to not have top of the line facilities. USC makes sure that it offers its students the best places to work out, study, eat, and lounge. While this is the case, many students will argue that the athletes get even better facilities, which is the only downside.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Proud to Be a Trojan! "Once a Trojan, you're a Trojan for life!" I love being a Trojan, and USC definitely always aims to instill a strong sense of school pride in its students. There are so many opportunities at USC--and after USC--offered by the extensive diverse Trojan network. There is an awesome social scene, whether you're involved in Greek life or not. But in addition to this, there is an avid educational environment encouraging its students succeed. There are so many different kinds of people at USC, which makes for great, new experiences everyday. I really couldn't have asked for a better school.

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3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Very Safety-Aware – As USC is located in the heart of Los Angeles, there are a few dangerous incidents that occur here and there. With this being the case, the school makes a strong effort to make all of the students aware of what is going on in the surrounding area and of how to be as safe as possible. There is a great Department of Public Safety that watches over the campus and is available to assist students who may feel unsafe.

4 College Freshman

Weather: It is almost always sunny at USC! The middle of the day is the warmest, which is when campus is pretty lively--everyone is outside biking, boarding, or walking to class to class, studying, or just hanging out. It can be pretty chilly in the mornings and evenings, and it rains maybe once every few months. But, other than that, the sun is almost always shining.

5 College Freshman

Academics: A Ton of OPTIONS – By choosing to go to a big university like USC, you will realize the benefits of a decently large private university with lots of $$ and a very active alumni network. Not only will you have huge donations come in every year which means you can expand programs, update research facilities, and get the best professors, but you will also have the opportunity of lowering your tuition costs and really getting the most out of the money you are paying for. I personally love USC because of the study abroad options and the wide variety in the possible study areas (being as i was an undecided major and am now pre-med with a unique major that I LOVE <--check out Health & Humanity if interested)

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5 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Go Greek! Greek life at USC is awesome! It has opened so many doors for me and I honestly could not imagine not going greek. There are fraternities/sororities for people with all kinds of interests, and they are a great way to establish a great group of college friends. Obviously greek life is not for everyone, but in my opinion USC's greek scene is one of the best in the country.

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4 College Student

Diversity: Students from All Around – There are plenty of students all around from different races, countries, and backgrounds. It's a great school with a lot of diversity for different experiences and stories to be shared.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: Food Is Expensive – I had a meal plan my first year of college but it was too expensive so I decided to just eat super market food for my sophomore year. On days that I did not have time to go shopping for food and ran out I was forced to buy food on campus. It is extremely expensive. Things like Baja Fresh and Panda Express offered regular meals that would amount to $10. Food on campus is good but not THAT good.

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4 College Sophomore

Majors: English Program Challenges You to Think – The English program at USC is great because the class sizes are mostly small (15 people max). This allows for great discussions and intimate insight into the minds of your fellow students. Out of the box thinking, and challenging commonly held ideas are at the center of this program. We are asked to think differently and analyze our own thinking to avoid generalizing and and avoid taking advantage of how we normally see things. The faculty have all been great and thought provoking so far.

1 College Sophomore

Diversity: Subconscious Segregation Commonplace – Although for obvious cultural reasons, people of certain heritages tend to hang out amongst themselves (whites and minorities alike) it seems there is little effort being made into integrating the University's different ethnic groups. Race is hardly brought up and is a subject that seems almost taboo. USC publicly takes a lot of pride in its diversity but hardly acknowledges the reality of race divisions within the student body.

The university is also very segregated when it comes to sexual orientation. Do in part to the hetero-normative framework that fraternities and sororities (something really big at USC) exist in, it is sometimes easy to forget that not everyone on campus is straight. When I took a gender and sociology class I realized that there are many bi, queer, gay, gender queer and transgendered students. This was when I first realized even the classes are unintentionally segregated based on sexual orientation.

I would like for USC to acknowledge these disparities and move towards creating a real campus of diversity. The first step of course must be to admit a problem exists.

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4 College Sophomore

Majors: Doing What I Love – I went into USC wanting to be a pop music major but unfortunately didn't make it in. I was sad to know that I wouldn't be studying music at USC. I had forgotten how much I love Literature so when I took an English class and loved it I knew that I had another option. I am now an English major. Looking for a minor I realized that the music minors are a lot of credits and offer great opportunities for a minor. I'm now a jazz guitar minor. It's the best of both worlds and it wouldn't have been possible had I not done my research into minors and refused to settle into something I did not enjoy. If I could do it all again I would only tell myself that it's not stupid to decide on something that really interests me because sometimes I felt like settling. I hope to incorporate my love for music, writing, and passion for equal rights into whatever I find myself doing after I graduate. I plan to have the same philosophy of doing what is important to me. USC has given me a great start.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: It is dependent on many variables such as what year you are (more guarantees as a sophomore for university housing vs. seniors), if you want a single or have roommates, number of rooms you want, location, and price (my gripe). But it is LA, so you have the variety with the detriment of expensiveness. Then throw in studying abroad and things get a little more complicated. But I gave a B because USC students do try to help one another.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Variety, Variety, Variety! Being in the heart of LA really helps when it comes to finding a diverse dining experience. There are the grocery stores within 1 mile from campus, fast food chains everywhere, and finer dining in both Downtown and further away in Hollywood, Pasadena, etc.

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: Could Be Better – We as a university, pride ourselves on diversity and we definitely have a large international student population. However, we could do better in embracing our differences and taking advantage of the multiculturalism.


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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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