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5 College Freshman

Academics: The School of Cinematic Arts is the best in the country. They have movie studio quality equipment and access to many things in Los Angeles and the entertainment industry. The Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, and Robert Zemeckis buildings/facilities are amazing. These icons support and come to the campus. The film criticism class is taught by Leonard Maltin. They have movie and television speakers come such as Joss Whedon. Disney, Pixar, Sony, Warner Bros., Independents, and many others come to the campus to recruit. The biggest plus is that you start taking majors classes your freshman year.

5 College Freshman

Academics: There are many different majors/minors and students are highly encouraged to take courses outside of their major or School. I love being able to take anything from cinema to computer science to business regardless of my major. Even though it is a big school, classes (even gen ed ones) are small, and it is easy to get to know students, professors, and staff.

5 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: It is So Cal! The hottest trends are here from fashion to entertainment. The school itself and the School of Cinematic Arts attract lots of celebrities. Being in downtown Los Angeles and near L.A. Live means there is always something going on.

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4 College Freshman

Academics: The academics here are top notch. We have some incredible professors that teach a lot of incredible classes. While we may not have the reputation of having the top academics in the country, I personally believe that we should have this reputation. I am a business administration major and every class that I have taken so far in college has been incredibly informative.

5 College Freshman

Weather: It is Los Angeles. Year-round, there is the chance to be in a t-shirt and shorts at any point. It is easily sunny over 300 days a year here and for this year at least, we have had January weekends where it was 80 degrees and a lot of people decided to tan in the quad or go to the beach. It can get a little bit hot in the summer (90s and 100s) and will have an incredibly rare day where it is like 33 degrees but only in the mornings. I'd say the average temperature year-round would be around 77 degrees. If you go to USC, there is a good chance that you will mostly have warm weather clothes in your laundry every week

3 College Freshman

Nightlife: In terms of nightlife, if you are under 21, your best chance to party is just off campus, on the row (if you are a girl and can get into any party without paying), or off the row, west of hoover, where you might have to pay a small amount of money to get into a party, but where the parties aren't as good as a fraternity register. However, if you are 21, or have a fake ID, a good choice would have to be the 9-0. A lot of students will go there on most nights.

5 College Sophomore

Athletics: We have the best athletics in the nation. Except for this season.

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: It's there if you want it. If you don't want it there's no pressure.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Application process is confusing and housing is expensive, but other than that it's pretty chill.

5 College Sophomore

Weather: This is southern California. The weather is hardly a factor! Unless too many sunny days is a problem, your only worry would be smog!

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4 College Sophomore

Majors: Since the age of eight, I knew that I would one day be an entrepreneur. Having never doubted my major before, I would never turn back. The economy faces many trials ahead, and I know my education will one day allow me to lead my company to solve the problems facing us today.

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5 College Sophomore

Majors: I was first introduced to USC through their mentorship and internship programs. Considering the importance of networking, this may have been my primary reason for transferring.

4 College Sophomore

Weather: It is always sunny! It is never too cold or too hot.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: I do not dorm at USC, but many of my friends do and they seem to like it, a lot. I visit them and the dorms are always clean and spacious

5 College Sophomore

Academics: As a transfer student, I couldn't been happier with the support and academic engagement my professors have me to do. There are enough resources to make the best out of college experience

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I feel very safe while I am on campus. There is always a large presence of Campus police and new measures in place to increase security. We have new gates around campus and all after hour guests have to be pre registered to come on campus. All cars plates are run through a data base. Off campus, where I live, you have to be cautious and be aware of your surroundings.

5 College Freshman

Nightlife: This is Los Angeles o the options are endless. There are so many bars of all kinds, restaurants, clubs, theaters, concert venues, sporting venues and on and on. There is the rail to take you just about anywhere and USC campus buses and rides for the immediate area.

4 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: Since a recent rash of violence in and around our campus , new swcurity measures have been put in place. New gates have gone up and all after hour visitors have to be registered. All license plates are run through a data base. Even though the campus in in a less than desirable neighborhood I feel relatively safe. There is a huge presence of Campus police.

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: It's Los Angeles...what more can I say! Within a very small area you can find everything from amazing hole in the wall places to elegant 5 star establishments. I can not say enough good things about the food here! If you want excellent ethnic food of all kinds, it's here. You want chicken and waffles (together) it will be the best you have ever had. Down home cooking, delis, Italian, Organic, you name we've got it. Food trucks are a huge attraction as well. They announce their location daily via twitter or FB. They are not the food trucks of old. These are gourmet dining on wheels!!

5 College Student

Majors: I have never had an internship--I do however plan on doing residency for dentistry and oral and maxillofacial surgery which I suppose is somewhat like a paid internship. Residency is required by our field sometimes for dentists, but always for OMF surgeons to ensure the training and quality of the healthcare providers that enter the workforce.

5 College Student

Majors: Our dental program is an absolute blast, I enjoy every second of it aside from exam time. However, that I think resides in all majors within in all schools. Dentistry is something I have been pursuing since I was in the 8th grade--I get to use all my hobbies and interests such as learning about mouths and teeth, working with my hands and consulting people in need as a job. This to me is priceless. In terms of the workload, curriculum, etc. I can only say that the workload is extremely difficult, however, this is what I signed up for! The facilities are amazing at USC and I've yet to come across problems with my dental equipment. Most of all, I am most excited about the opportunities that USC offers for us. For example, one of the potential trips I may be attending is a service trip to Kenya, where we would be providing free to care to members of under-served communities.

5 College Student

Local Atmosphere: One of the biggest influences in making my decision to attend USC's dental program was the atmosphere. Everyone from the staff to the students and volunteers were all so sweet and welcoming that it truly made my decision clear from the get go.

4 College Student

Majors: As a member of the dental program I cannot say how absolutely excited I am about this decision, I would do it a thousand times over. Moreover, I am blessed to be joining a field and industry where jobs are never difficult to obtain and maintain, for this I am super thankful. My long term career goals include finishing dentistry at USC then applying for post-doctoral studying to become an Oran and Maxillofacial Surgeon--my hopes are to eventually start a foundation that provides free reconstructive surgery to women around the world who have been subject to abuse.

4 College Student

Majors: Dental applications were strenuous, yet very rewarding when visiting the school(s) in your sight. I fell in love with USC's dental program, staff, and students and knew it was the right fit for me. Some of the difficulties I encountered revolved mostly in the financial strain of paying for hotels and flights to travel to the USC campus for dental school interviews from my hometown of Portland, Oregon. However, our family was able to sit down and budget our plan to afford such necessary expenses. In truth, they are less expenses and more investments as I see it. The main criteria that undergoes speculation within dental schools are DAT (Dental Admissions Test) scores, extracurricular activities and volunteer hours (minimum of 50 hours required), as well as college GPA and letters of recommendation.

My biggest advice in going through the process is do what you love and are most passionate about and you will be seen and sought after. It is very easy to get caught up in the fulfilling the quantitative aspect of admissions, but I believe that letting the beauty of what you live being what you do is what gets us the farthest. Don't let all your volunteering hours stem strictly from dental offices, do some philanthropic work revolving around the dental field and/or simply just helping your community. Second piece of advice, when in the interview, do not be afraid to be yourself. Carry yourself professionally, however, let your personality shine bright!

4 College Freshman

Campus Dining: The dining halls get really old, but there are a lot of other great options on campus. Students spend a lot of time at the Campus Center, where there are a lot of healthy eating options. There are also some small cafes/coffee stops around campus.

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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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