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5 College Sophomore

Scholarships: I applied to USC before the scholarship deadline (December 1, I believe), and then I found out in January I was in the running for a merit-based Trustee Scholarship, which covered all tuition for 4 years. I then went to an Explore USC program (stay overnight and meet the school), had an interview, and then received the scholarship.
My advice would be to APPLY EARLY! You never know, you might be a candidate for a merit scholarship!

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4 College Freshman

Academics: It is challenging but if you are committed you will succeed.

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5 College Freshman

Nightlife: There is always something to do at USC, especially with Los Angeles being the city it resides in.

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4 College Freshman

Academics: University of Southern California has the best of both worlds. You can go to class and study all week, but once the weekend hits you can party all night. USC provides everyone with opportunities to improve their grades with the help of tutors or just going to see the professor during office hours.

3 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Housing: There are many options. They range in price from $400 to over $2000. The area around the campus isnt the greatest.

3 Recent Alumnus

Local Atmosphere: You definitely need a car unless you are a fan of LA public transportation. Most things are a maximum 20 min drive with traffic that you would need to get. Downtown LA is a 5 min shuttle ride and they have lots to offer there- Movies, Staples Center, Great Food, Bowling, Nightlife, Museums.

4 College Junior

Weather: Classic southern California warmth and sunshine. Every once in a while we get some overcast weather, some wind, and even rain, but it is perfectly tolerable and is never an issue. However, it does get chilly in the winter months as well, but that's nothing a cozy sweater and jeans can't fix.

3 College Junior

Computers: Every computer lab on campus has a wealth of computers available, the printing is reliable, and the wifi is perfectly speedy... until finals week rolls around, which is to be expected nonetheless. Every computer has Microsoft Office and Adobe Creative Suite loaded in, so those utilities are available as well. While it is nice to have your own computer, I don't see it as completely necessary for on-campus work, unless you are somebody that likes to take lecture notes on them (though some professors disallow it).

5 College Junior

Athletics: If you didn't associate USC with its rigorous academics, then you've definitely associated it with its stellar athletics. Aside from the obvious football team, water polo, volleyball, basketball are also very big and popular sports on campus. In fact, every sport on campus has a faithful following, and the student body is VERY spirited with its teams. Intramural and club sports are also popular and very much involved in the mix, and athletic facilities are absolutely stellar. As a serious or casual athlete, USC fits perfectly.

2 College Junior

Parking: Parking in the parking structure and in the streets around campus will cost you money. On top of that, there isn't much parking to begin with, so finding a space is more often a hassle than not. Many of us here just ride our bikes back and forth from campus, or take public transportation like the bus or metro.

4 College Junior

Guys & Girls: Where to find girls?

Two words: Annenberg School.


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4 College Junior

Facilities: The great part about USC is that no matter what your interests are, you will find something tailored specifically for you. The many academic and school counseling offices will make sure you get into a major you love. The facilities are all modern and very useful for your studies and extracurriculars. Finally, campus life is constantly bustling and once you get involved in whatever, you'll never feel alone.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: If you love good food, you're going to be very happy with all the different choices around campus. If you love Italian food, can't beat Pasta Roma. Sushi restaurants abound, and all of them are good. If you want a great breakfast, Jacks and Joes is also fantastic. There are plenty of other places, but the only thing missing is, unfortunately, In n Out. Thankfully (if it's an okay substitute for you), there is a Five Guys to help sate your In n Out craving.

4 College Junior

Facilities: The campus is incredibly updated, modern, and most importantly, exciting! The atmosphere to compliment it all is bustling with student life and enthusiasm. The libraries, gym, and other facilities will never fail to provide you with anything you might need.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: Marshall allows you to shadow an alumni for a week during spring break. It definitely helps especially if you can shadow someone from your field of interest.

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4 College Sophomore

Majors: USC Marshall gives students the opportunity to explore any and all business interests. They also have a great networking community, which is definitely thanks to Trojan Pride.

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4 College Freshman

Majors: There is an extremely wide range of majors offered at the school, particularly from what I hear from my peers, and a number of good staff in all of them (if mixed in with the occasional bad teachers.) The most impressive is the cinema school, with a number of surprising majors you wouldn't find at nearly any other school.

5 College Freshman

Scholarships: While the process was somewhat difficult, the actual financial aid given by USC is outstanding. We're a school with plenty of money and plenty to give back- filling out every form is worth your while.

3 College Freshman

Computers: What I see as problems with the computers at USC are, in particular, the problematic reliability of the network. While it reaches far across campus, it often messes up or doesn't work on particular computers. Also, late at night, the only place to go to use a school computer is at the singular Leavey Library, which fills up rather quickly.

4 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: Perhaps the only flaws in the school's strictness are the policy of fingerprint scanning at every dorm entry and the issues with getting onto campus after 9 pm. The goal is to keep the school safer, but it doesn't quite seem like these policies are helping much. The school seemed just as safe to begin with.

4 College Freshman

Transportation: There's transportation for anywhere you need to go in the LA area, by train or by car- the problem is parking. Otherwise, the school and the city accommodate students well.

4 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: DPS officers sometimes make getting to places a hassle.

5 College Freshman

Weather: Most of the time it's sunny and beautiful. It'll rain occasionally and in the winter it gets down to like the 50s which can feel pretty cold compared to the rest of the year.

5 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greek parties are sick, greek kids are mostly sick, and greek girls are very hot.


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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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