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Reviews 2429 total reviews with an average rating of 3.8

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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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3 College Freshman

Computers: Most of the computers on campus are usually in use after 7. There are always places on campus like the career center with open computers, but they usually close around 8, so if you need a computer late at night, it might be difficult since only 1 library stays open 24/7. Mostly everyone has their own laptops though, and the wifi is really good, so you don't have to worry about that. There are printing services on campus, both in the libraries and in the bookstore, but they do cost money, however I think it ends up being less than having to buy a printer and constantly replace paper and ink.

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4 College Sophomore

Nightlife: The Row – as a member of a sorority, greek row is the place to go. with about 20 frats, every thurs. fri, and sat there is at least 4 frat parties going, which include free and unlimited drinking, dancing, and drunk frat guys. its easy to get to and the campus cruiser system/ shuttles will get you there eventually

there are also lots of theater/student org/sports team parties on the weekends

there is one bar right near campus, nicknamed the "9-0" which everyone goes to once theyre tired of the row. theres also the bars of downtown LA just down the road

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4 College Sophomore

Weather: 75 and Sunny – LA is known for its gorgeous weather, and students definitely take advantage of it, tanning and playing frisbee on the quad between classes, trips to the beach on the weekend. on the 5-odd days per year it rains, everyone freaks out and either a) doesn't go to class or b) prepares for a hurricane with umbrellas, rainboots, the whole nine yards

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Its Not Really in Watts.. despite rumors that USC is an extremely unsafe area, the university does a lot to make it safe. there are security officers located at high traffic areas all day/night, the DPS/campus cruiser car system is always there to help you (even if the official shuttle service is over for the night, public security will always drive you home)
sure, if you are alone late at night in a deserted area with your headphones in, you may run in to trouble. but if you're smart. you'll be okay
bike thefts are a big problem here, as are occasional accidents with locals (ie mugging). but campus security does their best to keep these problems at bay

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4 College Freshman

Campus Dining: There are many many places around campus where you can use dining dollars and get good food. There are two dining halls as well and I'm still not sick of their food since they change it daily. However, I probably will not buy it next year. Food is not something i can complain about because i am very open to many options and that is what USC provides. However, I would love it if we had a few bakeries on campus.

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Recent Alumnus

Campus Housing: Not Applicable – Due to the fact that the University of Southern California has such limited housing, I did not experience the dorm experience. Thus, I cannot comment on it

1 Recent Alumnus

Facilities: Student Cohesiveness – As a transfer student coming from George Washington University, where I had already established my life, I found the University of Southern California (USC) to be very distant and unwelcoming. There did not seem to be any method to break into the already formed groups that were present at USC. Personally, I enjoy when a teacher assigns a project or two that involves groups so that you meet people you wouldn't normally meet. Not only does this present the opportunity to acquire an enhanced understanding of different cultures, but it also forms friendships and alliances. I arrived at USC assuming that I would be accepted into the "trojan family," but that was the opposite of my experience. There are, however, very united swarms of gender based groups that were extremely connected - sororities and fraternities. But, again, these were exclusive groups that were not overly friendly to individuals outside of their organization. Since greek life was such an integral part of the USC experience, I believe that something should be done to ameliorate that or create events that would unite students who opt out of joining a sorority or fraternity.

4 College Junior

Athletics: There is such a huge support for the sports programs at USC. The students, alumni, parents and staff have such a strong loyalty to the teams. The band walks and plays all around the school and have an excellent fight on theme song!

3 College Junior

Campus Dining: Decent, but Could Be Cheaper – There is a nice food court that has Carl's Jr, CPK which is great, Wahoo's, and more sandwich places but I think that there should be a drop in prices. Students get the tax off their food but I feel it should not be such a high price to begin with. I don't think a sandwich should be nine dollars. I think there could be more options.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: SC Food – cost is good. Trojan plan helps a lot. get discounts for showing ur sc card. a lot of Chinese

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: SC Safety – Always feel safe on campus but it is south central LA. if you walk too far in the wrong direction you may feel a little uncomfortable.

4 College Freshman

Academics: Theatre at SC – Its really what you put into it. If you dont want to be in plays, fine. if you do, you can be. There are plenty of options regarding everything pretty much.

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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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