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Reviews 2429 total reviews with an average rating of 3.8

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4 College Freshman

Academics: Very Good – All of my classes have been challenging, and professors expect you to apply yourself to you fullest ability. 99% of professors have a terminal degree and most are notable scholars in their field(s) of expertise. I am very impressed by the quality of professors. TA's can be less than desirable because many don't speak English well which makes it difficult to understand what they say. There are a ton of Business, Engineering, and Pre-Med students.

5 College Freshman

Greek Life: Seriously though, greek life is huge at USC. Only about 30% of students are in it, but believe me, greeks are very prominent on campus. If you want to party, frat parties are where it's at on The Row on Thursday and Saturday nights. Guys can't get in unless they're a bro or know people -- girls do whatever they want. Most people go out to Hollywood or downtown on Friday nights to clubs, sake bombing etc

4 College Freshman

Parking: You have to get a permit to park on campus which are anywhere from $200-$500 a semester. There is meter parking too but it is hard to come by.

5 College Freshman

Diversity: Very Diverse – USC has the largest international student population in the nation. Everywhere you look, you will see all kinds of different people.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Almost Only Freshman Live on Campus – Best dorm is New/North is you are social and want to have fun. Pardee and Birnkrant are a good mix of study and fun. Marks and Trojan Hall suck. Fluor is out of the way and annoying.

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5 College Sophomore

Weather: Many guys I've talked to have told me the reasons they came to our school was because of the women and the weather. As a girl, I enjoy being able to go outside in my shorts pretty much every day of the year. Porch parties throughout the year are a norm. Pretty much every day feels like summer, which can be distracting but also invigorating.

5 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Most Students Employ a "Work Hard, Play Hard," Mentality – The kind of students you will find at USC are well rounded and know how to keep their nose to the grindstone when work adds up, but also know how to have fun and have a good time. It's really rewarding being around such a talented, accomplished, and versatile group of people, because it makes you work harder and get more out of the social experience.

2 people found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: Policies Are Strict – Students aren't allowed to use or have drugs or alcohol on campus.

3 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Decent Atmosphere – The community is full of fans. There is a decent amount of social opportunity in the surrounding area, and much more within half an hour by bus. There is also much to do on campus.

4 College Junior

Parking: I think the title explains it.. It's not pretty, but get a gold pass and you're good.. make sure you pick a strategic parking structure though... some of them fill up very quickly in the mornings like PSA.. but others like PSB are less popular and you'll find a spot fast

5 College Junior

Campus Dining: You Can't Ask for More – Within 10 mins, you can have the world on your plate.. literally. As a freshman you get unlimited swipes into two major dining areas, Parkside and EVK. Both are excellent but if you want ethnic food, the most you need to travel is 10mins

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Good Food, but Far – With LA being such a melting pot of different cultures, there's no doubt that there will be great food nearby. Bordering USC is a Japantown (with a ramen store that has hour-long waits) and Koreatown. There are so many other options, but many of them are very far. The walking distance food is pretty bad.

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4 College Sophomore

Facilities: Connections, Connections and Connections – Being in the heart of downtown Los Angeles, USC gives you the potential to network with some seriously important people. There is an insane amount of diversity on this campus, so you really can see all different walks of life here and run into people that would have never crossed your path before.

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4 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Girls Are Beautiful – There is such a diverse group of women to choose from at USC. Now they aren' everywhere, but the random gorgeous girl you do pass by will completely make up for it

2 people found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Facilities: USC has beautiful buildings throughout the whole campus. Every building on the campus shows just how much wealth and old prestige this school has. If the building isn't up to par, it is definitely one of the many buildings that is currently being renovated

4 College Sophomore

Majors: Typical Admission Process – I just had to fill out the applications for both USC in general and the Thornton school of music. Both were pretty painless and asked for what most schools ask for. I did not have to play an instrument or audition to get into the Music Industry program for the Bachelor of Science, but you do have to if you want to get a Bachelor of Music degree. The music industry program at SC is pretty exclusive. I know several people who put it down as their first choice and ended up getting their second choice or getting accepted as an undecided major. However, I didn't have any previous music industry experience. I mostly got in on good high school grades and good essays.

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3 College Sophomore

Transportation: USC offers transits from campus to places like LA Live on weekends and to Union Station on weekdays for free They also offer a campus cruiser that will take you within a 2 mile radius of the campus for free. LA city buses suck and are expensive, so getting further off campus is pretty hard to do unless you have a car.

3 people found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Facilities: Brick, Brick, and More Brick. USC is known for their fancy brick buildings. Most of them are pretty nice and some of them are fairly new. A brand new athletic center is being built right now. The student center has several dining options and is a good place to just hang out. There are tons of activities going on on campus every day and the campus is a beautiful place despite the area around it.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Upperclassmen get reasonable and comfortable housing. Trojan Hall is the worst dormitory, try not to request that one. The housing application process is well explained and easy. The best housing options are the apartments: Troy Hall, Troy East, and Webb Tower.

6 people found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Scholarships: I didn't have anyone to guide me when I was going back and forth to the financial office. It is very helpful to ask a lot of questions when you visit the financial office and what they recommend you do according to your documents and what you and your parents can afford. They are very helpful. Also, write down everything. Every question that you have and whatever answers they give you. They are there to help you.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: There are a lot of friendly people on campus and in my classes. I learn a lot by the people that I have already came across. I loved my edco class and the people that I met and got close to in it. Although, I'm not a fan of where I live now I am glad I got to meet my roommates. We always have something going on that makes you feel extra special to be a USC student. We have people from different professions come and speak to us. The football games are mad crazy. It's just an overall good experience and I love my school. I would do it all over again if I had to.

1 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Living Off Campus. I live off campus in a near by apartment and it's not everything that I thought it would be. Living off campus you don't get to be involved with the everyday or every night campus things so it's not as fun. My housing cost is so expensive I can't afford to do anything else but pay rent. I can't even afford the last 2-3 months of rent which is very stressful. I wish that when coming up with housing cost landlords think of the struggling students rather than profit.

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3 College Student

Nightlife: The Row – The Row is definitely the place to go for the crazier parties. That's where everyone's at Thursday-Sunday.

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4 College Student

Diversity: Entire World in Your Backyard – Los Angeles is the center of diversity and it definitely shows in the student body at USC. But that is one of the perks of going to school here. You learn about all the different cultures and customs both from the students themselves and various classes that are offered. It is definitely a great learning experience.

4 College Freshman

Nightlife: The Parties Are Centered Around the Row – The row is great Thursdays and Saturdays, and the parties are great if you're greek. There is one club that is a lot of fun called the 9-0.


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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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