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3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: Dining Halls Are Average, but the Other Dining Options Are Great. The dining halls are great to begin with, but after a whole semester it can get old. However, the other options are delicious. They provide healthy options that taste great.

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Many Provisions That Help Safety – USC does a very good job at providing security to keep the students safe. The reputation doe not truly represent the actual situation. As long as you travel in groups and stay smart, it is a wonderful place that is worth the extra precautions.

5 College Freshman

Facilities: There is nothing to not like about USC! My favorite part about USC is the school pride! Our students, faculty, and alumni take great pride in our academics, athletics and organizations. You are proud to say you go to USC! The second best thing about USC is the alumni networking and support, which stems from school pride! USC is a family that works together. The alumni stick with the school help current students and provide opportunities for jobs after graduating. You WILL get a job after graduating from USC!

4 College Freshman

Parking: Close to no one brings their car to school, because you don't need it! Everyone bikes, skateboards, of walks to, from, and on campus. I see no need to have a car, but if you want to go into town it would be helpful. There is public transportation that can get you into town though. I hear the parking permits are a little over priced, but what school's parking isn't?

4 College Freshman

Nightlife: The is a prevalent nightlife scene at USC. The majorities of the parties are hosted by fraternities on Greek row. Others may have small dorm parties during the week, but they are not very loud or obnoxious. The nightlife is pretty much in one area so everyone is together. We have campus cruisers that are able to pick us up where ever we are at night and drive us to anywhere on campus so we don't need to walk home at night. Every few feet there is a police officer, security guard, or department of public safety officer to ensure our safety. The night life is very much prevalent, but at the same time very safe.

3 College Junior

Academics: The academics are diverse, a lot being hit-or-miss.

3 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: Lots of Activity – There are tons of things to do in L.A. - from going to the shopping districts to leisurely walking around museums. The food is as diverse as the population, a testimony to the strong immigrant community in L.A. While it has the same types of crimes as any majorly populated area, there's a general sense that if you reach out people will at least be willing to point you in the right direction.

2 College Freshman

Scholarships: Though there are scholarships available through University of Southern California, many of them are specific to a certain race, geographical area, etc. which doesn't provide many options for those looking to apply. Additionally, it takes a bit of digging to find information about it.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Mediocre Freshmen Dorms – The freshmen dorms at University of Southern California don't quite awe but are maintained well and provide adequate housing. It still provides an excellent opportunity to meet new friends, and is located in close proximity to campus hot spots.

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Safe If You're Smart – As long as you keep your head about you, you'll stay out of trouble on University of Southern California's campus. There is definitely danger around campus, especially late at night if you're walking alone on the streets. However, there are plenty of options such as Campus Cruiser provided by USC and many patrolling Department of Public Safety officers to make the campus feel safe.

4 College Freshman

Nightlife: USC is a party school when you want it to be. If you want to go out on a weekend, there's usually something to attend. Thursdays & Saturdays are the biggest nights to go out. If you're not into partying, however, you don't even notice it's happening unless you live in the New/North dorms.

5 College Freshman

Athletics: Football Is Awesome – The football season makes USC and Trojan Pride. It's fantastic.

4 College Freshman

Facilities: Campus Activities Are Great – USC's organized campus activities are great and very entertaining. Publicity is great so you always know when events are coming up. Concerts and pep rallies are very exciting and well-attended. Aesthetics on the USC campus are very inviting.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: First Choice – USC was my first choice for undergrad. I fell in love with every aspect of the school and feel fortunate to be a part of the school. There are so many ways to get involved in the campus and you can feel the school spirit every day. I would definitely choose my school again.

4 College Freshman

Diversity: There is acceptance for any one and everyone that attends USC. Tolerance of others is highly promoted and everyone is allowed to express themselves without being judged or discriminated. There is a good amount of diversify and all sorts of economic backgrounds.

4 College Freshman

Computers: State of the Art – the school has the newest computers with up to date programs, the speed of the network is excellent with the occasional crash. don't need personal computer or printer each library gives you access to one.

4 College Freshman

Majors: For my first semester of freshman year, I had a fabulous professor for Acting 101. The School of Theatre does many productions during each semester. They also offer a non-conservatory program for acting majors. You can either be a BA or BFA student.

4 College Freshman

Nightlife: Party School – USC is a huge party school...mostly due to its large greek life. However, you do not need to be a part of that in order to have a decent social life. Girls can get into any frat party, but it is a lot more difficult for guys to get into a party on sorority row if they are not in a frat. The row is basically USC's nightlife, except for the 901 bar on Fig.

5 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: USC constantly has events and activities for students, whether it's through its arts program called Visions and Voices, or during Welcome Week freshman year. Visions and Voices is a fabulous program that has well-known and successful entertainers, writers, directors, etc. that come to campus and talk to students. USC also screens many movies for its film students. There is always something for you to do on campus!

5 College Sophomore

Facilities: Once in the Trojan family, you are connected with the cardinal and gold. Everywhere you go, other Trojans will respect you. It helps with getting jobs, internships, or even just making friends. Having these connections will really help in your life.

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4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: There is no need for people to join any fraternity or sorority to enjoy the social scene. They are indeed a large part of the university but aren't all of it. You can still get into the parties they throw which are very fun and sociable.

5 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: The university is absolutely diverse. There are people from all places thus making USC one of the largest and best melting pots of the world. Here everyone gets along and the atmosphere is great.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: My perception is that everyone generally minds their own business. When I visited USC for the first time, I needed to find a particular building and I couldn't get anyone to stop for a moment and direct me. Everyone seemed to be in a hurry! My advice is to find nice friends and hang out with them. ;)

If you are clever, hardworking, and focused on your goals, you can find everything you need to excel academically at USC.

4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Diversity Is Key – There is a diverse range of things to do at USC. These activities include clubs, parties, academic discussions, hangouts, and athletic events including football.

4 College Freshman

Computers: Computer Labs Are Usually Fairly Open – Computer labs are often uncrowded since most students use their own labtops. It is more efficient to own your own labtop but not having one does not make tasks impossible to complete.


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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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