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Los Angeles, CA
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17,619
Tuition
$46,363
Admission Difficulty
Very Hard
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4 College Freshman

Scholarships: Like I said before, I come from a poor community and I definitely depended on financial aid to go to USC. They basically paid for everything!

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Not That Bad – I haven't really been seeing a lot of drug problems here. The only exception is that one of my hall mates passed away from an overdose of drugs....but that's about it. Drinking is definitely a more popular thing.

2 College Freshman

Diversity: Culture Shock – Coming from a poor neighborhood (south LA) and a high school that was 99.999999% Mexican, it was a huge culture shock when all I saw were Asians and white people. Most of them are pretty well off financially as well. A lot of students are spoiled as well. I do sometimes wish that I could see more Latinos here...but I have learned quite a lot about Asian culture from my friends..and I've definitely become more proud of my culture. So there's definitely an upside.

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3 College Freshman

Diversity: Diverse, but Self-Segregated – There is a good amount of diversity on campus, but there is also a great deal of self-segregation. I constantly see clusters of Asian or Black or Latino students with little diversity within their own groups.

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3 College Sophomore

Transportation: USC is closely connected to the public transportation in LA; unfortunately, the system is not very reliable and oftentimes it is smarter to take a cab even though it might cost more, but at least you will get to your destination close to the time desired.
USC acknowledges that and established an own transportation system called "Campus Cruiser", which takes students to grocery stores, etc. within a 2-miles radius from campus. It is free and very convenient for those who do not have an own car.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: USC is a rather strict university with various regulations and rules that need to be followed; the RAs though are rather lenient and it is possible to live one´s life the way one wants without always fearing punishment.

3 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: The local atmosphere surrounding USC´s campus is rather a rather unsafe area. Even though a lot has been done by the government in investing in downtown´s development and especially security, there still are various streets and districts one should not wander in alone.
However, USC provides free transportation to the commercial center LA Live, which is a modern, nice and safe place to hang out, go bowling, watch movies, dine, etc. The campus itself is very safe and in the next years, it will be expanded to further promote safety.

3 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Every Part of the Spectrum – because of usc's wide range of awesome majors, greek life, location, and appeal to international students, there is every kind of guy/ girl here. There are definitely your attractive stereotypical greek guys and girls, there are also super smart international student fobs who study and dont do much else. There are also pretty artsy people, and pretty much every other thing you can think of.

But the boys are pretty hot, generally

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Its There, but Not Blatant – i personally dont use drugs, and i have not had any issues of peer pressure to use drugs. pot is pretty popular, and you can smell it around campus at least once a week. but ive never seen people use hard drugs, but i know it goes on somewhere. drinking is MUCH more prevalent

4 College Freshman

Campus Dining: The dining halls are alright. EVK (on the south side of campus, where most freshman dorms are) usually looks pretty gross, but there is always cereal, a pretty good salad bar, a grill on the weekdays outback with hamburgers, turkey burgers, grilled chicken, etc, and a new panini maker. The stations are: mexican, pizza and fries, noodles, vegetarian, sandwich stuff, salad, and potatoes/veggies/chicken/fish.
Parkside usually has the reputation of being better than EVK, but it depends on the day. It usually has more international and unique food, but there are still days when it looks inedible. Has much better desserts than EVK (nice cakes and pies, cookies while EVK has pound cake and gross fruit pies).
There are tons of other food options on campus that take dining dollars, including: CPK, carl's jr, baha fresh, daphne's greek, a wok bar, a noodle place, Lemonade (a really nice new deli-type place), panda express. Off campus there's pretty much every other fast food restaurant you can think of on Figueroa.
There's also trojan grounds ("Tro-gro") thats open 24/7 with vitamin water, soda, chips, candy, starbucks coffee, and other convenience store items. It also takes dining dollars

4 College Freshman

Computers: Very Available – Most everyone brings a macbook pro with them everywhere, there is pretty good wireless everywhere on campus (even outside). You have to pay for printing at the lbrary, but I heard you can get free printing from different departments (or the Radisson lobby). There are not a ton of readily available computer labs, but Leavey Library has 20+ computers and there are usually some free.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Pretty Good – The freshmen cafeteria EVK sucks, but Parkside isn't too bad. Otherwise there's a variety of fast food choices, like Wahoo's, CPK, Jamba Juice, and a ton more. And being LA, the surrounding area has some sweet restaurants as well.

5 College Freshman

Facilities: A Social and Academic Experience Like No Other. USC's notorious for being a party school. I won't lie, we party hard. However, the negative stigma associated with that image is no longer true. President Sample did a great job with USC's selectivity, and now we are also academically competitive. We work hard, We party hard. The Trojan Network also lands grads in lucrative job positions, and with so many different classes and majors offered, you can custom-tailor your academic experience to your liking.

4 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greeks Are Huge. Sometimes it feels like half of campus is greek. There are many opportunities for students to get involved in greek life, and with so many greek organizations around, its easy to find a fit. They don't dominate everything though, and it is still very possible to have fun without being greek.

5 College Freshman

Academics: Opportunities Everywhere – Being a Business Major at the University of Southern California provides you with opportunities like no other college. Marshall Alumni are known for their preference for graduates of their Alma Mater, and the Trojan Network is extensive. The workload isn't too overwhelming, and you can easily pick up a minor or two. There are tons of internship opportunities, and the professors are willing to pull strings for you if you get to know them.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: There is DPS everywhere, and the only real security problem is bikes being stolen which is easily prevented if you lock your bike correctly. Make sure you don't venture out too far from campus late and night, and you're solid.

4 College Freshman

Facilities: Looking Good for a Small Campus – Most buildings look pretty new, and even if they're old, they are kept very well. The Lyon Center is good too, and libraries are awesome. The campus is quite green.

1 College Junior

Parking: You will get ticketed for anything. It's a nightmare.

4 College Junior

Athletics: Athletics are such a big part of the school that it's hard to hear about anything else.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: Scholarships are out there, it is just a matter of looking through the school website and really searching through it all for available funds.

4 College Freshman

Weather: USC is located in Los Angeles, so the weather is perfect all around. The weather is always bearable and it makes enjoying any day an ease.

5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: There are a lot of off campus housing options both through the school and also ones not affiliated with school, since it is Los angeles they can be kind of expensive but there are some off campus apartments that do roommate matching also hand have only USC students living there. It is really easy to find an apartment that you like off campus and the school is really helpful when students need housing.

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Process Is Detailed – discuss in details with financial aid counselor, over and over again if need be. Make sure you understand everything that is offered, and not offered.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: Slightly Varied – some good choices, healthy meals, but also same unhealthy meals too

2 College Junior

Scholarships: Help for Those in Need – At their seminars, USC will tell you all about how they have a very large endowment and they use it to help out every student in need of financial aid. As a prospective student, I, of course, expected a piece of the pie. I didn't expect a full ride; those were for kids who not only deserved it academically, but needed it financially as well. My family is pretty well off, but the amount we are forced to pay for my education is ridiculous. We always get the minimum amount of aid from the school, despite the fact that my family cannot afford to pay that amount every year, let alone every semester. If we did not receive aid from outside sources, my future at this school would have been over a long time ago. That being said, I have plenty of friends who benefit from the financial aid offered here, so it definitely is present for those who need it. But if you are of middle and upper middle class, expect to pay a lot for your education.

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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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