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3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Some Great, Some Not – Fluor is very spacious, clean, and quiet, but not as social as other dorms. New/North is very social, but because of that its very loud and makes it hard to do work sometimes, and sometimes it lacks privacy. It's not true that Parkside isn't social, it's just incredibly social within itself. It's also probably the nicest of the Freshman dorms and its great if you wanna meet artsy people.

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4 College Freshman

Facilities: Trojan Family – The alumni network is one of the best I hear. While the sciences could benefit greatly from some funding, USC's engineering, business, and film are top notch.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: My first semester at USC has been a blast. There's plenty to do, plenty of school spirit, and the academics are challenging enough. I've had my hands full since the first day I stepped on campus.

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Safe - on Campus – There are plenty of on-campus police patrolling at all times of the day; however, off-campus can get a bit sketchy and there is a definite possibility of theft.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Up to You – You don't openly see it on campus. You know where they are. It's up to you whether or not you want to go there.

5 College Freshman

Nightlife: FRAT party every week. It's close to downtown if you want to go clubbing.

5 College Freshman

Diversity: Very Diverse – USC has the most international student population of all the colleges in America. It's hard to discriminate when you see all kinds of people everyday.

2 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: People at USC do not tend to have typical college bonds-- the bonds that people have are on the surface, and it is very hard to go past that. If you are looking for deep bonds, do not come to USC! USC is not a place where people are willing to open up and get to know people intimately, it is more a place where people know each other slightly, but still have a good time partying!

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5 College Freshman

Majors: Psychology Is the Right Major – I've only taken one psychology class but it was pretty fun. I was a little hesitant at first but now, I know the psychology is the best major for me. I want to go all the way in this career. To the point where I have a PhD, and I can set up my own private practice.

5 College Freshman

Weather: The weather is always perfect! It is sunny most of the time and it rarely rains so it's easy to get to class. People like to spend time out in the grass a lot.

4 College Freshman

Computers: Not a lot of students occupy the computer labs because they charge to print. The majority print from home or from dorms so they just use their laptops.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: Sports School for Sure – Football is king (and common ground for conversation). Basketball and volleyball are popular, too, but I never really liked watching sports except to get into the school spirit. USC athletics definitely has that. Lots of varsity and intramural teams you can try out for...even dragonboating. But other than the big sports, it seems like no one really does the small sports.

3 College Freshman

Facilities: Mostly Like Every Other School – The Lyon Center, or the main gym on campus, has cardio and strength equipment, studios, and basketball and racquetball courts. The McDonald swimming pool is also available for use, but is always booked. The Ronald Tutor Campus Center (which is really beautiful) was built in 2010, and a lot of students go there to eat, some study in Sample Hall or small lounges, and others go to Tommy's Place at night. There are two main libraries; Leavey (24 hours, always full) has DVD and camera equipment rentals and Doheny (closes at 10) has a great collection. There are other small department libraries too. USC isn't afraid to spend money on events (when we do have them) like Conquest, and they often go all out with setup and decoration. Miscellaneous offerings: auditorium, lots of lecture halls, an art gallery, great TV/film studios. The campus buildings are a mix of old and new, with some that are renovated depending on the endowment of a program/school, though generally the look is very brick-and-mortar and can seem a bit dated.

2 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: LA Is Out There--Way Out There – There's definitely a lot to do--it's LA! Clubs, concerts, shows, restaurants, there's no dearth of that in the city. But the thing is, LA requires you to have a car, and parking rates at USC are incredibly high. Public transportation is difficult to work with, though the Metro Rail does help a bit, and the Expo Line is unveiling soon. But generally, most of the fun things to do require you to find some means to venture out into the urban sprawl of LA, because even if there were one part of LA you could find everything in (and there isn't), the area around USC wouldn't be the place. The walking-distance locality of USC limits you drastically in your choices of leisure spots and even convenience stores and markets to go to, and is also unsafe at night. If you really want fun in the city, find a friend who drives or rent a Zipcar.

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4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: You'll Have Fun – There's loads to do on campus which is great. Off campus it's hard to get to some places without a car since you're in Los Angeles. You can have fun if you go make an effort.

4 College Freshman

Diversity: USC is known for its diversity. You will see every type of person here on campus!

4 College Sophomore

Academics: Lots of Internship and Job Opportunties – The International Relations program provides extremely helpful information about internships and job opportunities in the field. The program is a lot of work and the intro class is difficult, but it's worth it and all of the professors are very knowledgeable about the subjects that they teach.

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3 College Freshman

Transportation: Most would choose to take the Metro, and there are shuttles around campus and even a taxi service for students within a 2-mi radius of school. Paid forms of transportation are rather costly as per the LA style, of course.

3 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: Constant Partying – In general, DPS do not interfere with social activities unless other people call in to complain or accidents get out of hand.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Living LA Life – Being literally in the middle of a huge city, USC offers a lot of off-campus dining choices, but it's all fairly pricey.

5 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greek life here defines the experience at USC in many ways. However, there are a lot of stereotypical "fratty" guys which can be a detraction. Several dozen fraternities and sororities have chapters at USC.

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4 College Freshman

Diversity: Diverse but Segregated – I have never been exposed to such a diverse group of people. However, there is some segregation especially between international "fob" students and natives.

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4 College Freshman

Computers: Good Enough – Computer labs everywhere, Wi-Fi spans across most of the campus, though some outdoor patches are not covered. I rarely have trouble with internet connectivity. Most students have laptops and their own printers so it's not a big deal.

3 College Sophomore

Computers: Bring a Laptop – If you need to rely on school computers, you're going to be out of luck, especially around midterms and finals. Leavey is the only library that's open late and has computers. Depending on where you live, the wifi is terrible.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Great Improvement – USC is situated in a pretty sketchy neighborhood, but there have been great efforts to make it safer. There is ALWAYS staff in yellow coats standing on pretty much every street around campus at night, so it's pretty safe to walk around. Yes, there are the occasional crime reports (muggings, etc.) but considering the neighborhood we are in, it's inevitable.


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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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