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Los Angeles, CA
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$46,363
Admission Difficulty
Very Hard
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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.

1 College Senior

Parking: Very Very Bad – have to spend 8$ every day bc I didn't get prking pass

5 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Hot Hot Hot – Definitely not a shortage of attractive guys and girls at USC

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5 College Junior

Facilities: great, clean and constantly modernized and sedulously maintained. Lots of construction going on and it's exciting to see USC growing at such a fast pace.

5 College Junior

Academics: Couldn't Be Happier – I just transferred this fall and already I've been bitten by the trojan bug. I absolutely love this school, I have found all the professors to be very approachable and class sizes small; so it's very easy to get to know them and thus, secure letters of rec for graduate school. I turned down Berkeley and LA to come here, and I'm so glad I did because with the state budget cuts, attending those schools has turned into a nightmare. Ironically enough, while the UCs get butchered and devaluated, USC is rising at astronomical rates, they have a great surplus of money and don't hesitate to spend it on the students. This year I took an FYI course and my class consisted of myself and 4 other people, we got to know each other and the professor, of course, really well, and it was a great segway into the school. We even went to watch a movie and had many classes at the many cafes on campus (all on usc of course). University of Spoiled Children is right, but in a VERY good way since it refers to our academics. USC strives to provide their students with the most high caliber education they can afford, and I am all for being spoiled in that way (and the free socks they handed out as soon as fall begun lol god forbid we go without socks in these bitter LA winters) :)

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3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Very Old Buildings – I had some awful experiences in off campus housing at USC.
All of the housing is old, and the apartments I lived in were falling apart. Everything was breaking and there were lots of insects. The campus promises to tear down these off-campus USC owned buildings though and rebuild them within the next 5 years, so hopefully that will happen

4 College Junior

Campus Dining: Lots of Options! I think that the on campus cafeterias are not great, but there are a lot of other places to eat directly on campus, or nearby it that offer a wide range of variety in food choices!

Overall though, USC dining and on-campus locations for eating are DRASTICALLY overpriced!

3 College Junior

Facilities: Lots of Construction Going on – USC has tons of GREAT campus facilities, but the campus is also undergoing huge amounts of construction. This makes it difficult for students to get around campus with all the construction trucks going in and out and streets occasionally being closed off. The atmosphere will be much better once the campus is finally done!

That being said - the engineering facilities specifically receive an A! They are great and definitely some of the nicest on campus!

1 College Sophomore

Majors: I haven't really been approached about internships regarding my major. They seem to cater to a select group of majors like business and engineering. So I really don't know where to go to get an internship. I also need money. I'm not as well-off as other students here and I heavily depend on a paid job. Most internships are unpaid.

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4 College Sophomore

Scholarships: In my case, USC has practically paid for almost everything. I didn't get as much money as I hoped this year and for that I've definitely been struggling alot. I definitely recommend finding help from outside scholarships.

2 College Sophomore

Diversity: Odd One Out – I consider myself culturally open-minded but I am not too fond of the lack of Latino students and those of whom I've met commute because living at USC is ridiculously expensive. Sometimes its nice to have people that have that cultural connection but that definitely lacks here.

5 College Student

Weather: It's the Golden State for a Reason – The sun is always shinning, so the weather always keeps your mood in check and the sun keeps the afternoon warm. It often gets a bit chilly during the fall and winter, but it is still bearable.

4 College Student

Campus Dining: Fills Your Stomach – The dinning halls offer a great selection of dishes everyday. Although some dishes may get quite repetitive, the food is still delicious. A big plus is breakfast is often served late into the afternoon on weekends.

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3 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greek life reminds me of high school. If you like Greek Life theres' plenty of it ( if you get into a "good" one). Greeks can have a bad rep by non-Greeks. I have a lot of greek friends and love all of them, but I do know some Greeks who I think are stuck-up, rich snobs who think they are better than anyone. If you're a girl too, you can participate in most party things so its not necessary to be Greek to be social. and there's a big non greek scene

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: L.A. Live Is a 5 Minute Drive – Theres a lot of fast food around campus that's cheap for students and pretty tasty. Chanos is amazing. But if you don't mind driving or taking the bus there are amazing restaurants. I mean its L.A.

3 College Freshman

Computers: Its Alright – There is a computer lab open 24/7 but sometimes all of them will be taken. You should bring a computer to campus its just much more convenient. Wireless access is anywhere on campus, and even some places dirtily off campus. Theres good connection and speed. Printing kind of sucks because its so expensive

4 College Freshman

Transportation: Cars: You Don't Need Them – Everything you could possibly need is within 5 blocks of campus at USC. If you bring a car to school, you'll be really popular, because almost no one has one here. You'll use it now and then to go to the beach or to Hollywood, but the majority of the time your car will sit parked in the very expensive University lots. The school also has a free car service and there are buses and trains going everywhere around Los Angeles. A car is an unnecessary commodity.

4 College Junior

Weather: Aside from the first month which is un-godly hot for California, our weather here is perfect. Today was a "cold" day and it was 68 degrees. However, when it rains, people act like the world is ending and don't go to class.

3 College Junior

Transportation: but to really explore LA and get further than the Staples Center you or a friend need a car.

3 College Junior

Parking: Decent but Not Enough – The parking situation is fine with around 5 big lots on campus but they're not centrally located. Almost all are on the perimeters of campus.

1 College Sophomore

Scholarships: The say that they'll cover 100% of what is needed, however, they only gave me $9000 dollars in loans. I can not afford anything at my school and I'm living well below my needs. I'm about to start working 2 jobs just so I can pay off some of these loans while I'm in school. If you're middle class, you're basically screwed because you won't get any financial aid and you won't be able to afford it. The rich can pay for the tuition whereas the less fortunate receive full aid.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Beefing up the Security – I live on the west side of campus where security roams sparsely. Last month, we had a shooting which ended up in two USC students shot. Moreover, the DPS (USC designated security) arrived much later which let the offenders escape. To USC's credit, they did invest a few million to beef up the security on the west-side, but it definitely isn't enough. They need to make sure the money is being used more efficiently and that they spread out the human resources so that the west-side receives more attention from DPS officers.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: With in a mile radius of USC, you have all the major players in the fast food arena. There is McDonalds, Carls Jr., Chipotle, Free Birds, Burger King etc. However, where are the alternative healthy options? I don't mean the Subways or Quiznos, but I'm referring to the hole-in-the wall joints which serve delicious, wholesome, healthy meals. Moreover, nothing is cheap around USC. If you want to achieve buying a healthy meal for a mere five dollars, you're going to have to go further than the mile radius which automatically demands that you have a bike or a car. Thus, I wish USC had healthier, cheaper, more convenient answers to the mega house of fast food chains. Am I really asking for too much?

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4 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: The Proper Look – Here at USC, there is no sole look. Because of its diversity, different people dress differently. Because of the hot weather during the spring and the beginning of the fall semester, the majority of the students wear shorts.People tend to dress comfortable and casual.

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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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