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Los Angeles, CA
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$46,363
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Very Hard
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5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Great Academic Life, Greater Dinning Life in Los Angeles – Dining scene in Los Angeles can easily be one of the best in the world. It is simply due to the diversity of cultures that the city embraces and any city residents have access to the authenticated ethnic food within 10 minutes drive instead of 10 hours flight.

On top of the high quliaty of the cuisine, the price is also an unbeatable factor. Surviving harsh competitions amoung the millions of the restaurants in the city, the restaurants' owners keep the price setting low, especially around the USC campus. For example, $5 will bring us a combo of Korean BBQ lunch in satisfactory portion and change.

Everyone is intimidated to come to Los Angeles because of its high cost of living. Yes the rent is relatively high but the food is not. You really don't need to worry about the grocery bill here but need to worry more about keeping the weight.

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Alchohol Is More Used to Get High – In USC campus, alchohol is more used to get high throughout the campus. In the dorm, after the sports game, after the mid and final exam.... USC campus is literally revolved around the alchohol. There are constant high traffic of students at the local liquer stores to buy alchohol despite the price setting are much higher than 2-mile away grocery stores.

Drug is not too noticeable on the campus because there are highly active campus police enforcement. I have never been worried about getting involved with the related crimes.

4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Girls are a lot hotter here than they are at other top schools I've visited. Sorority girls stand out, but it might be tough to find one with a good personality.

4 College Freshman

Greek Life: Don't let the stereotypes fool you. There are fraternities for the typical frat guys but because there are so many different fraternities and so many people go greek you can find a lot of houses that don't fit the usual stereotype

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5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Best Choice I Ever Made – Academics are challenging but rewarding, social life is great, and you have the LA weather/experience... what is there not to love?

5 College Freshman

Academics: I got into multiple other schools (including a few Ivy League schools) and I could not be happier here. Class sizes are small, professors are accessible and there are so many academic opportunities for research or other activities that you can get involved with its almost unbelievable. Don't let the athletics or the parties fool you, USC is an amazing academic school.

3 College Senior

Facilities: Not as Active. Student center isn't as active around campus. However, they do have tables around and games for people to play.

4 College Senior

Computers: There are plenty of computers available at school.

4 College Freshman

Transportation: The transportation on campus is decent. The school has a free shuttle that takes students downtown every 15 minutes. It is fairly convenient and safe. If students would like to travel to the metro or other locations downtown they can also take the public bus with bus stops all around the school. Also if students want to rent a car for a couple hours or a couple days they can take the opportunity of zipcars where the price is determined by the hour. The overall cost covers unlimited gas refills.

4 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: Department of Public Safety – DPS does a good job of patrolling the campus at night. On Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights DPS officers will line up from the row back to the campus just to make sure students get back to the campus safely. However DPS has closed down the row and parties because of the craziness that these parties will reach.

5 College Freshman

Athletics: Football Games School Spirit – Tailgating at the University of Southern California starts early in the morning. There is a tremendous amount of school spirit especially during football season. Alumni and students are extremely enthusiastic and prideful of the Trojan's football team. The marching band is also a large factor in creating a spirit-filled atmosphere at the football games.

4 College Freshman

Weather: Sunny All Year Around – If you don't mind having no seasons, the weather is ideal

4 College Freshman

Diversity: Very Diverse – Lots of different kinds of people from places all over the country and the world

1 College Senior

Parking: Cars are a necessity in this part of LA and there just isn't enough parking at USC to accommodate that, especially for a largely commuter student population. Parking fines are enormous, parking garages spots are absolutely tiny, and cars get broken into in campus parking structures. Parking pass costs are through the roof (if you're lucky enough to get one).

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3 Recent Alumnus

Health & Safety: Ah, DPS – DPS hangs around just about everywhere on campus and on The Row 24/7. They are a little annoying, but they do make you feel super safe. They will come right away if there is an emergency and generally very nice and willing to help.

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5 Recent Alumnus

Weather: It's Los Angeles...need I say more? You will experience three or four days every month or two where it's cold (cold being lower 60s) and rainy. There will also be three or four days where it's unbelievably hot. But other than that, it's about 70-80 degrees and sunny all the time.

5 College Freshman

Facilities: Best of Both Worlds – Getting a good college education is extremely important for success in this increasingly competitive world. Additionally, college is meant to be the most fun time in a person's life. After college you will be expected to work or go to grad school so its important to have a lot of fun while you still can! USC offers a world-class education with one of the most fun social scenes in the country. It has the best of both worlds.

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3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Campus housing is generally just for freshman. Wherever you live on campus, it's a compromise. If you at Parkside A&H or IRC you get beautiful dorms with the best dinning on campus but Parkside is characterized as being less social (known as the "Darkside") and people find it difficult to meet people other than their suitemates. The dorms in east campus are older, standard college dorms with no air conditioning and mediocre dinning but they are right in the middle of the action on campus and are very social and easy to meet people. Freshman year is about meeting as many people as possible and establishing a group of friends. You can live in a nice apartment later, I recommend living on East campus.

5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: DPS Does a Good Job – DPS officers are always visible on campus and the areas around campus where USC students hang out. They are there to keep the students safe, not police them.

5 College Freshman

Nightlife: SC Is Awesome! Parties are crazy. Thursday nights at the row are fun and easy to get in if you're a girl, but sucks if you're a guy and not in a frat. There's always something happening!

5 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: What's NOT Here? USC is less than 5 miles from downtown LA, the Staples Center, museums, galleries, concert halls, shopping, dining and more. We are near China Town, Korea Town, and Little Tokyo. Also not very far away are Beverly Hills, Hollywood, Santa Monica, and Venice Beach. LA is known for being a cultural mecca, a "hot spot" if you will--a place for fashion, media, music, movies, celebrities, farmers markets, athletic events, education, corporations, etc. The area immediately surrounding campus has a reputation as being not so safe but we have a lot of security personnel looking out for us. USC seems to constantly have events going on: classical and popular music concerts, dance performances, comedian and variety shows, and more. We have 2 radio stations and a coffee shop/concert venue. The local attitude towards students seems to be good--Trojan merchandise and fans can be seen literally everywhere!

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: It's Great – Pros: mild weather; good professors (intelligent, informative, empathetic, enthusiastic helpful, (generally) not conceited or egotistical); amazing selection of majors, minors, classes of all kinds; alumni network; internship and career help like no other; willingness of financial aid department to do all they can so students can attend regardless of income (or lack thereof); quality apartments; diverse student population; visiting professors and lecturers (Steve Miller, for instance); quality museums, performances and other events. . . and the list can go on. . .
Cons: abundance of smokers; inadequate car and bike parking; high food and drink prices; high course material/supply prices; minimum wage employment that offers too few hours
Clearly the pros outweigh the cons!

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: I live in a university-owned off-campus apartment. It is a bit expensive and utilities are not included in the cost of rent. The apartments have basic furniture, gas stove/oven, great water pressure. Our broken fridge was replaced quickly too. The complex needs a better system for recycling and for bicycle parking. It is about 1 mile from the center of campus, which makes for a decent walk or easy bike ride. A tram stop is just down the street but I have not used it. Parking is severely limited and inconvenient.

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2 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: TOO EXPENSIVE! The cafeterias cost about $10 to enter which is a little steep for a single meal. I have not actually eaten at them yet due to their operating hours not fitting with my non-class times, plus I do not want to pay the price to enter and not find adequate vegan foods. The retail dining establishments are far too expensive--my "dining dollars" were used within the first month and I do not eat more than 3 meals per week on campus.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: A Good Balance – Thoroughly satisfied with 3 out of 4 professors. Workload is just right--not too much that I can't keep up but not so little that I get bored. I am still in shock about the numerous possibilities for majors, minors and other general courses (come on, a popular music major? How amazing is that?) Registration process seems about the same as other schools I have been to. Work-study program needs some improvement-like actually giving students jobs rather than leaving it up to them to search (it is part of financial aid and as such is deemed necessary for the student therefore it should unfailingly be provided by the school), and giving the work-study students adequate hours and pay rate. The university needs to improve its recycling and environmentally-friendly actions, and it needs to ban smoking on all campus-owned property.

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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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