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Reviews 2429 total reviews with an average rating of 3.8

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4 College Junior

Facilities: There is actually good resources in the USC campus

5 College Freshman

Facilities: Facilities at USC are amazing. There's never any area that seems "old" and whatever areas are in need of repair get repaired.

3 College Freshman

Computers: The computer labs can get really crowded and the wireless network can be slow. It's not usually a big problem, but I definitely recommend bringing your own laptop and printer.

3 College Freshman

Parking: There's not much need for a car around SC unless you're like me and go home on weekends. Parking spaces are pretty okay, but cost for parking is ridiculous. Otherwise, just having a car can be really convenient and overall the campus is fairly car friendly.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There are so many different dining options around USC. Whether you're in the mood for Mexican, Japanese, whatever, there's always something in the vicinity. Not in the mood for restaurants around SC? LA Live and downtown LA are a metro ride away! Food can get a little costy though.

4 College Junior

Diversity: Well I'm on the Health Science Campus and we are mostly graduate students (Med, Occupational therapy, Pharmacy, Physical Therapy, etc.). It's a great community with a lot of opportunity to get involved. "2011-2012 total enrollment: 701 medical students, 294 Ph.D. students, 300 master's students" - http://keck.usc.edu
What I'm trying to say is that we're diverse, but very inclusive. There are a lot of Asians (Chinese, Korean, Indian, etc.), but that comes with being in Southern California. Honestly there's a little bit of everything here.

5 College Junior

Weather: It's california weather! Balmy warm during the day and cools of nicely at night. It's almost november now and I'm getting to pull out some light sweaters, but we still have some hot days every now and again.

5 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: It's LA! You can find any scene that you have your heart set on. There are beaches, hiking, sports, hollywood! The public transportation isn't the best ever, but the trains are nice. Traffic is just what you would imagine, but I'm from out of state and found that with some planning and a smart phone it's manageable (most of the time). Los Angeles is just what you would imagine. It's downsides are outweighed by it's perks. Night life, Music, Art, and Pop Culture is all around you. Not to mention great universities like University of Southern California, LMU and Loyola Law School, and FIDM (Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising).

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4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: In LA, everyone lives in apartments, so there are so many in the area. My advice would be to actually wait until the spring to figure out where to live next year because you can probably find lower rates that way!

4 College Sophomore

Majors: I am thrilled to be a bio major at USC, and I would definitely still choose to do this if I could do it again.

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2 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: I am a vegetarian and the options at the dining halls are virtually non existent. On the other hand, Lemonade has so many delicious, vegetarian options!

4 College Sophomore

Majors: Becoming a biological sciences major was very easy, and I especially like that it is in the college of liberal arts that way I am free to change majors more easily since there are so many options in this college.

4 College Senior

Majors: I will be completing my first internship through the university next week. I had the most amazing experience as a therapist intern at a residential substance abuse program. It took a long time for the school to find something for me that matched my schedule. But after that small hiccup I knew there was a reason I had to wait. the placement was perfect for me and was truly one of the most enriching experiences of my life.

4 College Senior

Nightlife: The campus is located fairly close to downtown Los Angeles. In the city there are a variety of options in regards to nightlife. Ranging from small bars to socialize with friends or nice restaurants for a good dinner to high class clubs and lounges with a variety of music styles.

3 College Senior

Diversity: While there is diversity on campus, there is a definite clear majority. It would be easy for someone out of the majority group to feel intimated on first look.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: The police force is all over. Everywhere we go there is security

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Such a wide variety of all different types of ethnicity. Excellent options from Mexican to Japanese and anything in between

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: A lot of opportunities since Los Angeles is so big. It can be hard to find one for a decent price that isn't too expensive, but it is possible.

5 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Being in Los Angeles gives you a huge amount to do. There are a number of other universities around and a lot of bars, etc. Since students are spread out there are ample opportunities to visit a different section of LA.

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5 College Freshman

Computers: The computer labs are clean and well staffed. There is always a computer available so you will have no trouble finding a spot.

5 College Freshman

Majors: There are many internships available, simply because this is Los Angeles. As a film and television major, experience is key. Not only are internships available, you can help out on senior thesis films or graduate films from day one. I am a freshman and already working as production designer on a senior animation thesis.

4 College Freshman

Majors: Film and Television Production Major
The process is lengthy, time consuming, and dependent on creativity.
Start early, know the requirements, allow yourself time to complete all of them, focusing on originality and creativity.
Production courses don't actually start until sophomore spring semester, so don't expect a camera in your hands on day one.
However, the opportunities to network and learn from professionals are amazing. There're always film screenings and talks every week available for SCA students. You will never be bored.

5 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Playboy ranked us number 2 party school nationwide, and we have been ranked number 1 by multiple sources for hottest girls, if you want a good social life it's easy to find here.

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5 College Sophomore

Academics: Classics major: Amazing. Most of my classes are 7 students or fewer, and many times I work one on one with world renowned faculty in my field. I feel as if the faculty offices are no different than the quad in terms of accessibility, and am friends with many of my professors. The curriculum is extremely challenging, but there are many options for which area you would like to focus in, and how challenging you want your major to be. Study abroad also has many options.

5 College Sophomore

Computers: Always some available, and are constantly updated.


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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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