Los Angeles, CA
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Reviews 2430 total reviews with an average rating of 3.8

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4 College Freshman

Facilities: Very Engaging – there are always many activities, many opportunities and mostly everyone is friendly and nice

4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: It is a nice atmosphere, with kind people, nice local attitude, safe, many activities and many area attractions.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: everyone hears about how bad USC's location is because of it's proximity to bad parts of downtown LA, but the campus patrol makes students here as safe as students at any urban university. never had a safety problem!
--except students steal bicycles alot

5 College Sophomore

Facilities: If You're a Nerd, Do TO – Those who want to be academically challenged -- especially those considering some sort of graduate school -- should definitely apply to the Thematic Option. The program replaces regular general education classes with special ones for TO students only. These classes are smaller and have the best and most enthusiastic professors at USC. The program is tough, however, and students participating in it can expect to read and write about twice as much as those taking regular classes, but the high calibre of peers and professors more than makes up for this.

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5 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Tradition If You Want It – The Greek community has a lot of clout, but students who choose not to pledge will not feel left out. There are plenty of activities to do and opportunities to make friends if you aren't Greek. Most girls go to frat parties a few times (guys need an invite to get in), which are exactly what one would expect. Also, many Greeks are not just in the system to party, but to become active community members and network.

4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Get a Car – Los Angeles has something for everyone, and multiple things for most people. The only bummer is that public transportation can be unreliable. Near USC, the California Science Center, Natural History Museum and Rose Garden are nice, and LA Live is just down the street. Unfortunately, the immediate surroundings beyond that are somewhat lacking. If you have some means of transportation, however, sky's the limit.

1 College Junior

Parking: Parking is not good around the school. While the school offers parking and the local Radisson hotel, the school charges 8 dollars and the hotel charges 7 dollars daily. The ticket prices are 40-50 dollars.

3 College Junior

Campus Strictness: The police are strict about underage drinking and drug use. My graduate program mandates we keep a B average or else we cannot stay in the program. It is strict about keeping up with the work and quality.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: While there are many options for housing, it is very expensive. The area is not too great, but the apartments are close to campus. They always increase the prices when college students are nearby.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Most people aren't strangers to pot, like most college students. Drugs otherwise aren't super visible but people do them. It's mostly about drinking

5 College Freshman

Athletics: At USC, it's all about football. Sure we have other sports that frequently win NCAA championships but here in South Central, we LOVE our football. And it unites the whole school!

2 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: If you are living off campus, be prepared to shell out major dollars. A single room is going to be at least $800 north of campus, and $700 west of campus. Rooms tend to be small, and can vary widely in quality. Everything is close, but you have to search for a good rate and room.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Calories Galore – Most students just hit Figueroa Street when eating off campus, where there's Chipotle, Chick Fil A, Freebirds, Chanos and just about every fastfood restaurant possible. Most students don't make good use of Olympian Burger or the UV Food Court which both offer tasty and slightly healther, more ethnic food options. You won't be engaging in much fine dining, but you'll get that freshmen 15.

3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: Depends Where You Go – Want to eat on USC's campus? Avoid EVK (Everybody's Kitchen) if you don't want to feel sick later, or want your salmon to not be as hard as a rock. Good news is, after freshmen year, few people go to EVK or the slightly better Parkside dining hall. Most students hang out at the Campus Center's dining options of CPK, Carls Jr, Wahoos, Panda Express, Lemonade and Seeds marketplace. While eating can be a bit pricey, at least you'll be eating slightly better. There are lots of small cafes on campus like Popovich Cafe which offer tasty eats and are less populated. At USC, be picky, and you'll be satisfied

College Freshman

Majors: Biological Sciences – I declared my major a few days ago so I do not really know what it is like yet. I have been thinking about pre-pharmacy in the future so I am really passionate about helping people.

1 College Freshman

Scholarships: Not Very Help. I received a few loans but no financial aid for the extremely high tuition.

2 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: Not Too Safe – The local atmosphere around USC is a dangerous one. I receive daily e-mails about crimes that are committed in the area, usually on-campus. Usually, these crimes consist of robberies, rapes, and assaults. The reason why I rated SC as a C- and nothing less, is because it is about 10 minutes from downtown Los Angeles, where there is tons to do.

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4 College Senior

Academics: The professors and all the staff at USC are always excellent. The professors are willing to help, whether it be in or out of class. The registration process is always painless and quick. USC's online system rarely crashes and when it does, the Tech department usually fixes the problem within the hour. The workload at USC is difficult, but as is expected from this great school. Just remember, no pain- no gain!

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3 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: The local atmosphere at USC is very mixed. There aren't very many attractions nearby but since the school is located near downtown L.A., there is always something to do off campus. The safety, however, is always fairly dangerous off-campus. Although there are USC campus safety patrols around the area, there still are a large number of robberies of USC students, assaults, attacks, etc.

5 College Junior

Athletics: Varsity sports are a big deal at USC and game days are the most exciting days on campus, as it is covered in a sea of cardinal and gold. Also there are a lot of opportunities to play intramural sports.

3 College Senior

Transportation: Shuttle System Is Great. Shuttle system is great. Public transportation is also good. Near Metro stations.

5 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: All Over the Place – Anything you want you can find around the LA area.

5 Recent Alumnus

Diversity: Extremely Diverse – USC is one of the most diverse campuses in the US. USC recruits for diversity and I feel that it enriches the educational experience.

5 Recent Alumnus

Facilities: Great Buzz on Campus – Leavey library was my favorite place to study on campus- there was always a spot available to sit and the general buzz of the rooms were conducive to studying. Commons is a great spot to meet friends for lunch, and it has been vastly improved upon in recent years so I'm looking forward to seeing it. The Lyon Center has ok weight equipment and machines- I used Heritage Hall as I was an athlete.

4 Recent Alumnus

Academics: Top Notch Faculty – I found the professors at USC to be extremely knowledgeable in their respective areas of expertise and the pace of the classes to be fast, but manageable. Professors were available at the end of class or through office hours.


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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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