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Reviews 2199 total reviews with an average rating of 3.8

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4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Many students are determine to do well in there class, that often times I see students looking down at thier textbooks or writing in thier laptops.

College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: I Am an Online Student, So I Cannot Comment on This Question – I am an online student, so I cannot comment on this question

4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Regular Kids – There's a variety of kids here at USC. Since I'm majoring in Theatre, I usually see a big difference between the actors and the techies, and then every school has those tall, buff, manly-looking jocks (ours especially in the water polo dept.). But most of us are just regular kids who will go to events just for the free stuff and are helping pay our own way.

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5 College Freshman

Facilities: New Campus Center – The new campus center is incredible! Awesome food options like Carl's Junior, CPK, Panda Express, and Wahoo's Fish Tacos. Plus there's The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, which I love. It's a great place to hang out, and the building is LEED certified! Go green!

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3 College Senior

Facilities: USC focuses on attracted a well-rounded range of students. Most attendee's have several passions and hobbies. The diverse range of students allows for a great atmosphere of unique friendships. The greek system is huge on campus and although it may dominate the student body, I feel it isn't everything. There are definitely other great organizations on campus. The opportunities to get involved on campus are endless.

4 College Senior

Weather: The weather in California is widely known as one of the best, therefore, the weather in Los Angeles where USC is located is great throughout the school year. We get chilly winters, some rain and great sun!

4 College Senior

Academics: There are tons of different majors to choose from at USC while most schools within the university hold a prestige ranking. Most professors love what they do and in turn students feel confident in their chosen majors.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I Love It – I have only been at USC for one semester but I enjoyed the experience extremely! The classes were challenging but taught me so much. The people just have an abundance of school spirit, supporting all things related to the school. I also made many great friends who make my experience even better!

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3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Greeks Have Many Parties – Being a part of Greek life definetly gets you some advantages socially. Everybody wants to go to their parties and so being a part of a frat you can gain many friends. Sororities are not to active around campus though they are some of the more popular girls

4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: I Mean It Is in LA! The University of Southern California is right in the middle of Los Angeles, and any who has been or lives in LA knows how lively and busy the city is! I can walk numerous amount of restaurants near by to get something to eat. There are plenty of general stores around that will sell all that you need whether it be toothpaste or video games. The Staples Center is literally 5 mins away and so anybody could easily catch a Laker game or concert. Also USC students are well liked around the community. We often get many discounts at supporting stores if we show them our college ID.

1 College Senior

Parking: Parking availability gets better as your get older but it is absolutely terrible for freshmen and sophomores. Because USC is limited in expanding their territory horizontally, parking lots are often full or they are way off from the main campus.

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3 College Senior

Nightlife: Really Good – USC provides a bus for all students who want to experience the LA LIVE scene, which includes the famous Staple center. This method of transportation is especially beneficial for people who are over 21 because even with some alcohol consumption, they can ride the bus back to the campus without taking the risk of getting pulled over for DUIs.

3 College Senior

Campus Dining: Can Be Cheaper – There are plenty of places to eat. I mainly used my flex dollars on protein/energy bars and drinks but I have to admit that they are pretty pricey. Regular meals at dining halls are great but I definitely would get sick of it if I had a meal plan.

3 College Junior

Campus Strictness: Strict When Needed – The security is there to make sure you are safe and not getting yourself hurt. They won't bother you unless you are bothering someone else or a safety concern

4 College Junior

Drug Safety: It All Depends – There is a lot of drinking and smoking on campus, you will find a lot of other drugs, but you have to really look for them

4 College Junior

Guys & Girls: Good Looking and Fun Students – The student body is pretty good looking and fun to hang out with, but you are going to run into a lot of the typical Frat Guys and Sorority girls who all dress, look the same, and act the same. Overall you won't be disappointed and will find a group of friends that matches your personality.

4 College Senior

Weather: Great beach weather in the fall. Not too cold winters. Nice, warm spring breezes. Very rarely rains, but when it does, it sucks if you live off campus-- approx. 10-15 minute walk.

4 College Senior

Athletics: AWESOME school spirit from students AND local community! Fight On!

5 College Junior

Facilities: USC is the best-enough said. Everybody goes to the football games-and coming from someone who doesn't even like sports, they are FUN. It's all about everybody getting together and rooting for our team. The social scene is awesome. There is ALWAYS something to do--never a dull moment at USC. Greek life is very popular. The students are diverse, talented, and beautiful. The academic programs are excellent. It really is an all-around amazing school. If there is something you like to do, there will be a program or student group dedicated to that activity.

3 College Junior

Transportation: Definitely Best to Own a Car – USC has it's own transportation system-it is very reliable. However, it only takes you around campus and the direct surrounding area. There is also Campus Cruiser which is a great system--They open around 7pm and run until 2:45am. Their goal is to transport students to and from off-campus housing safely. It is also great for students who have been drinking off campus to get home safely. It is free and easy to use. Unfortunately, the bus system in Los Angeles is confusing and hard to use. They also take forever to get you where you want to go. If you want to go on adventures to Hollywood and Downtown area, it's best to own your own car.

3 College Junior

Health & Safety: It is not a secret that USC is in a high crime location. However, DPS-the Department of Public Safety- is everywhere. They are constantly patrolling campus as well as the surrounding areas such as "the Row" (where all the fraternities and sororities are located). They are there to HELP and protect you, not to get you in trouble. I have never felt personally endangered on campus. As long as you are smart and you are not out at 2am, drunk, and alone, you will be safe.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Housing: USC over-emphasizes the importance of practicing safety, given that the area surrounding the campus is not the most secure location to be in - especially if you're alone or out at night. The Department of Public Safety does patrol within two miles of the campus, but that doesn't mean you're safe to walk around at 2am with an iPod in hand and bills hanging out of your pockets. Think and act responsibly/accordingly.

3 Recent Alumnus

Campus Housing: Best/Worst Dining Options – At USC, freshmen that stay in the dorms are required to purchase a mealplan - so buy the cheapest one possible. You may think you'd need more than ten $12 meal swipes and $500 dining dollars, but when eating at places other than dining halls between classes is easier because you're crunched for time, those meal swipes will go down the tubes - and so will your wallet.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Computers: Wireless Access – Everywhere on campus is internet-accessible with your login ID and password, but service in the dorm buildings is terrible. If you have a research paper to crank out (and no ethernet cord), then you're better off writing outside or in the library.

5 College Sophomore

Facilities: The Trojan Family – The special thing about USC is the Trojan Family. Once you're a Trojan, you're a Trojan for life. Trojans will always help other Trojans no matter if you need help finding a job, building your career, making connections with influential people, or finding alumni. Also, USC has a very high alumni participation rate which shows that people from USC care and want to give back to school that helped them get where they are today.

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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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