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Reviews 2391 total reviews with an average rating of 3.8

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5 College Senior

Academics: Very Challenging Academic Curriculum With Many Opportunities – The political science department at USC is one of the best departments on campus. I receive quick replies from my advisors. The political science professors are all well-known around the globe and many have legal backgrounds, which is great since most political science students at USC plan to go on to law school. Events such as discussion lunches and guest speakers are available for students every week. Overall, the political science department is great. Professors are the best and challenge students to do their best. I would give USC an A+!

College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Wide Range of Places – There are a lot of places to eat at around the school. Different resturants with different styles.

College Freshman

Computers: A Lot of Resources – There are plenty of computers to use, and they are good quality.

College Freshman

Academics: So far, I have just registrated and everything is great. There is a wide range of course selections.

College Junior

Scholarships: I Don't Know – Since I am an international student attending the school, I am not eligible for financial aid at all :(

4 College Junior

Guys & Girls: Social Socal – The greek community here is not to be missed! It is very strong and vibrant, incredibly focused on volunteer and philanthropy while also throwing its share of great parties and awesome events! Outside of Greek Life, the school is still incredibly social. The multitude of clubs on campus means you are constantly meeting new people! Also, USC is NOT the University of Spoiled Kids - It is an incredibly diverse and cultured campus that totally defies this stereotype.

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5 College Junior

Academics: PPD Major – AMAZING major! Not a single class is more than about 25 people. Incredible faculty and wonderful career services. This major is absolutely incredible though often overlooked. However, I can not speak highly enough about how incredible it is. Workload is average to high, totally depends on the class. It is never busy work, only very significant, important and interesting work. They even just updated the degree, adding new classes and incredible opportunities! Seriously, this is the HIDDEN GEM DEGREE at USC! Check it out!

4 College Senior

Academics: Awesome With a Few Slight Pitfalls – Yeah, USC is kind of a party school, but honest to god -- the academics are what keep me here. The majority of my professors have ranged from good to amazing. I've had a bad professor here and there, but none have been downright horrible, and none have been unfair. In terms of classes, I've never had a problem getting the ones I need (and I'm on an extremely tight schedule), and there is a huge variety of things to learn about. USC actually encourages you to go outside your chosen field and get into something random. From my experience, General Education classes are the most prone to being kind of bullshitty because neither the professors nor the students wanted to be there, but some of the best classes I've taken have been GEs, so I guess it's really luck of the draw. The international relations department is particularly fantastic, if perhaps not as varied as it could be.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: It Is Great – I enjoy it here. I am glad that I chose this place. I have made many great friends and had unforgettable experiences. USC has opened the doors to many opportunities.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: You Don't Have to Be Greek to Be Cool – I am non Greek and fully enjoy my decision not to be Greek. I find the guys to mostly be not worth hanging out with. I do have friends in the Greek system, so their are exceptions. Also, you can still have fun/party without being Greek. Plus I found that some girls don't like Greek guys.

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4 College Sophomore

Academics: Depends on the Classes and Professors – I have enjoy most of my classes at USC, although it really does depend on who teaches it. Some classes really will always be terrible classes, such as some general education classes. Others, can be made better or worse depending on whether or not your professor hates you.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: It's LA – Being part of downtown LA, one cant exactly hope to find cheap accommodation. But there are not many apartments convinently located near the school, so you have to go a little further away then one would like

4 College Freshman

Academics: My major right now is biological sciences with an emphasis in premed and I have been very happy with my experiences. There are lots of counselors and advisers that have been helpful with choosing courses and setting you on the right track. Some of the professors are wonderful and it helps to get to know them.

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4 College Senior

Campus Strictness: Plagiarizing any written work will result in your termination from the school

3 College Senior

Health & Safety: Campus security, cameras on campus to insure safety for students

4 College Sophomore

Facilities: School Opportunities – The academic programs are great. There are a lot of opportunities out there for those who seek it. But not everything is about what happens in the classroom. There are also a ton of ways for students to connect with other students socially and professionally.

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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Most of the dining options around school are fast food chains, but if you're willing to take the metro or drive a little farther, there are definitely a lot of really great restaurants.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: The professors are great, and the program is good because it doesn't require students to attend the additional 2 years after their undergraduate. This 5 year program allows an alumni to become licensed after their undergraduate degree, although students are definitely still encouraged to attend graduate school.

3 College Senior

Nightlife: From What I Know.. I'm not that into partying but the center of the party scene has to be Greek Row. USC is becoming a little more vigilant with how many parties there are now, especially during the first week of school when freshman girls can't seem to control themselves.

4 College Senior

Facilities: This Campus Is Beautiful – No joke. USC is an oasis in this community. The grass is always green, flowers always in bloom, and the grounds are spotless. There are several older buildings that make the campus distinct (Doheny Library as seen in The Graduate anyone?) but there are also many new facilities as well like the quite new film building and the brand new campus center.

4 College Senior

Academics: Availability of Professors – So far, all of the professors I have come across have been wonderful at being available to their students. Sometimes, certain classes seem extra difficult because either the material is dry or the way the professor lectures isn't the greatest. However, all of my professors make it a point to ALWAYS encourage students to come during office hours for any questions or extra help. Some of my professors were even willing to stay longer or meet with me outside of the office if I asked them to.

4 College Freshman

Academics: Unique Major – The Medicine School recently offered two new bachelor's degrees called Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Studies and Global Medicine. I'm studying Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Studies as a Pre-med student. It's such a great program and more people should take a look at it. Instead of majoring in one single science like biology or chemistry, you can take a variety of interesting health-related classes and take required classes like chemistry and biology at the same time. What's also great about this program is that you can also apply for another program to finish your masters degree in 4 or 5 years depending. What's also great about USC is that the class sizes are small compared to other public schools in California. This allows you to get to know your professors better and with a smaller class size, it's easier to learn and understand concepts.

2 College Junior

Scholarships: I feel like the financial aid office and academic counselors are truely looking out for the students best interest and sometimes drop the ball in helping students with their college education. USC apparently require non-freshman students to complete at least 16 units every semester in order to maintain SAP(Satisfactory Academic Progess) in order to graduate when they want you to. Taking 12 units isnt enough for them. They require so many forms and things to be turned in it is easy to become unorganized. Memeber of the staff are always helpful or friendly. I think the awards for those in need could be better distributed seeing that the tuition is through the roof.

5 College Junior

Athletics: Amazing School Spirit – When one thinks of USC, one of the many sports that is associated with us is football. During the football season, the school spirit is amazing. Despite any loss or scandal, the students continue to support our football team, as well as other varsity sports, including basketball, swimming and volleyball. It gets especially crazy around the time of the USC-UCLA game, where the entire school gather to support the athletes before the showdown with our crosstown rivals.

4 College Junior

Guys & Girls: The male population at USC is quite diverse, so it's difficult to assign a certain stereotype for the entire population. There are the frat boys who are always into partying. There are the smart boys who practically live at the library. And then there are boys who fit somewhere in between.

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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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