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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

Transportation: Transportation at USC is quite excellent. It is all free! There is a service called Campus Cruiser where students drivers pick up other students and take them to where they need to go. There is also a great tram system that has about five different routes and comes to pick about every 15-30 min.

4 College Sophomore

Nightlife: The row, where all the Greek houses are, is where most USC students party. The biggest party nights are Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays, and sometimes Fridays. Other than that, if there are big parties at peoples houses or apartments, USC offers many forms of transportation to get anywhere within a 2-mile radius of campus. Also, downtown LA is very close which gives students the opportunity to go to a variety of different clubs.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: I am a music major at the USC Thornton School of Music. My emphasis is a BM in Vocal Arts (classical singing) and it is a very intense major. I am also trying to get a musical theater minor because I dance as well. The curriculum consists of a variety of music classes such as music theory, aural skills, choir, keyboard skills, and voice lessons. We are also required to take GE's and three languages: French, Italian, and German. The faculty is excellent. They are well respected in their field and absolutely fabulous teachers. I've learned so much after my first year here. This program is rigorous but very rewarding at the end of the semester with individual solo performances and lots of opportunities to participate in various music productions. I'm very fortunate and grateful to be in the Thornton School of Music at USC.

College Freshman

Drug Safety: Not Too Sure – i'm not involved in drugs and haven't really been approached

5 College Freshman

Athletics: THE BEST! USC's Athletic Department, whether we win or lose, is the best. the pride our teams give the school is the greatest feeling a college student can have

4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Guys Are Arrogant, for the Most Part – Most of the guys at USC are self-centered and make it apparent. But when you find a respectable one, they are the greatest men you'll ever meet!

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3 College Junior

Overall Experience: Would Not Go Here If I Could Do It Over Again – As a computer science major I am very disappointed in the professors and class curriculum. I hate GE's they are a complete waste of my time. Dinning sucks big time and needs a lot of improvement. USC employees are not very helpful or friendly.

2 College Junior

Campus Dining: On Campus Dinning Fails to Meet Student Needs – I have been a student at USC for 3 year now and no matter what the food never gets better. I have decided to take the initiative to create a new website where you students could vote on food you would like to see at USC dinning facilities. It will probably be called Chompz, so look out for it. Below are some of the reasons why I decided to create Chompz.

I don't think USC does not listen to student's need. For example, I prefer a vegan diet, but that is not possible unless I want to starve on campus. I have told the managers of various dinning facilities to add a section and even gave them suggestions, but no matter how many times I complain or this issue showing up in the Daily Trojan it never changes. This is shows that USC Hospitality does not listen to their students and is a real problem.

Then there is the URSC Advocacy Board who are suppose to advocate for the students. They don't seem to have much progress on the food issue. They spent an semester or longer to get a more healthy cereal in the dinning halls. To me that is unacceptable and pathetic.

4 College Junior

Weather: The weather here is good. One of the best things about it here. It rains a few times but that is about it. So the sun is always out and so you wear comfortable clothes.

2 College Junior

Campus Dining: The dining areas are good to go at first but after awhile you will get tired of the food and so then you will be going to places outside of the school instead.

3 College Junior

Health & Safety: USC inside of campus is safe during the day time and sometimes even at night. But when you go outside the campus even just across the street the safety level drops. It is best keep belogings with you at all time or have them in your place at a secure area locked in case of theft.

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4 College Junior

Campus Strictness: Punishments Are Fair – Students are informed of the consequences that come for particular actions. Review process is strict, but just and followed consistently

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Options are average--would be nice to have more options next to campus, especially health food restaurants

2 College Junior

Facilities: For a university like USC, I would expect better recreational facilities for non-athlete students.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Freshman Dorms – Freshman dorms at USC are ok. You have your RA who is an amazing person to go to for advice, support, friendship, etc. Communal bathrooms are annoying at first but once you get the hang of it, it really isn't that bad. USC freshman dorm rooms are fairly large. They are definitely larger than UC dorm rooms.

2 College Freshman

Parking: A Little Expensive – Don't have a car, but I think it's like $400 a semester, which seems a little pricey.

3 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Not as Bad as Portrayed – Everyone says the neighborhood around SC is bad, and yes it's not Beverly Hills, but it isn't as bad as people make it out to be.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Can be a little too expensive for the area, but there are finds if you are willing to spend the time looking for them. Housing is supposed to be guaranteed soon for all 4 years.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Best Place to Be – This is a great place to be. You feel like you're at a home away from home.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Off-Campus Apartments – Being off campus is not a bad thing. There is always something to do, and the apartments are close enough to campus to feel safe.

4 College Junior

Facilities: Life on Campus – There is an incredible football team which creates a great sense of school pride on campus. It is also a very social campus, especially if you are involved in greek life.

3 College Junior

Computers: There are many computers available on campus, but labs get crowded during midterms and finals. Wireless is available throughout the campus and is generally reliable and fast.

3 College Junior

Drug Safety: Drugs and Alcohol on Campus – The Drug scene on campus is not huge. It is just if you hang around people who do them. The Alcohol scene however, is huge on and off campus. The school and school public safety do not really bother students with drinking and underage drinking, especially on the Row.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Off-Campus Is Better – There are more and healthier options for food off campus. Also the business give lots of discounts to students. The 29 Cafe is at the end of the Row and has the best burger, and salads.

3 College Junior

Campus Dining: Food on Campus – The Dining halls on campus are not the best. The Food at VKC and Parkside is gross. There is a place called The Lot which is kind of like a food court. The Meal Plans are good and required for all freshmen.

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BJ Grip
Hometown
Colorado Springs, CO
Major
Theater
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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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