Los Angeles, CA
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Reviews 2429 total reviews with an average rating of 3.8

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3 Recent Alumnus

Nightlife: There is plenty of nightlife around Los Angeles, but it is very difficult to take public transportation there and back. You'll often need to be designated driver instead.

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4 College Freshman

Majors: Worth It – The program helps emphasize all aspects in which EE's are able to work in. EE's can go anywhere with their degrees and everyone is usually hardworking and willing to help because they know its a tough major. All I have to say is, utilize the office hours and never give up.

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4 College Freshman

Weather: Always Sunny – I come from Vegas weather, dry and hot heat and this is great weather, but to me it gets chilly at nights just because my body isn't used to the temperatures. But it is overall a great weather experience.

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4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Vibrant City – There is always something to do around the campus and off-campus. Some dorms have little group gatherings at different locations and show the students cites around the city. There is always something to do, and lots to see. The Staple center is just across the freeway, and the Coliseum is across the street. The train/metro helps you go everywhere you need to, just plan ahead.

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4 College Junior

Facilities: Bustling With People – Wherever you go, you'll always be surrounded by people. A lot of my friends just hit the gym during their one hour break. There are so many great places to eat at on campus and it's always filled with people where there is good food. I feel that the school puts in an effort to always have something going on on campus.

4 College Junior

Guys & Girls: Everyone Look Nice! I was surprised on the first day of school, most students were dressed very nicely. The girls in particular were dressed in very cute, fashionable summer dresses. Most students seemed to be already in good shape, or working on getting there.

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4 College Junior

Nightlife: Join Clubs – Unfortunately, I am a transfer and so I feel that it is a little late to be joining clubs, only because I should be focused on my studies. However, there are a lot of clubs with plenty of events and activities going on all the time. I feel that clubs really are the best way to make friends, especially if you're new to the school Otherwise, it is harder to make friends in large lecture halls.

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4 College Junior

Scholarships: School Was Very Generous! I was able to get a great amount of financial aid; my university grant was the largest in amount. Also, there are great payment plans available. I suggest meeting with a financial counselor so that you are fully aware of your loan and payment status. Also keep in mind that you do not have to accept all the loans offered. For instance, I declined my unsubsidized loan because i figured it was better to just pay the amount off in my monthly payments. Best thing of course is to constantly keep up with scholarship opportunities!

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4 College Senior

Majors: I take my classes through the Virtual Academic Center. I am unable to move due to work and family, so taking courses online was my only option for continuing my education. It is a wonderful experience if you can afford it.

5 College Senior

Majors: VAC-Virtual academic center is amazing tech for learning online. it surpasses classes I have taken online in the past. I am able to study across the state and never worry about having to go to the campus.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: It's Los Angeles – You can get anything if you have a car, after all, it's Los Angeles. There are still probably more off campus dining options within walking distance than 95% of other schools have in total, but a lot of it's junk food. Great student discounts though!

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3 College Junior

Transportation: Take a Bus or Train – Many options, however the most used is the train or bus.

4 College Junior

Weather: Sunny California! Need I say more! USC is located in Los Angeles, where the weather is never bad. I give it an A- mainly because we have so many hot days, that it's nice to have a break now and then to cool off.

4 College Junior

Majors: Social Work – I love my social work program at USC. The instructors are very energetic and it makes one feel happy to be there. The school is also enthusiastic about education and their students being the best of the best. I enjoy the program because it's been my hearts desire to help others and I found a program/school that helps me feel excited to be there. One of the main reasons I chose USC was for the curriculum. This school was one of the only schools I could locate that would work with my busy schedule and a graduate program. I'm able to maintain full-time employment while attending school a little more than part-time and it's not killing me!

5 College Junior

Weather: Always Sunny in California! Really, the weather is great. For one month (August) it's really, really hot, and for one month (December or January) it's cold enough to need a space heater at night. Other than that, sunny almost every day, with a light breeze, and no humidity.

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4 College Sophomore

Majors: Love My Major – I love social work and would definitely recommend USC's MSW program.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: Excellent Training – I'm a graduate student and USC doesn't wait to make us get into the field. We are our there almost immediately.

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3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: USC is like any other state university. There are Greek functions but unless one is really in tune with those types of groups they don't even notice them. I can say that at USC the Greeks and the Trojans, of course, go hand in hand, but if you're not into sports nobody crucifies you for it.

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4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Very Safe – I do not live on campus but the times I have been on campus there was good security and there seemed to be no problems.

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BJ Grip
Colorado Springs, CO
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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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