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Reviews 2429 total reviews with an average rating of 3.8

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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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4 College Junior

Academics: Easy Registration – I am currently a Biology major at USC, and registering for classes has been an easy process. Most classes have extra spots for students, and if there are not enough, more seats would often be made available. The only difficulty I had with registration for classes are when I have to fit in a required 3-hour lab. The later times fill up quickly, but otherwise, getting the classes I require have been a smooth process.

5 College Sophomore

Academics: Great Business Connections – Thr business school has connections with people all over the city and the students have much greater access to jobs and employers through the school.

3 College Freshman

Transportation: Bikes or Walking – There's the metro and the dash system which are buses that can take students from school to a pretty wide range of places. However it takes a lot of time and sometimes biking, skateboarding, or long boarding gets you there faster. There's also a cab pick up that will pick up students within a certain radius when it gets past a certain time and takes you straight to campus wherever you want to be dropped off. They'll also pick you up from campus and take you whereever with a certain radius too. During the day time though, walking, biking, long boarding, and/or skateboarding in campus and around campus is probably the best choice.

3 College Freshman

Academics: Great Architecture Program, Although Difficult – I came to University of Southern California because of its 5 year architecture program and its proximity to so many famous architects' works. The architecture instructors are wonderful. Sometimes they seem harsh and mean but I've learned, the hard way, that their criticism is there to help you and if they seem to criticize your work a lot, it just means that they know you can do more than what is presented and they can see that the project can turn out really well. Some other professors for other classes can be excellent professors who are funny yet informative and draws the students in, while others are lacking spirit and seem to drown in the hundreds of students in the lecture halls. It is all by chance, however the people here are wonderful!

4 College Senior

Campus Housing: Fluor Tower Power! I only lived on-campus during my freshman year and have only been inside this building. Fluor Tower is one of two buildings on campus that are not in the traditional residential hall style (with two people per room and a communal restroom).

Fluor Tower is an 11-story building (10 residential) with what I believe to be the most favorable amenities of any of the on-campus options.

First, its location is great. At the northwest corner of the campus, it provides easy access to the student gym, a cafe, mailroom, parking structure, computer lab, financial services branch, off-campus shopping center and food court, student health services building, and is no further than 10 minutes from the farthest lecture halls.

Second, the building itself offers various living options. Each floor is separated into four 'suites' -- 4 two-person rooms that share a private restroom, living room and kitchenette - and two single-occupant rooms. Each room also has a mini fridge. There is also a conference/study room and laundry room on each floor. There are also two themed floors, to my knowledge -- the Latino Floor and Somerville (the Africa-American floor) -- which allow for easier transition into a new community.

There is little else that a Freshman could ask for from on-campus living!

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4 College Senior

Campus Dining: Trojan Feast! There are two buffet-style dining halls that most undergrads go to eat. They are located at opposite sides of the campus (a plus in my mind) and are different in style -- EVK is more of a homey-type buffet and IRC is more a upscale-style buffet. Pricing is generous for how much food you can eat!

The campus also has many small restaurants, cafes, and other spots that cater to all sorts of tastes and needs. And in case you crave something else and have some time to spare, there are tons of options off campus, a pleasant walk away!

3 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Los Angeles is always a very busy city. There are a lot of attractions close to campus such as restaurants, movie theaters, etc. The neighborhood surrounding USC is not very safe, so be careful.

1 College Student

Parking: I had to apply just to get on the parking waitlist. The prices are also ridiculous.

4 College Student

Computers: Really Accessible – The computer labs have great hours that allow me to always have access when needed.

5 College Student

Academics: Professors Really Push You to Get Involved – The University of Southern California really allows the students to get involved in community outreach.

5 College Junior

Facilities: Extremely Active – Visions and Voices, school spirit, strong athletics, vibrant and diverse student body, dozens of extracurriculars to chose from

4 College Junior

Campus Strictness: Increasing With New President – USC's big motto is work hard, play hard. There are parties every weekend, whether on the row or down some of the streets populated by students. Drinking is common, especially on football game days, obviously. Thus, I would say campus police and residential staff do not crack down too hard on students. However, the row has been drawing major flak from university administrators after the "sex on the roof" scandal and the offensive email circulated by a fraternity at USC. It was shut down on Thursday nights this semester and all registered parties were somewhat regulated for underage drinking. But the fact is, USC is all about tradition and it traditionally is a party school.


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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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