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3 College Junior

Drug Safety: Mixed Drug Use – While I have never been offered drugs while at USC and certainly never pressured to take them, I know a decent amount of people who use everything from marijuana to cocaine on a regular basis. I've attended several parties where people were doing shady drug-related things behind the buildings and even in the dorms. If you get caught, you will get in trouble, but this happens rarely, especially when you live in off-campus housing.

2 College Freshman

Greek Life: I Hate the Row – I am not greek so I have no personal information or experience. The few times I went to parties on the row I found it disgusting and sloppy. However, I have many friends who are greek and love the system as a whole. It's just not for me.

4 College Freshman

Nightlife: Pretty Good Parties – Most of the huge parties happen on the "row" thursday through saturday night. There are also lots of parties at houses near campus for about $5 entry, a bar on campus and right off campus, campus cruiser/cabs/buses for transportation. We are in the heart of LA so there are nightclubs/entertainment, but none within walking distance. LA Live is right down the street for movies/food/concerts. Overall there is quite a bit to do.

College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: No Experience – I have never lived off campus, but there is a wide variety of houses/apartments/complexes to live in. Both University owned and privately owned.

4 College Student

Guys & Girls: The guys and girls at USC are extremely competitive. Many schools within the university are cutting edge. Being in a city like Los Angeles students compete for internships and eventually jobs. It isn't all academics though. They also like to party!

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4 College Student

Facilities: USC is ethnically diverse, offering a wide variety of cultural, athletics and intellectual experiences within a 5 mile range of campus. If you want to live in a dormitory floor that specializes in one of your interests, (i.e. music, film, Presidential Scholarship etc.) you can. If you want to experience Greek life, you can. There is an enormous opportunity to take advantage of at this university, including the City of Los Angeles

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5 College Student

Overall Experience: Cinema Experience – The Cinema school is something very hard to get into, but I honestly love the classes and overall environment. It's a type of experience you really have to go through in order to understand, but the amount of experienced people we talk to is almost overwhelming, and sometimes it is.

5 College Student

Health & Safety: A Secure Enviornment – I personally know a lot of security members on USC Campus. While there are many students who casually break rules and regulations, such as traffic and pedestrian laws, there are not too many instances where anyone is in strict danger. The security is top notch and spread throughout campus, constantly nailing the many ignorant and lazy students on campus. The only threat is that you personally ignore the law.

5 College Student

Local Atmosphere: A Bright Place – There are so many things happening at all times, from early morning to the dead of night. I haven't been on the campus for all that long, but it is almost impossible to be bored on campus. There are many non-school related functions going on as well, like the LA Times Festival of Books that just happened recently. USC sponsors many different events, but students also work at including various people to partake in activities. A very cheerful and fun enviornment.

4 College Freshman

Diversity: Some people are surprised by how diverse our campus is. There's every type of person here.

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4 College Freshman

Transportation: Shuttle Service – An on campus shuttle bus service provides free transportation to areas(stores, movies, homes, etc.) in the surrounding community. The services are responsive and available for early morning pick-up/returns to campus.

4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Drug Scene – In life people are faced with choices. I choose not to be involved and as a result would say that I have not experienced peer pressure.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: School Environment – Campus life is great. Student organizations really encourage/promote school involvement. There are a lot of resources to ensure your success in school. Everyone has been helpful and dorm life is a great way to transition to a new school and make friends.

3 College Sophomore

Parking: A Bit of a Hassle – Year-long lot permits are the cheapest option. Daily parking in a structure is $8/day. There are meters too. Parking enforcement from both the city and USC are prevalent and ticket/tow often. Sometimes citations are given for reasons that turn out to be completely invalid.

4 College Sophomore

Weather: Usually sunny, often humid. Mild wind on occasion. Some rain (usually a downpour that passes in 2-3 days).

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Live Close by, but Worlds Away – I live just one block from the Row so I hear the parties and such. I have heard stories of anti-GLBTQ issues from the frats. Sororities are just like the stereotypes. Many frat houses look run-down from the outside but the sorority houses are opulent.

2 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Fast Food Abounds – McDonald's, Taco Bell, Del Taco, El Pollo Loco, Freebirds, a few Subways, Quiznos, Jack in the Box, Dominos, Togos, Baskin Robbins, 21 Choices, Yogurtland. . . if you like fast food, this is the place to be.

2 College Senior

Scholarships: I feel like I am a student who needs more help finding grants and scholarships that I am eligible for and that give me a chance of actually receiving money

4 College Senior

Transportation: Very Good – The school does supply trams to Union Station and to other parts of campus and parking centers

2 College Sophomore

Parking: Parking at USC is something of a bad dream. Parking in on-campus structures is based on lottery, and while you will always have a spot if you have a parking pass, if you are a commuter student and only come to campus a couple of days a week, parking is terrible. The major parking structures are often filled by events at USC, meaning you have to come to campus early in case your normal structure is closed or full. Additionally, it is much more cost effective to pay the $8 daily parking fee than to pay over $400 for a permit. The $400 permit is also a major blow to a poor student's wallet.

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: Diverse Campus – USC has an unbelievably diverse campus and seemingly goes out of its way to keep this statistic true. We have a broad Asian and Hispanic population, but there are no ethnic or racial groups that are not well-represented on campus. In addition to this excellent representation, there are many different clubs and support groups on campus geared towards involving minority students on campus.

College Sophomore

Academics: Philosophy, Politics, and Law – My major, Philosophy Politics and Law, is the only one of its kind in the country. It is a unique blend of philosophy and politics, and is intended to be segue into law school or a career in politics. The philosophy that the major focuses on is logic, ethics, and politics. The politics aspect focuses on constitutional and international politics. The workload is time consuming, but rewarding just the same. The major provides an interesting perspective which I have found to be directly applicable to the justice system which our country uses.

2 College Sophomore

Facilities: Worst Location Possible – Terrible location, people here don't really care about the students.

4 College Sophomore

Nightlife: The greek row has a pretty big monopoly on social events but there are also house parties that are pretty fun. Campus cruiser goes at pretty much all hours so transportation is convenient.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Most dorms are pretty social, some have a bunch of nerds. First year cost is pretty average, second year can get expensive. The dorms are all pretty conveniently located


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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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