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Los Angeles, CA
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17,619
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$46,363
Admission Difficulty
Very Hard
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3 College Freshman

Facilities: The gym is really amazing. There are squash and raquetball courts and two weight rooms. Also, it is right across from the only place on campus to get smoothies, which is great for an after-workout snack. The cafeteria food is mediocre at best, and offers very few healthy or vegetarian/vegan options.
Libraries are stellar; clean and usually tons of space to choose from.
Campus activities are not very prominent, unless you are involved in Greek life, in which case, you will have Greek week to participate in.
Generally, the campus is clean and very beautiful, and I appreciated that it is an open campus.

2 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: The only place worth going to within walking distance is Chano's, which is greasy Mexican food, but is appealing to the drunken college crowd because of its late hours and cheap prices.

College Sophomore

Greek Life: It's not as prevalent and insane as back in the '60s-'80s, but Greek life is still strong at USC. Least to say, the social scene is still better (and richer) than most universities in Southern California.

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Academics: The professors are nice, and most of the ones that I've had are pretty good. You just have to visit office hours to get to know them. It's hard to get to know them in lectures.

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Academics: Some teachers are better than others, of course. Teachers are always available for office hours and are generally pretty easygoing. USC has a service where the students rate the teachers, and this is then translated onto the University Web site (http://senatecourseguide.com). It's useful information.

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Academics: We have excellent teachers with good connections in the area.

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Academics: Most teachers are very willing to help you out. One of my biology teachers even made our class dinner once!

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Academics: I have found many of my professors to be quite approachable and easy-going. Some of them are quite brilliant. I did have one teacher that I did not particularly care for, yet I still learned a lot in that course.

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Academics: Professors usually vary in performance, but most are really understanding and professional. Sometimes you do get the professor from hell . but not often.

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Academics: I was flying home for winter vacation this year, and I saw my religion teacher being interviewed on CNN.

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Academics: Teachers here are awesome. You really get that personal attention that you're not supposed to get at big schools. All are extremely approachable. To this day, I keep in touch with two of my favorite professors. Classes are taught by professors, not by teaching assistants (TAs). My only complaint was with one professor who had a bad accent; it was hard to understand his lectures. All in all, I've had really good experiences with teachers here.

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Academics: Teachers are very helpful. Use office hours to your benefit! Many teachers are great tools for getting internships and jobs.

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Academics: The professors are great. Since the classes are fairly small, you get to know the professor well. Professors and teaching assistants are always available whether it's through e-mail or office hours. It's always a good idea to introduce yourself to the professor and TA.

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Academics: It's all about TAs. Large lecture classes break into small classes for discussion led by TAs. They can make or break a class, or a grade for that matter.

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Academics: The professors at USC are amazing! They are very personable and are always willing to spend extra time if you need help.

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Academics: The teachers are great-at least mine have been. They are always in their offices to help and are willing to meet outside of their office hours. They really like it when students put effort into meeting them because a lot of people don't. It helps when they give you your grade. Also, after you take huge general education classes, classes aren't that big.

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Academics: I've actually liked my professors. In the math and science courses, you can get some people who don't speak English very well, but you also have discussion sections, which can help to clear things up.

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Academics: I could say so much about the teachers, but it would take too long. They're great. The only thing that is bad at USC is that the teaching assistants are mostly graduate students who don't speak English very well, so it's hard to understand them.

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Academics: Teachers at USC are quite rigorous. The coursework is in-depth, but I learned a lot.

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Academics: I'm indifferent on the teacher subject. I've liked almost all of mine, but none have changed my life.

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Academics: I had a teacher for American history who was so awesome that people would actually come to class and participate even though they weren't signed up.

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Academics: My writing teacher is editing my first book.

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Campus Dining: Food . . . well . . . USC has EVK. That's a cafeteria. It has food, maybe not good food, but plenty of it.

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Campus Dining: Let's just say I eat out a lot.

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Campus Housing: I think they're better than other dorms that I've seen on other college campuses. I've only seen the ones in Fluor Tower, but Cardinal Gardens apartments are also super nice.

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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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