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3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Its There, but Not Blatant – i personally dont use drugs, and i have not had any issues of peer pressure to use drugs. pot is pretty popular, and you can smell it around campus at least once a week. but ive never seen people use hard drugs, but i know it goes on somewhere. drinking is MUCH more prevalent

4 College Freshman

Campus Dining: The dining halls are alright. EVK (on the south side of campus, where most freshman dorms are) usually looks pretty gross, but there is always cereal, a pretty good salad bar, a grill on the weekdays outback with hamburgers, turkey burgers, grilled chicken, etc, and a new panini maker. The stations are: mexican, pizza and fries, noodles, vegetarian, sandwich stuff, salad, and potatoes/veggies/chicken/fish.
Parkside usually has the reputation of being better than EVK, but it depends on the day. It usually has more international and unique food, but there are still days when it looks inedible. Has much better desserts than EVK (nice cakes and pies, cookies while EVK has pound cake and gross fruit pies).
There are tons of other food options on campus that take dining dollars, including: CPK, carl's jr, baha fresh, daphne's greek, a wok bar, a noodle place, Lemonade (a really nice new deli-type place), panda express. Off campus there's pretty much every other fast food restaurant you can think of on Figueroa.
There's also trojan grounds ("Tro-gro") thats open 24/7 with vitamin water, soda, chips, candy, starbucks coffee, and other convenience store items. It also takes dining dollars

4 College Freshman

Computers: Very Available – Most everyone brings a macbook pro with them everywhere, there is pretty good wireless everywhere on campus (even outside). You have to pay for printing at the lbrary, but I heard you can get free printing from different departments (or the Radisson lobby). There are not a ton of readily available computer labs, but Leavey Library has 20+ computers and there are usually some free.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Pretty Good – The freshmen cafeteria EVK sucks, but Parkside isn't too bad. Otherwise there's a variety of fast food choices, like Wahoo's, CPK, Jamba Juice, and a ton more. And being LA, the surrounding area has some sweet restaurants as well.

5 College Freshman

Facilities: A Social and Academic Experience Like No Other. USC's notorious for being a party school. I won't lie, we party hard. However, the negative stigma associated with that image is no longer true. President Sample did a great job with USC's selectivity, and now we are also academically competitive. We work hard, We party hard. The Trojan Network also lands grads in lucrative job positions, and with so many different classes and majors offered, you can custom-tailor your academic experience to your liking.

4 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greeks Are Huge. Sometimes it feels like half of campus is greek. There are many opportunities for students to get involved in greek life, and with so many greek organizations around, its easy to find a fit. They don't dominate everything though, and it is still very possible to have fun without being greek.

5 College Freshman

Academics: Opportunities Everywhere – Being a Business Major at the University of Southern California provides you with opportunities like no other college. Marshall Alumni are known for their preference for graduates of their Alma Mater, and the Trojan Network is extensive. The workload isn't too overwhelming, and you can easily pick up a minor or two. There are tons of internship opportunities, and the professors are willing to pull strings for you if you get to know them.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: There is DPS everywhere, and the only real security problem is bikes being stolen which is easily prevented if you lock your bike correctly. Make sure you don't venture out too far from campus late and night, and you're solid.

4 College Freshman

Facilities: Looking Good for a Small Campus – Most buildings look pretty new, and even if they're old, they are kept very well. The Lyon Center is good too, and libraries are awesome. The campus is quite green.

1 College Junior

Parking: You will get ticketed for anything. It's a nightmare.

4 College Junior

Athletics: Athletics are such a big part of the school that it's hard to hear about anything else.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: Scholarships are out there, it is just a matter of looking through the school website and really searching through it all for available funds.

4 College Freshman

Weather: USC is located in Los Angeles, so the weather is perfect all around. The weather is always bearable and it makes enjoying any day an ease.

5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: There are a lot of off campus housing options both through the school and also ones not affiliated with school, since it is Los angeles they can be kind of expensive but there are some off campus apartments that do roommate matching also hand have only USC students living there. It is really easy to find an apartment that you like off campus and the school is really helpful when students need housing.

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Process Is Detailed – discuss in details with financial aid counselor, over and over again if need be. Make sure you understand everything that is offered, and not offered.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: Slightly Varied – some good choices, healthy meals, but also same unhealthy meals too

2 College Junior

Scholarships: Help for Those in Need – At their seminars, USC will tell you all about how they have a very large endowment and they use it to help out every student in need of financial aid. As a prospective student, I, of course, expected a piece of the pie. I didn't expect a full ride; those were for kids who not only deserved it academically, but needed it financially as well. My family is pretty well off, but the amount we are forced to pay for my education is ridiculous. We always get the minimum amount of aid from the school, despite the fact that my family cannot afford to pay that amount every year, let alone every semester. If we did not receive aid from outside sources, my future at this school would have been over a long time ago. That being said, I have plenty of friends who benefit from the financial aid offered here, so it definitely is present for those who need it. But if you are of middle and upper middle class, expect to pay a lot for your education.

4 College Junior

Athletics: One Word: Football – Ask any Trojan and they will tell you all about the football season and the chances of victory in every upcoming game. Football is something that is instilled in even the most stubborn non-sports fan (myself included) and game days are an event in and of themselves. The Trojan spirit is infectious and going to games in the Coliseum is a treat every time. However, besides football, most other athletic events aren't attended by the students and you certainly don't hear about them very much.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: We're in Southern California, in LA no less. Apartments are numerous, but availability is a problem at times, especially in a college with many undergraduate and graduate students all looking for a prime spot close to campus. They are expensive, as in any city, and due to the surrounding area, they're not always safe. But if you're smart and use your head, everything will turn out alright.

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Difficult and Did Not Receive Much – The process is too long and strenous. Didn't receive financial aid so I had to apply for federal loans. The best tip is to not waste time applying for financial aid if you know you won't receive any money.

3 College Sophomore

Transportation: Long Distance – Need better transportation from downtown to San Fernando Valley.

5 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Everyone is friendly with each other whether male or female, without difference of race or ethnicity.

4 College Sophomore

Computers: Lots of Availability, Except Around Midterms/Finals – All the libraries have lots of Macs and PC's. The WiFi has been pretty good everywhere on campus that I've been so far. Some computer labs have scanners attached to each computer, some have a main central scanner/copy machine. The 3rd Floor Language Center in Taper Hall has a great computer lab with printing available and lots of study space. All the study rooms and computers get filled up ASAP during midterms and finals though, so you are probably best off if you bring your laptop and do your work somewhere less crowded.

4 College Freshman

Academics: USC is a highly regarded school, especially for its film and and engineering programs. The professors are knowledgeable and the classes, for the most part are interesting. Education at USC goes far beyond the classroom. WIth such a diverse community, it will open your eyes to a much broader understanding of the world than you arrived to college with.

5 College Freshman

Weather: People sunbathe in McCarthy Quad in December. There are very few schools where you can find that! Lends itself to an always pictureque campus

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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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