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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.

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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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Overall Experience: I love USC; I know I made the right decision.

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Overall Experience: I have enjoyed every aspect of USC, the good and the bad. USC has really opened many doors for me already, and it has really hit me hard with reality. I know this is going to sound cliché, but USC has really helped me grow as a person and is helping me find out who I am. USC has so much to offer; you just have to take advantage of it all.

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Overall Experience: If I had to do it all over again, I would definitely choose USC. I love it. It's the perfect school. The people there know how important it is to study and get the grades, but they also know how to party and have an amazing time.

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Overall Experience: I really wouldn't want to be anywhere else. The only thing that I really hate is the fact the USC is in the middle of the ghetto, South Central Los Angeles. However, the campus by itself is really beautiful. It's been fun for me.

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Overall Experience: My overall experience is excellent. I wouldn't trade my USC experience for anywhere else. People are friendly, and classes are competitive, but people still get along well and are always willing to share. It's very group-oriented.

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Overall Experience: If you're looking for a school with old traditions, top-rate athletics, the most effective job network, challenging academics, a beautiful and safe campus, and a metropolitan atmosphere with nonstop entertainment, USC is the place.

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Overall Experience: I really love the campus. It's really pretty, and I feel comfortable here. If you don't mind being around a lot of people, and if you usually get along with others, then LA should be good for you. The Trojan Family really is like a family. People get hooked up everywhere with jobs.

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Overall Experience: I love USC! I have never been happier. The first few weeks were a little hard, but everyone that is a freshman feels the same way. It's helpful to get involved with study groups in order to meet people in the beginning. Go out when there is a big party on the Row to meet people. Smile to people and say `hi.'

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Campus Strictness: They aren't very strict. If you are behaving yourself, nobody cares to tell you much about drinking. Drugs are not looked upon kindly by the University security or the resident advisors (RAs). Campus police are generally there to help you.

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Campus Strictness: They're not that strict about alcohol, but I don't know about other drugs.

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Campus Strictness: They're fairly strict. You can usually sneak a beer in the dorms. I hear crazy stuff goes on in some of the Greek houses. All in all, it's pretty tame here.

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Local Atmosphere: If you're into shopping, entertainment, and nightlife, there are places like the Block at Orange, Downtown Disney, Venice Beach's City Walk, Santa Monica Pier, Long Beach, Balboa Island, and Newport-they are always hot spots.

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Local Atmosphere: UCLA is only 14 miles away, and LMU is only 10 miles away. There are tons of places outside of campus where you can go out and have fun-the beach, Westwood, Hollywood, Santa Monica, Old Town Pasadena, Dodger Stadium, and the Staples Center.

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Local Atmosphere: We socialize with a lot of the other universities around the area, like UCLA. LA is a fun city; it's big and has a lot of stuff to do. There's the beach, snowboarding, partying, shopping, Mexico, and the Sunset Strip.

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Local Atmosphere: I highly recommend Griffith Park (observatory, golf, hanging out), Hollywood at night, the Westside (Santa Monica), Highway 1 from Santa Monica to Malibu (beautiful beaches), Beverly Center, Century City, 3rd Street Promenade, countless other outdoor malls with great stores, Melrose, Hollywood, and Highland, countless lounges and restaurants. There's a ton of stuff around here.

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Local Atmosphere: LA is so alive. There are tons of things to do and many places to visit. If you're into museums and art, there are places like the Getty, the Huntington Library, the Science Museum in Exposition Park, and a whole bunch of contemporary art museums.

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Local Atmosphere: You can do everything in LA. From the mountains to the beaches, I wouldn't go to any other school. I can go to the beach in San Diego for the day and be in Chinatown the next day. Go to the mountains to ski or fish, and go to Santa Monica and play all day. Everything is at your fingertips.

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Local Atmosphere: Everything is here. Eat the most authentic Mexican food. Go hiking in the hills. Go to the world-famous museums. See celebrities shopping on Sunset. Go clubbing with friends late at night. Talk philosophy with friends in Hollywood Hills. I have never been happier here, but it can be lonely in such a big city. Find a great group of friends, and you will be happy.

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Local Atmosphere: Other major universities nearby are UCLA and Loyola Marymount. There are many places to visit in LA.

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Local Atmosphere: There is tons of stuff to visit here! LA is such an amazing city. I really can't stress that enough. The thing is that you just need to make sure you get out and do stuff! There are tons of museums, places to shop, beaches, and colleges close by . . . tons of stuff!

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Local Atmosphere: Los Angeles is the greatest town on earth. I've been to more concerts here in the last six months than I'd been to in all my life!

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Local Atmosphere: Movie premieres are held in Hollywood, Westwood, and Santa Monica a lot. We're only a block away from the Shrine Theater where they hold the Grammys and Emmys. USC is the most-filmed campus in America, so you'll see movie stars on campus from time to time. Sunset clubs, Universal City Walk, Disneyland, and Disney's California Adventure are only 10 to 40 minutes away.


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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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