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Reviews 2429 total reviews with an average rating of 3.8

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3 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Los Angeles – Plenty of clubs, amusement parks, recreational activities, sports teams, malls. UCLA nearby, they suck. Smaller colleges come to USC to party.

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: The process was okay but there were not a lot of options.

2 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Drug Usage – There are a fair amount of people who use illegal drugs. It is not visible but you can find it if you are searching for it. There is not a lot of peer pressure. Enforcement is okay in student housing.

4 College Sophomore

Facilities: The fitness center is better than average but not the best I've seen. It has several rooms with different equipment. The student center was revamped the year after I graduated and is now very nice. There are campus organizations and clubs for just about anything you could want to get involved with.

5 College Freshman

Athletics: Football's Huge – Game days are huge during the fall. If you like sports USC has tons of sporting events to attend. Football is of course the biggest, even with the recent punishments its still huge.

3 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Very Varied – A lot of bro-tanks. There's a pretty big difference between those who are in Greek and those who aren't. Greeks are sometimes clique-ish. Guys are probably better looking than the girls (and I'm a dude saying that). Lots of cute Asian girls. USC has got good art and music schools too, which I think shows in the population. Very unique individuals everywhere.

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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Fast Food – As far as off campus goes, its pretty much fast food with the occasional nice asian place. The real good food is in Koreatown or nicer parts of LA

1 Recent Alumnus

Computers: Hard to Find a Free One – Might have to wait 20 minutes or more to find one.

2 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: For What You Pay, I Do Expect More – After graduation, it's all about the networks you make.

4 Recent Alumnus

Campus Dining: Costs way too much since there are cheaper restaurants nearby, but the quality is good.

3 College Sophomore

Facilities: Great Athletics – one of the best things about usc is the athletics. the football team is basically the pro team for LA and they university really takes good care of their athletes.

4 College Sophomore

Weather: love the sunny southern california weather.... no complaints here!

2 College Sophomore

Parking: parking permits are ridiculously expensive and street parking is dangerous- my car got hit one night while i was parked on the street

5 College Junior

Scholarships: I had my SEOG grant canceled once and the school just increase the university grant to cover it. Just make sure to check your document status since sometimes they messed things up and have to be straightened. I am graduating soon with only 5k subsidized loan to pay back.

4 College Junior

Campus Strictness: Keep Things Under Control – North side of campus is really safe with the DPS patrols, still our apartment right next to the row gets its elevator, couches and television trashed during party nights.

3 College Junior

Computers: Econ Lab – It has free printing, but the computers are never connected to it and often times it is out of paper. Also lots of wasted papers as I've seen 40 pages of scrap papers just lying around.

3 College Freshman

Weather: I'm Used to It. Besides the fact that one day it can be veryhot and the enxt very cold, the weather is actually nice. Then again I love winter and rain and hot summer days equally.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: Not really concerned with such things so I really don't apy attention to them. But the fact that I don't pay attention shows that it doesn't cause much problems.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Helps Me Get Things Done. The off campus housing is an abundant of houses. A few blocks off you can see several apartments and houses that are used for college students.

4 College Freshman

Campus Dining: Eating at SC – USC offers everything you could possibly wish to consume. Every food from high end Lemonade to fast food Carl's Jr. to delicious California Pizza Kitchen is available at USC. The sole drawback to the eating experience at USC is the freshman meal plans. Meal plans are required the first year and are less than perfect. While one of the dining halls offers excellent food such as Mahi Mahi, ice cream, and tri-tip, the other more conveniently located hall is less than desirable.

4 College Freshman

Academics: Workload varies greatly at USC. It primarily depends on your major. Some majors, such as psychology and cinema, require far less work than an extremely intensive major such as biomedical or electrical engineering. Overall, the workload is what you make it.

4 College Junior

Nightlife: Plenty to Choose from – There are parties very often as it is a very social campus. The bar/club scene in Hollywood is great and there are also options for the underage party-goers to join in on the club scene through campus promoters, etc.

5 College Junior

Guys & Girls: Good-Looking & Diverse – Students are very good-looking for the most part as well as diverse. It is easy to find several groups of people that you get along with and have similar interests, making social life at USC great.

3 College Junior

Health & Safety: Somewhat Safe – The campus itself is relatively safe considering how dangerous the surrounding area can be. I would not be overly concerned about walking around campus alone at night, just aware. The administration does its best to make students feel safe and comfortable with significant security measures.

4 College Student

Transportation: Free Is the Best Price – Public Transportation is pretty good. But, for the hot spot USC normally will provide their own bus system. For example, USC has their own free tram to get to and from Union Station. Another example is when I have an architecture review, USC provided free transportation for that event.

There is also campus cruiser which is a free transportation for student to get around places off campus. This is ideal to get to and from parties and can always result in a fun conversation with the driver.


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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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