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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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Diversity: USC is very diverse. But like the real world, there are different social scenes. You might hang out in class and see the diversity there, but people mostly stick with others of their own ethnicity and financial background.

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Diversity: It's a fairly diverse place, and you will find a decent amount of just about every ethnicity. It can be a cool way to learn about other cultures and so on.

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Diversity: Campus is extremely diverse. USC claims that there are students from every state in the US, and there are a lot of kids from other countries.

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Diversity: The campus is diverse in a sense that there are many people that come from different places. However, half of the population at USC is Caucasian. You will definitely see a variety of ethnicities on campus.

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Facilities: Facilities are really good. I've visited some facilities at the public schools, and USC's are way better. The Lyons Center made additions to its weight room, climbing wall, auxiliary gym, and locker rooms.

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Facilities: The gym is nice; it's directly across the way from Jamba Juice. I really can't comment on the libraries because I didn't spend too much time in them this year, I preferred to study outside on the park benches.

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Facilities: Facilities at USC are top-of-the-line. Enough said.

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Facilities: Communications classrooms are amazing, so are the classrooms in the School of Accounting-huge swivel chairs and conference-style tables.

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Facilities: The Language Center in Taper Hall has huge flat screen TVs and conference rooms. The tutors are helpful and computers are available.

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Facilities: We have swimming pools, tennis courts, basketball courts, and a huge gym with everything that a gym you would pay for would have. It is three stories tall! The libraries are amazing. There are also quiet places on campus to read and talk with friends, like fountains and small parks. You forget that you're in the ghetto! There's a TV station on campus and two or three newspapers all run by students. Different groups have festivals, concerts in the middle of campus, dance competitions, and carnivals-all near one of the libraries on a huge grass field.

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Facilities: Vendors come near holidays for students to buy presents for family and friends. All religions have churches or temples to pray within walking distance of campus, and some are actually on campus. There's a movie theater on campus; it's free on certain nights of the week.

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Facilities: All the facilities are great. Granted the buildings are old, but they are kept in top-notch condition. I love walking through campus because it really does look like an Ivy League school.

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Facilities: Facilities are great. We have great libraries and computer labs, a pharmacy, restaurants, video rentals, picture developing, a flower shop, and a student store; it has everything! We have a weight room, cardio room with Precors, treadmills, steppers, bikes, and great workout classes like kick boxing, cycling, yoga, as well as racquetball courts, pool, basketball courts, and tennis courts.

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Facilities: The campus is beautiful. I sometimes forget that I'm in LA and think that I'm somewhere on the East Coast! The brick buildings and the landscaping are amazing. The facilities on campus are great, except for the student gym-it's very small and always crowded.

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Facilities: We have an awesome gym. The computers are fast, and the gym is the best with an Olympic pool, weight room, racquetball, and dance classes.

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Facilities: Given the amount we pay in tuition each year, you better believe things are nice around here!

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Facilities: Campus facilities are good. The lack of a student center is the only thing I can complain about. They are building a new one at USC, though.

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Facilities: The gym and computer facilities are great, but there isn't a real student center.

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Facilities: I love swimming in our pool. It's awesome! Also, the Lyon Center is very nice and the libraries are gorgeous!

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Facilities: The gym is free to all USC students and has anything you need there. The student centers are amazing; there's a career placement center and things like that. Since USC is private, they really put a lot in trying to help students as much as they can through student services.

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Facilities: There's no main student center, but there are a lot of resources. The gyms and computer centers are great.

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Facilities: Facilities are very accessible. I love our career center; they can hook you up with internships and jobs and help you to explore your career options! They have counselors who can help you. There are support centers for minorities, athletics, and Greeks.


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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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