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$46,363
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Very Hard
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Campus Dining: I have never lived in the dorms, but most people like to go to the cafeteria near the Lyons Center.

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Campus Dining: Food is better than most other campuses. There are many fast-food places, though, which could be a problem if you want to avoid the `Freshman 15.'

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Campus Dining: The barbecue is always good at EVK, the freshman cafeteria. Try Parkside for a nice treat. The food's actually pretty good.

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Campus Dining: The food on campus is great! We have Jamba Juice, cafés, and cafeterias for freshmen.

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Campus Dining: We have some cafeterias, but they aren't that great. We have a Carl's Jr.; it's like Burger King, but better. The on-campus food is pretty good, but most people get sick of it just because you have to eat it everyday.

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Campus Dining: There are two cafeterias. One is EVK and the other is IRC at Parkside. Parkside is absolutely wonderful. EVK is not so great. I personally did not eat there except for Sunday brunch, which was pretty good.

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Campus Dining: The food is actually really good except for EVK, the freshman cafeteria (the `evil kitchen'). It has terrible dinners, but they have really good breakfast and lunch. There's also this Starbucks-type place called Trojan Grounds.

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Campus Dining: On-campus food is iffy. EVK cafeteria sucks like a Hoover. It gets better at Café 84, which has a lot of different options including a Jamba Juice and Krispy Kreme.

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Campus Dining: The Mexican food at La Salsa is pretty good. The only on-campus bar is also there, but as of recently, you need a very good ID.

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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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Greek Life: Greek life is a pretty dominant force here at USC. The sorority system is pretty awesome here on campus. However, as a girl, if you choose not to get involved, you can still party if you want to. Girls are always invited.

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Greek Life: Greek life is a large part of USC, but that's not a negative because I think it helps people become more involved with the school.

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Greek Life: Greek life has always run USC's social scene. It is the backbone of the alumni network, and it has a huge impact on the kinds of jobs that graduates can expect to find once they leave campus.

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Greek Life: Even if you don't plan on joining a house, I strongly recommend going through rush, just for the experiences and to meet new people.

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Greek Life: Greek life is pretty popular at USC. I'm in it, yet several of my friends are not. It doesn't dominate the social scene at all, yet I feel that it has enhanced my social life. You could go either way, participate or not, and still have fun.

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Greek Life: Hazing is going out of style, mostly by order of the school, but frats are getting to be more humane and less idiotic. Everyone knows that it's fun to be a part of a house, but the cost of joining-mental, physical, and emotional-can do a number on kids that have other issues to worry about.

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Greek Life: Greek life is very big at USC. All of the girls I knew were Greek, and they all loved their houses.

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Greek Life: I can't really say that the Greek life dominates the social scene on campus, but it does leave its marks.

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Greek Life: I've heard that sororities have really superficial ways of rushing girls, but I'm still interested in checking a couple houses out just to see what the big deal is about being in a sorority.

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Greek Life: Fraternities are great for guys who want some experience working with a group as a team outside of a classroom setting. Granted, projects might revolve around getting money together for a keg, but it helps guys to get a clearer picture of how to work as individual parts of a whole entity.

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Greek Life: There are tons of Greek parties. USC seems to have a fairly big Greek focus, which is good and bad. However, you'll be perfectly fine if you don't join a house.

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Greek Life: I hear Greek life gives you a good foundation to get into other organizations and activities on campus. There are also professional-based Greek organizations that are pretty big.

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Greek Life: It's very large, but not everything. If you want to party in houses, it helps to be Greek. It doesn't dominate the social scene as much as the Greeks say it does. I went my freshman year not being Greek, and I was happy. I joined to meet more kids like myself.

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Greek Life: Greek life is great, and yes, it does dominate the social scene, in my opinion.

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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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