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Los Angeles, CA
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$46,363
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Very Hard
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Overall Experience: USC has been everything I thought it was going to be. The classes, themselves, aren't very difficult, so it isn't very hard to obtain a good GPA. The people are awesome, and the school spirit is something I've always loved about it.

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Overall Experience: USC is defined by the people who make up our community; intriguing, welcoming, and ready to astound the world!

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Overall Experience: Campus life is awesome. I always get the feeling thaprofessors and the school really want you to succeed. Alumni are awesome!

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Overall Experience: I have no regrets about where I chose to go to school. Southern California is the coolest place to spend your college years. USC caters to the wants of most of its students. If you're into sports, it has great teams. If you like to party, plenty of people do that, too. If you don't like to party, you can also find those kinds of kids. If you like to get involved, it's easy to do so.

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Overall Experience: If you want to network and make some important friends for future references, USC is one of the best at that. The alumni `Trojan Family' that the school speaks of is not a joke, people will truly hook you up if you graduate from USC.

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Transportation: Campus Cruiser is the greatest. Call them up after 5 p.m., and they will take you anywhere on campus to anywhere off campus within a certain radius. There are always cabs you can flag down to get downtown, too.

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Transportation: Public transportation in Los Angeles isn't very good. If you don't bring a car, you're better off making friends with people that drive.

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Transportation: Public transportation is not very good.

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Transportation: I heard that Los Angeles is not known for its public transportation. Get a car or get to know someone that has one.

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Transportation: LA is the city of freeways and cars, so I'd plan on getting one or befriending someone that does. You can usually get by without one because most people will have one. LA's public transportation sucks.

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Transportation: I don't use it, and I don't have a car. Get a bike, and you'll be fine.

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Transportation: Public transportation in LA is bad; there's nothing else to say about it.

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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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Off-Campus Dining: I love going to Chano's, a little hole in the wall that has good Mexican food. Yoshinoya has good beef bowls, and I also like Panda and Denny's. It really depends on what kind of food you prefer.

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Off-Campus Dining: Off-campus has just about every fast food chain you can think of-Wendy's, Jack in the Box, McDonald's, Taco Bell, Del Taco, Fatburger, Subway, Pollo Loco-all located within walking distance on Figueroa Avenue. The highlight of off-campus eating is Chano's; it's open until 3 a.m.

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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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