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Los Angeles, CA
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$46,363
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Very Hard
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Campus Housing: I think USC has really nice dorms. If you're a freshman, I recommend freshman housing like Fluor and Pardee.

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Campus Housing: The dorms are variable. Some are good; some are bad.

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Campus Housing: Freshman dorms are good. I lived in on-campus apartments, Parkside to be precise. Parkside now has a brand new international student dorm, and it's beautiful! If you can get in, I'd say go there. Also New/North residential colleges are both newer and spacious. They're where you'll meet lots of people. I don't think any of the dorms are too bad.

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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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Diversity: The campus is really diverse. I had friends from all over. I would say that the nice thing is that we aren't a state school, so USC doesn't have to take a majority of California kids.

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Diversity: A good percentage of students are from Southern California-mainly Orange County-but you will make friends with kids from all over the country.

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Diversity: USC is incredibly diverse. That's something I really love about this school. Not only are we diverse people-wise, but there are so many things directed at so many different people. The list of clubs, organizations, and programs on campus is amazing.

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Diversity: There's some sort of mixture, but unfortunately there are a lot of cliques.

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Diversity: USC is really diverse. We have the rich kids (we're still sort of known as the University of Spoiled Children), but we are also one of the top providers of scholarships and grants in the country.

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Diversity: There are many different kinds of people on campus. We also have a huge international population.

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Diversity: There are so many different people, races, interests, and styles.

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Diversity: The campus is very diverse. They like to have a student body that is representative of the nation. It's well balanced.

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Diversity: Last time I heard, we had the largest international student population in the nation. You can find any type of scene on campus, but at the same time, there are still a lot of spoiled kids.

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Nightlife: The clubs are awesome! There's nothing like a night out in LA! You can hit The Palace, the Key Club, Florentine Gardens, the Conga Room, or other spots like the Boogie, and Gotham Hall-the list is endless.

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Nightlife: If you want to stay close to campus, there is a bar called the 9-0. It's a bit small, and the drinks can cost a bit, but if you're a girl, that doesn't matter; your drinks will almost always be paid for. The 9-0 is convenient because they are not very strict on IDs. USC also has an on-campus bar called Traditions. Remember that when at USC, you are only about 10 miles away from Hollywood and the Sunset Strip. There, you can find just about any bar or club worth going to in LA.

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Nightlife: Clubs are fun here and plentiful. The only bad thing is that most of them close at 2 a.m., unlike clubs in New York City and DC.

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Nightlife: USC is located about 20 minutes from all of the hot spots (Sunset Blvd., Disneyland, Santa Monica, and Hollywood). Everything you want is close by!

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Nightlife: There is the 9-0, where everyone goes throughout the week. Honestly, it is a hole in the wall-very small and dirty-but it's a total blast. You can find other students there Monday through Thursday.

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Nightlife: There is fun available both near and far from campus. The 9-0 is a local hangout; they're easy on IDs.

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Nightlife: If you plan to get involved with Greek life, the 9-0 is supposedly the happening spot. 29th Street Café is another. There is also the on-campus bar, which is pretty fun on some weeknights.

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Nightlife: All in all, I think the best part of coming to USC is that it gives you a gateway to LA and all it has to offer. I wouldn't limit myself to what's near campus. Hollywood is close by with countless great lounges and bars like Saddle Ranch, the Highlands, Las Palmas Café, House of Blues, the Room, Knitting Factory, the Root Down, and Boardner's. Whatever you're into, I'm sure LA has it. I definitely feel that the vibe is more relaxed and friendly here.

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Nightlife: LA nightlife is out of control. It's so much fun, but you have to have a good ID. You can't get in anywhere unless you're 21. Sunset Boulevard is the place to go for the clubs. It is very commonplace to see celebrities at any of those clubs. The favorite hangouts at night are the 9-0 and the 2-9, which is a bar/café where it's a more chill atmosphere but still very social.

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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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