Los Angeles, CA
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Reviews 2429 total reviews with an average rating of 3.8

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5 College Senior

Guys & Girls: There is an even ratio of male to females on campus. The campus is so diverse so one can find their niche.

5 College Senior

Facilities: One of the greatest thing about the USC campus is its aesthetics. It looks like the campus is out of a Hollywood film. The facilities are very up to date and modern. The libraries are open 24/7 and computer labs are scattered all over campus. The student center is newly build and the center of campus. Traditions are prevalent including football games and Senior fountain run.

5 College Senior

Facilities: A private school in the middle of a global metropolitan, nothing can compare. We are a school of 38,000 students yet you can still see and bump into familiar faces on the daily. It's just a marvelous thing.

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4 College Senior

Drug Safety: There is no pressure to partake in drugs. The on-campus police are good with tracking down parties as well as the on-campus resident advisors.

5 College Senior

Majors: At the USC School of architecture there are both strong students that push you to excel and excellent professors that truly care for the students. I am extremely satisfied with my education and am confident that I have obtained the skills to pursue my goal of opening a firm. The networking system has guaranteed me a job post graduation.

4 College Senior

Majors: Applying to the school of architecture, I had to submit a portfolio. In terms of wanting to pursue architecture, one must obtain skills in the design realm may it be having taken art studio classes in high school or volunteer work in a creative institute.

5 College Senior

Academics: Strong students and excellent professors.

5 College Senior

Academics: Hard working and competitive students.

5 College Sophomore

Majors: I'm a film major. The workload is fine, and the facilities are great. It really does open you up to so many opportunities as far as networking goes. It's a little annoying that you don't start the production track until junior year, but I believe they're changing that in the upcoming years.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: I've done an internship every semester. They're incredibly beneficial and SCA really supports them.

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2 College Sophomore

Parking: Not easy to find a spot. Be cautious of fees.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: It's really expensive if you don't have the freshman meal plan. It's super convenient though.

4 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Most people drink, but if you don't it's totally fine.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: I'm not a part of greek life; I know a lot of people really like it. Most people not in Greek life are either indifferent towards it or think that they're cliquey/snobby. The houses are real nice though.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Perfect late night college food. Still there are a few restaurants that you can go to around.

2 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: You're safe if you use common sense, and you're totally safe on campus. Public Safety is considered a little bit of a joke at USC. They help, and they have been very helpful to me and my friends before, but they tend to over react. Still, safety isn't as bad as people say. I've lived there two years and I feel safe.

5 College Sophomore

Weather: It's Southern California. The weather is amazing.

3 College Sophomore

Computers: Almost everyone owns a laptop. There are computers available in the computer labs, but they're not always available. USC Wifi is almost always good, but sometimes it'll be super slow. Get and ethernet cable.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I absolutely love USC. It's really a work hard play hard school in the best way possible. Most of the people there are really passionate about something which really creates a great school environment.

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: I had a good time in the dorms (I lived in Pardee). It's a great atmosphere, not incredibly strict, though I think that depends on who your RA is. All of the dorms are at the center of campus, super close to classes.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: I'm not a part of them, but I know USC facilities are amazing. Also a nice gym.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Not the best, but it's definitely cheaper, especially if you take the time to shop around. There's a lot of different options ranging from apartments to houses to rent.

4 Recent Alumnus

Academics: USC has a reputation for being a strong academic school. A degree from USC is valued, especially in Southern California.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Transportation: Typical downtown LA traffic. Difficult to get around via public transportation.

3 Recent Alumnus

Campus Strictness: There is tons of security because of location of campus. As long as you respect security and don't do things that will get you into trouble, you'll be fine.


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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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