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5 College Junior

Academics: Registration Process Is Awesome! My major is a combination between two departments, but because it is headed by only one advisor, there would always be some lag in communication. One of the key courses i needed to graduate on time was in the other department, and had already filled, and had a 10-person wait list. I just walked over to the department advisor, said which class I needed and which major i needed it for, and my ID #. They couldn't legally fit me into the session without kicking someone out. So they opened an entirely new section for myself, and then placed the ten wait list people in it with me.

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3 College Junior

Parking: Get a season parking permit, and assume that, on any given day, there will not be parking for you. Always have a backup plan. The parking is certainly available elsewhere, but you need to be resourceful. lots of us will park in a friend's spot in their apartment complex and walk over.

College Sophomore

Parking: Non Applicable, I Have Not Atrted School Yet to Grade the Question – I cannot answer tis question because I start school in fall 2012

4 Recent Alumnus

Weather: The weather at USC is great if you like the Mediterranean climate.

5 College Sophomore

Majors: SO MANY OPTIONS – First of all I have the coolest major, Business in Cinematic Arts with an even cooler minor in Digital Media. Pretty much I'm learning how to produce movies and graphic design/write code/edit movies/sound mix/anything to do with media. If I wanted to, i could pick up any other minor, or even switch to one of the tons of other majors. There is something for everyone here, and if you don't like it, you can change. Or if you feel like you want something more, you can minor or double major, in fact USC really encourages students to have more than one major or minor.

4 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Gorgeous Girls, and Really Hot Guys – So you will find quite a handful of preppy dressing, pink short-wearing guys who come from the east coast or have joined TKE. Also, there are a handful who sport the Hawaiian USC shirts, which I haven't figured out is a joke or actual fashion statement from yet. But none of the guys are bad dressers; even if its not necessarily your type, these guys made anything look good. I was shocked how many good looking people I saw on campus every day; if you step into the Campus Center from 11-2, Mon through Thurs you are bound to see some good looking people. The girls are all gorgeous too, so if you were the hottest girl at your school....that won't be the case here, sorry.

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4 College Sophomore

Nightlife: GREAT Parties....But Other Things Are Harder to Find – If you're over 21, Hollywood is one of the best clubbing scenes in the U.S. For those under 21 you do have some good options, including those at frat houses, the local bar (901, although everyone refers to it as "The 9-Oh"), and some apartment parties. The frat's registered parties can be extremely awesome and fun and usually are a huge event on campus. Campus Cruiser is pretty good at driving you place, but if you get stuck in the Ralph's at 1 AM hiding after a party not quite on campus got broken up due to gang fights, then it takes them a while to come pick you up. For the most part you don't have to walk anywhere you need to go that's around campus.

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4 College Junior

Academics: This is a very tough school and professors are very good

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3 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: I mostly eat sandwiches or asian (Thia or Japanese) food. And they are pretty good around campus.

5 College Sophomore

Weather: Hardly Ever Rains – best weather in the whole country. Although it dosent have the beaches like Miami; my home town. but there is no hummidity and the city of LA does not have such pollution like Miami or Newyork

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4 College Sophomore

Transportation: They always have a campus shuttle around at anytime, anyday.

3 College Junior

Scholarships: Would Have Been Nice to Have a Little More Help – No financial aid available and when I called about asking for help with tuition they referred me to someone else. Little scholarships available on their website

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5 Recent Alumnus

Campus Dining: The food at Parkside residence hall is fantastic. The cafeteria always has a large selection and the brunch served on weekends is delicious.

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5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: USC is the greatest school in the universe! I love going there and am having the best time! My classes are intriguing and inspiring. My professors are entertaining and knowledgeable. They make me want to attend class and learn. The campus is always sunny and clean. All of the students have such great school spirit by wearing USC gear and saying, "Fight On!" I have made such close friends and cannot wait for the next three years there! Another part of the school that I love is the athletics. Tailgating and attending football games with friends has been so much fun and I cannot wait for this fall! USC is the best school and I would recommend it to anyone! Fight on!

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5 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Best Housing Experience – I absolutely loved living on campus my freshman year. I lived at Fluor Tower, which was suite style. It was fabulous because I got a larger room, a common room, a kitchenette, and a bathroom. I shared this with seven other girls, so this allowed us to become close and great friends. I loved my experience and would recommend it to all incoming freshmen.

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5 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: The drug scene is not very big and it is under control. Drinking is a much more popular activity, than drugs. I am so proud of USC for having this issue under control.

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4 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Beautiful Bubble – The people at USC are so beautiful, especially in the Greek system. I didn't know there could be this many beautiful people in one place. Although I love it, it does put a lot of pressure to look good and dress well when everybody is worried about eating well and being fit.

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3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: I didn't apply in time to qualify for scholarships, which sucks. A lot of people who have scholarships can already afford to attend USC, which although is fair because they deserve it, leaves less money for the people who are struggling to pay. My dad closed his business last year and yet I still didn't qualify for financial aid this year for some reason.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I Never Want to Leave – I am SO happy to be at USC. I love my sorority and my friends and I love the party scene here. It is so beautiful and warm most of the time. I learn so much in my classes and do a lot of work but still manage to go out and have fun. I hated football before I got here but now it is all I am looking forward to in the fall!

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3 College Sophomore

Parking: There are a lot of parking structures at USC, the only downside is about 800$ a year cost for a permit, which isn't too bad. Also, since it is downtown and the public transportation in LA is horrible, you need a car if you want to get a job.


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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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