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$46,363
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Very Hard
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Health & Safety: Many people think that USC is in a really bad, unsafe neighborhood, but I have to disagree. The community surrounding USC is very connected to the school.

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Health & Safety: USC loves to boast about the campus security; there are tons of blue-light posts set up around campus for you to use in case of an emergency. The average response time for a DPS officer (not a rent-a-cop) is supposed to be less than 20 seconds. Unfortunately, the area surrounding the campus isn't all that great, but no one that I know personally has been robbed or attacked in any way.

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Health & Safety: Stay within a two-mile radius from campus, and you're very safe.

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Health & Safety: Because of the neighborhood that USC is located in, security is definitely stepped up. I feel comfortable on campus, as well as off campus. Just be street smart; don't walk alone at night.

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Health & Safety: Supposedly, no matter where you are on campus, you should be able to see a blue-light phone. At this blue-light is a little button that you press and campus security will be there within one minute. Our campus security is called DPS; you see their vehicles everywhere.

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Health & Safety: The area north of campus-where all off-campus apartments and Greek houses are-is very safe. We have full-time campus police that patrol this area. If you don't mind the occasional homeless person, you'll be fine here. They don't usually bother you.

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Health & Safety: If you go south or west of campus, it's not the nicest area. On campus is extremely safe, however. Most of my female friends don't feel unsafe walking on campus at night.

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Health & Safety: Security is excellent. I always feel safe near and around campus. You learn what streets to avoid at night and the DPS is there for students; some even learn your name if you let them.

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Health & Safety: As a girl living off campus, I am terrified of walking by myself at night.

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Health & Safety: There is an escort service that you can use if you need someone to walk with you back to the dorms from a late class or from anywhere on campus. We also have this thing called Campus Cruiser that can give you a ride after 5 p.m. to anywhere within two miles of campus. I do suggest traveling with at least one other person at night.

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Health & Safety: I won't lie to you, USC is in South Central LA, but our security force is really good; they are all LAPD-trained and have the same authority. Most of them carry guns, but I have never seen them used or anything. They are basically exactly the same as police officers.

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Health & Safety: The area directly around USC is pretty safe because it's all student housing, but if you go a little too far in the wrong direction, it can get a little scary. That just comes with living in a city. There are certain places you learn not to go near, and everywhere else is fine.

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Health & Safety: Personally, I have never had a problem. I have walked back from the Row many times between two and four in the morning by myself and never felt uncomfortable. The nice thing about the area is that there is always LAPD around everywhere, so I have always felt safe.

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Health & Safety: On campus, I never worried about strange neighborhood people coming to my door or anything, but once I moved off-campus, that changed a little. I moved into a house that is three or four blocks from campus. We have had quite a few things stolen from our yard. We also have people come and solicit a lot, which can be scary if you are home alone. You won't get this if you live in campus housing or the off-campus, USC-owned apartments.

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Health & Safety: This is South Central. Things happen. Don't leave your door unlocked, but you don't have to be looking over your shoulder, either.

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Computers: Bring a computer. I'd recommend a laptop if you are good about not losing it. Get insurance for it. Computer labs are only crowded near midterms and finals.

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Computers: There are always computers available, but I would still bring my own computer.

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Computers: Bring your own computer; there are Ethernet connections in all the University housing.

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Computers: I'd bring a personal computer; I think that it's a necessary tool for all college students, especially since many teachers here post notes on the Internet.

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Computers: It's hard to get a computer during midterms and finals at the main library, but there are tons of other computer labs.

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Computers: The computer network is awesome. There are T1 lines in all campus-owned apartments and wireless LAN on Greek Row. The main library lab is always crowded (people like to socialize here for some reason), but there are a host of other labs on campus which are rarely crowded. You shouldn't have trouble finding a PC if you need one. They have PCs, Macs, and Sun Solaris.

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Computers: There are a lot of labs, but it gets crowded during crunch time. I say bring your own; every dorm has Ethernet.

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Computers: The computer network is great. There are so many computer labs on campus that no one computer lab is overwhelmingly crowded. You should definitely bring your own computer for your dorm. It's more convenient.

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Computers: I would definitely recommend having your own computer, but it is definitely not necessary. There are tons of computer labs on campus that are open at various hours. Sometimes, you might have to wait for one, but there really are a ton of them. The libraries aren't always open, except during finals.

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Computers: I like using my own computer, but the computer labs usually aren't too crowded. I have never had to wait to use a computer.

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BJ Grip
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Major
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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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