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$46,363
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Very Hard
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Campus Housing: New/North are great dorms; they're very social. I recommend dorms over apartment or suite-style units. If you can't get dorm-style, suite is the next best. Don't live in the off-campus apartment; you'll feel segregated. Marks and Pardee Tower also has good dorms, although they're not as much fun as New/North. Honors dorms are not nicer than regular dorms.

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Campus Housing: If you want a great social dorm, live in New/North. Everyone that lives in that dorm is Greek. If you want a great on-campus apartment, live in Cardinal.

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Campus Housing: Dorms are the best, and they are the most fun I ever had. Get into New or North; they are the best. They are actually the same building, just opposite sides. Do whatever you have to in order to get in, they are awesome!

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Campus Housing: I lived in Pardee and loved it. However, Pardee is coed by floors. You might want something that has coed floors, because those are so much more fun. Some good ones are Birnkrant, New/North, and Parkside. I would not recommend Webb and Fluor.

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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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Guys & Girls: When girls go to the health center with a headache, chances are, the doctors will prescribe birth control. They have so much of the stuff that anyone can get it.

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Guys & Girls: USC is known around Southern California for having a good-looking student body. I would say that a lot of attractive people, male and female, come to USC. However, in my personal opinion, as USC becomes more academically inclined, our student population is dropping in attractiveness.

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Guys & Girls: There are all types of people here.

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Guys & Girls: There is a mixture of guys and girls alike. You have your big jocks, your studious students, your `how the hell did you get in here' kids, your `why aren't you at Harvard' kids, your snobs, your sweeties, the good-looking, and the not-so-good-looking . . . Get my point?

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Guys & Girls: Someone told me that the word is that the girls at USC are hot, and the guys are not. Someone else said that the guys at USC are hot, and the girls are not. It's all preference.

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Guys & Girls: A lot of students here have a lot of money.

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Guys & Girls: Honestly, I think the admissions board chooses all the good-looking and brilliantly smart people to come to USC. All the girls are gorgeous, and the guys are extremely good looking. The best part is that everyone must be smart if they got into USC! There are many quality people at USC.

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Guys & Girls: I think the guys are pretty cute, but some of them are cocky. I really like all the girls I have become friends with. I think you can always find and surround yourself with people who are like you. There is definitely a lot of materialism on campus, with guys and girls. Kate Spade, Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Prada . . . there's definitely not a shortage at USC. Not everyone is like this, though!

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Guys & Girls: There are some really hot guys. The girls that I know are mostly in sororities, so they are all pretty good looking. There is every kind of person here that you can imagine!

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Guys & Girls: USC is very well-rounded and diverse. There are definitely some very good-looking students on the campus. You see and meet people from all around the world.

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Guys & Girls: You are going to find that there are quite a few nasty people and many nice people. Are they hot? Of course! What school doesn't have hot people? You will find people that you like to hang out with from the dorms, classes, organizations, and all sorts of other ways. There are so many ways to meet people here.

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BJ Grip
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Colorado Springs, CO
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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