Location
Los Angeles, CA
Undergrads
17,619
Tuition
$46,363
Admission Difficulty
Very Hard
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3 College Freshman

Greek Life: It has little value outside of the parties, and attempts to justify it through "philanthropies" that waste more money than they raise and are really just excuses for drinking are annoying.

3 people found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Weather: The weather in California is fantastic, and it is rarely cold.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: There is very little peer pressure to drink (unless you are pledging a fraternity).

2 people found this useful Report
College Freshman

Nightlife: It depends on what you're looking for. If you want a loud scene with lots of people and lots of alcohol the row is great, but it can be very superficial, very rapey, and overall a little disgusting at times.

3 people found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Facilities: The libraries are amazing on campus, and there are specific libraries to individual subjects which is cool.

2 people found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Computers: It sucks to print things, bringing your own printer is kind of a must.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Transportation: Campus Cruiser is fantastic, although the hours can be a bit challenging sometimes.

3 College Freshman

Majors: I love the IR major and its faculty. The Econ and Math departments kind of suck on the other hand.

2 people found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Majors: It's hard to get an internship, most of them don't pay, and most of them have terrible hours.

3 College Freshman

Diversity: As a bisexual student it has been a little challenging to find a similar circle of friends. Also in general USC is composed of homogenous, wealthy white kids.

5 people found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Academics: The International Relations major is amazing and the professors all have ties to the actual international relations world.

3 people found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Academics: Most of my classes are fantastic, the faculty is really great and the workload is appropriate.

3 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: Getting visitors into dorms is a painful process and in general overly strict.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: Game day is so much fun, and everyone loves the football season.

5 College Freshman

Academics: USC has excellent academics. The courses are challenging but the staff/faculty are extremely helpful in ensuring your success and attaining your goals.

2 people found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Greek Life: At USC, Greek life is huge because it is really the epicenter of social life on campus. Although it does not have a large participant percentage, it still dominates as the place to be if you want to go to parties and meet/socialize with other students.

1 person found this useful Report
2 College Freshman

Parking: The cost to have a car at USC is very expensive, which can be very frustrating because I definitely feel that there is a need for a car on campus, seeing as public transportation in LA is definitely not convenient or easy.

2 people found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: On campus I feel very safe. However, I live in an apartment off campus, and I do not feel as comfortable walking alone at night from campus to my apartment.

3 people found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Downtown L.A. is definitely not the best place in terms of scenery. There is A LOT to do all around L.A., including beautiful scenery and many attractions and activities, but downtown in particular is not the best in terms of safety or scenery. However, its location is great because we are in the center of LA, so everything in the LA area is never too far from school.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: There are a lot of good-looking people at USC, but this school has very much of a "hook-up" culture, so I do not see a lot of people actually dating/in a committed relationship.

3 people found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: I would say there are a fair amount of injuries that result from drug/alcohol abuse at USC because a lot of people do drink alcohol and there is a more minor amount of drug use. However, USC does the best that they can--I do not think they are lenient on alcohol/drug abuse, rather I think it is that students are more creative in gaining access to alcohol/drugs and good at hiding it.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Majors: I am only a freshman, so I still have a long way to go, but so far I am very impressed with the Philosophy department. My current philosophy professor is extremely helpful, and very passionate about educating her students, as well as her obvious desire for us to succeed. My ultimate career goal is to go to medical school and become a pediatric psychiatrist, so I am also taking pre-med classes in addition to my philosophy major.

5 College Freshman

Majors: I did not have any issues or difficulties getting into my program at USC.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: USC can be pretty strict when it comes to visitation in dorms, it is also very understandable considering the location of USC in south central L.A. So while it can definitely be annoying, it also is what makes me feel very safe and secure.

1 person found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Weather: There is not much to say--you can't get better than the daily beautiful sunshine in southern California.

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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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