Campus Strictness

Los Angeles, CA
Admission Difficulty
Very Hard
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3 College Freshman

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

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.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: I never feel like there are problems with follwing the rules outlined by the university. There are registered parties and things and they seem to be very lenient on things like that though there are cops everywhere to ensure safety.

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: Most of the administration is not stuck on a power trip, they treat you like an adult and if you act like one than everything is copacetic. Obviously some of the administration is harder than others and after the shootings on campus (not student related) the security guarding the perimeter became much tighter and dorm access is like Fort Knox, but for the most part administration is respectful and helpful.

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College Junior

Campus Strictness: I am not sure because I am an online distant learning student and I am never in the vicinity of the school. I reside in Georgia.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 796th
    Most Lenient Parking
  • 988th
    Best Campus Police
  • 1257th
    Strictest Honor Code

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

BJ Grip
Colorado Springs, CO
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USC is a lenient campus, but plagiarism, acts of hate, theft, violence, and reckless drug and alcohol abuse are not tolerated when displayed publicly. These offenses can result in failing classes, losing housing privileges, and expulsion if the offense is severe enough. RAs have a reputation for lenience in freshman housing, but students on bad terms with RAs tend to get in trouble for partying more than other people do. Remember, when it all comes down to it, RAs are students just like you, so treat them like you would anyone else, with respect and courtesy, yet understand that they have a job to do, and they’re only there to help. The University is not out to catch USC students for getting wild from time to time.

While the school seems lax about rule bending, it is more that students are not out to get wild. Once President Sample began cracking down on the reckless behavior of fraternities, parties became more mellow and now have little effect on the academic ideals of the University. As long as students seem to be acting safely and with respect for the community, no one is bothered.

Facts & Statistics

Students Are Most Likely to Get Caught...
  • Drinking underage
  • Having candles and incense burning in a dorm room
  • Noise violations
  • Parking illegally
  • Parking your bike in the wrong place
  • Plagiarism

Student Polls

Rate strictness of administration policies on the following topics    Based on 137 responses

Very strict
Very lenient
  • Alcohol use in dorms
  • Attendance
  • Creating new student organizations
  • Drug use
  • Honor code
  • Noise violations
  • Parking
  • Protests/demonstrations
  • Underage drinking
  • Visitation in dorms

How do the campus police or safety officers affect your campus experience?    Based on 164 responses

  • 1% Very negatively. They treat everyone like criminals.
  • 6% Fairly negatively. They're only interested in breaking up the fun.
  • 52% Fairly positively. They're pretty easy to get along with if you respect them.
  • 41% Very positively. Officers are kind and helpful.
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