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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: It's all expensive and not very high quality and some of the bigger apartment buildings are quite far.

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4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: The food right around campus is all gross fast food but if you venture further into downtown and the surrounding area, there's some really great food.

1 person found this useful Report
2 College Sophomore

Administration: Nikias is trying to limit our partying and turn us into Stanford. We're not having it.

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4 College Sophomore

Party Scene: The row has 4-6 parties every Thursday-Saturday. Guys mostly need to be in the house having the party to be able to get in. Girls can go anywhere. There are also parties at the athlete houses and houses on Menlo and Ellendale but they're not as fun, I think.

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: There are a lot of little cafes around campus that are hit or miss. Camilleri and Popovich are good, as is Nektar. The food at campus center is especially good, like Lemonade, Seeds, and Verde. The trojan meal plan is too much food for anyone, don't get it unless you wanna buy all your friends meals for days. Theres no point in getting a meal plan after freshman year

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: The dorms are about what you would expect at a college, maybe a bit smaller and older. The Parkside dorms are newer and nicer but a inconvenient location. New/north is fun but loud, definitely the best option for guys since they can't always get into parties. I think any housing in the north east corner of campus is good - pardee, marks tower, new/north. If you can be in Birnkrant definitely do that.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Pros:

A wide variety of rooms available for every need and budget

Most are patrolled by campus security

Cons:

Housing costs in Los Angeles are high

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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Most places near campus don't offer student discounts. However, there are a fair number of local ethnic restaurants worth checking out. One of the best is El Cholo on Flower St.

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3 College Freshman

Administration: Campus security is lenient in general; drinking by underage students is generally tolerated as long as the students aren't making a scene in the community. However, parties tend to be shut down early.

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4 College Freshman

Scholarships: I wasn't eligible for any financial aid, but from what I could tell the process seemed fairly straight-forward.

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5 College Freshman

Party Scene: The best parties at USC are either the fraternity events or band parties. This scene makes a positive contribution to the student experience; however, it's best to be careful at fraternity events. Some are known for preying on inexperienced freshman girls.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Food: EVK is to be avoided if at all possible; it is usually the worst dining hall on campus. The best is Parkside.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I live in Fluor specifically, which is one of the most desired dorms on campus. This dorm has 8-person suites with a shared bathroom and a kitchenette. Anyone considering living in either Fluor or Webb should also be aware that the dining hall (Cafe 84) is closed on weekends and holidays, requiring you to bike/walk across campus to eat on those days. While a minor inconvenience, it is something to be aware of.

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4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: So close to so many ethnic foods.

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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Not bad, they are pretty nice.

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4 College Sophomore

Administration: Plenty of ways to get around.

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3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Expensive on campus, hard to find off.

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4 College Sophomore

Party Scene: I'm not really the type, but it's huge here.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: EVK is alright and the food is always better on parents weekend. Plus, EVKitty!

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: I liked living on campus. The apartments are way better than the freshman dorms.

4 College Freshman

Local Area: It's LA. Everybody loves coming here for LA and going into town, but it's not always safe

3 people found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Academics: Not sure if I'm supposed to do health and safety or describing the academics

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2 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Sexual assault at frat parties is a covered-up problem, and neighborhood crime is very impactful on life.

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4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Academically it's perfect, a lot of the people are great. It's just too dominated by wealth and exclusion.

1 person found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Professors and classes are generally great, and class sizes are usually quite reasonable.

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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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