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5 College Sophomore

Greek Life: I really appreciated greek life at USC. Being a member of a sorority has allowed me to make a big school feel smaller by becoming part of the greek community. Although I do not feel that greek life is all-consuming (I have friends outside of greek life), it definitely provides a great community atmosphere which I love. I am not a typical sorority girl and was skeptical of rushing at USC because I thought it would be a bunch of superficial southern Californians. I was surprised by the geographic diversity and devotion to academics & community service that I found in greek life. The all-row average GPA is consistently higher than the all-USC undergraduate average GPA.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Off-campus housing options include apartments, greek housing, non-USC-owned houses, and off-campus USC-owned apartments. I have friends who live in all of these kinds of housing and they all enjoy it. The easiest and safest options are apartment buildings (West 27th, Gateway & the Lorenzo) and off-campus USC-owned housing. My friends who have lived in these kinds of housing have found it very easy and convenient. I live in a sorority house which I also love!

4 College Sophomore

Party Scene: Parties at USC are very fun. Regardless of how fun the parties are, I have found that a night out is always dependent on who you I am with. I love parties on the row because I am always running into friends (greek and non-greek), however frat parties are fairly exclusive to male students that are not in that fraternity.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: In walking distance to campus are several dining options, categorized below as fast food, cheap full-meal options and further off-campus restaurants (car or bus). Overall, I never get bored and enjoy a variety of inexpensive food options!

1) Fast Food: Panda Express, McDonalds, Five Guys, Dominos

2) Cheap Meal Options: Subway, Jimmy Johns, Blaze Pizza, Which Wich, Pizza Studio, Starbucks, Built Burger, Soy (sushi), Leno juice bar (acai bowls and smoothies)

3) Further off-campus destinations (relatively close proximity): LA Live (Smash Burger, Yardhouse, Rock and Fish, Wolfgang Puck, Katsuya sushi), Urth cafe, Boutega Louie, Sugarfish, Wakeno, etc.

4 College Sophomore

Administration: USC campus strictness definitely helps to make students feel safe on campus despite its urban setting and location. Although I do not think that USC is an extremely strict campus overall, USC is very strict in regards to policies that protect student safety. For example, no one can enter the campus after 9pm without showing their USC ID card. Also, in order to go upstairs in any on-campus dorm, students must quickly fingerprint in order to verify that they live there. Other students or visitors who do not live in that dorm must sign in with a student who lives there by giving their ID at the front desk and retrieving it again when they leave. Because of these strictly regulated policies, I was never worried about feeling unsafe on campus or in my dorm.

4 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Although I do not personally have a scholarship, many of my friends do.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Food: There is a huge variety of food options on campus. The three traditional dining halls are great but can get monotonous if you constantly eat at just one. With unlimited swipes at the dining halls, it is easy to mix it up by going to different dining halls. The Campus Center offers lots of yummy options as well, from Lemonade to Seeds to Panda Express to CPK to Nektar juice bar, which dining dollars can be used for! I loved having dining dollars so that I never got bored.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: I loved living on campus as a freshman. The fact that mostly underclassmen choose to live in the on-campus dorms makes it more of a tight-knit community for those who live there. I constantly ran into friends and classmates in the dining halls and around my dorm, which helped me to make the big student body at USC seem a lot smaller. All of the dorms are very conveniently located and provide proximity to classes. I lived in New-North, which I highly recommend as it is a very social dorm.

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4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I feel safe on campus.

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4 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greek life is awesome - great way to make connections.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: Varsity athletics is everything - especially football season.

3 College Freshman

Party Scene: Parties are mostly fun, sometimes out of hand or not very fun.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Recent opening of Blaze and Cream have been awesome.

4 College Freshman

Administration: The amount of strictness was fine.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: Processing time took a while.

3 College Freshman

Campus Food: I think the food was okay. I'm not very picky so it was fine.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Living on campus was really fun. It was nice to be so close to classes and also be surrounded by friends all the time.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: USC off campus housing has a lot of options from shared houses to apartments to studios. The pitfalls are parking is often not offered or is expensive, causing a hassle with street parking, and rent is exorbitantly expensive.

4 College Junior

Party Scene: There's always a party happening at USC. The Row is a typical option with the stereotype of TV college parties but still provides a good time (can be gross though). Menlo and Ellendale used to have great parties, but recent policy conflict and enforcement has caused a decline.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Around USC there is a lot of variety, but few healthy options. Downtown is not too far and has much more to offer but can be difficult and annoying to get to without a car.

3 College Junior

Administration: In the recent years, USC has made adjustments to improve campus security, but it has become a hassle for everyone. From showing an ID to get on campus after 9 to needing to register guests and get them guest passes for on campus buildings, there is a lot of inconsistency and inconvenience to the whole system.

4 College Junior

Scholarships: USC is an expensive school to attend, but they do a great job combining government aid, school grants, and scholarships to those in need.

3 College Junior

Campus Food: Dining halls start of strong and progressively get worse throughout the semester. Also, the food served for days with organized parent visits is great, but not reflective of what they actually serve. Meal plans are expensive, and although dining dollars are the best option, there are not too many places they can be used at.

5 College Junior

Campus Housing: Since USC is such a social environment to attend school at, and because of the constant slue of activities and events on campus, living in campus housing provides the awareness and convenience to take advantage of all USC has to offer and really get the true college experience.

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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I've been to a few off campus housing like the Lorenzo, W 28th, the Shrine, Ellendale, Vista Magnolia, etc. I really like them and most of them are within walking/biking distance from campus. The Lorenzo which is farther away has a shuttle. The housing options are very nice and there are a lot of options.

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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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