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5 College Freshman

Party Scene: The parties take place on the row and are awesome. You can pretty much find something to do every night but the big nights are thursdays - saturdays.

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4 College Freshman

Local Area: The area south of campus is not the best location but Downtown LA is absolutely amazing and there is so much to do in the LA area.

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3 College Freshman

Campus Food: Although the campus center has many great options to eat, the dining halls have many options but not very good food in general.

5 College Freshman

Campus Quality: Beautiful. Everything about student life on campus is amazing. Everyone is so kind and the campus is beautiful with lots of places to go and hang out.

5 College Freshman

Athletics: The athletics at school are amazing, football season is the best.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: My dorm, IRC is great because it is new and clean. It has AC and the shower is shared by four people. The room is fairly spacious, however for students who live in old dorms, it could be tougher. Unlike our fingerprint and card system, they have to use keys and their rooms are smaller. They have to share a couple of showers and bathrooms among the entire hall and it could get nasty pretty quickly. At the same time, dorm style rather than suite style allows more interaction and a lot of people have their doors propped open for random visitors.

3 College Freshman

Local Area: There is a metro but most people have cars because it is hard to get around without one. There are a couple of musuems right in front of campus as well as LACMA and others in LA. The food is great, a lot of the best restaurants in the nation are located in the this city. The neighborhood is bad and there are a lot of crimes, which could be one of the few negative aspects I can think of right now.

4 College Freshman

Party Scene: There are parties every week on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, sometimes even on Wednesdays. Famous DJs come to some fraternities

THe best parties take place on the Row. It helps people meet a lot of other people but at the same time, sometimes it is too much because a lot of people end up in the hospital.

3 College Freshman

Majors: The Architecture School is very competitive because they only accept about a 100 students per year. The most important perhaps is the portfolio, however SAT/ACT scores and GPA are extremely important as well. Essay plays a large role in determining a person's background and personality. In order to be admitted, I recommend high focus on portfolio. It is more important than what people think. At the same time a minimum 3.3 GPA is important as well. WHat is bothering about the USC admission process is that often times it looks like parent income level, especially if you are international.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: The parties are great, but the system is far too intensive. It is very competitive to get into the popular sororities and they take extreme measures such as checking how much a student's parents are paying for tax. It requires a lot of money, for they enforce you to buy certain brands of clothes and shoes. For fraternities, it is easier however it gets hard after you join. The parties, however are great and often times famous people such as Taylor Lautner and Miley Cyrus comes over.

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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There are a lot of good restaurants near the school. There's a lot of variety as well, from chipotle and McDonalds to ethnic upscale restaurants. Most places are accessible by walk (5 to 20 minutes), however it is easier with a car.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Because USC is located in such a bad neighborhood, the campus police service is extensive. There are campus cruisers which send students back to their apartment on the way back from a party, or the library. Off campus is especially dangerous and there are often crime alerts, however, there is a police agent on every block, which has helped a lot. On campus, I feel very safe but off campus, I often feel very scared.

4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: The looks are great. Social Life is centered around Fraternity parties. Sorority girls are often made fun of, because of their need to dress the same way, etc. THere are a lot of asians in USC compared to east coast schools. Most relationships are open.

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4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: The most important thing about USC is the network you can gain from meeting the people there. A lot of famous people send their children here, and others have a lot of talent in their area. the Career center depends on which school you are in. Most schools have great career services. At the same time some do not, such as the Architecture School. The alumni network is intensive not only because of USC's size, but also because of its international society. No matter where you go to after graduating, you will find an alumni in your area.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: It is expensive compared to other schools, however people still choose to live off-campus.

5 College Junior

Overall Experience: It was really easy to join the trojan family.

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3 College Junior

Local Area: Can be dangerous but common sense can keep you safe. Once you realize that you are in the ghetto you will be fine. USC also has a ton of security.

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4 College Junior

Campus Housing: There is a bed and it is clean and they fix any problems promptly.

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3 College Junior

Scholarships: They require a lot of forms in order to process your fin aid application each year. They are helpful whenever you call or talk in person. The process is completely digital which is nice.

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4 College Freshman

Academics: The intellectual atmosphere isn't as apparent here but a more intellectual academic experience is available if you pursue it. No one has a problem getting enough units for a semester but sometimes it may be hard to get popular classes if you're not a junior or senior. The GE program is a nuisance and I think the school could do away with it because it uses up units that can be used for other cool classes. The most of the professional schools and academic programs are some of the best in the nation. The professors are passionate about what they're teaching and are leaders in their respective fields. The workload isn't bad at all as long as you prioritize your time.

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4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: If you're alone there are a lot of options to ensure your safety. There are always DPS officers around campus and they can escort you at night. The dorms are extremely safe because there are a lot of security measures in place to even get in. The main crime on campus is theft so you just have to be smart about watching your possessions. Most of the sexual assault problems happen on the Row and often involve drugs and alcohol so make sure that you're being smart when going to parties and travel in groups of friends that you trust to look out for you.

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3 College Freshman

Party Scene: Apparently the party scene used to be better a couple of years but due to certain incidents, President Nikias and DPS has cracked down on part of the party scene. The majority of parties happen on the Row, and as a girl, I can get into any party, but if you're a guy that's not in a fraternity, don't expect to get into any parties. That being said, I don't like the parties on the Row because they're extremely sloppy and I can't take any of my guy friends with me. The gender ratio at parties are so off because the only guys that can get in are members of that frat (I don't want to go to a party that's 10% guys and 90% girls). Also the music sucks on the Row (mostly just EDM music). That being said, if you talk around and investigate, you can find better parties in other areas like Menlo (pretty fun). Other house parties in the area are better than the Row. Overall the party scene is okay because of the lack of other parties besides parties on the Row because the Row is so lackluster.

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3 College Freshman

Greek Life: The Greek life (20% of students) runs a big part of the social scene (specifically party scene) at USC but you definitely don't have to be in one to be really social and have fun. The influence that Greek life has in different aspects can get annoying, especially since a good amount of Greek people are pretentious. The multicultural Greek life is more chill and welcoming, especially since there have been slight racial tension in the regular (majority white) Greek life. I just avoid Greek life social events which is pretty easy to do and do other stuff with other people.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Quality: There are a lot of amenities and facilities on campus and offer a lot. The campus is beautiful and easy to maneuver around. There is always some type of event going on and school spirit is so strong. However, there is a lack of hangout or lounging space for those who don't live on campus (which is the majority of students since only freshman live on campus).

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: If you're a low income student then you receive great financial aid. If your family's income is about $50,000 or above then things can get expensive. But luckily USC gives merit scholarships to a good amount of students and once you're at the school there are scholarships available within certain academic, extracurricular,and alumni programs.

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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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