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4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Located in South Central, USC is not in the best neighborhood, but walking on/near campus you do not feel that way at all. There are security guards constantly patrolling the area, and on every block for a blocks outside of campus. There are security measures to get into dorm buildings and IDs needed to get onto campus after 9pm. I have never felt unsafe.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Although I haven't attended USC for long, I truly believe I am at the best school and in the right place. USC is a large university and with that comes all the amazing things that going to a school with ample resources would provide-lots of fun activities, a vibrant social life, a big school spirit and community aspect surrounding football and the athletics, and quality classes and professors. Fight on!!

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I haven't had the time to fully experience the career prospects of this school, but I do feel like they give us ample opportunities. I get weekly emails with internship and job postings and the alumni network/Trojan family is very strong so I believe prospects are great!

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The buildings for freshmen dorms are just average. They have all of your basic necessities, incuding study rooms and lounges. Most of the dorms are located in great locations that are close to everything on campus. They are great for socializing and spending your first year in college meeting people and transitioning, however the lack of AC in Los Angeles is a real detriment. I find it very difficult to see how a school with such a great campus and large sums of money could not implement some improvements in that department.

4 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greek life plays a big part in the social scene of USC. The Row, located a few blocks off campus, is where most of the parties and philanthropy events happen. Fraternity parties are what USC is known for and they are really fun. It can be somewhat difficult to join a sorority depending on the house you want to join. However, there are plenty of fraternities for boys to join. Despite the large part Greek life plays, there are many other clubs and things to do at such a large school so you don't feel the need to join to be social or have fun.

5 College Freshman

Athletics: USC football takes center stage of the athletic scene. We have big school spirit and game days are the happiest days of the year. The campus turns into a giant celebration everyday there is a home game and it definitely has helped shape my college experience in the best way possible. One of the reasons I wanted to attend USC was the school spirit because of the community it fosters. The athletes get celebrity treatment, often riding hoverboards across campus. You can definitely tell when someone plays a sport here!

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: USC was my top school choice and it has proven to be everything I was hoping for. Even though I just finished my first semester, my transition was easy and I look forward to going back after breaks! The school spirit and community aspect are something that you can't find at another school. It is fun to attend classes and there are always things you can do! It strikes the perfect balance between social and academic goals and events. Fight on!

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Engemann Health Center is good but I have had to wait a long time simply to get a sprained shoulder checked.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Professors and TAs are good, nothing exceptional but classes are challenging and engaging.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: If you seek work in LA, you will be hired immediately if you have a USC degree.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Parkside dorms (A&H and IRC) are amazing, Fluor is good, have only visited Pardee once and seems very cramped compared to suite style dorms.

4 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greek life is good for those that join it, and for those who are not interested, the school is just as enjoyable.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: A lot of school spirit for football, some club sports like hockey are big as well.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Weather, campus, school spirit, engaging classes.

5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Although USC has a reputation for being in a shadier part of town, I have never felt safer than on campus. There is security everywhere, and they check every individual entering campus at night. Campus, and the surrounding area is well lit. There is security stationed on all the corners for a distance in any direction around campus. There is a lot of security on popular student pathways, like the walk from campus to the row. Most of the area around campus is shops and restaurants geared toward students or construction sites where USC is expanding. Campus Cruiser provides free ubers for students, so getting places safely is never an issue.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: My classes are inspiring, as are the professors. I am taking classes about things I actually care about, and I feel like they are preparing me practically for my major. My classes are usually very small, with only 10-20 people. My only large classes are lower level requirements and GE classes. For those classes, there are small discussion section, so you still get individual attention, and there is someone invested in you in the class. They are continuously adding new classes that are relevant with changing times. The professors love what they do, and teach enthusiastically. It is hard to be bored in class. Even though they are very distinguished academics, they are still very approachable and understanding.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: The Trojan Family is one of the things USC is most famous for. The alumni take care of their own. There are constantly opportunities for part and full time jobs and internships. There is a variety of resources available for finding and researching them as well. There is also a career center, with people trained to help you. Professors are usually more than willing to help you on your search or write you letters of recommendation. Employment fairs happen monthly, and there are even field specific fairs.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: The dorm housing is mostly suite style, so you have more space than just in a room. The rooms are not huge, but they are not overly cramped. The dorms have a lot of security, and you have to scan in, and then fingerprint with a guard every time you enter the building, and then scan into the elevator.

5 College Sophomore

Greek Life: I say it is the best, but that is because I got into the sorority of my choice. I am sure that it is devastating for those who don't. Rushing and joining a sorority was one of the most intense processes I have gone through, with really long daily hours for more than a week, the same time as the first week of classes. Once in, being Greek is amazing. The parties are insanely elaborate. The houses are all amazing, literally like you see in the movies. Our chefs are wonderful, and our security is the best. We have really fun events where we rent out clubs in Hollywood or on the water, and it is perfect. We also have many philanthropies, that actually raise a significant amount of money. GDIs are sometimes critical of Greeks; there is a lot of resentment that arises from the process and competetiveness of joining. Parties are pretty strict on entry, especially for guys, so it can get a little insular, as there is not a lot of Greek and GDI intermingling. Overall, it is absolutely worth it. You automatically have 200 new friends, access to study resources, academic and social support and opportunities, scholarship opportunities, and a whole new network of alums.

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5 College Sophomore

Athletics: We have one of the best athletic facilities in the country. JMC has amazing everything. Our dining hall has really good, healthy options. The smoothie bar is legendary. You also get a pretty substantial amount of privilege on campus. Teachers are easier on you, for example. People outside of the campus community also are invested in USC sports, so you get approached pretty frequently outside of school by fellow Trojan fans. You're supported by the entire city. Games are so energetic because everyone comes out.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: As soon as I began school at USC, I found an entirely new family. My teachers, TAs, advisors, friends, sorority, team, and coaches made me feel supported from the beginning. Every day I am grateful to be on a campus where every other student is equally thrilled to be there. The Trojan Family is so very real and inspiring. The school spirit is unrivaled anywhere, and is a major factor in why I chose USC in the first place. Game day is unimaginable. I rarely leave my house without something reg and gold. My favorite song is our fight song. There are very few things in the world that I love more than my school, and, as I have heard from everyone, I will feel like this for the rest of my life. Fight on!

2 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Living near a community that dislikes the University for its overly preppy and insensitive students, USC lives up to the safety concerns. The fact that walking a block from campus in any direction offers a safety risk, the constant sirens, and insecurity at night poses serious issues that USC does not address. Though it cannot change its location, its lack of safety should trouble any student or parent.

3 College Freshman

Overall Experience: The school sells the ultimate college package, but does not deliver it to students who want to actually learn, pursue careers, and focus on their interests.

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3 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Great for Southern Californians, sub-par anywhere else. Equipped with a restricted, mediocre education you better hope for a Trojan family bailout.

2 College Freshman

Campus Housing: For 16,000/year I would expect something better than the average hotel room. For that much money, do I have access to a hot tub, pool, game center, arcade, etc. ? No. You get an average apartment/dorm room that would cost significantly less anywhere else. Also, if you care about your health, avoid the water in general. You know your living space is crap when your facets consistently smell of sewage.

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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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