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5 College Sophomore

Academics: Academics are what you make them everywhere you go. At USC, professors will go easy on you if you have mental illness (like extreme anxiety). Students hardly ever speak out to administration about being too overloaded, though.

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2 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Sexual assault is everywhere. I myself know at least 3 girls who have experienced it. It's a touchy subject I don't feel comfortable speaking out about to administration.

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5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: USC excels at offering a wide variety of classes. We have everything from athletic electives, like yoga (many different levels are available), to music electives, to fun classes based on musical media and visual culture! I think a great way to explore the options is through the General Education requirements. A lot of students complain about the GE classes that they take but I think this is because they just aren't taking the right classes and engaging with the professors. Anything can be interesting if you ask questions and engage!

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I've had so many opportunities spring from my time at USC. The Career Center is amazing, with so many job and internship opportunities. And you can apply for them right on the Center's website. My freshman year, I got an internship with the accredited Fisher Museum and a job with Trojan Events as an usher for Bovard Theatre on campus. This year, I have a job with the Schaeffer Center for Health Policy and Economics. Next semester, I will begin an internship with the House of Blues Music Forward Foundation. This summer, I will intern at the Capitol of California in Sacramento with CA Assemblymember Reggie Jones-Sawyer. I found this opportunity through USC's Academic Honors and Fellowships website.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: I had great housing my freshman year. Housing on campus is ONLY guaranteed for freshman, though (very unfortunate). But, I had to pay nearly $9,000 for it. It is very expensive to live on campus.

1 College Sophomore

Greek Life: I hate Greek Life. It's extremely cliquey and like a cult, but what I hate is that they won't admit that they all just follow each other! I've always been my own person. Sure, I copy trends or jump on the occasional bandwagon. But, I think there are much better things to do with my time than Greek Life. I don't have anything to prove to a bunch of people who just want to dominate me and see me make a fool of myself while trying to conform to their standards.

2 College Sophomore

Athletics: It's bad because varsity athletes, specifically football players, are treated like slaves. They are doted on by the school in many ways. Don't get me wrong, they get tons of stuff for free. But, they work constantly and bring in a ton of money for the school. Administration doesn't care about their academics, though.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: As a general piece of advice, I would say that the school doesn't make the student, the student makes the school. Everything is what you make it. At USC, you have the opportunity to make your experience a supreme one. Yes, USC likes to brag about how diverse it is, but in reality, it simply has many different niches (niches, niche scholarship)! From the Cinema School cult, to the athlete groups, to Greek life, USC has so many different niches that I believe it would be hard to find someone who didn't fit in. My most memorable experience was seeing all of these groups collide at a solidarity rally that occurred this past semester. The rally was held right at Tommy Trojan (an iconic school statue), so as to make the protest visible in USC's most visited public space. Students dressed in all black and gathered to show solidarity with black students at Mizzou (University of Missouri), who have been silenced by their own administration. These students were not asking for anything outlandish. They simply demand a safe space for students of color with enough money to actually serve all the students who need it. Students desire more diverse faculty and diversity training for all professors who teach at the school. Students were ignored, just as they had been in the past. So, students at other universities across the country held solidarity rallies to show support for the demands of the students at Mizzou and to highlight the inequalities that students of color face at their own universities. Clearly, systematic racism is alive and well everywhere. Yes, even at my dream school USC. So, on that bright and sunny November morning, about 300 other students and I gathered at Tommy Trojan for the event. I walked over to the center of campus with an extra pep in my step, but I still didn't know what I was really getting myself into. It turned out to be the best experience that I have had at USC so far. Students shared experiences and read poems. It was beautiful.

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4 College Senior

Academics: The registration process was quite easy and usually not too stressful. I was always able to get the classes that I needed to graduate, the only problem was trying to get it at a time that I preferred. I think this is great considering how I hear about students at other schools having a lot of trouble getting the classes they need.

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4 College Senior

Overall Experience: The science courses I took as a freshman and sophomore were extremely large with class size ranging somewhere from 100-250 students probably. They were large lecture halls and I did not really go to office hours for my professors as much. It felt really different from high school.

However, I would say the upper-division courses were amazing. I had extremely valuable learning experiences from them. The professors really cared about their students and wanted the best for them, the class sizes were much smaller and you get to talk to your professors. Professors were also a lot more helpful and I felt like I learned a lot more.

3 College Senior

Health & Safety: It is best to not walk out alone late at night. We do get a lot of safety alerts notifying us of robberies, so it's best to be careful. In general though, it does not feel too dangerous on-campus. I think most of the robberies happen a little further off-campus.

3 College Senior

Greek Life: For some people Greek life was very important to them, but for me, I did not join any sororities or fraternities and did not even consider them because I felt that they weren't important to me. I think that you can gain similar experiences through other clubs and activities.

5 College Senior

Overall Experience: I believe that USC provided me with a valuable learning experience. In classrooms, professors were enthusiastic about what they were teaching and most actually cared about what students learned. Students were also motivated and it was great to be able to work with other students who cared about learning. In addition to the classroom experience, the student body is quite diverse and you get to meet many different people and learn about different cultures.

5 College Senior

Athletics: There is an immense amount of school spirit at USC especially when it comes to football games.

3 College Senior

Health & Safety: The biggest issue is the lack of 24-hour medical (physical and mental) services. The RAs are around, but not on a high professional medical level.

3 College Senior

Overall Experience: Some professors are here because they can teach and do research, some are here just because they do research. The same can be said of the TAs, who may just be there because they're required to.

4 College Senior

Overall Experience: Career fairs are huge on campus and networking is ever so important on campus with big companies coming to scout for new recruits or interns.

3 College Senior

Campus Housing: Prices are higher than they should be, but the amenities make USC housing the easiest option.

4 College Senior

Greek Life: USC is very Greek, and a large number of people decide to join quickly their freshman year. You don't have to be in Greek life to have a good USC experience however.

5 College Senior

Athletics: Trojan Pride, Trojan Spirit - just look at football game days: the entire 8x8 block of campus gets transformed into tailgates.

5 College Senior

Overall Experience: The Trojan Family is always touted as a key feature of USC, and it frequently extends to your time away from campus and after you graduate. The University Park Campus always has a bustling vibe, albeit dodging bikes and longboards along Trousdale Parkway. Getting the classes you want (aka non-core or major requirement courses) can be difficult, especially if you've got more restricting schedules due to scheduling of classes you have to take to graduate.

5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I have never felt more secure on a campus or surrounding the campus. I use campus cruiser a lot.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I am in the Freshman Science Honors Program and I highly recommend getting into this if you are on the pre-med track or are required to take Biology and Chemistry for your major.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I love the Trojan Family and I am excited to take advantage of the many services available.

5 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I was hesitant about living in Parkside, but I have met my best friends in my suite.


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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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