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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Lots of options, both private and university owned, most students stay off campus following their first years.

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3 College Freshman

Party Scene: If you're in Greek life or you're a girl or both, the social scene is a 5 always. If not, its decent.

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4 College Freshman

Athletics: Obviously, USC is an athletic hub, so even if students don't play for the university, they find ways to stay involved athletically.

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5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: LA is a cultural hub of food, and the area around USC is pretty good. If not, there's always the entire rest of the city.

4 College Freshman

Administration: They do their best, and it's clear, but sometimes their policies are difficult to enforce effectively.

5 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Extremely attractive people. Everyone has some depth. People take pride in their appearances. Hook-up culture is huge. Social life is centered in Greek life, but you don't need to partake to be social.

4 people found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Local Area: Not the safest neighborhood, but certainly well policed and maintained by the university. Metro proximity is great!

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4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: DPS presence is everywhere. Visibility is high. Most students know who to go to if they need help.

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4 College Sophomore

Party Scene: Greek life dominates, don't pretend it doesn't. Or the 9-0.

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: If you're a social being, try and try and try for New/North. Otherwise, you're kinda not getting the full freshman experience.

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Food: People need to stop bitching about the food. It's pretty solid, especially at Parkside and Cafe 84.

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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Varied pricing and design, but the surrounding neighborhood can be sketchy.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: FTFO, we never lost a game day my fellow trojans.

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4 College Sophomore

Academics: I'm paying thousands for powerpoints from a textbook...

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4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Parties are sick, but Nikias is cracking his whip.

3 College Sophomore

Majors: The opportunities to do field work are great, but the curriculum doesn't teach you any hard skills, forcing you into graduate school if you wan't anything marketable.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Scholarships: USC is pretty generous with financial aid for those who need it and/or have earned it-- or at least that has been my experience. On the other hand, it is a very expensive school.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Greek Life: I never had much interest in Greek life and stayed away from it.

4 Recent Alumnus

Athletics: School spirit is great-- everyone is so proud to be a Trojan. There's also a wide variety of student groups for almost anything you are interested in, and if there isn't, just start one yourself!

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4 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: The Trojan network is fantastic, and USC is definitely a top notch school with a reputation. Schools also hold career fairs and there are many opportunities to network and meet people in your desired industry if you work at it.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Dining: Off-campus dining in close proximity isn't all that great. It's mostly fast food and can get repetitive. If you have a car available or the time for public transportation, though, LA has exceptional options for both affordable and fine dining.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Housing: Overall, off-campus housing is very pricey even if you're sharing rooms. However, there are a few hidden gems that I came across with affordable prices and great amenities and space.

4 Recent Alumnus

Local Area: Being located in the heart of Los Angeles, there is a large array of things to do and explore from beaches to hiking to performances to great food.

3 Recent Alumnus

Campus Housing: I had an okay experience in student housing though I never did live in the freshman dorms. Everything was kept clean for the most part, and I know there were some renovations in the residential halls towards the end of my studies there. There have also been a lot of new non-campus housing options constructed since I left though incredibly expensive.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Guys & Girls: Mostly either foreign students or wealthy american kids with expensive clothes and other things. Few in between.

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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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