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4 College Freshman

Academics: At first, the difficulty level was hard, but then I adjusted and have fallen back to my old study habits and am doing just fine.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: The security guards standing on every corner makes me feel pretty safe. I also like how you need your USC ID to get back onto campus at night. Personally I think it should be 24/7. The DPS people could do a little more than just shut down parties and roll around on their segways.

5 College Freshman

Athletics: The extra perks of being an athlete is amazing. We get free tutors and priority scheduling. This way we are able to successfully continue our education while earning the school revenue. I really enjoy the free gear we get. Almost all of our sports teams are the best in the country. Fan support could be better but there is still support present. The facilities are beyond amazing. The pool is brand new and there are talks of refurbishing the track field. Also, athletics provides job opportunities to fit the busy schedule of a student-athlete

2 College Freshman

Greek Life: It is all very materialistic. Yeah, their houses are amazing and their clothes are cute. But I would not want to have to make my friends and networks in that way.

3 College Freshman

Local Area: The safety is a little of an issue when you don't have your own car. Also, if you don't have your own car, it is very hard to get around to those attractions. The activities and cultural events and shopping are one of the best in the country, but I still want to move back to my hometown.

2 College Freshman

Scholarships: They say they are here to help people attend USC. However there are only a few who actually receive financial aid and generally athletes are excluded from this group.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I love how the biggest class size offered here is only about 200 people. This allows me a more personal connection with my professor and I feel like I am able to ask more questions to better my education. The courses are tough but it is not that big of a challenge. I feel like everybody here actually cares about their future and are attending USC in order to create a great life for themselves.

3 College Freshman

Majors: USC offers a very elite program of majors. Generally engineering is always the hardest to get into. I am currently applying to the business school and that is a very daunting process. There is so much competition that it is impossible to even make one tiny mistake, However, there are a lot of different routes offered and a degree from USC always opens many doors.

4 College Freshman

Party Scene: The athlete parties are for the most part very fun. It is rare to find a good party on the Row. It is always an unbalanced ratio of girls versus guys. Also, they get shut down very quickly and never have any alcohol.

4 College Freshman

Campus Food: The two dining halls, Parkside and Cafe 84, usually offer a nice meal to those with meal plans. The places like Lemonade and Nektar are fun little places to go occasionally. They are very high priced though. A great option for athletes is either John McKay or Little Galen. There, we get healthy snacks such as fresh fruit or whole wheat bagels.

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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: There are both pros and cons. I like that there are many different options, however they are way overpriced for the quality of the apartments. Some landlords suck and are not very good at their jobs. The parking and safety are not a problem. USC does a good job at providing housing information for when you want to move off-campus.

5 College Freshman

Administration: They spend too much time trying to kill fraternity life

5 College Freshman

Campus Housing: If you're a freshman, live in New/North. It's by far the most social dorm and a great place to meet people.

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5 College Freshman

Greek Life: Joining a fraternity has been the best decision I've made at USC thus far. I've met so many great people and it has added so much to my college experience.

5 College Freshman

Party Scene: Despite the administration's recent crackdown on Greek life, USC's party scene is still the best on the west coast

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: In addition to being a lot nicer and more spacious, off-campus is actually cheaper in most cases than living in the dorms.

5 College Freshman

Majors: The Business school sets you up with so many great opportunities, even for freshmen.

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5 College Freshman

Athletics: There truly is nothing like a USC football Saturday from the tailgate to the game and the post-game parties

5 College Freshman

Local Area: USC is right in the heart of downtown. LA Live is a fun place to go on the weekends for a movie or Laker game

4 College Student

Local Area: Many resources and things to do in the area. I plan on going here after graduation.

5 College Junior

Diversity: USC is known for accepting students all around the world. There are more international students here than any other private school. Equality is very supported on campus and it doesn't matter what ethnicity, religion gender or sexual orientation you are. Everyone can find their own place here.

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5 College Junior

Scholarships: I was surprised to see the financial statement I got after admission. It literally payed for my tuition and some other expenses like books and supplies. Even though the tuition is very high, USC makes sure that everyone gets a chance to pay for the tuition despite low income.

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5 College Junior

Campus Housing: The atmosphere in dorms and campus is amazing. People are very nice and it is quite easy to make new friends.

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5 College Junior

Majors: My major is computer science. I really enjoy the overall environment in classrooms and challenging projects we are given throughout the whole semester. The best part about some projects of my program is team work and ability to use your knowledge in the projects that are very similar to the real-world applications and projects. You learn a lot from your professors as well as students.

5 College Junior

Party Scene: The party scene at USC is huge. There are always parties going on every weekend (some houses organize parties literally every day). The quality of parties depends on the individual house (whether it's frat, sorority, or other houses), but the overall quality is excellent, probably the best in the country.

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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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