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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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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Directly around campus and walking distance are typical fast food and chain places but if you're willing to go about 10 minutes or more away from campus then you can find some pretty cool restaurants.

2 College Freshman

Campus Food: I spent so much money ordering out last semester because I absolutely do not like the food in the dining hall. There are probably only 2 meals a week that I actually enjoy. The rest of the food lacks flavor and you can tell that some of the food that's used in the dining hall isn't of the best quality. I'm definitely not going to miss the dining halls next year (students don't really go to the dining halls after freshman year). The food isn't absolutely horrible but it's definitely not good.

2 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Honestly we don't have the "intellectual community" that colleges try to sell us (does it even exist?). People are into partying and typical high school type social life. This mostly describes freshmen and sophomores of course. Some older students, especially those in tough majors, seem withdrawn from everything besides classes. "Most people" are west coast white kids from norcal and above, which should paint an accurate set of stereotypes.

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5 College Freshman

Majors: They do a great job getting us into the major (Physics) from the start with a research seminar. The only downside I can see is that anyone not wanting to do grad school and research probably doesn't get much support.

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3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: If you live in one of the older buildings (not Birnkrant or Parkside/IRC) it's all pretty much the same. Small, traditional rooms that are at least pretty close to class. The wiring is really outdated: 2 prong electric plugs, cat 3 network cable (meaning the internet tops out at 10 megs despite the university network being much faster). They guarantee housing for sophomore year but space in reasonably priced buildings is limited. And I'll say it, fingerprinting in at the desk is annoying and probably doesn't do anything for safety.

5 College Freshman

Local Area: It's the heart of LA guys. Not Beverly Hills, but art museums, food trucks, Koreatown, and the history of it all. My favorite part is all the foods one can sample in a quick walk around downtown. The Staples Center is right there if you're into sports. Events are there if you keep an eye out. I'll admit you have to look a bit for stuff as it's not the tourist oriented part of town, but that stuff would get old quick. Just go exploring because even open minded guidebooks (People's Guide to LA, highly recommended) don't list the best food and coolest shops.

4 College Freshman

Scholarships: Everything went well. It ended up costing about as much as would be possible without outside loans. Think of it as USC is expensive but they adjust it so that it's just "expensive" not "impossible."

3 College Freshman

Administration: Campus police actively prevented students from joining a peaceful march after the Michael Brown decision, and there was no explanation or apology from anyone. Otherwise for all the bureaucracy it seems like administration doesn't do anything.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: DPS is effective if heavyhanded on crime prevention. Mostly small time robberies once and a while. I never needed campus cruiser (free ride home) but it's probably good to have. I feel safe on campus and in the immediate block around it at all times.

4 College Junior

Local Area: It is hard to get around but overall it is a nice place

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3 College Junior

Campus Food: Some dining halls are better then others but there is a variety of food.

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2 College Junior

Scholarships: The financial aid office is often hard to deal with.

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3 College Junior

Administration: The administration is strict when it comes to health issues especially.

3 College Junior

Greek Life: It is pretty big on camps, fun to attend events during weekends.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: There are many options and availability varies, it is reasonable.

4 College Junior

Majors: My major is a very competitive and rewarding program.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Would want to see more healthy options around campus.

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5 College Junior

Overall Experience: Our university connects us very well with alumni and allows us to find jobs after graduating.

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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: There are many off-campus housing options for students. The costs of each option vary and they all have different amenities. Some places tend to be a little far from campus while others are really close to campus.

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3 College Freshman

Greek Life: There is a strong presence of greek life at school, but if you choose not to join it is not an issue and will not have a negative impact on your social life. Greeks can live on the row or in freshman housing.

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5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: The health center is a great resource for students. DPS always notifies students of local crime in the area and places a strong emphasis on student safety.

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5 College Freshman

Athletics: Trojan Football is great with a strong fan support. All other sports besides Football are free for students, if they want to attend the games.

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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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