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4 College Freshman

Administration: The administration is typically pretty lenient and understanding for students. The only thing that prevents a five star rating is the campus security. There are unwanted elements of Los Angeles that could seep onto campus if left unchecked, so the administration works pretty hard to keep campus sealed up tight. You must show your ID to get on campus after 9 p.m. At all times, students need their student ID to swipe into dorm, then they need to have their fingerprint scanned, and then they need to swipe again to go up the elevator or gain access to a stairwell. It's a bit of a drag, but definitely worth it since campus feels so safe.

3 people found this useful Report
College Freshman

Majors: I don't plan on doing an internship because I want to pursue entrepreneurship. Instead, I'd like to join a team of grad students working on a startup.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: People think the area will be bad because it's near Compton, but DPS makes it more safe than most school, as there are officers around for the surrounding 3 mile radius. Stealing, sexual assault, and other crimes occur at a similar rate to most schools.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: If you're a social person whatsoever, you'll definitely want to live in New/North your freshman year. Living anywhere else, you'll get more sleep and be able to study there, but feel isolated. If you want a nice room with air conditioning, Webb and Parkside are pretty good choices. I don't know many people who live in Cardinal Gardens, Pardee, Marks Tower, Fluor, and Trojan Hall, but I don't hear many good things.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Party Scene: Parties are insanely frequent. There's something to do every Thursday for Saturday for all, and every Tuesday through Saturday if you're in Greek life. Males are barred from most parties, so it's pretty important to be in a house, so you can at least go to the parties of your own fraternity. Parties are repetitively loud and rave-like, good for dancing.

2 people found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: There are many nice places to live, but many are expensive or far away. The school doesn't give you much guidance unless you search it out, and you have to be in the know to be aware of when to start looking for housing.

4 College Freshman

Administration: DPS is very helpful at making kids safe in an unsafe city. RAs are lenient but it depends upon the housing building.

College Sophomore

Administration: I haven't had much contact with the administration at the school.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: It's expensive but rewarding as an experience. It's good.

College Sophomore

Campus Food: I am a graduate student, I don't know what the food is like.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: It's not bad, but there's still serious crimes that occur everywhere.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: USC is a great school, lots of intelligent and caring professors here.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Some areas are really terrible to live in, be careful and do your research before signing a lease.

4 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Some people are kind of spoiled, but most people are very nice here.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Junior

Athletics: The athletics were quite fun and very popular. Enjoyable.

2 College Junior

Campus Housing: Campus housing was pretty miserable and also difficult to obtain on campus.

3 people found this useful Report
College Junior

Party Scene: Did not participate in the party scene. Was not interested.

2 people found this useful Report
College Junior

Greek Life: I pretty much ignored the greek life and didn't notice them.

2 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: The off campus dining options were pretty atrocious.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Junior

Administration: I didn't have any interaction with this aspect of school.

3 College Junior

Scholarships: Did not have any interactions with the financial aid process.

3 College Junior

Health & Safety: I never felt in danger on campus, but a friend was mugged at the finger fountain,

3 College Junior

Local Area: I never went out much during college. Can't comment on this.

5 College Sophomore

Majors: My program is amazing and I get to study with incredible faculty

1 person found this useful Report
5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: USC has recently been pouring money into safety around campus and it shows. I always feel safe

2 people found this useful Report
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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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