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Reviews 3185 total reviews with an average rating of 3.8

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4 College Freshman

Athletics: A lot of school spirit for football, some club sports like hockey are big as well.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Weather, campus, school spirit, engaging classes.

5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Although USC has a reputation for being in a shadier part of town, I have never felt safer than on campus. There is security everywhere, and they check every individual entering campus at night. Campus, and the surrounding area is well lit. There is security stationed on all the corners for a distance in any direction around campus. There is a lot of security on popular student pathways, like the walk from campus to the row. Most of the area around campus is shops and restaurants geared toward students or construction sites where USC is expanding. Campus Cruiser provides free ubers for students, so getting places safely is never an issue.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: My classes are inspiring, as are the professors. I am taking classes about things I actually care about, and I feel like they are preparing me practically for my major. My classes are usually very small, with only 10-20 people. My only large classes are lower level requirements and GE classes. For those classes, there are small discussion section, so you still get individual attention, and there is someone invested in you in the class. They are continuously adding new classes that are relevant with changing times. The professors love what they do, and teach enthusiastically. It is hard to be bored in class. Even though they are very distinguished academics, they are still very approachable and understanding.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: The Trojan Family is one of the things USC is most famous for. The alumni take care of their own. There are constantly opportunities for part and full time jobs and internships. There is a variety of resources available for finding and researching them as well. There is also a career center, with people trained to help you. Professors are usually more than willing to help you on your search or write you letters of recommendation. Employment fairs happen monthly, and there are even field specific fairs.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: The dorm housing is mostly suite style, so you have more space than just in a room. The rooms are not huge, but they are not overly cramped. The dorms have a lot of security, and you have to scan in, and then fingerprint with a guard every time you enter the building, and then scan into the elevator.

5 College Sophomore

Greek Life: I say it is the best, but that is because I got into the sorority of my choice. I am sure that it is devastating for those who don't. Rushing and joining a sorority was one of the most intense processes I have gone through, with really long daily hours for more than a week, the same time as the first week of classes. Once in, being Greek is amazing. The parties are insanely elaborate. The houses are all amazing, literally like you see in the movies. Our chefs are wonderful, and our security is the best. We have really fun events where we rent out clubs in Hollywood or on the water, and it is perfect. We also have many philanthropies, that actually raise a significant amount of money. GDIs are sometimes critical of Greeks; there is a lot of resentment that arises from the process and competetiveness of joining. Parties are pretty strict on entry, especially for guys, so it can get a little insular, as there is not a lot of Greek and GDI intermingling. Overall, it is absolutely worth it. You automatically have 200 new friends, access to study resources, academic and social support and opportunities, scholarship opportunities, and a whole new network of alums.

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5 College Sophomore

Athletics: We have one of the best athletic facilities in the country. JMC has amazing everything. Our dining hall has really good, healthy options. The smoothie bar is legendary. You also get a pretty substantial amount of privilege on campus. Teachers are easier on you, for example. People outside of the campus community also are invested in USC sports, so you get approached pretty frequently outside of school by fellow Trojan fans. You're supported by the entire city. Games are so energetic because everyone comes out.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: As soon as I began school at USC, I found an entirely new family. My teachers, TAs, advisors, friends, sorority, team, and coaches made me feel supported from the beginning. Every day I am grateful to be on a campus where every other student is equally thrilled to be there. The Trojan Family is so very real and inspiring. The school spirit is unrivaled anywhere, and is a major factor in why I chose USC in the first place. Game day is unimaginable. I rarely leave my house without something reg and gold. My favorite song is our fight song. There are very few things in the world that I love more than my school, and, as I have heard from everyone, I will feel like this for the rest of my life. Fight on!

2 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Living near a community that dislikes the University for its overly preppy and insensitive students, USC lives up to the safety concerns. The fact that walking a block from campus in any direction offers a safety risk, the constant sirens, and insecurity at night poses serious issues that USC does not address. Though it cannot change its location, its lack of safety should trouble any student or parent.

3 College Freshman

Overall Experience: The school sells the ultimate college package, but does not deliver it to students who want to actually learn, pursue careers, and focus on their interests.

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3 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Great for Southern Californians, sub-par anywhere else. Equipped with a restricted, mediocre education you better hope for a Trojan family bailout.

2 College Freshman

Campus Housing: For 16,000/year I would expect something better than the average hotel room. For that much money, do I have access to a hot tub, pool, game center, arcade, etc. ? No. You get an average apartment/dorm room that would cost significantly less anywhere else. Also, if you care about your health, avoid the water in general. You know your living space is crap when your facets consistently smell of sewage.

2 College Freshman

Greek Life: If you want to relive High School where clubs and cliques are pronounced, then Greek life is for you. Each house fits a high school stereotype, just look for the one you want to fit in and be sure you have enough money and no life. Being Greek gives you unprecedented access to STDs, alcohol poisoning, and drastically increases your chances of sexual assault. Of course, you can join a service frat/sorority that not only perform projects a few times a semester but offer non-sustainable solutions to problems. If you want to think you make a difference without actually doing so, service frats/sororities are for you. Then again, if you want to be a lonely nobody you can pursue your education.

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3 College Freshman

Overall Experience: As one of the "top" research universities, I expected more research accessibility, job availability, and degree flexibility. Though the research done at USC is fantastic, student involvement in that research is subpar at best; as an undergraduate, gaining valuable research experience is an afterthought compared to other universities. Another striking feature of the school's "support" of students is their disregard for non work-study students. They pride themselves on being available for students and excellent on connecting students with internships, careers, and post-graduate success, but they cannot connect some of their Trustee scholars with an on/near-campus job. The university also sells their pseudo-liberal arts education well. They ensure that the general education courses will students better pursue their interests, yet they severely restrict students curriculum flexibility. An engineering education can hardly be pursued with a minor because of the unnecessarily broad GE curriculum. Rather than allowing students to fully participate in their degree, the curriculum they outline offers very little differentiation from any other in the nation. Thus, USC provides a mediocre curriculum that depends on extraordinary student initiative to differentiate themselves on a national scale; unless they "hook you up" with a member of the Trojan family of course. If you like the false dreams of Southern California, USC will fuel all that you believe with its lack of student support, weak curriculum, and inflexibility.

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5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I feel very safe. There is always security.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Small classes that help you get to know your peers.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: So many resources and opportunities available.

5 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Very welcoming environment. It makes you feel at home.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: It depends on what fraternity or sorority you want to get into. Some are much more difficult than others

5 College Freshman

Athletics: They try to recruit the best athletes possible to be able to represent the school well.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Best school I could have chosen. I love the diversity and the classes offered. There are so many resources and opportunities offered.

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!

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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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