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Reviews 2678 total reviews with an average rating of 3.8

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2 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: It is what should be expected in the LA area

4 College Junior

Party Scene: The party scene is different for graduate students than undergraduates. Still a very fun time.

4 College Junior

Local Area: I do not live in the area but everything I have do in LA has been extremely fun. I would love to live in the area if I could financially support it.

4 College Junior

Health & Safety: I have not had a problem on campus. I find it to be a safe place.

2 College Junior

Scholarships: I easily received my government financial aid and it was applied to my account. However, a scholarship that I received 5 years ago took almost 3 months to apply towards my tuition and then it was too late and I had to pay the remaining balance out of pocket before the scholarship was applied. It was awful. It was almost impossible to get someone to call me or talk to me about the situation. I am extremely frustrated by the situation

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5 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: The people at this school are very smart an attractive. I only wish everyone was a bit more friendly.

6 people found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Majors: I didn't apply as an engineer, but it was very easy to transfer into engineering.

5 people found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Campus Food: Avoid EVK and the food is fantastic.

2 people found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I feel very safe. The only real problems are sexual assault and the drinking culture. However, the university is taking a significant stand to address these issues.

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5 College Freshman

Greek Life: The Greek Life scene is pretty dominant here. If you're involved in Greek life there's always something interesting going on. If you aren't involved, the presence of Greek life will be apparent, but there is still plenty to do socially.

2 people found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Local Area: The local area has some less inviting places if you go about a mile south of campus, but north of campus all the way to Downtown is great. There is a history museum, a park, a science center, and more just south of campus. The shrine is an awesome concert venue just north of campus. It's always easy to find something fun to do in the local area.

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5 College Freshman

Academics: It's impressive. Professors are usually very good instructors. Even if they aren't the absolute best you have ever seen, the professor is always professional. The workload is pretty heavy in engineering. It's difficult to really delve much into the social scene. Time management becomes more essential than ever.

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5 College Freshman

Academics: The curriculum is challenging, the professors are brilliant, and the student atmosphere is competitive yet collaborative. Registration is mostly painless. There may be a class that is difficult to get at a time you would like, but that's as far as registration trouble goes. I've never had any problems with getting the classes I want.

4 College Freshman

Party Scene: USC has been known as a party school, but the party scene seems to be moving past its prime. The new president has taken arms against Greek Life. Parties this semester were often shut down before midnight. House parties happen pretty consistently, you just have to know where to look. The house parties get shut down less, but often aren't as good as parties on the Row. Registered parties are always very high quality and happen pretty consistently throughout the semester. They don't get shut down, which is great, but if you're a guy, good luck finding a way in.

2 people found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Going to this school is absolutely awesome! The motivation to go out and become established in the professional world is contagious. The alumni network's strength keeps opportunity at your fingertips. Sometimes, opportunity even feels spoon fed.

3 people found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: It has been a breeze to go through off-campus housing options and find one that fits me.

1 person found this useful Report
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.

4 people 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.

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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.

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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.

4 College Sophomore

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

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.

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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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