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4 College Junior

Overall Experience: I do not regret going to USC in the least. I have met some of my best friends at USC, taken amazing classes from extraordinary professors, and have had many opportunities to participate in a variety of activities from sports to volunteer efforts. What I love most about USC is that it is a medium sized school with the big school size diversity you wouldn't find at a small school. What I mean by this is that USC offers a very broad range of classes to take so you can really figure out what you want to pursue and you can take courses outside of your major to expand your knowledge and pursue other interests. You can also decide to go out or stay in and it really is up to you how social you choose to be -- but no matter what you do, you will meet people. There are hundreds of clubs to join. And if you don't meet your people when you move in freshman year, there are almost 20,000 other students to meet to find your clique.

2 people found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Honestly, USC has been amazing, and I believe college is what you make of it. If you embrace all the great things that USC has to offer instead of being cautious and listening to gossip, you can really find things to enjoy. USC is so big that there's sure to be something for everyone. My first semester I experimented and worked, but didn't initially feel like I had clicked in anywhere. When I came back after winter break I ended up trying to join a frat, something I had always thought was so stupid, and got a job at Ground Zero. Both places have been amazing communities that have nurtured both sides of my personality and really made my USC experience amazing. There are thousands of clubs and groups which will help you fit in. And of course, the classes have been amazing.

5 people found this useful Report
5 College Sophomore

Diversity: Use is like a melting pot of the world. There is no overpowering race on campus, and it is evident just by walking around. Also there are many religious groups as well as many fraternities, so there have both ends covered there.

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5 College Sophomore

Academics: I have had an internship every summer and even through the school year. Also, the program is fantastic I feel so equipped for the future. The only facility that could use some help is the woodshop, it is a little small but it definitely works for the number of students. Overall the program is more than I could have imagined, great.

3 people found this useful Report
5 College Sophomore

Academics: Professors are fantastic, as are the TA's. The curriculum is great and seems to be very well thoughout and organized. The immense number of choices for GE's is nice. Workload can be very tough at times, especially majoring in architecture. Getting good grades is also tough because everyone is so smart, but that makes us work very hard.

3 people found this useful Report
5 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: Campus is beautiful and everyday I get the reminder of how privileged I am to go to USC as I walk to class

2 people found this useful Report
5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I love USC, my experience has been fantastic. I would recommend it to absolutely everyone. I am so happy I ended up here and if I would not choos any other university over USC.

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5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: The classes are all pretty small, especially in my major. With the acception of 2 of my GEs I knew my professors very well. Within my major the professors are very knowledgeable and have great connections and put in a lot of work to make sure that we succeed.

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5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: It is literally the best. Every firm I have visited have an alumni, and it goes a long way. They are so friendly, willing to hire, and more often than not have been following football and can talk about sports with you. Also if you talk to your counselor they can put you in contact with tons of alumni in whatever city/job/major that you want.

1 person found this useful Report
5 College Sophomore

Local Area: I love being in LA for college. Everything is at our fingertips. We have downtown, the beach, Disneyland, Magic Mountain, the Staples Center, parks, etc. But I do not want to live in Los Angeles after college just because it is too big of a city for me.

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5 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Sometimes I feel like USC must meet every applicant because everyone does more than study, they all play a sport, are in a club, are attractive, have their own goal and life aspiration in mind that is unique.

4 people found this useful Report
5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: The Health Center is incredible. It is basically a hospital, and they are great and convenient. I see a chiroptactor every other week for FREE.

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5 College Sophomore

Athletics: Despite USC's constantly rising and very excellent academic standards, we are constantly defined by our football team. Anytime attending the campus on a weekend in the fall, you will see the campus explode in cardinal and gold with tailgates fillling every inch of grass on the campus, and the band parades around campus getting every rallied up for the game! As for facilities, if you are on one of the NCAA teams you have everything you could ever ask for. But for the rest of the student body the current gym is... alright. It has everything we need, lots of weights, tennis, rock wall, basketball, racket ball etc. but the facility does not have the presige that the architecture of the rest of the campus has. However they did just redo the pool, and it is incredible.

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5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: There always seems to be nice apartment options. They advertise a lot and always seem to want more people. If you want to get a house with your friends that is a bit tougher of a process, but with a will theres a way. My friends were able to get a huge 3 story house that seems to be fitting all our needs.

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5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: The food off campus within 2 blocks or campus it pretty typical stuff, Subway, Chipotle, Chickfila, Cream, Coffee Beam, Freebirds etc. Which is really nice when you are off campus and hungry or when you don't feel like eating at the Campus Center. However, if you go a little bit further off campus (by car, Metro, Uber, etc.) there are unlimited options with insane diversity in ethnicity, cost, and quality. You can find anything you want near or around downtown.

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5 College Sophomore

Administration: I never had any problems, but I never drank alchol or did drugs. However the Department of Public Saftey (DPS) officers are constantly patrolling, and are at every exit and entrance to the school and are at most road intersections within a mile of campus. They make the students feel very safe. Despite the area (primarily to the South of campus) I have never felt in danger or uncomfortable while at USC.

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5 College Sophomore

Campus Food: I was completely satisfied with the food, it had enough variety for me and it was always good. Also I cannot imagine how much better it is going to be once the new University Village is built!

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4 College Sophomore

Scholarships: My parents were essential in applying for financial aid. It was a lot of work, but we got so much financial support that it made going to USC cheaper than everywhere else I applied to.

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5 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: I loved my dorm my freshman year. It was very nice, spacious, had air condition, refrigerator, and microwave. Also the first floor had a pingpong table, pool table, 2 music rooms with pianos, and plenty of study hall spaces. I was not very social with my suite mates because I was gone for welcome/move-in week due to band camp, and throughout the rest of the year I was always out studying, or playing sports. My dorm was everything I needed and became a home for me.

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5 Recent Alumnus

Athletics: This school seems very invested in sport activity, so there very good facilities also.

3 people found this useful Report
3 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Housing: They are many options, but it's really costly.

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1 Recent Alumnus

Party Scene: Roamers are that they are many parties on row, but I never attend. There is huge concern over safety, making it difficult to have fun in general. Unless you are willing to spend money and time for nightlife in west LA, around campus there are not many options.

4 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Dining: There are many options in Los Angeles for dining, I never had any feeling of shortcoming.

3 Recent Alumnus

Administration: Parking is hassle. Also when you call public safety, it's like there has to be a actual crime, other than that they will not help you much.

2 Recent Alumnus

Campus Housing: The dorm that I lived was old and was not comfortable at all. The gym was in small room in parking, and with bad smell. The heating system constantly need maintenance. The room was painted with bizarre brown color. Overall. It was awful.

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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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