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4 College Freshman

Party Scene: I want to say it's the best, but the videos posted about our parties make them seem a lot better than they actually are. If you're in a sorority or super outgoing, it helps, especially if you know people in the house. Other than that, I usually see a lot of girls dancing by themselves hoping boys will talk to them while guys just stand around watching girls dance.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Sometimes you just don't want to eat at the dining halls and find other places to go. Thankfully, USC is right near Downtown LA where there are so many options of eateries, although most are a little bit pricey. Go to LA Live or popular hang out spots for a night out or walk towards the Row and find some cheaper eating spots and fast food places.

4 College Freshman

Administration: You can get written up for the smallest things, but when larger things occur, other people won't get written up. It's really just luck and what kind of RAs are in your building. DPS is really bad at notifying students about activities on campus. The emails and texts with alerts usually send much after the incident occurred. DPS is also really strict about parties on the row. Many of them get shut down. Also bringing visitors into your dorm room can be a hassle at times.

College Freshman

Scholarships: I sent in my application early to make the financial aid decision deadline, but did not receive any financial aid. The scholarships I have applied to have not made their decisions yet.

3 College Freshman

Campus Food: I lived closest to EVK and was always too lazy to go anywhere else most of the time. I ended up spending more money on food than I originally thought I would off campus though because the options at the dining halls were not of a great variety. They had the same rotation of food every week it seemed like.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I turned in my housing late and was assigned to IRC before I switched into Trojan hall. IRC is the international suites, but most people living there aren't international. That area called Parkside is usually not very social. If you're a wild child, you want to be in New/North. New/North and the South Area (Pardee, Trojan, Marks) are the best locations. Webb and Fleur have the best food. Also make sure you get your housing in early!

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: There are enough options but you have to do a lot of research to find something you really want.

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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There are a lot of fast food and chain restaurants around campus and they tend not to be healthy.

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3 College Sophomore

Party Scene: It depends on the social circle you place yourself in.

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3 College Sophomore

Administration: The rules are typically more enforce for out safety than to bother our living environment.

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3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: I got the funding that I needed but in loans versus actual grants.

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: The campus food is not the best but it is not the worst.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: USC really aids in building communities in each residential area within the community of the Trojan family.

5 College Freshman

Greek Life: Very exclusive. Douchey. It's all frats are about.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Some are good. Some are bad.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: LOTS of choices. Mostly fast food though.

4 College Freshman

Party Scene: Frats are exclusive. Other parties are good.

5 College Freshman

Administration: It's enough to have fun. But safe too.

College Freshman

Scholarships: I didn't apply for scholarships. I should have.

5 College Freshman

Campus Food: A bit pricey. Very delicious.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I was lucky. Cheap, spacious, close to campus.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Don't take your chances with Icon and Gateway. Go for Ellendale.

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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Tara's Himalayan Cuisine is literally the best, and it's only a 5 min walk from Webb.

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3 College Freshman

Administration: I've heard they're getting stricter on The Row, but that's not a bad thing.

College Freshman

Party Scene: I'm really not the partying type, so the party scene has actually been sort of detrimental to my social experience. It's really an annoyance because the party culture's so prevalent 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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