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Reviews 2647 total reviews with an average rating of 3.8

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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Recent opening of Blaze and Cream have been awesome.

4 College Freshman

Administration: The amount of strictness was fine.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: Processing time took a while.

3 College Freshman

Campus Food: I think the food was okay. I'm not very picky so it was fine.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Living on campus was really fun. It was nice to be so close to classes and also be surrounded by friends all the time.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: USC off campus housing has a lot of options from shared houses to apartments to studios. The pitfalls are parking is often not offered or is expensive, causing a hassle with street parking, and rent is exorbitantly expensive.

4 College Junior

Party Scene: There's always a party happening at USC. The Row is a typical option with the stereotype of TV college parties but still provides a good time (can be gross though). Menlo and Ellendale used to have great parties, but recent policy conflict and enforcement has caused a decline.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Around USC there is a lot of variety, but few healthy options. Downtown is not too far and has much more to offer but can be difficult and annoying to get to without a car.

3 College Junior

Administration: In the recent years, USC has made adjustments to improve campus security, but it has become a hassle for everyone. From showing an ID to get on campus after 9 to needing to register guests and get them guest passes for on campus buildings, there is a lot of inconsistency and inconvenience to the whole system.

4 College Junior

Scholarships: USC is an expensive school to attend, but they do a great job combining government aid, school grants, and scholarships to those in need.

3 College Junior

Campus Food: Dining halls start of strong and progressively get worse throughout the semester. Also, the food served for days with organized parent visits is great, but not reflective of what they actually serve. Meal plans are expensive, and although dining dollars are the best option, there are not too many places they can be used at.

5 College Junior

Campus Housing: Since USC is such a social environment to attend school at, and because of the constant slue of activities and events on campus, living in campus housing provides the awareness and convenience to take advantage of all USC has to offer and really get the true college experience.

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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I've been to a few off campus housing like the Lorenzo, W 28th, the Shrine, Ellendale, Vista Magnolia, etc. I really like them and most of them are within walking/biking distance from campus. The Lorenzo which is farther away has a shuttle. The housing options are very nice and there are a lot of options.

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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.

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.

3 people found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

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

2 people found this useful Report
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.

3 people found this useful Report
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.

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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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