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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.

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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.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: I like that the restaurants are within walking distance from the school.

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4 College Freshman

Scholarships: I got an amount that was helpful but it wasn't as much as I would have liked. But it was still enough to allow me to go to the school, and I'm very grateful for that.

3 College Freshman

Party Scene: The party scene is quite prevalent, but you aren't forced to join it. People respect if you party or not which is great.

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3 College Freshman

Administration: They really endorse being safe when intoxicated.

4 College Freshman

Campus Food: I liked the variety. And even the worst options were still good.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I had so much fun and met so many people and made a lot of great friends. It was also nice to be right next to a dining hall.

5 College Sophomore

Greek Life: I really appreciated greek life at USC. Being a member of a sorority has allowed me to make a big school feel smaller by becoming part of the greek community. Although I do not feel that greek life is all-consuming (I have friends outside of greek life), it definitely provides a great community atmosphere which I love. I am not a typical sorority girl and was skeptical of rushing at USC because I thought it would be a bunch of superficial southern Californians. I was surprised by the geographic diversity and devotion to academics & community service that I found in greek life. The all-row average GPA is consistently higher than the all-USC undergraduate average GPA.

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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Off-campus housing options include apartments, greek housing, non-USC-owned houses, and off-campus USC-owned apartments. I have friends who live in all of these kinds of housing and they all enjoy it. The easiest and safest options are apartment buildings (West 27th, Gateway & the Lorenzo) and off-campus USC-owned housing. My friends who have lived in these kinds of housing have found it very easy and convenient. I live in a sorority house which I also love!

4 College Sophomore

Party Scene: Parties at USC are very fun. Regardless of how fun the parties are, I have found that a night out is always dependent on who you I am with. I love parties on the row because I am always running into friends (greek and non-greek), however frat parties are fairly exclusive to male students that are not in that fraternity.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: In walking distance to campus are several dining options, categorized below as fast food, cheap full-meal options and further off-campus restaurants (car or bus). Overall, I never get bored and enjoy a variety of inexpensive food options!

1) Fast Food: Panda Express, McDonalds, Five Guys, Dominos

2) Cheap Meal Options: Subway, Jimmy Johns, Blaze Pizza, Which Wich, Pizza Studio, Starbucks, Built Burger, Soy (sushi), Leno juice bar (acai bowls and smoothies)

3) Further off-campus destinations (relatively close proximity): LA Live (Smash Burger, Yardhouse, Rock and Fish, Wolfgang Puck, Katsuya sushi), Urth cafe, Boutega Louie, Sugarfish, Wakeno, etc.

4 College Sophomore

Administration: USC campus strictness definitely helps to make students feel safe on campus despite its urban setting and location. Although I do not think that USC is an extremely strict campus overall, USC is very strict in regards to policies that protect student safety. For example, no one can enter the campus after 9pm without showing their USC ID card. Also, in order to go upstairs in any on-campus dorm, students must quickly fingerprint in order to verify that they live there. Other students or visitors who do not live in that dorm must sign in with a student who lives there by giving their ID at the front desk and retrieving it again when they leave. Because of these strictly regulated policies, I was never worried about feeling unsafe on campus or in my dorm.

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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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