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4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Perfect late night college food. Still there are a few restaurants that you can go to around.

2 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: You're safe if you use common sense, and you're totally safe on campus. Public Safety is considered a little bit of a joke at USC. They help, and they have been very helpful to me and my friends before, but they tend to over react. Still, safety isn't as bad as people say. I've lived there two years and I feel safe.

5 College Sophomore

Weather: It's Southern California. The weather is amazing.

3 College Sophomore

Technology: Almost everyone owns a laptop. There are computers available in the computer labs, but they're not always available. USC Wifi is almost always good, but sometimes it'll be super slow. Get and ethernet cable.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I absolutely love USC. It's really a work hard play hard school in the best way possible. Most of the people there are really passionate about something which really creates a great school environment.

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: I had a good time in the dorms (I lived in Pardee). It's a great atmosphere, not incredibly strict, though I think that depends on who your RA is. All of the dorms are at the center of campus, super close to classes.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: I'm not a part of them, but I know USC facilities are amazing. Also a nice gym.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Not the best, but it's definitely cheaper, especially if you take the time to shop around. There's a lot of different options ranging from apartments to houses to rent.

4 Recent Alumnus

Academics: USC has a reputation for being a strong academic school. A degree from USC is valued, especially in Southern California.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Transportation: Typical downtown LA traffic. Difficult to get around via public transportation.

3 Recent Alumnus

Administration: There is tons of security because of location of campus. As long as you respect security and don't do things that will get you into trouble, you'll be fine.

4 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Dining: I live Mexican food and there are tons of great spots close to campus. You are also relatively close to a variety of trendy spots.

5 Recent Alumnus

Diversity: Being in Los Angeles you are immersed in many different cultures and socioeconomic status. USC has the largest international population in the US.

3 Recent Alumnus

Drug Safety: Alcohol usage most seen in Greek life.

5 Recent Alumnus

Athletics: People come to USC because of its football legacy. Sports, especially football is a major part of the school.

2 Recent Alumnus

Parking: Very expensive. Structures always under construction. No street parking.

3 Recent Alumnus

Local Area: If you have a car it's ok. Surrounding neighborhood not great.

3 Recent Alumnus

Scholarships: You have to be in the know about scholarship opportunities.

4 Recent Alumnus

Campus Quality: What you'd expect from a private school.

3 Recent Alumnus

Guys & Girls: Think mix between your stereotypical private school student and beach bum.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Majors: I loved the psychology program and recommend it to anyone interested. The downside is that it's difficult to find a career specific job with a psych degree. I wish I double majored in occupational therapy.

4 Recent Alumnus

Majors: The USC applications is much easier to navigate than other schools I applies to. Essay and recommendations are very important. The only downside is the cost.

3 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Housing: Expensive and difficult to find.

4 Recent Alumnus

Greek Life: Very active in school events.

3 College Sophomore

Transportation: It is what it is.


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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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