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4 College Freshman

Greek Life: USC without Greek life would definitely not be as fun

2 people found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Scholarships: I did not receive as much aid as I expected, however, I know of some people who received a surprisingly generous amount of aid.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Administration: Haven't had any major issues with campus police or strictness in general

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: The area around USC can be a little rough at night, but it's really not as bad as everyone makes it out to be.

5 College Freshman

Athletics: Athletics here are great. Lots of Olympians come from USC

5 College Freshman

Weather: The weather here is beautiful and warm almost every day.

5 College Freshman

Weather: Coming from New Jersey, the weather in Southern California is unbeatable. It's a rare day when the sun isn't shining and there isn't a nice breeze.

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5 College Freshman

Technology: Computers and technology are often encouraged in the classroom environment, with plenty of labs and resources available around campus. Wireless access is free and well available anywhere on campus.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: As long as you're smart about walking around the outskirts of campus, you should be fine. Campus safety is definitely present with Department of Public Safety officers located frequently both on and off campus. USC also provides other safety services such as Campus Cruiser, a free car service for nearby locations, and the blue light emergency call system.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Although campus living is expensive, each dorm has reasonable amenities and are well-located around campus. There are also a range of locations and social atmospheres to chose from in each dorm to find the best fit for each individual.

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3 College Freshman

Scholarships: Many students attend SC with the contingency that they recieved a certain amount of financial aid or grants. There are many scholarship opportunities to apply to throughout your time here. However, because tuition is so expensive, there are many students who are wealthy and don't receive aid.

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5 College Freshman

Academics: One of SC's most notable assets are its academic opportunities. All professors are well-qualified and experienced in their areas of study, and are always available to meet with students. USC is also provides great opportunities for interdisciplinary study and allows students to dig into their areas of interest almost immediately.

4 College Freshman

Greek Life: Although I'm not personally involved in greek life, I have plenty of friends who are involved and love it. Greek life is great for providing social events and activities around campus. However, with the range of clubs and activities available both on and off campus, it's definitely not necessary to join greek life to enjoy your time here and keep busy.

3 people found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Although city living can sometimes be expensive, there are a variety of apartment complexes, houses, and USC managed living areas. There is a wide range of luxuries, amenities, and prices to chose from to meet your needs.

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5 College Freshman

Local Area: One of my favorite parts about going to USC is the diverse atmosphere on and off campus! There are constantly cultural events going on around the city, as well as a variety of destinations to check out. Weekends here often consist of taking trips to nearby beaches, the city, or hiking around mountains. The local community is also very supportive of the trojan spirit which is a huge part of campus.

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3 College Freshman

Transportation: Unlike usual complaints about LA transportation, I have found the LA metro to be a great help in getting around without a car. Although a car would definitely be helpful, the metro and bus goes to most main locations near LA for a low cost.

4 College Freshman

Party Scene: Nightlife is great both on and off campus. Greek-life plays a big part on social events, so there's always something happening on campus. However, if greek life isn't your scene, there are plenty of off campus events and places to visit around LA.

4 College Junior

Party Scene: Nightlife is pretty great if you're underage and your definition of "going out" is the drunken beerfest on The Row, but the actual bar or club scene near USC, for those 21+, is abysmal. There is "The Lab", the school gastropub, the 9-0, where you should probably wear a condom just to walk in the door (even if you're female - it's just ugh), and Bacaro, which is actually a pretty decent place, but is only a wine bar. Everywhere else in LA requires a cab and a large pool of cash, plus a really hot friend who knows a promoter, to get you in through the door.

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4 College Junior

Technology: Decent computer lab availability, but not during semester crunch times or even daily crunch times. Printing is ok, you'd be better off getting your own printer (especially if you don't live in one of the on-campus dorms). Bring your own laptop if you can, at all. Wireless access is pretty good location-wise, but USC Wireless has a bad tendency to go down or be really slow at the worst times possible. Thankfully, that's not too often.

3 College Junior

Scholarships: Financial aid is only decent if you come in under a certain income threshold, or you're okay with BSing your FAFSA. And most "financial aid" comes in the form of loans. Furthermore, good freakin' luck getting a university scholarship as a transfer, even if you would be completely eligible if you had come in as a freshman. The "apply by XYZ date for scholarship consideration" is a joke if you're a transfer - don't bother, there is maybe one scholarship you're eligible for, and they won't give it to you because it'll go to someone who's been at the school all two previous years. The only scholarships that are readily available are service scholarships, so you better have one freaking impressive service and leadership resume, because that's the only way you'll ever get any non-need based aid from this school.

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2 College Junior

Transportation: Campus shuttles are OK, but are only available if you live in a very small and select area. Public transportation options are a joke unless you're taking the Expo line (which is actually kind of nice, if you're not riding it by yourself). Taxis are available, but you have to call them specially for an event, and they cost a fortune. People get around on or near campus by riding bikes, but good luck if you don't have a car and need to get somewhere in the city. (Though there is a shuttle bus to Disneyland, I've heard.)

1 College Junior

Local Area: "Local atmosphere" is awful, if by "local atmosphere" you mean the neighborhood. Los Angeles as a whole is pretty great, if you have enough cash for the ridiculous amounts of money a taxi to your "outside USC" area costs (or a car and an obliging DD), but welcome to the University of South Central, where the school safety officers cover up or downplay the existence of shootings on or near campus, people are mugged or robbed pretty much on the daily, homeless people will hop the eight-foot-fence around your house (assuming you even have a fence) to steal from your trash, every street corner smells like piss, and it's not safe to go south of Exposition except during the day with a group of friends, to go to the Coliseum for a football game.

6 people found this useful Report
5 College Junior

Weather: There are three weeks to three months in the fall when it's *brutally* hot by my spoiled Southern California standards, but other than that the weather is pretty much perfect. Sunny and between 65 and 85 most days.

4 College Junior

Diversity: Sometimes people on campus are jerks about certain races or religions, and it's frustrating to see that if you come from a traditionally "diverse" background, you'll usually be on a sports team and not expected to keep up grades at *all* when other people are working so hard, but this campus overall has a broad degree of religious, economic, and ethnic diversity, and plenty of support student orbs.

3 people found this useful Report
3 College Junior

Administration: USC is fairly harsh about anything that could negatively affect their image with the public, from their students, but don't focus externally on protecting the students from outside dangers. That means that your visitation on campus is restricted, good luck staging a protest or demonstration unless you're a recognized student group (and even then it's difficult), noise violations are cracked down on harder than cheating, and attendance requirements vary from school to school but are overall really ridiculous (two tardies --> one unexcused absence, two unexcused absences --> a half letter grade drop? What is that?!). Creating a new student org is fairly easy, but getting "recognized" is difficult, and good luck getting funding - you'll never find it.

1 person found this useful Report
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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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