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5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: USC is absolutely an incredible school. My favorite aspect of USC is that there are so many options for what to study, and so much flexibility that really allows students to pursue their interests. You can major and minor across different professional schools, take electives, and really explore. The GE exists, but does not overpower, and you can typically finish it by sophomore year. Class sizes vary, but if you really prefer small classes, you can choose majors and minors that have smaller sizes. Typically the only huge classes are into levels in really popular subjects like biology or psych. Professors are great people, who care about both teaching and research, and often involve students in their research too.

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5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: A degree from USC is probably one of the most valuable degrees you can get in this country. The alumni network is like no other, and Trojans really love to hire Trojans. There is a career fair every semester on campus as well, with hundreds of employers from around the world recruiting USC Students, because people know that USC Students are intelligent and creative hard workers that will be an asset to any company. The career center also has a lot of helpful resources for students to find on and off campus jobs.

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4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: In terms of Safety, USC does a lot to ensure students are safe in the urban environment. There are tons of security measures, including an app that allows a friend to watch you walk home and track your GPS, has immediate contact with the Department of Public Safety, and sends out text message alerts when anything happens on or near campus. There are also 24 hour security officers on and in the surrounding areas of campus, so that wherever you are walking, you can always see a person who is there to help you. We also have campus cruiser, a car system that will drive you anywhere within a 2 mile radius of campus for free.

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: The Freshmen dorms are what a typical freshman dorm should be. They are fine, with communal bathrooms, fairly small but nice rooms, and common rooms/lobbies. My dorm was not air conditioned, but some are. Sophomore year the options improve drastically, with apartment options being the most common. However, off campus housing is also a popular choice starting sophomore year. The social atmosphere depends on the dorm you choose, and for Freshmen, the more social dorms are the least nice, don't have air conditioning, etc. Each cluster of dorms is also located next to a dining hall, and the nicer dorms are near the nicer dining halls, but the social dorms are near the worst dining hall. The housing process is a simple portal system, and it is lottery based, so whatever your lottery number is determines if you are likely to get your first choice. For Freshmen, you just rank your choices, and they do their best to get everyone their first choice, but it goes in order of who applies for housing first.

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4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: I love being in a sorority, but there are some negatives to the Greek Scene. Overall, it is a positive social environment. However, people care a lot about 'rankings' and it becomes kind of cliquey. For example, guys in certain fraternities will only date girls in certain sororities, etc. It is not dominating, but there is a sort of attitude and stereotype associated with being in a 'top house.' However, being a member of a sorority at USC is a great experience within itself. The houses are beautiful, and you can live in them for much cheaper than campus dorms. The girls are great, and it is a nice way to have a group of friends, a place to hang out and study, and of course, Friday Brunches!

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5 College Sophomore

Athletics: USC Football games are something every person should experience at one point in their life. Day long campus-wide tailgates with students, alumni, and locals are the best part of fall. But sports at USC continue far beyond football. Our basketball and baseball games draw large crowds as well. We also have tons of club and intramural opportunities. Personally, I play on the club softball team which is the perfect blend of competition and fun, without taking up too much time. I also played some intramural which are super low key and fun, but still have a ton of participation. USC's McKay Center is a brand new state of the art facility for the student athletes to use, and the track and field that go along with it are incredible and can be used by anyone.

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5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: My experience has been top notch. USC has been an amazing place socially and academically, and I have already had so many opportunities I never thought I would have. I would choose USC a million times over because it is an environment full of people who care about making sure everyone does the best they can and succeeds. I am proud to be a Trojan not only for four years, but for life, as I know the strong alumni network will continue to help me throughout my career.

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5 College Sophomore

Party Scene: USC has amazing parties and events almost every night. Impossible to go if you are a boy, unless you are a part of greek life.

5 College Sophomore

Party Scene: USC has amazing parties and events almost every night. Most are difficult to get into if you are a boy, unless you are a part of a fraternity. Women are let into every party.

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: Majority white students, but incredibly easy to find minorities.

5 College Sophomore

Academics: USC is incredibly academically demanding

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3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: I hate the lack of diversity in the greek community.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: The gym at USC needs some serious updating, and a facelift.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: It's everything I could have ever wanted for my college experience and general education, however I'm worried that my program isn't as well managed as I hoped it would have been.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: USC is a great school and I really enjoy being a student

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5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: If you live in Southern California USC is a great school to go to because of all the connections.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I feel very safe on campus. Outside the campus I don't feel safe.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: The housing is very nice but it is overly expensive.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: I feel like USC greek life isn't that much different than any other school.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: USC is known for the great football team. The gym is nice but nothing special, especially when it is compared to the varsity sport's facilities.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I like USC and it's academics and student life but it has many areas to improve, mainly costs.

5 College Junior

Overall Experience: I would choose this school again because it is one of the top schools for social worker in its online.

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4 College Sophomore

Party Scene: Even if you're not Greek life, you can still go to parties and have fun.

4 College Sophomore

Party Scene: Even if you're not Greek life, you can still go to parties and have fun

4 College Sophomore

Academics: Engineering education is great, not Ivy-league tier but will give you endless opportunities in LA regardless.

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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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