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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.

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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.

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3 College Junior

Drug Safety: Alcohol use is "highly visible", and if you don't drink it can sometimes be difficult to find social opportunities on campus. There isn't much visible drug use beyond weed and "study drugs", but it's definitely there - you just have to be looking for it. DPS are complete jerks if you're drunk on or near campus, and love to shut down parties early. I also sure hope you have good friends to take care of you if you're really drunk or on drugs, because DPS will either laugh at you to your face or write you up, if you need help. That said, there isn't much peer pressure to drink unless you're a stupid freshman (which most freshmen are), and then it's usually other freshmen pressuring you to drink.

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2 College Junior

Campus Housing: Unless you enter as a freshman, which I did not, and unless you have an advantageous birthday, which I do not, it's impossible to get housing on campus, and the social options are all on the Row anyway. The lottery system is rigged so that you can only get housing if you re-up every year, and even then it gets harder as you get older. Definitely live near Cafe 84 though, they have actual ice cream and crepes (not just soft serve jokes).

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4 College Sophomore

Party Scene: There are parties every weekend, and if you're a girl you can get into any of them. For guys you either have to be in the frat thats having the party or know someone in the frat/be on the list. The 901 bar is popular but pretty boring, its small and crammed. Of course there are tons of clubs in LA that are fun to go to

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5 College Sophomore

Weather: It's LA, it's almost always sunny and warm, you don't have to worry about freezing while walking to class in the winter

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Apply early. If you wait a while to apply, you may not get anything, and the financial aid office makes a lot of mistakes/has an inconvenient process with my loans and payments, but I have not heard the same from my friends.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: The quality of off campus housing all depends on how much you're willing to pay. The closer you are to campus the more expensive and safer it it. The further you are, the cheaper it is and its usually in unsafe neighborhoods. And because it's LA you will most always have to pay a lot for parking.

4 College Sophomore

Administration: Im not sure how strict the freshman dorms are since I never lived there, but the off campus USC housing is pretty lenient. Parking is super strict... cause its LA. The restrictions on the Row have gotten a lot stricter with no hard alcohol at their parties and they usually get shut down within a couple hours for noise.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: The football games are some of the most fun times of the year, and the parties are huge and pretty much every weekend. The teachers are really involved with each student and care about their students. There is also a lot of good looking people at USC which doesn't hurt. The only downside is that its an expensive school, but the opportunities it brings makes it worth it.

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3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: I don't know much about the drug scene considering I don't do drugs, but Ive heard of people here and there who do various drugs, I wouldn't say its a problem at USC

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4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Being in LA there is an endless amount of dining options

5 College Sophomore

Athletics: The fall semester revolves around USC football. Game day is all day, from tailgates, to the game, to after parties. There is insane school spirit for the football games. Other sports events aren't as popular as a social event but the athletes are all some of the best in the country.

5 College Sophomore

Transportation: The campus shuttles run all day, are free, and make frequent pick ups. The Campus Cruiser runs from around 7pm to 3am and is a car service provided by the school that is free. The Leavy Lift is also a car service that runs all night going from wherever you are, to Leavy Library and back.

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4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: There is 24/7 DSP security on and around campus up to a mile away. After 9pm anyone entering campus must show a USC ID card to enter. Email alerts are sent to all students when there is a security problem on or around campus and when the problem is resolved.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I feel very safe in and around campus, nothing to complain about.

3 College Freshman

Local Area: We're in downtown but miles away from LA Live, Beverly Hills, Santa Monica Beaches, etc. I personally love it but some people are looking more for a small town.

5 College Freshman

Greek Life: Literally the best. Our row is a ton of mansions side by side.

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4 College Freshman

Administration: They understand that we are young adults who like to have fun and let off steam while still taking care of our academics. Everyone at USC is smart, and they realize that. A cop won't take you to jail if you're leaving the row drunk. They are more concerned with your safety than busting you.

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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: We have good apartment buildings such as Gateway, West 27th, Icon but they are pricey but very worth it. Or you can find cheaper houses or things like that!

4 College Freshman

Majors: We have a great set up for majors and the ease of talking to your counselor really helps!

4 College Freshman

Majors: I love psychology and the entire academic department!

5 College Freshman

Athletics: We kill it in all sports! There is nothing like watching our football team dominate at the collisuem.

5 College Freshman

Transportation: pretty great, much better than the typical college town. we're in a big city! take advantage of the train, bus, ubers etc.

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5 College Freshman

Party Scene: Everybody knows USC is an awesome and safe party school.

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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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