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Reviews 2945 total reviews with an average rating of 3.8

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4 Recent Alumnus

Campus Quality: I care about food mostly, and it was awesome.

4 Recent Alumnus

Campus Quality: Nice improvements were being made, before I left.

3 Recent Alumnus

Academics: I didn't get good guidance at start of program.

4 Recent Alumnus

Academics: Workload is cumbersome, professors approachable.

4 Recent Alumnus

Campus Food: No complaints here. Just what I needed.

2 people found this useful Report
3 Recent Alumnus

Scholarships: USC could have been more generous

4 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: From the point of view of academics, it is great.

3 Recent Alumnus

Drug Safety: Happening everywhere in dorms, tough on nonsmokers

3 Recent Alumnus

Campus Housing: Some are amazing, some need upgrading immediately.

2 Recent Alumnus

Party Scene: Its tough to reach nice places without a car.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: Engineering is challenging, but very rewarding

3 people found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Academics: World class faculty and facilities

5 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Lot's of very attractive and diverse people.

3 people found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Administration: There has a been a recent crack down on college parties

4 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Greek life if prominent, but the department of public safety keeps things under control

4 College Freshman

Administration: Kind of a free for all. Just don't throw ragers in your dorm room.

2 people found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Greek Life: I hate greek life, personally. However if it's your thing, USC is the mecca of Greek life.

4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: SC students party hard and it's up to you to know your limits.

4 people found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Party Scene: Ragers and frat parties all the time. If you want to go to a party with 300 strangers you are golden.

5 people found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Can't complain. The facilities are well maintained.

1 person found this useful Report
1 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: If you want a relationship don't come to this school.
The nice guys are the gay ones. The majority of straight guys at SC are frat boys who are only interested in sex. There is a very prevalent rape culture here so WATCH OUT. Nobody is going to take you out on a date. They harass you at parties and if you don't give them what they want, they'll find somebody who will.
In turn, if you are looking for casual hook ups look no further. USC is candyland for the sexually gregarious.

52 people found this useful Report
2 College Freshman

Overall Experience: USC is a great school full of opportunities. I just applied here for many of the wrong reasons.
Many people love SC, I just wasn't one of them. Coming from a small town, it is very easy to get lost at such a large school. It's difficult to find a place to stand out, and to find a group of friends that you love and trust. At USC you are a number and it's hard to develop an identity. If you are someone from a big city, you will probably like SC more than I did.
In addition, the financial stress that the high cost of the school imposes is detrimental to your experience. I wouldn't suggest going here unless you can pay for it, or have it payed for by the school.

6 people found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Scholarships: USC gives TONS of financial aide.
Unfortunately, in my case it just wasn't enough. The school is so incredibly expensive that even with all of the assistance I received I will still be in an insurmountable amount of debt if I chose to stay.

2 people found this useful Report
College Freshman

Diversity: I have two ratings for this section.
Ethnically, the diversity on campus is GREAT. Every race is equally represented it seems.

However, the economic diversity on this campus is TERRIBLE. Although many SC students receive financial aide, it seems as though you're always surrounded by rich kids. There are so many people on campus that it's rather hard to seek out those who are from a similar economic background.

2 College Freshman

Local Area: USC is in the ghetto, which is peculiar considering the fact that the majority of the student body comes from a life of luxury. It's actually funny and kind of pathetic how some of these students look at the homeless like they are a different breed. The stretch of Figueroa outside of SC has every fast food place in existence, sans in n out, as well as assorted other restaurants and a CVS. There are too hookah bars near campus and going to "shisha" is a popular, and relatively inexpensive activity.
Unfortunately, don't expect the comfort of a college town. If you are the type of person who likes to frequent little coffee shops and hole-in-the-wall bookstores you will not be pleased.

2 people 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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