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3 College Freshman

Transportation: The metro line can take you some places but not everywhere. It's almost impossible to get to the beach.

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: The health center is fine, although a bit of a walk depending on where you live. The campus itself is safe but if you walk off campus take a buddy. USC is not in the nicest of areas. However, the biggest threat to the safety does not come from the community, but from the students themselves. SC has a prevalent rape culture, and it is important to remain alert at a frat party. You have to take care of yourself, because nobody will take care of you.

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4 College Freshman

Administration: Yeah it's fine. The school does what it needs to in order to feel secure.

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College Freshman

Parking: I don't have a car, so I don't really know. Having a car isn't necessary at all, and there is parking on campus. I think it's generally easy to find a spot, but very expensive.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: There is a lot of partying, but generally it's pretty safe. If you don't want to drink, don't. There are plenty of things to do. The school has recently started cracking down on parties and underage drinking.

4 College Freshman

Greek Life: I'm not a Greek, but Greek life is fun. There isn't a disparity between Greeks and GDIs, but each has a unique experience. The party life provided by the Greeks is very influential.

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4 College Freshman

Diversity: In the LGBTQA community, USC is one of the top rated friendliest schools. I'm very proud of it. We have a huge percentage of international students, representing more countries than most other colleges. That being said, combining the percentage of asian and white students, there aren't a huge number of other students. Economic backgrounds tend towards richer, upperclasses.

College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I haven't lived in off campus housing so I'm not quite sure, but I've seen a few places and they are fine for what a college student needs. Obviously quality increases with price.

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5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: On campus, the security is amazing because we're located in a rather bad area of town. I've never felt unsafe walking alone at 3am across campus. Security guards are always just around the corner if needed, and so are many people just walking around. Off campus is a whole different thing.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: I got a lot of need-based aid, but as the school is very expensive I'm still working on lowering the cost. The financial aid process is your typical FAFSA

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There are some great places around to eat, but some of them take getting to. Within a short walking distance there are many quick chain restaurants that have food you might expect for a low cost. It's whatever

4 College Freshman

Local Area: Los Angeles offers everything you could ever want. Like I don't know what to say beyond... it's Los Angeles

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5 College Freshman

Academics: I'm in astronautical engineering, a very small lone department. Because of that, all the students and professors are very close and love helping each other out. The counselors and upperclassmen really take their time to help you find out if this is what you're passionate about. It's a great program.

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4 College Freshman

Academics: The diversity of topics to study in incredible. You can find every niche you want to and amazing professors to go along with it. The registration process can be frustrating as spots fill up quickly, but that gets better the earlier and earlier (see: getting older and older) you are able to register. I've had amazing professors and some crappy ones, but that goes for any school. Workload is manageable.

3 College Freshman

Technology: Printing on campus is a hassle and incredibly expensive - get your own printer. The wifi is fast, but on occasion unreliable. The computer labs vary within the schools themselves, but the engineering ones are great. You need a personal computer.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I work a lot with a student-run engineering group, and that has most definitely impacted my experience in a positive way. The spirit on campus is amazing, as is the system of student support. I would choose my school again, I've had a great time

3 College Freshman

Campus Food: There are three dining halls, and two are better than the other. The food is what you would expect from people who have to make three meals a day.

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3 College Freshman

Local Area: The reality is that campus is located two miles south of downtown Los Angeles. The overall area is a little bit rough but honestly not bad at all. There is tons of stuff to do and places to go in LA…but very little of it is nearby campus, which means that figuring out public transportation, joining Zipcar, or having your own car is a necessity. The immediate streets surrounding campus are slowly becoming more tailored to the students and less to the impoverished locals…but the neighborhood definitely does not have a college town vibe.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: USC is rooted in athletic excellence. Our football program has historically been one of the best in the country. Our other sports teams constantly win conference or national championships, and even if students don't attend the games, everyone knows about the victories and applauds them.

5 College Freshman

Weather: I've become so spoiled with the excellent weather LA has to offer. The best days are 78 degrees, sunny, and breezy. It's on the cooler side in the morning and evening, around the 50s-60s. It very rarely rains (maybe three times this semester).

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: My experience is that most people aren't casual drinkers or smokers, they're either almost entirely sober, or stoners and/or binge drinkers. There isn't a whole lot of middle ground.

5 College Junior

Parking: Permits are reasonably priced, the parking lot is never full and there are plenty of meters around campus. Plus, they offer students rides to their cars at night time to reinforce our safety!

College Junior

Campus Quality: I've only been to the main campus a few times, but most of the facilities are located there rather than the health science campus.

5 College Junior

Campus Quality: Everyone is friendly on campus and there are often groups doing tightrope or playing sports on the grass during breaks throughout the day.

4 College Junior

Administration: I've never gotten a parking ticket, but the parking is readily available and there are several lots and meters. I feel protected by the campus security and police and feel they have the students' safety at their highest priority.

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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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