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3 College Junior

Majors: Most internship opportunities at school are associated with counseling positions or RA positions. There doesn't seem to be many major-specific internships. Most students who apply for internships do so with institutions outside of school. I don't plan on interning because it doesn't seem important to me and for the goals I have set up for myself in the future.

3 College Junior

Majors: My program is a little outdated and poorly funded, despite being highly regarded in the country. There is immense talent and dedication, but little effort from faculty to improve the effectiveness of the program. The dean of my program is making plans to improve recording our guitar recording facility, organize more masterclasses, etc., but the curriculum is still very underwhelming. Fortunately, the program is tightly knit and everyone's concerns are well heard. There is hope because of how close the students and faculty are, compared to most other programs at the university.

My goals are to tour my band and eventually record under an independent recording label that my friends and I are organizing. We have talent, enthusiasm, skill and the work-ethic. It seems with a bit of luck and strategy, things could go well for me and the musicians I am collaborating with.

3 College Junior

Administration: The campus used to be open until there was a random school shooting on Halloween day of 2012. A student body decided to have an open party and some members of the outer community entered guns blazing. There were fortunately no deaths. Since then, the campus has increased campus security significantly by hiring "yellow-jackets," employees with basic safety training who are hired to patrol the corners of campus 24/7. DPS presence has also been increased and a curfew has been put in place. The students are also mandated to make "guest reservations" if they wish to bring non-student friends on to campus after a certain time. Fingerprint readers have been installed into most university dorms. Despite all these things, however, it doesn't feel safer, just inconvenient.

2 College Junior

Drug Safety: There really is not drug safety. The school in a way encourages parties by supporting a large fraternity presence. I'm not aware of heavily suppression or investigation of hard drug usage at the school. I know of many people who are heavy substance users, many of whom are my friends.

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4 College Junior

Greek Life: I am part of the Mu Nu chapter of Mu Phi Epsilon, a professional music fraternity. Over half of the student body is Greek. Greek life is very important to the school's identity. There is a an entire street composed of only sorority and fraternity homes, some of which are very large and heavily funded. Greek students are often the biggest trouble makers. Most of the student violence incidents originate on Fraternity Row. The row is currently shut down because of some out of control behavior which has resulted in one death by alcohol poisoning and a girl who fell into a vegetative state after falling from a stack of tables while dancing. It's ridonkulous.

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2 College Junior

Local Area: The school is near some shady parts, just outside of downtown. There have been a few shootings and murders the past two years alone. There have also been a few suicides and several rape cases. There is a strong athletic presence with most of the funding and energy of the school geared towards football. There aren't many sites to see near the school nor interesting places to shop. The local attitude towards the school is poor because of the size and often overwhelming presence of the fraternities, which are an integral part of the social life.

3 College Junior

Academics: My program, Studio/Jazz Guitar, is very small and selective. My year is full of talent and enthusiasm. The funding is hampering the program, especially this year. The curriculum is a little outdated. Many professors aren't terribly engaging, but all of them are highly skilled and experienced. The comradery is the best part. The students are a great hang. The aura and energy of the music school in general is positive, save for the underlying competitiveness which can cause tension among students. The program is mostly about making connections and staying positive. Hard work and dedication is a given.

3 College Junior

Academics: I am a music major, so the only academic classes I take are from the general education categories. Most of these classes are poorly organized and the professors aren't very enthusiastic. There are the occasional high quality classes, especially in the sociology department, that are intelligent and engaging.

3 College Junior

Scholarships: The process is lengthy and there are at times random audits. Once you get through it, the financial packages they offer are usually very reasonable.

2 College Junior

Parking: Very expensive. Not terribly convenient or readily available. Poor overall.

4 College Junior

Weather: Mostly sunny. We had 3 straight days of raining one week. That was surprising.

3 College Junior

Diversity: Strong international student presence. Large middle-class Caucasian population. Otherwise, pretty mixed.

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5 College Freshman

Diversity: Every day I meet someone from somewhere new or with different sexual orientation than my own or with different economic background. It's great to get to know the students on campus because all of them have unique and interesting experiences

5 College Freshman

Academics: Every professor that I've met has done something (or is doing something) incredible! One of the freshman chemistry teachers just won the Nobel Prize in chemistry. All of them are experts in their field and their experience significantly contributes to the class

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5 College Freshman

Academics: Health and Humanity requires students to gain internship and real-world experience. The major is flexible and trains students to be ready to work in any aspect of Health. The workload isn't too difficult. I am a global health focus (each health and humanity major chooses his or her own focus) which means my curriculum is a mix between science, international relations, and anthropology

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4 College Freshman

Administration: The campus police are trained by the local police force and can make arrests. They are very kind and genuinely care for our well-being

5 College Freshman

Majors: I am a Pre-Med Student double majoring in Health and Humanity (with a global health focus) and Biology with a minor in spanish. The advisors are great and help you make the best of your time on campus. Many of my pre-med, biology, and health and humanity courses overlap so I'm not taking as much of a course load as it may seem. Also, I am able to complete my spanish Minor in one semester abroad in Spain (so that's easy!)

5 College Freshman

Majors: USC encourages people to be creative when choosing their educational and career pathways. I have an internship next semester with Children's Hospital LA. USC also has some of the best connections with Alumni (the Trojan Family) and local businesses.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Food: There's always something that you can eat, no matter if you're vegan, vegetarian, kosher, or gluten-free. Plus, you can use 'dining dollars' at the on-campus carl's jr, verde, panda express, starbucks, coffee bean, and california pizza kitchen

3 College Freshman

Parking: Not much parking is found off campus, but there are plenty of parking structures and parking meters on campus. I've never heard of anyone not being able to get a parking spot. Most people that live off campus in apartments will also have parking structures available to them by their apartments.

5 College Freshman

Athletics: USC has some of the best football game days. The Trojan Spirit is incredible. Some people get up at 5am for a 12pm game to start setting up their elaborate tailgates. Not a single spot on campus isn't occupied on game day, and it's not like anything you'll ever experience anywhere else

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5 College Freshman

Weather: We're in Southern California! That means the coldest it has been is between fifty and sixty degrees, and that's not very often.

4 College Freshman

Greek Life: I'm not in greek life by choice. Nothing says you have to join because there is plenty to do outside of greek life; in fact, I'm too busy enjoying other aspects of USC to get caught up in greek life. However, if you're interested, there is ALWAYS something going on for those in greek life

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5 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I live in the honors dorm and they call it "7 floors of open doors"; everyone is so nice and we have all grown really close!

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5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I am academically challenged and must work hard, but the location and the university make it so easy to have the most incredible experiences inside and outside of the classroom

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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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