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5 College Freshman

Local Area: Great city to live in and a beautiful campus.

2 College Freshman

Transportation: The public transportation system is really bad. It's hard to get around without a car. Even if you have one though, the traffic is hell.

2 people found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Diversity: There's a whole range of people here with all kinds of religions, ethnicities, sexual preferences, and political beliefs, if the many clubs and student organizations are of any indication.

2 College Freshman

Local Area: Despite the fact that the school is in LA, it's in a really bad part of LA, so there isn't much to do at night that's not at The Row. If you want to go out at night and have fun, a car is necessary.

5 College Freshman

Greek Life: I'm not Greek, but Greek life is huge here. The Row throws tons of parties every week, and Greeks and non-Greeks alike flock there on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. Heck, there's parties on other days sometimes too. The registered parties are also pretty big.

2 people found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Local Area: Los Angeles has so much to offer. Always something cool to do.

1 person found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Diversity: USC definitely represents diversity among all facets: race, gender, political views, sexual orientation, religion, etc.

1 person found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Scholarships: It took a lot of work for me to get all of the aid that I needed, but it ended up working out.

2 people found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Weather: The weather is always great here. It never gets too cold.

1 person found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There needs to be more restaurants around campus! Especially more healthy options.

1 person found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Freshman housing is solid. I have seen better at other schools, but its not awful.

5 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greek life is a big part of campus

5 College Freshman

Parking: The main reason that I don't have a car on campus is becasue it costs so much to have permit.

5 College Freshman

Athletics: USC is definitely a big sports school.

5 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: The guys are one of a kind...in good ways and bad ways

3 people found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Campus Quality: The dining halls need improvement!!!

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I think off-campus is so attractive because the on-campus housing is so unattractive.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I love the campus and the city around it. The school is great and has so many opportunities. Going to USC also gives you great connections.

1 person found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: One thing that USC does have is a great Student Health Center with many specialists as well as DPS or campus police all over the place.

3 College Freshman

Technology: Most of them are Macs. I have not seen many computer labs, but I have never looked for them

4 College Freshman

Weather: You'd assume SoCal weather is 70ish year-round. DON'T. The weather here is bipolar. It can be in the 50s in the morning, but by noon, it'll end up being 80 something. And then it'll drop back down at night. It's hard to figure out what to wear here. It's also hotter here because we're in the city, urban heat island effect, blah blah blah.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Haven't been off campus much, not much time and trying to save money. There aren't a lot of places open after 11 though, and since the dining halls are also closed at that time, getting food late at night is a pain in the butt. Not to mention the fact that walking around off-campus at night is ill-advised here.

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5 College Freshman

Athletics: Galen Center is the best. Really nice facilities. The Lyon Center is just for student athletes and is supposedly even better than the Galen Center.

The school revolves around football. The amount of school spirit we have is almost obnoxious. We have 5 student organizations that focus on everyone's mutual love for USC: The Greatest Marching Band in the History of the Universe (ever!), Song Girls, Spirit Leaders, Helenes, and Trojan Knights. Also, massive tailgates on Game Days and Conquest Week.

Our team was doing pretty bad at the beginning of the season, but it seems to have turned around since Kiffin was fired.

2 College Freshman

Scholarships: While the University has been very generous with a lot of my friends, it has not been the case with me and my family. Scholarships are very generous for entering freshmen. If they offer a quarter, half, or full ride, it'll stay with you your whole time here unless your GPA is below 2.0 (like that's gonna happen). Scholarships for continuing students aren't nearly as big. The ones that are more than $1000 are often need based or for legacies.

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3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Living on campus is extremely expensive. Most of the dorms don't have AC, so the price is not worth it. Internet here sucks. We're in South Central, so students do get robbed off campus. I've been getting emails about robberies at least once every couple of weeks. The campus itself feels pretty safe. Lots of lights, the gates are closed, and there's security guard patrols.

4 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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