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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Don't take your chances with Icon and Gateway. Go for Ellendale.

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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Tara's Himalayan Cuisine is literally the best, and it's only a 5 min walk from Webb.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Administration: I've heard they're getting stricter on The Row, but that's not a bad thing.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: Financial aid is very difficult to get in terms of merit scholarships.

3 people found this useful Report
1 College Freshman

Campus Food: I've literally only used my freshman meal plan once since there's so few options for vegan/vegetarian students.

2 people found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Webb Tower is the best possible option if you're looking for privacy and independence from bad dorm food.

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3 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: It really depends on which housing you choose, there are LOTS of options.

2 people found this useful Report
3 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: It's getting better and it will definitely improve in the next 2 or 3 years with the new university village.

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4 College Senior

Party Scene: There are party scenes for everyone, as long as you find your crowd. It kind of sucks that boys who aren't in frats can't party in the row unless they have friends in that specific fraternity.

2 people found this useful Report
4 College Senior

Scholarships: I got the financial aid that I needed and the process went mostly smooth. There were a couple of times where i was misinformed on the phone, but once i went to speak to a person, the problems were resolved.

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4 College Senior

Campus Food: It is pretty good in terms of cafeteria food. There are lots of different options and its pretty healthy, which is always a good thing.

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4 College Senior

Campus Housing: The dorms are pretty standard! The newer on campus ones are great because the have a kitchen. However most housing is located close to camps and within the security zone.

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4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: I say it's great just because I have talked to a lot of friends at different universities about their housing situations and I think we have a lot more variety here. There is university housing, houses, and apartments. I think that allows a lot of flexibility and there's always housing, it just comes down to how much is affordable for a individual's specific situation. I know a lot of people who have to fight to get housing at other campuses, but here we have so many it's only a stressful in making sure you get what kind of housing and the location you want. And there are a lot of nice housing and apartment options if you can afford them. North of campus is pretty safe, south or east or west is when it gets sketchy.

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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: The places right around USC are a lot of unhealthy, fast food like chains. If you want good food, you have to drive.

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3 College Sophomore

Administration: Tailgating allows for a lot of underage drinking -- the university kind of just turns a blind eye. It makes tailgating at USC quite an experience to say the least. But if you are caught, things are taken pretty seriously. I know many people have concerns with policies and the administration assessing sexual assault and rape -- I believe that the university is starting to make progress in the right direction due to mounting external and internal pressures. I haven't necessarily seen a lot of change, but there are little things occurring.

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3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Considering how much money USC has, many students at this school should be receiving much more aid than they are. They also claim to take into consideration outside circumstances like a family member's medical finance needs, but they did not do that for me which was very offensive. This year I also had issues with them even getting my financial scholarships due to missing documents that were sent in weeks ago but they were not effective at processing. In addition, when my parents and I would call, we got conflicting information from different people. I didn't get any real results until school started and I was able to go in and talk to someone face to face, which is scary for a student who is relying on financial aid to go to school since the date to pay for tuition is before school even starts. In all technicality, it should be an easy process, but I have definitely had some frustrations with the financial aid department that has been hard to deal with. It's also extremely frustrating to see friends who have worse financial situations than myself get their financial aid slashed the next year they are at school and seeing their families sell of houses and take out extra loans because even though nothing changed about their situation, USC decided that they could just up the amount of loans and money that the students owe.

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4 College Sophomore

Party Scene: Freshman year you mostly go to the row for parties. They are a great new experience to have and you should go at some point in your life. However, they get repetitive after a while -- it's just always the same thing. Menlo and Ellendale are good substitutes for when this happens. Really you can't just pick one place for parties: friends, clubs, organizations that throw parties often do a good job. You just have to have a connection and wherever they are you are sure to have a good time -- just make sure to bring a buddy and have campus cruiser programmed in your phone.

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Food: I know a lot of people complain about the dining halls, and it's true that after a certain point you get tired of the same choices. But overall the dining halls, minus EVK, do a pretty decent job. Parkside brunch is just the best and the crepes at 84 is a very unique option. You always know you have a choice of some type of meat or veggie burger, salad, soup, pizza, and then 2 different themed food stations. Not considering dining halls, I personally love Lemonade for their soup, lemonade of course, and sandwiches and meats. It's definitely a nice, healthy option, a little spendy though. Nektar is good too, however the last time I went there I got sick so I have not been back. Overall, it's not like we have the best and more affordable dining options ever, but I believe that we have above average meals and many of the people who do complain are people who are used to eating "nicer" foods.

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5 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: On campus I lived in Fluor Tower. Probably the best freshman housing to choose from. People often don't pick Fluor because it is suite style and they are concerned about it being an anti-social atmosphere -- but honestly it's what you make of it. Everyone on my floor got really close to the point where I consider them all my family. We had a nice spacious living room, good sized rooms and a mini kitchen. A maid cleaned our bathroom and common space area twice and week and we had air conditioning. Most of the other dorms do not have air conditioning, and living in Southern California without it is excruciating so I am very grateful for that. Fluor tower is also right next to a cafeteria, so it was easy to just pop downstairs for some food after knocking on another suite's door for company. Also, living on the 10th floor, we had an excellent view of downtown Los Angeles that made every night of studying worth it. That's why I gave housing 5 stars. However, I know a lot of other housing dorms and apartments definitely do not deserve 5 stars. Like I said, many do not have air conditioning and are in poorer condition than Fluor (which is relatively new). Living off campus still with university housing, I have had multiple problems with old piping, appliances and even lock security. However, overall I feel safe and housing is good enough and pretty spacious compared to a lot of other places. It's not like we should expect a 5 star hotel type experience from college anyways.

3 people found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Greek Life: I am not involved in Greek life, but it seems fun.

2 people found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I guess off campus housing is okay, but it can be very expensive.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There are tons of options for eating right off campus, including Chipotle, Built Burger, Pizza Studio, Cream and Blaze.

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3 College Freshman

Administration: It is safe to say that they get the job done.

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2 College Freshman

Scholarships: I appealed financial aid several times and still ended up paying thousands of dollars.

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3 College Freshman

Party Scene: I'm not very into parties, but I feel that the ones thrown in athlete housing are the best. They are a lot more chill than The Row.

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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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