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Reviews 2621 total reviews with an average rating of 3.8

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5 College Junior

Campus Quality: I've found all of the student facilities are clean, staffed, and easy to access. The only building I have trouble getting to is the gym, which is on the opposite side of the University Park campus, and I am in the department of Architecture. Other than that, everything else is central to campus including the bookstore, main dining center, health center, and other amenities. The staff in the various facilities is knowledgeable and very helpful. The building aesthetics are great, the university has several historically designated buildings on campus, and many of the other buildings are interesting and designed by firms that practiced heavily in the LA area.

3 College Sophomore

Transportation: The university provides many transportation services and partners with other companies to make transportation easier for its students. Busses and shuttles run throughout the campus and its surrounding area as well as into outside areas such as downtown LA. Graduate students can also get a very cheap semester pass with Metro. With all of that being said, it can still be difficult to get around without the convenience of a car. Cars can be annoying on the campus because they are expensive, parking is overpriced and very limited. Despite the difficulties of being in the city, the school does a good job helping students with transportation needs.

5 people found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Academics: As an undergraduate music performance major there are some good things and some bad things. The music teachers are wonderful performers, teachers, and mentors. Many of teachers give us the unique perspective of studio musicians and what it takes to make it in the industry. We have plenty of work cut out for us as we play in a large ensemble and at least one chamber group every semester in addition to preparing solo music and preparing for auditions. As an undergraduate, I don't always get to play the best parts in orchestra or wind ensemble because there are many talented graduate students who get the better playing opportunities. We usually have access to excellent facilities, but they can fill up during peak hours. Overall, I feel like I am getting an incredible education in music.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Academics: There are a wide variety of academic classes offered. Most of the professors are brilliant and design the courses well, but are generally average presenters of their knowledge. The TAs all tend to be fantastic teachers that are much more helpful than the actual professors. The classes I'm in right now have a surprisingly light workload, but a fair amount of dense reading.

2 people found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There are many wonderful restaurants in the LA area.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: I haven't seen any drug or alcohol use on campus. The school provides us training in responsible alcohol use and there is little pressure to drink.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Senior

Technology: Technology is completely advanced at the school. The students always have access to computers and laptops!

18 people found this useful Report
4 College Junior

Local Area: We have a truly diverse group of students that excel and are passionate in different areas, and there are outlets for each of these areas out of the classroom. the shopping, when i get a chance is fantastic along with the attractions. couldn't sask for a better area.

7 people found this useful Report
4 College Junior

Academics: Students with special interests or those who wish to better position themselves in the job market may find the opportunity to concurrently earn two degrees especially advantageous.

10 people found this useful Report
4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: eating establishment abound! i could eats somethig different everyday

2 people found this useful Report
5 College Junior

Academics: Campus os great! have not met a person i did not like! classes are awesom

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4 College Senior

Guys & Girls: USC students are diverse with similarities and differences alike in number. Anyone should feel welcome at USC.

5 people found this useful Report
5 College Senior

Local Area: The local atmosphere surrounding USC is positive; there are tons of activities to get involved with and the people and businesses are very supportive.

3 people found this useful Report
4 College Senior

Athletics: USC has a great student following; they are supportive of our teams. We have great athletic facilities and regular emails are sent out to encourage faculty, students, and alumni support.

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5 College Junior

Technology: All libraries has plenty of computers. From what I've seen, there are mostly fairly new computers, Macs and PCs, clean, fast and always available. Wifi works everywhere on campus, the printing is pretty fast and convenient.

4 people found this useful Report
5 College Junior

Weather: AMAZING! Almost every day is a beach day. Winter is rainy at times, but great weather for most year-round

3 people found this useful Report
4 College Junior

Local Area: Los Angeles is a great city to be in, the weather is AMAZING and has a fun lively feeling atmosphere. USC is located in Downtown and might have a downside by being there because it might not be the safest place at times, but the school area is secure at all times and so does the streets around campus. Santa Monica area is great to hang out in most times of the year- the pier, the beach and the little stylish stores are fun. Downtown, and specifically LA Live area, is vibrant and young- new bars and restaurants are popping all the time. Very health-moved city.

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3 College Junior

Transportation: Well, Los Angeles is known to force everyone to buy a car. You can't really do much without a car. The metro system started a train system that is pretty cheap ($1.50) and nice through the day, but still is pretty new and has only limited stops and stations around LA.

2 people found this useful Report
4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: There are pretty great food choices off USC's campus. The streets around include mostly junk food places and some bars, which downtown is greatly known for. depends how far off campus you would want to go, there are some healthy places and very stylish going out places. The greatest hang out place after tests is usually The Lab right across the street from campus. The only reason why I didn't give the food off-campus an A+ is because sometimes the area outside campus might be a little scary after the sun guys down and not the best idea to look outside for food.

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4 College Junior

Drug Safety: The drug scene here depends on who you hang out with and where you go. For the most part, alcohol is the drug of choice with weed showing up sporadically at most parties but not in large supply. There is definitely not a big scene with harder drugs, nor peer pressure in a general sense surrounding them. You'd have to look pretty hard or hang out with certain people to get deeper into that scene.

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5 College Junior

Guys & Girls: Greek life may not be a huge percentage here, but it definitely feels larger than it is. The majority of the school's population is above-average on looks and smarts. If you're not from around Southern California, it can definitely be intimidating to enter a world of really good-looking and well-dressed people. You do, however, find plenty of average-looking people who make it much less intimidating but it doesn't seem that obvious at first. The boys in general are not interested in serious relationships or dating which can be hard for girls that are looking for that. Parties are big and fun around here since USC is in a bubble - there are parties every week on the row (the street with all the frats and sororities) as well as house parties galore. Girls dress up a lot to go to frats, which can also be intimidating since they're all hot.

15 people found this useful Report
2 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Mostly the school is surrounded by fast food places, but there are not a lot of healthy options or vegan/vegetarian options. Also, the area is fairly sketchy, so it's not a great idea to go get food further than a block off campus in some directions if you're by yourself at night. Also, during the week, almost everything is closed by 10 or 11 so there aren't a lot of nighttime options. Thank goodness for pizza and thai food delivery.

3 people found this useful Report
1 College Sophomore

Parking: It's pretty much impossible to find a parking space, and super expensive to have one on campus.

2 people found this useful Report
3 College Junior

Transportation: It's LA...so it is notoriously difficult to get around. At least they have lots of options.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Senior

Guys & Girls: People are generally attractive and willing to help others. Some students can be a little stand-offish. Most student dress in a Southern California style in shorts and flip flops, but girls are generally pretty stylish and guys tend to be preppy.

3 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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