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Reviews 2647 total reviews with an average rating of 3.8

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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.

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3 College Senior

Technology: There are computers available around campus but most students will chose to use their personal computers. During "paper season" it may take awhile before you can get access to the computer you prefer to use.

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3 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: There are some options around campus which is different from when I was an undergraduate, but they are still limited and somewhat generic

4 College Sophomore

Academics: Classes at USC are amazing. I truly love my processors, they are more knowledgable than I would have ever hoped. They also are very friendly and helpful with internship opportunities. I feel like they genuinely want their students to succeed. Small classes are also very common (not including GE's)

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Drugs are not a big issue, although blacking out every weekend is a common thing for many students, especially in greek life.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: USC is overall really great. The student union is probably the most popular area on campus, many student favorites are restaurants Seeds and Lemonade. The library is a great place to study (although Doheney isn't too attractive). There is even a farmers market on campus now, so the issue of getting fresh fruits/veggies is no longer! Overall USC is great. I highly recommend it.

5 College Senior

Campus Quality: This school has impeccable on-line distant learning classes

4 College Freshman

Academics: USC has a terrific bunch of professors, courses are challenging but invigorating, and the ability and accessibility of Double Majors allows a superbly-rounded education

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The dorms aren't great, and the cost far exceeds the value of the housing facilities, but the actual buildings offer great facilities such as exercise areas, laundry rooms, music practice rooms, and quiet study spaces

3 College Freshman

Athletics: Team Spirit and tradition are certainties at SC.
This season we've been struggling in football, but the facilities for all athletics are hugely impressive and our basketball team is showing serious potential

4 College Freshman

Academics: The premed track is certainly challenging, but professors are incredibly intelligent, inspiring, and with Supplemental Instruction sessions and Office hours anyone can succeed.

2 Recent Alumnus

Guys & Girls: I decided to write this review so people know about the reality of this school. First, with current insoluble safety issues around campus it is even hard to have a normal social life, there are lots of foreign looking people in their, attractiveness is average, and people are not that much friendly at all. I spent two years of my life their and I had below average experience.

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5 College Senior

Majors: Extremely happy with the program although it is extremely time consuming.

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3 College Senior

Academics: Heavy workload because USC has extremely high standards of students

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4 College Senior

Academics: USC has an excellent student support staff that is extremely accommodating. The professors are very knowledgeable and go out of their way to ensure a student's success.

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4 College Freshman

Weather: It's wonderful California weather! The only problem is the summer... no AC in the dorms = sauna on some floors.

5 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greek life is pretty huge despite being a part of such a small % of the school's population. Having an actual Greek row definitely makes it the place to be on a lot of nights, but non-Greeks can find friends and things to do as well.

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4 College Freshman

Academics: T.O. is great for people who love reading, writing, and the liberal arts. Your milage will vary based on the program, but the media programs in particular (journalism, film, games, etc.) are incredible. You're really learning from industry professionals and getting the skills you need to remain competitive.

3 College Freshman

Parking: Readily available, but it can get a little pricey.

3 College Junior

Drug Safety: It's there but they do their best to stay on top of it. It's like any other large university.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: There are plenty of housing options available, but generally living in LA can be pretty pricey. The housing options that are very cheap are generally in undesirable, sketchy areas. Security has gotten better though, and many more apartment complexes directed towards students are being built. The Lorenzo, Gateway, and Icon Plaza are examples of this.

4 College Junior

Majors: I am in Dornsife Letters of Arts and Sciences at USC and am happy with the program. There are a lot of tutors and facilities available and there are generally enough classes for students. There are a lot of great staff who love to help out during their office hours. Workload depends on which classes you take.

4 College Junior

Majors: The process of getting into my major was very easy. You just had to meet with an advisor in order to get signed up for the major. You must be proactive with your advisor though if you really want to make sure you are getting the best out of the program. You must openly ask questions about paths towards graduate school or internships that could help you.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: There are a lot of food options near USC, however the ones that generally stay open late are only fast food options. Also, cafes and restaurants nearby generally are a bit pricy. This is expected for LA though. Lately a lot of food options have been opening. For example, my current favorite is Pizza Studio and Built right by USC. Pizza studio has pretty good prices, but Built seems a little pricy for a burger in my opinion. Both are great places though!

3 College Junior

Majors: I am very happy as a Kinesiology major. However, I am not looking into going into medical school. I am interested in going to a post physical therapy program. My major generally has the same classes intended for pre-med students as well though. This makes things a little difficult because general classes like chemistry and biology are generally crowded and professors are trying to weed out those who should not be going into med school. If i could do it all over again I would take the classes off track so my GPA would not have suffered so much.

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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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