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Reviews 2695 total reviews with an average rating of 3.8

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4 College Sophomore

Local Area: People talk a lot about USC being in "the ghetto", but I actually really love the community. We're in driving distance of beaches, mountains, and deserts, as well as a huge cultural center and great nightlife. There are also a ton of opportunities for community service and engaging with other universities, and all the job prospects that come with being in a large city.

4 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Financial aid will work with you, but you need to put in effort as well. The A is for the relatively large number of merit-based scholarships available, more than more colleges, which is great for middle class students.

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5 College Sophomore

Transportation: Bussing system on the edge of campus that will take you around LA for a few bucks and even Santa Monica for $1.25.

5 College Sophomore

Scholarships: The easiest process ever. Literally walk up to the office with documents, fax, or email them and they are guaranteed to be read by an officer within a day or two. The office has a waiting room with a flat screen, computers, and leather couches. Couldn't have been easier. They even filled out my application for me.

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4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Los Angeles has great food on every corner and a classy restaurant is never more than a mile away. Less classy and equally delicious food is never more than a quarter mile away.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Good food, i recommend new north for parties and parkside for isolated suites.

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3 College Sophomore

Parking: Great spot and even better security but the cost seems outrageous to me.

5 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I don't live on campus but I could talked about the university in general. Atmosphere is great at USC! Everyone is very friendly and helpful. The campus is beautiful. I love there staying and studying for my classes. They have over 100 practice room for musicians which are open 24/7.

5 College Junior

Campus Quality: From athletics to the arts, to campus housing, to academics, everything is A++

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3 College Junior

Administration: The administration is very involved in Student Life.

5 College Junior

Party Scene: If you're Greek there is tons to do on the Row during the week and on weekends people hit up the Hollywood nightlife scene. Also, there is a bar ON CAMPUS.

4 College Freshman

Diversity: There are people from all over the country and the world.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Just a lot of drinking and occasional smoking. Nothing too hard core

2 Recent Alumnus

Transportation: On and around campus transportation is excellent. There are trams and shuttles that go around campus and to various parking lots all day and into the evening. There is also a free campus taxi service for after hours.

Off campus, it's LA; it's horrible. You need a car and you need to know how to handle major traffic. Parking is expensive or inconvenient --take your pick. The buses and subway are not connected well, are dirty and dangerous. And you can't walk anywhere.

1 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Housing: It's expensive and mostly run down houses or really overpriced apartments. Share housing with friends or just stay in the dorms.

5 Recent Alumnus

Guys & Girls: It's LA. Everybody is concerned with looks and style. Some VERY pretty people. ;)

4 Recent Alumnus

Scholarships: I went to a small school in my hometown for my first two years and I highly recommend it. It allowed me to transfer in as a junior with most of my general requirements done and saved a lot in tuition. Also it's a great way to rehabilitate a less-than-stellar high school record. Financial aid is great here but you will probably accumulate some debt. The school is expensive

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2 Recent Alumnus

Majors: I was a Cinema Production Major. It was very exciting and in many ways a rewarding experience but I feel like there were too many negatives to give it a better grade. oThe program is SUPER demanding. There is a lot of favoritism and pettiness from the faculty. The grades are almost arbitrary and the school doesn't help with job placement afterward at ALL. In fact they make you pay for career counseling. There were never enough resources to go around in terms of equipment and space and the grad students got first priority over undergrads on everything. So they have a green screen sound stage that they'll brag all day about but if you're an undergrad, you'll probably never see it. If you do go, do as many internships as you can and try to line up a job before you graduate. Don't worry too much about school competition, it doesn't really matter. And know that you will probably end up working as a producer, an agent or not in the film industry.

3 Recent Alumnus

Local Area: Los Angeles is huge and has great weather. There is a LOT to do. The only reason I gave a B is because most activities require driving and there isn't much in walking distance from campus. Also, campus crime gets a lot of attention but, frankly, it happens to people that don't have street smarts. Don't leave your doors unlocked or your valuables out when you're not their to watch them. Don't walk alone at night; have a buddy or call the free campus taxi. Don't get drunk beyond reason around people you just met. If you do those simple few things, you'll be fine. There are some fun campus activities. The university has a great movie theater, swimming pool drive-in movies when it's hot out, free comedy shows and some concerts. Athletics are huge as is tailgating. It's not my thing but a lot of people are into it at SC and really enjoy it. The city at large has everything: sports, shopping, concerts, the beach, hiking, museums, nightlife, amazing food of every kind, hiking, surfing and skiing within a days drive.

3 College Junior

Campus Housing: I believe it is fairly nice. I personally have not live in one. according some of my friend they love it.

3 College Junior

Scholarships: I received a decent amount of financial aid from the school and other places but I advice a person to make regular appoint with their financial aid adviser so that you can be well taking care of financially.

4 College Junior

Local Area: USC is located right next to a museum. The area is peaceful and quiet. There is even a rose garden that you check out and relax in or even take your partner.

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3 College Sophomore

Administration: Campus security is very strict on parking. They don't care that much about underage drinking, especially during tailgating. Drinking in the dorms depends on your RA.

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4 College Sophomore

Technology: Computer lab open 24/7 and computers in the main campus library. They get very crowded during finals, but the school opens up other building during that time so you can always find a place to study.

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3 College Sophomore

Party Scene: There are always parties on the row or a house near campus, but there is only one close bar.


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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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