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Reviews 2945 total reviews with an average rating of 3.8

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4 College Sophomore

Academics: Registration is an uncomfortable hassle, and some GE professors, though knowledgeable, are not great at teaching. Generally, though, classes and course material are interesting. The workload varies by class and by point in the semester.

4 College Sophomore

Party Scene: It's easy to take the metro to L.A. Live, where there's a lot of things to do.

4 College Senior

Weather: I Dislike the Cold So Socal Is Perfect! The weather in Los Angeles is similar to home but not as scorching hot and humid. It usually sticks around 75 degrees throughout the whole year. I strongly dislike cold weather so SoCal is the perfect location for me, though it can get cold at night. Most school hosted events are outside because it hardly rains so you get to enjoy your friends and the outdoors.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: The surrounding area is rather unsafe, but the actual campus I feel very comfortable at. They also make a large effort to aid in students making health conscious decisions.

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: There is a lot of diversity on campus. There are a ton of international students.

4 College Junior

Majors: It is difficult to get into this school. Difficulties with applying include: getting in touch with anyone in financial aid or articulation! They work so slowly and seem to have no answers. The most important thing for admission is GPA. This is a very normal application process. You fill out a form online.

4 College Junior

Technology: The computers on campus are new. The computer labs and printers are accessible. Network reliability can vary along with wireless access. You need your own computer no matter what.

2 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Rent is expensive in Los Angeles no matter what, so USC can't really help that rent for housing is expensive. Regardless, it's expensive, and that's why I give housing an overall "C".

3 College Freshman

Administration: While our social lives are rarely infringed upon by USC's security officers, our academic lives here will be pretty much like high school, in the sense that whenever you talk out of turn while the professors are teaching, or if you were to violate academic integrity, there will be consequences. The most important thing; do not cheat, for if you do, and your teachers find out, you will either get an F in your work or an F in your class for the whole semester. Do it the second time, you will suspended from USC for the entire year.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The dorm I live in consist of friendly fellow Trojans that are nice and well-mannered. The social atmosphere is very pleasant, and even though there are students who reside in the same dorm I do that come from cities, states, or even countries far away, they know how to make you feel right at home in USC. Other than being a bit far from my classes, my dorm is quite all right.

College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Because most students will participate in the USC Cardinal meal plan, such as myself, we won't be given a chance to eat off-campus unless we were to have some money to spend for ourselves. We will only eat on campus.

However, from what I have heard, the food outside campus and the food in restaurants within relatively short distance of USC are really good.

4 College Freshman

Technology: The labs and libraries within the campus are full of computers that, from what I've heard, is a bit crowded during crunch times. However, because there are many computers to accommodate the many students attending USC, it is a bit rare to find that all of the computers used. Plus, many students bring their laptops, so that definitely helps those who rely on USC's computers

4 College Freshman

Campus Quality: Student life at USC is amazing. I'm part of the Spirit of Troy and it is the most spirited group on campus. Even though we don't have a uniform, everyone is always seen wearing cardinal and gold.

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2 College Freshman

Local Area: It is so scary off campus. I'm from a suburb so maybe it's not as bad to some people, but I run to the train at night to get home so I don't get kidnapped.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Quality: I love USC, but I'm extremely afraid to ever leave campus. South Central is a rough neighborhood but I'm glad the security is so great on campus.

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3 College Sophomore

Administration: Greek life was under a lot of scrutiny this year which made for quite a few early shut down parties. But RAs were usually pretty chill about ignoring partying in the dorms. Campus security officers are a huge pain about where you can and can't ride your bike.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: The dorms are pretty nice. New/North is where most of the freshmen live and it's kind of a dump with no A/C but the social atmosphere is great. Fluor Tower is the best place to live because it's a nice building and is still pretty social. It is farther from the center of campus though. Price is pretty average for a college dorm.

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3 College Sophomore

Parking: Parking on campus is super expensive and pretty strict but it's definitely convenient. Parking off campus is free but it's really hard to find a decently close spot.

4 College Sophomore

Weather: Nothing better than SoCal weather! It's definitely hot during the first semester, but the beach is so close and it's really nice to be outside all the time.

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: USC isn't very fair with their scholarships. They either award them to the poorest of the poor who definitely deserve it. Or they give them to the rich kids who happened to get good grades. They leave out the whole middle class section of students.

4 College Senior

Scholarships: The financial aid office is very helpful. I have not had any bad experiences with that department. They make everything easy.

3 College Senior

Transportation: Transportation is alright. The school does offer shuttles that takes you to the other campuses. However, the cost for parking is a bit pricey.

4 College Senior

Diversity: As a graduate student, there are various caucuses that cover the many diverse populations. From the various races, LGBT community, as well as the different religious clubs, this school takes into consideration all individuals attending.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: Fine. It could be better, but its decent considering the number of students.

5 College Junior

Local Area: LosAngeles is a gigantic city with a lot to offer. There's more than enough to keep people interested - Venice Boardwalk, Santa Monica Pier, Hollywood, all the studios, Long Beach, there's numerous museums from the Getty to Ripley's. There is something for everybody and vast cultural communities that offer history, information, activities and awesome food. Even the cemeteries offer something - weekends at Forest Lawn Glendale actually have a carnival atmosphere. USC offers a fantastic educational experience, LA offers a fantastic living experience.


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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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