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3 College Junior

Greek Life: I'm not active with the Panhellenic Greek life so I can't judge how it's like on the inside. There is definitely a divide between greek and non greek people though. Maybe it's because of how people just get closer to people they hang out with. But most of my friends are non greek. It's sad because greek people tend to stick with the greek people and aren't always the most welcoming to non greeks. But USC is big enough where you will always find a club that fits you so if you don't rush for a Panhellenic org, you can always rush for different co-ed fraternities and you'll find your tribe. It's easy to not be affected by greek life if you don't want to. It also depends on your major though because some majors like engineering might not have as many greek people as communication.

4 College Junior

Health & Safety: Although USC is located in a pretty bad part of L.A., I've never felt unsafe walking on campus. It's always lit and there are a million security and DPS (department of public safety) officers patrolling around. We always get alerts of what's happening around the school (car chases, suspects running around) via email and I'm always updated on what's going on. USC tries very hard to combat its image of a school being in the ghetto and it does a pretty good job of it. (As far I I know) Most of the horror stories you hear are off campus and during the middle of the night like 1-3 am. But if you're going to walk alone around that time anywhere, it's likely you'll be assaulted there as well. So just think smart and go out in large groups. USC has its free uber service and campus cruiser for you to use so take advantage of it and you should be pretty safe!

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: Coming from USC, I can definitely see the effects of the Trojan family. I have heard campus recruiters say to me that their company will only hire USC graduates or usually put their resumes at the top before other schools just because of that connection. This type of networking is definitely useful especially if you're in business. However, the cost of the school is really steep and if you are solely going to USC for the connections, I suggest you really think about it because you can get connects anywhere--you just have to be extra proactive about it and keep a mindset of "why not me". But if you are on the fence, just know that USC does provide lots of connections to fortune 500 companies like Deloitte and E.Y. and Snapchat and lots of start-ups. I'm a sophomore right now and I know friends who have gotten internships. But those are the people who have been persistent and willing to search for them. So it's definitely possible if you want to start early! The alumni network is huge! You'll meet basically everyone from any and all countries and they always give you cute "fight on" signs if you see them around. A lot of recruiters do hire from USC and they make it a point to say that they're looking for USC students. The career center has been pretty helpful in giving me tips for interviews and updating my resume. Lauren from the career center gave me lots of good advice for my interviews!

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I have had some really great professors but I have also had some really awful professors. I love the updated classrooms and new technology used to teach us students as well. Some courses are very interesting but I am not a fan of some of the GE classes and have found the worst teachers are the GE teachers. Class sizes are good, some classes small when needed and lectures are big but manageable per course.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: The quality of the alumni network is one of the best things about this school because there are ALWAYS employers recruiting on campus. There are also not just busy jobs like food service etc but real professional jobs that want to hire USC students which is so rewarding because I know my hard work in the classroom trains me to apply and hopefully receive full time positions or internships form these big corporations.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I think the general location of USC is not the greatest but the school does a great job of making sure we stay safe as students with tons of technology and security like DPS updates, DPS officers, community volunteers on every corner as USC watch people, license plate scanning that is connected with LAPD to see if a dangerous person comes in the vicinity of campus, real cops sometimes around, and emergency alert systems.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: I didn't exactly live in campus housing because I was a transfer student but I did live directly off campus in an apartment that was managed by USC (I believe). I think the best on campus options from what Ive heard is New North because it is closest to most of the classes and to the Row. And I hear that Parkside is the worst because it is so far. I think the cost is relatively the same across most dorms, but for the apartment I lived in (University Gateway) the cost seemed like a lot but was very comparable to other options off campus. socially, I think all dorms probably have the same social atmosphere however I do not know first hand because I did not ever live in the dorms at USC.

5 College Sophomore

Greek Life: I absolutely love greek life and think it is one of the biggest misconceptions on campus. There are certain houses that are more known for social aspects, but that one specific house doesn't represent us as a whole and takes away from a lot of our achievements in the community that we do as a house. We consistently work with the Women's Heart Association and have fundraisers and philanthropic events often to raise money as that is our number 1 foundation we support. However, we also partake in other houses philanthropy events and have worked with organizations from the special olympics to shelter dogs to homelessness and community demand in our immediate area of South LA. Socially, greek life opens up a lot of opportunities to meet more people and socialize in different areas, and non greeks typically only see this side of greek life which is very biased. Greek housing is available to all who are apart of greek life and often offer a more affordable living alternative than on campus housing or apartments near by.

5 College Sophomore

Athletics: I think the spirit of Troy is one of the strongest on campus, and that shows through our turnout of students to football games, basketball games, and basically any D1 sports game. People love attending school here and they want to support others as they represent our school nationally. I have recently gotten involved with intramural sports and I absolutely love it because it really opens up a network of new friends and an active hobby that is a release from the heavy academic stress. The facilities are very nice but are usually exclusive to the D1 athletes.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I truly love going to USC because I thrive with high competitive levels and when challenges, produce my best work. I wish that USC was more affordable because the constant stress of money sometimes hinders my ability to do well and often feel a lot of guilt because I see the hardships my parents go through to make sure I can get my education. My favorite experience has definitely been joining Greek life because I have been able to find a home away from home, and a plethora of girls who are similar to me. I would definitely chose my school all over again because I think its very fitting for me and offers me a lot of resources I need to succeed in the classroom and moving forward into the real world. I think that's also what makes USC so unique is that their resources allow students to receive one on one care and access to a giant networking alumni network that most schools aren't as famously known for, which opens up a lot of doors for current students.

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: I've had a few sour grapes, but for the most part I've had incredible professors.

3 College Junior

Overall Experience: I've seen my sister struggle, so I'm anxious.

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: My first year, while there were hiccups, was great!

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I'm having the literal time of my life at USC. Commit, you won't regret it.

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4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: They don't call it the Trojan Family for nothing. I've only been here for a year but I've already met people in my preferred field, past-Trojans, looking to hire or help me out specifically because I go to USC. Bless up

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3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I dont think sexual assault at USC is any more of an issue than it is on any other campus, but regardless the issue is still existent and should be treated seriously in all circumstances

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5 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I lived in Birnkrant for my first year, and it was the best experience ever. Eight floors of open doors for real. 10/1 would recommend

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: Not many are big fans of Greek life on campus, except those in greek life. The whole institution is very problematic (cliquey, snobby, self-important). They really are only good for the parties they throw.

5 College Freshman

Athletics: Trojan pride is very big on campus, can be a bit overwhelming if you're not into sports but honestly just take advantage of the free booze during game day tailgates and you'll be fine

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4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Committing to USC was honestly one of the best decisions I could have made.

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: Diverse in almost every way.

2 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: At least in my dorm, somebody got kicked out.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Professors are usually fun to listen to.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: As far as I know, USC has best "networking."

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Housing is not outstanding, but neither is it bad.

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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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