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4 College Freshman

Diversity: People are so different, but a majority is white. The different races often have their own enclave of groups and separate from others and keep to themselves. But on more than one occasion all races have fun together.

4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: The guys are friendly and some of their appearance can be deceiving. There have been rumors of rape from the frats. The girls are usually hot, but don't look at you too much unless you drink with them and go to parties to hook up. If you don't then you have to rely on your verbal game and how you present yourself. I've seen ugly dudes hook up with girls out of their league, sometimes it is just baffling.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I really liked living in the dormitories my freshman year. My dorm had a very social atmosphere and I met a lot of close friends because we lived together. If you want to meet a lot of new people stay one of the dormitories like Pardee, Marks or New/North as opposed to the residence halls that are formatted in a suite style. The in suites you bond with your suite mates but never really get to know anyone else in your hall unless you put in an extra effort. However, the suites are much nicer in quality because they are newer than the other residence halls.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: More people use alcohol, but marijuana is not uncommon. There are people who are really into that lifestyle, but it is not difficult to avoid it. There is less pressure to do drugs than alcohol.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: I would suggest applying by the earlier scholarship deadline so you are considered for all scholarships possible, also apply for other scholarships that the university offers. I ended up getting the aid I needed in the form of a combination of grants, a scholarship and loans, but I did have to phone in an appeal to the financial aid office after my initial awarded amount to get more aid. Talk to people in the office to see if things can be worked out. Apply for as many outside scholarships as possible in addition to applying for aid because USC is an expensive school and even after aid there is still a large amount to pay.

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5 College Freshman

Party Scene: There is always something to do and somewhere to go every night of the week

5 College Freshman

Diversity: USC has the most international students out of all other universities in the US

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I feel totally safe on campus and north of campus at all hours.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: great teachers, resources, and opportunities to network!

3 College Junior

Guys & Girls: It really depends on the classes you take on what kind of people you will be surrounded by. Some people are really nice and no one is going to be rude during class. Outside of the class room it just depends on where you are some people are naturally bitter and off putting but most of the time people are really nice here and talk to everyone.

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4 College Junior

Majors: The process of getting into the Political Science department is not very hard. You don't have any crazy requirements to fulfill. Classes are easy to find for your major and classes are decent sizes. To be admitted to POSC you really just declare your major and meet with the counselors who help you find the right classes.

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4 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: There's people from all walks of life at USC. They could use a little more diversity, in my opinion but it's a great school. The guys range from jocks, to nerds, preppy, to your average down to earth cool cat. For the ladies, there's plenty of sorority chicks, some are stuck up, other girls range from country, to Southern Belles, to activists, to party girls and so many more.

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2 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: There is ample housing available near campus but it's super expensive. Unless you're fortunate enough or don't mind paying 1300 for a bed and also have a roommate in the ame room paying the same amount this doesn't include your utilities, go for it. In my opinion, the housing is extremely over priced. However some places are really beautiful and USC has 24-hour security available for the housing that is probably within about a 1-2mile radius.

4 College Sophomore

Administration: Campus is pretty laid back. As long as you're not in danger of hurting yourself or anyone else, campus police will pretty much leave you alone. LAPD however can be very intrusive and mean, they will give out jaywalking tickets like candy, and there have been several instances of racial profiling. However, campus police usually takes care of everything and keeps the cops largely off campus.

5 College Junior

Majors: USC does an excellent job at connecting students with internship throughout the duration of the MSW program. Students will complete 16 hours/ per week there first year and 20 hours/ per week the second year of the program. The first year placement is selected by the school; the second year the student will have the opportunity to interview at multiple agencies of there choice for a placement.

5 College Junior

Majors: I love the MSW program at USC. The faculty is very knowledgeable and excellent at conveying the material. The curriculum is challenging and cutting edge. The program is offered on campus and multiple other satellite campuses, including a virtual option.

5 College Junior

Campus Quality: My school/program is amazing. I attend one of the satellite campuses and the experience has been great. The professors are very approachable and willing to help. Also, the location has enable our cohort to become very close and supportive of one another.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: WE NEED MORE RESTAURANTS! Bacaro is by far the best restaurant near USC and we need more like it!

4 College Sophomore

Local Area: I wish their were more high end, trendy retailers, restaurants, and entertainment.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Although USC is not located in the best neighborhood, I do think they have made considerable efforts to make students feel safe. I have noticed an increase in police presence, but I still do not feel safe enough to walk alone at night.

4 College Junior

Athletics: USC has a large fan base in Southern California, and USC gear can be seen on several people everyday. Of course football is a big thing

4 College Junior

Local Area: There is so much to see and do in the Los Angeles area and surrounding areas. California has many places within reach, as well as other states near by, to include Nevada's Las Vegas.

4 College Junior

Majors: Take your time and put in all information you can to show how well rounded you are. Answer all the questions, optional or not, and be sure to include anything you have done as volunteer or community involvement.

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4 College Junior

Weather: Way better than in a freezing place with lots of snow! Decent weather year round.

5 College Sophomore

Greek Life: The Greek Life is awesome, if you are looking for a good sorority or fraternity experience come here. All the sorority houses are incredible with amazing food and the fraternities have sick parties every thursday night at the least. If you ever want to party you can always find something going on.

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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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