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Reviews 2647 total reviews with an average rating of 3.8

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3 College Freshman

Campus Food: Parkside has great food. But the other two dining halls are not that great. Not as much variety.

4 College Sophomore

Transportation: Public transportation, like the buses, Dash and Metro are convenient and pretty cheap, but they can be a little sketchy. Taxis are expensive but nice. USC provides campus cruiser to take students home at night within about a mile of campus, which is a super great program, but the wait can be a bit long on a weekend.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Food: The food is great on campus, but the prices are not. The meal plans help a little, but them being mandatory for freshman is a pain and kind of a waste. The Campus Center and smaller cafes around campus are stellar though.

4 College Sophomore

Local Area: Los Angeles is an amazing city. While you can criticize it on the basis of safety, you can work around that and USC goes above and beyond (sometimes too far) in providing safety to its students. As far as activities go, we're within easy walking distance of both the California Science Center and the Natural History Museum, and both are free for USC students. And we're only a couple minutes from downtown and LA Live for your shopping and entertainment needs, or a half hour from Beverly Hills and Rodeo Drive.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Some of it is really good, but its also very expensive.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: Academics are very strong. It's probably a notch down from the Ivy League. Very rigorous curriculum. Definitely a top 25 school in the country.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: Social scene is awesome. There isn't another college in America that parties and works harder than USC.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: Amazing facilities. Very accessible. Very clean campus.

4 College Freshman

Campus Quality: The campus itself is beautiful. There are a lot of green spaces and places to relax. The libraries are very nice on the inside and out. Doheney is our library that brings back memories of hogwarts. The campus center is only two years old and is a great place to hang out with friends or get some homework done. The gym is clean and has adequate equipment to work out, but is small compared to the amount of people that go there every day. I have also been pleased with the classrooms and lecture halls I've been in so far. Although this may not be a deciding factor in a college decision, the chairs are comfortable and rooms are high-tech.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: Student life on campus is pretty vibrant. So much to do on a friday night. You can go to open mic nights at Ground Zero. Go to Tommy's Place to watch live shows or watch football games on saturday. Vision and Voices always has something to send students to go see and experience the arts and humanities of los angeles. The athletic center is pretty exclusive to the athletes but the gym at the Lyon center is what alot of people use to work out. The libaries are usually filled to the brim around finals but on a regular basis, it's a moderate number of students in there especially in Leavey. Conquest is every year and that is basically the USC v UCLA football game and that's a whole week of the rallies, the burning of the bruin, a concert/performance by a popular artist and of course, pranks. It's fun.

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3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: The culture of students at USC is very go-getter, goal oriented, and network type of feel. Therefore that causes the students to be very one track minded, offstandish and often fake. I'm used to the atmosphere at my high school where everyone is hugging and saying hi to each other so when i first came here, and when i smiled at someone walking the opposite way, they would dart their eyes away or completely ignore you. However, there are some very rich and beautiful people here. The social life is revolved around parties around the row usually, with exceptions of people actually exploring the awesome parts of LA and this is a very HOOKUP culture.

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3 College Sophomore

Parking: You need a permit to park on campus or in the parking garages off campus, or in the apartment garages that are univerisity owned. It's less expensive the farther you park away from campus, but then the parking structure near jefferson is so far, that theres no point in parking because you can just basically make the 10 minute walk other places. The cheapest price i've heard so far is $200 a semester. DPS constantly checks for permits in parking lots, so if you dont buy one, expect to be ticketed.

3 College Sophomore

Technology: When my friend doesn't have her computer with her, she is able to go to King Hall, or Salvatori to go and use their desktops. They are all macs, and are very efficient. And if you have problems with the laptops, ITS people are very helpful. Printing on campus is not that available in a lot of places. You either have to be a part of the Annenberg school to get access to printers, go to the black student union or El Centro Chicano in the UUC for free printing. Other than that you have to pay .10 cents per page at Leavey Library which only takes discretionary dollars on your ID card. If you dont have money on your card, SOL.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: Even though all the attention goes towards the yearly football season, overall the athletic program is really good. The women's lacrosse team is doing really good this season and the mens volleyball team is currently number one in the nation.

4 College Freshman

Greek Life: The "row" of fraternities and sororities is very popular and many special interest fraternities are available.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Quality: The facilities at USC are excellent. The libraries and athletic facilities are easy to access and there are many fun campus events and traditions.

3 College Freshman

Diversity: There are a lot of white people on campus, but many other races and religions are well represented.

4 College Junior

Local Area: Los Angeles is a dynamic city. It is a place where diversity and new ideas are welcomed and encouraged. University of Southern California (USC) is situated in an area where the neighboring cities love the Trojan family and aspire to create a welcoming environment for the USC students, alumni, and staff. USC is located near many attractions, such as Downtown Los Angeles, Rodeo Drive, LA Live, and Staples Center. Students are able to grow and succeed, through the various opportunities provided by the central location of USC. GO TROJANS!

4 College Junior

Transportation: Everything is close by already, but there are plenty of transportation options available. The University bus system provides constant transportion on campus and to surrounding off-campus areas. Campus Cruiser offers free private taxi service around the clock and USC has contracts with many local companies to provide good deals to students wherever they wish to go.

4 College Junior

Guys & Girls: You get a very wide range of both guys and girls at USC. The student body overall is extremely diverse--ethnically, socially, etc. There are tons of good looking guys and girls. The Greek scene is dominated by mostly wealthy, white kids, although all races and classes are represented. It is really hard to generalize here but everyone is fairly accepting to friendly individuals.

4 College Junior

Local Area: The immediate surroundings of USC are not all that great besides Exposition Park and LA Live. However, you don't have to go far to get the full Los Angeles experience. Hollywood, Santa Monica, Venice, and Long Beach offer more than you could imagine. There are countless opportunities for everyones' interests. The culture is a bit more materialistic than I like, but that doesn't mean you can't escape it with ease.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: My experience in USC housing was amazing. I lived in Birnkrant and Webb Tower, and I loved it. Birnkrant's atmosphere is so nice and sociable, but you can still focus on working hard in school. Webb is such a nice facility, and it was a great first apartment for me. My one concern is the fact that it's harder to stay in university housing as a junior or senior, so I didn't want to risk entering the housing lotto and then being forced to go to off-campus housing too late when the rates are increased.

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2 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: USC off-campus housing is relatively cheap; however, if you want to be closer than a few blocks away (which I would recommend, since USC is in downtown LA) and you are not a sophomore or freshman who gets first choice USC housing, you have to get an apartment/house yourself. The main complexes, Gateway, Icon, and Tuscany, are really expensive. You probably can't get anything for under $1,000 a month, not including utilities. I think it's a complete ripoff.

5 College Sophomore

Scholarships: I applied to USC before the scholarship deadline (December 1, I believe), and then I found out in January I was in the running for a merit-based Trustee Scholarship, which covered all tuition for 4 years. I then went to an Explore USC program (stay overnight and meet the school), had an interview, and then received the scholarship.
My advice would be to APPLY EARLY! You never know, you might be a candidate for a merit scholarship!

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4 College Freshman

Academics: It is challenging but if you are committed you will succeed.

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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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