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Reviews 2696 total reviews with an average rating of 3.8

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5 Recent Alumnus

Campus Quality: USC has great facilities. It has great courts for Tennis, and a Lyon Center has adequate equipment that I never had to wait for my turn. The Leavy library opens 24/7 (except for 6 hours of the week, Saturday night), besides the library, a coffee shop is open, serving coffee and snacks.

The center of the university around the USC bookstore had been renovated and now have many options for students to choose from. But even when it was under renovation, they built a temporary circuit-like tent and had all restaurants there temporarily.

The USC Campus Cruiser is a service that help drive students to their nearby off-campus apartments from 6pm-12:45am. The areas that are served by campus-cruiser are also patrolled by USC Department of Public Safety (DPS). It used mostly by students that stay later in the day or on rainy days.

Concerts are held in USC campus from time to time, rock, rap and pop.. all kind of bands play in USC. The USC marching band is a self-proclaimed as the greatest band in the history of the universe. Even when I visit the campus in the summers, I see the band playing and practicing.

USC Trojans have a great school spirit, I love the scene in game days around the campus. Wearing USC shirt always gets me positive comments and V-signs (Fight on!)

USC is proud of their athletes and is proud of the fact that in all Summer Olympics since 1912, USC-affiliated athletes have won at least one gold medal in every Olympiad!

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4 College Freshman

Athletics: USC students have awesome school spirit!!! The students always show up to events ready to support their team! The athletic facilities are second to none! The new John McKay center and the new Aquatic Center are amazing. Our football team had a hard time this year but are ready to go for next year! The waterpolo team won it all this year!!

5 College Freshman

Diversity: We have a very diverse campus at USC. We have one of the largest populations of international students. We have many different religious, political, and economic situations represented at USC. Sexual orientation of all kinds is part of life at USC.

5 College Freshman

Weather: Southern California has excellent weather! Our campus has an average temp of 75. Cool in the morning and sunny during the day for the most part. We get a couple of days of rain, but barely. No snow :)

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: I know there are quite a few scholarships but it seems hard to find the right people to sit down and discuss them with. I am not considered need based, but my family can not afford to pay for my tuition out right. I have found it difficult to find scholarships that I fit into to.

4 College Senior

Campus Quality: Its private so things are updated regularly. They have the money.

3 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: LA rent prices are extremely pricey and difficult to not end up living in a shack. Get a roommate to up your chances of being able to pay for something decent, or just stay on campus.

3 College Senior

Local Area: The downtown area has definitely come up recently with the addition of LA live and the revitalization but USC is still prominently located in the hood so....

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3 College Senior

Guys & Girls: It's LA, so its a mixed bag. I think the people here are intelligent and generally good looking but if theyre a native theres always that chance of LA doucheyness

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3 Recent Alumnus

Academics: When I was Psychology Undergrad student, I found the program very easy. Unlike other universities that offer an emphasis or specialization within such a social science, unfortunately USC does not. It is difficult to even select classes that only adhere to your interests because you have category requirements. Even if you are not interested in social psychology, you are still required to take a course within the "social" category. However, I had some excellent professors as an undergrad, and now as a graduate student, I was lucky enough to take a graduate version of my favorite class from my undergraduate career. The professor is amazing - so intelligent. The subject matter is challenging but so interesting, and to learn about it from such a brilliant professor is certainly a plus. While the undergraduate program wasn't as challenging as I wanted it to be, the professors as well as the advising staff really do make up for it. The one major downside for Psych undergrads, however, is the lack of available internships and job opportunities in the field at this time in your educational career.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Campus Quality: the athletic centers are great. the gym is completely free to currently enrolled students and offers great hours during the regular semester: 6am to midnight, daily!
the libraries are great. the staff in the libraries are always quite helpful and can direct you to where you need to go. The libraries are also great structures to look at! They are just such beautiful buildings. Doheny is quite well renowned.
The beauty of campus is sure to draw people to USC, since the surrounding area is less than great. the campus, though, is fantastic - almost makes you forget where the school is located (in the middle of LA)! The beauty of campus really helps make the USC experience a great one.

2 Recent Alumnus

Transportation: Los Angeles = BRING A CAR. Seriously. The buses are horrible and slow, and the metro transit does not really service the downtown area.

4 Recent Alumnus

Weather: Los Angeles is sunny, beautiful, and warm. No snow days here! Points off for terrible smog and rainy season in Jan-Feb.

4 Recent Alumnus

Academics: With such a huge school, it's impossible to throw everything into this broad column. I went to the Theatre School, which was a great experience but a little too large to really give all its students a lot of attention. You need to be a go-getter, and take advantage of the Los Angeles setting. For example, do student films! You're alongside the #1 film school in the country. And take internships! Don't worry about who gets what part in the school play. It doesn't matter.

3 Recent Alumnus

Administration: I feel like this is kind of an irrelevant question when it comes to USC. It's so big. Do they break up frat parties with LAPD police helicopters? Yes, they do. Can you get away with whatever you want behind closed doors? Pretty much. It's 30,000 people. You've got to live and let live with those kinds of numbers.

4 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Dining: It's Los Angeles. There's amazing food. You just have to be able to drive out of downtown to get it!

3 College Freshman

Diversity: There is diversity but not enough. When you look around you see who is the minority.

4 College Senior

Greek Life: There are tons of fraternities and sororities on campus tailored to fit every student's needs! Panhellenic and InterFraternity Council offers the typical 'social' experience, professional fraternities and sororities cross social and academic prowess, and non-panhallenic fraternities (sorry I forget the exact name) and sororities exist for specialized members -ex ADXi and AGO are Christian Greek organizations.

3 College Senior

Drug Safety: If you're into drugs there are places to find what you're looking for but its also easy to have fun and go to parties where no alcohol or drugs are present. People are usually pretty nice about it and if you do or don't want to do anything, students usually are good about respecting your decisions (just like any school, it does depend on the people however)

3 College Senior

Campus Food: Dining Halls like Parkside and EVK are not that great but there are some really awesome restaurants on campus (everything from California Pizza Kitchen to Starbucks to Ground Zero Performance Cafe-which has incredible milkshakes!). If you have to do dining halls pick Cafe 84 but be cognizant of what restaurants your meal plan covers.

4 College Junior

Diversity: Every class I have the students are all so different in many ways such as race, sexual orientation, and religion. Maybe it is just my major but everyone is very strong and holds their ground on their beliefs but they never cross the line of intolerance or ignorance.

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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Lots of options if you're willing to pay a small fortune (at least $800 a month for a shared room) and commit 6 months in advance. For all the money you do get some pretty nice facilities though. Unfortunately, living like a prince is basically your only option.

5 College Sophomore

Academics: Like any school, there are good and bad professors and easy and hard classes. If you want to whiz by without doing any work that's possible, but you can also get a first rate education. Ive tailored my classes so that I work one on one with a professor every semester, and study in classes mostly fewer than 10 people, but if you want that kind of attention you have to be willing to put serious effort into your classes.

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5 College Sophomore

Weather: It's southern california. It's 75 degrees in january. Not to say you can't find the cold if you want it though, last semester I went to the beach in the morning and skiing in the evening.

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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.


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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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