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2 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Most off-campus housing is very expensive. Quality not worth the cost, but most don't want to live on campus after freshman year so do it anyways.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I feel very safe on campus. There are DPS officers constantly patrolling and the whole campus is gated and shut off from 9 at night to 5am.

4 College Freshman

Local Area: Really close to Downtown LA, there you can find sports events, theaters, shopping, and restaurants.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Most of the places on Figueroa are fast food, but because of that they are very affordable.

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3 College Freshman

Academics: It's my first year, so I'm not that focused on my major yet. So far the work load is pretty heavy.

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4 College Freshman

Scholarships: They gave me the financial aid I needed. If I had questions, the people in the financial aid office were very helpful. My only issue was being on hold for over a half hour.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Dorms can be absolutely amazing. New/North is the most social, but not exactly the nicest amenities. Definitely the place you want to live though.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Expensive living, but very nice amenities and many options.

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: So many places to eat in Downtown LA and anywhere off campus.

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5 College Freshman

Party Scene: The parties take place on the row and are awesome. You can pretty much find something to do every night but the big nights are thursdays - saturdays.

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4 College Freshman

Local Area: The area south of campus is not the best location but Downtown LA is absolutely amazing and there is so much to do in the LA area.

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3 College Freshman

Campus Food: Although the campus center has many great options to eat, the dining halls have many options but not very good food in general.

5 College Freshman

Campus Quality: Beautiful. Everything about student life on campus is amazing. Everyone is so kind and the campus is beautiful with lots of places to go and hang out.

5 College Freshman

Athletics: The athletics at school are amazing, football season is the best.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: My dorm, IRC is great because it is new and clean. It has AC and the shower is shared by four people. The room is fairly spacious, however for students who live in old dorms, it could be tougher. Unlike our fingerprint and card system, they have to use keys and their rooms are smaller. They have to share a couple of showers and bathrooms among the entire hall and it could get nasty pretty quickly. At the same time, dorm style rather than suite style allows more interaction and a lot of people have their doors propped open for random visitors.

3 College Freshman

Local Area: There is a metro but most people have cars because it is hard to get around without one. There are a couple of musuems right in front of campus as well as LACMA and others in LA. The food is great, a lot of the best restaurants in the nation are located in the this city. The neighborhood is bad and there are a lot of crimes, which could be one of the few negative aspects I can think of right now.

4 College Freshman

Party Scene: There are parties every week on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, sometimes even on Wednesdays. Famous DJs come to some fraternities

THe best parties take place on the Row. It helps people meet a lot of other people but at the same time, sometimes it is too much because a lot of people end up in the hospital.

3 College Freshman

Majors: The Architecture School is very competitive because they only accept about a 100 students per year. The most important perhaps is the portfolio, however SAT/ACT scores and GPA are extremely important as well. Essay plays a large role in determining a person's background and personality. In order to be admitted, I recommend high focus on portfolio. It is more important than what people think. At the same time a minimum 3.3 GPA is important as well. WHat is bothering about the USC admission process is that often times it looks like parent income level, especially if you are international.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: The parties are great, but the system is far too intensive. It is very competitive to get into the popular sororities and they take extreme measures such as checking how much a student's parents are paying for tax. It requires a lot of money, for they enforce you to buy certain brands of clothes and shoes. For fraternities, it is easier however it gets hard after you join. The parties, however are great and often times famous people such as Taylor Lautner and Miley Cyrus comes over.

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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There are a lot of good restaurants near the school. There's a lot of variety as well, from chipotle and McDonalds to ethnic upscale restaurants. Most places are accessible by walk (5 to 20 minutes), however it is easier with a car.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Because USC is located in such a bad neighborhood, the campus police service is extensive. There are campus cruisers which send students back to their apartment on the way back from a party, or the library. Off campus is especially dangerous and there are often crime alerts, however, there is a police agent on every block, which has helped a lot. On campus, I feel very safe but off campus, I often feel very scared.

4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: The looks are great. Social Life is centered around Fraternity parties. Sorority girls are often made fun of, because of their need to dress the same way, etc. THere are a lot of asians in USC compared to east coast schools. Most relationships are open.

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4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: The most important thing about USC is the network you can gain from meeting the people there. A lot of famous people send their children here, and others have a lot of talent in their area. the Career center depends on which school you are in. Most schools have great career services. At the same time some do not, such as the Architecture School. The alumni network is intensive not only because of USC's size, but also because of its international society. No matter where you go to after graduating, you will find an alumni in your area.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: It is expensive compared to other schools, however people still choose to live off-campus.

5 College Junior

Overall Experience: It was really easy to join the trojan family.

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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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