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Reviews 2621 total reviews with an average rating of 3.8

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4 College Junior

Weather: Inland Los Angeles is ideal. Hardly rains but gets pretty hot during summer. Nothing to complain about.

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4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: It depends where you live off campus. If you live by University Gateway, there is tons of options downstairs and next to that side of frat row. Downtown has SO many options (if you have a car) ranging from expensive to cheap takeout

4 College Freshman

Academics: It has amazing connections and the education is good.

5 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Can't get any better. We have not only the looks but also the personality.

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: The campus-owned housing at USC definitely is not the most luxurious around, but it is close to campus and most are quite spacious. There are other living options for students living out of the dorms, such as apartment buildings like Gateway or West 27th. While these buildings are nicer than the campus-owned options, they can be quite pricey. If money is not an issue, they are perfectly located and have tons of amenities at the bottoms of the buildings, such as restaurants and drug stores.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: I am a broadcast journalism major at USC, and I can honestly say it is my dream come true. Annenberg School of Communication and Journalism really prepares its students for the work world because all of the professors work within the industry simultaneously. Not only do they prepare you with the classroom basics, but also with common sense career tips, such as what to wear to an interview and how to prepare a resume.

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4 College Senior

Scholarships: Its a private school, they HAVE to have good scholarships

3 College Senior

Academics: I'm in a MA of education program and perhaps its because its a professional degree and not one based on research, but I do not find the coursework challenging.

3 College Student

Scholarships: I received a decent amount of financial aid, but the school is so expensive to begin with that you will most likely have to search for outstanding scholarships regardless.

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4 College Sophomore

Transportation: I have my own car, and so do many others so it fairly easy to find rides from people or use the bus and metro that run right by campus. We also have campus cruiser that takes us around in the evenings for free.

2 College Sophomore

Majors: As a mechanical engineering major, I do not recommend it unless you are truly ready to stick it out. Most the professors I had were not able to help out much and the classes are all very dry. I recently changed my major because I was disappointed that mechanical engineering did not have the hands on learning experience I thought it would have.

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3 College Sophomore

Party Scene: Nightlife at USC mostly consists of parties thrown by frat houses on the row or private house/apartment parties through word of mouth--this applies to students that are 21 and under. Frat parties are overwhelming if you are not in the Greek system, where its mostly a bunch of bodies squished together on the dance floor. House parties and kickbacks are a lot more casual and intimate, but can also be awkward if you don't know anyone there. There are a few 18+ clubs around Los Angeles, but they don't play modern music and consists mostly of locals from the area. The clubs that are 21+ are great, especially in Hollywood.

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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Most places vary per price, but the best off-campus housing spots are houses a little far from campus, where the rent can be significantly reduced if you board in a double with a house of 10 other people or so. Most of the houses are Victorian style and generally fit at least 4-6 people, and are well-maintained inside. As for apartments, there are 4 primary locations that are very close to school, yet given this distance, the rent is much more expensive because the rooms are already fully equipped.

5 Recent Alumnus

Weather: The weather is great because it is sunny most of the year. It sometimes rains during the winter, but there is not very much of it. Also, the climate helps me enjoy walking through campus during my free time.

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3 College Sophomore

Technology: Everything works but it is slow, especially the internet connection.

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4 College Sophomore

Party Scene: I don't know much about the nightlife, as do much other engineering majors. But the on-call "campus cruiser" service that takes you anywhere around campus is great.

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: The money you need is there and is accessible to anyone but the process is not the quickest and easiest thing to do.

4 College Junior

Weather: It is usually sunny in SC, but when it rains, it doesn't last a long time. Usually I hang out in the libraries, or the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism until the rain stops. Great time to study or grab a hot coffee from the Annenberg coffee cart in Annenberg.

3 College Junior

Administration: The police force is okay on reinforcing strict policies for students.

5 College Junior

Weather: I can never get sick of that sunny Southern California weather! I love studying outside.

5 College Junior

Party Scene: GREAT nightlife. The Row is poppin' on Thursday nights. Also, Downtown LA is just a free tram ride away.

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4 College Junior

Drug Safety: If you want drugs, they're easy to find - it's college. Alcohol is much more common, but there's no pressure. Most people drink, but you can easily have a social life without it.

4 College Sophomore

Transportation: You're located right next to downtown LA - public transportation is huge out here. My girlfriend and I spent the Thanksgiving break going around the city only using public transportation, and it was super easy to do things like go to the beach, go to museums, restaurants, etc. The MetroLink (train) is super fast and convenient, and the LA bus system is clean and pretty safe.

4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: The Greek System @USC throw parties, but the people involved aren't outrageous alcoholics or drug addicts. The people involved in Greek life here are for the most part really cool people, and they give a definite sense of diversity in the lifestyles lived here at USC.

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5 College Junior

Campus Quality: It is a beautiful campus. There are tall brick buildings, a beautiful grandeur classic library, and all the facilities are first class and they are always being improved. They are always clean and they have everything you need and want on campus.

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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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