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4 College Freshman

Scholarships: I received a decent amount of financial aid form the school because they are adequately funded and are able to help out every student with their needs. Just make sure that all the charges on your bill are accurate and to see if any new ones pop-up. Communicating with them in person is always better.

4 College Freshman

Party Scene: Nightlife is for everyone. Even the first week into my first semester there were so many parties and they don't care if you're 21 or not, they'll give you what you want. I don't indulge in the drinking activities but everyone is awesome.

4 College Sophomore

Local Area: LA is wonderful and USC is extremely close to downtown and LA live. With a car, you can venture to the coolest parts of LA. However, the area immediately surrounding USC is run-down and often dangerous.

4 College Sophomore

Transportation: The transportation on USC and around the campus is very available and often reliable.

4 College Freshman

Academics: I'm a Chemistry major and one helpful thing about science majors is supplemental instruction. They offer review sessions for many of the science classes where upperclassmen lead review what was taught in lecture during that week. They are very helpful if you don't understand the material taught in lecture, especially since it's a little intimidating that there are so many people in lecture.

4 College Freshman

Academics: Many of the major requirement classes are excellent, but many of the General Education classes are not as educational. The registration process is fairly simple, but if you don't get an early time then many of the classes fill up before you get a chance to sign up. However, they do open spots periodically when the classes fill up.

4 College Freshman

Campus Quality: The campus is very beautiful, and the building are all typically aesthetically pleasing too. There are plenty of places to eat in the Campus center, as well as within walking distance from the campus. The campus is very self-contained and security is excellent. The activities are fun and educational, and are abundant throughout the semester. The Lyon center is easily accessible, easy to use, and convenient for people on campus.

4 College Sophomore

Transportation: Transportation is not complicated at USC but it is also not easy. It can take some time to get to know how the flow of traffic works in LA but it can be fun to travel and experience with friends or roommates. There are many places to go and many places to see.

5 College Sophomore

Local Area: USC is a vibrant city college campus surrounded by mixes of culture and intellectualism at its highest. The variety and family atmosphere makes strangers into Trojans and Trojans into families. USC is one of the best universities to live, work, and play.

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3 College Junior

Diversity: I consider USC to be fairly diverse as everyone can find where they fit and their certain niche in the community. USC has people from all over the world that come attend USC, which allows people to learn about different cultures. However, given the relatively high tuition, the economic background of the school is mostly of the upper class of society, but you will find those who worked hard enough to earn financial aid and scholarships to attend USC. With the school being composed of mostly rich kids, it surprisingly has a good mix between its liberals and conservatives. Despite its size compared to other schools, USC has a fairly welcoming and diverse community that motivates you to become involved in activities outside of the classroom and enjoy your time at university.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: The academics at USC are challenging, depending on your major. I'm a pre med double major and although it's not unbearable, the classes are challenging and difficult. You definitely learn and aren't able to fly through classes. Pre-meds at USC are competitive, but don't fit into that awful cutthroat stereotype, maybe because of all the emphasis on the Trojan family.

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4 College Sophomore

Diversity: There is a ton of diversity at USC. We may be called the University of Spoiled Children, but that stereotype is inaccurate more often than not. Because USC has programs for schools in the area, many students come from local, low-income families. In addition there are large amounts of international students, especially from China.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: It's very easy to find off-campus housing at USC. There's cheap apartments and really luxurious ones, and everything in between. The farther from campus, usually the cheaper it gets. USC offers off-campus housing as well that's convenient and pretty nice. The only problem is safety, but campus cruiser can help with that and I've never personally had any issues.

4 College Freshman

Campus Food: Most of the time, the food is very tasty. I only use the Cardinal Plan dining halls, so I only really know about those. Even if the food isn't what you're used to, you can usually still find sometime you like.

4 College Freshman

Academics: I'm a first-year biological science major(pre-med). The pre-med classes require a lot of work and it takes a lot of effort and time to get good grades. However, if you really try hard and work with the professors and TAs, you will learn a lot. With that said, the school does prepare me well for MCAT and future career in the health field. General education classes are interesting, but not easy. They also requires time commitment and hard work. But just like science classes, the more you put in, the more you get out of it.

5 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The freshman dorms at USC is great. They are all very close to the center of campus, as in less than ten minutes walking distance. Most of them are relatively new and very clean. RAs are very friendly and helpful. Social atmosphere is great. In fact, I met most of my best friends from my dorm. USC housing also provides various floor plans for our preferences. Freshman housing is guaranteed. I got a space of my choice on campus as a freshman even I missed the deadline by three weeks.

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3 College Freshman

Administration: After the gun shot in october 2012, the school installed finger print scanning machine at each on campus housing. While it ensure our safety, it is inconvenient for residents to wait in line for the machine just to get in. In addition, it makes visiting friends living at other buildings and/or family visits more complicated and difficult. Moreover, the school now requires a student ID or a guest pass to enter campus after 9pm.

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5 Recent Alumnus

Majors: The process of getting into the program felt easy because the admissions staff is so helpful. They call you and email you frequently letting you know what you need to do and how to do it. They are super friendly and caring about you personally. I didn't have any challenges whatsoever when applying. The most important criteria for admission are the essays. My tip for admission is to be on top of everything from the start. Don't slack and apply early.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Guys & Girls: There's definitely a variety of people at southern cal but you will mostly find stunningly gorgeous laid-back surfers and beach-goers wherever you are.

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5 Recent Alumnus

Academics: It is rigorous. At most college you can work part time and get by and succeed in your classes but the MAT program at USC, which I just started, is very challenging. I feel like I'm getting the most for the money I put into it, but it is very difficult to work and I haven't even started the field work yet.

5 Recent Alumnus

Technology: State of the art computers with updated software is all I need. They are accessible at all hours of the day.

5 College Junior

Campus Quality: USC offers an online program through the VAC for their social work program. This program is unique and still offers the same quality education that the on campus students receive.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: When you are inside campus it feels as if you are not even in the center of a huge city. You feel as if you we're in some small college town, especially when you live in the dorms. Yet, you are able to explore one of the coolest cities in the world anytime you want.

4 Recent Alumnus

Local Area: Everyone loves being at USC. Overall, the weather is gorgeous, most of the students are beautiful, and the school is great. The only downside is the surrounding area.

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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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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