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Reviews 2993 total reviews with an average rating of 3.8

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4 College Junior

Majors: It is much easier to apply to USC now because you can do so with the common application. You need to excel in some area to get in though. Luckily for me, I had a 3.93 GPA from community college (mostly because I was good at taking tests, not really a true reflection of my intelligence to be honest ;) and I just got in directly to the Marshall school, which is what I applied for so no hassles. But you definitely need to have something good to get in.

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3 College Junior

Health & Safety: I certainly feel safe but there's still a few reminders every now and then that the campus is still in South Central LA. I get alerts every now and then about somebody who ran up and stole someone's cell phone or something. I usually get a followup email soon after though about how the campus police worked with the LAPD to catch the perpetrator so they seem to be pretty good at their job. Also, if you live off campus, be sure not to live too far because it can turn ugly if you go too far.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Admittedly there are drugs being used here, especially weed, because hey- it's California, but the peer pressure and all that is basically nil. If you don't want to do it, no one is forcing you to. It does all depend on who you're hanging out with, but even at sorority/frat parties, the most you'll probably ever see would be smoking. But once again, the pressure is not strong. Drinking is way more prevalent, but the pressure for that, once again, is not strong either. You do what you want to do.

3 College Sophomore

Parking: If you get an on campus parking permit, parking is easy to find. However, it is slightly expensive, and is around $500 a semester. If you have to park off campus, parking can be difficult to find.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: Everything here is amazing! The campus is well kept and all the students and faculty are always kind. Trojan pride is visible throughout all of campus and the overall environment is wonderful.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Housing off campus is a little harder to find unless you are still a part of USC housing. Every apartment owned by USC however, will always have all of the amenities needed for living. Meaning it comes furnished, with a kitchen, 1-2 bedrooms that each hold two people and nice small to medium sized living areas. I give off-campus housing a B only because I enjoy the freedom, but often times we have maintenance issues in our apartment. Other than that you can find some pretty nice living.

5 College Sophomore

Academics: The Communication program in the Annenberg School of Communication and Journalism is wonderful. It's extremely theory based and teaches you essential skills needed in every day life. The span of subjects that are taught in classes is infinite. You learn a lot about culture and history. It is all very interesting and really gives you a good perspective on the world around you, making you more aware of your environment.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: I came into USC as a broadcast journalism major but now I am a communication major. The Annenberg School of Communication and Journalism is a wonderful community to be a part of. They are nurturing and I feel as though I have learned a lot in my communication classes. I love my major. The only reason that I give it an A- is because the general education classes could be a little better. Most of the categories are super boring.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Certain housing options are more luxurious than others. I happened to live in a dorm called Trojan Hall. It was very social and I made many friends. The only downside was that it was boring looking and the communal bathrooms were sometimes extremely gross. This is why I give it a C+, just because overall I enjoyed the experience, it just could have been better.

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3 College Junior

Scholarships: Although USC prides itself on rewarding need-based student, it is definitely a challenge to obtain financial aid.

5 College Junior

Diversity: The acceptance regarding ethnic diversity is amazing.

3 College Junior

Local Area: Campus is great, very safe. However, campus surroundings are not so safe.

3 College Junior

Parking: The chances of getting your preferred parking structure are very slim.

5 College Freshman

Diversity: Most diverse campus I have ever been on. All my classes have a representation of most races. Definitely a good experience.

5 College Freshman

Transportation: You will be able to find what your looking for through many forms of transportation.

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3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: While there was a shooting on campus recently, I have never felt unsafe and USC is continually stepping up security measures.

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1 College Sophomore

Parking: If you want to park, spend a lot of money on a permit, and then get to your spot an hour before you have to be in class.

2 College Sophomore

Scholarships: I didn't receive financial aid, which surprised me. I got "outstanding" grades and SAT scores in high school. USC only seems to see the amount of your parents' incomes-- and not the circumstances you're currently in. I had a lot of trouble getting through my first year with no financial aid.

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5 Recent Alumnus

Health & Safety: Good health program for the students. Good security.

3 College Junior

Administration: I personally think we should be stricter in some ways, perhaps on the crazy drinking and sexual assault that seems to happen a lot on the row (Greek Life). As far as normal parties, they're not usually split up until 12:30 or 1, and no one is usually taken into custody - they just disperse you and break it up. I'm not sure about drinking/drug use in the dorms, but in the university in general, you basically have to do something really stupid to get in trouble.

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4 College Junior

Weather: The weather in Los Angeles is always an A. During the Fall it is perfect although this year it is hotter than usual.

4 College Junior

Campus Quality: There is always something to do on campus and people doing stuff on campus. Football games and tailgates are a big tradition at USC and are a big part of the campus experience at the College. The Lyon center provides athletic centers for students and the Libraries are a great resource.

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5 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Dining: USC's Health Sciences is located close to a lot of great restaurants. It's close to the San Gabriel Valley which is the place to go for cheap and tasty Asian food. My favorite Mexican restaurant, Michoacan (open 24/7!) is close by too.

3 Recent Alumnus

Health & Safety: USC has always been in my backyard. There have been a few instances of crimes, but I think USC does a lot to keep the campus safe. You're in a big city crammed with people- I'd be surprised if it was perfectly safe.

2 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Housing: LA has plenty of places to rent out. There's a huge variety of areas to be in. Sticking close to campus can be expensive. Depending on what you're willing to deal with you can live in the lower income areas (I grew up here so it's not a big change for me). Safety isn't much of an issue if you are aware of your surroundings. Parking can be bad though.


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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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