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Reviews 2993 total reviews with an average rating of 3.8

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3 Recent Alumnus

Scholarships: It's expensive to go here. But you're paying for what you get. I'm in my first year as a graduate student and the loans are a bit stressful as they loom overhead. There are opportunities to find funding and work study. I'm trying to settle that all soon! Be proactive in searching for funding so that you'll be on better footing.

5 College Freshman

Campus Quality: The school is really pretty, there's a spot for every type of person to study, hang out, and so on. There is always something going on, always knew buildings being built, and always events giving out free food!

5 College Freshman

Campus Quality: Major in pretty much everything, athletics, tradition

5 Recent Alumnus

Party Scene: The night light over here is great. There is so much variety for everyone. If you are the type of person who wants to go out and dance and drink, then there almost always are big parties you can find to do just that. There are also two popular bars among students-- Traditions, which is on campus, and the 9-0, which is off-campus. Both have a fun reputation. Furthermore, USC offers a free car and tram service, so that you can get home safely afterwards.

5 College Junior

Guys & Girls: The social life here is excellent. People are generally very nice and looking to have a good time as well as socialize and interact with anyone.

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5 College Junior

Academics: Professors are for the most part excellent and very passionate about what they teach. The curriculum is rigorous but manageable and relevant. Registering has never been an issue for me and class availability is actually very decent. You can find just about anything to take that interests you here.

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4 College Junior

Academics: It is a small major, so you get to know your professors well.

3 College Junior

Local Area: We are in the middle of south central so it is not the greatest area to be in, but with just a short car ride, you can be in downtown Los Angeles or in the beautiful city of Santa Monica.

2 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: The place not owned by USC are pretty bad because the surrounding area is bad. Obviously its downtown. Plus they are really expensive for the price. If your lucky you can rent a room in a house in the area for a pretty good price. Most times you can get your own room and they provide you with the furniture. It won't be super close to campus but you can usually find a good place like this that's about a mile away. The rooms are usually all rented out to USC students so you won't be living with a random family, just random college students.

3 College Junior

Technology: Not enough computers available. During midterms and finals it is nearly impossible to find a computer. Networking and wireless printing work well. Main issue is space and limited amount of computers.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: I've heard several cases but never seen by myself.

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4 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: There are many different looks at this school as it is very diverse. Everyone seems to have their own style but no one dresses inappropriately or messily (unless they're going to a party on Greek row). People make friends with others in other grades, other majors, and of different ethnicities. For example, my apartment consists of Chinese, Armenian, German, and Portuguese students. We get along great!

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: It is very close to campus, which is very nice. However, because it is old, it has many issues that require maintenance over and over again. It is nice for what it is, though.

4 College Sophomore

Party Scene: I don't think there is much around for underage nightlife but the general nightlife is very fun. Every night of the weekend there is some kind of event, whether it be on Greek row, something on the quad, or a trip organized by some committee or building. There's never really nothing to do.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: The football here is great. The students and others in nearby areas show a lot of school spirit and the games are a lot of fun. However, volleyball and basketball get almost no attention. The only reason I even know about them is because I work the games. Granted, the teams probably aren't as good as the football team but it would still be nice if school spirit and attendance were encouraged.

3 College Junior

Academics: I have my bachelors in the same major that I'm now pursuing my masters in (health administration). Compared to my undergrad school, USC isn't as organized in terms of being able to meet with faculty/advisors. The workload varies from class to class. All professors I've had so far are great in their professional careers but suck as teachers because they don't know how to and talk in circles without really answering your question. Classes are unorganized. The great thing about USC and my program is the ability to find internships/jobs. Several students have found something in the past month.

3 College Junior

Guys & Girls: There's a good mixture of guys and girls. Some are friendly, smart, and very into academics, while there's also the party animals that don't care about school as much, and focus more on their social lives.

3 College Junior

Academics: Overall, USC is a good school, great campus, nice people. In terms of academics, at least in my department, it is lacking. The professors are experienced professionals in their field, but do not possess the skills to be a good teacher. While some classes discussion is encouraged and you feel comfortable speaking to the professor about grades, etc. I've had other classes where the professors put you down for even attempting.

4 College Sophomore

Weather: The weather is always sunny. It's bright and usually hot. If you like sunshine, you'll get plenty of it.

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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There's nothing too fancy, mostly just fast food chains with the occasional restaurant chain nearby, but Hollywood is close by and that's where plenty of fancy places tend to be. There's also the Pantry which is a well known family restaurant.

5 College Sophomore

Academics: I'm a writer for screen and television at USC School of Cinematic Arts, so essentially just a screenwriter. The program is very specific about what classes we need to take and when we need to take them, so registration is always very simple and taken care of, plus the classes are extremely helpful and fun to go to. Each teacher I've had so far has been a great educational influence with a good deal of experience in the industry and I love being able to listen to them on a weekly basis.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: I can only account for my own major, but USC provides the best of the best with frequent visits from successful alumni (which there are many well-known) and the classes are very interesting and informative. My major is very specific about getting things done and USC is very accommodating for that reason which is one of the many reasons that I love being here.

5 College Junior

Weather: It's southern California. It definitely can get pretty hot but it's mostly dry and rarely cold. Beach weather for the most part.

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4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: USC is surrounded by tons of fast food restaurants. Unfortunately, there is not a good selection of higher quality sit-down restaurants though. LA is known for good food among other things so if you are able to travel a little farther than a mile, you can pretty much find anything you want. IN N OUT is 6 miles away though. That's a big bummer.

2 College Junior

Greek Life: The Greek Life is not the main thing at USC, but it does have it's own good status. I am not part of one, but I experienced some event that a Greek house was holding. It was decent. It doesn't hurt to try.


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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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