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Reviews 3038 total reviews with an average rating of 3.8

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: The dorms are pretty nice. New/North is where most of the freshmen live and it's kind of a dump with no A/C but the social atmosphere is great. Fluor Tower is the best place to live because it's a nice building and is still pretty social. It is farther from the center of campus though. Price is pretty average for a college dorm.

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3 College Sophomore

Parking: Parking on campus is super expensive and pretty strict but it's definitely convenient. Parking off campus is free but it's really hard to find a decently close spot.

4 College Sophomore

Weather: Nothing better than SoCal weather! It's definitely hot during the first semester, but the beach is so close and it's really nice to be outside all the time.

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: USC isn't very fair with their scholarships. They either award them to the poorest of the poor who definitely deserve it. Or they give them to the rich kids who happened to get good grades. They leave out the whole middle class section of students.

4 College Senior

Scholarships: The financial aid office is very helpful. I have not had any bad experiences with that department. They make everything easy.

3 College Senior

Transportation: Transportation is alright. The school does offer shuttles that takes you to the other campuses. However, the cost for parking is a bit pricey.

4 College Senior

Diversity: As a graduate student, there are various caucuses that cover the many diverse populations. From the various races, LGBT community, as well as the different religious clubs, this school takes into consideration all individuals attending.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: Fine. It could be better, but its decent considering the number of students.

5 College Junior

Local Area: LosAngeles is a gigantic city with a lot to offer. There's more than enough to keep people interested - Venice Boardwalk, Santa Monica Pier, Hollywood, all the studios, Long Beach, there's numerous museums from the Getty to Ripley's. There is something for everybody and vast cultural communities that offer history, information, activities and awesome food. Even the cemeteries offer something - weekends at Forest Lawn Glendale actually have a carnival atmosphere. USC offers a fantastic educational experience, LA offers a fantastic living experience.

2 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Housing close by is hard to come by and it's not exactly a safe neighborhood off the campus itself. What apartments there are seem to be reasonably priced and clean. Many students who live off campus prefer to commute from the beach communities. Commuting can be tough, though, traffic in LA is tough to maneuver and public transportation is hard to deal with.

3 College Sophomore

Academics: Professors are actually quite hard to reach. At this school, expect large classrooms where you'll basically be taught by inexperienced TA's rather than professors.

5 College Sophomore

Administration: The school and the officials understand what it's like to be a college student so very little punishment for drinking. They care more about getting you home safe than getting you in trouble.

5 College Sophomore

Weather: Absolutely beautiful weather almost any day of the week.

2 College Sophomore

Party Scene: The nightlife is basically limited to sorority and fraternity row. Good for girls, bad for guys not involved in fraternities.

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4 College Freshman

Scholarships: Lots of documents to submit, but after that its pretty easy and you receive a lot of financial aid

4 College Junior

Campus Quality: The school spirit and Trojan family make you feel instantly accepted into our special community as soon as you receive your letter of acceptance. The Trojan family is a unique combination of current students and alumni that care about USC and the experience that new students will have at the university. I must say that school pride is contagious due to the excellent alumni participation in school activities.

4 College Junior

Athletics: Athletics is the heart of USC. It truly bring students, their families, staff, faculty, and alumni together to support the university as a whole. Go Trojans!

4 College Junior

Administration: USC is a strict campus for a number of reasons. First, the campus is so large and the number of students on it at any time is also very large. The campus does its best to be strict in order to ensure the safety of its students, faulty, and staff.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: With the location of USC, the culture is undeniable, as is the food. There are a multitude of options on every corner that can be appeasing to everyone. There are traditional American cuisine restaurants and also ethnic food sections of the city. As a vegetarian, I have never had a problem finding something delicious to eat in the surrounding area.

4 College Junior

Scholarships: I was initially very confused about the progress of financial aid with the transition from undergraduate to graduate school. I called the financial aid office at USC and they were extremely helpful. They walked me through the process and the numbers to ensure that I had a full understanding of what I needed to do.

4 College Junior

Technology: Most people own their own computer but labs are available most of the time and WiFi is always on.

5 College Junior

Athletics: There is lots of Trojan football spirit and actually many other sports that "go all the way". If you aren't just a spectator, numerous clubs and intramural teams and sports are available that can be fairly competitive or just for fun. Home football Saturdays are really crazy and super fun!

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: There are plenty of very nice apartments with lots of amenities near campus if you want to pay for them. Most students live off campus by second semester sophomore year so follow your friends, make contacts with upper classmen and check with housing office on campus.

3 College Senior

Transportation: Public transit connects the major areas and reasonable prices are available for parking, but the LA region is heavily congested, making commute times slow.

3 College Senior

Diversity: Strong international group, mostly from the Asias (China India, etc). Mostly higher end economic backgrounds.


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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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