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1 Recent Alumnus

Campus Housing: There are very limited housing options for all students. I lived on campus my 1st year but after that I had to move off campus in university housing. After the second year most people have to find their own apartments in the area, which can be expensive and unsafe.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Administration: It varies from dorm to dorm. Some RAs are fairly easy going about drinking and partying but some are really strict and will write you up on the spot. When you get numerous write ups, you have to go to SJACs. The university is strictest about plagiarism - it's absolutely not tolerated whatsoever and you can get in very serious trouble for it.

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4 College Junior

Drug Safety: It really depends on you you hang out with, but I've honestly never had an issue or seen anyone on campus with drugs. You do have your smokers, but that's about it. I'm sure there are students with drugs, especially at parties but its not an issue. Drinking however and partying are weekly events at USC.

5 College Junior

Weather: It's Southern California and the weather is always amazing! Never too cold, and although it does get hot in the summers its never as bad as nearby areas such as the San Fernando Valley. Don't expect much rain, it rarely happens. Everyone is always out walking around at nights because of the amazing weather.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Off campus housing is within close proximity of school. Rent is much more affordable than on campus (on campus is approximately $15K a year) and even cheaper when you live with roommates. Convenience is good, everything is within walking distance. For those leaving campus at night, USC Campus Cruisers can drive you safely home as long as its within a reasonable amount of miles from the campus. The neighborhood isn't too safe, but if you're smart and aware of your surroundings, you'll be fine! The area is mostly college students, and landlords are understanding and accommodating.

3 College Junior

Technology: There are numerous computer labs at USC, and the school offers free wireless access, network reliability, and fast speeds. I haven't had to print anything on campus yet, but I'm sure there are plenty of available resources at your disposal.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Overall, USC is a great school. Sure the food isn't five star, but the professors and quality of education can't be beat. You come to USC to be around winners, the people here make the college experience worth it. If you ever have any doubt of your experience at USC, just one football game and you'll be forever a Trojan.

3 College Sophomore

Transportation: The campus shuttles pretty much run on whatever schedule they feel like. The central location of the campus is great...if you have a car. If not, you'll be on campus a lot.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: There are a lot of really good places to eat, like Seed's, Panda's, Lemonade, CPK, and Wahoo's, but they're all fairly expensive. As if the school didn't make enough money off its students already. Dining hall food is ok, although if you eat there for more than two weeks you're bound to have some repeat dishes.

1 person found this useful Report
5 College Junior

Academics: I am a Theatre major, and it is awesome. You have to know what the different teachers teach like, but if you work hard you can improve so much and create so many opportunities for yourself. There is also a lot to be involved in on campus as far as theatre is concerned.

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3 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: On-campus, there are several options. The dining halls are not great, but there are good options in the campus center. Off-campus are good options as well, but to get REALLY good food, you have to drive or take the metro to downtown (which is only about 10 minutes).

4 College Junior

Local Area: I really like city life, so USC is in a great location. However, campus and the immediate area are kind of a bubble, so you have to get outside the campus area to really experience the city.

1 College Junior

Scholarships: I received a very small amount of aid towards housing, but that was it. I am paying for school all by myself and I am afraid that I will not be able to graduate in a decent financial situation.

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2 College Senior

Scholarships: The financial aid is confusing and difficult. Though some of the people in the offices are extremely kind and helpful, others make it seem like a factory, trying to shuffle people in and out quickly with less regard for the individual's situation. While I'm in the middle of several appeals, as of right now I have been unable to achieve the aid I need and there is a very good possibility I won't be able to stay past my first semester (if I did, I would need to take on a great deal of loans).

Campus security is helpful however and the people are nice. Not sure if I would do it over again though.

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: The majority of students are white and come from privileged backgrounds. However, the variety of student organizations that cater to minority groups - whether it is racial, religious, political, economic, or lgbt - are numerous and are highlighted by USC as some of the best student orgs. We have certain stereotypes, but if you really want to learn more about the diversity here at USC, which is rich, you have to be invested in it and actually engage in it.

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4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Get involved with student orgs. on campus, it's the easiest way to make friends. Social life is great, it's really easy to get into a party, but also don't slack on school! Professors are great, the students are awesome.

4 Recent Alumnus

Health & Safety: Campus security is very quick. We also receive many emails from the safety department.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: There is always something going on at USC. If it isn't a concert, it's a rally or a fair. The surrounding city is also great and there are many fun activities to do. The diversity at USC is one of a kind and the people here are so nice too.

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4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Everything is fantastic, except for the price of parking permits.

4 College Sophomore

Weather: Los Angeles area has a very stable weather pattern

3 Recent Alumnus

Party Scene: There is plenty of nightlife around Los Angeles, but it is very difficult to take public transportation there and back. You'll often need to be designated driver instead.

3 people found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Majors: Worth It – The program helps emphasize all aspects in which EE's are able to work in. EE's can go anywhere with their degrees and everyone is usually hardworking and willing to help because they know its a tough major. All I have to say is, utilize the office hours and never give up.

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4 College Freshman

Weather: Always Sunny – I come from Vegas weather, dry and hot heat and this is great weather, but to me it gets chilly at nights just because my body isn't used to the temperatures. But it is overall a great weather experience.

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4 College Freshman

Local Area: Vibrant City – There is always something to do around the campus and off-campus. Some dorms have little group gatherings at different locations and show the students cites around the city. There is always something to do, and lots to see. The Staple center is just across the freeway, and the Coliseum is across the street. The train/metro helps you go everywhere you need to, just plan ahead.

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4 College Junior

Campus Quality: Bustling With People – Wherever you go, you'll always be surrounded by people. A lot of my friends just hit the gym during their one hour break. There are so many great places to eat at on campus and it's always filled with people where there is good food. I feel that the school puts in an effort to always have something going on 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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