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3 College Junior

Majors: I am an English major at USC and there were no abnormal application processes. It was relatively easy to get in from my experience. Have a good GPA and a good application (essays).

4 College Sophomore

Local Area: The school is in l.a and close to public transit that will safely take you to downtown or the west side where there are lots of things to do. The area is not the safest but it is often patrolled and there is lots of security. It is l.a so it is extremely multicultural.

3 College Senior

Transportation: THey offer very little by the school itself. However, there is an expo line, subway, that goes right to campus. Most people have a car.

4 College Senior

Campus Housing: It is very social, which is nice. Also, they are close to the classes which is very good. Most are nice buildings.

4 College Senior

Weather: Nice weather out here and always see people enjoying a sunny day. Makes you want to go outside.

3 College Student

Off-Campus Dining: Go far off campus and you can find some excellent dinning, tho it does come at a cost. Downtown and Hwood have some famous resturants worth eating at at least once. As for cheap options-have an LA street dog on game day. They are delicious! Just make sure the bacon is fully cooked. Yes, you will probably get food poisoning at least once while at USC. I got it several times but it wasn't from chanos or the la street dog carts. I got it from Carls Jr, subway on fig, and robeks.

2 College Student

Parking: Yes, you want a car. Parking permits are pricey, trying to find parking off campus is risky! You could end up circling around for an hour and never get anything (if you're trying to park on a gameday get there early and be prepared to shove out $20-40). I would cough up the price of a parking permit and deal with it, it will be worth it.

3 College Student

Academics: Depends on your program, but my best advice, think of what you want to do when you graduate and look at the job board. You'll notice certain majors pop up a lot, and others well don't. Your advisor might tell you that you can get a job in that field or in several others but from my experience and my friends' experience that isn't the case. If you're staying in CA it will be hard to get a job no matter what field you go into. The declared CA unemployment is around 10%, the real number is much higher. There's people underemployed or doing jobs where they can't make ends meet and need parental assistance. My best advice-look at different states

4 College Student

Academics: The list of alumni from USC is impressive. Your teachers in many fields are experts. I had a teacher who was THE authority when it came to translating dead sea scrolls, and another who was THE authority on schizophrenia. It's different being in an environment where the guy who is teaching you is the one who wrote the book! Yet, they all are approachable and I never had a question that was too dumb.

5 College Freshman

Diversity: USC has more international students than any other university in the U.S. It also has activities/groups based on all of the categories mentioned.

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5 College Freshman

Scholarships: I received a Presidential Scholarship, which is half tuition. Since USC is a private university, there is no in-state or out-of-state tuition. Once you are a student at USC, there are lots of additional scholarships within your major, alumni scholarships, academic and activities scholarships.

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5 College Freshman

Academics: The School of Cinematic Arts is the best in the country. They have movie studio quality equipment and access to many things in Los Angeles and the entertainment industry. The Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, and Robert Zemeckis buildings/facilities are amazing. These icons support and come to the campus. The film criticism class is taught by Leonard Maltin. They have movie and television speakers come such as Joss Whedon. Disney, Pixar, Sony, Warner Bros., Independents, and many others come to the campus to recruit. The biggest plus is that you start taking majors classes your freshman year.

5 College Freshman

Academics: There are many different majors/minors and students are highly encouraged to take courses outside of their major or School. I love being able to take anything from cinema to computer science to business regardless of my major. Even though it is a big school, classes (even gen ed ones) are small, and it is easy to get to know students, professors, and staff.

5 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: It is So Cal! The hottest trends are here from fashion to entertainment. The school itself and the School of Cinematic Arts attract lots of celebrities. Being in downtown Los Angeles and near L.A. Live means there is always something going on.

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4 College Freshman

Academics: The academics here are top notch. We have some incredible professors that teach a lot of incredible classes. While we may not have the reputation of having the top academics in the country, I personally believe that we should have this reputation. I am a business administration major and every class that I have taken so far in college has been incredibly informative.

5 College Freshman

Weather: It is Los Angeles. Year-round, there is the chance to be in a t-shirt and shorts at any point. It is easily sunny over 300 days a year here and for this year at least, we have had January weekends where it was 80 degrees and a lot of people decided to tan in the quad or go to the beach. It can get a little bit hot in the summer (90s and 100s) and will have an incredibly rare day where it is like 33 degrees but only in the mornings. I'd say the average temperature year-round would be around 77 degrees. If you go to USC, there is a good chance that you will mostly have warm weather clothes in your laundry every week

3 College Freshman

Party Scene: In terms of nightlife, if you are under 21, your best chance to party is just off campus, on the row (if you are a girl and can get into any party without paying), or off the row, west of hoover, where you might have to pay a small amount of money to get into a party, but where the parties aren't as good as a fraternity register. However, if you are 21, or have a fake ID, a good choice would have to be the 9-0. A lot of students will go there on most nights.

5 College Sophomore

Athletics: We have the best athletics in the nation. Except for this season.

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: It's there if you want it. If you don't want it there's no pressure.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Application process is confusing and housing is expensive, but other than that it's pretty chill.

5 College Sophomore

Weather: This is southern California. The weather is hardly a factor! Unless too many sunny days is a problem, your only worry would be smog!

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4 College Sophomore

Majors: Since the age of eight, I knew that I would one day be an entrepreneur. Having never doubted my major before, I would never turn back. The economy faces many trials ahead, and I know my education will one day allow me to lead my company to solve the problems facing us today.

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5 College Sophomore

Majors: I was first introduced to USC through their mentorship and internship programs. Considering the importance of networking, this may have been my primary reason for transferring.

4 College Sophomore

Weather: It is always sunny! It is never too cold or too hot.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: I do not dorm at USC, but many of my friends do and they seem to like it, a lot. I visit them and the dorms are always clean and spacious


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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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