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3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: If you live in one of the older buildings (not Birnkrant or Parkside/IRC) it's all pretty much the same. Small, traditional rooms that are at least pretty close to class. The wiring is really outdated: 2 prong electric plugs, cat 3 network cable (meaning the internet tops out at 10 megs despite the university network being much faster). They guarantee housing for sophomore year but space in reasonably priced buildings is limited. And I'll say it, fingerprinting in at the desk is annoying and probably doesn't do anything for safety.

5 College Freshman

Local Area: It's the heart of LA guys. Not Beverly Hills, but art museums, food trucks, Koreatown, and the history of it all. My favorite part is all the foods one can sample in a quick walk around downtown. The Staples Center is right there if you're into sports. Events are there if you keep an eye out. I'll admit you have to look a bit for stuff as it's not the tourist oriented part of town, but that stuff would get old quick. Just go exploring because even open minded guidebooks (People's Guide to LA, highly recommended) don't list the best food and coolest shops.

4 College Freshman

Scholarships: Everything went well. It ended up costing about as much as would be possible without outside loans. Think of it as USC is expensive but they adjust it so that it's just "expensive" not "impossible."

3 College Freshman

Administration: Campus police actively prevented students from joining a peaceful march after the Michael Brown decision, and there was no explanation or apology from anyone. Otherwise for all the bureaucracy it seems like administration doesn't do anything.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: DPS is effective if heavyhanded on crime prevention. Mostly small time robberies once and a while. I never needed campus cruiser (free ride home) but it's probably good to have. I feel safe on campus and in the immediate block around it at all times.

4 College Junior

Local Area: It is hard to get around but overall it is a nice place

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3 College Junior

Campus Food: Some dining halls are better then others but there is a variety of food.

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2 College Junior

Scholarships: The financial aid office is often hard to deal with.

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3 College Junior

Administration: The administration is strict when it comes to health issues especially.

3 College Junior

Greek Life: It is pretty big on camps, fun to attend events during weekends.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: There are many options and availability varies, it is reasonable.

4 College Junior

Majors: My major is a very competitive and rewarding program.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Would want to see more healthy options around campus.

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5 College Junior

Overall Experience: Our university connects us very well with alumni and allows us to find jobs after graduating.

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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: There are many off-campus housing options for students. The costs of each option vary and they all have different amenities. Some places tend to be a little far from campus while others are really close to campus.

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3 College Freshman

Greek Life: There is a strong presence of greek life at school, but if you choose not to join it is not an issue and will not have a negative impact on your social life. Greeks can live on the row or in freshman housing.

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5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: The health center is a great resource for students. DPS always notifies students of local crime in the area and places a strong emphasis on student safety.

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5 College Freshman

Athletics: Trojan Football is great with a strong fan support. All other sports besides Football are free for students, if they want to attend the games.

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5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I find my classes to be challenging, but not too hard. The professors truly care about the students, and class sizes never get too big except for 100 level classes. The average class size is about 25-30 students.

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4 College Freshman

Party Scene: USC has a strong party scene, but If you don't like to party there are always alternative options to make your social life fruitful.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Fluor Tower has a lot of amenities and is slightly more spacious than other dorms. However, not all dorms are as nice, with trojan hall being the least popular.

5 College Freshman

Campus Quality: I love how beautiful the campus is and how students take pride in the fact that they go to USC. There are multiple libraries to suit any type of student's needs and the football games are an experience that every trojan loves. A cool student hangout is Ground Zero, a milkshake cafe which hosts many open mic nights.

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5 College Freshman

Administration: The administration is very helpful and are truly dedicated to helping students.

4 College Freshman

Majors: I was originally a psychology major and decided to change into Policy, Planning, and Development. Getting into the psychology program was not difficult and has no abnormal application process.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: I called multiple times to see if I could get any form of aid, but due to the fact that my school distributes aid based on the CSS profile instead of FAFSA, I received no aid at all.

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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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