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5 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: Campus is beautiful and everyday I get the reminder of how privileged I am to go to USC as I walk to class

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3 College Freshman

Campus Quality: beautiful campus. always under construction though

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3 College Freshman

Campus Quality: There is definitely a mediocre feel to everything that is on-campus.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: beautiful campus, lots of study spots and libraries, fountains, and outdoor space; the constant construction can be a burden and annoying

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5 College Freshman

Campus Quality: Beautiful. Everything about student life on campus is amazing. Everyone is so kind and the campus is beautiful with lots of places to go and hang out.

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Since USC provides students with everything they need to manage their lives at college, new students usually don’t think to leave campus until their second semester. Students in the professional schools of Accounting, Business, Communication, and Cinema/Television have the best classroom facilities USC has to offer, while the College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences classrooms are simple with desks and a chalkboard.

Varsity athletes have separate facilities for training and dining in Heritage Hall. Everything else on campus is pristine and newly renovated. The parking structures are nice but not big enough to accommodate the amount of cars on campus and they have no security cameras, but DPS patrols regularly.

Facts & Statistics

Service & Maintenance Staff
1,244
Campus Size
235 acres
Student Centers
Campus Center
Campus Library?
Yes
Main Libraries
  • Doheny Library
  • Leavey Library
Popular Places to Chill
  • The Lot
  • McCarthy Quad
  • Tommy Trojan
Bar on Campus
Traditions in The Lot
Bowling on Campus
None
Coffeehouse on Campus
  • GroundZero Coffeehouse
  • Trojan Grounds
  • Tudor Café
Movie Theater on Campus
Norris Cinema Theater
School Slang
  • The 2-9: The 29th Street Café is a nice place to meet people for drinks. The steak sandwiches are good, along with the Buffalo wings. The outdoor patio is always packed at night.
  • The 9-0: This is one of the more decent names that students have given the 901 Club. Weeknights are crazy. It usually gets too crowded for dancing, but after a few $1 shots and a Long Island Iced Tea, everything seems to be okay. Despite popular belief, whatever happens at the 9-0 does not remain at the 9-0. It has been rated one of America's best college bars by Playboy magazine.
  • Irish Car Bomb: A shot of Bailey's dropped into a half-pint of Guinness. This is one of the most dangerous drinks out there. They taste like chocolate milk shakes, and they go down easily, but when the effects kick in, they are generally stronger than anyone would like them to be. Take it nice and easy.
  • The Lot: Houses several fast food restaurants and Traditions, the campus bar. There is also a small convenience store that many students use to buy snack foods or a quick bite to eat. There is indoor and outdoor seating.
  • OASIS: This is the Web site where you can check academic progress, get grade reports, and check financial information
  • The Parking Structure (a.k.a The Vault): Where students park their cars when they can't get an on-campus parking pass. It is across the 110 Freeway two blocks east of campus.
  • The Row: Extending the entire three blocks that make up 28th Street, this is where most of the fraternity and sorority houses are. You can make it to class in 10 minutes on foot, in five on a bike or skateboard. You can rest assured that there is always mild drinking and marijuana smoking going on at certain houses on the Row, and Thursday nights are wild, when there are typically three or four parties going on at any given time. Girls can get in to any of the fraternity parties. Guys usually need to be on a guest list to get in, but the rules are easily bent if you know the right people.
  • Sake Bomb: A beloved college drinking ritual. Propping a shot of hot Sake atop two chopsticks resting on a half-filled glass of beer, you slam your fists on the table, knocking the shot into the glass, creating a warm and easily chuggable dose of alcohol. They go down easily, so beware.
  • Thematic Option (TO): Also known as "Traumatic Option," TO is a two-year undergraduate honors program that satisfies all general education requirements. It is offered to all incoming freshmen with a Verbal SAT I score of 650 or higher. Students picks from the best teachers at USC with early registration priority.
  • Trojan: A 1912 newspaper article likened the fans at a USC football game to the Trojan army. The name has stuck and so has the spirit of the student body.
  • The U.V.: The outdoor shopping center across Jefferson Boulevard. Here you will find a supermarket, hair salons, a movie and video game store, a music store, Footlocker, Starbucks, Radio Shack, and a small post office, among other things.
Traditions
Marching Band: The USC marching band is the only college marching band to be featured on a platinum-selling album and be nominated for a Grammy award.
Favorite Things To Do
Favorite activities range from movie screenings to Trojan football games at the Coliseum. It's more like, what is there not to do on campus? You will constantly find people working on projects together in classrooms across campus, practicing a music or theater piece, or meeting with one of hundreds of student groups. There are a lot of places to study or work on homework including the many benches and quiet, secluded spots all over campus. There are always a slew of sunbathers out working on their tans, and the Lyon Center is a great place to work out. Sporting events are very big at USC, with some sort of game taking place at least every weekend.

At night, there is always something going on somewhere on campus. McCarthy Quad is a constant site of concerts and other activities organized by the student government. The Cinema School has frequent activities and film festivals, along with several one-time screenings of big movies at the Norris Theater. The School of Theater puts on more than five plays a semester that are performed in theaters scattered around campus. USC is very proud of its Visions & Voices program in which renowned experts in the arts and humanities come to campus to broaden the horizons of students. Whatever you are looking for on campus, USC can accommodate.
Student Organizations Web Site
sait.usc.edu/stuorgs/organizations.asp
Clubs and Organizations on Campus
At a school with a strong emphasis on campus diversity, you are sure to find a number of student-run organizations worth looking into. For information about USC's 300-plus student organizations, visit the Student Organizations Web site.
Student Activities Offered
  • Choral groups
  • Concert band
  • Dance
  • Drama/theater
  • Jazz band
  • Literary magazine
  • Marching band
  • Music ensembles
  • Musical theater
  • Opera
  • Radio station
  • Student government
  • Student newspaper
  • Student-run film society
  • Symphony orchestra
  • Television station
  • Yearbook
ROTC
Air Force ROTC: Yes
Navy ROTC: Yes
Army ROTC: Yes

Student Polls

Where are your favorite places to just hang out?    Based on 26 responses

  • 28% Tutor Campus Center
  • 22% McCarthy Quad
  • 9% New/North
  • 8% The Row
  • 6% The rose garden
  • 5% Alumni Park
  • 3% Tommy Trojan
  • 3% Ski House
  • 3% SCA quad
  • 3% Heritage Hall
  • 3% IRC
  • 3% Music Quad
  • 2% My house
  • 2% Downtown
  • 2% Ground Zero
  • 0% The Lot

Rate the campus facilities in the following areas    Based on 127 responses

Very poor
Excellent
  • Athletics/recreation
  • Classrooms
  • Computer labs
  • Dining
  • General aesthetics/architecture of campus
  • "Green" buildings/initiatives
  • Housing
  • Lawns/green space
  • Library
  • Modernity of facilities
  • Performing arts
  • Science/research labs
  • Student center
  • Study spots
  • Visual arts (work spaces, galleries)

What are the best on-campus student jobs?    Based on 20 responses

  • 39% Campus Cruiser
  • 19% Lyons center
  • 13% Mckay Center
  • 6% To work for your department and make connections
  • 6% Ground Zero
  • 3% Language Center
  • 3% Web Developer
  • 3% Office jobs
  • 3% School of Dramatic Arts production worker!
  • 3% Library Jobs

What are your favorite things to do around campus?    Based on 30 responses

  • 22% Go out to eat
  • 21% Go to downtown LA or Hollywood
  • 16% Explore beaches and hiking
  • 15% Meet new people
  • 15% Engage in the many activities our clubs offer
  • 9% Explore the City
  • 1% Play sports

What are your favorite campus events or traditions?    Based on 26 responses

  • 23% All football games
  • 21% Springfest
  • 20% Conquest
  • 18% UCLA game
  • 15% Marching Band
  • 3% The LA Festival of Books

What is the most interesting urban legend about campus?    Based on 11 responses

  • 36% USC missed the opportunity to buy Pepperdine!
  • 27% The dog mascot at the entrance
  • 27% Everything on Yik Yak
  • 9% George Tire Bitter bitting Joe Bruin in the face

How accommodating is this school to students with physical disabilities?    Based on 33 responses

  • 48% Very accommodating. The school does everything in their power to make sure the needs of every student are met.
  • 52% Pretty accommodating. The school has taken a lot of steps to accommodate the needs of students, but they've missed a few things.
  • 0% Slightly accommodating. The school has taken a few steps to accommodate students, but not nearly enough.
  • 0% Not accommodating. Students with physical disabilities are practically ignored here.

How would you describe the student center/union?    Based on 139 responses

  • 49% The student center is state-of-the-art and the hub of student life.
  • 39% The student center is great but isn't central to student life.
  • 9% The student center serves its purpose but is not a popular hangout.
  • 3% The student center is in need of a major renovation.

What is your overall opinion of your school and the campus community?    Based on 133 responses

  • 58% I love everything about my school and have a lot of campus pride.
  • 37% I like mostly everything about my school, but there are some things I wish were different.
  • 4% The school community is okay-we're all just here for an education, nothing more.
  • 2% I hate my school and have no school spirit.

What are the worst on-campus student jobs?    Based on 5 responses

  • 60% Dining Hall
  • 40% University Club

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