Recent Alumnus 2013-05-22T20:51:11Z
Health & Safety:
USC is in the middle of a ghetto & every year there is usually one incident. That being said the school does make attempts to beef up security (i.e. private watch security), but even as an above average male I would never walk around the neighborhood by myself (or even in a group) late at night. Also I HIGHLY recommend anyone living near campus to stay in the student areas (the north side near the greek row) and AWAY from the west side (this is where the two international students were murdered).
Recent Alumnus 2013-05-22T20:47:36Z
USC is a party school but it is also a very heave greek school (~25%). If you are looking for "Animal House" you will find it here. The alumni culture is strong here especially during football season. BUT if you do not consider yourself "party person" or "greek" this may not be the best choice.
Recent Alumnus 2013-05-22T20:42:27Z
The school has a strong reputation in engineering & I have made lifelong connections. However, I was disappointed in the overall quality of teachers (multiple first time professors straight out of a PhD) and the lack of help actually finding a job from the school (not from classmates or networking). When I am unemployed I do not want calls from the school every 3-6 months asking how my college experience was I want a job.
College Senior 2013-05-21T22:12:06Z
The club and bar scene in Los Angeles gives you plenty of variety. You can find 21+ and 18+ options. The music available at venues generally varies by night; I usually pick my place by the artist. At USC there are many school parties but the crowds are usually the same. Either a fraternity party, a theatre party, or (insert ethnic group) party.
College Senior 2013-05-21T22:06:20Z
If you are going to party at USC school parties they are alcohol heavy. There is not a large amount of peer pressure but you may feel awkward as the only sober person in the crowd. If you are looking to go to clubs or bars around Los Angeles there is a free flow of drugs, but there is no real pressure to take any. As for disciplinary action at USC involving drugs or alcohol, it is not very strict as long as you don't make it extremely obvious that you are partaking in illegal actions. You get three strikes generally as long as it is keep in doors.
College Senior 2013-05-21T21:56:46Z
There are standard groups here. Majority of the students are wealthy so there is a not much class diversity. Many people are from the suburbs which creates a similar mentality through out many of the students. Also the majority of the students are white or asian so there is diversity but in groupings. We have a very large and welcome LGBT population. The students tend to be on the conservative side or the liberal side so I'd say its split politically.
College Sophomore 2013-05-21T04:33:59Z
People are so different, but a majority is white. The different races often have their own enclave of groups and separate from others and keep to themselves. But on more than one occasion all races have fun together.
College Sophomore 2013-05-21T04:32:14Z
Guys & Girls:
The guys are friendly and some of their appearance can be deceiving. There have been rumors of rape from the frats. The girls are usually hot, but don't look at you too much unless you drink with them and go to parties to hook up. If you don't then you have to rely on your verbal game and how you present yourself. I've seen ugly dudes hook up with girls out of their league, sometimes it is just baffling.
College Sophomore 2013-05-20T04:31:19Z
I really liked living in the dormitories my freshman year. My dorm had a very social atmosphere and I met a lot of close friends because we lived together. If you want to meet a lot of new people stay one of the dormitories like Pardee, Marks or New/North as opposed to the residence halls that are formatted in a suite style. The in suites you bond with your suite mates but never really get to know anyone else in your hall unless you put in an extra effort. However, the suites are much nicer in quality because they are newer than the other residence halls.
College Sophomore 2013-05-20T04:22:50Z
More people use alcohol, but marijuana is not uncommon. There are people who are really into that lifestyle, but it is not difficult to avoid it. There is less pressure to do drugs than alcohol.
College Sophomore 2013-05-20T04:15:37Z
I would suggest applying by the earlier scholarship deadline so you are considered for all scholarships possible, also apply for other scholarships that the university offers. I ended up getting the aid I needed in the form of a combination of grants, a scholarship and loans, but I did have to phone in an appeal to the financial aid office after my initial awarded amount to get more aid. Talk to people in the office to see if things can be worked out. Apply for as many outside scholarships as possible in addition to applying for aid because USC is an expensive school and even after aid there is still a large amount to pay.
College Sophomore 2013-05-20T00:35:37Z
There is always something to do and somewhere to go every night of the week
College Sophomore 2013-05-20T00:32:51Z
USC has the most international students out of all other universities in the US
College Sophomore 2013-05-20T00:31:39Z
Health & Safety:
I feel totally safe on campus and north of campus at all hours.
College Junior 2013-05-19T20:21:31Z
great teachers, resources, and opportunities to network!
College Senior 2013-05-19T02:20:02Z
Guys & Girls:
It really depends on the classes you take on what kind of people you will be surrounded by. Some people are really nice and no one is going to be rude during class. Outside of the class room it just depends on where you are some people are naturally bitter and off putting but most of the time people are really nice here and talk to everyone.
College Senior 2013-05-19T02:13:37Z
The process of getting into the Political Science department is not very hard. You don't have any crazy requirements to fulfill. Classes are easy to find for your major and classes are decent sizes. To be admitted to POSC you really just declare your major and meet with the counselors who help you find the right classes.
College Junior 2013-05-18T16:47:27Z
Guys & Girls:
There's people from all walks of life at USC. They could use a little more diversity, in my opinion but it's a great school. The guys range from jocks, to nerds, preppy, to your average down to earth cool cat. For the ladies, there's plenty of sorority chicks, some are stuck up, other girls range from country, to Southern Belles, to activists, to party girls and so many more.
College Junior 2013-05-18T16:18:05Z
There is ample housing available near campus but it's super expensive. Unless you're fortunate enough or don't mind paying 1300 for a bed and also have a roommate in the ame room paying the same amount this doesn't include your utilities, go for it. In my opinion, the housing is extremely over priced. However some places are really beautiful and USC has 24-hour security available for the housing that is probably within about a 1-2mile radius.
College Junior 2013-05-07T05:51:32Z
Campus is pretty laid back. As long as you're not in danger of hurting yourself or anyone else, campus police will pretty much leave you alone. LAPD however can be very intrusive and mean, they will give out jaywalking tickets like candy, and there have been several instances of racial profiling. However, campus police usually takes care of everything and keeps the cops largely off campus.
College Senior 2013-04-30T03:14:04Z
USC does an excellent job at connecting students with internship throughout the duration of the MSW program. Students will complete 16 hours/ per week there first year and 20 hours/ per week the second year of the program. The first year placement is selected by the school; the second year the student will have the opportunity to interview at multiple agencies of there choice for a placement.
College Senior 2013-04-30T02:51:31Z
I love the MSW program at USC. The faculty is very knowledgeable and excellent at conveying the material. The curriculum is challenging and cutting edge. The program is offered on campus and multiple other satellite campuses, including a virtual option.
College Senior 2013-04-30T02:45:46Z
My school/program is amazing. I attend one of the satellite campuses and the experience has been great. The professors are very approachable and willing to help. Also, the location has enable our cohort to become very close and supportive of one another.
College Junior 2013-04-30T02:16:00Z
WE NEED MORE RESTAURANTS! Bacaro is by far the best restaurant near USC and we need more like it!
College Junior 2013-04-30T02:15:17Z
I wish their were more high end, trendy retailers, restaurants, and entertainment.
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