Recent Alumnus 2013-04-01T18:07:10Z
USC is consistently rated one of the top univerisites for diversity. We have the largest international population of any university in America. In addition there are over 600 clubs reaching out to people of all different backgrounds, beliefs, orientation, etc.. LA is a really tolerant city and those seeking diversity can find it here.
Recent Alumnus 2013-04-01T18:04:36Z
Nightlife is great if you are 21. LA is for people with cars who are of age. There's plenty activities to do if you are underage, but unless you're willing to haul a distance to go out don't expect it to be easy to go to bars without a car.
Recent Alumnus 2013-03-31T21:24:53Z
I lived off campus because I transferred in as a junior but I spent a lot of time on campus because I had an intense major (cinematic arts production). The green spaces are beautiful. The campus is crowded but easily walkable. Most students are extremely friendly and helpful. The population is very diverse with people of all shapes, sizes, colors, religions, etc. so you don't feel much pressure to fit in. Most environments are very accepting and welcoming of diversity and differences. There are quite a few campus events: concerts, movie nights, performers of all types, plays, movies, sporting events, religious groups, singing groups, greek organizations, musical groups, student radio. The fountains are a ridiculous waste of money, especially the reflecting pond outside Linschied Library (it's heated for no apparent reason). The big tradition/event is football. There is always a big rally and all the fans follow the marching band to the stadium.
Recent Alumnus 2013-03-31T21:16:42Z
USC has a 24 hour library that has a large computer lab with both macs and PCs. I didn't have a computer at all and wrote all of my papers there. I never had to wait for a computer and I felt safe when I had to pull all-nighters. If you live off campus, there is a parking structure right behind the library where you can park your car. Also, there is campus cruisers and an escort service to walk or drive you home late at night. The only downside was that you had to pay for printing but it was really not that big of a deal: 10 cents/page.
Recent Alumnus 2013-03-31T21:01:00Z
It's Southern California; it's like summer all the time. Occasionally it rains and everyone freaks out and drives crazy like it's a big deal but it's really not to anyone who has lived where there is "real" weather. The only slightly annoying thing is that you always have to carry a light sweater because the temperature drops when the sun goes down.
College Sophomore 2013-03-30T22:19:21Z
Tons of parties. Dorms, house parties, the frat row, or (for the older folks or those with fakes) the 9-0 bar is a good option.
College Sophomore 2013-03-30T22:18:26Z
Big houses, usually with parking and a big yard area. You can expect to have your own room, which is nice, but you'll pay for it (800-1200 a month)
College Sophomore 2013-03-30T22:13:21Z
Registered frat parties never get shut down, but if you throw a party not registered with the school you can expect a visit from the campus police before midnight.
Recent Alumnus 2013-03-26T23:34:52Z
Public transportation is amazing at USC. The school provides students with discounted monthly bus passes that can be reloaded on campus and are accepted throughout all of Los Angeles. Aside from commuting from home, students use public transportation for fun nights out in Hollywood or Downtown LA. Aside from the, the University provides a service called Campus Cruiser that you can call to be picked up and dropped off between the hours of 6PM to 3AM around the USC area. For farther locations, students can use discounted taxi services and discounted car rentals. Furthermore, the train is a great resource to students and staff that commute daily from locations up to 2 hours away. The prices for all these forms of transportation are convenient on a college student budget.
College Senior 2013-03-23T23:23:01Z
We have DPS on campus and they are pretty strict with students and biking. I know that the LAPD sometimes stands outside of campus giving students tickets for biking.
College Senior 2013-03-23T23:22:17Z
I am happy with my program and I would not do it over again if I could.
College Senior 2013-03-23T23:21:40Z
USC has a lot of internship opportunities through Connectsc and internship fairs.
College Senior 2013-03-23T23:18:41Z
There is internet everywhere on campus and you are not required to sign in. The speed is fast.
College Senior 2013-03-23T23:16:57Z
I enjoy the program that I am in. The workload isn't too hard and the classes are fairly interesting.
College Senior 2013-03-23T23:14:10Z
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).
College Junior 2013-03-23T16:50:01Z
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.
Recent Alumnus 2013-03-20T01:27:18Z
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.
Recent Alumnus 2013-03-20T01:25:50Z
It is very social, which is nice. Also, they are close to the classes which is very good. Most are nice buildings.
Recent Alumnus 2013-03-20T01:24:00Z
Nice weather out here and always see people enjoying a sunny day. Makes you want to go outside.
College Freshman 2013-03-19T04:06:40Z
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.
College Freshman 2013-03-19T04:03:50Z
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.
College Freshman 2013-03-19T03:59:35Z
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
College Freshman 2013-03-19T03:53:34Z
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.
College Freshman 2013-03-19T03:46:54Z
Guys & Girls:
For the most part USC is a campus of beautiful people. The looks department has gone down a bit as average GPA/SAT scores have gone up. From my experience as an undergrad and graduate student, the guys got shorter each year and the looks of the girls went down. Everyone at USC is very involved and has a whole host of accomplishments and achievements under their belt.
College Sophomore 2013-03-14T04:35:41Z
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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