College Sophomore 2013-03-07T08:10:01Z
The dining halls get really old, but there are a lot of other great options on campus. Students spend a lot of time at the Campus Center, where there are a lot of healthy eating options. There are also some small cafes/coffee stops around campus.
College Sophomore 2013-03-07T08:08:19Z
USC has really cracked down on parties in the recent years by placing more restrictions on the Greek community. That being said, drinking is very popular at USC, and many students go out on weeknights. Like any other school, you can find drugs if you go looking for them -- however, they are not hard to avoid and are not a huge part of life here.
College Sophomore 2013-03-07T08:02:34Z
As a school set in California, USC is pretty tolerant. It has more international students than any other American university, and therefore there is a lot of ethnic diversity. Like any big school, it's easy to find people similar to you. That being said, the Greek system is slightly less diverse in terms of ethnic diversity and sexual orientation.
Recent Alumnus 2013-03-06T21:19:44Z
I was in the Communications program and in the Journalism program. The Communications program was very interesting, I loved every single class I took and always found my work enjoyable, but I'm not really sure what I learned. I don't feel as though I walked away with any concrete job skills. I would like it if the program focused less on theory and more on practical application. The Journalism program has a heavy focus on practical application. All journalism and PR students must take the same core classes, which include writing, editing, and producing print and broadcast media. By the time you graduate, you will have a huge portfolio of both written and broadcast news work.
Recent Alumnus 2013-03-06T21:16:09Z
Almost every student at USC has at least one internship before they graduate. Because of the school's location and extensive alumni network in Los Angeles, it is easy to find and get internships at big companies.
Recent Alumnus 2013-03-06T21:11:53Z
The Department of Public Safety (DPS) is present instead of LAPD most of the time. DPS does not care at all about students drinking in public or underage drinking. The area surrounding USC is so full of crime that DPS' main concern is to protect students, not to get them in trouble or monitor their behavior.
In the past 2 years, the new President of the University has been increasingly strict on Greek life and parties on frat row. More and more fraternities and sororities are being put on social probation and even being kicked off of frat row.
Recent Alumnus 2013-02-28T01:58:37Z
It could get really crazy around USC. The frat-row always gets social, and since most of those around the campus are students, you see partying students all around, especially in Halloween. Los Angeles has a lot of spots in downtown and in Hollywood, but that a bit far from campus, so get your designated driver, or you would have to take a cab.
Recent Alumnus 2013-02-28T01:36:33Z
USC has great facilities. It has great courts for Tennis, and a Lyon Center has adequate equipment that I never had to wait for my turn. The Leavy library opens 24/7 (except for 6 hours of the week, Saturday night), besides the library, a coffee shop is open, serving coffee and snacks.
The center of the university around the USC bookstore had been renovated and now have many options for students to choose from. But even when it was under renovation, they built a temporary circuit-like tent and had all restaurants there temporarily.
The USC Campus Cruiser is a service that help drive students to their nearby off-campus apartments from 6pm-12:45am. The areas that are served by campus-cruiser are also patrolled by USC Department of Public Safety (DPS). It used mostly by students that stay later in the day or on rainy days.
Concerts are held in USC campus from time to time, rock, rap and pop.. all kind of bands play in USC. The USC marching band is a self-proclaimed as the greatest band in the history of the universe. Even when I visit the campus in the summers, I see the band playing and practicing.
USC Trojans have a great school spirit, I love the scene in game days around the campus. Wearing USC shirt always gets me positive comments and V-signs (Fight on!)
USC is proud of their athletes and is proud of the fact that in all Summer Olympics since 1912, USC-affiliated athletes have won at least one gold medal in every Olympiad!
College Sophomore 2013-02-27T01:05:47Z
USC students have awesome school spirit!!! The students always show up to events ready to support their team! The athletic facilities are second to none! The new John McKay center and the new Aquatic Center are amazing. Our football team had a hard time this year but are ready to go for next year! The waterpolo team won it all this year!!
College Sophomore 2013-02-27T01:00:48Z
We have a very diverse campus at USC. We have one of the largest populations of international students. We have many different religious, political, and economic situations represented at USC. Sexual orientation of all kinds is part of life at USC.
College Sophomore 2013-02-27T00:49:23Z
Southern California has excellent weather! Our campus has an average temp of 75. Cool in the morning and sunny during the day for the most part. We get a couple of days of rain, but barely. No snow :)
College Sophomore 2013-02-27T00:38:58Z
I know there are quite a few scholarships but it seems hard to find the right people to sit down and discuss them with. I am not considered need based, but my family can not afford to pay for my tuition out right. I have found it difficult to find scholarships that I fit into to.
Recent Alumnus 2013-02-25T16:18:53Z
Its private so things are updated regularly. They have the money.
Recent Alumnus 2013-02-25T16:12:34Z
LA rent prices are extremely pricey and difficult to not end up living in a shack. Get a roommate to up your chances of being able to pay for something decent, or just stay on campus.
Recent Alumnus 2013-02-25T16:10:35Z
The downtown area has definitely come up recently with the addition of LA live and the revitalization but USC is still prominently located in the hood so....
Recent Alumnus 2013-02-25T16:09:22Z
Guys & Girls:
It's LA, so its a mixed bag. I think the people here are intelligent and generally good looking but if theyre a native theres always that chance of LA doucheyness
Recent Alumnus 2013-02-23T19:58:48Z
When I was Psychology Undergrad student, I found the program very easy. Unlike other universities that offer an emphasis or specialization within such a social science, unfortunately USC does not. It is difficult to even select classes that only adhere to your interests because you have category requirements. Even if you are not interested in social psychology, you are still required to take a course within the "social" category. However, I had some excellent professors as an undergrad, and now as a graduate student, I was lucky enough to take a graduate version of my favorite class from my undergraduate career. The professor is amazing - so intelligent. The subject matter is challenging but so interesting, and to learn about it from such a brilliant professor is certainly a plus. While the undergraduate program wasn't as challenging as I wanted it to be, the professors as well as the advising staff really do make up for it. The one major downside for Psych undergrads, however, is the lack of available internships and job opportunities in the field at this time in your educational career.
Recent Alumnus 2013-02-23T19:28:20Z
the athletic centers are great. the gym is completely free to currently enrolled students and offers great hours during the regular semester: 6am to midnight, daily!
the libraries are great. the staff in the libraries are always quite helpful and can direct you to where you need to go. The libraries are also great structures to look at! They are just such beautiful buildings. Doheny is quite well renowned.
The beauty of campus is sure to draw people to USC, since the surrounding area is less than great. the campus, though, is fantastic - almost makes you forget where the school is located (in the middle of LA)! The beauty of campus really helps make the USC experience a great one.
Recent Alumnus 2013-02-20T03:40:56Z
Los Angeles = BRING A CAR. Seriously. The buses are horrible and slow, and the metro transit does not really service the downtown area.
Recent Alumnus 2013-02-20T03:39:47Z
Los Angeles is sunny, beautiful, and warm. No snow days here! Points off for terrible smog and rainy season in Jan-Feb.
Recent Alumnus 2013-02-20T03:38:49Z
With such a huge school, it's impossible to throw everything into this broad column. I went to the Theatre School, which was a great experience but a little too large to really give all its students a lot of attention. You need to be a go-getter, and take advantage of the Los Angeles setting. For example, do student films! You're alongside the #1 film school in the country. And take internships! Don't worry about who gets what part in the school play. It doesn't matter.
Recent Alumnus 2013-02-20T03:30:58Z
I feel like this is kind of an irrelevant question when it comes to USC. It's so big. Do they break up frat parties with LAPD police helicopters? Yes, they do. Can you get away with whatever you want behind closed doors? Pretty much. It's 30,000 people. You've got to live and let live with those kinds of numbers.
Recent Alumnus 2013-02-20T03:28:26Z
It's Los Angeles. There's amazing food. You just have to be able to drive out of downtown to get it!
College Sophomore 2013-02-14T06:49:56Z
There is diversity but not enough. When you look around you see who is the minority.
Recent Alumnus 2013-02-13T04:56:13Z
There are tons of fraternities and sororities on campus tailored to fit every student's needs! Panhellenic and InterFraternity Council offers the typical 'social' experience, professional fraternities and sororities cross social and academic prowess, and non-panhallenic fraternities (sorry I forget the exact name) and sororities exist for specialized members -ex ADXi and AGO are Christian Greek organizations.
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