College Senior 2013-02-06T00:22:39Z
Guys & Girls:
You get a very wide range of both guys and girls at USC. The student body overall is extremely diverse--ethnically, socially, etc. There are tons of good looking guys and girls. The Greek scene is dominated by mostly wealthy, white kids, although all races and classes are represented. It is really hard to generalize here but everyone is fairly accepting to friendly individuals.
College Senior 2013-02-06T00:17:26Z
The immediate surroundings of USC are not all that great besides Exposition Park and LA Live. However, you don't have to go far to get the full Los Angeles experience. Hollywood, Santa Monica, Venice, and Long Beach offer more than you could imagine. There are countless opportunities for everyones' interests. The culture is a bit more materialistic than I like, but that doesn't mean you can't escape it with ease.
College Junior 2013-02-04T17:51:35Z
My experience in USC housing was amazing. I lived in Birnkrant and Webb Tower, and I loved it. Birnkrant's atmosphere is so nice and sociable, but you can still focus on working hard in school. Webb is such a nice facility, and it was a great first apartment for me. My one concern is the fact that it's harder to stay in university housing as a junior or senior, so I didn't want to risk entering the housing lotto and then being forced to go to off-campus housing too late when the rates are increased.
College Junior 2013-02-04T17:44:28Z
USC off-campus housing is relatively cheap; however, if you want to be closer than a few blocks away (which I would recommend, since USC is in downtown LA) and you are not a sophomore or freshman who gets first choice USC housing, you have to get an apartment/house yourself. The main complexes, Gateway, Icon, and Tuscany, are really expensive. You probably can't get anything for under $1,000 a month, not including utilities. I think it's a complete ripoff.
College Junior 2013-02-04T17:37:26Z
I applied to USC before the scholarship deadline (December 1, I believe), and then I found out in January I was in the running for a merit-based Trustee Scholarship, which covered all tuition for 4 years. I then went to an Explore USC program (stay overnight and meet the school), had an interview, and then received the scholarship.
My advice would be to APPLY EARLY! You never know, you might be a candidate for a merit scholarship!
College Sophomore 2013-02-04T07:24:53Z
It is challenging but if you are committed you will succeed.
College Sophomore 2013-02-04T07:21:22Z
There is always something to do at USC, especially with Los Angeles being the city it resides in.
College Sophomore 2013-02-04T07:17:09Z
University of Southern California has the best of both worlds. You can go to class and study all week, but once the weekend hits you can party all night. USC provides everyone with opportunities to improve their grades with the help of tutors or just going to see the professor during office hours.
Recent Alumnus 2013-02-03T19:48:01Z
There are many options. They range in price from $400 to over $2000. The area around the campus isnt the greatest.
Recent Alumnus 2013-02-03T19:46:38Z
You definitely need a car unless you are a fan of LA public transportation. Most things are a maximum 20 min drive with traffic that you would need to get. Downtown LA is a 5 min shuttle ride and they have lots to offer there- Movies, Staples Center, Great Food, Bowling, Nightlife, Museums.
College Senior 2013-02-03T04:14:42Z
Classic southern California warmth and sunshine. Every once in a while we get some overcast weather, some wind, and even rain, but it is perfectly tolerable and is never an issue. However, it does get chilly in the winter months as well, but that's nothing a cozy sweater and jeans can't fix.
College Senior 2013-02-03T04:13:00Z
Every computer lab on campus has a wealth of computers available, the printing is reliable, and the wifi is perfectly speedy... until finals week rolls around, which is to be expected nonetheless. Every computer has Microsoft Office and Adobe Creative Suite loaded in, so those utilities are available as well. While it is nice to have your own computer, I don't see it as completely necessary for on-campus work, unless you are somebody that likes to take lecture notes on them (though some professors disallow it).
College Senior 2013-02-03T04:10:26Z
If you didn't associate USC with its rigorous academics, then you've definitely associated it with its stellar athletics. Aside from the obvious football team, water polo, volleyball, basketball are also very big and popular sports on campus. In fact, every sport on campus has a faithful following, and the student body is VERY spirited with its teams. Intramural and club sports are also popular and very much involved in the mix, and athletic facilities are absolutely stellar. As a serious or casual athlete, USC fits perfectly.
College Senior 2013-02-03T04:06:56Z
Parking in the parking structure and in the streets around campus will cost you money. On top of that, there isn't much parking to begin with, so finding a space is more often a hassle than not. Many of us here just ride our bikes back and forth from campus, or take public transportation like the bus or metro.
College Senior 2013-02-01T18:27:21Z
Guys & Girls:
Where to find girls?
Two words: Annenberg School.
College Senior 2013-01-31T02:18:06Z
The great part about USC is that no matter what your interests are, you will find something tailored specifically for you. The many academic and school counseling offices will make sure you get into a major you love. The facilities are all modern and very useful for your studies and extracurriculars. Finally, campus life is constantly bustling and once you get involved in whatever, you'll never feel alone.
College Senior 2013-01-31T02:13:33Z
If you love good food, you're going to be very happy with all the different choices around campus. If you love Italian food, can't beat Pasta Roma. Sushi restaurants abound, and all of them are good. If you want a great breakfast, Jacks and Joes is also fantastic. There are plenty of other places, but the only thing missing is, unfortunately, In n Out. Thankfully (if it's an okay substitute for you), there is a Five Guys to help sate your In n Out craving.
College Senior 2013-01-31T02:09:37Z
The campus is incredibly updated, modern, and most importantly, exciting! The atmosphere to compliment it all is bustling with student life and enthusiasm. The libraries, gym, and other facilities will never fail to provide you with anything you might need.
College Junior 2013-01-30T22:51:13Z
Marshall allows you to shadow an alumni for a week during spring break. It definitely helps especially if you can shadow someone from your field of interest.
College Junior 2013-01-30T22:49:44Z
USC Marshall gives students the opportunity to explore any and all business interests. They also have a great networking community, which is definitely thanks to Trojan Pride.
College Sophomore 2013-01-29T21:46:37Z
There is an extremely wide range of majors offered at the school, particularly from what I hear from my peers, and a number of good staff in all of them (if mixed in with the occasional bad teachers.) The most impressive is the cinema school, with a number of surprising majors you wouldn't find at nearly any other school.
College Sophomore 2013-01-29T21:41:24Z
While the process was somewhat difficult, the actual financial aid given by USC is outstanding. We're a school with plenty of money and plenty to give back- filling out every form is worth your while.
College Sophomore 2013-01-29T21:39:06Z
What I see as problems with the computers at USC are, in particular, the problematic reliability of the network. While it reaches far across campus, it often messes up or doesn't work on particular computers. Also, late at night, the only place to go to use a school computer is at the singular Leavey Library, which fills up rather quickly.
College Sophomore 2013-01-29T21:35:49Z
Perhaps the only flaws in the school's strictness are the policy of fingerprint scanning at every dorm entry and the issues with getting onto campus after 9 pm. The goal is to keep the school safer, but it doesn't quite seem like these policies are helping much. The school seemed just as safe to begin with.
College Sophomore 2013-01-29T21:31:51Z
There's transportation for anywhere you need to go in the LA area, by train or by car- the problem is parking. Otherwise, the school and the city accommodate students well.
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