College Sophomore 2013-01-29T03:51:11Z
DPS officers sometimes make getting to places a hassle.
College Sophomore 2013-01-28T06:24:53Z
Most of the time it's sunny and beautiful. It'll rain occasionally and in the winter it gets down to like the 50s which can feel pretty cold compared to the rest of the year.
College Sophomore 2013-01-28T06:22:00Z
Greek parties are sick, greek kids are mostly sick, and greek girls are very hot.
College Sophomore 2013-01-28T06:17:31Z
Greek nightlife is sick if you're in a frat, otherwise you'll need a fake to get into the 9-0, the local bar.
College Junior 2013-01-27T23:05:27Z
Health & Safety:
Hard to say... there is a lot of crime in the neighborhood. South Central is one of the most dangerous areas in the country. However, USC has an army of police officers, guards, gates, checkpoints, and otherwise that almost make it a fortress. During the LA riots, despite being right in the middle of the most violent area, there was almost no effect on USC.
College Senior 2013-01-27T20:42:35Z
People definitely use drugs of all kinds, but I have never felt pressured to do them. People do not them them particularly openly (besides pot and alcohol), but you can find them if you want.
Alcohol has huge presence on campus thanks in part to Greek Life/Frat parties, which offer free alcohol to all a few days a week, every week.
College Senior 2013-01-27T20:39:35Z
USC is pretty lenient about strictness for alcohol use. Getting caught drinking in dorms or USC owned apartments may mean you get written up, but punishments are usually pretty low-key. Usually RA's will just ask you to be quiet. DPS does not monitor underage drinking at off campus parties or houses.
Academic integrity is real though, and USC will press charges if you are caught cheating.
College Sophomore 2013-01-27T09:05:57Z
There are many freshmen dorms on campus. North/New North are a bit more social while Parkside is a bit more quiet and Pardee/Troy Hall/Webb Tower are all in between and dependent on the people in your surrounding area.
College Sophomore 2013-01-27T09:03:50Z
I received a decent amount of financial aid form the school because they are adequately funded and are able to help out every student with their needs. Just make sure that all the charges on your bill are accurate and to see if any new ones pop-up. Communicating with them in person is always better.
College Sophomore 2013-01-27T08:59:54Z
Nightlife is for everyone. Even the first week into my first semester there were so many parties and they don't care if you're 21 or not, they'll give you what you want. I don't indulge in the drinking activities but everyone is awesome.
College Junior 2013-01-26T18:39:11Z
LA is wonderful and USC is extremely close to downtown and LA live. With a car, you can venture to the coolest parts of LA. However, the area immediately surrounding USC is run-down and often dangerous.
College Junior 2013-01-26T18:35:34Z
The transportation on USC and around the campus is very available and often reliable.
College Sophomore 2013-01-24T17:43:55Z
I'm a Chemistry major and one helpful thing about science majors is supplemental instruction. They offer review sessions for many of the science classes where upperclassmen lead review what was taught in lecture during that week. They are very helpful if you don't understand the material taught in lecture, especially since it's a little intimidating that there are so many people in lecture.
College Sophomore 2013-01-24T17:38:40Z
Many of the major requirement classes are excellent, but many of the General Education classes are not as educational. The registration process is fairly simple, but if you don't get an early time then many of the classes fill up before you get a chance to sign up. However, they do open spots periodically when the classes fill up.
College Sophomore 2013-01-24T17:34:49Z
The campus is very beautiful, and the building are all typically aesthetically pleasing too. There are plenty of places to eat in the Campus center, as well as within walking distance from the campus. The campus is very self-contained and security is excellent. The activities are fun and educational, and are abundant throughout the semester. The Lyon center is easily accessible, easy to use, and convenient for people on campus.
College Junior 2013-01-22T09:54:49Z
Transportation is not complicated at USC but it is also not easy. It can take some time to get to know how the flow of traffic works in LA but it can be fun to travel and experience with friends or roommates. There are many places to go and many places to see.
College Junior 2013-01-22T09:49:08Z
USC is a vibrant city college campus surrounded by mixes of culture and intellectualism at its highest. The variety and family atmosphere makes strangers into Trojans and Trojans into families. USC is one of the best universities to live, work, and play.
College Senior 2013-01-16T19:26:08Z
I consider USC to be fairly diverse as everyone can find where they fit and their certain niche in the community. USC has people from all over the world that come attend USC, which allows people to learn about different cultures. However, given the relatively high tuition, the economic background of the school is mostly of the upper class of society, but you will find those who worked hard enough to earn financial aid and scholarships to attend USC. With the school being composed of mostly rich kids, it surprisingly has a good mix between its liberals and conservatives. Despite its size compared to other schools, USC has a fairly welcoming and diverse community that motivates you to become involved in activities outside of the classroom and enjoy your time at university.
College Junior 2013-01-15T22:43:41Z
The academics at USC are challenging, depending on your major. I'm a pre med double major and although it's not unbearable, the classes are challenging and difficult. You definitely learn and aren't able to fly through classes. Pre-meds at USC are competitive, but don't fit into that awful cutthroat stereotype, maybe because of all the emphasis on the Trojan family.
College Junior 2013-01-15T22:41:13Z
There is a ton of diversity at USC. We may be called the University of Spoiled Children, but that stereotype is inaccurate more often than not. Because USC has programs for schools in the area, many students come from local, low-income families. In addition there are large amounts of international students, especially from China.
College Junior 2013-01-15T22:38:14Z
It's very easy to find off-campus housing at USC. There's cheap apartments and really luxurious ones, and everything in between. The farther from campus, usually the cheaper it gets. USC offers off-campus housing as well that's convenient and pretty nice. The only problem is safety, but campus cruiser can help with that and I've never personally had any issues.
College Sophomore 2013-01-15T21:36:03Z
Most of the time, the food is very tasty. I only use the Cardinal Plan dining halls, so I only really know about those. Even if the food isn't what you're used to, you can usually still find sometime you like.
College Sophomore 2013-01-15T19:44:03Z
I'm a first-year biological science major(pre-med). The pre-med classes require a lot of work and it takes a lot of effort and time to get good grades. However, if you really try hard and work with the professors and TAs, you will learn a lot. With that said, the school does prepare me well for MCAT and future career in the health field. General education classes are interesting, but not easy. They also requires time commitment and hard work. But just like science classes, the more you put in, the more you get out of it.
College Sophomore 2013-01-15T19:35:43Z
The freshman dorms at USC is great. They are all very close to the center of campus, as in less than ten minutes walking distance. Most of them are relatively new and very clean. RAs are very friendly and helpful. Social atmosphere is great. In fact, I met most of my best friends from my dorm. USC housing also provides various floor plans for our preferences. Freshman housing is guaranteed. I got a space of my choice on campus as a freshman even I missed the deadline by three weeks.
College Sophomore 2013-01-15T19:18:31Z
After the gun shot in october 2012, the school installed finger print scanning machine at each on campus housing. While it ensure our safety, it is inconvenient for residents to wait in line for the machine just to get in. In addition, it makes visiting friends living at other buildings and/or family visits more complicated and difficult. Moreover, the school now requires a student ID or a guest pass to enter campus after 9pm.
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