College Junior 2012-07-30T04:55:12Z
Drinking/ Casual Drug Use – Being California, there is a decent amount of weed constantly circulating around. And for the wealthier and crazier, harder drugs are available. But no one is ever pushy, and you definitely won't see or be exposed to anything that you don't want.
College Junior 2012-07-30T04:53:23Z
Guys & Girls:
Everyone's HOT – USC was just ranked Number 1 for University with the hottest girls. And the guys aren't far behind. Everyone's well dressed, everyone's fit, and there are attractive students around every corner.
College Junior 2012-07-30T04:52:28Z
USC wants to help you. I'm an applied mathematics major and I have found the workload challenging but manageable. It's really balanced.
College Junior 2012-07-30T04:50:41Z
What You Need – Most people don't use the labs too much. Being USC, everyone has their own computer. But the labs are loaded up with everything that you could need to get your work done.
College Junior 2012-07-30T04:46:29Z
You Get What You Pay for – The academics at USC are highly rated, and rightfully so. Unless you're in the business school, most classes have 20-35 students which really allows you to get to know your professor and establish a good relationship with them. Professors are super easy to access and almost always willing to help. Its pretty easy to get the classes that you want during registration, especially if you're coming in with credits already. USC is very accommodating and truly wants to help students thrive and succeed.
College Senior 2012-07-29T16:50:24Z
I Love My School. I am a proud Trojan. From the football games (in which we dominate) to the academics (in which we also dominate) to the nightlife and culture, USC is the best. I have made some of the best friends I will ever have during my time at this university, and I know that I will leave feeling prepared for the real world. USC is an arrogant nation, but rightly so. It's impossible to attend and not feel a sense of pride in your school. If I had to choose all over again, it'd be USC for me again.
College Senior 2012-07-29T16:45:13Z
Really Great Professors – The professors at USC are the best in their fields. Even in the arts/film/theatre schools, the professors are usually still working in their fields with the best of them. I have had acting professors who have won awards for what they do in the real world, and their experience is beyond valuable in the classroom.
College Senior 2012-07-29T16:38:52Z
It's Los Angeles. What can I say? It's LA, guys. The night life is amazing. There is ALWAYS something to do, I guarantee it. And if partying/clubbing isn't your thing (it's not mine), then there's still plays, movies, events, sports, shopping, the beach, hiking, and much more. There's so much to do that I promise that you will come out of your years at USC thinking, "But I still haven't done this, or this, or THIS!"
College Senior 2012-07-29T16:31:56Z
Expensive, but Available! Okay, so it's Los Angeles. It's going to be expensive; that's a given. However, USC is extremely focused on providing/building new housing for its students. The school guarantees housing for freshmen and sophomores, and even if you're a junior you can apply to live in USC housing and likely receive it. I personally lived in the dorms my first year, a USC apartment my second year, and this year I am living in a non-affiliated apartment complex that is literally right outside of campus. It's very convenient, although pricey, but there are other options for those who do not want to pay the steep rent (which is totally understandable). There's less expensive housing a few blocks' radius from campus, like on Ellendale and Menlo, etc. There's also the option of joining a frat/sorority and living there, or even renting a house with a bunch of other people.
College Senior 2012-07-29T16:25:08Z
Yes, I'm a Theatre Major. Anywhere you go, you're going to get that Look if you choose to become a Theatre major. However, at USC people are genuinely interested in the arts (actually in Los Angeles in general), and the professors really prepare you to become the best in your field. The theatre program is rigorous, and it covers all areas of theatre, not just acting. All majors are required to take classes in directing, production, design, and acting, and there's the optional writing classes as well. I personally am a writer, and yet every class that I've taken outside of the writing field is extremely helpful to my own work. I can apply what I've learned in acting/directing to what I want my plays to look like and communicate. It's all interconnected, and definitely worth it. Plus, in LA you will find some of the most diverse opportunities to see live theatre probably in the world. The city's attention to art is incredible; you will never find anything like it.
College Junior 2012-07-27T05:34:25Z
Guys & Girls:
Everyone Is Quite Beautiful! I was seriously surprised by how good looking everyone was, no joke! You got some diversity too, which includes a large amount of Asians. Most people are extremely outgoing, not hard to make friends at all. And all the girls have a pretty good sense of fashion, then again we are in Southern California!
College Junior 2012-07-27T05:25:44Z
Downtown Los Angeles – USC is located minutes away from downtown Los Angeles. Which can be both a good and bad thing. The surrounding neighborhood is not the best, but the campus is gated and I have never felt unsafe on campus. You are also minutes away from the Staples center, a drive away from Hollywood, and about half an hour from the beach. If you have a car you are set to go.
College Senior 2012-07-25T21:17:16Z
I Love My Major – I am a Music Industry major and I love it. It gives be the best balance on everything within the music industry, not just the business side I want to get into. I get to learn some of the tech side, I get to learn some basic music theory, learn the basics of playing an instrument, internships, as well as all the law and business of music. I love how well-rounded it helps me to be, in preparation for going into the industry
College Senior 2012-07-25T21:11:07Z
Greek life is very popular on campus, and those who are a part of Greek life seem to enjoy it a lot. They build a lot of new friendships, and participate in various activities throughout the year.
College Senior 2012-07-25T21:01:44Z
Mostly Asian – There is a lot of diversity at USC, and I appreciate all the different ethnicities present, but sometimes it seems as if the majority of the students who get accepted are Asian. It's not really balanced, and Asians seem to be the majority of the students.
College Senior 2012-07-25T10:52:47Z
Good Dining Halls but Expensive on-Campus Cafes and Fast-Food Outlets – USC has two main dining halls: EVK and Parkside. The cuisine at both dining halls clearly caters to its respective surrounding residents. At EVK, you'll find what is considered All-American food with the standard burgers, salads, pastas, cereals, waffles, ice cream, and cakes. There is even an outdoor BBQ grill with chefs to help you.
Parkside, on the other hand, has a more international cuisine designed to cater to the international students who usually live in the nearby dorms. Continental, East Asian, Mexican and Italian cuisine is popular---but you will find standard commonalities among the two dining halls. The desserts are great (they change daily) and there are healthy options such as fruits, smoothies and yogurt. There is a small gluten-free food section. They have recently improved the salad bar too, so whatever your eating habits are you will definitely find options.
Besides the dining halls, there is a large range of on-campus fast food options and cafes scattered around campus. These are a little on the expensive side but particularly convenient if you want to grab lunch with your friends in-between or after classes and are tired of the options at the dining hall. These are used more often by upperclassmen when they opt out of their meal plans after their first year.
Although you can get small meal plans at any time as an upperclassman (allowing you to visit the dining hall when you want to take advantage of the buffet or did not have time to cook in your on-campus apartment), as a freshman you still have a range of meal-plan options. You can get Cardinal (unlimited meals during your entire freshman year at either dining hall), Gold (unlimited meals at dining halls + $500 to spend at on-campus cafes) or Trojan ($3000 to spend at dining halls or other on-campus cafes).
People usually get the Cardinal or Gold plans, because these give you the highest value for money. Gold is a great option for people who might tire of eating the dining hall food everyday and would like to eat elsewhere a few times a week without spending outside their meal plan. People with Trojan plans usually find themselves with some left-over dining dollars towards the end of the semester and scramble to stock up on snacks or buy their friends food.
College Senior 2012-07-25T10:40:01Z
Guys & Girls:
Good-Looking, Diverse and Health-Conscious Guys and Girls – USC has a huge student body--so you will find a diverse range of students, including most ethnicities and some exotic mixes. The common denominator among most students is fitness-- the students at USC really like to work out; feel good and look good. You will find students in lectures either quite trendily dressed up or in work-out gear after or before hitting the on-campus gym.
Some students do participate in serious relationships while at USC, but it is more common to have hook-ups at parties or flings with people if you're in the Greek system.
Whatever you're looking for, you'll probably find it here. USC has more international students than any other university in the US, so that combines with Southern California's laid-back natives to produce a diverse and welcoming student body with a huge range of interests and attitudes.
College Sophomore 2012-07-25T02:36:56Z
Putting aside the racism, USC is one of the best schools to study because the number of majors. In addition, USC has a flexible double major programs that lets students pursue several disciplines with four minors for the over-achievers.
College Sophomore 2012-07-25T02:33:48Z
Prevalent Racism – Though, many will disagree; racism is prevalent and needs to change to improve ties between students. It's hard to tell if it is, indeed, racism or if it's a result of differences in social class. Even interacting with professors has given a feeling that racial majority gets treated in a better way than minority students. I remember being in class once and a minority student asked a question and was chided by the professor, but then someone from the majority, racial class asked the same question; the professor responded sans the chiding.
College Sophomore 2012-07-25T02:28:57Z
Minorities Marginalized – There's favoritism and it can affect your self-esteem. This is relative, though.
College Sophomore 2012-07-25T02:26:00Z
Few Vegetarian Options – Mostly cater to meat-eaters and few veggie options.
College Senior 2012-07-23T17:12:51Z
parking is a luxury that you likely wont want to hassle with. but the trolly, bus and subway system are a great way to get around, provided you don't need to go all the way across LA several times. then again, good luck doing that in a car anyway.
College Senior 2012-07-23T16:59:31Z
Secrets to Admission – All applications go through the common app. Big deal, right? Then the supplement, which is all about an essay to both see the level of intellect in your thought, and the real reason you're applying to USC. Then there's the interview that they ask for when you... actually, they never tell you they want an interview, and they don't 'penalize' those that don't, but you can almost double your chances by coming down. Furthermore, the admissions office keeps track of the number of times you call or make inquiries, using it to gauge to your enthusiasm and commitment. And of course they told you about the pull that the academic chairs have, right? No? See, the chair of any academic department, not just athletics, has first pick of any and all entering applicants. If you've contacted them and/or impressed them to the point that they want you to come to USC, you will get in. Simple as that.
College Senior 2012-07-23T16:27:40Z
Engineering and Its Perks – I am a Petroleum major under the Mechanical Department, and I have been out to 3 luncheons, 2 dinner parties, 5 introductory meetings and 2 interview-turned-company-wide-introductions just because I say "USC, Petroleum Engineering" when asked where I'm going and what I'm studying. People respect those that get in and study this major at USC, People respect USC (whether they love the school or hate it), and it is already showing. Even in this *%@&y economy, I won't have to worry about jobs and professional connections. That alone is worth the price.
College Senior 2012-07-23T15:48:43Z
Registration Process Is Awesome! My major is a combination between two departments, but because it is headed by only one advisor, there would always be some lag in communication. One of the key courses i needed to graduate on time was in the other department, and had already filled, and had a 10-person wait list. I just walked over to the department advisor, said which class I needed and which major i needed it for, and my ID #. They couldn't legally fit me into the session without kicking someone out. So they opened an entirely new section for myself, and then placed the ten wait list people in it with me.
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