College Junior 2012-06-01T01:42:24Z
Good Food Within Walking Distance or After a Good Drive – There are several eateries near the campus that are delicious. Chipotle, Subway, 21 Choices, Yogurtland, etc. We're in LA, of course there's food! There are also good restaurants to go to if you can drive or take the bus, like Korean BBQ~ Take a trip to Little Tokyo or Chinatown if you are craving some foreign cuisine.
College Junior 2012-06-01T01:37:14Z
Guys & Girls:
Hotter Than High School – I was never interested in dating in high school. It was not a large enough pool to get a lot of good-looking ones. In college, however, it's like they took all of the hottest people from across the country (and even some from across the globe) and stuck them in the same spot. I believe USC has also been said to have the most attractive students on campus. And since we are located in a hot climate, even in the winter you can see girls in short shorts and guys without shirts. Oh my~
College Junior 2012-06-01T01:24:22Z
Very Good for Football – USC is known for its football team, but we have other sports as well, although they do not get as much coverage. The rivalry with UCLA is legendary and on the USC vs. UCLA game, everyone is covered in cardinal and gold and trying to get seats in the stadium. There are loads of tarps and canopies set up with people plugging in large-screened TVs to watch on campus if they can't get a seat. The campus is packed with students and alumni for the football games. We also have a killer band that performs at half-time, doing renditions of popular modern rock, pop, and rap songs. There is also a gym on campus called the Lyon Center that is free for the students to use whether or not you are in a sport.
College Senior 2012-05-23T12:06:10Z
Humid in the Summer – During Spring its very comfortable but not during the summer time. It's very hot.
College Junior 2012-05-22T20:24:33Z
There Is Always Something New – With frequent construction taking place on USC's campus, it is almost impossible to not have top of the line facilities. USC makes sure that it offers its students the best places to work out, study, eat, and lounge. While this is the case, many students will argue that the athletes get even better facilities, which is the only downside.
College Junior 2012-05-22T20:13:38Z
Proud to Be a Trojan! "Once a Trojan, you're a Trojan for life!" I love being a Trojan, and USC definitely always aims to instill a strong sense of school pride in its students. There are so many opportunities at USC--and after USC--offered by the extensive diverse Trojan network. There is an awesome social scene, whether you're involved in Greek life or not. But in addition to this, there is an avid educational environment encouraging its students succeed. There are so many different kinds of people at USC, which makes for great, new experiences everyday. I really couldn't have asked for a better school.
College Junior 2012-05-22T19:45:50Z
Health & Safety:
Very Safety-Aware – As USC is located in the heart of Los Angeles, there are a few dangerous incidents that occur here and there. With this being the case, the school makes a strong effort to make all of the students aware of what is going on in the surrounding area and of how to be as safe as possible. There is a great Department of Public Safety that watches over the campus and is available to assist students who may feel unsafe.
College Junior 2012-05-22T19:40:27Z
It is almost always sunny at USC! The middle of the day is the warmest, which is when campus is pretty lively--everyone is outside biking, boarding, or walking to class to class, studying, or just hanging out. It can be pretty chilly in the mornings and evenings, and it rains maybe once every few months. But, other than that, the sun is almost always shining.
College Junior 2012-05-20T17:53:27Z
A Ton of OPTIONS – By choosing to go to a big university like USC, you will realize the benefits of a decently large private university with lots of $$ and a very active alumni network. Not only will you have huge donations come in every year which means you can expand programs, update research facilities, and get the best professors, but you will also have the opportunity of lowering your tuition costs and really getting the most out of the money you are paying for. I personally love USC because of the study abroad options and the wide variety in the possible study areas (being as i was an undecided major and am now pre-med with a unique major that I LOVE <--check out Health & Humanity if interested)
College Senior 2012-05-15T18:40:55Z
Go Greek! Greek life at USC is awesome! It has opened so many doors for me and I honestly could not imagine not going greek. There are fraternities/sororities for people with all kinds of interests, and they are a great way to establish a great group of college friends. Obviously greek life is not for everyone, but in my opinion USC's greek scene is one of the best in the country.
College Sophomore 2012-05-15T14:28:16Z
Students from All Around – There are plenty of students all around from different races, countries, and backgrounds. It's a great school with a lot of diversity for different experiences and stories to be shared.
College Senior 2012-05-15T05:49:06Z
Food Is Expensive – I had a meal plan my first year of college but it was too expensive so I decided to just eat super market food for my sophomore year. On days that I did not have time to go shopping for food and ran out I was forced to buy food on campus. It is extremely expensive. Things like Baja Fresh and Panda Express offered regular meals that would amount to $10. Food on campus is good but not THAT good.
College Senior 2012-05-15T05:47:23Z
English Program Challenges You to Think – The English program at USC is great because the class sizes are mostly small (15 people max). This allows for great discussions and intimate insight into the minds of your fellow students. Out of the box thinking, and challenging commonly held ideas are at the center of this program. We are asked to think differently and analyze our own thinking to avoid generalizing and and avoid taking advantage of how we normally see things. The faculty have all been great and thought provoking so far.
College Senior 2012-05-15T05:42:38Z
Subconscious Segregation Commonplace – Although for obvious cultural reasons, people of certain heritages tend to hang out amongst themselves (whites and minorities alike) it seems there is little effort being made into integrating the University's different ethnic groups. Race is hardly brought up and is a subject that seems almost taboo. USC publicly takes a lot of pride in its diversity but hardly acknowledges the reality of race divisions within the student body.
The university is also very segregated when it comes to sexual orientation. Do in part to the hetero-normative framework that fraternities and sororities (something really big at USC) exist in, it is sometimes easy to forget that not everyone on campus is straight. When I took a gender and sociology class I realized that there are many bi, queer, gay, gender queer and transgendered students. This was when I first realized even the classes are unintentionally segregated based on sexual orientation.
I would like for USC to acknowledge these disparities and move towards creating a real campus of diversity. The first step of course must be to admit a problem exists.
College Senior 2012-05-15T05:31:23Z
Doing What I Love – I went into USC wanting to be a pop music major but unfortunately didn't make it in. I was sad to know that I wouldn't be studying music at USC. I had forgotten how much I love Literature so when I took an English class and loved it I knew that I had another option. I am now an English major. Looking for a minor I realized that the music minors are a lot of credits and offer great opportunities for a minor. I'm now a jazz guitar minor. It's the best of both worlds and it wouldn't have been possible had I not done my research into minors and refused to settle into something I did not enjoy. If I could do it all again I would only tell myself that it's not stupid to decide on something that really interests me because sometimes I felt like settling. I hope to incorporate my love for music, writing, and passion for equal rights into whatever I find myself doing after I graduate. I plan to have the same philosophy of doing what is important to me. USC has given me a great start.
College Senior 2012-05-15T04:20:47Z
It is dependent on many variables such as what year you are (more guarantees as a sophomore for university housing vs. seniors), if you want a single or have roommates, number of rooms you want, location, and price (my gripe). But it is LA, so you have the variety with the detriment of expensiveness. Then throw in studying abroad and things get a little more complicated. But I gave a B because USC students do try to help one another.
College Senior 2012-05-15T03:52:56Z
Variety, Variety, Variety! Being in the heart of LA really helps when it comes to finding a diverse dining experience. There are the grocery stores within 1 mile from campus, fast food chains everywhere, and finer dining in both Downtown and further away in Hollywood, Pasadena, etc.
College Senior 2012-05-15T03:46:23Z
Could Be Better – We as a university, pride ourselves on diversity and we definitely have a large international student population. However, we could do better in embracing our differences and taking advantage of the multiculturalism.
College Junior 2012-05-13T21:54:14Z
Currently, there is a railway being built which should be good, however, until then there has been no public transportation whatsoever. USC provides campus cruiser, a student run car service, however it is not reliable and takes a long time to get a car. Be prepared to walk a lot.
College Junior 2012-05-13T21:51:20Z
Get Your Wallets Out – There are a variety of off campus apartments that most students live in. They are close to campus, generally safe, and provide decent amenities (gym, laundry, etc.) however they are expensive! Be prepared to pay at least $1500 per month if you want your own room. I am sharing a room at $800/month at an older complex and considered it a deal. Houses a little farther form campus are way cheaper but are not worth it due to safety issues. It is not safe for individuals to be driving in these areas alone especially at late hours. USC is working on improving the safety in the areas but it is not worth the risk.
College Junior 2012-05-13T21:46:46Z
Good but Most Own Their Own Computer – The computers in the labs are new, up to date, and really fast, however nearly all students own their own computer. Wireless internet is accessible nearly everywhere on campus, so a personal laptop comes in handy. Internet rarely does not work, and in such case, tech support immediately fixes the problem. Most students own a printer.
College Junior 2012-05-13T21:42:49Z
Very Helpful – If you are an eager student, USC will provide you with an array of resources. The writing center provides one on one help with graduate students and the library provides meetings with research specialists. The athletic center is great and full of equipment--they are also building an athlete gym to reduce the crowd at the regular gym. The aesthetics are beautiful; USC has been constantly updating the campus, including the student center, to be state of the art.
College Junior 2012-05-13T21:37:12Z
Hit and Miss – I had a parking permit for the parking structure in my dorm, but found that they oversold parking passes and frequently found myself searching for parking places for up to thirty minutes--especially from 11:30 to 2 parking is nearly impossible to find. As far as meters, there are a few one hour meters, which are nearly always full. A day pass is 8 dollars and overnight is 16, but be careful because public safety will give you a $50 ticket if you are one second late from moving your car.
College Sophomore 2012-05-13T01:00:14Z
Greek Life – The Fraternity here is the best in California. This school also has one of the best football team in the nation and the social life is great.
Recent Alumnus 2012-05-11T05:15:03Z
Very Diverse – One of the things that is best about USC is the diversity. There are lots of international students and lots of different races/cultures represented.
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