College Junior 2012-04-11T06:59:59Z
Cars on Campus – The problem with parking is not the number of parking spaces. We have plenty of parking structures and lots, it is just very costly to get a permit, and they are hard to come by, since there are only a limited number given out each semester. You also will most definitely get a ticket if you park with out a permit or day pass. And if you leave your car overnight and you only have a day pass, they WILL ticket you if you don't move it by 7am. And forget parking on campus during game days in the fall. Unless you have a permit and leave your car in the parking structure the night before a game, it will be next to impossible to find a parking spot the day of a football game.
College Senior 2012-04-11T06:58:49Z
There is no doubt that USC places a lot of attention on students' futures. There are two Involvement Fairs every year, an extensive and constantly updated jobs/internships database called ConnectSC where students can browse and apply for jobs they are interested in, numerous cover letter and resume workshops held year round, and a huge network of Trojan alumni ready to set you up in their industries once you graduate. The only downside is the lack of opportunities for freshman and sophomores, but search and you will find them.
College Senior 2012-04-11T06:47:54Z
Present but Not Overbearing – Greek life very much a part of campus life at USC. Frat parties are the go-to place for weekend fun and are open to anyone. It is rare to enter a classroom with no one wearing their fraternity/sorority apparel - pride and solidarity are important to the Greeks on campus.
College Junior 2012-04-11T04:47:18Z
It is by no means necessary to join a fraternity or sorority to have an awesome college experience. That being said, Greek life is a huge part of USC. While there are parties elsewhere off campus, the majority of the parties are on Greek Row. It is really easy for ladies to go to parties if they aren't in sororities. However it is rather difficult for guys to go to them if they aren't in fraternities. Guys could always sneak in (which is really hard sometimes) or get on the list if they know someone in the frat, but other than that they can't really get in. All of our greek housing is pretty nice. I mean, frat houses will be frat houses, and they can get really dirty, but most of them aren't too bad. The sorority houses are all really nice and pretty.
College Junior 2012-04-11T04:07:45Z
Most of the computers on campus are usually in use after 7. There are always places on campus like the career center with open computers, but they usually close around 8, so if you need a computer late at night, it might be difficult since only 1 library stays open 24/7. Mostly everyone has their own laptops though, and the wifi is really good, so you don't have to worry about that. There are printing services on campus, both in the libraries and in the bookstore, but they do cost money, however I think it ends up being less than having to buy a printer and constantly replace paper and ink.
College Senior 2012-04-10T20:48:47Z
The Row – as a member of a sorority, greek row is the place to go. with about 20 frats, every thurs. fri, and sat there is at least 4 frat parties going, which include free and unlimited drinking, dancing, and drunk frat guys. its easy to get to and the campus cruiser system/ shuttles will get you there eventually
there are also lots of theater/student org/sports team parties on the weekends
there is one bar right near campus, nicknamed the "9-0" which everyone goes to once theyre tired of the row. theres also the bars of downtown LA just down the road
College Senior 2012-04-10T20:42:29Z
75 and Sunny – LA is known for its gorgeous weather, and students definitely take advantage of it, tanning and playing frisbee on the quad between classes, trips to the beach on the weekend. on the 5-odd days per year it rains, everyone freaks out and either a) doesn't go to class or b) prepares for a hurricane with umbrellas, rainboots, the whole nine yards
College Senior 2012-04-10T20:39:52Z
Health & Safety:
Its Not Really in Watts.. despite rumors that USC is an extremely unsafe area, the university does a lot to make it safe. there are security officers located at high traffic areas all day/night, the DPS/campus cruiser car system is always there to help you (even if the official shuttle service is over for the night, public security will always drive you home)
sure, if you are alone late at night in a deserted area with your headphones in, you may run in to trouble. but if you're smart. you'll be okay
bike thefts are a big problem here, as are occasional accidents with locals (ie mugging). but campus security does their best to keep these problems at bay
College Junior 2012-04-06T22:28:37Z
There are many many places around campus where you can use dining dollars and get good food. There are two dining halls as well and I'm still not sick of their food since they change it daily. However, I probably will not buy it next year. Food is not something i can complain about because i am very open to many options and that is what USC provides. However, I would love it if we had a few bakeries on campus.
Recent Alumnus 2012-04-05T01:15:08Z
Not Applicable – Due to the fact that the University of Southern California has such limited housing, I did not experience the dorm experience. Thus, I cannot comment on it
Recent Alumnus 2012-04-05T01:13:08Z
Student Cohesiveness – As a transfer student coming from George Washington University, where I had already established my life, I found the University of Southern California (USC) to be very distant and unwelcoming. There did not seem to be any method to break into the already formed groups that were present at USC. Personally, I enjoy when a teacher assigns a project or two that involves groups so that you meet people you wouldn't normally meet. Not only does this present the opportunity to acquire an enhanced understanding of different cultures, but it also forms friendships and alliances. I arrived at USC assuming that I would be accepted into the "trojan family," but that was the opposite of my experience. There are, however, very united swarms of gender based groups that were extremely connected - sororities and fraternities. But, again, these were exclusive groups that were not overly friendly to individuals outside of their organization. Since greek life was such an integral part of the USC experience, I believe that something should be done to ameliorate that or create events that would unite students who opt out of joining a sorority or fraternity.
Recent Alumnus 2012-04-02T19:48:24Z
There is such a huge support for the sports programs at USC. The students, alumni, parents and staff have such a strong loyalty to the teams. The band walks and plays all around the school and have an excellent fight on theme song!
Recent Alumnus 2012-04-02T19:42:39Z
Decent, but Could Be Cheaper – There is a nice food court that has Carl's Jr, CPK which is great, Wahoo's, and more sandwich places but I think that there should be a drop in prices. Students get the tax off their food but I feel it should not be such a high price to begin with. I don't think a sandwich should be nine dollars. I think there could be more options.
College Junior 2012-03-30T11:51:36Z
SC Food – cost is good. Trojan plan helps a lot. get discounts for showing ur sc card. a lot of Chinese
College Junior 2012-03-30T11:49:37Z
Health & Safety:
SC Safety – Always feel safe on campus but it is south central LA. if you walk too far in the wrong direction you may feel a little uncomfortable.
College Junior 2012-03-30T11:47:51Z
Theatre at SC – Its really what you put into it. If you dont want to be in plays, fine. if you do, you can be. There are plenty of options regarding everything pretty much.
College Junior 2012-03-30T11:45:09Z
Theatre at SC – Most students want to go BFA but if you want to do other things go BA. More freedom.
College Junior 2012-03-30T11:42:07Z
National Champions in 17 different sports. New facilities coming next fall. Four peat water polo men's team. Tennis is ruling the earth. SC baseball is looking great this season. By the way, we have Matt Barkley. We are favorites to win the National Championship in football next season. In short, Arrogant Nation.
College Junior 2012-03-30T11:36:43Z
The UV is a nice place to grab some food, Six Flags is extremely fun, it's LA so if you want culture this is the place to be. Visit a museum or art gallery, there's plenty of them. USC football is amazing and the staples center is right there if you want to catch a Lakers or Clippers game. Everyone here is extremely friendly. The only thing I'd change is the area by one of the Residence Halls. Don't live in Trojan on the street side. You will not sleep.
College Junior 2012-03-29T04:28:33Z
Our dean is cracking down on partying more than past USC deans did. If you get caught throwing up on The Row (where all of USC's sororities and fraternities are) then it is very possible you will be written up and taken to the hospital.
College Junior 2012-03-29T04:24:44Z
USC has a very impressive international program, and in most of my classes I have a variety of students from all over the world. In my experience no one has been judged here based on their ethnicity, political affiliation, religion, or sexual orientation. Being a private school, there are a number of wealthy students (which is probably where the "University of Spoiled Children" nickname came from), but USC is also very generous with financial aid so there are definitely people from all different economic backgrounds.
College Junior 2012-03-29T04:19:12Z
Health & Safety:
While USC may not be in the best part of town, the school's security is top notch. There are DPS agents that work around the clock to keep USC safe. Generally, if anyone its get robbed etc. It is more because of a lack of common sense than a lack in security.
Recent Alumnus 2012-03-25T23:24:37Z
Lots of Class Offerings – One of the things I love about what I'm studying (Theater and Screenwriting) is the abundance of classes offered on those subjects.
Recent Alumnus 2012-03-25T23:22:30Z
Not Enough – With 20,000 students trying to fit into one tiny neighborhood, finding off campus housing becomes very difficult. It comes down to choosing between a roach-nest or a 1500 a month apartment, which is very frustrating.
Recent Alumnus 2012-03-25T23:20:22Z
Beautiful Campus/Construction Ongoing – USC is a beautiful campus with almost unlimited facilities available for undergrads. My main complaint would be the ongoing construction (particularly when it is for buildings that won't benefit me, like a building devoted entirely to athletes) One thing that is great about USC is the 24 hour library, which comes in handy during finals.
Sorry, there are no reviews.