Recent Alumnus 2012-02-13T19:37:33Z
I think the title explains it.. It's not pretty, but get a gold pass and you're good.. make sure you pick a strategic parking structure though... some of them fill up very quickly in the mornings like PSA.. but others like PSB are less popular and you'll find a spot fast
Recent Alumnus 2012-02-13T19:32:33Z
You Can't Ask for More – Within 10 mins, you can have the world on your plate.. literally. As a freshman you get unlimited swipes into two major dining areas, Parkside and EVK. Both are excellent but if you want ethnic food, the most you need to travel is 10mins
College Junior 2012-02-05T04:37:27Z
Good Food, but Far – With LA being such a melting pot of different cultures, there's no doubt that there will be great food nearby. Bordering USC is a Japantown (with a ramen store that has hour-long waits) and Koreatown. There are so many other options, but many of them are very far. The walking distance food is pretty bad.
College Senior 2012-02-01T08:04:10Z
Connections, Connections and Connections – Being in the heart of downtown Los Angeles, USC gives you the potential to network with some seriously important people. There is an insane amount of diversity on this campus, so you really can see all different walks of life here and run into people that would have never crossed your path before.
College Senior 2012-02-01T07:58:26Z
Guys & Girls:
Girls Are Beautiful – There is such a diverse group of women to choose from at USC. Now they aren' everywhere, but the random gorgeous girl you do pass by will completely make up for it
College Senior 2012-02-01T07:54:16Z
USC has beautiful buildings throughout the whole campus. Every building on the campus shows just how much wealth and old prestige this school has. If the building isn't up to par, it is definitely one of the many buildings that is currently being renovated
College Senior 2012-01-31T03:16:12Z
Typical Admission Process – I just had to fill out the applications for both USC in general and the Thornton school of music. Both were pretty painless and asked for what most schools ask for. I did not have to play an instrument or audition to get into the Music Industry program for the Bachelor of Science, but you do have to if you want to get a Bachelor of Music degree. The music industry program at SC is pretty exclusive. I know several people who put it down as their first choice and ended up getting their second choice or getting accepted as an undecided major. However, I didn't have any previous music industry experience. I mostly got in on good high school grades and good essays.
College Senior 2012-01-31T03:11:13Z
USC offers transits from campus to places like LA Live on weekends and to Union Station on weekdays for free They also offer a campus cruiser that will take you within a 2 mile radius of the campus for free. LA city buses suck and are expensive, so getting further off campus is pretty hard to do unless you have a car.
College Senior 2012-01-31T03:07:23Z
Brick, Brick, and More Brick. USC is known for their fancy brick buildings. Most of them are pretty nice and some of them are fairly new. A brand new athletic center is being built right now. The student center has several dining options and is a good place to just hang out. There are tons of activities going on on campus every day and the campus is a beautiful place despite the area around it.
College Junior 2012-01-26T17:24:27Z
Upperclassmen get reasonable and comfortable housing. Trojan Hall is the worst dormitory, try not to request that one. The housing application process is well explained and easy. The best housing options are the apartments: Troy Hall, Troy East, and Webb Tower.
College Senior 2012-01-17T20:50:36Z
I didn't have anyone to guide me when I was going back and forth to the financial office. It is very helpful to ask a lot of questions when you visit the financial office and what they recommend you do according to your documents and what you and your parents can afford. They are very helpful. Also, write down everything. Every question that you have and whatever answers they give you. They are there to help you.
College Senior 2012-01-17T20:47:54Z
There are a lot of friendly people on campus and in my classes. I learn a lot by the people that I have already came across. I loved my edco class and the people that I met and got close to in it. Although, I'm not a fan of where I live now I am glad I got to meet my roommates. We always have something going on that makes you feel extra special to be a USC student. We have people from different professions come and speak to us. The football games are mad crazy. It's just an overall good experience and I love my school. I would do it all over again if I had to.
College Senior 2012-01-17T20:39:31Z
Living Off Campus. I live off campus in a near by apartment and it's not everything that I thought it would be. Living off campus you don't get to be involved with the everyday or every night campus things so it's not as fun. My housing cost is so expensive I can't afford to do anything else but pay rent. I can't even afford the last 2-3 months of rent which is very stressful. I wish that when coming up with housing cost landlords think of the struggling students rather than profit.
College Sophomore 2012-01-15T21:21:52Z
The Row – The Row is definitely the place to go for the crazier parties. That's where everyone's at Thursday-Sunday.
College Sophomore 2012-01-15T21:18:31Z
Entire World in Your Backyard – Los Angeles is the center of diversity and it definitely shows in the student body at USC. But that is one of the perks of going to school here. You learn about all the different cultures and customs both from the students themselves and various classes that are offered. It is definitely a great learning experience.
College Junior 2012-01-14T01:59:11Z
The Parties Are Centered Around the Row – The row is great Thursdays and Saturdays, and the parties are great if you're greek. There is one club that is a lot of fun called the 9-0.
College Junior 2012-01-14T01:54:19Z
Dining Halls Are Average, but the Other Dining Options Are Great. The dining halls are great to begin with, but after a whole semester it can get old. However, the other options are delicious. They provide healthy options that taste great.
College Junior 2012-01-14T01:50:02Z
Health & Safety:
Many Provisions That Help Safety – USC does a very good job at providing security to keep the students safe. The reputation doe not truly represent the actual situation. As long as you travel in groups and stay smart, it is a wonderful place that is worth the extra precautions.
College Junior 2012-01-13T23:03:34Z
There is nothing to not like about USC! My favorite part about USC is the school pride! Our students, faculty, and alumni take great pride in our academics, athletics and organizations. You are proud to say you go to USC! The second best thing about USC is the alumni networking and support, which stems from school pride! USC is a family that works together. The alumni stick with the school help current students and provide opportunities for jobs after graduating. You WILL get a job after graduating from USC!
College Junior 2012-01-13T22:58:24Z
Close to no one brings their car to school, because you don't need it! Everyone bikes, skateboards, of walks to, from, and on campus. I see no need to have a car, but if you want to go into town it would be helpful. There is public transportation that can get you into town though. I hear the parking permits are a little over priced, but what school's parking isn't?
College Junior 2012-01-13T22:54:20Z
The is a prevalent nightlife scene at USC. The majorities of the parties are hosted by fraternities on Greek row. Others may have small dorm parties during the week, but they are not very loud or obnoxious. The nightlife is pretty much in one area so everyone is together. We have campus cruisers that are able to pick us up where ever we are at night and drive us to anywhere on campus so we don't need to walk home at night. Every few feet there is a police officer, security guard, or department of public safety officer to ensure our safety. The night life is very much prevalent, but at the same time very safe.
Recent Alumnus 2012-01-11T06:05:19Z
The academics are diverse, a lot being hit-or-miss.
Recent Alumnus 2012-01-11T06:04:28Z
Lots of Activity – There are tons of things to do in L.A. - from going to the shopping districts to leisurely walking around museums. The food is as diverse as the population, a testimony to the strong immigrant community in L.A. While it has the same types of crimes as any majorly populated area, there's a general sense that if you reach out people will at least be willing to point you in the right direction.
College Junior 2012-01-11T00:59:25Z
Though there are scholarships available through University of Southern California, many of them are specific to a certain race, geographical area, etc. which doesn't provide many options for those looking to apply. Additionally, it takes a bit of digging to find information about it.
College Junior 2012-01-11T00:57:42Z
Mediocre Freshmen Dorms – The freshmen dorms at University of Southern California don't quite awe but are maintained well and provide adequate housing. It still provides an excellent opportunity to meet new friends, and is located in close proximity to campus hot spots.
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