College Junior 2011-12-20T01:52:58Z
Guys & Girls:
People at USC do not tend to have typical college bonds-- the bonds that people have are on the surface, and it is very hard to go past that. If you are looking for deep bonds, do not come to USC! USC is not a place where people are willing to open up and get to know people intimately, it is more a place where people know each other slightly, but still have a good time partying!
College Junior 2011-12-18T06:02:52Z
Psychology Is the Right Major – I've only taken one psychology class but it was pretty fun. I was a little hesitant at first but now, I know the psychology is the best major for me. I want to go all the way in this career. To the point where I have a PhD, and I can set up my own private practice.
College Junior 2011-12-18T06:00:54Z
The weather is always perfect! It is sunny most of the time and it rarely rains so it's easy to get to class. People like to spend time out in the grass a lot.
College Junior 2011-12-18T05:55:27Z
Not a lot of students occupy the computer labs because they charge to print. The majority print from home or from dorms so they just use their laptops.
College Junior 2011-12-16T18:52:48Z
Sports School for Sure – Football is king (and common ground for conversation). Basketball and volleyball are popular, too, but I never really liked watching sports except to get into the school spirit. USC athletics definitely has that. Lots of varsity and intramural teams you can try out for...even dragonboating. But other than the big sports, it seems like no one really does the small sports.
College Junior 2011-12-16T18:47:18Z
Mostly Like Every Other School – The Lyon Center, or the main gym on campus, has cardio and strength equipment, studios, and basketball and racquetball courts. The McDonald swimming pool is also available for use, but is always booked. The Ronald Tutor Campus Center (which is really beautiful) was built in 2010, and a lot of students go there to eat, some study in Sample Hall or small lounges, and others go to Tommy's Place at night. There are two main libraries; Leavey (24 hours, always full) has DVD and camera equipment rentals and Doheny (closes at 10) has a great collection. There are other small department libraries too. USC isn't afraid to spend money on events (when we do have them) like Conquest, and they often go all out with setup and decoration. Miscellaneous offerings: auditorium, lots of lecture halls, an art gallery, great TV/film studios. The campus buildings are a mix of old and new, with some that are renovated depending on the endowment of a program/school, though generally the look is very brick-and-mortar and can seem a bit dated.
College Junior 2011-12-16T18:24:46Z
LA Is Out There--Way Out There – There's definitely a lot to do--it's LA! Clubs, concerts, shows, restaurants, there's no dearth of that in the city. But the thing is, LA requires you to have a car, and parking rates at USC are incredibly high. Public transportation is difficult to work with, though the Metro Rail does help a bit, and the Expo Line is unveiling soon. But generally, most of the fun things to do require you to find some means to venture out into the urban sprawl of LA, because even if there were one part of LA you could find everything in (and there isn't), the area around USC wouldn't be the place. The walking-distance locality of USC limits you drastically in your choices of leisure spots and even convenience stores and markets to go to, and is also unsafe at night. If you really want fun in the city, find a friend who drives or rent a Zipcar.
College Junior 2011-12-16T16:19:36Z
You'll Have Fun – There's loads to do on campus which is great. Off campus it's hard to get to some places without a car since you're in Los Angeles. You can have fun if you go make an effort.
College Junior 2011-12-16T16:17:51Z
USC is known for its diversity. You will see every type of person here on campus!
College Senior 2011-12-14T03:20:34Z
Lots of Internship and Job Opportunties – The International Relations program provides extremely helpful information about internships and job opportunities in the field. The program is a lot of work and the intro class is difficult, but it's worth it and all of the professors are very knowledgeable about the subjects that they teach.
College Junior 2011-12-12T00:22:29Z
Most would choose to take the Metro, and there are shuttles around campus and even a taxi service for students within a 2-mi radius of school. Paid forms of transportation are rather costly as per the LA style, of course.
College Junior 2011-12-12T00:21:03Z
Constant Partying – In general, DPS do not interfere with social activities unless other people call in to complain or accidents get out of hand.
College Junior 2011-12-12T00:18:04Z
Living LA Life – Being literally in the middle of a huge city, USC offers a lot of off-campus dining choices, but it's all fairly pricey.
College Junior 2011-12-11T06:10:49Z
Greek life here defines the experience at USC in many ways. However, there are a lot of stereotypical "fratty" guys which can be a detraction. Several dozen fraternities and sororities have chapters at USC.
College Junior 2011-12-11T06:07:15Z
Diverse but Segregated – I have never been exposed to such a diverse group of people. However, there is some segregation especially between international "fob" students and natives.
College Junior 2011-12-11T06:04:55Z
Good Enough – Computer labs everywhere, Wi-Fi spans across most of the campus, though some outdoor patches are not covered. I rarely have trouble with internet connectivity. Most students have laptops and their own printers so it's not a big deal.
College Senior 2011-12-05T04:35:06Z
Bring a Laptop – If you need to rely on school computers, you're going to be out of luck, especially around midterms and finals. Leavey is the only library that's open late and has computers. Depending on where you live, the wifi is terrible.
College Senior 2011-12-02T19:51:00Z
Health & Safety:
Great Improvement – USC is situated in a pretty sketchy neighborhood, but there have been great efforts to make it safer. There is ALWAYS staff in yellow coats standing on pretty much every street around campus at night, so it's pretty safe to walk around. Yes, there are the occasional crime reports (muggings, etc.) but considering the neighborhood we are in, it's inevitable.
Recent Alumnus 2011-11-26T01:03:44Z
Very Very Bad – have to spend 8$ every day bc I didn't get prking pass
College Senior 2011-11-21T22:22:33Z
Guys & Girls:
Hot Hot Hot – Definitely not a shortage of attractive guys and girls at USC
Recent Alumnus 2011-11-18T18:37:15Z
great, clean and constantly modernized and sedulously maintained. Lots of construction going on and it's exciting to see USC growing at such a fast pace.
Recent Alumnus 2011-11-18T18:36:15Z
Couldn't Be Happier – I just transferred this fall and already I've been bitten by the trojan bug. I absolutely love this school, I have found all the professors to be very approachable and class sizes small; so it's very easy to get to know them and thus, secure letters of rec for graduate school. I turned down Berkeley and LA to come here, and I'm so glad I did because with the state budget cuts, attending those schools has turned into a nightmare. Ironically enough, while the UCs get butchered and devaluated, USC is rising at astronomical rates, they have a great surplus of money and don't hesitate to spend it on the students. This year I took an FYI course and my class consisted of myself and 4 other people, we got to know each other and the professor, of course, really well, and it was a great segway into the school. We even went to watch a movie and had many classes at the many cafes on campus (all on usc of course). University of Spoiled Children is right, but in a VERY good way since it refers to our academics. USC strives to provide their students with the most high caliber education they can afford, and I am all for being spoiled in that way (and the free socks they handed out as soon as fall begun lol god forbid we go without socks in these bitter LA winters) :)
Recent Alumnus 2011-11-11T04:30:05Z
Very Old Buildings – I had some awful experiences in off campus housing at USC.
All of the housing is old, and the apartments I lived in were falling apart. Everything was breaking and there were lots of insects. The campus promises to tear down these off-campus USC owned buildings though and rebuild them within the next 5 years, so hopefully that will happen
Recent Alumnus 2011-11-11T04:28:31Z
Lots of Options! I think that the on campus cafeterias are not great, but there are a lot of other places to eat directly on campus, or nearby it that offer a wide range of variety in food choices!
Overall though, USC dining and on-campus locations for eating are DRASTICALLY overpriced!
Recent Alumnus 2011-11-11T04:27:25Z
Lots of Construction Going on – USC has tons of GREAT campus facilities, but the campus is also undergoing huge amounts of construction. This makes it difficult for students to get around campus with all the construction trucks going in and out and streets occasionally being closed off. The atmosphere will be much better once the campus is finally done!
That being said - the engineering facilities specifically receive an A! They are great and definitely some of the nicest on campus!
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