College Junior 2011-09-23T22:23:57Z
Police Force – The police keep the row extremely safe, and they're not too strict about underage drinking unless it becomes a safety hazard. They are all friendly and very helpful.
College Junior 2011-09-23T22:20:33Z
LA Live – LA live is a great place for students to go to off campus for dinner and entertainment. There are plenty of ways to get there and it is a safe environment. It can get expensive if visited frequently.
Recent Alumnus 2011-09-23T09:09:29Z
I like USC: it is a beautiful campus, I love how close-knit the school of Social Work is, I really enjoy the internship aspect of it, and the weekly papers are manageable. Trojan Alumni seem to be very supportive of fellow Trojans. The only drawbacks would be how expensive the school is and that the professors are not that impressive, especially for what I am paying for.
Recent Alumnus 2011-09-23T09:05:07Z
University Village – University Village has tons of different ethnic foods to try and it is right across the street. Unfortunately, it's all rather expensive for a student budget, except for the one fast food restaurant.
Recent Alumnus 2011-09-23T09:02:47Z
Social Work – The School of Social work is only for graduate students. It is rather small and for the most part everyone's classes are in the same building and are program is very standardized so all first-years will have the same classes, same syllabus, etc. This makes it nice so that even if your friend isn't in your class you can still discuss your assignments. The workload is not too strenuous, about one paper 3-8 pages per week. We have a cool student lounge specifically for social work with computers, comfy chairs, tables, vending machine and a microwave, which is pretty cool. Regrettably, we do not have a library specific for us, but the Leavey Library is open 24/7. The school sets you up with an internship within your first month and this will be half of your schooling. Regrettably I am not that impressed with the professors. They do not seem to be the brightest.
Recent Alumnus 2011-09-23T08:51:43Z
Expensive but You Can Park Off-Campus – A parking permit is $828/year, $6/day. There is always parking. Luckily, there is also always street parking to be found a few blocks away, particularly near frat row. There are USC security guards posted at nearly every corner and the USC shuttle comes twice an hour and will bring you to campus if you don't want to take the 10 minute walk. If you live on campus you probably don't need a car.
Recent Alumnus 2011-09-23T08:35:11Z
Guys & Girls:
Think upper middle-class LA. Everyone could be on 90210. Good-looking, white and fashionable. A lot of Abercrombie, sorority girls and jocks, big on the football games and school pride. Barely any artsy, hipster, punk, gothic or otherwise subculture students.
Recent Alumnus 2011-09-23T08:24:01Z
Expensive and Crowded – Eating on campus during lunch time is a zoo. Too many people and long lines. There is practically no cheap food in walking distance except for the one fast food restaurant across the street.
College Junior 2011-09-21T06:04:57Z
Generally Laid Back – If you're intoxicated, people are willing, and then some, to help you to make sure you are safe more than anything else. The police understand that this is a school where a lot of partying goes on and their goal is just to make sure everyone's safe. They're not going to arrest hundreds of underage drinkers.
College Junior 2011-09-14T23:46:52Z
Being an Engineer Anywhere Isn't Easy – I didn't have a special process, but USC's Viterbi School of Engineering is impacted in itself, so I needed to show through my application that I was a dedicated student. The most difficult part of the process is trying to receive merit grants or merit scholarships because you're competing against some of the brightest minds at USC.
College Junior 2011-09-14T23:44:14Z
Football Rocks – USC is known for its variety of sports, with football coming in as the top attendance one. Sitting in the front rows of the coliseum and being surrounded by fellow trojans makes the USC experience. Sports range here for everyone (including those who want to do intramural), and most people become involved with this scene whether it is through participation or watching.
College Junior 2011-09-11T22:02:38Z
There's a lot of different ethnic groups, but a lot of them stick together.
College Senior 2011-09-11T19:26:45Z
I am a part of Greek life and it is absolutely amazing. The opportunities that open up for you are endless. Greek life is extremely helpful because it allows you to meet a large group of friends if you are not very social to being with. Even though I am in the Greek system I still have many friends outside of it. If you are in the greek system it allows you to live inside your fraternity/sorority. Ours has a personal chef and maid so it is awesome!
College Senior 2011-09-11T19:23:36Z
By numbers USC is one of the most diverse school in the country. There are a countless number of clubs and organizations that you will be able to find regardless of your ethnicity, religion, political beliefs, or sexual orientation.
College Senior 2011-09-11T19:20:53Z
Health & Safety:
USC does a great job in ensuring the students that follow the safety rules will remain safe. There are always campus police and LAPD patrolling the campus and outer areas of the campus so as long as you travel in groups and don't wonder around you will be perfectly fine.
College Junior 2011-09-01T23:05:34Z
Very Engaging – there are always many activities, many opportunities and mostly everyone is friendly and nice
College Junior 2011-09-01T23:00:54Z
It is a nice atmosphere, with kind people, nice local attitude, safe, many activities and many area attractions.
College Junior 2011-09-01T00:43:55Z
Health & Safety:
everyone hears about how bad USC's location is because of it's proximity to bad parts of downtown LA, but the campus patrol makes students here as safe as students at any urban university. never had a safety problem!
--except students steal bicycles alot
College Senior 2011-08-31T07:41:04Z
If You're a Nerd, Do TO – Those who want to be academically challenged -- especially those considering some sort of graduate school -- should definitely apply to the Thematic Option. The program replaces regular general education classes with special ones for TO students only. These classes are smaller and have the best and most enthusiastic professors at USC. The program is tough, however, and students participating in it can expect to read and write about twice as much as those taking regular classes, but the high calibre of peers and professors more than makes up for this.
College Senior 2011-08-31T07:37:18Z
Tradition If You Want It – The Greek community has a lot of clout, but students who choose not to pledge will not feel left out. There are plenty of activities to do and opportunities to make friends if you aren't Greek. Most girls go to frat parties a few times (guys need an invite to get in), which are exactly what one would expect. Also, many Greeks are not just in the system to party, but to become active community members and network.
College Senior 2011-08-31T07:30:40Z
Get a Car – Los Angeles has something for everyone, and multiple things for most people. The only bummer is that public transportation can be unreliable. Near USC, the California Science Center, Natural History Museum and Rose Garden are nice, and LA Live is just down the street. Unfortunately, the immediate surroundings beyond that are somewhat lacking. If you have some means of transportation, however, sky's the limit.
Recent Alumnus 2011-08-31T00:17:31Z
Parking is not good around the school. While the school offers parking and the local Radisson hotel, the school charges 8 dollars and the hotel charges 7 dollars daily. The ticket prices are 40-50 dollars.
Recent Alumnus 2011-08-31T00:09:32Z
The police are strict about underage drinking and drug use. My graduate program mandates we keep a B average or else we cannot stay in the program. It is strict about keeping up with the work and quality.
Recent Alumnus 2011-08-31T00:03:28Z
While there are many options for housing, it is very expensive. The area is not too great, but the apartments are close to campus. They always increase the prices when college students are nearby.
College Junior 2011-08-30T18:52:57Z
Most people aren't strangers to pot, like most college students. Drugs otherwise aren't super visible but people do them. It's mostly about drinking
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