College Junior 2011-06-21T19:51:10Z
Unique Major – The Medicine School recently offered two new bachelor's degrees called Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Studies and Global Medicine. I'm studying Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Studies as a Pre-med student. It's such a great program and more people should take a look at it. Instead of majoring in one single science like biology or chemistry, you can take a variety of interesting health-related classes and take required classes like chemistry and biology at the same time. What's also great about this program is that you can also apply for another program to finish your masters degree in 4 or 5 years depending. What's also great about USC is that the class sizes are small compared to other public schools in California. This allows you to get to know your professors better and with a smaller class size, it's easier to learn and understand concepts.
Recent Alumnus 2011-06-17T01:30:06Z
I feel like the financial aid office and academic counselors are truely looking out for the students best interest and sometimes drop the ball in helping students with their college education. USC apparently require non-freshman students to complete at least 16 units every semester in order to maintain SAP(Satisfactory Academic Progess) in order to graduate when they want you to. Taking 12 units isnt enough for them. They require so many forms and things to be turned in it is easy to become unorganized. Memeber of the staff are always helpful or friendly. I think the awards for those in need could be better distributed seeing that the tuition is through the roof.
Recent Alumnus 2011-06-16T10:18:26Z
Amazing School Spirit – When one thinks of USC, one of the many sports that is associated with us is football. During the football season, the school spirit is amazing. Despite any loss or scandal, the students continue to support our football team, as well as other varsity sports, including basketball, swimming and volleyball. It gets especially crazy around the time of the USC-UCLA game, where the entire school gather to support the athletes before the showdown with our crosstown rivals.
Recent Alumnus 2011-06-16T10:14:48Z
Guys & Girls:
The male population at USC is quite diverse, so it's difficult to assign a certain stereotype for the entire population. There are the frat boys who are always into partying. There are the smart boys who practically live at the library. And then there are boys who fit somewhere in between.
Recent Alumnus 2011-06-16T10:10:39Z
Easy Registration – I am currently a Biology major at USC, and registering for classes has been an easy process. Most classes have extra spots for students, and if there are not enough, more seats would often be made available. The only difficulty I had with registration for classes are when I have to fit in a required 3-hour lab. The later times fill up quickly, but otherwise, getting the classes I require have been a smooth process.
College Senior 2011-06-15T08:32:01Z
Great Business Connections – Thr business school has connections with people all over the city and the students have much greater access to jobs and employers through the school.
College Junior 2011-06-14T20:39:24Z
Bikes or Walking – There's the metro and the dash system which are buses that can take students from school to a pretty wide range of places. However it takes a lot of time and sometimes biking, skateboarding, or long boarding gets you there faster. There's also a cab pick up that will pick up students within a certain radius when it gets past a certain time and takes you straight to campus wherever you want to be dropped off. They'll also pick you up from campus and take you whereever with a certain radius too. During the day time though, walking, biking, long boarding, and/or skateboarding in campus and around campus is probably the best choice.
College Junior 2011-06-14T20:29:15Z
Great Architecture Program, Although Difficult – I came to University of Southern California because of its 5 year architecture program and its proximity to so many famous architects' works. The architecture instructors are wonderful. Sometimes they seem harsh and mean but I've learned, the hard way, that their criticism is there to help you and if they seem to criticize your work a lot, it just means that they know you can do more than what is presented and they can see that the project can turn out really well. Some other professors for other classes can be excellent professors who are funny yet informative and draws the students in, while others are lacking spirit and seem to drown in the hundreds of students in the lecture halls. It is all by chance, however the people here are wonderful!
Recent Alumnus 2011-06-05T12:09:00Z
Fluor Tower Power! I only lived on-campus during my freshman year and have only been inside this building. Fluor Tower is one of two buildings on campus that are not in the traditional residential hall style (with two people per room and a communal restroom).
Fluor Tower is an 11-story building (10 residential) with what I believe to be the most favorable amenities of any of the on-campus options.
First, its location is great. At the northwest corner of the campus, it provides easy access to the student gym, a cafe, mailroom, parking structure, computer lab, financial services branch, off-campus shopping center and food court, student health services building, and is no further than 10 minutes from the farthest lecture halls.
Second, the building itself offers various living options. Each floor is separated into four 'suites' -- 4 two-person rooms that share a private restroom, living room and kitchenette - and two single-occupant rooms. Each room also has a mini fridge. There is also a conference/study room and laundry room on each floor. There are also two themed floors, to my knowledge -- the Latino Floor and Somerville (the Africa-American floor) -- which allow for easier transition into a new community.
There is little else that a Freshman could ask for from on-campus living!
Recent Alumnus 2011-06-05T11:57:25Z
Trojan Feast! There are two buffet-style dining halls that most undergrads go to eat. They are located at opposite sides of the campus (a plus in my mind) and are different in style -- EVK is more of a homey-type buffet and IRC is more a upscale-style buffet. Pricing is generous for how much food you can eat!
The campus also has many small restaurants, cafes, and other spots that cater to all sorts of tastes and needs. And in case you crave something else and have some time to spare, there are tons of options off campus, a pleasant walk away!
College Senior 2011-06-02T20:35:51Z
Los Angeles is always a very busy city. There are a lot of attractions close to campus such as restaurants, movie theaters, etc. The neighborhood surrounding USC is not very safe, so be careful.
College Junior 2011-05-27T16:55:09Z
I had to apply just to get on the parking waitlist. The prices are also ridiculous.
College Junior 2011-05-27T16:53:16Z
Really Accessible – The computer labs have great hours that allow me to always have access when needed.
College Junior 2011-05-27T16:52:38Z
Professors Really Push You to Get Involved – The University of Southern California really allows the students to get involved in community outreach.
Recent Alumnus 2011-05-17T02:00:18Z
Extremely Active – Visions and Voices, school spirit, strong athletics, vibrant and diverse student body, dozens of extracurriculars to chose from
Recent Alumnus 2011-05-17T01:58:45Z
Increasing With New President – USC's big motto is work hard, play hard. There are parties every weekend, whether on the row or down some of the streets populated by students. Drinking is common, especially on football game days, obviously. Thus, I would say campus police and residential staff do not crack down too hard on students. However, the row has been drawing major flak from university administrators after the "sex on the roof" scandal and the offensive email circulated by a fraternity at USC. It was shut down on Thursday nights this semester and all registered parties were somewhat regulated for underage drinking. But the fact is, USC is all about tradition and it traditionally is a party school.
Recent Alumnus 2011-05-17T01:55:36Z
Mixed Drug Use – While I have never been offered drugs while at USC and certainly never pressured to take them, I know a decent amount of people who use everything from marijuana to cocaine on a regular basis. I've attended several parties where people were doing shady drug-related things behind the buildings and even in the dorms. If you get caught, you will get in trouble, but this happens rarely, especially when you live in off-campus housing.
College Senior 2011-05-17T00:48:48Z
I Hate the Row – I am not greek so I have no personal information or experience. The few times I went to parties on the row I found it disgusting and sloppy. However, I have many friends who are greek and love the system as a whole. It's just not for me.
College Senior 2011-05-17T00:47:15Z
Pretty Good Parties – Most of the huge parties happen on the "row" thursday through saturday night. There are also lots of parties at houses near campus for about $5 entry, a bar on campus and right off campus, campus cruiser/cabs/buses for transportation. We are in the heart of LA so there are nightclubs/entertainment, but none within walking distance. LA Live is right down the street for movies/food/concerts. Overall there is quite a bit to do.
College Senior 2011-05-17T00:44:05Z
No Experience – I have never lived off campus, but there is a wide variety of houses/apartments/complexes to live in. Both University owned and privately owned.
College Junior 2011-05-13T01:28:52Z
Guys & Girls:
The guys and girls at USC are extremely competitive. Many schools within the university are cutting edge. Being in a city like Los Angeles students compete for internships and eventually jobs. It isn't all academics though. They also like to party!
College Junior 2011-05-13T01:24:19Z
USC is ethnically diverse, offering a wide variety of cultural, athletics and intellectual experiences within a 5 mile range of campus. If you want to live in a dormitory floor that specializes in one of your interests, (i.e. music, film, Presidential Scholarship etc.) you can. If you want to experience Greek life, you can. There is an enormous opportunity to take advantage of at this university, including the City of Los Angeles
College Junior 2011-05-08T22:09:06Z
Cinema Experience – The Cinema school is something very hard to get into, but I honestly love the classes and overall environment. It's a type of experience you really have to go through in order to understand, but the amount of experienced people we talk to is almost overwhelming, and sometimes it is.
College Junior 2011-05-08T22:05:56Z
Health & Safety:
A Secure Enviornment – I personally know a lot of security members on USC Campus. While there are many students who casually break rules and regulations, such as traffic and pedestrian laws, there are not too many instances where anyone is in strict danger. The security is top notch and spread throughout campus, constantly nailing the many ignorant and lazy students on campus. The only threat is that you personally ignore the law.
College Junior 2011-05-08T22:04:02Z
A Bright Place – There are so many things happening at all times, from early morning to the dead of night. I haven't been on the campus for all that long, but it is almost impossible to be bored on campus. There are many non-school related functions going on as well, like the LA Times Festival of Books that just happened recently. USC sponsors many different events, but students also work at including various people to partake in activities. A very cheerful and fun enviornment.
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