Recent Alumnus 2011-01-25T01:13:43Z
USC is closely connected to the public transportation in LA; unfortunately, the system is not very reliable and oftentimes it is smarter to take a cab even though it might cost more, but at least you will get to your destination close to the time desired.
USC acknowledges that and established an own transportation system called "Campus Cruiser", which takes students to grocery stores, etc. within a 2-miles radius from campus. It is free and very convenient for those who do not have an own car.
Recent Alumnus 2011-01-25T01:11:06Z
USC is a rather strict university with various regulations and rules that need to be followed; the RAs though are rather lenient and it is possible to live one´s life the way one wants without always fearing punishment.
Recent Alumnus 2011-01-25T01:05:50Z
The local atmosphere surrounding USC´s campus is rather a rather unsafe area. Even though a lot has been done by the government in investing in downtown´s development and especially security, there still are various streets and districts one should not wander in alone.
However, USC provides free transportation to the commercial center LA Live, which is a modern, nice and safe place to hang out, go bowling, watch movies, dine, etc. The campus itself is very safe and in the next years, it will be expanded to further promote safety.
College Senior 2011-01-24T23:18:09Z
Guys & Girls:
Every Part of the Spectrum – because of usc's wide range of awesome majors, greek life, location, and appeal to international students, there is every kind of guy/ girl here. There are definitely your attractive stereotypical greek guys and girls, there are also super smart international student fobs who study and dont do much else. There are also pretty artsy people, and pretty much every other thing you can think of.
But the boys are pretty hot, generally
College Senior 2011-01-24T23:11:15Z
Its There, but Not Blatant – i personally dont use drugs, and i have not had any issues of peer pressure to use drugs. pot is pretty popular, and you can smell it around campus at least once a week. but ive never seen people use hard drugs, but i know it goes on somewhere. drinking is MUCH more prevalent
College Senior 2011-01-24T23:09:37Z
The dining halls are alright. EVK (on the south side of campus, where most freshman dorms are) usually looks pretty gross, but there is always cereal, a pretty good salad bar, a grill on the weekdays outback with hamburgers, turkey burgers, grilled chicken, etc, and a new panini maker. The stations are: mexican, pizza and fries, noodles, vegetarian, sandwich stuff, salad, and potatoes/veggies/chicken/fish.
Parkside usually has the reputation of being better than EVK, but it depends on the day. It usually has more international and unique food, but there are still days when it looks inedible. Has much better desserts than EVK (nice cakes and pies, cookies while EVK has pound cake and gross fruit pies).
There are tons of other food options on campus that take dining dollars, including: CPK, carl's jr, baha fresh, daphne's greek, a wok bar, a noodle place, Lemonade (a really nice new deli-type place), panda express. Off campus there's pretty much every other fast food restaurant you can think of on Figueroa.
There's also trojan grounds ("Tro-gro") thats open 24/7 with vitamin water, soda, chips, candy, starbucks coffee, and other convenience store items. It also takes dining dollars
College Senior 2011-01-24T23:02:05Z
Very Available – Most everyone brings a macbook pro with them everywhere, there is pretty good wireless everywhere on campus (even outside). You have to pay for printing at the lbrary, but I heard you can get free printing from different departments (or the Radisson lobby). There are not a ton of readily available computer labs, but Leavey Library has 20+ computers and there are usually some free.
College Senior 2011-01-24T20:24:50Z
Pretty Good – The freshmen cafeteria EVK sucks, but Parkside isn't too bad. Otherwise there's a variety of fast food choices, like Wahoo's, CPK, Jamba Juice, and a ton more. And being LA, the surrounding area has some sweet restaurants as well.
College Senior 2011-01-24T20:18:41Z
A Social and Academic Experience Like No Other. USC's notorious for being a party school. I won't lie, we party hard. However, the negative stigma associated with that image is no longer true. President Sample did a great job with USC's selectivity, and now we are also academically competitive. We work hard, We party hard. The Trojan Network also lands grads in lucrative job positions, and with so many different classes and majors offered, you can custom-tailor your academic experience to your liking.
College Senior 2011-01-24T20:13:31Z
Greeks Are Huge. Sometimes it feels like half of campus is greek. There are many opportunities for students to get involved in greek life, and with so many greek organizations around, its easy to find a fit. They don't dominate everything though, and it is still very possible to have fun without being greek.
College Senior 2011-01-24T20:10:13Z
Opportunities Everywhere – Being a Business Major at the University of Southern California provides you with opportunities like no other college. Marshall Alumni are known for their preference for graduates of their Alma Mater, and the Trojan Network is extensive. The workload isn't too overwhelming, and you can easily pick up a minor or two. There are tons of internship opportunities, and the professors are willing to pull strings for you if you get to know them.
College Senior 2011-01-24T19:55:16Z
Health & Safety:
There is DPS everywhere, and the only real security problem is bikes being stolen which is easily prevented if you lock your bike correctly. Make sure you don't venture out too far from campus late and night, and you're solid.
College Senior 2011-01-24T19:38:58Z
Looking Good for a Small Campus – Most buildings look pretty new, and even if they're old, they are kept very well. The Lyon Center is good too, and libraries are awesome. The campus is quite green.
Recent Alumnus 2011-01-24T04:38:07Z
You will get ticketed for anything. It's a nightmare.
Recent Alumnus 2011-01-24T04:36:39Z
Athletics are such a big part of the school that it's hard to hear about anything else.
College Senior 2011-01-23T06:26:30Z
Scholarships are out there, it is just a matter of looking through the school website and really searching through it all for available funds.
College Senior 2011-01-23T06:24:12Z
USC is located in Los Angeles, so the weather is perfect all around. The weather is always bearable and it makes enjoying any day an ease.
Recent Alumnus 2011-01-23T02:35:51Z
There are a lot of off campus housing options both through the school and also ones not affiliated with school, since it is Los angeles they can be kind of expensive but there are some off campus apartments that do roommate matching also hand have only USC students living there. It is really easy to find an apartment that you like off campus and the school is really helpful when students need housing.
Recent Alumnus 2011-01-16T19:00:32Z
Process Is Detailed – discuss in details with financial aid counselor, over and over again if need be. Make sure you understand everything that is offered, and not offered.
Recent Alumnus 2011-01-16T18:55:34Z
Slightly Varied – some good choices, healthy meals, but also same unhealthy meals too
Recent Alumnus 2011-01-08T08:05:33Z
Help for Those in Need – At their seminars, USC will tell you all about how they have a very large endowment and they use it to help out every student in need of financial aid. As a prospective student, I, of course, expected a piece of the pie. I didn't expect a full ride; those were for kids who not only deserved it academically, but needed it financially as well. My family is pretty well off, but the amount we are forced to pay for my education is ridiculous. We always get the minimum amount of aid from the school, despite the fact that my family cannot afford to pay that amount every year, let alone every semester. If we did not receive aid from outside sources, my future at this school would have been over a long time ago. That being said, I have plenty of friends who benefit from the financial aid offered here, so it definitely is present for those who need it. But if you are of middle and upper middle class, expect to pay a lot for your education.
Recent Alumnus 2011-01-08T07:59:11Z
One Word: Football – Ask any Trojan and they will tell you all about the football season and the chances of victory in every upcoming game. Football is something that is instilled in even the most stubborn non-sports fan (myself included) and game days are an event in and of themselves. The Trojan spirit is infectious and going to games in the Coliseum is a treat every time. However, besides football, most other athletic events aren't attended by the students and you certainly don't hear about them very much.
Recent Alumnus 2011-01-08T07:56:55Z
We're in Southern California, in LA no less. Apartments are numerous, but availability is a problem at times, especially in a college with many undergraduate and graduate students all looking for a prime spot close to campus. They are expensive, as in any city, and due to the surrounding area, they're not always safe. But if you're smart and use your head, everything will turn out alright.
Recent Alumnus 2011-01-06T20:50:13Z
Difficult and Did Not Receive Much – The process is too long and strenous. Didn't receive financial aid so I had to apply for federal loans. The best tip is to not waste time applying for financial aid if you know you won't receive any money.
Recent Alumnus 2011-01-06T20:46:24Z
Long Distance – Need better transportation from downtown to San Fernando Valley.
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