Recent Alumnus 2011-01-06T20:42:01Z
Guys & Girls:
Everyone is friendly with each other whether male or female, without difference of race or ethnicity.
Recent Alumnus 2011-01-06T19:17:45Z
Lots of Availability, Except Around Midterms/Finals – All the libraries have lots of Macs and PC's. The WiFi has been pretty good everywhere on campus that I've been so far. Some computer labs have scanners attached to each computer, some have a main central scanner/copy machine. The 3rd Floor Language Center in Taper Hall has a great computer lab with printing available and lots of study space. All the study rooms and computers get filled up ASAP during midterms and finals though, so you are probably best off if you bring your laptop and do your work somewhere less crowded.
College Senior 2010-12-31T23:15:50Z
USC is a highly regarded school, especially for its film and and engineering programs. The professors are knowledgeable and the classes, for the most part are interesting. Education at USC goes far beyond the classroom. WIth such a diverse community, it will open your eyes to a much broader understanding of the world than you arrived to college with.
College Senior 2010-12-31T22:25:42Z
People sunbathe in McCarthy Quad in December. There are very few schools where you can find that! Lends itself to an always pictureque campus
College Senior 2010-12-31T22:23:01Z
Very Diverse – USC is often stereotyped as a bunch of rich kids from Orange County, but this is not the case at all. Students come from all over--many from outside Southern California--with diverse ethnic, religious, and economic backgrounds. In any residential hall there are probably a dozen international students. This all contributes to a very diverse student body.
Recent Alumnus 2010-12-22T17:57:40Z
Drinking and Drugs Are Used – I personally don't drink heavily or use drugs, but I overhear a lot of people in class talk about their drug and alcohol use. It's sad to hear. It seems like a lot of students are more interested in drinking/drugs than academics.
College Senior 2010-12-22T08:19:37Z
Do it. If you're at all considering USC, it is worth it. People outside of the school often talk about how expensive it is, but it's actually cheaper for me to go to USC than UCLA simply because of all the merit scholarships.
College Senior 2010-12-22T08:19:26Z
It's Like Living in a Brochure. the Buildings Are Gorgeous, the Skies Are Blue, People Are Playing Frisbee in the Quad. the Classes Are Good, the People Are Fun and from All Different Backgrounds. This Place Is Amazing. They say there are three things in college--academics, social life, and sleeping--and you can only do two. At USC, I'd say by far sleeping goes the wayside most because the other two are so great here. Everyone seems so happy to be here. You really can't walk anywhere on campus without seeing someone wearing some sort of USC gear because that pride is so prevalent.
College Senior 2010-12-22T08:19:16Z
With the exception of dorm parties and going to Menlo (nearby apartments), the nightlife as a freshman is really centered at the Row. The vast majority of the Fraternities and Sororities are on one street which makes it really easy and really fun!
If you get involved in the Greek system (which I really recommend!), sorority and fraternity "Invites" and "Exchanges" (events that happen a few times through the semester) involve getting on a bus and going to an interesting location in LA (i.e. Restaurant in Korea Town, the gorgeous bar/ballroom of a fancy hotel, etc). LA is a very cool place to be.
Recent Alumnus 2010-12-22T03:59:10Z
You Will Need a Car – You will want to bring a car to USC. On the weekends campus is kind of dead and you will want to go explore LA so bring a car if you can!
College Senior 2010-12-22T03:38:41Z
They gave my mother false information when first considering which school I was going to attend. My family and I were under the impression that we would not need to take out loans to cover the cost of my schooling due to the Cal Grant, but after I had already decided to attend USC we found out that for every dollar I received from the Cal Grant the university would deduct from the financial aide they were offering. This was not what they told us when we first inquired into the situation.
College Senior 2010-12-22T03:27:35Z
Food in South Central LA – Surrounding the University of Southern California are mostly just fast food chain joints and unhealthy options, other then Subway. If you are looking for variety then this is not the place. But the one good thing is that there are several late night options for someone hungry at all hours of the night.
College Senior 2010-12-21T23:48:33Z
Apply Early. Financial aid is EASY. Just get your application in before November 30 (or December 1, depending on the year) and you are automatically considered for a plethora of scholarships. You can always contact the financial aid office if you have issues, but the distribution is fair and fulfills needs.
College Senior 2010-12-21T23:44:52Z
Research and Career Programs Abound – There are so many research and career opportunities. We are always getting emails and being told about all the options we have. It's great for all majors, not just science and engineering. There are plenty of research and internships for the Arts and Humanities as well. It's amazing how much is available, and it is impossible to find nothing. There is an opportunity for everyone. Plus a HUGE Alumni network to back all students for life.
College Senior 2010-12-21T23:41:43Z
Greek like seems like a ton of fun, though I am not part of it at all. You're not pressured to join, and you're not pressured to stay out. Everyone can participate whether they are in a Fraternity or Sorority or not since the houses have tons of events and parties. You definitely do not have to join as a Freshman, there is spring rush for Fraternities, and plenty of choices for the diverse student body. Greek life is obvious on campus, but not overwhelming, and there isn't big popularity or status boost just because you're Greek.
Recent Alumnus 2010-12-11T03:57:54Z
Punishments Are Severe – I think authorities are selective in how the administere punishment.
Recent Alumnus 2010-12-11T03:53:54Z
Health & Safety:
Safe Environment – Hardly no campus crime at all, but the campus is close to where homeless people hang out and students have to walk through those areas. However, I never hear of any problems.
Recent Alumnus 2010-12-11T03:52:43Z
Pleasant but Expensive – It is a wealthy service community with many several schools. Lots of cultural events going on all year long because of the moderate climate. Lots of shopping. No professional sporting events. Plenty of things to do to stay active. Lots of walking and bike paths.
Recent Alumnus 2010-11-21T19:09:24Z
Student Center – USC has amazing facilities! Our new campus center includes everything we could possibly need; from food, to places to hold organization's meetings, and lastly offers plenty resources.
Recent Alumnus 2010-11-17T08:24:08Z
What's great about USC is that it offers absolutely everything and anything you could want at a campus. On the one side, it is very seriously academically and very challenging. You attend this school for a great education and that it was you get. On the other hand, there is always fun to be had here, between parties, sports events, various art exhibitions (theatre, film), etc..
Recent Alumnus 2010-11-17T08:16:19Z
It's easy and better to stay in USC owned housing as long as possible. Please who go off-campus normally have to worry about sub-letting their apartments during the summer, which can be a huge pain. Also, what's nice about USC housing is that they have a maintenance staff that fixes any problems you have after you simply fill out a work order. It is very convenient. It may be a little more expensive than the surrounding area, but it's also more safe.
Recent Alumnus 2010-11-12T05:37:23Z
Great Academic Life, Greater Dinning Life in Los Angeles – Dining scene in Los Angeles can easily be one of the best in the world. It is simply due to the diversity of cultures that the city embraces and any city residents have access to the authenticated ethnic food within 10 minutes drive instead of 10 hours flight.
On top of the high quliaty of the cuisine, the price is also an unbeatable factor. Surviving harsh competitions amoung the millions of the restaurants in the city, the restaurants' owners keep the price setting low, especially around the USC campus. For example, $5 will bring us a combo of Korean BBQ lunch in satisfactory portion and change.
Everyone is intimidated to come to Los Angeles because of its high cost of living. Yes the rent is relatively high but the food is not. You really don't need to worry about the grocery bill here but need to worry more about keeping the weight.
Recent Alumnus 2010-11-12T05:24:52Z
Alchohol Is More Used to Get High – In USC campus, alchohol is more used to get high throughout the campus. In the dorm, after the sports game, after the mid and final exam.... USC campus is literally revolved around the alchohol. There are constant high traffic of students at the local liquer stores to buy alchohol despite the price setting are much higher than 2-mile away grocery stores.
Drug is not too noticeable on the campus because there are highly active campus police enforcement. I have never been worried about getting involved with the related crimes.
College Senior 2010-11-08T23:00:47Z
Guys & Girls:
Girls are a lot hotter here than they are at other top schools I've visited. Sorority girls stand out, but it might be tough to find one with a good personality.
College Senior 2010-11-08T22:58:12Z
Don't let the stereotypes fool you. There are fraternities for the typical frat guys but because there are so many different fraternities and so many people go greek you can find a lot of houses that don't fit the usual stereotype
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