College Senior 2010-11-08T22:55:09Z
Best Choice I Ever Made – Academics are challenging but rewarding, social life is great, and you have the LA weather/experience... what is there not to love?
College Senior 2010-11-08T22:51:11Z
I got into multiple other schools (including a few Ivy League schools) and I could not be happier here. Class sizes are small, professors are accessible and there are so many academic opportunities for research or other activities that you can get involved with its almost unbelievable. Don't let the athletics or the parties fool you, USC is an amazing academic school.
Recent Alumnus 2010-11-06T20:24:44Z
Not as Active. Student center isn't as active around campus. However, they do have tables around and games for people to play.
Recent Alumnus 2010-11-06T20:23:44Z
There are plenty of computers available at school.
College Senior 2010-11-05T15:51:11Z
The transportation on campus is decent. The school has a free shuttle that takes students downtown every 15 minutes. It is fairly convenient and safe. If students would like to travel to the metro or other locations downtown they can also take the public bus with bus stops all around the school. Also if students want to rent a car for a couple hours or a couple days they can take the opportunity of zipcars where the price is determined by the hour. The overall cost covers unlimited gas refills.
College Senior 2010-11-05T15:48:11Z
Department of Public Safety – DPS does a good job of patrolling the campus at night. On Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights DPS officers will line up from the row back to the campus just to make sure students get back to the campus safely. However DPS has closed down the row and parties because of the craziness that these parties will reach.
College Senior 2010-11-05T15:46:02Z
Football Games School Spirit – Tailgating at the University of Southern California starts early in the morning. There is a tremendous amount of school spirit especially during football season. Alumni and students are extremely enthusiastic and prideful of the Trojan's football team. The marching band is also a large factor in creating a spirit-filled atmosphere at the football games.
College Senior 2010-11-02T22:05:58Z
Sunny All Year Around – If you don't mind having no seasons, the weather is ideal
College Senior 2010-11-02T22:03:47Z
Very Diverse – Lots of different kinds of people from places all over the country and the world
Recent Alumnus 2010-10-18T22:11:47Z
Cars are a necessity in this part of LA and there just isn't enough parking at USC to accommodate that, especially for a largely commuter student population. Parking fines are enormous, parking garages spots are absolutely tiny, and cars get broken into in campus parking structures. Parking pass costs are through the roof (if you're lucky enough to get one).
College Senior 2010-10-14T06:17:31Z
Health & Safety:
Ah, DPS – DPS hangs around just about everywhere on campus and on The Row 24/7. They are a little annoying, but they do make you feel super safe. They will come right away if there is an emergency and generally very nice and willing to help.
College Senior 2010-10-14T06:09:23Z
It's Los Angeles...need I say more? You will experience three or four days every month or two where it's cold (cold being lower 60s) and rainy. There will also be three or four days where it's unbelievably hot. But other than that, it's about 70-80 degrees and sunny all the time.
College Senior 2010-10-07T02:39:36Z
Best of Both Worlds – Getting a good college education is extremely important for success in this increasingly competitive world. Additionally, college is meant to be the most fun time in a person's life. After college you will be expected to work or go to grad school so its important to have a lot of fun while you still can! USC offers a world-class education with one of the most fun social scenes in the country. It has the best of both worlds.
College Senior 2010-10-07T02:30:49Z
Campus housing is generally just for freshman. Wherever you live on campus, it's a compromise. If you at Parkside A&H or IRC you get beautiful dorms with the best dinning on campus but Parkside is characterized as being less social (known as the "Darkside") and people find it difficult to meet people other than their suitemates. The dorms in east campus are older, standard college dorms with no air conditioning and mediocre dinning but they are right in the middle of the action on campus and are very social and easy to meet people. Freshman year is about meeting as many people as possible and establishing a group of friends. You can live in a nice apartment later, I recommend living on East campus.
College Senior 2010-10-07T02:16:47Z
Health & Safety:
DPS Does a Good Job – DPS officers are always visible on campus and the areas around campus where USC students hang out. They are there to keep the students safe, not police them.
College Senior 2010-10-03T01:03:59Z
SC Is Awesome! Parties are crazy. Thursday nights at the row are fun and easy to get in if you're a girl, but sucks if you're a guy and not in a frat. There's always something happening!
Recent Alumnus 2010-09-23T05:02:58Z
What's NOT Here? USC is less than 5 miles from downtown LA, the Staples Center, museums, galleries, concert halls, shopping, dining and more. We are near China Town, Korea Town, and Little Tokyo. Also not very far away are Beverly Hills, Hollywood, Santa Monica, and Venice Beach. LA is known for being a cultural mecca, a "hot spot" if you will--a place for fashion, media, music, movies, celebrities, farmers markets, athletic events, education, corporations, etc. The area immediately surrounding campus has a reputation as being not so safe but we have a lot of security personnel looking out for us. USC seems to constantly have events going on: classical and popular music concerts, dance performances, comedian and variety shows, and more. We have 2 radio stations and a coffee shop/concert venue. The local attitude towards students seems to be good--Trojan merchandise and fans can be seen literally everywhere!
Recent Alumnus 2010-09-23T04:54:16Z
It's Great – Pros: mild weather; good professors (intelligent, informative, empathetic, enthusiastic helpful, (generally) not conceited or egotistical); amazing selection of majors, minors, classes of all kinds; alumni network; internship and career help like no other; willingness of financial aid department to do all they can so students can attend regardless of income (or lack thereof); quality apartments; diverse student population; visiting professors and lecturers (Steve Miller, for instance); quality museums, performances and other events. . . and the list can go on. . .
Cons: abundance of smokers; inadequate car and bike parking; high food and drink prices; high course material/supply prices; minimum wage employment that offers too few hours
Clearly the pros outweigh the cons!
Recent Alumnus 2010-09-23T04:43:01Z
I live in a university-owned off-campus apartment. It is a bit expensive and utilities are not included in the cost of rent. The apartments have basic furniture, gas stove/oven, great water pressure. Our broken fridge was replaced quickly too. The complex needs a better system for recycling and for bicycle parking. It is about 1 mile from the center of campus, which makes for a decent walk or easy bike ride. A tram stop is just down the street but I have not used it. Parking is severely limited and inconvenient.
Recent Alumnus 2010-09-23T04:29:34Z
TOO EXPENSIVE! The cafeterias cost about $10 to enter which is a little steep for a single meal. I have not actually eaten at them yet due to their operating hours not fitting with my non-class times, plus I do not want to pay the price to enter and not find adequate vegan foods. The retail dining establishments are far too expensive--my "dining dollars" were used within the first month and I do not eat more than 3 meals per week on campus.
Recent Alumnus 2010-09-23T04:24:42Z
A Good Balance – Thoroughly satisfied with 3 out of 4 professors. Workload is just right--not too much that I can't keep up but not so little that I get bored. I am still in shock about the numerous possibilities for majors, minors and other general courses (come on, a popular music major? How amazing is that?) Registration process seems about the same as other schools I have been to. Work-study program needs some improvement-like actually giving students jobs rather than leaving it up to them to search (it is part of financial aid and as such is deemed necessary for the student therefore it should unfailingly be provided by the school), and giving the work-study students adequate hours and pay rate. The university needs to improve its recycling and environmentally-friendly actions, and it needs to ban smoking on all campus-owned property.
Recent Alumnus 2010-09-18T20:51:44Z
Apartments Are Expensive! The apartments are mostly converted home and as such are not secure and are not designed as apartments. Also they are extremely expensive and do not usually include anything extra, such as utilities, parking, etc.
Recent Alumnus 2010-09-18T20:49:21Z
Lacking Dining Options – There are limited dining options. You are mostly limited to sub-par eating establishments.
Recent Alumnus 2010-09-18T20:48:23Z
Health & Safety:
Police and Safety Services – The university has the largest private police force in the country and they recently added an additional branch for specialized patrols. They make their presence known and provide a feeling of security for the students going to class.
Recent Alumnus 2010-09-10T18:02:06Z
Can Avoid but It's Big – Unfortunately drugs and alcohol are pretty easy to get to and pretty popular. Drinking is definitely bigger but I've met people who do a lot of drugs. Under-aged drinking is practically normal - although the university claims to have a zero under-age drinking policy. Parties are mainly where people drink, I find. Because of our location there are a couple of raves both at the Coliseum and the Shine - walking distance from USC. Again, the raves generally have a zero drug tolerance policy but people still sneak them in.
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