Recent Alumnus 2010-08-07T02:33:17Z
USC focuses on attracted a well-rounded range of students. Most attendee's have several passions and hobbies. The diverse range of students allows for a great atmosphere of unique friendships. The greek system is huge on campus and although it may dominate the student body, I feel it isn't everything. There are definitely other great organizations on campus. The opportunities to get involved on campus are endless.
Recent Alumnus 2010-08-07T02:30:30Z
The weather in California is widely known as one of the best, therefore, the weather in Los Angeles where USC is located is great throughout the school year. We get chilly winters, some rain and great sun!
Recent Alumnus 2010-08-07T02:25:20Z
There are tons of different majors to choose from at USC while most schools within the university hold a prestige ranking. Most professors love what they do and in turn students feel confident in their chosen majors.
Recent Alumnus 2010-08-03T04:03:41Z
I Love It – I have only been at USC for one semester but I enjoyed the experience extremely! The classes were challenging but taught me so much. The people just have an abundance of school spirit, supporting all things related to the school. I also made many great friends who make my experience even better!
Recent Alumnus 2010-08-03T03:59:52Z
Greeks Have Many Parties – Being a part of Greek life definetly gets you some advantages socially. Everybody wants to go to their parties and so being a part of a frat you can gain many friends. Sororities are not to active around campus though they are some of the more popular girls
Recent Alumnus 2010-08-03T03:51:51Z
I Mean It Is in LA! The University of Southern California is right in the middle of Los Angeles, and any who has been or lives in LA knows how lively and busy the city is! I can walk numerous amount of restaurants near by to get something to eat. There are plenty of general stores around that will sell all that you need whether it be toothpaste or video games. The Staples Center is literally 5 mins away and so anybody could easily catch a Laker game or concert. Also USC students are well liked around the community. We often get many discounts at supporting stores if we show them our college ID.
Recent Alumnus 2010-07-31T21:51:15Z
Parking availability gets better as your get older but it is absolutely terrible for freshmen and sophomores. Because USC is limited in expanding their territory horizontally, parking lots are often full or they are way off from the main campus.
Recent Alumnus 2010-07-31T21:47:08Z
Really Good – USC provides a bus for all students who want to experience the LA LIVE scene, which includes the famous Staple center. This method of transportation is especially beneficial for people who are over 21 because even with some alcohol consumption, they can ride the bus back to the campus without taking the risk of getting pulled over for DUIs.
Recent Alumnus 2010-07-31T21:37:19Z
Can Be Cheaper – There are plenty of places to eat. I mainly used my flex dollars on protein/energy bars and drinks but I have to admit that they are pretty pricey. Regular meals at dining halls are great but I definitely would get sick of it if I had a meal plan.
Recent Alumnus 2010-07-22T19:10:51Z
Strict When Needed – The security is there to make sure you are safe and not getting yourself hurt. They won't bother you unless you are bothering someone else or a safety concern
Recent Alumnus 2010-07-22T19:09:54Z
It All Depends – There is a lot of drinking and smoking on campus, you will find a lot of other drugs, but you have to really look for them
Recent Alumnus 2010-07-22T19:08:48Z
Guys & Girls:
Good Looking and Fun Students – The student body is pretty good looking and fun to hang out with, but you are going to run into a lot of the typical Frat Guys and Sorority girls who all dress, look the same, and act the same. Overall you won't be disappointed and will find a group of friends that matches your personality.
Recent Alumnus 2010-07-19T03:27:49Z
Great beach weather in the fall. Not too cold winters. Nice, warm spring breezes. Very rarely rains, but when it does, it sucks if you live off campus-- approx. 10-15 minute walk.
Recent Alumnus 2010-07-19T03:22:43Z
AWESOME school spirit from students AND local community! Fight On!
Recent Alumnus 2010-07-16T04:45:19Z
USC is the best-enough said. Everybody goes to the football games-and coming from someone who doesn't even like sports, they are FUN. It's all about everybody getting together and rooting for our team. The social scene is awesome. There is ALWAYS something to do--never a dull moment at USC. Greek life is very popular. The students are diverse, talented, and beautiful. The academic programs are excellent. It really is an all-around amazing school. If there is something you like to do, there will be a program or student group dedicated to that activity.
Recent Alumnus 2010-07-16T04:40:06Z
Definitely Best to Own a Car – USC has it's own transportation system-it is very reliable. However, it only takes you around campus and the direct surrounding area. There is also Campus Cruiser which is a great system--They open around 7pm and run until 2:45am. Their goal is to transport students to and from off-campus housing safely. It is also great for students who have been drinking off campus to get home safely. It is free and easy to use. Unfortunately, the bus system in Los Angeles is confusing and hard to use. They also take forever to get you where you want to go. If you want to go on adventures to Hollywood and Downtown area, it's best to own your own car.
Recent Alumnus 2010-07-16T04:33:00Z
Health & Safety:
It is not a secret that USC is in a high crime location. However, DPS-the Department of Public Safety- is everywhere. They are constantly patrolling campus as well as the surrounding areas such as "the Row" (where all the fraternities and sororities are located). They are there to HELP and protect you, not to get you in trouble. I have never felt personally endangered on campus. As long as you are smart and you are not out at 2am, drunk, and alone, you will be safe.
Recent Alumnus 2010-07-01T06:31:51Z
USC over-emphasizes the importance of practicing safety, given that the area surrounding the campus is not the most secure location to be in - especially if you're alone or out at night. The Department of Public Safety does patrol within two miles of the campus, but that doesn't mean you're safe to walk around at 2am with an iPod in hand and bills hanging out of your pockets. Think and act responsibly/accordingly.
Recent Alumnus 2010-07-01T06:29:19Z
Best/Worst Dining Options – At USC, freshmen that stay in the dorms are required to purchase a mealplan - so buy the cheapest one possible. You may think you'd need more than ten $12 meal swipes and $500 dining dollars, but when eating at places other than dining halls between classes is easier because you're crunched for time, those meal swipes will go down the tubes - and so will your wallet.
Recent Alumnus 2010-07-01T06:25:49Z
Wireless Access – Everywhere on campus is internet-accessible with your login ID and password, but service in the dorm buildings is terrible. If you have a research paper to crank out (and no ethernet cord), then you're better off writing outside or in the library.
Recent Alumnus 2010-06-13T23:46:22Z
The Trojan Family – The special thing about USC is the Trojan Family. Once you're a Trojan, you're a Trojan for life. Trojans will always help other Trojans no matter if you need help finding a job, building your career, making connections with influential people, or finding alumni. Also, USC has a very high alumni participation rate which shows that people from USC care and want to give back to school that helped them get where they are today.
Recent Alumnus 2010-06-13T23:42:33Z
Transportation at USC is quite excellent. It is all free! There is a service called Campus Cruiser where students drivers pick up other students and take them to where they need to go. There is also a great tram system that has about five different routes and comes to pick about every 15-30 min.
Recent Alumnus 2010-06-13T23:36:03Z
The row, where all the Greek houses are, is where most USC students party. The biggest party nights are Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays, and sometimes Fridays. Other than that, if there are big parties at peoples houses or apartments, USC offers many forms of transportation to get anywhere within a 2-mile radius of campus. Also, downtown LA is very close which gives students the opportunity to go to a variety of different clubs.
Recent Alumnus 2010-06-13T22:38:18Z
I am a music major at the USC Thornton School of Music. My emphasis is a BM in Vocal Arts (classical singing) and it is a very intense major. I am also trying to get a musical theater minor because I dance as well. The curriculum consists of a variety of music classes such as music theory, aural skills, choir, keyboard skills, and voice lessons. We are also required to take GE's and three languages: French, Italian, and German. The faculty is excellent. They are well respected in their field and absolutely fabulous teachers. I've learned so much after my first year here. This program is rigorous but very rewarding at the end of the semester with individual solo performances and lots of opportunities to participate in various music productions. I'm very fortunate and grateful to be in the Thornton School of Music at USC.
College Senior 2010-06-11T17:02:10Z
Not Too Sure – i'm not involved in drugs and haven't really been approached
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