College Freshman 2013-11-01T07:39:08Z
Health & Safety:
DPS is everywhere, so you shouldn't worry about the bad rap the USC area gets. I've walked around at night in and around campus and never felt unsafe. South Central LA obviously isn't a college town, but the area around USC can feel like it due to the sheer amount of college students everywhere. Everyone seems safe, the health center is supportive, and I've always felt good about my safety. The only reason I didn't give SC 5 stars was because a LOT of people seem to get hurt due to binge drinking, which I think is a bit of a problem with the school's culture, especially with the Greek system. I've also heard a lot about the school's inability to properly deal with sexual assault, so take that as you will...
College Freshman 2013-11-01T07:36:50Z
One of the worst aspects on campus. There's only three dining halls and they mostly serve the same food (although students will debate otherwise, there really isn't much difference). They close at 10, so if you missed dinner, tough luck. The food is repetitive and gets old fast. They have maybe 5 or 6 meals they just cycle through with different variations. Everything tastes kind of bland and pre-made. Occasionally they'll have something decent, but that's rare.
College Freshman 2013-11-01T07:35:03Z
Can't say there's anything wrong with the way computers are run here. They're handled professionally and as learning tools. I don't really know what else to say about them.
College Freshman 2013-11-01T07:34:01Z
The dorms are very social and nice enough, but the main problem is that it's basically anything goes a lot of time. It's hard to get sleep sometimes, and it can feel a little chaotic on some nights. Other than that, it's a decent vibe. The dorms are okay -- nothing really of note. They're pretty damn expensive though, which is why I rated them a little lower.
College Freshman 2013-11-01T07:32:29Z
Guys & Girls:
It's a big school, so it'll be a mixed bag. There's a lot of stereotypically vapid SoCal guys and girls who are just here to party, fornicate, and get drunk off their parents' money. But on the other hand, you have amazing filmmakers, actors, artists, and future doctors and lawyers who are very driven. It's hard to say who you'll encounter at SC. Generally, however, this is a VERY social school with a huge social scene and an outgoing population.
College Freshman 2013-11-01T07:30:03Z
They give out an obscene amount of merit scholarships to freshman for a top 25 school. I've heard the financial aid is pretty great as well. There's also countless scholarships for continuing students that should help ease the payments a little bit. I know people who turned down very good schools because of how good USC aid is.
College Freshman 2013-11-01T07:29:00Z
I don't really know how to "rate" this category. The campus is very lenient in almost every respect. It's very difficult to get expelled or put into serious jeopardy if you have half a brain and don't go around making a fool of yourself. Alcohol is easy to find. It's loud and people party -- hard. The streets overflow with beer during tailgating, and there's always a party going on somewhere. If that's your thing, then this is a good place to be. if it isn't, then there's plenty to do elsewhere.
College Freshman 2013-11-01T07:26:35Z
It's LA! It's hard to get bored in the second biggest city in the country. The talk of the surrounding area being "ghetto" is overblown and only shows how pretentious and classist people can be at times. The school has public safety officers posted EVERYWHERE around the school, the locals are accommodating enough whenever I walk near campus or take the bus downtown, and I've never had any problems. LA gets a lot of flack sometimes, but it's an exciting city to go to college in.
College Freshman 2013-11-01T07:23:28Z
There's a robust LA bus system and the metro is only getting better. USC runs several buses to places like Union Station and even around the local area. Campus cruiser is there to take you around the surrounding area at night as well. Obviously, this is LA, so you won't be able to get just ANYWHERE without a car, but there's enough to do that you can get to just by taking transit.
College Sophomore 2013-10-31T18:44:19Z
There are extremely expensive American Campus Communities-type options, and there are buildings that are a bit more rundown. The area directly surrounding campus isn't terrible, but some streets are definitely worse than others.
College Sophomore 2013-10-31T18:40:39Z
The GE program is fairly rigorous, but the school's setup for GE requirements allows you to choose which classes you want to take from a variety of classes, so you can end up creating a class schedule that is as interesting and difficult as you want it to be, or as boring and easy. Pretty much totally up to you!
College Sophomore 2013-10-31T18:40:38Z
It's pretty simple: if you want a theatre tech degree that won't go to waste, come to USC. The program is great, but what's really important is the connections you'll make. The internship opportunities are amazing, and guest speakers and directors come in all the time to work with students. You can begin networking right in your first semester.
College Sophomore 2013-10-31T18:38:06Z
A lot of the computer labs are locked almost 24/7 because they are used for specific classes. Wireless access is awesome, especially on such a large campus. I still haven't figured out how to print things on campus. I would definitely say bring your own laptop and printer.
College Sophomore 2013-10-31T18:36:26Z
We're in the worst part of LA. However, off campus security increases and expands every year, so it's safer and safer to attend off-campus activities at night. With the metro stations nearby and lots of fun things to do in downtown LA, it's easy to participate in a variety of on and off campus activities. I would highly recommend bringing a car if you come in the next few semesters. The metro is still fairly new and confusing if you're not from a city with a metro system you're used to using, and LA traffic is really not that bad if you travel at the right times. Getting to the beach is pretty easy and also awesome.
College Sophomore 2013-10-31T18:33:33Z
I'm not a part of it, but they seem to have a great time, and are very open to including (female) non-Greeks at any party. Research the chapter you want to join before rushing for more information and to make sure it's the right fit for you.
College Sophomore 2013-10-31T18:32:25Z
I'm uniquely qualified for this question, because I actually had to choose to do it all over again...USC is the best place to be. Stick it out through your first semester - you will find your niche. Don't be afraid to put yourself out there. There are thousands of people on campus. If you explore all of your options (which is super easy, because the extracurricular fair is HUGE!), you'll find lifelong friends with similar interests.
College Sophomore 2013-10-31T18:30:41Z
I had a great time in my freshman dorm - I got the dorm I wanted without any difficulty and was placed with a lot of people in my same major.
College Sophomore 2013-10-31T18:29:44Z
Food is really great, but expensive, and the late night options on or near campus are few and far between.
College Sophomore 2013-10-31T18:28:55Z
The Campus Cruiser system is fairly unique to USC and is the only transportation system I really ever use - the rest of the campus is pretty bike-able or walk-able
College Freshman 2013-10-26T16:55:04Z
The faculty is incredible. Coursework moves quickly. Several performance opportunities.
College Freshman 2013-10-26T16:54:04Z
The internships can be anything. I haven't won one yet because I'm still too inexperienced. Don't expect a paid internship during undergrad. They're rare.
College Freshman 2013-10-26T16:52:35Z
It's not everything I expected, but it's still great with more opportunities than I could use.
College Freshman 2013-10-26T16:51:35Z
They're in trouble right now for the LMU incident.
College Freshman 2013-10-26T16:50:54Z
I'm a french horn performance major, so I had to audition better than the other applicants. It required a lot of preperation.
College Junior 2013-10-14T05:44:00Z
I am earning a Master's degree in Heritage Conservation and am very happy with my program. I absolutely love my subjects, and my professors are all practicing professionals, which encourages me and reassures me that all of the things I'm learning can be applied in my future career. I haven't met one person in my program who isn't working if they want to, and have met some outstanding graduates of the program who are now doing fantastic things in Los Angeles.
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