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| I will be graduating from USC in May and have come to love this school! Initially, I was not very excited about coming to USC. I thought it would not be academically rigorous and full of shallow upper-middle class sorts doting on a handful of stellar athletes.|
Turns out, USC is incredibly diverse and there's a circle of friends out there for anyone at this school. There's no question that many at USC fit the stereotype of the "University of Spoiled Children," but I'm a nerd and I've met many bright, hard-working people who love USC. Fraternities and sororities are a big deal in many students' lives, but I've only gone to two or three parties on "The Row"--the heart of Greek life at USC--and never felt like I was missing much. One certainly doesn't have to join a fraternity or sorority to have a social life.
Faculty and students are generally friendly and approachable (in humanities departments at least). The quality of the student body seems to improve each year. USC is definitely a "trendy" school and is becoming very selective, taking less than a fourth of applicants these days. What I most dislike are the science courses (all USC students must take at least two), which tend to be very large and impersonal. Avoid dorm housing, by the way, if you want peace and quiet in the evenings.
The campus is very nice, but you'll feel trapped unless you have a car (or a friend with a car) since the area around USC sucks and Los Angeles has a lousy public transportation system. It's not as unsafe as some people imagine. Just don't walk alone on dark streets at 2AM. It's really just a matter of common sense.I would definitely recommend USC. I did very well here academically and just got accepted into a top doctoral program in my field. Can't really complain about the results. The worst part about going here is probably the immediate area (South Central LA), though the school has been making great efforts to develop the area in recent years. It seems that USC is just getting better and better and consequently harder and harder to get into.
|Apr 02 2008|| 3rd Year Male --
Class 2008 |
| USC promotes the idea of "breadth with depth," emphasizing the need for students to have foundations in varied fields to be successful in the future. I loved it, being a person who enjoys multiple subjects (i.e., I consider myself well-rounded). They make it easy to double major or have multiple minors in very different fields of study. USC aims to teach you how to think critically and creatively, so make sure you are someone who wants that sort of education. Moreover, there are many options to get financial support for research, overseas studies, community service projects, etc. The school is much more open-minded than I thought, as well. There are multiple programs that allow students to get involved in the local community and gain experience working with underserved populations. Some students are obviously from wealthy backgrounds and flaunt their money, but the majority of students worked hard in high school to get here. Thus, there are many "work hard, play hard" types. Finally, the faculty here are my favorite because they want you to be successful and many often want to talk to you and get to know you so that they can better tailor their teaching to you. You just have to be willing to make the effort to talk to them. The career placement resources are amazing as well, and you can use them for the rest of your life. They are also undergoing a huge renovation of the campus. They're adding new buildings (construction can be an inconvenience sometimes, but it's relatively easy to avoid) and housing so that students have a more convenient experience. The campus is ridiculously better than when I started there, and it's only going to get better. |
|Mar 28 2008|| 4th Year Male --
Class 2008 |
| The University of Southern California offers a topnotch undergraduate education. It is a diverse student body with an outstanding faculty. The Trojan family is not a myth. Networking is a definite asset when one must move across the country.|
A location in the Pacific Rim is a positive. With the growing influence of Asia in world economics ties to these countries can only assist in future forward career movement.
Please be advised that in the above list of questions the writer needs to correct the spelling of "alright". It is all right.
|Feb 26 2008|| Alumna Female --
Class 2000 |