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| USC is a phenomenal university, and I made the best decision of my life coming here! USC offers more majors and minors than any other school in the nation, and it is the only university where I can pursue such a unique combination of studies as an undergraduate. The student body is very friendly and supportive, professors are accessible, and facilities are in prestine condition. Students are united as members of the Trojan Family, and school spirit is abundant. Pride is reflected in the upkeep of the campus, and there flower beds of cardinal and gold surround every tree. USC is diverse, and this quality adds to the educational environment. USC is actually home to the largest population of international students of an university in the US. USC also offers unparalleled housing options, particularly in the Parkside International Residential College. |
|May 09 2007|| 1st Year Male --
Class 2010 |
| I'm really happy that I chose to come here. I hadn't made up my mind on a university (I was deciding mainly between UW, UCLA, Occidental and here) until I visited the campus during an interview. I was quite ill during the visit, but everyone was so friendly, approachable and made me feel incredibly comfortable. And that's when I knew that I really wanted to come here. The nice weather and the gorgeous campus is just a bonus. |
I know that some people don't settle naturally into a campus, but that happens at any university. USC is a very unique setting and it does not appeal to everyone. For me, however, it's been a great fit. I don't really like the core program, but some of my favorite classes have come from it. My main problem with the university is the fact that the area is so expensive to reside in and the school requires a lot of credits to obtain a degree - bad news for a person who wants to double major and minor, like me.
I know the university's greek system has quite a reputation. And yes, they are pretty rowdy. But I've never had a problem fitting in here, even though I am completely anti-sorority. I make my dislike for sororities very evident, but it hasn't prevented me from becoming friends with girls who are apart of them. I have friends spanning from the Kappas to Alpha Chi...my roommate is ADPi. And I know a lot of guys, from various classes (bio, myth, journalism, acting), in frats like SAE, AEPi, and ZBT. They also know that I'm not a fan of the greek life, but they are pretty "so what" about it. Since I don't rag on them too much for being a part of it, they don't say anything about it to me. I've made a lot of visits to some of the houses this year, because of my friendship with these guys, and they have welcome my boyfriend (who definitely isn't in a frat..he's very macabre artist-esque) and me to any and all events that we want to attend.
Since I don't partake in the greek life much, I hang out or party with people who are in the theater or cinema programs. I'm friends with all three of the main improv troupes on campus, and they have been nothing but friendly. And I'm not a theater or cinema major.
And the CONNECTIONS that you get from USC. For schools like Harvard and Stanford, sure you get the "wow" factor when you go to interviews. But what gets you further in life isn't "wow you got a degree from an impressive school," it's "wow you got a degree from an impressive school that has one of the most extensive alumni networks, and it's the same one i went to..." :D. People in Portland (where I'm from) will see my 'SC sticker and come up and start telling me about how much they loved it. I was offered two jobs last summer from managers and executives that I ran into, because my school made them look twice at me.
As far as the safety issue goes: I've had friends who have had things happen to them. And I'll admit, I've gotten paranoid sometimes, walking at night. But if you're smart, aware and take advantages of the services given to you (like campus cruiser...the best thing, honestly. you call up and they send a car over to pick you up and drop you off where you need to go, for free), you should be fine. I personally like the LA environment. I love Portland and Manhattan ten times more, but I often walk from my boyfriend's place on Orchard (pretty far north above campus) and I say hi and have daily conversation with the neighbors, the workers and the kids in the area. Los Angeles is a dangerous place to live, but what large city isn't?
As far as finances go, USC was the least expensive school on my list, outside of my state school. Because I was coming from out of state, UCLA would have been over 20,000 dollars more expensive for me to attend. It's still expensive to go to 'SC, and I feel like I deserved a better scholarship, but having a Presidential to the school definitely helps with the situation. 'SC is better than most universities about their financial aid, simply because they are in a better position to provide it. Why's that? Because of the satisfied alumni. I don't know. I am really happy that I chose to go here. I've met so many intelligent people, from all over the world and in a range of majors and interests. I've had frustrating moments, but some of the best times of my life. It's fantastic to go and sit in front of Leavey Library on the pond/fountain at 1 in the morning talking about philosophy and religion with a new-founded friend. I've had so many random conversations with passing people that have developed into full-fledged friendships. A university experience, like everything else in life, is what you make of it. I don't mind sitting at home on a weekend, doing homework and watching some tv. I enjoy that as much as going to a house party or cheering at a football game. The Trojan family has treated me well, and I think that, for many people, it will be one of the best choices they can make.
|Nov 07 2004|| 1st Year Female --
Class 2007 |
USC is a large urban university situated in south central Los Angeles. The surrounding area around the univeristy is depressed and can be dangerous. The university does have one of the best college police forces that patrols the campus and its properties. On campus the university is very attractive and has many amenties.
There is on campus and off campus university housing. Most freshmen are on campus and choose later to either move to off campus housing or join a fraternity house. Troy Hall was the best housing when I was a student and most expensive. The university has a large stock of off campus housing with various levels of affordablity. If you choose to be a RA you get housing for free. Most off campus housing is situated around the greek row.
USC is in a depessed area. At night there is a univerity tram system and escort service to the campus and off site living. I suggest to use it. We did have visits from individuals on self defense because of the area and some incidents that occurred. My roomate was robbed outside the apartment building at gun point at night time and my apartment during one of the school years was burgled. Most student do not venture into areas south of the football stadium or north of Hoover or east of Vermont.
The university has several on campus facilities. Off campus was 32nd street market that had a food court. The 500 club, julie trojan barrel, La Braca to name a few. There are few resturants in the area and I advise not to try one without a reference.
The social life is dominated by greek system. The greek system is set on a street calle "the row", which is a long street full of Fraternity /Soroity houses. The street itself is very attractive and well maintained. The greek system itself is unique in that each house has its own personality. Jocks, Elite, animal house etc. If you choose not to join a house it may be hard to have a social life as these societies dominate the university life. But remember you are at any university to get an eductaion first. After graduation and a few years in the work force only your close friends will be the ones you continue contact. Another point is that many student are from Southern Califoria so the campus is dead Friday thru Sunday. If you are stuck and have a car then it is to the beach or to westwood or hollywood.
ACADEMICSUSC has some schools that are highly regarded (ie Cinema).On the whole the university has a good reputaion. However it is not Harvard or Standford and it is university officals who mention these schools when referring to USC. I do not think USC is at that level but has its own unique identity. So pick a good reason as to why you want to go to USC. Do not become distracted by amenities that will not help your education (ie football, greeks etc.). After USC I attended UCLA and a Ivy League school. I think UCLA is a better deal cost wise and has same amenities and the Ivy League was more academically oriented and cost same as USC.
|Aug 05 2004|| 3rd Year Male --
Class 1984 |