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USC is completely overpriced and with the recentEnglish
USC is completely overpriced and with the recent college scandal, we come to understand your best bet for entry is to have rich celebrity parents who can pay off the right admins to get you in. I did it the wrong way, with my stupid of me. If you ever happen to get in trouble with administrators at USC just make sure your parents contribute to a building fund and you're fine. (I know this to be true since it happened to my roommate at USC). Literally, the most corrupt money grubbing university out there.
Alumnus Male -- Class 2000
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I'm picking this as negative only because ofQuite BrightNeuroscience/Cognitive Science
I'm picking this as negative only because of my personal opinion, however I know many people that like this university. I want to give you a level-headed answer to what I really think about USC. I thought this school was going to be extremely intellectually stimulating with an amazing student body that would be welcoming and approachable. WRONG. Most people here have more money than you can possibly imagine, seriously it's kind of crazy, and will think of you differently if you don't do the same things they do (go to Vegas to party, have fancy cars, and other exclusive perks). The extracurricular atmosphere is so cliquey and impossible to become a part of because you have to interview/compete for every club under the sun, except for some volunteering opportunities, but even some of those can be difficult to join. The Greek Life here chokes the campus, especially if you're a freshman, because so many people join a frat/sorority and never talk to the people in their building. That's of course my personal experience, but if you're into the whole "I'm only going to hang out with my brothers/sisters in the House" culture then maybe this place is for you.

I'm truly shocked by the competitiveness of this university, in a bad way mind you. People don't want to help you study and want others to do poorly so that the curve can be more in their favor, this of course comes from my personal experience in the sciences. I have friends in business and cinema and they argue that their professors and classmates are extremely helpful, so if you're interested in the sciences don't come here, basically my strongest and most direct opinion on here.

If you're looking for a school with a truly tight-knit community outside of Greek Life, I wouldn't come here. I thought that this would be a university that wasn't ruled by Greek Life and I thought that all the pamphlets about USC were right. DON'T BELIEVE THE LETTERS/POSTERS/PAMPHLETS it's all a trap and a game to get you to come here. This place is run like a business, all the university cares about is fundraising for new buildings. They preach the need for more diversity and then they rack up the tuition price to help support the amount of buildings they're erecting around campus (the Village is a prime example).

For the football culture, since I'm from the intense Midwest when it comes to college football, I just want to let you know that most people leave at half time. Yup this is not a lie. People leave because they just want to go back to the frat or wherever they were to get more drunk because they started sobering up. There's no love for football, there's just a love for alcohol. Which, don't get me wrong, is bad, but only when it poisons the atmosphere of the student section. Believe me, they throw t shirts that literally say "I stayed to the fourth quarter" for people that, obviously, stayed till the fourth quarter.I'm transferring out of this place and I couldn't be more grateful. Don't get me wrong, many people really like this university. If you don't fit into the rich white culture, however, I would strongly suggest you don't come here. Also, if you're looking for people who are very approachable and friendly, I wouldn't come here either because I've had OTHERS talk to me about this and how they think that people at USC aren't keen on making new friends or getting out of their comfort zone. This place is only for people who fit, or don't mind, the stereotypical rich bitch life that only looks to advance oneself and doesn't care who he/she steps on or hurts in the process. Be cautious when choosing USC. I'm honestly just trying to help you not make a huge mistake and I have no specific animosity towards the university, but be assured that I am never coming back. My first instinct was to not come here and I should have listened.

1st Year Female -- Class 2019
Surrounding City: A-, Collaboration/Competitive: F
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I'm a transfer student in the Cinematic ArtsQuite BrightOther
I'm a transfer student in the Cinematic Arts program. Although the acceptance rate is extremely low for film, I still feel as though I am only a number to faculty, ESPECIALLY advisors, clubs, and the health center. I came to this school because it was known as the number one film school, but what I did not realize is how you mean nothing to the people here. Everyone is in their own world, and if you have a problem the system is designed so that you have no power or say. For example, the student body government is almost non-existent and comprised of people with the most followers on instagram or facebook due to being frat/sorority stars. The money goes to make the school sound good, but from speaking to other students everyone feels as though they do not actually matter to the university. Getting involved is excruciating. The people AND faculty are cliquey. The faculty do not spend time getting to know their students, but this is only in the GEs. Professors in the film department are extremely caring, but good luck if you are in another department. I left a school that was all about community to come here for the film school, but sadly learned that USC is not a close "community," but simply a business. That's the difference for me between a good and great university. The great ones know how to be both a welcoming, caring community, but also retaining an element of business, professionalism, and academic excellence.
1st Year Female -- Class 2017
Education Quality: A+, Individual Value: F
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