The University of Southern California
The University of Southern California - Graduate (MS/PhD) Ratings|
|Total Grad Surveys||33|
|Avg years at University||2.1|
|Research Quality||B+ (7.7)|
|Research Availability||B (6.6)|
|Research Funding||B (6.9)|
|Graduate Politics||B (7.0)|
|Errand Runners||B+ (7.4)|
|Degree Completion||B+ (7.9)|
|Alternative pay [ta/gsi]||B- (6.3)|
|Sufficient Pay||C+ (5.7)|
|Education Quality||B (6.7)|
|Faculty Accessibility||B (6.8)|
|Useful Research||B+ (7.4)|
|"Individual" treatment||B+ (7.4)|
|Campus Beauty||B+ (7.5)|
|Campus Maintenance||B+ (8.0)|
|University Resource/spending||B (7.1)|
|Surrounding City||B+ (7.7)|
|Social Life/Environment||B+ (7.8)|
However, I just want to point out one thing that many international students have to suffer at the moment they are starting their academic at USC. It is about The American Language Institute (ALI).
If you asked honest opinion from international students who have a chance (been forced) to take any ALI classes. The same answers you will heard is it's the "USC rip-off" campaign, and nothing else. This ALI only need your money, the knowledge came later. Many incoming students who already impressed the school environment (by their own department) have to stop the impression with the dark-side of USC... "The ALI".
Why? First, it's very expensive, the unit price is almost the same as a very good class offering by the "real" department in which student intends/more-than-willing to take. Second, the class is not in-any-aspect good. The quality of teaching is bad. The teachers attitude are even worst. Third, the most important, ALI always come-up with stupid policies to force you take its classes. If your TOEFL < threshold, you need to take it... even year 200x I can't believe in USA still have this kind of scam publicly. I know it's informed by admission, but it's like you buy a car bundle with motorcycle... it's lame... Top schools never allow this to happen... OR if you are TA, no matter your TOEFL score (they know how to deal with this hah), then you will need to take stupid EXAM (not even by any standard test) and the people who examine you are the ALI's staffs who are ready to put you in some classes... ... these classes never improve TA skill at any rate.. everybody knows.. it's just for money...but no one say it outloud... It's a SIN... TA is now just a scapegoat.. Believe me, international TAs can teach if they are selected by the department.. the only people who cannot teach are those in ALI school.
The problem is low criteria for admission and thus the low quality of students. And particularly, very high number of students resulting in high class strengths, low financial aid chances.
So I would advise you to go a similarly ranked university if you have offer of admission in one.
Apart from academics, USC has good social/party life for undergraduates, whereas for graduate students its more work and spending time in computer labs.