The University of Southern California
The University of Southern California - Extra Detail about the Comment|
|Educational Quality||A+||Faculty Accessibility||C+|
|Useful Schoolwork||A+||Excess Competition||B-|
|Academic Success||B||Creativity/ Innovation||B|
|Individual Value||B||University Resource Use||A|
|Campus Aesthetics/ Beauty||A||Friendliness||B-|
|Campus Maintenance||A||Social Life||B-|
|Surrounding City||B||Extra Curriculars||C|
|Describes the student body as:|
Friendly, Arrogant, Approachable, Snooty, Closeminded
Describes the faculty as:
Earlier, I mentioned something about the intellectual environment. I can't speak for other schools, but the B-School is keen in attracting the dumbest of the dumb. I don't know about Frat people in general, but the ones I know are dumb as nails and, given the curve, I wish to hell that I have each and everyone of them in my classes as they help lower it to a more managable level. In addition, many people seem to have their minds stuck on social ventures as many have pointed out here. But to each his own, I say. I, too, go out every now and then and wish to hell that I can ditch my next class. Heck, I'm a guy that ditches many of my classes because of the lack of intellectual learning. If I wanted to plug and chug, I can just wait till the midterm. But again, to each his own. Many people actually go to class to learn applications when one simply has to read the book…
The social environment here is not too bad. But as one person mentioned earlier, the frat people seem stuck up. That's not to say all of them are stuck up, just the ones associated with certain groups. I have personally met with many wonderful fraternity and sorority people that are actually down to earth and have likewise met many undesirable personalities within the Greek system. It wholly depends on the timing and person of who you're meeting.
As far as safety, you have to be street-smart. Meaning, don't walk home at 2 a.m. in the morning through a dark alley. Seriously, some of these out of staters are dumb as hell when it comes to basic safety issues. Heck, they probably wouldn't find their way out of a one-lane maze if their life depended on it… But that's another story.
The weather is good, but can be a bit erratic at times. One day it's raining and the next it's sunny all over again.
Overall, I like USC, but I don't like it to the point that I would go through my experience all over again. I would very much have liked to go my first choice school, but that discussion is for another time and place. I think USC did its part in that its provided me with many employment opportunities. Socially, I think it could be better, but I'm not one to whore myself to others, so take my opinion with a grain of salt.
A disclaimer should be made about employment: If you want top jobs, you have to be at least in the top 15% of your class. If you want decent jobs top 25%-33%. A crap-ass job? Anything below that. No firm digs deep into the school, except the Big Four into accounting. But that school has only about 200 students at any one time, and only about 150 graduating per year. 150 out 15000 from one employer that digs deep. You do the math.