here have bashed USC and also praised it. What
I hope to do with my commentary is provide an
unbiased view of what really is happening at USC.
First off, I'd like to comment that USC Career is
exceptional, especially if you come from the Business School (excluding
the soft bus. majors) and certain majors. That said,
the school is great if you wish to learn in
an applicable environment, meaning that the faculty and the school's
focus is primarily in teaching you applications of the theorys
in today's market. A caveat, however, is that I'm
speaking from a B-School perspective. While learning applications is
great and all, I was hoping for a more intellectual
environment fostered by the professors. All they teach you,
and what they probably pride themselves on, is the mastery
of rote memorization. If you're an individual that needs
to be spoon-fed on how a theory works inside-out and
how one can bend a rule to his/her own will,
this definitely is not the school for you. There
are no budding John Nashs or future Nobel prize winners
at this school. That's not to say that everything
here is negative. You are guaranteed to at least
get a guaranteed job that pays 35k a year.
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
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
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
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.
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.