University of Southern California (USC)

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Overall School Rating:

Rated 5 of 5 Stars 49 Review

Nightlife:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Housing:
Rated 3.5 of 5 Stars
Greek Life:
Rated 4.5 of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated 4.5 of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated 3.5 of 5 Stars
On Campus Dining:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 3.5 of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 4.5 of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated 4.5 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated 3.5 of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Job/Career Placement:
Rated 4.5 of 5 Stars

Student Ratings

Reviews for University of Southern California

Student at This School - Grad Year 2013

Overall Rating

Detailed Ratings

Nightlife:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Housing:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Greek Life:
Rated n/a of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
On Campus Dining:
Rated 2 of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Job/Career Placement:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Overall

The best thing about USC is the support network and alumni connections. While ranked only about 23rd or 24th overall with US News, USC makes up for what they lack in academics with an excellent support system. I have not worries at all about finding a job, even in the down economy. USC has the resources to connect students with employers, and does so very well.

Academics

As a grad student in the Annenberg School of Journalism and Communication, class sizes are limited to small sizes and vary depending on the subject matter. My program allows me to take classes in any of the schools on campus, which broadens my skillset and opens me to even more potential employers. Professors have both academic and real-world experience, and in my classes, have been very friendly and personable.

College Life

USC has any club you can think of, and there are countless opportunities to get involved. Safety on campus is great, while during the summer months can seem a little sketchy (even though there are tons of DPS officers around). Safety immediately outside campus is also fine during the day, but you definitely have to be street-smart to avoid dangerous situations. I would not recommend living near campus--either on campus or further away.


Student at This School - Grad Year 2014

Overall Rating

Detailed Ratings

Nightlife:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Housing:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Greek Life:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
On Campus Dining:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Job/Career Placement:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Overall

I will start my studies in this school this fall, at this moment everything I know about it is based on comments, visits and information I´ve found. What is clear, is that if you´re looking for a really great mixture of high academic level, student life, and sports, you will find it for sure.

Academics

Great academic level, in this case the reason I applied to this school was because I find a program that is not commonly offered in other schools, in that sense in terms of program content this school fits really well my expectations. I still can´t talk about classes since my program starts next month but I know the proffessors are really good and as usual a good deal of the apprenticeship will be in hands of the student.

College Life

So far there seem to be options for all tastes in this school, with a vast population of students and academic programs the school life seems pretty vibrant with everyone coming together by one the best football teams in the country.


Student at This School - Grad Year 2012

Overall Rating

Detailed Ratings

Nightlife:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Housing:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Greek Life:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
On Campus Dining:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 2 of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Job/Career Placement:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Overall

I like the general feel of USC. It is a big enough school where you don't feel smothered by always seeing people you know but it is not too big where you feel alone. I have enjoyed all of my classes in Psychology, my major. I would definitely recommend future students to join a club or the Greek life. An activity outside of academics is crucial to finding friends and shrinking the size of the school. Once you have found this bubble, USC is the perfect school.

Academics

I have enjoyed all of my classes in my major, Psychology. I have enjoyed reaching out to teachers and have found that they are very receptive to students. Unlike smaller colleges where student/teacher interaction is guaranteed, at USC it is the student's responsibility to reach out to their teachers. I have felt like the workload at USC is very manageable. There are definitely distractions that can tempt a student to ignore studying or writing a paper, but as long as you are able to keep a focus on your priorities (hopefully academics is one of them), I've found that academics are very doable.

College Life

Student and Campus life at USC is a lot of fun. It is such a big university that there are activities for every type of interest. I have been involved in the Greek Life at USC and have found it very rewarding. Being in a sorority has definitely made USC feel a lot smaller and I have made very close friends. There are these opportunities for students who are not interested in the Greek life as well. The activities fair offers many different clubs/activities for all students' interests. Campus safety is a concern at USC because it is not in a very safe neighborhood. However, as long as you are aware of your surroundings I have never found it to be a serious issue. USC also offers Campus Cruiser, which well drive you to locations around USC at night so you do not have to walk alone. Athletics, especially football, is a big part of student life at USC. There is a lot of school spirit and I always have a lot of fun at all of the football games.


Student at This School - Grad Year 2012

Overall Rating

Detailed Ratings

Nightlife:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Housing:
Rated 2 of 5 Stars
Greek Life:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
On Campus Dining:
Rated 2 of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Job/Career Placement:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Overall

USC is one of the best schools in the country. Great mix of academics, sports, school spirit and social life. After attending USC for 4 years now I could not imagine a better school to go to. While people like to go out and are very social there is also a great emphasis on school work.

Academics

In the business school most of your intro classes are larger lectures but as you go along class sizes get smaller and you can more easily make connections with professors. Make sure to take elective classes in other schools, especially Cinema. The best class I took was CTCS 466, in the cinema school, with Leonard Maltin. You watch movies before they are shown in theaters and get really interesting in depth knowledge about the industry.

College Life

I would highly recommend getting involved in Greek Life. I have loved it and it adds so much to your life as a USC student. Attend as many sporting events as possible, especially football. On the weekend explore LA, hike to the Hollywood sign, visit the beach.


Student at This School - Grad Year 2013

Overall Rating

Detailed Ratings

Nightlife:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Housing:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Greek Life:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated 2 of 5 Stars
On Campus Dining:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Job/Career Placement:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Overall

Love everything about it. Diversity, academics, Greek life, networking, USC has it all. This really is a unique university where there is something for everybody, within the heart of los Angeles which is home to such a diverse and varied population, it is no surprise that each student can find their own niche to call their own here.

Academics

Depends greatly on what ones major is. I participated in am honors program called Thematic Options where my class sizes were 20-30 students. Yet my Architecture classes, some were a lecture hall of 200. There is opportunity for all different types of learning environments.

College Life

Social atmosphere is great, we have a strong Greek community, and within a big school of feels much smaller within the Greek community. We have a lot of school pride and spirit, and athletics are a big part of our calendars, tailgating and attending all the football games or supporting a friend on the soccer team.


Student at This School - Grad Year 2013

Overall Rating

Detailed Ratings

Nightlife:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Housing:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Greek Life:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
On Campus Dining:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated n/a of 5 Stars
Job/Career Placement:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Overall

I really love USC. The best thing about USC is how many opportunities have opened up to me from being at USC, as well as just being in LA. I have 4 jobs right now that I was either offered through USC's career center, found from being in LA, or got just because I am a USC student. USC has such a great reputation, people really want you to work for them. My biggest advice for future students is to get involved. There are so many activities and organizations on campus, there is literally and event every single day. Find a club that you like and make friends, get connected. Do things outside of your major that is just for fun. The more diverse you become, the more opportunities there are for you.

Academics

All the professors are working professionals in the field that they are teaching and know first hand what that field of research is like. Professors are your number one research so get to know them! They all offer office hours and beg students to come visit them, DO IT. Even if its a conversation that has nothing to do with the class, you are letting your teacher get to know you and to put a name to a face. This is so beneficial because they know the people you will need to know to get a job, or they could be the perfect person to ask for a letter of recommendation to get into graduate school or for an interview. I am a Fine Art major and a Theatre minor and the class sizes are fairly small. They start out large but once you start getting more specific in your focus and higher level in classes the class size gets smaller. The work load is a lot, but not impossible. Time management is really important, but if our not so organized, they even offer seminars on time management, studying, taking tests, writing essays, etc.

College Life

USC is very social. The game days are CRAZY. The campus becomes a sea of Cardinal and Gold spirit. There are also clubs and activities in almost anything you can think of, and if you think of something we don't have, you can make one! The Greek life is a big part of our campus too. I just joined a sorority and it was one of the best decisions I have made. Its a way to automatically get involved in actives and make a ton of amazing friends. The campus is very safe, off campus... not so much. Its fine if you are with a group and paying attention to your surroundings but, just like anywhere, there are people who pry on unsuspecting college kids with iphones. And unfortunately, things are stolen. If you stay on campus you are perfectly safe, and our campus safety does go outside campus as well, but people do get robed if they are not paying attention or are out alone late at night. Just be smart and you will be safe.


Student at This School - Grad Year 2014

Overall Rating

Detailed Ratings

Nightlife:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Housing:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Greek Life:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
On Campus Dining:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Job/Career Placement:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Overall

I love the school. It's definitely a better experience when you're part of the greek system, although it isn't required to have an exciting social life. The area around campus isn't ideal, but the close proximity to downtown allows for plenty of off-campus activities!

Academics

USC is going up in the rankings, with challenging classes and smarter students entering every year. Most class sizes are pretty small, with larger lectures supplemented with small discussions usually led by teaching assistants. Professors vary, with better professors in the more advanced classes.

College Life

Athletics are one of USC's best assets, with football games and tailgates being a central activity around campus (even with the sanctions). Campus security does an excellent job of keeping students safe in an urban environment. The greek system is the main overarching social body.


Student at This School - Grad Year 2014

Overall Rating

Detailed Ratings

Nightlife:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Housing:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Greek Life:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
On Campus Dining:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Job/Career Placement:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Overall

USC is a great school. We have a wide variety of clubs available for undergraduates, which makes getting involved and making friends fun and easy. In addition to having a great social atmosphere, USC also has first rate academics. I definitely feel that I am being taught by competent teachers. More importantly, my teachers are there to help me. I have gotten numerous summer internships, and lab opportunities because of the support of USC's faculty. I would have to say that although I love the social life that USC provides me, the greatest advantages to this school for me have the connections I have made with faculty, alumni and current undergrads.

Academics

USC offers a wide variety of courses. I am currently taking a Physics class, Molecular Biology, Spanish, a general education class on Latin America and a Sailing class. I have had face to face conversations with all of my professors and truly feel that they want to see me succeed. My classes vary in size from less than 20 to close to 200. Class size really just depends on the subject. For example, my spanish and GE classes have all been small, while my science classes are held in large lecture halls. I would also note that USC has a heavy workload.

College Life

Socially, there is a lot to do at USC. I am currently involved in a sorority, I volunteer at the Natural History Museum, I volunteer in a Paleontology lab, and I am a guide in USC's outdoor club SCoutfitters. I have made countless friends through these organizations. But USC has much more to offer than just clubs. There are usually school sponsored trips out to the LA area that are fun to go on. LA Live is close by and a good way to spend a low fey Friday night. I would say that campus safety is somewhat lacking due primarily to USC's location, but aside from having a lot of DPS officers, there isn't much USC can do about that.


Student at This School - Grad Year 2013

Overall Rating

Detailed Ratings

Nightlife:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Housing:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Greek Life:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
On Campus Dining:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Job/Career Placement:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Overall

Being a transfer, I am able to compare USC to another private school in the area. USC is an amazing school with a great alumni network and a great "Trojan family" feel. I'm so glad I ended up here because I've been some lifelong friends as well as having taken away some life long lessons from my classes. Tailgating on campus would have to be the best experience I've had. Every tailgate is so exciting. I'm always meeting new people and the alumni are so friendly. They always want to meet students. The campus is also so gorgeous sometimes I feel like I'm in a movie when I'm walking around. Being a student at SC is the best experience I could've asked for as a college student.

Academics

Classes are definitely challenging, but I love a challenge. My professors are always having me apply the concepts learned in class to the real world. There is a good amount of homework each night and professors assign readings and give out challenging tests, but it is definitely doable when you put in the hard work. Class sizes are just like normal private schools, small enough where to professors can learn your name. There are also lecture classes for GEs. USC is also very well known for their business and film schools.

College Life

In comparison to another private institution I transferred from where I couldn't find enough organizations to become involved in, USC has a countless number of organizations. Greek life is one of the biggest on the West Coast, and you won't run out of organizations to be apart of. In terms of athletics, USC is division I and in the Pac-12. Sporting events are so much fun to attend and watch. It is a huge culture of SC and a huge social event. In terms of safety, USC may not be in the best area, but the school really does try to keep its students safe. Believe it or not, there is security standing during the night hours at every major street corner. I have never not felt safe around campus. The school is also so large that there are always people walking around the area or on campus.


Student at This School - Grad Year 2012

Overall Rating

Detailed Ratings

Nightlife:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Housing:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Greek Life:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated 2 of 5 Stars
On Campus Dining:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Job/Career Placement:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Overall

Overall, I love USC. It is a top notch school when it comes to academics and networking. I also love the weather and the location, because I have been able to explore many parts of Southern California in my free time. One of the best memories of USC has been the internships I was able to get and most of all, the three football seasons I have been a part of. If you want to go to a really good school, but also have a ton of fun and like football, come to USC.

Academics

I would say that you get out of the academics what you put into it. Luckily, many of my classes in Annenberg and especially the Institute for Multimedia Literacy are small and I get to know the teachers well. I have the impression by now that many professors love what they do and are committed to teaching and caring about their students. A lot of the classes are very interesting, and teachers usually go above and beyond to help students succeed.

College Life

Although I wish there were more places to party than the row and the 90, there is definitely a big social atmosphere. We do get a lot of notifications from DPS about safety issues in the area, but I have never come across anything problematic myself, and I feel pretty safe whenever I go out. There are officers on posts at night watching, too. USC has a crazy amount of clubs and organizations to join that can be fun, enlightening, and help boost a resume. Many Southern Californians travel home on the weekends, and if you live far away, SoCal is an awesome place to explore when you have free time. I don't think I have to describe how amazing USC football is.


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