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Student at This School - Grad Year 2012

Overall Rating

Detailed Ratings

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

The first thing that struck me about USC was that I was now among people who were very smart like me, but also still knew how to have fun. I loved that I felt like I had found people like me who were driven in more ways than one, and were excited to be in school.

Academics

I love USC's Entrepreneurship Program because it forces students to start their own business. It gets everyone into the entrepreneurial mindset, which I think is a rare quality in a school. The classes are intimate and inspirational. The professors are well connected and willing to help.

College Life

The social aspect of USC is terrific in the Greek community for younger students. It allows you to meet people and form the friendships you will have for your later years in college. Once you have these established friendships and you are older, the social scene right around campus is not as fun because there is only one bar. However most people are willing to spend a little extra money and get creative to go to Hollywood or bars downtown.


Student at This School - Grad Year 2012

Overall Rating

Detailed Ratings

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

This place is the full package: sports, social life, career preparation, and academics. could not ask for more from a school. The Trojan family is not a myth. As an undergrad you are slowly introduced to it and upon graduation you find out what it really means. Going to football games as an alumn/ grad student now is when you feel it the most. Trojan football and Trojan pride are amazing. Also through the Trojan family, you can find jobs, internships, and other networking opportunities.

Academics

Classes are what you make of them. Most are very challenging, but you can get alot out of them. Take your time to decide on a major so that you can focus on the classes that you will enjoy the most. If you are unsure of what you want to do, take GE's to start, but don't base your full decision on those classes because they don't always reflect what the major is like!

College Life

Most of the social life is focused on and around campus. The on-campus bar (traddies) is great for happy hour and the 90 is great for nights out. Greek life is big and it is really easy to get involved in orgs and the greek system. GO TO FOOTBALL GAMES. Even if you don't life football it will be a fun activity with your friends and way to meet new people on campus and at the game.


Student at This School - Grad Year 2014

Overall Rating

Detailed Ratings

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

Overall I have had a very positive experience at USC. Academically, it is very competitive and prepares students well for future studies or careers. USC also provides an amazing alumni network to students which can positively impact their careers, internships, and open up many opportunities.

Academics

Professors are very helpful here and are very good at making themselves available to students. Depending on what you are studying your workload can range from light to very heavy. Class size also depends on the course but most larger classes also break down into smaller discussion sections as well.

College Life

There are hundreds of student clubs and organizations that are easy to get involved in. Athletics are an important part of Trojan pride and all games are free to students except football. There are many social opportunities as well. Greek life is prominent also. There are many different measures taken to enforce campus security.


Student at This School - Grad Year 2011

Overall Rating

Detailed Ratings

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

I think it is a great place of education as well as a great place to get the college experience you have always wanted. There is a great balance between school and fun with different activities such as clubs, greek life, and a great night life. THe connections received by professors and the career center will set you up for a great career after graduation.

Academics

The classes are usually small except for GE classes. The professors are great having worked in the industry and being at the top level of their education. Professors want you to succeed which is great when it comes to writing references and such for jobs. The workload is challenging but not to a high extent. It is enough to keep yourself challenged but it's not impossible.

College Life

The social atmosphere is great if you are in the greek system. I feel like there would not be much to do if you weren't. We have one local bar which is so much fun, but its still only one. The row is great on Thursdays and Saturdays but you pretty much have to be greek to have a good time. Being greek enables you to be in more social situations which makes it a better experience.


Student at This School - Grad Year 2012

Overall Rating

Detailed Ratings

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

Going to USC was absolutely the best decision for me. They offer the total package - my unique major, Music Industry, stellar academics and knowledgeable professors in all fields, vibrant student life, a beautiful campus, the best Greek Life experience I could have ever imagined, school spirit, the well-connected Trojan family, and so much more. If you know what's right for you, come to USC!

Academics

GEs suck, but they do everywhere. Choose a program you enjoy, interact with your classmates, get to know your professors (this will pay off come midterm season). The class sizes vary, but the professors are usually very easy to contact. Beware - TAs in the Marshall business school most likely will not speak English....

College Life

There is an organization for literally anything you could possibly think of here at USC. Athletics rock, and the school spirit is incredible even when we're not winning! Social life for me revolves around Greek life, which provides amazing opportunities to meet friends, get involved, and have the best four years of your life. I think a lot of kids choose USC over other universities because it offers the best of both world socially and academically. The standards to get in are getting tougher by the year, but students with perfect SAT scores are choosing USC because they appreciate the work-hard-play-hard mindset that many have here. Campus safety is constantly improving, and while scary incidents inevitably happen in this tough neighborhood, USC works hard to keep us safe.


Student at This School - Grad Year 2013

Overall Rating

Detailed Ratings

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

Student at This School - Grad Year 2013

Overall Rating

Detailed Ratings

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

Student at This School - Grad Year 2013

Overall Rating

Detailed Ratings

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

Student at This School - Grad Year 2013

Overall Rating

Detailed Ratings

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

Student at This School - Grad Year 2013

Overall Rating

Detailed Ratings

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

Student at This School - Grad Year 2012

Overall Rating

Detailed Ratings

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

Alumnus - Grad Year 2011

Overall Rating

Detailed Ratings

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

The Trojan Family truly does exist and can really be felt on game days when generations of Trojans are our celebrating together. One of the best parts about my education was the relationships I formed with the amazing professors and artists at the Roski School of Fine Arts. Even if you are not an art major, you have to take a class in the art school at some point in your USC education. Best years of my life, couldn't have chosen a better school! Fight On!!

Academics

USC's academic program is appropriately challenging and equally as rewarding, yet still gives students time fo ran active social life and community involvement. The professors are experts in their fields, often teaching classes by using books they wrote themselves. Most class sizes are very small, meaning a lot of one on one time with professors.

College Life

The Greek life at USC is lively and exciting. While the university has cracked down on weeknight parties in the past few years, the students still find a way to party all week long and through the weekends, especially on game days. The campus is not the worlds safest, but if you're smart at all, you should be okay. I survived.


Alumnus - Grad Year 1982

Overall Rating

Detailed Ratings

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

When you goto a school like 'SC, it's chosen for you at some point in your life before you go there. This decision was made for me when I was 8 years old. 9 years later, at the ripe old age of 17, I was attending my first class as a freshman, and never regretted the decision.

Academics

I made the mistake of attempting to graduate in four years, which is the norm, however, at the same time, not everyone can take a full course load of 15 units every semester. Slowed down as a senior and achieved super senior status, and was able to graduate relatively on time.Class sizes varied as I moved up the ranks from very large, to very intimate by the time I graduated. As this was over 30 years ago, I'm not sure any of my professors are still there, however, the caliber of their teaching was top notch, and I have no doubt this tradition continues today.

College Life

Looking back, I should've lived on campus, even though I'm a SoCal local. I missed out on many activities, simply because I lived at home during my time there. That's my one regret, and if I had to do it over again, I would've moved out of my house and lived on campus during the school year, in order to experience it fully.


Alumnus - Grad Year 2003

Overall Rating

Detailed Ratings

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

Can't beat the amazing school spirit! I continue to be impressed by the cohesiveness of Trojan united atmosphere. Academics when I was there could be better, but the amazing staff and alumni support have made it a top-rated school today. A good blend of social life, and living in the hub of LA has its perks.

Academics

The business curriculum offers a thoughtful and resourceful number of concentration options. Professors are approchable and patient with the students. Workload is definitely doable. Small class size for your major/concentration and mega sessions for standard classes.

College Life

HUGE campus life. A great number of clubs and orgs on campus, with resourceful sponsors. This is the ideal place to learn about yourself in and outside of the classroom. Many students come from connected families, and it's a school where "networking" is the way of life.


Alumnus - Grad Year 2003

Overall Rating

Detailed Ratings

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

Overall USC is a great school. Despite the large student body, it was very easy to feel like you were part of a community. There were plenty of different activities and experiences offered to the students to give them a well rounded college experience.

Academics

As a Communication major, only the introductory class levels were large -- all other classes were small, with a lot of personal attention from the professors. Work load was heavy but manageable. I was an advertising minor - one of the first to take this minor. This minor was great because it included classes in both the Communication and Business schools.

College Life

The best thing about the social scene was the variety - despite the large Greek presence, the social scene wasn't solely focused on Greek life. There is plenty to do on weekends during football season, but during the off season the campus feels quieter on weekend.


Alumnus - Grad Year 2011

Overall Rating

Detailed Ratings

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

I loved USC from the beginning and strengthen my bonds with the school as time passed. Students travel to USC from longer distances tend to adapt more slowly, dealing at first with the culture shock that inevitably comes with a first impression of LA. Universally, those who can survive the transition into the USC way of life fall in love with the school after first semester. Typically, students entering school with a skeptical mind-set ends up getting the most pride out of being a Trojan. At the very least, they come away with a new affinity toward college football.

Academics

2011 Academic Rankings USC #24 - UCLA #25 enough said. The International Relations Global Business program is secretly the best program in the school it provides students with the ideal balance of arts and letters coursed and business classes. Fight On!

College Life

The opportunities on campus are plentiful, and in LA, opportunities are endless. Time flies for everyone at USC, and changes in living conditions, academic standards, and career goals come quicker than newcomers might expect. USC graduates are sure to look back on a college experience that could not have been offered anywhere else. Basically, the more that students are willing to explore the opportunities available to them, the more they endorse the idea that USC is the perfect school for its time and place.


Alumnus - Grad Year 2011

Overall Rating

Detailed Ratings

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

An amazing academic experience that was made possible by strong academic coursework, professors that were not only experienced and dedicated but passionate paired with a social life not found at similar level universities. USC truly creates an atmosphere both on campus and within the greater community of success, friendship and a spirit of family that makes a large scale university seem small and intimate.

Academics

The workload at USC is constant but not overwhelming with very little busy work and instead a true course plan that developed intellectual thinking and problem solving through in depth research, papers and class projects. Professors have written the books you are reading, can give you up to date and current explanations of otherwise complex theories because many are still active in the field of study. Professors are engaged outside of the classroom and are given a fund from the university to take classes out to dinner and get to know their students in a more relaxed environment.

College Life

Great Greek life that truly united the university and made it a fun place to be and stay around. Lots of places to explore throughout LA and Southern California on the weekends. Although at first glance it would seem that there is not a diverse social scene at USC it turns out that is not true. Lots of people interested in music, LA nightclubs as well as house parties and Greek life. Lots of choices for the average college student.


Alumnus - Grad Year 1981

Overall Rating

Detailed Ratings

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

The University of Southern California is an excellent all around school. Academically and extra-curricular activities, there is something for everybody there. The student body is very diverse. The school spirit is what stands out most to me. The Alumni all stay so involved.

Academics

The core classes are large, but upper level classes are small. You know everyone in your classes, which leads to wonderful discussions. I found my professors engaging and involved in each students success. The workload is tough, but like most schools you can make it as easy or as difficult as you choose.

College Life

USC is a very social school. It has a large Greek population. There are numerous clubs and organizations. Everyone can find something to become involved in. The weekends tend to be quiet (Except of course when there is a home football game!). The school is located in a not-so-nice area of Los Angeles, but there are plenty of security on and around campus.


Alumnus - Grad Year 2011

Overall Rating

Detailed Ratings

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

USC has a great balance of academic and social opportunities. You get the big school experience while obtaining an small school education. Of course, you cannot match Trojan football and on campus tailgating prior to the event. The school has a great atmosphere where everyone is truly apart of the "Trojan Family." You don't understand it until you're in it!

Academics

I'm not going to lie... not all professors at USC are stellar, but most of them are. As a marketing student, my upper-level classes were fun with a light workload. I know that more involved concentrations such as finance require more of a commitment. Since USC is in Los Angeles many professionals are accessible to speak in classes and share their real-world experiences.

College Life

USC has a very diverse social atmosphere. I, personally, was Greek so that defined my experience in many ways. Only 25% of the campus is Greek, so the majority of students have a different experience. I think USC has a scene that fits everyone's personality/interests.


Alumnus - Grad Year 2000

Overall Rating

Detailed Ratings

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

The University of Southern California's informal Trojan Family network is something you may experience while applying to the school, while attending, but really becomes valuable upon graduation. My best friends, close colleagues and many acquaintances are developed due to this collegial bond

Academics

Classes within the engineering department were typically about 30 people (10-50), even within popular courses at the time such as Computer Science (which at other universities could top 500). My largest classes were usually courses in Physics or some program required by many majors.

College Life

Greek life is an important aspect of the University given the percentage of resident students that are actively in the program. However, the numerous clubs, athletic events and canonical collegiate events such as invited speakers, musicians, etc are more than any one student can digest so there is plenty to do.


Alumnus - Grad Year 2011

Overall Rating

Detailed Ratings

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

The USC campus is an oasis in the middle of a less than desirable part of downtown LA. Though there are close to 15,000 undergrads and roughly an equal number of graduate students, you never feel like a number at USC. Greek life, with it's strong presence, makes the large Trojan family seem even smaller. Overall, USC provides a great balance of social and academic life.

Academics

Though some lower level courses can number in the hundreds of students, most upper level courses are fairly small and provide ample opportunity for participation and to get to know professors well. No matter what your interests, you're pretty much guaranteed to find a course of study that fits your needs.

College Life

The club and bar scene in the immediate 'SC area is rather lacking, though the 9-0 is a favorite, especially with the Greek crowd. The new traddies is also fun for a more laid back scene, to watch football or to grab drinks between classes. On weekends there is a free shuttle that takes students to and from LA Live. Obviously tailgating before football games is a MUST, but baseball, volleyball, water polo, and basketball are also great programs, so much fun to watch and free/cheap for students!


Alumnus - Grad Year 2004

Overall Rating

Detailed Ratings

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

The Trojan family is a very tight-knit family. From day one you feel the Trojan Pride, they definitely breed you to love your school. The Alumni Network is one of the best in the country. Football games bring everyone together, students, alumn, and faculty. As a private school they definitely go out of their way to make sure you have everything you need and want, it is less strict on following state guidelines like UC or Cal State schools.

Academics

The first year classes can be pretty large, but as you get into your major classes they get smaller and smaller. Most professors are always available and have office hours, TAs are available to help out as well. Being here was definitely challenging.

College Life

Student life is amazing. Most students live on or off-campus, not as many commuters. There's always something going on and there are tons of student orgs, whatever you are interested in you will find something here, and if you don't, you can start up something new!


Alumnus - Grad Year 1981

Overall Rating

Detailed Ratings

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

1. It was my first choice of colleges. Came out from Midwest and new no one! 2. Big school, but has a small feeling. 3. Made life long friends and in touch with many people through strong alumni assoc 4. Liked dorm life freshman year, but then really enjoyed Greek life - more than I thought I would

Academics

1. Journalism major - classes small and intimate with great instruction. Much better than pre-requisite auditorium classes of Frosh and Soph. 2. Don't remember workload being unreasonable. Still had time for social activities. 3. Did participate in summer school abroad. Great opportunity that still exist.

College Life

Not much of a social atmosphere other than greek life and football, especially on the weekends since many local students would go home. The area was not built up in the 1970's like it is now with restaurants and LA Live. Did not have a car until junior year. Good to have a car in Los Angeles, especially in the USC area.


Alumnus - Grad Year 1980

Overall Rating

Detailed Ratings

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

The school was great. I got to know teachers on a personal level and continued several of the relationships after graduation. Tip – find out who teaches the classes; is it a professor or a teaching assistant. The school definitely helped me find my first job and was very helpful in finding future jobs also.

Academics

I was an accounting major. Most classes were small and the professors took the time to get to know students if the student made the effort. The workload was manageable and prepared me for the real world. I liked the semester system, as opposed to the quarter system, since I felt it allowed me the time to really delve into a subject.

College Life

There are many clubs and activities. Two of my fellow students became close friends and were in my wedding. People were friendly. I did not find the "spoiled kids" stereotype to be true at all even though I didn't have much money myself. Safety was not a problem as long as you used common sense.


Alumnus - Grad Year 2011

Overall Rating

Detailed Ratings

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

Alumnus - Grad Year 2004

Overall Rating

Detailed Ratings

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

Alumnus - Grad Year 2011

Overall Rating

Detailed Ratings

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

Alumnus - Grad Year 2011

Overall Rating

Detailed Ratings

On Campus Dining:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated 1 of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 2 of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Housing:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Greek Life:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Job/Career Placement:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Nightlife:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars

Alumnus - Grad Year 2011

Overall Rating

Detailed Ratings

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

Alumnus - Grad Year 2011

Overall Rating

Detailed Ratings

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

Former Student - Last Attended 1994

Overall Rating

Detailed Ratings

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

One of the most interesting experience I had at University of Southern California was the 24 hour Liberary Service.The university is alive all day and night.Social Science was my favorite department

Academics

School's classes/programs are very suitable.Even though I was sick and left with bad grade,the professors were friendly, competent and nice. Workload was moderate and class size was large(60 students).

College Life

For anyone who has time,USC campus is very interesting place to be in terms of social life,to join clubs etc.....Campus saftey is granted,athletics and weekend activities are available in abundance..


Former Student - Last Attended 2011

Overall Rating

Detailed Ratings

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

USC is a fantastic school for a student that wants to excel in academics, but also have a balanced social life. Students definitely live by the "work hard, play hard" mentality. Teachers are highly respected and teach a variety of classes in subjects that are extremely applicable for post-college life.

Academics

USC has a large variety of classes in many different categories. Students are encouraged to take classes outside of their majors, as well as choose General Education courses that allow them to explore unique subjects. Most classes have around 40 students and class participation is expected by most professors.

College Life

USC is incredibly diverse in terms of campus life. Clubs and organizations host events on and off campus and most students tend to be very involved. Participation in the Greek community is widespread, but does not count for a majority of the student body. USC Athletics are a major source of pride among students.


Former Student - Last Attended 2006

Overall Rating

Detailed Ratings

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

I thought the school was a great place to meet like minded people, and learn new things. Some of the professors were sub-par, but as the years went on, the caliber of the faculty improved. There were also renovations that were ongoing while I attended, so I'm sure the facilities are improved by now. I really liked some of the programs that the business school offered, as it offered me a chance to learn things that I feel give me an edge over other college students.

Academics

In terms of how difficult they were, it really depended on the subject and how much effort you put into it. Overall, I think the classes weren't too hard, and the professors were good once you got to the higher division classes. I really didn't think much about the GE professors, as they seemed kind of jaded.

College Life

Student life was great at USC, there was a lot of diversity, a lot of clubs, and the Greek system is huge. Prospective students should be aware of the potential dangers regarding campus safety, but as long as they exercise caution and never travel alone at night, they should be ok.


Former Student - Last Attended 2000

Overall Rating

Detailed Ratings

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

Despite some stereotypes, here is a school with quite an ethnic and socioeconomic mix. Found out one of my classmates, who came to the US with $100, received a full ride, job and apartment from USC with absolutely no fanfare. She was a demonstrator at the Tienanmen Square massacre. I was immersed among an amazing group of intellectuals and professionals.

Academics

Top notch professors, class selections, and disciplines. The curriculum lifted my entrepreneurial spirit and I was very pleased by the class size and ability to interact with professors. Many seemed to have been accomplished within their fields and conveyed their enthusiasm.

College Life

Campus is situated in a rough part of town - seemed like everyone within my circle had their car broken into at least once (or twice) during our 33 months together. Close to downtown which is going through gentrification and now a more popular destination. Athletics are going to be one of the best among all schools.


Overall Rating

Detailed Ratings

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

It's like going to school in a pleasant park, as far as the campus is concerned. It's very compact campus because of land restrictions, but a bike or skateboard make the going pretty easy. Some students think the campus police force is "overly present", but the University is mindful of its location at the north end of the 'hood, and student, staff and faculty safety is of paramount concern. USC is a very, very busy place. Lots going on, all the time.

Academics

USC is very flexible about its offerings. If you can make a case for a unique interdisciplinary program, and justify what you want to do with it, the University will consider it. The University is in a campaign to beef up its faculty, so the faculty to student ratio is continually improving.

College Life

Busy! Lots going on all the time, from my perception (but not so much you can't get your work done, for Heaven's sake!) You do have to be mindful of where the campus is located - there are lots of "safeties" to help guard the student body, but it's wise to have an escort after dark, and wise to get where you're going in a hurry. Not a good idea to have "open parties" - you do need to know who you're hanging with. But the University has taken a lot of safety measures to help guard the campus and its residents - you just have to be aware of the options and use them.


Overall Rating

Detailed Ratings

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

I Have Never Visited USC' before, but I would love to because this is where I would to attend college. As I look online for information its seems like a fantastic school, & I cant wait to join along.

Academics

It seems like a GREAT, school as I review it online, im still in high school but im starting college life early. To me college seems like a fun experience and I talk about my future all the time because I know and believe its gone to be as bright as daylight and I just cant wait to really start.

College Life

Everyone looks open and seem to enjoy their self as I review even though, im not a junior or senior doesn't mean I cant start my college life/plans already. Its really a great thing to look at in aleast try in experience, I cant wait to explore the school of my dreams that I have been waiting on.


Overall Rating

Detailed Ratings

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

After having visited campus, and observed firsthand the atmosphere at USC, I am sure there is such a thing as the Trojan Family. The outward appearance of a welcoming student group, was reinforced by the sense they looked happy that they were there. Independent as I am, I know what support I do need, I will receive.

Academics

The range of programs to participate in is great, and the array of options granted by the well-endowed private university does not limit quality. Though I have not had the experience to participate in a class yet, I expect nothing but great things from a University which does not boast, but rather highlights the quality instruction given in classrooms.

College Life

Walking around the campus, there was opportunity everywhere to take a break from achieving. There were some sunbathing, others playing frisbee, and various more sticking to their own devices. The more I saw, the more I was allured into beginning my student life at USC.


Overall Rating

Detailed Ratings

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

Overall Rating

Detailed Ratings

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

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