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The University of Southern California

How this student rated the school
Educational QualityA+ Faculty AccessibilityA-
Useful SchoolworkA- Excess CompetitionA
Academic SuccessA+ Creativity/ InnovationA-
Individual ValueB University Resource UseA
Campus Aesthetics/ BeautyA- FriendlinessA-
Campus MaintenanceA Social LifeA
Surrounding CityB Extra CurricularsA+
Describes the student body as:
Friendly, Approachable

Describes the faculty as:
Friendly, Helpful

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Date: Nov 23 2009
Major: Undecided (This Major's Salary over time)
I am a freshman this year and so far, I love it. It's not easy by any means and we all work very hard. It is competitive but by no means do we try to bring each other down. Switching majors/ minors is not too difficult unless it's between schools. Those changes require an application process and fulfilled prerequisites. I was undeclared pre-med but decided that I didn't love chemistry enough to continue with it for another 3 years. I am now pre-business and I still have to apply to Marshall. The GEs are not that bad and some can be really eye opening. The teachers are generally helpful and all of mine speak English fluently. I have one professors that isn't the most friendly guy but he's incredibly smart. Office hours are really helpful, as are organized study sessions taught by Supplemental Instruction leaders.

We do have a good time when we are not working or studying. Game days are so much fun and the social scene is abundant. Our football team this season has been less successful than past years but overall, we are very good. Home games and tailgating are great and the campus is so spirited. I am not a drinker/ smoker but still find something to do every day of the week. I did not rush this year but am considering doing so next year as like 20% of the campus is Greek. It seems like a great way to meet new people and the sorority girls are generally really down to earth. There are a ton of choices for extracurriculars, ranging from sports to clubs to volunteering. A lot of the students from around LA go home on the weekends but there is always something to do on campus. The random roommate pairing has worked out really well for me and the dorms are generally really spacious and nice. Some buildings are older than others but the freshmen housing is fine. Your social life depends on how much effort you put in. The open door policy for the dorms is very conducive to meeting new people and the dining halls are a great chance to catch up with others. The dining halls are not that bad and the meal plans provide you with more than enough food. Meals roll over from week to week and I have way too many left over. Starting fall 2010, the new campus center will be done so more dining options are available. While USC does have a reputation for not being in the best area, it's really not bad at all. I haven't felt unsafe and actually took voluntary free self-defense classes the last month. DPS (department of public safety) does a great job of keeping us safe. Trojan Alerts sends out mass texts/ e-mails when there is an emergency and we get crime alert e-mails when an incident occurs. While USC is really expensive, it does give a lot of financial aid and work study, and there aren't any hidden costs that I have encountered.

Overall, while USC seems too focused on football and partying, we really are hard-working, driven students who are trying to get the most out of our college experience.

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