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The University of Southern California

How this student rated the school
Educational QualityA- Faculty AccessibilityA
Useful SchoolworkA+ Excess CompetitionB+
Academic SuccessB+ Creativity/ InnovationA-
Individual ValueB- University Resource UseB
Campus Aesthetics/ BeautyB+ FriendlinessA-
Campus MaintenanceA Social LifeB
Surrounding CityA+ Extra CurricularsC
Describes the student body as:
Friendly, Afraid, Arrogant, Approachable, Snooty, Closeminded

Describes the faculty as:
Friendly, Helpful, Arrogant

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Date: Jul 12 2012
Major: English (This Major's Salary over time)
Attending USC as an undergrad is more complex than simply getting a degree: it's getting life experience. I might have been academically challenged with more consistency at a smaller school like Amherst or Pomona, but the courses I took at USC, coupled with living in LA, made me feel ready to take on anything by the time I graduated. And my time at the school has already paid off, professionally and personally. You'll face so many existential challenges while attending SC that by the time you've received your diploma, post-college life may seem…well, a trifle dull.

That being said, let's get to the pros and cons.


Excellent professors and teaching staff, particularly in the College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences, and the School of Cinematic Arts - where I received a film studies minor.

Part-time campus jobs are easy to come by if you're like me and want to make some extra cash for weekly/weekend expenses.

The campus is absolutely gorgeous, and wonderful for strolling. Despite the surrounding neighborhoods, I felt quite safe most of the time.

The diversity of the student body is unprecedented. True, the majority of students come from privileged backgrounds, but the variety of thought and background here still surpasses most other schools. You're guaranteed to make friends at some point or another.

The work-party balance here feels perfect. It's always easy to cut loose on the weekends, but you don't have to worry about being kept up by your neighbors' kegger on a Wednesday night.

USC's financial aid program is very generous, and basically made it possible for me to attend, thanks to a scholarship.


The student housing situation is pretty lousy. After freshman year, you're basically on your own, and thanks to less than stellar intervention from the university, area housing is abhorrently expensive.

Some of the students here are painfully idiotic and/or arrogant, coming from very insulated, affluent communities. Thankfully, they're mostly concentrated to the Greek System.

That said, the Greek System has engulfed much of the social life at USC, which is unfortunate. But hey: there's a great reason to leave the neighborhood and discover all that LA has to offer!

You have to pay a lot of money for your graduation robes. That might sound like a pithy complaint, but I found it pretty unreasonable, seeing as UCLA - our rival - doesn't charge its students for similar items.

To borrow a cliched line, what you get from your USC experience depends upon how much you put into it. You can coast by if you wish. No one is going to hold your hand and lead you down the path to academic accomplishment. But if you put yourself out there and take an active interest in your education, chances are you'll graduate with high honors and higher confidence.

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