University of Southern California Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (34)
The best years of my life. I learned so much as a Theater major at USC that I now apply to my job in advertising .
This school is very expensive, but its reputation pays for itself. The university's name is great on my resume. The professors were fantastic, and I did feel I received a strong education. I wish the career specialists were more helpful in providing guidance after graduation, though.
USC is a fabulous school with amazing teachers who are there to support you as you work your way through your education.
Attend on campus or forget it. The online version of the program is a joke with the types of students they let it and the adjunct professors. The real professors teach the classroom on campus. The material is thrown at you to figure out, taking up 15-20 precious hours of your life each week just to be frustrated at how unprofessional it all is. Half of the students in groups attack one another or edge people out..the professional quality and personal characteristics of people that attend is a level below what you would see in an undergrad program. The online teachers are rude, always right, put you down, and then "tell on you" by cc'ing four other people. Honestly it's ironic that they teach professional communication when the communication to their customers..students..is terrible.
I attended USC as an online Gerontology student. The coursework was extremely challenging and the professors were extremely knowledgeable. The amount of time spent on class and preparation was competitive with other institutions I researched. I am a very proud graduate of USC.
RUN! Do not enroll in the USC online program!! 50% of your education is your internship. The ‘how-to’ of being a therapist is only learned at your internship, and your internship is suppose to be a classroom experience. USC will place you anywhere they can. They do not care and do not ensure that the placement is appropriate, even when notified of issues. USC does not orient the agencies, and the agencies do not understand their responsibilities. Students are held accountable for the actions of others, and put in unsafe internships. Students were sexually harassed, verbally abused, impede ethics, witness abuse of clients, and were physically unsafe, but USC refused to get them out of their internship. At USC, when there are problems, do not look for support from professors, the field team, or deans; It is ironic that this is the school of social work. Soo many students are fired, and if an agency wants to declare the firing as an ethics issue, then you cannot take your test for licensure. When fired, the students are instructed to take a leave of absence or drop the program, drop the field practicum class, and not receive credit. This means that it takes an extra semester to graduate at our expense ($7,000), if they allow you to stay in the program. Instructors only check in mid-semester with the agencies. USC does not follow their own manual and there is no recourse. Good luck finding a lawyer or support with the national associations that are suppose to oversee USC. Many of us tried. The agencies, student, and USC sign contracts, but it does not protect the students.
It is one of the most well-known schools for its network. If you are in business in California, it can provide so many great connection opportunities. i was in the entrepreneur school, and loved my experience. It was a very hands-on, real education. Like any school, there are the classes you have to gut through, and the things that suck. Overall, I had one of the best times of my life. I learned a lot, made great (lifelong) friends, and truly appreciate my time at USC.
If you're not enrolled in a top-10 program for your degree, than don't go out of state - it isn't worth the debt. Apply for every scholarship you can! Remember that your freshman year sets the foundation for your GPA (it's alot harder to bring up afterward than it is to bring down). STUDY ABROAD!
A great variety of classes, majors, groups to join, event to attend. The price may not be worth it as you can get just a good degree, if not better, at UCLA for a fraction of the price.
Beautiful campus, lots of fun things to do, very good programs (ranked high in the world), but not a great neighborhood around the campus