University of Southern California Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (24)
The education was great, and I had a lot of really good classes and professors in my department. The neighborhood around campus isn't all that nice, but the school is investing a lot in providing nice facilities to students.
USC provides a great campus in an world-class city with excellent access to all areas of the city via public transportation; making it a perfect setting for urban planning.
USC is a good school, and very reputed in terms of the quality of education. I was taught by respected, intelligent faculty, and had the chance to learn a lot. The best part was the wide variety of cultural programs (museum tours, classical concerts and plays, student organizations and campus events) available to students and sponsored by the university. Unfortunately USC also places a great emphasis on trivialities like football stadiums and rich kid living. It's sad to see portions of grants given to the science and tech schools be diverted towards football scholarships. The alumni donation calls I receive carry on enthusiastically about "our football programs" - I would prefer to hear that there were more scholarships and assistantships for graduate students in engineering and science. As a Master's student, none of the RA or TA jobs were open to me - those are reserved exclusively for PhD students. I paid every cent of a rather expensive education. Rich kid living is another problem. LA being a big city in California does have a higher cost of living, but the amount of thought and effort being put into the new students housing projects is ridiculous. The rents they expect to charge for students living in these dorms are also ridiculous. They could have scaled down these projects and put more money towards covering tuition for students. Overall, it will be a great experience, as college always is, and you will learn a lot, from a very reputed school. Keep in mind that the price tag keeps pace with these perks.
USC has many connections and the name is respected. In order to make it past college though it is still important to make your own connections, work outside of the curriculum, and make yourself unique when it comes to the job hunt. USC provides you with the base knowledge in order to do this but I can't help but feel many colleges also do this for a cheaper price. Having USC on the resume does help though as companies have come to respect it and know the knowledge that is taught there.
I really enjoyed my time at USC, particularly in the Accounting School. The coursework was rigorous and I do feel like it set me apart from candidates coming from other accounting programs. At the same time, there is great campus life and a strong sense of community.
Attending the University of Southern California (USC) was something I dreamed about for years. I am a second generation Trojan. My father attended USC as well as 5 of my 6 siblings. I am the oldest of seven but yet I was the last to graduate. I was not a traditional student and I definitely took an untraditional path in completing my degree. However, I received an exemplary education from an outstanding institution. My experience at USC helped to lay the groundwork for what has been a formidable career. I also attribute my graduate school success to the rigorous academic coursework I completed at USC. In closing, what I enjoyed most about USC was the sense of community; that I experienced first hand, and still experience today as part of a large alumni population, that stretches from coast to coast, and from continent to continent. It's a global family whose student's and alumni are leading and contributing across sectors to make the world a better place. Graduating from USC was one of my most proudest accomplishments. It helped shape me into a better parent, person, thought leader and citizen.
USC is the worst school I have ever had the displeasure of attending. If you keep your mouth shut and your head down, you can probably get a degree with little/no problems. However, if you question their policies and really try to advocate for yourself, be prepared to deal with "professionals" that are mean spirited, lack integrity, and have almost zero understanding of the law. Even when you prove to them in writing where that are inaccurate or have misrepresented the facts, their egos do not allow them to do the right thing and they will throw students under the bus and expose the university to liability to maintain indefensible positions. If you another alternative, pass on USC.
Student life on campus is very busy. The majority of students are involved in extra curricular activities. The academic classes are extremely competitive as all classes are graded on a curve. Lecture classes within your major also have an extra class called "Lab", where you work on projects or added homework in order to put into practice the principles you learn in lecture. Companies that recruit on campus are usually big firms offering good paying positions.
USC is a great school that provides you a tremendous amount of networking, opportunities and resources. The education was wonderful and curriculum is designed to provide you the best knowledge for your field. The only limitation is the financial aid and tuition expenses. USC is not a cheap school and scholarships are sacred.
Overall, USC's Master of Social Work Program is wonderful and I feel so blessed I was able to attain this degree. For two years, I was able to grow tremendously not only as an individual, but as a professional. I was able to gain an extensive amount of real world knowledge in regards to how leaders in the field think and what is the most cutting edge developments. I felt a lot more prepared in understanding that I was more interested in the macro aspect of social work as opposed to the clinical side. I was told that I did not necessarily have to fit into the traditional role of social work and that the industry has expanded greatly in recent years. I feel happy being able to proudly say that this program has prepared individuals into being hired as managers, supervisors and upper level administrative roles. I was able to understand my strengths and navigate my path into the nonprofit sector. It taught me to be patient during the job hunt and that sometimes you do have to start at the bottom and work your way up by gaining entry level experience. I loved how the professors shared their own personal experiences in their job trajectory and encouraged us to continue to learn and be willing to take risks. I would recommend that upon entering graduate school that you candidates should do research and make sure they are dedicated 100% because this is an expensive program. The only con to completing this program is the high tuition cost and the low amount of money awarded to students. Fight on!