University of Southern California Reviews
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Phenomenal experience. I was accepted into USC after teaching at a public institution for a year; I really wanted to take it a step further by getting my masters and pursuing a physics credential. The professors were top notch and really helped me gain a deeper understanding of pedagogical techniques and differentiation geared toward diversity. If all teachers were trained through a program similar to USC Rossier, I believe we would have a much higher number of competent teachers. Being able to "Attend" class from home was very convenient and cut out any travel time that would result from attending an on-campus program. Honestly, I felt so much more focused in class compared to a traditional classroom, likely because I was just a "head and face" so others would know if I were to be zoning out. Class discussions themselves were rich in collaboration and small group work which was very helpful for learning how to apply theoretical knowledge gleaned in the course readings and educational material. Also, when you are a teacher, the name of the school you get your degree from CAN matter; having a degree from USC definitely puts you ahead in the game. The program is expensive, but the program is genius; I do not think there are many other institutions that could have prepared me better as a teacher.
Worst teaching program ever. Do not go there! They have a test you have to pass to get your credential which other schools do not but no one know much about it so you don't get proper help. They don't answer emails so you have to research stuff on your own with no proper direction. I had to find placement for myself at a school to do student teaching which was their job. I got hired pending getting my credential but I can't get the thing because they have an edtpa test that is very hard to pass but it is just a USC standard test that no other school uses. Don't waste your time or money.
The master's program for Computer Science is highly overrated and merely a source of revenue to a University that exploits its students' financial resources by charging excessive tuition fees for sub standard course content and teaching material. Classes conducted by various professors are utterly useless and the only useful information provided by them is the links to useful websites where students can gain useful knowledge. International students who decide to pursue their masters at USC are exploited financially and gain very little in terms of knowledge. There are abundant resources online that provide access to higher quality education at far more affordable prices. USC is a sham. If you want to gain more knowledge, this is not the place to be. Getting a masters degree from USC by no means enhances the quality or depth in knowledge in your field. You merely have to learn from external resources which you can do at your own free time without having to pay the exorbitant amounts of money.
USC is excellent. The Neuroscience professors are top notch, the academic facilities are world class, and most importantly, the overall college experience cannot be beat. I pursued research in a Neurocience laboratory at USC and it was by far the best decision I made. Choosing between UC Berkeley and USC, I am very glad I chose USC to pursue my Pre-Medical studies.
I am a perennial student, pursuing my second masters, and had my share of learning experiences. So I can attest that the professors and education quality is the best I have experienced. I've never been so excited about my future because I know I will be trained as one of the best in my field.
I was accepted into the MSW program at USC in 2001 and at the time only 195 students were accepted among approximately 2500 applicants. The school ranked 8 in the nation. Great education, top school, individualized attention, a lot of work and many connections that will continue to grow throughout one's professional career. I recommend USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work.
Thornton Music School at USC is awesome. It is indeed different than any other existing conservatories or music institutes in the country. Because of it's distinctive location (within a big university), you have the chance to expand your vision beyond purely music study.
USC has quite a bit of resources that are just waiting for you to take advantage of them. While I was there I was able to work as a research assistant with a professor, volunteered with the surrounding community, had a position in my fraternity and participated in quite a bit of other activities. It's a big school, so the onus is on you to take the leap and get involved. But when you do so, it's so rewarding.
Deciding to earn my undergraduate degree at the University of Southern California is one of the best decisions I've ever made in my life. As a person who has many passions and interests, I hated the idea of having to choose just one path. USC has so many great specialized schools that I was able to major in International Relations while minor in Cinema Production and take electives in everything from guitar to studio art and photography. The vast list of extra curricular from intramural sports to environmental action groups made making like-minded friends very easy and fun. I met people from all different kinds of backgrounds at USC and the school found a way to support us all. Even if you're not into sports (I wasn't when I first got there) the amount of pride USC takes in it's football and basketball programs is contagious. Talking to alumni at the enormous tailgates on game day further proved to me what a great university USC is. The campus is beautiful and small enough that your run into your friends on a daily basis, but the student body is big enough that you're constantly meeting new people and having new experiences. I was really impressed with almost every professor in my International Relations program and came away feeling very prepared to life after college. I truly cannot recommend USC highly enough.
Being a student in the Viterbi School of Engineering has been an incredible experience for me. The community of students, staff, and faculty was my favorite aspect of the school - the student body is cohesive like a family and people are always eager to help in any way they can; the staff are very approachable and accommodating - they care very much about contributing positively to your experience; and the faculty spend a lot of time and energy ensuring students can make the most out of their class - they also love to offer help with extracurricular projects or events. Overall I've been incredibly happy to become part of the Viterbi Family and I feel that they have prepared me for my career especially through the development of interpersonal skills.