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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
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.