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University of Southern California Campus Life

Housing

Dorms
B+
Based on housing cost, capacity, student reviews and additional factors.
On-Campus Housing Available
Yes
Freshmen Required to Live on Campus
No
Freshmen Live On-Campus
81%
Undergrads in College Housing
30%
Average Housing Cost
$8,982/ year
Poll
64%
of students say overall dorm quality is great.205 responses
Poll
68%
of students say the dorms' social atmosphere is great.364 responses

Food

Campus Food
A-
Based on meal plan cost and student reviews on the food.
Meal Plan Available
Yes
Average Meal Plan Cost
$5,904/ year
Poll
What are the best food options on campus?
Based on 560 responses
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  • Campus Center
    20%
  • Parkside and Cafe 84
    16%
  • Gourmet Options (Lemonade & Nektar)
    14%
  • Seeds Market
    11%
  • Weekly farmer's market
    10%
  • Starbucks
    9%
  • Chipotle
    6%
70%
of students highly rate the dining facilities.218 responses

Campus Quality

Campus
A
Based on quality of housing, food services, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Life
A+
Based on campus diversity, social scene, student reviews, and additional factors.
Poll
What is your overall opinion of your school and the campus community?
Based on 209 responses
  • I love everything about my school and have a lot of campus pride.
    52%
  • I like mostly everything about my school, but there are some things I wish were different.
    43%
  • The school community is okay-we're all just here for an education, nothing more.
    4%
  • I hate my school and have no school spirit.
    1%

Safety

Safety
B
Based on crimes on campus, local area crime rates, and student reviews.
Poll
78%
of students say they feel extremely safe and secure on campus.217 responses
Poll
How does peer pressure affect students' use of drugs and alcohol?
Based on 177 responses
  • You can have a great social life without drugs or alcohol.
    41%
  • Most people partake in some form, but no one treats you differently if you don't.
    45%
  • You'll definitely feel a little awkward if you don't drink.
    12%
  • If you don't partake, you're left out.
    2%
Poll
How visible are the campus police on campus?
Based on 179 responses
  • Extremely present and willing to assist students.
    56%
  • There if you need them but not overbearing.
    38%
  • Just there to bust up parties or give out parking tickets.
    3%
  • Not very visible.
    2%
  • We have campus police?
    1%

Sports

Poll
How popular are varsity sports on campus?
Based on 344 responses
  • Almost everything on campus revolves around them.
    33%
  • Varsity sports are a big part of campus life.
    60%
  • Varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.
    6%
  • No one pays attention to varsity sports.
    1%
Men's Varsity Sports
Golf, Tennis, Basketball, Track and Field: Indoor, Volleyball, Track and Field: Outdoor, Swimming and Diving, Water Polo, Baseball, Football
Women's Varsity Sports
Golf, Tennis, Basketball, Track and Field: X-Country, Volleyball, Beach Volleyball, Water Polo, Soccer, Track and Field: Indoor, Swimming and Diving, Lacrosse, Track and Field: Outdoor, Rowing

Clubs & Activities

Clubs Offered
Campus Ministries, Dance, Drama/Theater, International Student Organizations, Literary Magazine, Model UN, Radio Station, Student Government, Newspaper, Film Society, Television Station, Yearbook
Music
Choral Groups, Concert Band, Jazz Band, Marching Band, Music Ensembles, Musical Theater, Opera, Pep Band, Symphony Orchestra
Poll
What are your favorite campus events or traditions?
Based on 279 responses
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  • All football games
    17%
  • Conquest
    14%
  • UCLA game
    14%
  • Springfest
    12%
  • Tailgating
    11%
  • Marching Band
    10%
  • Visions and Voices
    10%

Party Scene

Party Scene
A+
Based on access to bars and student reviews on the party scene.
Poll
What is the party scene like on campus?
Based on 211 responses
  • Tons of raging parties almost any night of the week.
    14%
  • Lots of options Wednesday-Saturday.
    60%
  • Some decent frat/house parties, weekends only.
    14%
  • Good parties are few and far between.
    3%
  • Parties? What parties?
    9%
Poll
What is the biggest party event of the year?
Based on 100 responses
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  • Registereds in general
    35%
  • People party constantly
    27%
  • Psh. Every weekend.
    20%
  • Halloween parties
    13%
  • Christmas Parties!
    2%
  • Don't know yet
    1%
  • Frost
    1%

Greek Life

Men in Fraternities
26%
Women in Sororities
27%
67%
of students say that Greek life is pretty big.300 responses
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