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So, why are CC message boards so full of people who seem "prejudiced" against the University of Southern California?
Here's the reactions I've seen, both on CC and in real life:
USC is "merely":
1. A jock/football school
2. Their students are vastly inferior (mostly in comparison to UCLA)
3. Their curriculum is vastly inferior (see above)
4. It's severely overpriced
5. You must be sort of stupid if you attend USC, because that's probably the best school you could get into
6. It's terribly easy to get into USC
How is that fair? Why do people flaunt UCLA as so superior to USC when they are separated by FIVE spots by the US News and World Report rankings?
USC isn't the greatest school, but people seem to enjoy giving it no credit whatsoever. It eventually gets ridiculous when people start saying it's on-par with the lower half of the UCs.
My observation is that the people who keep dumping on Southern Cal.-- and there are a ton of them, and many on CC messageboards-- is that they haven't done their homework on its actual strengths, or their minds are too set on an unfounded prejudgement that it is an inferior place of learning.