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Why go to USC?

vintijvintij Posts: 398- Member
edited August 2009 in UC Transfers
I know this should be in the transfer forum but I wanted your opinions.

I visited the campus today (USC) and I am considering applying (along with all UC's in the area including Berkeley). Some parts are really nice, others are just ghetto. And the area is somewhat ghetto. I had a quick question though. If given the opportunity to attend UCLA (down the freeway) vs. USC, what is the benefit of paying 30 extra thousand dollars a year for a school that does not look as nice, is not in a nice area, and is not ranked higher than UCLA? Can someone give me some advice on this? I just don't see how USC is worth paying the extra money to go to. Am I missing something? USC cost more than most Ivy's, so there has to be something great about it right?
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  • LJBJ34LJBJ34 Posts: 43Registered User Junior Member
    If given the opportunity, i would go to UCLA. U shouldnt have to pay the extra money for a school that is ranked lower. However USC is still a highly ranked institution and depending on ur major, it could be the #1 school or in the top 10. But If u have a choice beween UCLA, UC berkeley and USC. U should definitely NOT go to USC
  • UChopeful2010UChopeful2010 Posts: 652Registered User Member
    The generous football and basketball boosters.
  • SMCguySMCguy Posts: 1,352Registered User Senior Member
    USC = Some majors that UCLA doesn't have, like I want to major in Communicaiton and they're Annenberg school of Communications highly respected. USC also has better looking students by far! Yes, it's 35k but some students get more than half paid with financial aid. USC has a better football team.

    UCLA = Is cheap, but could cost the same as USC depending on the financial aid package. Also, for me UCLA's Communication dept isn't as amazing, hard to get into because it's small. Not as good looking students as USC. Football isn't that good, but basketball is better than USC.
  • SMCguySMCguy Posts: 1,352Registered User Senior Member
    Also, UCLA doesn't have an undergrad business school. Some ppl actually like that USC is smaller.
  • MalakMalak Posts: 29Registered User New Member
    It's a great school, but it is gratuitously expensive. Even with significant aid (which is not there for everyone), it's still quite a financial burden. I don't see why anyone would weigh one school against another on the "looks" factor, but if you're looking for a larger population of single white upper middle-class individuals, USC is the place to go.

    The only legitimate reason one would choose USC over UCLA if they were on equal financial footing would be academics. As mentioned before, USC offers some programs that are better than programs at UCLA as well as some programs that aren't offered at UCLA at all. For instance, UCLA has a weakly defined international relations concentration within their political science department, but USC has an entire IR program with a much wider variety of course offerings.
  • collegebosscollegeboss Posts: 437- Member
    Honestly, I would choose UCLA over USC.
    USC is in the GHETTO. Like gross ghetto.
    And UCLA is ranked higher in the 2010 US News Rankings.
  • vintijvintij Posts: 398- Member
    I don't really care about how people look there. I do care about location, and that seems to connect with personal safety. For example, several students died last year walking right by campus because they were hit by some drunk drivers....also I remember a bum raped and killed a USC student last year. This is what I mean by looks of the school and location. Clearly Westwood (UCLA) has lower % of violence and death seeing as it's right next to Beverly Hills. So, I still have not seen a real reason to pay 35 K a year versus 8 K......I see a few advantages in SOME majors and what not....still don't see a 30 thousand dollar reason.
  • SMCguySMCguy Posts: 1,352Registered User Senior Member
    I've heard that UCLA has alot of on-campus crime by students. I think both schools are great, but I can definitely see why people would choose USC over UCLA.
  • erikuherikuh Posts: 435Registered User Member
    From my own personal acquaintances, a lot of them went because of
    a) great financial aid (if you're lucky enough to qualify)
    b) full rides based on merit (I know two [asian...if you're wondering] girls who got this so it seems like they give a decent amount of scholarships)
    c) family legacy (I know 3 girls who went with legacy. They were really intelligent and well rounded so I wouldn't say parent legacy was the main factor in their acceptance)

    If I got a full ride (merit or FA) or had parents who went to USC and passed on their Trojan pride, I'd go fasho.

    But alas, I'm a middle class, unexceptional student with Bruin pride.
    UCLAAAA forever and ever :)
  • TheAllMightyYakTheAllMightyYak Posts: 133Registered User Junior Member
    I would have gone to USC over UCLA (where I'll be attending in the Fall).

    No need to worry about budget cuts limiting classes and class sizes. And speaking of class sizes, I'd greatly appreciate a class of 40 at USC over a class of 200+ at UCLA. And USC and UCLA cost the same for anyone outside of California, which in case you didn't realize is 98% of the country.
  • mikey916mikey916 Posts: 49Registered User Junior Member
    ^Now I'm no math major but i think California accounts for more than 2% of the country.
  • RileyJonRileyJon Posts: 1,572- Senior Member
    haha, I just about to say...
  • RileyJonRileyJon Posts: 1,572- Senior Member
    12% is more accurate, I'd say.
  • vintijvintij Posts: 398- Member
    Don't matter how many Californians take up the population, I'm a Californian and most people admitted to UCLA are Californian's. So for out of state students yes the choice is equal, but for in state students the choice is clear. UCLA. Based on cost alone.
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