Our son is choosing USC over Carnegie Mellon, Cornell, UVA, Michigan and others... He had an opportunity to speak with some present USC Arch students when he was interviewing for a Presidential Scholarship. He was fortunate because the Explore program gave him a tour of the Arch facilities. The Arch students said it is a lot of work, but attainable. They were very nice, very friendly. They had a lot of great things to say about USC Arch and the Arch students as a group. They have a great respect for their professors and the program, and they emphasized the great opportunities that the Los Angeles area provides. Hope this helps, good luck!