University of Southern California Visit Report by vinceh
Visit to University of Southern California in April 2010 by vinceh(Parent of Student, HS Class of 2011)
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Information Session: Yes - Perhaps one of the most boring presentations ever: a lone admissions dept. employee talking without a microphone,or any other media, to 300 people for 1 hour.
Campus Tour: Yes - Very well done. Organized by your stated area of interest so more time was spent touring and answering those questions.
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Campus Visit Notes for University of Southern California
We visited during the first week of April, along with seemingly every other high school student on spring break in America. The Admissions Office seemed to be ready for the onslaught, though the staff was a touch grumpy when we arrived Monday morning.
Prospective students were asked to restate their current intended area of academic interest. This became important later when we were assigned to tour guides who had been specifically prepared to answer questions about those schools.
As organized as they were, the info session is probably the worst one we've seen. A lone admissions employee stood at the front of a lecture hall filled with about 300 people and then spent an hour talking, without a microphone or any other media. People at the back complained that they could hear and the lack of slides only made the situation worse.
As poorly done as the presentation was the tour was excellent. Our guide was very well-versed about the university and never once seemed stumped about a question.
After the main tour we were escorted to our "school of interest" were an additional tour and info session was presented by the individual school. This is a great idea and certainly solidified my son's and my good feelings toward USC.
Even on a rainy, blustery day campus was well kept and quite attractive. Campus is surrounded by a 10-15 foot brick wall which does a good job of closing out the urban area immediately surrounding campus. As best as I can tell this is to create a sense of campus not because of any safety issues.
On the issue of safety, much is made on CC about the "sketchy" area around USC. NOTHING could be further from the truth. We drove to campus and I deliberately go off the highway and took city streets. The area is low income, but by the time you are within 3 blocks of campus there has been a marked shift to college students and the stores and restaurants that cater to them. We never once felt uncomfortable.
Low income does not equal high crime. That said, USC is a very urban campus so common sense needs to be used. Anyone walking around at alone at 3AM is asking for trouble whether it's at USC or downtown LA. Concerns for crime should not be a major factor in your USC decision process.
Hotel/Lodging Recommendations or Comments:
N/A stayed with friends
Dining/Restaurant Recommendations or Comments:
Marie's Italian Kitchen at Pico and Malcolm near Westwood. Good food at a very good price. I'm told there are mutliple locations around town.