is USC a good choice if I want to settle down in California?

<p>does the trojan network make attending USC worth it?
I am only interested in living in California or Hong Kong after graduation and beyond. </p>

<p>How do UCLA and UCB alums compare to USC grads? How do employers view USC grads?</p>

<p>thanks</p>

<p>Please suggest other universities for someone who is sure of a long-term life in California/Hong Kong</p>

<p>Where is your citizenship? If Hong Kong, do you have permanent residence (a green card) in the United States?</p>

<p>It's unwise to assume that you'll be able to live and work in the United States unless you already have citizenship or permanent residence thereof. If not, you can still hope for the best and choose a university which has a solid name in California. But it should also be well known in your country of citizenship or permanent residence.</p>

<p>I am a US Citizen</p>

<p>Aren't you already attending USC?</p>

<p>yes I think so. USC has a great alumni network. It also has a good reputation in Hong Kong =] Its alumni network is strong in both California and Hong Kong ;)</p>

<p>Berkeley has great branding in Asia.
UCLA would be a distant 2nd.
USC is pretty much unheard of.</p>

<p>LOL ^ unheard of....where are u
heard of but not good reputation in hong kong.</p>

<p>Liu,
There are millions and millions of Asians. It would be impossible to conclude which
American universities are well known in the various countries.</p>

<p>USC has offices in Asia and many students do attend from China, in particular. Well known companies have sponsored the Marshall School's business conferences. Sponsoring companies have been: Fubon Intl., Hanjin Shipping, Tingyl Holding Corp, Capital Services Group, Sataki & Trianz, Korean Air Lines, The Japan Times, Edelman Japan, InterSoft, Suntory, Toyota, EXchange, ITRI, Sunrider and RunZhou Dist. Govt. (China) among others.
Obviously, these companies are aware of the university.</p>

<p>On a post from 5/9/2009 there was a long list of prominent USC alumni from Asia. Here are some of those:</p>

<p>Ronnie Chan (Hong Kong), Chrm. of Hang Lung Group Ltd.
Dr. Chang Young Jung (China), Pres. of Yonsei University
Toshiaki Ogasawara (Japan), Chrm. and Publisher of The Japan Times
Bongrak Sohn (Korea), Chrm. of TCC Steel and Director of Korea Intl. Trade Association
Hong Young-Hoon (South Korea), Former Prime Minister of South Korea
Arthur Lin (Taiwan), Chief Technology Officer of Core Networks at Nokia--Famous inventoR
Takeo Miki (Japan), Former Prime Minister of Japan
Dr. Kantathi Suphamongkohn (Thailand), Minister of Foreign Affairs
Dr. Mu Dan Ping (China), President of World Heritage Foundation
Holip Soekawan (Indonesia), Chrm. of ERHO Security Solutions, Inc.
Ming Hseigh (China), Founder of Cogent Systems
Shawn Liu (China), Heir to the Liu Yongxing worldwide businesses and enterprises
Sharig-Hua Teng (China), now living in the U.S., Sloan Fellow, Godel Prize winner, Fulkerson Prize winner
and many more....</p>

<p>USC has sixteen active alumni groups in Asia. One alumni group in China recently donated $140,000 toward the new student center at USC. The Asian Pacific Alumni Association in California sponsored 27 scholarships last year and donated $400,000, in addition, to the university.</p>

<p>In this year's Class of 2014 there are more than 10 students from the International School of Singapore. </p>

<p>Back to the subject of this thread......</p>

<p>Yes, I would say USC is a good choice if you wish to settle down in California.</p>

<p>I'm originally from California, and USC is known but it's seen somewhat as a "jock school." Further, its nickname is the "University of Spoiled Children" because a lot of students come from affluent families.</p>

<p>I would actually think it might be important to know whether OP wants to settle down in So Cal or Nor Cal. I would pick Berkeley for Nor Cal... Actually I think I would pick Berkeley period. I think it is the best school on the list.</p>

<p>George Girl,</p>

<p>USC compared to Berkeley and UCLA is pretty unknown. There are alums for almost every school school in Asia, but to say that USC is a well known school is far from the truth. There is a difference be "known" and "know of". USC is in the 'know of" category only for a select few Asians. USC Marshall is very much a regional school, and does not have strong international footprint, which can be seen from the job placement in Asia (for both BBA and MBA).</p>

<p>Since I haven't been to Berkley yet, I only have my opinion on UCLA and USC.</p>

<p>UCLA is an okay University to go to, but it has one of the higher crime rates, or so I've heard. From my experience, the campus is nice and it has a great diversity of food (steak, sushi, etc.). However, When you go find an apartment, it goes downhill from there. There are lots of apartments nearby UCLA, but lots of them have high prices and often times are not the best quality, for a specific apartment my sister lived in brought in used and stained furniture (and offered used beds) and lied about cleaning the apartment. </p>

<p>USC I do not have as much of an opinion, but I'm aware that it's near Downtown LA and that if you go there, be prepared to see a overload of money (One of my teacher's former students went to USC and decided to go to Berkley after because of how "rowdy" the students were). Also, the Police here carry real guns, so you know you'll be safe.</p>

<p>However, USC has a great alumni network, so if you were to settle in California, I would recommend USC.</p>

<p>Huh? USC is in the ghetto, not UCLA.</p>

<p>^ I don't think You've seen what a real ghetto is lol.</p>

<p>I suppose it would only make sense...since the university will probably have a strong Alumni base in California.</p>

<p>@Cherokeejew:</p>

<p>The crime rate at UCLA is terribly high. there are even staff members at UCLA who would come to your dorm to give you a ride where ever you need to go to late at night. Having a sister who goes to UCLA, I've heard of all of the events that occur at UCLA and most of them aren't pretty. Also, UCLA is around half an hour from downtown LA, so it's still dangerous.</p>

<p>USC is in the ghetto, but the police at USC have guns, so it's more safer than the tasers that UCLA police carry.</p>

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<p>Are there schools that <em>don't</em> have late-night escorts?</p>

<p>Oh my goodness... I actually went to USC and it is much more dangerous than UCLA. No contest.... UCLA is in the city, but Westwood is much safer than the area immediately surrounding USC.</p>

<p>^Did you "meet" any dangerous people when you were there? :S</p>

<p>It doesn't sound like any of you actually come from Southern California.</p>

<p>If you want to live in Southern California, many of the colleges have a very strong network and presence here. USC's is one of the strongest, and the days of being the University of Spoiled Children are long over-- it used to be that, but now it is much, much harder to get into and is more academically rigorous.</p>

<p>Other schools with strong alumni networks and good local reputations here are Occcidental College, Loyola Marymount, the Claremont colleges and, of course, UCLA. </p>

<p>If you want to be in Northern California and you want a strong network, you want Berkeley, Stanford or Santa Clara, with UC Davis as a possibility, too. There's also a strong Stanford alum presence in Southern California.</p>

<p>I do live in Southern California (I'm a 9th generation Californian) and yes, I did meet some dangerous people there. A girl was raped in my co-ed dorm. My uncle was held up at gunpoint in the coliseum parking lot after a football game. I know what the heck I am talking about. They have cleaned up the area quite a bit but it is still dangerous. You just need to be cautious, esp. at night.</p>