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Why I think USC is a better experience than UCLA

coreyalexander2coreyalexander2 43 replies12 threads Junior Member
I've been to both campuses and met many people from both, and I will be honest. USC is overall a better experience. I honestly think most people would choose USC if it was more affordable and met 100% of need.

USC has a more fun, relaxed atmosphere. It's very prestigious and also knows how to party.

UCLA kids are a lot more competitive, and the academic atmosphere there is very cutthroat. I wouldn't want to spend 4 years (the "best" 4 years of my life) constantly studying to try and hit some extremely high curve.

Also, USC is much more diverse than UCLA. Since California doesn't have any affirmative action program (not that they necessarily should), UCLA's experience is watered down by an extremely homogenous student body.

Both schools are prestigious and will open doors. But USC's experience is one to be envied by all.
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  • takmuieotakmuieo 53 replies0 threads Junior Member
    I agree. Love the atmosphere, and if they met my financial criteria, would have chosen USC in a heartbeat instead of waiting on scholarship decisions to later decide on USC. One of the biggest problems I have though is that the campus feels like a prison sometimes to me. I guess that is expected when we have the most notorious Hispanic gangs surrounding us.
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  • GMTplus7GMTplus7 14268 replies297 threads Senior Member
    USC is overall a better experience. I honestly think most people would choose USC if it was more affordable and met 100% of need

    Driving a Lamborghini is overall a better experience. I honestly think most people would choose a Lamborghini if it was offered to them for free.
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  • SCHedgieSCHedgie 25 replies3 threads New Member
    ^^
    Nice, beat me to it.
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  • beyphybeyphy 2195 replies42 threads Senior Member
    UCLA kids are a lot more competitive, and the academic atmosphere there is very cutthroat. I wouldn't want to spend 4 years (the "best" 4 years of my life) constantly studying to try and hit some extremely high curve.

    A's are very difficult to get. However, A-s aren't too difficult, and you can get a B+ with relative ease provided you study fairly often. A's are only very important if you're intent on going to grad./professional school. If you're going to join the workforce after you graduate (e.g. software, business, etc.) internships and experience are much more important.

    Furthermore, don't expect USC to be a cakewalk either. If memory serves, it's grade inflation is pretty low. If you're not 'constantly studying' you'll probably do just as poorly at USC as you would have at UCLA.
    Also, USC is much more diverse than UCLA. Since California doesn't have any affirmative action program (not that they necessarily should), UCLA's experience is watered down by an extremely homogenous student body.

    Not sure how you came to this conclusion. If you don't think UCLA is diverse, you need to take a look at campuses that are like 70% white (*cough* CPSLO *cough*) UCLA is about 35% white and 35% Asian, much lower in terms of Asian percentages than schools like Berkeley (~45-50%) and UCI (50%). It's also like 15% Hispanic, 4% black, 1% Native American, etc. In addition, 40% of the incoming class is a Pell grant recipient, and like 30% are the first in their family to graduate college. I'd hardly call that type of incoming class "homogeneous."
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  • blueskies2dayblueskies2day 1097 replies6 threads Senior Member
    http://www.aim.ucla.edu/pdf/UGProfile11-12.pdf

    Since people from India/ME cultures are included in the white statistic of 29%, ya, UCLA looks nothing like CPSLO.

    Personally, USC has a balance and sophistication to its diversity that is hard to duplicate.
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  • takmuieotakmuieo 53 replies0 threads Junior Member
    USC is still predominantly white and asian based on the facts and figures site for the previous (and current) year, so I would say we are just as diverse as any other "diverse" university. Nothing special. But not as diverse as these Ivy leagues for sure.
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  • SicilianDefenseSicilianDefense 58 replies9 threads Junior Member
    A's are only very important if you're intent on going to grad./professional school. If you're going to join the workforce after you graduate (e.g. software, business, etc.) internships and experience are much more important.

    Because grades are not as important when one is seeking to land an internship or job.
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  • takmuieotakmuieo 53 replies0 threads Junior Member
    Still, most Fortune 500 companies have a GPA requirement of a 3.0.
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