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Synopsis: College guides written by students for students

Your ultimate source for honest, unbiased information, College Prowler delivers an inside look at the University of Southern California, straight from the students mouths. Complete with hundreds of student quotes, grades, stats, and reviews, this student-written guide offers a comprehensive collection of information about USC. See how students rate their campus when it s time to look beyond the brochures and talk about the issues that really matter.

Introduction from the Author

I ve been at the University of Southern California long enough to know that the quality of an education depends on two variables. The first is the extent to which a student is willing to pursue knowledge and gain experience. The second is the extent to which the institution can tailor its resources to fit the student s needs. At USC, the relationship between a student and the institution is reciprocal. Hopefully, this guide will give you an idea about what an education at USC means to actual USC students.

The University of Southern California is the oldest research university in the West. There are 15 professional schools along with the College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences. The Marshall School of Business, School of Cinema/Television, Annenberg School for Communication, and the Thornton School of Music are among the University s and the country s top professional programs for undergraduate students.

USC has long been known for shaping the minds of leading figures in the entertainment industry including George Lucas, Johnny Carson, and John Wayne, as well as sports legends Mark McGwire, Marcus Allen, Carson Palmer, and EEK! O.J. Simpson. The University s president, Dr. Steven Sample, has focused his efforts on promoting the school s integrity as a first-rate academic institution. The quality of academics at USC has skyrocketed in the last decade. USC also has one of the most ethnically- and racially-diverse campuses in the country.

School spirit is huge at USC. Our football fans were likened to Trojan warriors in a 1912 Los Angeles Times article, and the nickname stuck ever since. Today, when the sports teams are dominating the PAC 10, it is not difficult for a spectator to take pride in becoming a fighting Trojan. The Trojan spirit also prevails in the classroom; mean SAT scores for incoming freshmen in 2003 were higher than those at any of California s public universities, including UCLA and UC Berkeley. At USC, we have many reasons to be proud.

Before you dive into this book, consider the following information: USC has an undergraduate population of more than 15,000 students. Scary? Sure it is. But imagine the opportunities afforded to a student who is willing to learn outside of the familiar. If you can begin to understand what life is really like for a student at USC, you will be more confident in deciding whether or not it is the school for you.

Thank you for picking up this book. If you learn half as much reading this as I did researching it, we will have shared in something worthwhile. Enjoy!

Alex Valhouli, Author
University of Southern California

About the Author: College guides for each of the top colleges and universities in the US

While writing our series of college guides, we felt it was critical that our content was unbiased and unaffiliated with any college or university. We think it s important that our readers get honest information and a realistic impression of the student opinions on any college campus that s why if any aspect of a particular college is terrible, we (unlike a campus brochure) intend to publish it. While we do keep an eye out for the occasional extremist the cheerleader or the cynic we take pride in letting the college students tell it like it is. We strive to create a college guide that s as representative as possible of each particular campus. Our guides cover both the good and the bad, and whether the survey responses point to recurring trends or a variation in opinion, these sentiments are directly and proportionally expressed through our guides.

College Prowler guides are in the hands of students throughout the entire process of their creation. Because you can t make student-written guides without the students, we have students at each college campus who help write, randomly survey their peers, edit, layout, and perform accuracy checks on every college guide that we publish. From the very beginning, student writers gather the most up-to-date stats, facts, and inside information on their colleges. They fill each section with student quotes and summarize the findings in editorial reviews. In addition, each college or university receives a collection of letter grades (A through F) that reflect student opinion and help to represent contentment, prominence, or satisfaction for each of our 20 specific categories. Just as in grade school, the higher the mark the more content, more prominent, or more satisfied the students are with the particular category.

Once a college guide is written, additional college students serve as editors and check for accuracy even more extensively. Our bounce-back team a group of randomly selected students who have no involvement with the project are asked to read over the material in order to help ensure that the guide accurately expresses every aspect of the university and its students. This same process is applied to the nearly 300 colleges and universities College Prowler currently covers. Each guide is the result of endless student contributions, hundreds of pages of research and writing, and countless hours of hard work. All of this has led to the creation of a student information network that stretches across the nation to every college that we cover. It s no easy accomplishment, but it s the reason that our college guides are such a great resource.

When reading our guides and looking at our college rankings, keep in mind that every college is different and that the students who make up each college are not uniform as a result, it is important to assess colleges on a case-by-case basis. Because it s impossible to summarize an entire college with a single number or description, each guide provides a dialogue, not a decision, that s made up of 20 different topics and hundreds of student quotes. In the end, we hope that this guide will serve as a valuable tool in your college selection process. Enjoy!

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