University of Southern California Graduate Program Reviews

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95%
of students recommend
(4.06 out of 5.0)
School rating based on 772 respondents

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School Information

  • Website: Visit College Website
  • School Accreditation: WASC WSCUC, + 3 more
  • Programmatic Accreditation: AACSB, + 2 more
  • Campus Setting: City: Large
  • Student Population: 43,871 (18,794 undergrad)
  • Student to Faculty Ratio: 9 to 1
  • Graduate Attendance Status: 21% part-time, 79% full-time
  • Annual Tuition: $44,013
Source: NCES

Student & Graduate Reviews

3.5 out of 5.0
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Degree: Social Work
Graduation Year: 2015

I have rated those that I have actually had dealings with and so far, I am very impressed. From the start of my enrollment I have not had any problems.The problems started once I got accepted, but I am going to chalk that up to me, my lack of experience, and not the school. I have been out of school for a while so I don't believe I was actually prepared for the fast-pace computer activity. The staff were extremely helpful and very patient with me answering all of my questions, sometimes repeatedly. They have a vast amount of resources there to help you navigate through your classes and their many websites. All in all this is a good program with a strong support system!
4.25 out of 5.0
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Degree: Social Work
Graduation Year: 2015

Although its very expensive USC is ranked #10 for its MSW program! The area is a little sketch but the campus is beautiful.
5.0 out of 5.0
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Degree: Social Work
Graduation Year: 2014

Awesome Social Work Program through the VAC. Would recommend!
4.5 out of 5.0
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Degree: Social Work
Graduation Year: 2015

 I feel that the field placements for the program are great ways of preparing the students to work in real mental health or social work settings. Also, there are so many faculty members with excellent research backgrounds pertaining to my interest of study. The program is very costly, considering that it is USC. The surrounding areas of the campus are not that great either. At times, I feel somewhat unsafe.
4.25 out of 5.0
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Degree: Social Work
Graduation Year: 2014

The USC School of Social Work is a good program with excellent networking opportunities.
3.17 out of 5.0
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Degree: Social Work
Graduation Year: 2014

A lot of these I'm not sure of because I'm in an off campus online program, so I tried to just pick in the middle. But what I do know is that the technology they use for this program is really confusing - and I'm good with technology. At the beginning, they're calling you all the time to ensure you have more than enough information about absolutely everything you don't want information on, but then suddenly they drop off the map and there's no book lists, your classes aren't up on blackboard yet, and everyone you call doesn't seem to have an answer about anything. So educationally, they're very competitive, but you better be able to do it all yourself. Also, - there's like no financial aid at all.
3.33 out of 5.0
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Degree: Mechanical Engineering
Graduation Year: 2015

Pros: Lots of oppotunities to be inovlved with school. Organized DEN network. Responsive TA and online resources. Cons: Expensive. Not much of a social life besides on-campus events. Scary neighborhood outside of campus.
4.0 out of 5.0
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Degree: Social Work
Graduation Year: 2015

My review is based on the areas that are relevant to my experience. I am a graduate student through the Virtual Academy and therefore have no reference point for areas that relate on campus supports and services. I am very excited that they offer a program that is flexible enough for people who do not reside in California or who are unable to come to campus.
4.67 out of 5.0
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Degree: Social Work
Graduation Year: 2015

I left the affordable living, campus safety, surrounding area, and transportation categories blank since I currently am enrolled in the Virtual Academic Center (VAC) of USC's Social Work program and do not visit the campus. I left social life blank for similar reasons. While I am able to have a social life, the challenges are different than those that would be present on a campus since the program is virtual. The program is very intensive with a high level of reading. It challenges your way of thinking and pushes you to broaden your perspective when analyzing things. The teachers are eager to be helpful and support your growth, but at times it can be difficult to meet with them directly because of time zone differences. The VAC is different than normal class settings and takes some adjusting to, but once embraced can be just as effective as sitting in a traditional classroom.
5.0 out of 5.0
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Degree: Liberal Studies
Graduation Year: 2017

The Earth Sciences department at USC is top notch. I can't begin to describe how lucky I feel everyday. The coursework is challenging (a good thing), and final projects are tailored to your research interests. Every class is an opportunity to learn as well as make progress on your research. The surrounding area (LA) is a little sketchy, but while on campus, you feel transported. It is truly a spectacular place.
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