Getting Around Los Angeles. Each year we realize that more pupils are arriving at USC without a motor vehicle and inevitably potential students have a lot of questions about whether or otherwise not it is even possible to get around the city without one. I am thrilled to report that LA has evolved way beyond the typical ‘car culture’ that we have all heard of, and offers lots of options if you are determined to keep their cars at home. USC especially supplies a amount of options for pupils who prefer mass transportation over mass traffic.

For your grocery shopping and friend-visiting needs USC Transportation Services operates a lot of shuttle buses that run in and around the University Park Campus neighborhood throughout the day. Yourself taking a class, starting an internship, or snagging a job on USC’s Health Science Campus, Transportation Services has you covered too intercampus shuttles run to and from the Health Science Campus, which is located about 10 miles northeast of the main campus, throughout the day if you find.

The service that students tell me personally they can not live without is Campus Cruiser. With cars literally driven by other students, this free solution is just like a taxi and operates late into the evening, so whether there is a late night at the library or at a pal’s apartment, there is a safe and reliable way to have home.

Along with campus and intercampus shuttles, Transportation Services operates a shuttle that runs back and forth to Union Station, the main hub of LA’s metro and rail systems. Union Station is home to Amtrak, Southern California’s commuter train Metrolink, and LA Metro’s light bus and rail line hub. Exactly What does that mean for you? From Union Station you can essentially go anywhere in California. Not only that, but Union Station is a short stroll from all that Little Tokyo and historic Olvera Street need certainly to offer.

To explore more of just what the City of Angels has to offer, there is an awesome general public transit system that consists of light rail trains and buses. With light rail stops starting up in the future right over the street from USC, students can hop on the train and head west to fashionable Culver City to catch a filming at Sony Studios, get up north to your Valley for a taste of the suburban life in Studio City, spend each and every day at Universal Studios Hollywood in Universal City, mind south and check out the Aquarium of the Pacific or the Queen Mary in Long Beach, and enjoy Huntington Library and Gardens in Pasadena.

Finally, if you ever find that you need to have to jump behind the wheel, there are ZipCars available to rent at USC on an hourly basis or every day, in addition to our very own Enterprise Rent-A-Car on campus!

I do believe you will discover that not having a motor vehicle is a non-issue these days in LA. You may also get to see and know the populous city a bit better by hopping in the passenger chair.

If it seems easy, you’re perhaps not doing it right

Today’s post is written by guest blogger Kirk Brennan, Director of Admission.

Well, the full hour has arrived. The reading that is long has come to an end.

Numerous different emotions compete for my attention, that makes it hard for me to begin with. My head is racing. Therefore I’ll begin with the simple stuff: some basic numbers.

We received nearly 46,000 applications from first-year students, 24% a lot more than a year ago. We offered autumn admission to about 8,400 students, and we expect approximately 2,650 pupils will accept our offer. The average GPA of the 8,400 is higher than 3.8 on a scale that is unweighted. The middle-50% SAT range is 2060-2250, and also the middle-50% ACT range is 30-34. Students result from all 50 states, over 70 different countries, and from all walks of life. And lots of them really like sushi.

There is difficult stuff: First, we are tired. Since mid-November, this outstanding team has place it all on the line. We read, calculate GPAs, compose records, scroll and click through student files, weighing and comparing, all on behalf of these who used. We are also sad. As we began reading, we met many outstanding pupils. But at the final, we must make difficult, even painful choices. We take the role of advocate really seriously, then when we understand we ought to bid farewell to many completely suitable applicants, we get a little cranky. We have a saying across the office: if it appears effortless, you are not doing it right.

And lots of good stuff: we’re excited. We can not wait to learn who will be enrolling at USC next year *. We are inspired, full of hope for our future. So a lot of our kids are filled with optimism, and so they fully expect, even assume they are going to take the world in a better direction. What a job that is great have — daydreamers of sorts: we read about the great dreams of our pupils, and we imagine them in our community — within our labs, libraries, classrooms, symposia — making those dreams come true. The near future looks that are sure from where I sit.

I hope all students who stumble into this blog find the right college them reach their full potential, to soar to unimaginable heights for them: one that will help.