University Selection

Applying to a university abroad, especially to the United States can be a daunting task. Every year, over 800, 000 graduate applications are received on an average for seats in the American universities, mostly covering STEM disciplines, pure sciences, and the humanities. Given that the United States is a global education destination for international graduates, globally; there is intense competition among the best of students as well as students with unique distinctions and contributions in their profile. Malala Yousafzai gained an admit to the prestigious Oxford university, as much for her excellence in her ‘O’ levels, as for being the ‘torchbearer of gender parity’ for Afghan women and other people, across the globe.

Academic profile

It is a well-known fact that students, who have consistently excelled in their academic curriculum also stand a better chance to gain admits to the choicest universities abroad and in the United States. However, it would be unfair to say that schools in the U.S only want great scholars as students. In fact, there is much emphasis on excellence as an all-rounder, be it sports, music, art,

An academic profile is not limited to only the grades and scholastic performance of a student. It also speaks of the integration of the student as a vibrant and active member of the student body as a member of the college as well as a member/citizen of the civic body, citizenry etc.

This can well be demonstrated through volunteer work in NGO’s, student forums, citizen bodies etc. which amply demonstrates the independence and individual nature of the student, which is given equal weightage with the academic prowess of the student, while evaluating the application. One must ensure that when building their profile, students should pay due attention to these aspects of the application process in order to ensure a good admit. As a matter of fact, at Collegepond, we see many students with excellent overall profiles gaining acceptance to the crème de la crème universities like Stanford University, Carnegie Mellon, University of California, Berkeley, GeorgiaTech, Vanderbilt University, University of Notre Dame, Georgetown University, Virginia Tech etc. To know more on how to build your profile and gain admission to the best universities in the U.S, click here and fix a free counseling session at the nearest Collegepond office.


Another important aspect which plays a key role in evaluating a student application is the student’s self- affirmation of his eligibility for admittance to the program, which is called the Statement of Purpose (SOP). This is read in tandem with the Letters of Recommendation (LOR) by eminent persons like professors, eminent persons in the field of science, art, culture etc., which vouchsafe the student’s profile, contributions etc.  so that he can impress the committee about the suitability of the student for the proposed program. Failure to do so or dissonance between the student’s profile and the credentials offered could well result in a limited acceptance of the application or even, a unanimous rejection. These third-party credentials play a vital role in underlining the candidature of the student and attesting the veracity of the student’s own recommendation letter or SOP.

Cultural Diversity factor

Most US universities use the “holistic review” process while evaluating college applications. This means admissions officer’s place emphasis on the applicant as a whole person, not just his or her academic achievements, so soft factors may be given just as much consideration as the empirical data present in hard factors. As has already been mentioned, the university considers its campus to provide an overall interaction which has a multi-leveled impact in terms of enrichment through stellar cultural, social, scholastic interactions that serve to educate holistically, beyond the standard education paradigm in most countries. It is for this reason that the universities in the United States offer well over twice the number of programs, in myriad disciplines, as compared to any other single country, across the globe. In fact, the American education system is uniquely built to offer a concierge service in terms of education where students learn only what they would be interested in, thereby offering course flexibility as well as diversity in the curriculum.

Admissions officers want to get to know students and admit those applicants who they think will excel at the institution and make a positive impact on the campus community. The holistic review approach benefits applicants who may have not had the best academic marks, but can contribute to the college community in other ways.

For further information on how Collegepond can help you gain admission to the University of your dreams, visit any of our nearest offices across India, for a free counseling session.

The advent of the Information Age at the start of the millennium has seen the West become a hub for technology, with a focus on developing acute capabilities in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). This jumpstart has given the West an edge that other countries are yet to catch up with, naturally leading to advanced education systems and pedagogy in various universities.

Another reason is the quality of research and peer review that lends credibility to the development work carried out in universities, through funding from strategic think-tanks as well as government. Also, a student with a degree from an accredited foreign university fares better, in terms of remuneration, corporate placement, work skills and has been historically known to have better employability values; as the university education in the West, focuses on the practical application of theories. At the end of the day, a degree must be monetised with excellent returns.

Every admission cycle, there’s an inevitable rush for students to gain admits to the university programs of their choice. The business of profile building resumes, Letters of Recommendation, Statement of Purpose, all carefully collated and sent with each application as per the university mandate. If the time for sowing is the application season, then quick on the heels, comes the harvest; a multiplicity of admits for the students who have diligently cast his/her net wide, to seek entry into the best programs in their chosen discipline. Jubilation aside, a student is faced with the most important choice of all – which admit will be his/her ticket to his or her dream job.

When deciding between multiple admits, one must keep the following in mind –

  • The type of program offered based on curriculum design – Whether research or class-based – does it lead to the development of an employable skill set, which will be covered by a potential employer.
  • The Brand name of the university – Checking the student reviews of the university, is a great way to gauge the ground reality, on-campus, be it professors, classes, facilities etc.
  • Recall value with the alumni network – to gain entry in distinguished companies, it always helps to build rapport with the top person, especially if he is an alumnus of the school you graduated from.
  • Internship and Full-time Job Opportunities: Every university website has this information put up and accessible by prospective students. One can avail a list of companies visiting the university’s career fairs and also a list of companies which have hired students from the concerned university.
  • The research projects and laboratory facilities: If there are good research projects on, it means the department has sufficient amount of funding. One will have the opportunity to get hands-on research experience, gauge and enhance one’s ability to apply your knowledge practically and also earn you a research assistantship.
  • Scholarships on offer – If the university has given a scholarship/tuition waiver with the promise of more to come, then that university must be on top of one’s pile. Remember, if they are hospitable and willing to work with you, you have it made.
  • Weather, amenities – Aside from weather that you can handle, a student ought to factor in their ability to find grocery, indigenous foods as per the home country, as per the comfort.
  • The living conditions of the city/township of the University – It is important to check the crime rate, hate crimes, immigrant shoot-outs etc., to ensure that you are going to a place which will support your safety.

Once you have factored in the above, in the order stated, you would be in a better position to pick the admit of your choice. The fact is your educational experience will be with you for life, not only as a life experience but also, it makes you a part of a larger group of people who will share your allegiance to your alma mater. These people would be authorities in their own right, in verticals ranging from business to politics and the fact that you would share a single trait/commonality with them, depending on your choice of university, is enough to give a student pause for consideration in making the right selection.

Having said so, a happy freshman year to you!

Admission to the Master’s program in US universities depends on several criteria. Apart from focusing on academics, universities give importance to GRE scores. Doing well in your GRE increases the weightage of your application. The best definition of a good GRE score is that it should get you into your school of choice.

Most colleges have a cut off GRE score, or a minimum score that you must meet for your application to be considered. Sometimes meeting this cut off score is enough for the school to feel confident about your quantitative, verbal and analytical skills, but it is recommended that you score higher than the cut-off score to improve your chances of being admitted. Some schools are more accommodating and flexible. They assess your overall profile if you fail to meet their GRE cut-off score. Hence, before you begin studying for the GRE, it’s a good idea to know the score that you need to achieve. Here is a list of the minimum score required by some universities in the USA.

Here is the list of average GRE scores for each university for Engineering Master’s program for the year 2016-17. 

UNIVERSITY Avg Quants Avg Verbal Avg AWA
1 Massachusetts Institute of Technology 165 160 4.3
2 Stanford University 167 159 4.2
3 Georgia Institute of Technology 164 155 3.9
4 University of California Berkeley 165 157 4.2
5 California Institute of Technology 169 161 4
6 Carnegie Mellon University 166 155 3.6
7 University of Michigan— Ann Arbor  167 154 3.4
8 Purdue University— West Lafayette  164 154 3.7
9 University of Illinois— Urbana- Champaign  165 155
10 University of Texas— Austin (Cockrell)  163 156 3.9
11 Texas A&M University— College Station  164 153 3.5
12 University of Southern California (Viterbi)  166 151 3.4
13 Columbia University (Fu Foundation)  167 155 4
14 Cornell University  165 155 3.6
15 University of California— San Diego (Jacobs)  166 155 3.6
16 University of California— Los Angeles (Samueli)  166 154 3.7
17 Princeton University  166 162 4.5
18 University of Wisconsin— Madison  164 155 3.8
19 Johns Hopkins University (Whiting)  167 154 3.5
20 Northwestern University (McCormick)  166 152 4
21 University of California— Santa Barbara 163 155 3.7
22 University of Pennsylvania  165 156 3.7
23 Harvard University  166 160 4.1
24 University of Maryland— College Park (Clark)  163 152 3.5
25 North Carolina State University  164 154 4
26 University of Washington  163 156 3.8
27 University of Minnesota— Twin Cities 163 153 3.6
28 Virginia Tech  162 154
29 Duke University (Pratt)  164 156 3.8
30 Rice University (Brown)  167 154 3.3
31 Ohio State University  164 153 3.6
32 Pennsylvania State University— University Park  162 152 3.5
33 University of Colorado— Boulder  161 154 3.7
34 Boston University 164 154 3.6
35 University of California— Davis  163 154 3.7
36 Vanderbilt University  165 151 3.2
37 University of California— Irvine (Samueli)  164 151 3.3
38 Northeastern University  162 150 3
39 Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute  163 156 3.9
40 University of Virginia  165 154 4
41 Arizona State University (Fulton)  162 150 3.4
42 University of Florida  163 152 3.6
43 University of Pittsburgh (Swanson)  162 149 3.3
44 Iowa State University  168 156 3.5
45 New York University (Tandon)  164 150
46 University of Rochester  166 152 3.3
47 University of Delaware  168 155 3.2

Average GRE Scores for each University

Acceptance Rate of University
Admits Fall 2017



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List of academic-centric and GRE-centric universities

Students work very hard to create an impressive profile to gain admission into the university of their choice, but sometimes, despite hard work, they may end up with low GRE scores or an average academic score. This often puts them in a quandary as to which universities to apply to? Which universities are GRE centric and which are academic-centric? A common thought that prevails among students is that they must analyze what is stronger in their profile- GRE or GPA and accordingly apply to a university which is either GRE centric or academic-centric. Though this may sound simple, but in reality, the selection procedure is highly unpredictable and irrespective of the score and academics, one cannot be certain of securing admission. Hence, you cannot exclusively categorize any of the universities as “GRE-centric” or “academic-centric” and universities won’t directly tell you either. Universities, however, do have cut-off scores with regards to GRE scores and GPAs. Hence, conducting a preliminary research and looking up the universities’ past year admission records and the scores of previously accepted students will be an indicator of a university’s preference.


As the name suggests, GRE cent cut off universities give significant importance to your GRE and TOEFL scores. These scores act as filtering criteria. This implies that GRE centric universities will not look into your profile if your score is below the cut off score limit set by the university. Most of the Ivy League or top universities are GRE centric.

A tentative list of GRE centric universities in the USA are-










Carnegie Mellon




This list is not conclusive but based on analysis of previous admission results, these universities can be considered to be GRE centric. Good test scores will enhance your chances of making it to these US universities, but overlooking other crucial aspects is unwise. You could have an impressive resume and perfect GRE scores and still be rejected because of a flimsy SOP. It is advisable that students do not neglect other aspects of the profile and work towards writing good SOPs and application essays.


Academic centric universities, on the other hand give more weightage to your Academics i.e. CGPA or percentage score, SOP and Letter of Recommendations as compared to your GRE scores while deciding on giving offering you admission. Many top schools are highly academic-centric, i.e. they give more weightage to academic performance as compared to any other parameter. Some universities are research-centric and greatly value research experience and papers more than GRE.

For example, Georgia Tech ECE department accepted students with distinction and GRE scores in the range of 310 for Fall 2016. The University of Dallas at Texas extended admit to a student with 83% aggregate with a low GRE score of 305 for the Fall 2015 semester while a student with 70% academics and GRE score of 318 was rejected for low academics. Another example of an academic-centric University is the Oklahoma State University at Stillwater which rejected Electrical engineering students with brilliant GRE scores but unimpressive academic record. Even USC, Department of Computer Science, is extremely academic-centric.

One must also understand that the university’s admission parameters may vary from department to department within the same university. This means that a university which is academic-centric for a particular course may consider GRE or other parameters for another course while granting admission. For example- A university offering a management course considers work experience over academics and GRE scores as a deciding factor and the same university offering courses in  fashion designing, interior designing may give more weightage to the portfolio of the candidate over academics and GRE scores. Likewise, a research-oriented course will give more weightage to research papers and publications. An example of a research-centric university is the Purdue University at West Lafayette.

To conclude, parameters like academics and GRE are used as preliminary elimination considerations. If your application goes through the preliminary round, then the admission committee evaluates your entire profile. A majority of the universities believe in a holistic approach and consider all the aspects of the profile and are on the lookout for deserving candidates with a genuine interest and passion for the program.

Remember that no matter how high your GRE and TOEFL scores may be, given the level of competition today, the other aspects such as academics, extracurricular activities, work experience go a long way in improving your chances of securing admission in top universities.

How to get into a good university with average acads?

How to get into a good university with average acads?

A question that many students often worry about is how to get into a good university with an average academic record?  One cannot deny the importance of good grades, strong GPA and a stellar academic record as the essential criterion to get into a good institution, but even if your grades are average, you still stand a good chance to get into a reputed college. What you need to do is to make the rest of your college application sparkle and demonstrate a compelling evidence of your skills, talents, abilities and achievements to make sure that the admission committee notices you. How to get into a good university with average acads?

The following tips will help you in securing admission to a good university despite an average academic record:

  1. Work hard for your standardized test: How to get into a good university with average acads?

If your grades are average, then you must do everything you can to do well in your GRE and TOEFL. Prepare to the best of your abilities and take the test more than once if you don’t score well the first time.

  1. Write an extraordinary Essay: How to get into a good university with average acads?

The college application essay can make or break your chance of securing admission in a reputed college. Practice and work hard to write an impressive Statement of Purpose. Be substantive, direct, genuine and honest. Clearly state your interest in the field you wish to specialise in, along with the reasons for selecting a particular university while putting your best foot forward. Write from your heart and make it as unique as possible.

  1. Get strong recommendation letters from teachers and counsellors:

A gleaming LOR goes a long way in establishing your candidacy for a particular program. Recommendations not only validate your technical and academic competence but can also convince the committee of your overall preparedness for the program in terms of your aptitude, attitude, adaptability, flexibility, open-mindedness and interpersonal skills. Indeed, a well-drafted letter of recommendation is a chance for professors/counsellors/employers to help the applicant put his or her best foot forward. Admission committees are not just interested in your academic achievements but also are looking for well-rounded individuals who can add value to the university through their versatility. Therefore, try getting, at least, one recommendation from someone who has known you outside the classroom setting and can speak convincingly about your strengths and involvement in extracurricular activities, thus making you sound like a cut above the rest.  How to get into a good university with average acads?

  1. Consider schools with conditional acceptance programs:

There are plenty of schools that give students an opportunity to attend school on a conditional basis. This is ideal for you if you have lower grades but have a great application otherwise. Many schools will offer conditional admission, however; you must keep your GPA at a certain point to remain enrolled in the school.  If you have an average academic record, then you can consider this option. Some of them are- the University of Wisconsin, University of Idaho, University of Iowa, California State University- Fullerton, Colorado State University, Virginia Tech and Arizona State University.

  1. Avoid early admission: How to get into a good university with average acads?

If you have an average academic record, then it is advisable to apply for regular admissions since early admissions are extremely competitive. Your chances of being accepted for regular admission are far better than the selective process of an early admission. You must use the extra time to take challenging courses and improve your GPA.

  1. Take responsibility and offer an explanation: How to get into a good university with average acads?

If your academic performance was negatively affected due to circumstances that were out of your control such as, family issues, illness or any other reason, then you must take responsibility for it and explain it in a thoughtful and mature way. You can discuss your poor grades in the additional information field on the Common Application. However, Admission officials are aware that grades are not the only indicator of a student’s capability and therefore, if you can convince the admission committee that you are a sincere, diligent and persevering student for them to see your application in a positive light.

  1. Showcase your strengths: How to get into a good university with average acads?

Grades are not the only deciding factor that universities consider during admissions. They do look at your participation outside the classroom to see what kind of person you are. They want to ensure that you will add value to the academic and cultural fabric of the University. If you have participated in extracurricular activities, won competitions, engaged in volunteer work and social activities then you must mention the same in your application. These are your strengths, and you must play up your strengths as it will distinguish you from other applicants.

An average academic record is in no way a roadblock to gaining entry into the college of your dreams. Keep these pointers in mind and remember to stay positive and never give up!

University of Southern California

University of Southern California | Ex-student Feedback

  1. About the Course University of Southern California
  2. Without any doubt, the courses over here are really amazing and the things we learn here are 200 times better than what we did in 4 years of engineering. There are many good courses and the professors for a few of the courses are extremely good. They keep changing from semester to semester. Truly speaking, there would be a lot of self-learning involved, which would make studying more interesting. University of Southern California
  3. The course follows a semester pattern. University of Southern California
  4. Many internship opportunities are available. Apart from the career fairs which are attended by many companies including Google, Facebook etc. and many startups, you would also be able to find many other companies externally. You just need the right skill sets and a bit of luck as there is a lot of competition for the same. I too am also searching for an internship right now. But one thing I have heard from the seniors is that eventually, everyone gets an internship. It’s just a matter of time. So there will be people with experience who get internships before winter break, but having patience and waiting for the right time is the most ideal thing.
  5. I attended two career fairs after coming here. One in the month of September and other in November. There’s a career fair in next week too and it is kind of important for Fall students, say my seniors.
  6. There are many apartments around the campus (2707 Portland street, Ellandale, Menlo) which are commonly occupied by Indians.  Rent comes to around $2400 for a 2 bedroom 2 bath apartment.
  7. Besides rent, electricity and wi-fi will be external. Electricity is included in rent in few apartments. This should not be a problem as one can see and finalize everything online.
  8. Manas is the nearest Indian store and Ralph is another store which is frequented by almost everyone. Travelling should not be a problem as USC provides free TRAM service – Campus Cruiser after 6pm and also free UBER service after 7pm within 2 mile of the campus and so grocery shopping can be done even at night without the need to manually carry everything.
  9. There are many places to eat around. Vegetarians might have fewer options, but that is understandable.
  10. When we landed in August, it was very hot. The climate was like that of Mumbai. But it started getting colder after November, and still it’s pretty cold. But climate is not like the East Coast, so a normal hoody would do.And one last thing, even thought courses here are of 4 credits and you would be taking 2 courses per semester, unlike other universities where people take 3-4 courses, the course load is quite heavy and the quality of courses and the brand name of USC would definitely help you in future. University of Southern California.
    USC has many Indian and Chinese students. The mandatory courses in first semester had around 300 students out of which about 120-130 were Indians. This will make things more competitive for you. 😛 But this is the story of most universities. University of Southern CaliforniaUniversity of Southern Californi

Syracuse University


Syracuse University | Student Feedback

1) About the program Syracuse University
– The 42 course credits that I will have to complete for graduation, how should I spread it across over the semesters?
Personally, I have taken 3 courses(10 credits) in my first semester. Currently, in my second semester I am taking 4 courses (12 credits). Syracuse University
This differs from person to person. All my friends took 3 courses (10 credits) in the first semester and 3 courses (9 credits) in second semester. Syracuse University

– What do students usually opt there? And in what duration do they normally complete it? (1.5 / 2 /2.5 years). I understand this varies from person to person depending on the workload they sign up for. But generally what do students do there?
In our seniors batch people who got internships after 2nd semester in companies which sponsors H1B visas graduated in 1.5 years. However, there are seniors who didn’t graduate in 1.5 years. They want to enjoy their life before work, they are taking it slowly. I20 says that you need to graduate in 2 years. Graduating early will not make any difference on the fees. Fees are per credit basis.

2) Financials Syracuse University
– The first question : Living expenses 🙂 (Rent, Groceries. Water, Gas, Eating, Electricity, WiFI, Mobile Service, etc.)
Rent: $300-350 (depends). Mine is $300
Groceries + Food: $100-120
Gas + Electricity: Summer ($70). Winter($200-250). You will pay 70/3 or 250/3 (assuming there are 3 roommates). The winter bill depends on the house. 250 is the highest limit. If the house has electric heater then your winter bill may be $150. That means 150/3.

– What is the tuition that you are paying for the entire course? I obviously have a ball park figure from different sources. But exactly how much is it, so that I can start planning for things.
You have to complete 42 credits. For us per credit cost is $1388. Therefore, tuition fee would be $1388*42. Adding to this will be you health insurance. Health insurance will cost around $2000-$2500 for 2 years.

– What was the i20 amount last year? Syracuse University
If I am not wrong it was $46,000

3) Class size Syracuse University
– What is the fall intake for this program?
150 approx
– What is the batch/class size?
150 approx
– Approx. number of Indians in your class?
80-100 approx

4) Assistantships and on-campus jobs Syracuse University
– Are there any TA/GA/RA opportunities to fund our education?

– Approximately how many people get TA/GA?
Hardly 10 out of 150

– Are GA/TA’s given to first year students? If not, do students enrolled in fall get GA/TA in their next term (i.e. Spring) ?
People generally get in second semester. This also depends on luck and under whom you take courses in first semester.

– Does TA/GA come with a tuition waiver or its just stipend based?
TA/GA hourly pay should be $10.2( I am not sure about this)

– How are the on-campus job opportunities? How many people get it? What is the hourly pay for the same?
On campus opportunities plenty. Most of people work in cafes, dining, stadium. Hourly pay is $10.2, international students can work for 20 hrs a week. Ideally people work for 12-15 hours.

5) Full time Job opportunities? Syracuse University
– How are the career fairs?
Career fairs I personally find them useless because companies would only want to hire permeanant citizens. Having said that one must attend career fairs to connect with potential employers and to know about openings. I haven’t seen or heard that anyone got an interview call because of attending the career fair. I am writing this not to scare you but to state the fact.

– Does SU have tie-ups with Big 4?
I don’t know about tie-ups but in the past EY, PwC, KPMG, Deloitte have hired people. However, this time KPMG is not hiring F1 students. They have stopped sponsoring H1B that’s the reason they had given. I have friends in other universities who have been placed into KPMG.

– Does having no prior work experience affect in any way?
– What is the average pay scale for IM graduates?
– Any idea on how many people get full time jobs after/within 3 months of graduation?

6) Internship opportunities?  Syracuse University
– How many students on an average get an internship? (The curriculum says it is compulsory for freshers, and I am a fresher too :P)
Eventually everyone gets an internship. People do “Jugaad” at desperate times. Getting an internship is not important. Getting into a company which will later sponsor H1B is important. I feel hardly 20 people from the senior batch would have got such internships.

– Do students get internships through career fairs or we must find it on our own?
The major companies which come in career fairs for F1 students are: PwC, EY, Deloitte, Bank of America (pwc,ey, deloitte prefer people with less than 2 years of experience and strong leadership skills on resume.) If you are lucky enough to get internship into one of these companies then your life is sorted. This time out of 150 people 2 people got into big 4.

– Do students go for an internship after completing one year or wait for some more time?
– What type of internships do students generally land up with? How much is the average hourly pay rate?
Even I want answer for this one. If you get this answer please let me know :p ( I am in my internship hunting phase)

However, people last year had got internships in variety of fields : Consulting, Business Analyst, Risk Analyst, Data Analyst, Business Intelligence. Frankly speaking it is a struggle to get internships/jobs. Out of 150 people in Information Management hardly 10 would have got internships iny batch.

– I also heard that internships can be done for a year (11 months to be precise – the CPT). Is SU flexible with that?
Su is very flexible in terms of internships. People have done 2 internships from SU.

7) Your experience Syracuse University
– How is the faculty at the University and how is the quality of education in general?
Faculty at the university is very good. If you compare it with India, it is 100 times better. This I feel would be for all the universities(I know I am criticizing Indian system but it is the fact)

– Finally how has your overall experience at SU been? In terms of your student life and diversity?
So far the experience has been great. The winter this time is not as harsh as last year that is what the seniors have said.

University of Southern California Feedback

University of Southern California Feedback

Collegepond stays in constant touch with their ex-students in order to aid the current students to get the real-time information. We get them connected to clear doubts about the course, internships, housing, travelling, jobs, etc. Below is one of the University of Southern California feedback from our ex-student in response to the doubts asked by Fall 2016 aspirants of Collegepond. University of Southern California Feedback

1. Course: University of Southern California Feedback

The course structure at USC has changed a bit in the last couple of years. Now, if you are general CS student, you are supposed to take only 28 credits and 32 credits if you take up some specialisation. Also, all courses are worth 4 credits now. Plus, you also get few credits for internship and directed research. So basically, if you are a general CS student, you will be able to take no more than 6 courses.

They offer good courses, but you will have to select them carefully because you won’t be able to take more than

2.Indian students:University of Southern California Feedback

Highest population in USC graduate courses is of Chinese. Second comes India. You will find a lot of Indians and Chinese in your classes.

3. Semester or Trimester: University of Southern California Feedback

Semester system

4. Internship opp University of Southern California Feedback

Being a CS student, California is definitely the place to be. You will have ample opportunities. But that said, being an USC student does not guarantee a good internship. The USC name on your resume might get you good calls, but then its totally on you. You will still have to go through the interview process and crack it.

5. Career fair: University of Southern California Feedback

Career fair is conducted twice a year. Once in February and once towards the end of the year (September/October).

6. Apartments close to area: University of Southern California Feedback

Apartments on the Portland street, Mardi Gras, 29th street are within 2 miles radius of the campus.

7. Approx rent: University of Southern California Feedback

It is approx 2400$ for a 2 bhp (5 people can easily stay) and 1400$ for a 1 bhp (3/4 people. However, 3 is the legal limit for a 1 bhk. But 4 people do stay in a 1 bhp and do not face any issues.).

8. Stores:

Ralph supermarket, Manas indian store (you get all the Indian food items over here). Both of them are walking distance from the apartments listed above.

9. Transport:

USC will provide free 300 uber rides to every student. The ride should be within a 2/3 mile radius of the campus and should initiate only between 7pm and 2 am. Apart from that, you have uber and Lyft for going long distances (cheaper than normal cabs). There is a good metro and bus service as well (pretty cheap).

10. Indian store:

Manas indian store (Very good)

11. Restaurants:

There is a Figueroa Street and you will find all sorts of restaurants over there which serve veg food as well.

Blaze, Pizza Studio, Taco bell, Which Wich, Subway, Trio House. There are good dessert places as well that serve flavoured yoghurt. Basically, this is the street to come to when you crave for some “not ghar ka khan” food.

12. Temperature:

The minimum I have experienced is 4 degree celsius and that too on late nights in the winter season. Maximum it has gone up to is 30/32 degrees so far. Temperature is pretty good and you will realise it when your friends in New York and Boston will be facing blizzard warnings and snow storms.

13. College culture:

You will definitely be overwhelmed by the university culture on campus. Within a couple of weeks, you will feel proud to be a Trojan. There is a huge rivalry between USC and UCLA (just google it up and you will know what I am talking about) and their basketball and soccer matches are to die for. You will find all big Hollywood celebrities coming to your campus to watch matches, practice or just to promote their upcoming movies. The campus is beautiful and huge and your legs will definitely start paining while getting from one corner to the other.

14. Places to visit: University of Southern California Feedback

Santa monica beach

Griffith observatory

Hollywood hike

Hollywood walk of fame

Rodeo drive and Beverly Hills

LA Live (the home ground of LA Lakers is here!!)

Venice beach/canal

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