University of Southern California (USC)

University Park, Los Angeles, CA

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The University of Southern California (USC) has two main campuses, both located in Los Angeles, CA.  USC's University Park campus is near downtown-metro Los Angeles, near the city's major museums.  The University Park campus is home to most of USC's professional schools and the College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, the Graduate School and the School of Dentistry.  USC's Health Sciences campus is northeast of downtown Los Angeles and is home to the School of Pharmacy, the Keck School of Medicine and three teaching hospitals.  Many other USC programs are conducted at different locations in the Southern California area.

USC is the oldest research university in the West and continues to be a leader in this area with an award-winning faculty and strong medical-health and science programs that have given rise to many new ideas and new technology over the years. USC receives top ranking and federal funding for its research activity.

USC attracts many international students and also offers many study abroad programs and internships.  The university encourages collaboration, interdisciplinary studies, public service and professional education.  Through its flexible programs like "Renaissance Ideal," "Thematic Option," and many interdisciplinary majors and minors, USC encourages entering students to create their own major/minor study programs to further interdisciplinary endeavors and new ideas.

One of the great attractions of USC for many students is its distinguished faculty.  The university boasts many renowned innovators and award-winners including members of the National Academy of Engineering, National Academy of Sciences and the Institute of Medicine.  In 2011, USC Professor and historian Dr. Kevin Starr was inducted into the California Hall of Fame.

History

Founded in 1880, the University of Southern California opened its doors with 10 teachers and 53 students.   In 1885, USC established its College of Medicine, which was the first in Southern California.  In 1888, USC Trojans played their first football game.

Academics

The University of Southern California's academic calendar follows the semester format, with a fall, spring and summer semester.

The University of Southern California (USC) offers bachelor's degrees, master's degrees, doctoral degrees as well as continuing and professional education.  USC also offers a Progressive Degree option to high-achieving undergraduates who wish to begin work on a master's degree while completing their requirements for a bachelor's degree.

USC offers hundreds of options for majors, minors and degree programs to undergraduates and graduates through many flexible study options.  Students can choose from several areas and departments to pursue a major or program of study including arts and humanities, social studies, natural sciences, engineering, computer quantitative, and technical sciences.

For students pursuing research, there are many research centers and institutes, as well as laboratories and research units to choose from at USC that include arts and humanities, social and natural sciences, engineering and technology.  Some key areas for research at USC include genomics, biomedical imaging, nanoscience, digital media and high-performance computing.

Colleges and Schools

The colleges and schools of the University of Southern California are located at its two primary campuses: University Park Campus and Health Sciences Campus.  The colleges and schools of USC are:

  • USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences
  • USC Leventhal School of Accounting
  • USC School of Architecture
  • USC Marshall School of Business
  • USC School of Cinematic Arts
  • USC Annenberg School for Communication, Journalism
  • Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC
  • USC Rossier School of Education
  • USC Viterbi School of Engineering
  • USC Roski School of Fine Arts
  • USC Davis School of Gerontology
  • USC Gould School of Law
  • Keck School of Medicine of USC
  • USC Thornton School of Music
  • Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy
  • USC School of Pharmacy
  • Division of Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy
  • USC School of Policy, Planning and Development
  • USC School of Social Work
  • USC School of Theatre

Student Life

USC is a large university and there are a host of student services available to help students navigate campus life. There are "Academic Services" that include online resources, academic support, libraries and computing.  Through "Campus Life" USC offers countless campus activities and programs, groups and organizations for students to become involved in.  Other student resources include Career Services, Financial Services, Student Health Services, International Students and New Students services, as well as the many programs and services offered through Student Affairs.  Intramural sports and spirit groups are a popular way to get involved in campus life and meet other students.

There are at least 12 residence halls on the USC campuses and many more USC-owned properties nearby that provide housing to students.  USC has three main restaurants on campus that have a selection of menu plans and are conveniently located near the residence halls.

Athletics

Athletics are an important part of the college experience at USC.  The USC Trojans teams compete in the following intercollegiate sports:

Men's Sports:

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Swimming & Diving
  • Tennis
  • Track & Field
  • Volleyball
  • Water Polo

Women's Sports:

  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • Rowing
  • Soccer
  • Swimming & Diving
  • Tennis
  • Track & Field
  • Volleyball
  • Water Polo

Satellite Campuses

In addition to its two main campuses, USC runs programs at several locations throughout Southern California (Marina del Rey, Orange County, among others) as well as educational centers in Sacramento, California and Washington, D.C.

Community Life

USC is located in the heart of Los Angeles with many important museums close by and a host of recreational facilities and attractions in the area.  The USC Arts & Events Calendar offers an award-winning selection of art exhibits, public lectures, music, theatre, and film.  Additionally, there are many cultural events and activities in the Los Angeles area, as well as the many tourist attractions offered by Hollywood and the entertainment industry.

USC has many partnerships with organizations and groups in its surrounding neighborhoods and communities, offering students many opportunities to get involved in community programs, campaigns and initiatives that benefit local children, families and community members.

Admission Requirements & Details

The admission details below may provide a better idea of the candidates USC accepts. The details may include admissions application requirements and recommendations, SAT/ACT scores of accepted students, as well as any college or dual credits that may be transferred. This information can be used to see your chances of getting into University of Southern California.

Admission Requirements & Recommendations

  • High School G.P.A. and School Records are Required
  • Letters of Recommendation are Required
  • SAT or ACT Test Scores are Required
  • TOEFL for ESL Students are Required

College Credits Accepted

  • AP Course Credits

Admissions Test Scores - SAT Exam, ACT Exam, etc...

SAT ® scores for students that were accepted Fall 2011

 Score Range (25th to 75th Percentile)
SAT ® Critical Reading620 - 720
SAT ® Math660 - 760
SAT ® Writing640 - 750
SAT ® Total Score1920 - 2230

ACT ® scores for students that were accepted Fall 2011

 Score Range (25th to 75th Percentile)
ACT ® English28 - 34
ACT ® Math29 - 34
ACT ® Composite Score29 - 33

Acceptance Rate Table - Chances of Getting Into USC

The table below lists the chances of getting accepted into USC.

 Number (Percentage)
Applicants47,358
Granted Admissions9,395 (20%)
Accepted Students That Enrolled2,922 (31%)

Student Enrollment

The total student enrollment at University of Southern California is about 40,000. The enrollment breakdown by academic level is 54% enrolling as graduate students and 46% as undergraduate students.

Estimated Costs & Financial Aid

The items listed below are for informational purposes only and may not represent current tuition, fees, and expenses.

Tuition & Fees Information

  • Tuition is estimated to be around $48,000 per year for in-state and nonresident students
  • Per unit charges are around $1,600 for part time students
  • May provide a prepaid tuition option, which allows tuition to be purchased at current rates for enrollment at a future date

Financial Aid Details

The financial aid table below details the types of financial aid, along with the percent of students receiving aid, and on average the amount of aid per student per year.

 Percent of StudentsAverage Amount
Any Financial Aid75%-
Receiving Grants & Scholarships62%$27,941
Receiving Student Loans63%$6,127

Note: The estimated default rate of students taking federal student loans in 2011 was around 2%.

Academics & Student Services

Student Services

To help students and alumni, University of Southern California may offer services to students like:

  • Online classes
  • Career path counseling
  • Work study style employment
  • Assisting students to find work
  • Child care

Graduation Rates

With a high graduation rate of around 90%, University of Southern California is among the most successful schools in the area.

Number of Year to GraduatePercent of Entering Class
Students Graduating in 4 Years73%
Graduating in 5 Years14%
Graduating in 6 Years3%

Specialized Programs & Accreditations

Campus: University of Southern California - Health Sciences Campus

  • Physical Therapy (P.T.) Program
  • Graduate Level Public Health (Outside School of Public Health) Program
  • Pharmacy (Pharm. D.) Program
  • Medical (M.D.) Program

Campus: University of Southern California

  • Law Program (more info)
  • Dental Hygienist Program (more info)
  • Endodontics Program
  • Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Program
  • Orthodontics & Dentofacial Orthopedics Program
  • Pediatric Dentistry Program
  • Periodontics Program
  • Prosthodontics Program
  • Occupational Therapy (OT) Program (more info)
  • Clinical Psychology (Ph.D.) Program
  • Health Services Administration Program
  • English Language Program (more info)
  • Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) Program (more info)
  • Graduate Level Public Health (Outside School of Public Health) Program (more info)
  • Music Program (more info)

Intercollegiate Athletics

University of Southern California is a Member of National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), with many of the sports belonging to the NCAA Division I-A classification. The most popular sports played are listed below:

  • Baseball (Pac-10 Conference)
  • Basketball (Pac-10 Conference)
  • Football (Pac-10 Conference)
  • Golf
  • Rowing
  • Soccer
  • Swimming and Diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field, Indoor
  • Track and Field, Outdoor
  • Track and Field, X-Country
  • Volleyball
  • Water Polo

Programs Offered

The program list below is organized by areas of study. The programs that have a link will direct you to the program's profile page where you can learn more about education requirements and career pathways.

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(C) Certificate or Award | (A) Associate's | (B) Bachelor's | (M) Master's Degree | (D) Doctorate (PhD,...)

Architecture

Biological and Biomedical Sciences

Business and Marketing Studies

Communications and Journalism

Computer and Information Sciences

Education

Engineering

English Language and Literature

Ethnic Cultural and Gender Studies

Foreign Languages and Literature

Health and Clinical Professions

History

Interdisciplinary Studies

Legal Professions and Studies

Liberal Arts and Sciences

Library Science

Mathematics and Statistics

Natural Resources and Conservation

Philosophy and Religious Studies

Physical Sciences

Psychology

Public Administration and Social Services

Recreation and Fitness Studies

Social Sciences

Visual and Performing Arts

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