University of Southern California.
College

University of Southern California

Los Angeles, CA4 year degree
$54,259
Tuition
16%
Acceptance rate

About University of Southern California

The University of Southern California (USC, SC, or Southern Cal) is a private research university in Los Angeles, California. Founded in 1880 by Robert M. Widney, it is the oldest private research university in California. For the 2019–20 academic year, there were 20,500 students enrolled in four-year undergraduate programs, and 28,000 graduate and professional students in a number of programs, including business, law, film, engineering, occupational therapy, pharmacy, and medicine. USC is the largest private employer in the city of Los Angeles and generates $8 billion in economic impact on Los Angeles and California.USC was one of the earliest nodes on ARPANET and is the birthplace of the Domain Name System. Other technologies invented at USC include DNA computing, dynamic programming, image compression, VoIP, and antivirus software.USC's alumni include a total of 11 Rhodes Scholars and 12 Marshall Scholars. As of October 2018, nine Nobel laureates, six MacArthur Fellows, and one Turing Award winner have been affiliated with the university. As of May 2018, USC has conferred degrees upon 29 alumni who became billionaires. USC has graduated more alumni who have gone on to win an Academy Award than any other institution in the world by a significant margin, in part due to the success of the School of Cinematic Arts.USC sponsors a variety of intercollegiate sports and competes in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) as a member of the Pac-12 Conference. Members of USC's sports teams, the Trojans, have won 107 NCAA team championships, ranking them third in the United States, and 409 NCAA individual championships, ranking them second in the United States. Trojan athletes have won 309 medals at the Olympic Games (144 golds, 93 silvers and 72 bronzes), more than any other university in the United States. In 1969, it joined the Association of American Universities. USC has had a total of 521 football players drafted to the National Football League, the second-highest number of drafted players in the country.

Highlights

  • Offers bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees
  • 18,942 students
  • 0.86 faculty staff per student
  • Campus housing available
  • www.usc.edu/

Notable programs at University of Southern California

Fine Arts
Most popular degree

The most popular degrees are Fine Arts, Visual and Performing Arts, Environmental Science, Biology, Molecular Biology, Physiology, Zoology, and Neuroscience.

Acceptance Rates

16%
Acceptance Rate in 2017
1437
Avg SAT Scores in 2017

9,042 students out of 56,676 applicants were accepted into University of Southern California. They had an average SAT score of 1437. 55% of people submitted their SAT score along with their applications while 61% chose to submit their ACT score.

Tuition and costs

$54,259
Undergraduate tuition (2017)

In 2017, the cost of tuition at University of Southern California was $54,259. After taking into account the costs of books and supplies, room and board, and general living expenses, the average cost for students was $72,209.

Financial aid available at University of Southern California

59%
Of undergrads receive grants
31%
Of undergrads receive federal loans

59% of undergraduate students at University of Southern California received grants or loans in 2017.

The average award discount is the ratio between the average grant or scholarship value, and the cost, which is the sum of tuition, room, board, book, supplies, and other living expenses.

Average student living expenses at University of Southern California

$14,886
Room & board
$1,200
Books & supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at University of Southern California was of $14,886 in 2017. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,200.

Diversity at University of Southern California

Ethnic Mix, 2017

Student Gender Mix, 2017