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Tuition

$49,780

$49,780

not including room and board

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Extremely Selective

19%

acceptance rate

Accepted 9,395
Declined + 37,963
Total Received 47,358
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undergraduateRatios

50%

50%

male

female

1  :  9

teacher

students

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Most Popular Majors

  1. Business
  2. Communication
  3. Psychology
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School Facts

University of Southern California, founded in 1880, is a private, comprehensive university. Its 229-acre main campus is located in downtown Los Angeles.

Public/private Private (nonprofit)
Campus Enrollment 41,368
Established in 1880
Coeducational Coeducational College, Founded Coeducational College
Accredited by •  AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business)
•  AALS (Association of American Law Schools)
•  AANA (American Association of Nurse Anesthetists)
•  ABA (American Bar Association)
•  ABET (Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, Inc.)
•  ACEJMC (Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communication)
•  ACPE (American Council on Pharmaceutical Education)
•  ADA (American Dental Association)
•  AMA/AAMC/LCME (American Medical Association/Association of American Medical Colleges/Liaison Committee on Medical Education)
•  AOTA (American Occupational Therapy Association)
•  APA (American Psychological Association)
•  APTA (American Physical Therapy Association)
•  ARC-PA (Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant)
•  ASLA (American Society of Landscape Architects)
•  CAHME (CAHME)
•  CEPH (Council on Education for Public Health)
•  CSWE (Council on Social Work Education)
•  NAAB (National Architectural Accrediting Board)
•  NASM (National Association of Schools of Music)
•  NASPAA (National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration)
•  PAB (Planning Accreditation Board)
•  WASC (Western Assn. of Schools and Colleges)

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Codes

SAT 4852
ACT 0470

Social Networks

Private (nonprofit)

18,445

undergraduate students

22,923

graduate students

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Test Scores

Percent of freshmen in each score range

700-800
36%
600-699
47%
500-599
15%
400-499
2%
700-800
58%
600-699
32%
500-599
8%
400-499
2%
700-800
50%
600-699
40%
500-599
8%
400-499
2%
30-36
75%
24-29
22%
18-23
3%
30-36
63%
24-29
34%
18-23
3%
30-36
72%
24-29
26%
18-23
2%
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Los Angeles, CA

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229-acre urban campus in Los Angeles (population: 3,858,000). Served by air, bus, and train. Public transportation serves campus.

University of Southern California
University Park
Los Angeles, CA 90089

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Campus Life

yes
Housing available
33%
Percent of undergraduates that live in campus-owned housing
99%
Percent of freshmen that live in campus-owned housing
yes
Students may have cars on campus
yes
Alcohol is permitted on campus to students of legal age

Greek Life

 
37 fraternities 25% of male students
 
25 sororities 19% of female students

Test Scores

Percent of freshmen in each score range

700-800
36%
600-699
47%
500-599
15%
400-499
2%
700-800
58%
600-699
32%
500-599
8%
400-499
2%
700-800
50%
600-699
40%
500-599
8%
400-499
2%
30-36
75%
24-29
22%
18-23
3%
30-36
63%
24-29
34%
18-23
3%
30-36
72%
24-29
26%
18-23
2%

Admissions Facts

Application fee $80
Common application accepted yes
Application deadline December 1 (priority deadline)
January 10
School has early decision program no
School has early action program no
Admissions interview
(required or recommended)
Required/GED accepted
SAT/ACT requirements SAT Subject Tests Considered if submitted
SAT or ACT Required

Admissions Factors

Very Important

Essay
Recommendations
Secondary school record
Standardized test scores

Important

Extracurricular activities
Particular talent/ability

Considered

Alumni/ae relationship
Character/ personal qualities
Class rank
Interview
Minority affiliation
Volunteer Work
Work Experience

Not Considered

Geographical residence
Religious affiliation/commitment
State residency

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Extremely Selective

19%

acceptance rate

Accepted 9,395
Declined + 37,963
Total Received 47,358

Admissions Contact

Timothy Brunold
Dean of Admission
P: 213 740-1111
F: 213 821-0200
admitusc@usc.edu

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Scholarships & Grants

Need-based

Federal $20,018,023
State $20,929,386
Institutional $187,806,681
Other external $6,945,664
Total $235,699,754

Non-need-based

Federal
State
Institutional $52,986,916
Other external $10,233,606
Total $63,220,522

Varsity Sports

M W
baseball
basketball
crew
cross-country
diving
football
golf
lacrosse
soccer
swimming
tennis
track and field (indoor)
track and field (outdoor)
volleyball
water polo

Athletic Facts

Athletic conference memberships
Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (Division I), Pacific-10 Conference (Division I, Football I-A)
Mascot
Traveler
School colors
cardinal and gold
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Majors

Assc. Bach. Mast. Doct.
Accelerated Health Administration
Accounting
Acting
Aerospace Engineering
Aerospace/Mechanical Engineering/Compound/Fluid/Solid Mechanics
Aerospace/Mechanical Engineering/Dynamics Control
African-American Studies
American Studies
American Studies/Ethnicity
Animation/Digital Arts
Anthropology
Applied Mathematics
Applied Mechanics
Architectural Studies
Architecture
Architecture/American Architecture/Urbanism
Art History
Asian American Studies
Astronautical Engineering
Astronautics/Space Technology
Astronomy
Bassoon
Biochemistry
Biochemistry/Molecular Biology
Biokinesiology
Biokinesiology/Physical Therapy
Biological Sciences
Biology
Biology/Neurobiology
Biomedical Engineering
Biomedical Engineering/Biomedical Imaging/Telemedicine
Biomedical Engineering/Medical Imaging/Image Informatics
Biophysics
Biostatistics
Broadcast Journalism
Building Science
Business Administration
Business Administration/Cinema-Television
Business Administration/East Asian Studies
Business Administration/Executive M.B.A.
Business Administration/Full-Time M.B.A.
Business Administration/International M.B.A.
Business Administration/International Relations
Business Taxation
Cell/Neurobiology
Chemical Engineering
Chemical Engineering/Biochemical
Chemical Engineering/Polymer Science
Chemistry
Chemistry/Chemical Physics
Chicano/Latino Studies
Choral Music
Cinema Production
Cinema Television/Cinema Production
Cinema/Critical Studies
Cinema/Television/Critical Studies
Civil Engineering
Civil Engineering/Bioinformatics
Civil Engineering/Building Science
Civil Engineering/Construction
Civil Engineering/Environmental Engineering
Civil Engineering/Geotechnical Engineering
Civil Engineering/Structural Engineering
Civil Engineering/Transportation Engineering
Clarinet
Classical Guitar
Classics
Clinical/Biomedical Investigations
Communication
Communication Management
Comparative Literature
Composition
Computational Biology
Computational Molecular Biology
Computer Engineering
Computer Engineering/Computer Science
Computer Science
Computer Science/Computer Networks
Computer Science/Computer Security
Computer Science/Game Development
Computer Science/Games
Computer Science/High Performance Computing/Simulations
Computer Science/Multimedia/Creative Technologies
Computer Science/Robotics/Automation
Computer Science/Software Engineering
Computer-Aided Engineering
Conducting
Craniofacial Biology
Creative Writing
Dental Hygiene
Dentistry
Digital Supply Chain Management
Double Bass
Early Music Performance
Earth Sciences
East Asian Area Studies
East Asian Languages/Cultures
Economic Developmental Programming
Economics
Economics/Mathematics
Education
Education/Leadership
Electrical Engineering
Electrical Engineering/Computer Networks
Electrical Engineering/Multimedia/Creative Technology
Electrical Engineering/VLSI Design
Engineering Management
Engineering/Environmental Engineering
English
Environmental Engineering
Environmental Quality Management
Environmental Risk Analysis
Environmental Studies
Epidemiology
Experimental/Molecular Pathology
Fine Arts
Fine Arts/Studio Arts
Flute
French
French Horn
Gender Studies
Genetic/Molecular/Cellular Biology
Geography
Geological Sciences
German
Gerontology
Global Communications
Harp
Health Administration
Health Administration/Executive Program
Health Promotion/Disease Prevention Studies
Health/Humanity
Historic Preservation
History
History/Social Science Education
Human Development/Aging
Industrial/Systems Engineering
Industrial/Systems Engineering/Information Systems
Integrative/Evolutionary Biology
Interactive Entertainment
Interactive Media
Interdisciplinary Archaeology
Interdisciplinary Major
International Journalism
International Relations
International Relations/Global Business
Italian
Jazz Studies
Journalism/Broadcast Journalism
Journalism/Online Journalism
Journalism/Print Journalism
Judaic Studies
Kinesiology
Landscape Architecture
Law
Law/Value Theory
Liberal Studies
Linguistics
Linguistics/Hispanic Linguistics
Linguistics/Psychology
Literature/Creative Writing
Long-term Care Administration
Manufacturing Engineering
Marriage/Family Therapy
Materials Engineering
Materials Science
Materials Science/Engineering
Mathematical Finance
Mathematics
Mechanical Engineering
Mechanical Engineering/Petroleum Engineering
Medical Device/Diagnostic Engineering
Medical Management
Medicine
Medicine/Business Administration
Medicine/Public Health
Molecular Biology
Molecular Epidemiology
Molecular Microbiology/Immunology
Molecular Pharmacology/Toxicology
Motion Picture Producing
Multiple Subject Teaching
Music
Music Composition
Music Education
Music History/Literature
Music Industry
Music/Early Music Performance
Music/Historical Musicology
Near/Middle Eastern Studies
Neuroscience
Nurse Anesthesiology
Oboe
Occupational Science
Occupational Therapy
Ocean Sciences
Operations Research Engineering
Organ
Pathobiology
Percussion
Performance
Performance/Bassoon
Performance/Clarinet
Performance/Classical Guitar
Performance/Double Bass
Performance/Flute
Performance/French Horn
Performance/Harp
Performance/Keyboard Collaborative Arts
Performance/Oboe
Performance/Organ
Performance/Percussion
Performance/Piano
Performance/Saxophone
Performance/Studio Guitar
Performance/Trombone
Performance/Trumpet
Performance/Tuba
Performance/Viola
Performance/Violin
Performance/Violoncello
Performance/Vocal Arts
Periodontology/Craniofacial Biology
Petroleum Engineering
Petroleum Engineering/Smart Oilfield Technologies
Pharmaceutical Economics/Policy
Pharmaceutical Sciences
Pharmacy/Pharmaceutical Sciences
Pharmacy/Public Health
Philosophy
Philosophy/Ethics
Physical Sciences
Physical Therapy
Physician Assistant Practice
Physics
Physics for Business Applications
Physics/Computer Science
Physiology/Biophysics
Piano
Planning
Planning/Architecture
Planning/Public Administration
Planning/Real Estate Development
Political Economy/Public Policy
Political Science
Politics/International Relations
Postsecondary Administration/Student Affairs
Preventive Medicine/Health Behavior
Print Journalism
Product Development Engineering
Professional Writing
Psychology
Public Administration
Public Arts Studies
Public Diplomacy
Public Health
Public Policy
Public Policy/Management
Public Policy/Management/Planning
Public Policy/Planning
Public Relations
Real Estate Development
Regulatory Science
Religion
Religion/Social Ethics
Russian
Saxophone
School of Cinema/Television/Cinema Critical Studies
Single Subject/Music Education
Single Subject/Teaching
Slavic Languages/Literature
Social Sciences/Psychology
Social Work
Sociology
Sociology/Marriage/Family Therapy
Spanish
Stage Management
Statistical Genetics/Genetic Epidemiology
Statistics
Strategic Public Relations
Structural Design
Studio Guitar
Systems Architecture/Engineering
Systems Biology/Disease
Teaching English as a Foreign Language
Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages
Technical Direction
Theatre
Theatre Design
Theatre/Acting
Theatre/Directing
Theatre/Dramatic Writing
Theatre/Theatrical Design
Trombone
Trumpet
Tuba
Urban Applied Anthropology
Viola
Violin
Violoncello
Visual Anthropology
Vocal Arts
Writing for Screen/Television
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Undergraduate

45%

18,445
students

Female
50%
9,288

Male
50%
9,157

Graduate

55%

22,923
students

Female
53%
12,183

Male
47%
10,740

undergraduateFull-time

96%

17,729
students

Female
51%
8,986

Male
49%
8,743

undergraduatePart-time

4%

716
students

Female
43%
302

Male
57%
414

Student Break-down

12%
Nonresident aliens
4%
Black or African American, non-Hispanic/Latino
< 1%
American Indian or Alaska Native, non-Hispanic/Latino
23%
Asian, non-Hispanic/Latino
13%
Hispanic/Latino
37%
White, non-Hispanic/Latino
4%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown
5%
Two or more races, non-Hispanic/Latino
< 1%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, non-Hispanic/Latino

Transfer Admissions

29%

Transfer applicants accepted

58%

Applicants accepted who enroll

Transfer Requirements

Minimum requirements
High school transcript Required of All
College transcript(s) Required of All
Statement of good standing from prior institution(s) Not Required/Recommended
Interview Not Required/Recommended
Standardized test scores Required of Some
Essay or personal statement Required of All

Transfer Application Deadlines

Fall: February 1

Transfer Credits

Maximum transfered

64

semester hours

Minimum transfers must complete

64

semester hours

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Counseling services

  • Academic
  • Birth control
  • Career
  • Minority student
  • Other
  • Personal
  • Psychological
  • Religious
  • Veteran student

Remedial services offered

Not Reported

Career placement services

  • Alumni network
  • Career/job search classes
  • Co-op education
  • Interest inventory
  • Internships
  • Interview training
  • On-campus job interviews
  • Resume assistance
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Percent of the campus accessible to physically disabled students

97%

Additional services

  • Day care
  • Health insurance
  • Health service
  • Nonremedial tutoring
  • Placement service

Special programs for physically disabled students

  • Adaptive equipment
  • Braille services
  • Interpreters for hearing-impaired
  • Note-taking services
  • Reader services
  • Special housing
  • Special transportation
  • Talking books
  • Tape recorders
  • Tutors

International Students

Number of foreign countries represented by degree-seeking undergraduate non-resident aliens 91
Countries most often represented Canada
China
Hong Kong
India
Indonesia
South Korea
Special services offered for international applicants ESL program/classes
International student center
Special counselors/advisors
Special orientation

International Student Contact

David Park
Associate Director, International Recruitment
213 740-7449
davidmpa@usc.edu

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