Tuition & Fees

$54,673

$54,673

not including room and board

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Test Scores

Percent of freshmen in each score range

700-800
46%
600-699
46%
500-599
7%
400-499
1%
700-800
58%
600-699
30%
500-599
11%
400-499
1%
700-800
51%
600-699
38%
500-599
9%
400-499
2%
30-36
81%
24-29
16%
18-23
3%
30-36
64%
24-29
32%
18-23
3%
12-17
1%
30-36
80%
24-29
18%
18-23
2%
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undergraduateRatios

49%

male

51%

female

1

teacher

8

students

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Extremely Selective

15%

acceptance rate

Accepted 9,042
Declined + 47,634
Total Received 56,676
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Private (nonprofit)

19,287

undergraduate students

17,317

graduate students

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Most Popular Majors

Not Reported

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Codes

SAT 4852
ACT 0470

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Location

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 36,604
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)
•  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 (Commission on the Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education)
•  CEPH (Council on Education for Public Health)
•  CoA-NA (Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs)
•  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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Los Angeles, CA

229-acre, urban campus in Los Angeles (population: 3,976,322). Served by air, bus, and train. Public transportation serves campus.

University of Southern California
University Park
Los Angeles, CA 90089

Campus Life

yes
Housing available
30%
Percent of undergraduates that live in campus-owned housing
98%
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

 
32 fraternities 26% of male students
 
26 sororities 27% of female students
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% freshman classHigh School Class Rank

Top 1/10
88%
Top 1/4
96%
Top 1/2
100%
Bottom 1/2
0%
Bottom 1/4
0%

Test Scores

Percent of freshmen in each score range

700-800
46%
600-699
46%
500-599
7%
400-499
1%
700-800
58%
600-699
30%
500-599
11%
400-499
1%
700-800
51%
600-699
38%
500-599
9%
400-499
2%
30-36
81%
24-29
16%
18-23
3%
30-36
64%
24-29
32%
18-23
3%
12-17
1%
30-36
80%
24-29
18%
18-23
2%

Admissions Facts

Application fee $85
Common application accepted yes
Application deadline December 1 (priority deadline)
January 15
School has early decision program no
School has early action program no
Admissions interview
(required or recommended)
Neither
SAT/ACT requirements SAT Subject Tests Considered if submitted
SAT or ACT Required

Extremely Selective

15%

acceptance rate

Accepted 9,042
Declined + 47,634
Total Received 56,676

Admissions Factors

Very Important

Essay
Recommendations
Secondary school record
Standardized test scores

Important

Character/ personal qualities
Extracurricular activities
Particular talent/ability

Considered

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

Not Considered

Geographical residence
Religious affiliation/commitment
State residency

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Admissions Contact

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

Financial Aid

100%

Of students' needs
were fully met

$49,835

Average financial aid

Cost

Tuition $53,448
Room & board $14,885
Additional fees $1,225
Books & supplies $1,200
Total $70,758
Average Financial Aid - $49,835
Total with Avg. Aid $20,923
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Required Financial Aid Forms

FAFSA

CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE

Noncustodial (Divorced/Separated) Parent's Statement

Business/Farm Supplement

Other

Financial Aid Office

P: 213 740-1111
F: 213 740-0680

Financial Aid Officer

Thomas McWhorter
Dean of Financial Aid
faodean@usc.edu

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

Club Sports - Men's

Archery, Badminton, Ballroom And Latin Dance, Baseball, Boxing, Capoeria, Chess, Crew, Cricket, Cross-Country, Cycling, Dance, Dragon Boat, Equestrian Sports, Fencing, Futsal, Golf, Ice Hockey, Judo, Jujitsu, Kendo, Lacrosse, Marathon, Ninjitsu, Polo, Racquetball, Rock Climbing, Roller Hockey, Rugby, Shinkendo, Skiing, Snowboarding, Soccer, Squash, Surfing, Table Tennis, Tennis, Tae Kwon Do, Triathlon, Ultimate Frisbee, Volleyball, Water Polo, Wrestling, Wushu Nation

Club Sports - Women's

Archery, Badminton, Ballroom And Latin Dance, Competition Cheerleading, Crew, Cycling, Dance, Dragon Boat, Equestrian Sports, Fencing, Field Hockey, Futsal, Golf, Ice Hockey, Judo, Jujitsu, Kendo, Lacrosse, Marathon, Ninjitsu, Polo, Racquetball, Rock Climbing, Roller Hockey, Rugby, Shinkendo, Skiing, Snowboarding, Soccer, Softball, Squash, Surfing, Table Tennis, Tae Kwan Do, Tennis, Triathlon, Ultimate Frisbee, Volleyball, Water Polo, Wushu Nation

Intramural/Recreational Sports

Baseball, Basketball, Cross-Country, Dodgeball, Football, Flag Football, Golf, Racquetball, Running, Soccer (indoor/outdoor), Softball, Swimming, Table Tennis, Tennis, Track And Field, Volleyball, Water Polo

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Athletic Directors

Steve Lopes (men's)
Senior Associate Athletic Director
email

Donna Heinel (women's)
Swa
email

Athletic Facts

Athletic conference memberships
Mountain Pacific Sports Federation, Pacific-12 Conference (Football I-A)
Mascot
Traveler
School colors
cardinal and gold

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Majors

Assc. Bach. Mast. Doct.
Academic Medicine
Accelerated Health Administration
Accounting
Acting
Advanced Architectural Studies
Advanced Instruction
Aerospace Engineering
Aerospace/Mechanical Engineering/Compound/Fluid/Solid Mechanics
Aerospace/Mechanical Engineering/Dynamics Control
African-American Studies
Aging Services Management
American Studies/Ethnicity
Analytics
Animation/Digital Arts
Anthropology
Applied Biostatistics/Epidemiology
Applied Computational Mathematics
Applied Mathematics
Applied Mechanics
Applied Psychology
Applied Theatre Arts
Architectural Studies
Architecture
Architecture/American Architecture/Urbanism
Art
Art History
Art/Curatorial Practices in the Public Sphere
Arts/Technology/Business of Innovation
Asian American Studies
Astronautical Engineering
Astronomy
Bassoon
Biochemistry
Biochemistry/Molecular Biology
Biokinesiology
Biological Sciences
Biology
Biology of Aging
Biomedical Engineering
Biomedical Engineering/Medical Imaging/Image Informatics
Biomedical/Biological Sciences
Biophysics
Biostatistics
Broadcast/Digital Journalism
Building Science
Business Administration
Business Administration/Executive M.B.A.
Business Administration/Full-Time M.B.A.
Business Administration/International M.B.A.
Business Analytics
Business Research
Business Taxation
Business for Veterans
Cancer Biology/Genomics
Cell/Neurobiology
Chemical Engineering
Chemistry
Chemistry/Chemical Physics
Chicano/Latino Studies
Choral Music
Cinema Production
Cinema/Critical Studies
Cinematic Arts
Cinematic Arts/Critical Studies
Cinematic Arts/Film/Television Production
Cinematic Arts/Media Arts/Practice
Civil Engineering
Civil Engineering/Building Science
Civil Engineering/Construction
Civil Engineering/Structural Engineering
Civil Engineering/Transportation Engineering
Civil Engineering/Transportation Systems
Civil Engineering/Water and Waste Management
Clarinet
Classical Guitar
Classics
Clinical/Biomedical/Translational Investigations
Clinical/Experimental Therapeutics
Cognitive Science
Communication
Communication Management
Comparative Literature
Comparative Studies in Literature and Culture/Comparative Literature
Comparative Studies in Literature and Culture/Comparative Media and Culture
Comparative Studies in Literature and Culture/French and Francophone Studies
Comparative Studies in Literature and Culture/Slavic Languages and Literature
Comparative Studies in Literature and Culture/Spanish and Latin American Studies
Composition
Computational Biology
Computational Molecular Biology
Computational Neuroscience
Computer Engineering
Computer Engineering/Computer Science
Computer Science
Computer Science/Computer Networks
Computer Science/Computer Security
Computer Science/Data Science
Computer Science/Game Development
Computer Science/Games
Computer Science/High Performance Computing/Simulations
Computer Science/Intelligent Robotics
Computer Science/Multimedia/Creative Technologies
Computer Science/Software Engineering
Conducting
Construction Management
Craniofacial Biology
Creative Writing
Cybersecurity Engineering
Dance
Data Informatics
Dental Hygiene
Dentistry
Development/Stem Cells/Regenerative Medicine
Digital Social Media
Double Bass
Early Music Performance
Earth Sciences
East Asian Area Studies
East Asian Languages/Cultures
Economic Developmental Programming
Economics
Economics/Mathematics
Education
Education/Leadership
Educational Counseling
Electrical Engineering
Electrical Engineering/Computer Networks
Electrical Engineering/Multimedia/Creative Technology
Electrical Engineering/VLSI Design
Electrical Engineering/Wireless Health Technology
Electrical Engineering/Wireless Networks
Engineering Management
Engineering/Environmental Engineering
English
Entrepreneurship/Innovation
Environmental Engineering
Environmental Risk Analysis
Environmental Science/Health
Environmental Studies
Epidemiology
Experimental/Molecular Pathology
Film/Television Production
Finance
Financial Engineering
Fine Arts
Fine Arts/Studio Arts
Flute
French
French Horn
Gender Studies
GeoDesign
Geographic Information Science/Technology
Geography
Geological Sciences
Geriatric Dentistry
Gerontology
Global Communications
Global Health
Global Medicine
Global Studies
Global Supply Chain Management
Green Technologies
Harp
Health Administration
Health Administration/Executive Program
Health Economics
Health Promotion/Disease Prevention Studies
Health Systems Management Engineering
Health/Humanity
Healthcare Decision Analysis
Heritage Conservation
History
History/Social Science Education
Human Biology
Human Development/Aging
Human Performance
Industrial/Systems Engineering
Integrative/Evolutionary Biology
Interactive Entertainment
Interactive Media
Interdisciplinary Archaeology
Interdisciplinary Studies
International Journalism
International Public Policy/Management
International Relations
International Relations/Global Business
International Relations/Global Economy
Italian
Jazz Studies
Journalism
Judaic Studies
Landscape Architecture
Law
Law/History/Culture
Learning Design/Technology
Liberal Studies
Library/Information Science
Lifespan Health
Linguistics
Linguistics/East Asian Languages/Cultures
Linguistics/East Asian Linguistics
Linguistics/Hispanic Linguistics
Linguistics/Philosophy
Linguistics/Psychology
Literature/Creative Writing
Long-term Care Administration
Management of Drug Development
Manufacturing Engineering
Marine Biology/Biological Oceanography
Marine/Environmental Biology
Marketing
Marriage/Family Therapy
Materials Engineering
Materials Science
Materials Science/Engineering
Mathematical Finance
Mathematics
Mechanical Engineering
Mechanical Engineering/Petroleum Engineering
Media Arts/Practice
Medical Biology
Medical Device/Diagnostic Engineering
Medical Management
Medical Physiology
Medical Sciences
Medicine
Middle East Studies
Molecular Biology
Molecular Epidemiology
Molecular Genetics/Biochemistry
Molecular Microbiology/Immunology
Molecular Pharmacology/Toxicology
Multiple Subject Teaching
Music
Music Composition
Music Education
Music History/Literature
Music Industry
Music Production
Music/Early Music Performance
Music/Historical Musicology
Narrative Studies
Neuroimaging/Informatics
Neuroscience
Non-Governmental Organizations/Social Change
Nonprofit Leadership/Management
Nurse Anesthesiology
Nutrition/Healthspan/Longevity
Oboe
Occupational Science
Occupational Therapy
Ocean Sciences
Operations Research Engineering
Organ
Organizational Change/Leadership
Orofacial Pain/Oral Medicine
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/Popular Music
Performance/Saxophone
Performance/Studio Guitar
Performance/Trombone
Performance/Trumpet
Performance/Tuba
Performance/Viola
Performance/Violin
Performance/Violoncello
Performance/Vocal Arts
Petroleum Engineering
Petroleum Engineering/Smart Oilfield Technologies
Pharmaceutical Economics/Policy
Pharmaceutical Sciences
Pharmacy
Philosophy
Philosophy/Politics/Law
Physical Sciences
Physical Therapy
Physician Assistant Practice
Physics
Physics for Business Applications
Physics/Computer Science
Physiology/Biophysics
Piano
Planning
Policy/Planning/Development
Political Economy
Political Science
Politics/International Relations
Postsecondary Administration/Student Affairs
Preventive Medicine/Health Behavior
Print/Digital Journalism
Producing for Film/Television/New Media
Product Development Engineering
Professional Writing
Psychology
Public Administration
Public Diplomacy
Public Health
Public Policy
Public Policy/Management
Public Relations
Real Estate Development
Regulatory Science
Rehabilitation Science
Religion
Russian
Sacred Music
Saxophone
School Counseling
School Leadership
Single Subject/Music Education
Single Subject/Teaching
Slavic Languages/Literature
Social Entrepreneurship
Social Sciences/Economics
Social Sciences/Psychology
Social Work
Sociology
Sociology/Marriage/Family Therapy
Spanish
Stage Management
Statistics
Stem Cell Biology/Regenerative Medicine
Strategic Public Relations
Studio Guitar
Systems Architecture/Engineering
Taxation
Teacher Leadership
Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages
Technical Direction
Theatre
Theatre Design
Theatre/Acting
Theatre/Directing
Theatre/Dramatic Writing
Theatre/Sound Design
Theatre/Theatrical Design
Trombone
Trumpet
Tuba
Urban Education Policy
Urban Planning/Development
Viola
Violin
Violoncello
Visual Anthropology
Visual/Performing Arts
Vocal Arts
Writing for Screen/Television
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Programs Offered

  • Distance Learning
  • Double majors
  • Honors program
  • Independent study
  • Internships
  • Pass/fail grading option
  • Phi Beta Kappa
  • Self-designed majors

Cooperative Education Programs

  • Engineering

Pre-professional Programs

  • Other
  • Pre-dentistry
  • Pre-law
  • Pre-medicine
  • Pre-pharmacy

36,604

total students

65%

in-state

35%

out-of-state

Undergraduate

Graduate

53%

19,287
students

Female
51%
9,905

Male
49%
9,382

47%

17,317
students

Female
41%
7,059

Male
59%
10,258

undergraduateFull-time

undergraduatePart-time

94%

18,216
students

Female
52%
9,443

Male
48%
8,773

6%

1,071
students

Female
44%
462

Male
56%
609

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Student Break-down

13%
Nonresident aliens
5%
Black or African American, non-Hispanic/Latino
< 1%
American Indian or Alaska Native, non-Hispanic/Latino
20%
Asian, non-Hispanic/Latino
14%
Hispanic/Latino
39%
White, non-Hispanic/Latino
1%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown
6%
Two or more races, non-Hispanic/Latino
< 1%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, non-Hispanic/Latino

Transfer Admissions

24%

Transfer applicants accepted

60%

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

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 transportation
  • Talking books
  • Tape recorders
  • Tutors
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International Students

Number of foreign countries represented by degree-seeking undergraduate non-resident aliens 90
Countries most often represented Canada
China
India
Indonesia
South Korea
Taiwan
Special services offered for international applicants ESL program/classes
International student center
Special counselors/advisors
Special orientation

International Student Contact

Office of Admission
International Student Contact
213 740-1111
admitusc@usc.edu

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