USC

University of Southern California

700 Childs Way, John Hubbard Hall, Los Angeles, United States
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  • Total Documents
    6,207
  • Class Notes
    2,279
  • Textbook Notes
    285
  • Study Guides
    3,641
  • Currently Enrolled
    1,998
  • Previously Enrolled
    1,983

Overview of University of Southern California (USC)

About this school

The University of Southern California, founded in 1880, is a private, comprehensive university. As a major research university, USC provides undergraduates with an extraordinary range of academic programs and encourages study and research across disciplines. This breadth of programs means that students can combine both strong liberal arts and professional studies. USC's 155-acre main campus location puts the incomparable resources offered by Los Angeles and southern California within easy reach. Students draw on these resources for research and internships, for exploring arts and community service and for working at the center of developing information technologies. Within this driven, forward-thinking, far-flung area, USC students maintain a strong sense of community.
  • Website


    www.usc.edu/
  • Coeducational


    Co-ed

  • Graduate Students


    26,517

  • Institution Type


    Private

  • Undergraduate Students


    • Undergraduate Students:19,170
    • Men:9,296 Men (48.5%)
    • Women:9,874 Women (51.5%)

Location

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Admission Information (USC)

Freshman Admission Requirements

Difficulty of Admission


Admission to University of Southern California is most difficult: more than 75% of freshmen were in the top 10% of their high school class and scored over 1310 on the SAT I or over 29 on the ACT; about 30% or fewer of all applicants accepted.

High School Preparation


  • High School Graduation:

    High school diploma required and GED is not accepted

  • High School Program:

    College preparatory program is required

Required Or Recomended High School Units


SubjectRequired UnitsRecommended Units
English
4
-
Mathematics
3
4
Science
2
3
Foreign Language
2
3
Social Studies
2
3
History
-
-
Academic Electives
3
-

Examinations Required


ExamRequiredScores Due Date
SAT or ACT
Required
February 20
SAT Only
-
-
ACT Only
-
-
SAT and SAT Subject Tests, or ACT
-
-
SAT Subject Tests Only
-
-
Essay/TestStatusScores Due Date
SAT Essay Component Policy
Not Reported
ACT Writing Test Policy
Accepted with or without writing component
ACT Writing Test Policy
SAT: Not used ACT: Not used

Admission Details

Admissions Office


Address
University Park Campus
City, State, Zip
Los Angeles, CA 90089
Phone
(213) 740-1111
Fax
(213) 740-6364
Email

Application Dates And Fees


Regular Admission Deadline
January 15
Application Fee
$85
Application Fee Waiver
Available
Regular Admission Notification
April 1
Accept Offer Of Admission
May 1
Waiting List Used
No
Defer Admission
Student can defer admission
Transfer Admission
Transfer applications accepted

Early Admission


Early Decision Offered
No
Early Decision Deadline
-
Early Decision Notification
-
Early Action Offered
No
Early Action Deadline
-
Early Action Notification
-

Application Form


Common Application
Accepted, supplemental forms required
Universal College Application
Not accepted
Electronic Application

Other Application Requirements


Interview
Not Required
Essay Or Personal Statement
Required for all freshmen
Letters Of Recommendation
-
Other
-
Financial Need
Financial need is not a consideration in the admissions process

Selection of Students

Factors involed in acceptance process.
4 star = most important, 1 star = least important.

FactorImportance
Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA
Standardized Tests
Class Rank
Recommendations
Essay
Interview
Level of Applicant's Interest
Extracurricular Activities
Volunteer Work
Particular Talent/Ability
Character/Personal Qualities
First Generation to Attend College
State Residency
Geographic Residence
Relation with Alumnus
Religious Affiliation/Commitment
Ethnicity
Work Experience

Profile of Fall Admission

Overall Admission Rate


Overall Admission Rate
16% of 56,676 applicants were admitted
Women
15% of 30,164 applicants were admitted
Men
17% of 26,512 applicants were admitted

Students Enrolled


Students Enrolled
3,961 (44%) of 9,042 admitted students enrolled
Women
2,020 (44%) of 4,643 admitted students enrolled
Men
1,941 (44%) of 4,399 admitted students enrolled

Grade Point Average of Enrolled First-Year Students


Average GPA
3.76
375 And Above
59%
3.50 - 3.74
25%
3.25 - 3.49
10%
3.00 - 3.24
4%
2.50 - 2.99
2%
2.00 - 2.49
-

SAT Score of Enrolled First-Year Students


Sat Math
650-770 range of middle 50%
• Score 700 - 800
58%
• Score 600 - 700
30%
• Score 500 - 600
11%
• Score 400 - 500
1%
• Score 300 - 400
0%
• Score 200 - 300
0%
• Score 700 - 800
46%
• Score 600 - 700
46%
• Score 500 - 600
7%
• Score 400 - 500
1%
• Score 300 - 400
0%
• Score 200 - 300
0%

ACT Scores of Enrolled First-Year Students


Act Composite
30-34 range of middle 50%
• Score 30 - 36
79%
• Score 24 - 29
18%
• Score 18 - 23
2%
• Score 12 - 17
0%
• Score 6 - 11
0%
• Score 5 Or Below
0%

Tuition & Financial Aid (USC)

Tuition & Expenses

Cost of Attendance


  • Books & Supplies: - $54,323 (77.15%)
  • Room & Board: - $14,885 (21.14%)
  • Other Expenses: - $1,200 (1.7%)
  • Tuition & Fees: - Not reported
Books & Supplies
Room & Board
Other Expenses
Tuition & Fees

Payment Plans


University of Southern California accepts prepayment plan, installment plan

Applying for Financial Aid

Financial Aid Office


Email
Website
Net Price Calculator Url

Application Process


Application Deadline
Priority deadline February 17
Award Notification Date
On or about April 1
Methodology For Awarding Institutional Aid
Federal and Institutional Methodologies

Forms Required


Forms RequiredFiling Cost
FAFSA| Code is 001328
Free
CSS/Financial Aid Profile
$25 for first college, $16 each additional

Profile of 2017-18 Financial Aid

First-Year Student


Financial Aid Applicants
1,781 (58.1%) of freshmen
Found To Have Financial Need
1,105 (62.0%) of applicants
Received Financial Aid
1,104 (99.9%) of applicants with financial need
Need Fully Met
966 (87.5%) of aid recipients
Average Percent Of Need Met
100%
Average Award
$52,795
• Need-Based Gift
Received by 957 (86.7%) of aid recipients, average amount $38,196
• Need-Based Self-Help
Received by 967 (87.6%) of aid recipients, average amount $7,675
• Merit Based Gift
Received by 734 (66.5%) of aid recipients
Merit Based Gift
630 (20.6%) of freshmen had no financial need and received merit aid, average amount $23,474

All Undergraduates


Financial Aid Applicants
8,830 (48.9%) of undergraduates
Found To Have Financial Need
6,657 (75.4%) of applicants
Received Financial Aid
6,651 (99.9%) of applicants with financial need
Need Fully Met
5,599 (84.2%) of aid recipients
Average Percent Of Need Met
100%
Average Award
$49,835
• Need-Based Gift
Received by 5,961 (89.6%) of aid recipients, average amount $36,496
• Need-Based Self-Help
Received by 6,192 (93.1%) of aid recipients, average amount $9,384
• Merit Based Gift
Received by 3,208 (48.2%) of aid recipients
Merit Based Gift
3,519 (19.5%) of undergraduates had no financial need and received merit aid, average amount $20,209

Borrowing


2016 Graduates with Loans
36%
Average Indebtedness Of 2016 Graduates
$29,080
Parents Of Students Receiving Aid
Not reported
Parents Of Students Not Receiving Aid
Not reported

Financial Aid Programs

Scholarchips And Grants


Need Based Available
Federal Pell grants, SEOG, State scholarships, Institutional scholarships, Private scholarships
Non Need Based Available
None

Non-Need Awards


Academic Interest/Achievement
Not reported
Creative Arts/Performance
Art/Fine Arts, Debating, Music, Theater/Drama
Special Achievements/Activities
Leadership
Special Characteristics
Children and Siblings of Alumni, Children of Faculty/Staff

Employment


Work-Study Programs
Federal work study available
Average Earnings from On-Campus Employment
Not reported

Academics & Instruction (USC)

Academics Overview

Academic Calendar System


Semester

Summer Session


Offered

Graduation Requirements

General Education/Core Cirriculum


Required

Computer


Students not required to own/lease a computer

Foreign Language


Not required

Math/Science


Not required

Faculty & Instruction

Full-Time Faculty


2,133

Part-Time Faculty


1,390

Full-Time Faculty With Ph.D./Terminal Degree


55%

Regular Class Size


  • 2-9 students: - 15% of classes
  • 10-19 students: - 45% of classes
  • 20-29 students: - 11% of classes
  • 30-39 students: - 9% of classes
  • 40-49 students: - 7% of classes
  • 50-99 students: - 8% of classes
  • Over 100 students: - 3% of classes
% of Classes
2-9
10-19
20-29
30-39
40-49
50-99
Over 100 students
# of Students

Discussion Section/Lab Class Size


  • 2-9 students: - 12% of discussion sections/labs
  • 10-19 students: - 36% of discussion sections/labs
  • 20-29 students: - 40% of discussion sections/labs
  • 30-39 students: - 6% of discussion sections/labs
  • 40-49 students: - 2% of discussion sections/labs
  • 50-59 students: - 2% of discussion sections/labs
  • Over 100 students: - 2% of discussion sections/labs
% of Sections/Labs
2-9
10-19
20-29
30-39
40-49
50-59
Over 100 students
# of Students

Advanced Placement

International Baccalaureate


Accepted

Advanced Placement (AP) Examinations


Sophomore Standing


Not reported

Academic Resources

Libraries


Library Available On Campus
Yes
Holdings
-
Computer Ownership
Students not required to own/lease a computer
Computers Available On Campus
Not Reported
Internet E Mail Access
Not reported

Academic Support Services

Remedial Instruction


Tutoring


Available

Services for Students Requiring Accommodations


Not reported

Services for Students with Accessibility Needs


University of Southern California provides hearing impaired services, speech disorders services, visually impaired services, wheelchair access

Undergraduate Retention & Graduation

Returning First-Year Students


Students Graduating Within 4 Years


76.8%

Students Graduating Within 5 Years


89.4%

Students Graduating Within 6 Years


92.0%

Programs & Majors (USC)

Undergraduate Education

Undergraduate Majors (106)


  • Accounting
  • Acting
  • Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical/Space Engineering
  • African-American/Black Studies
  • American/United States Studies/Civilization
  • Anthropology
  • Archeology
  • Architecture
  • Art History, Criticism and Conservation
  • Art/Art Studies, General
  • Asian-American Studies
  • Astronomy
  • Biochemistry
  • Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General
  • Biophysics
  • Broadcast Journalism
  • Business Administration and Management, General
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Chemistry, General
  • Cinematography and Film/Video Production
  • Civil Engineering, General
  • Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
  • Cognitive Science
  • Comparative Literature
  • Computational Mathematics
  • Computational and Applied Mathematics
  • Computer Engineering, General
  • Computer Science
  • Computer and Information Sciences, General
  • Creative Writing
  • Dental Hygiene/Hygienist
  • Digital Arts
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
  • Dramatic/Theatre Arts and Stagecraft, Other
  • East Asian Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
  • East Asian Studies
  • Economics, General
  • Education, General
  • Electrical and Electronics Engineering
  • English Language and Literature, General
  • Environmental Science
  • Environmental Studies
  • Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering
  • Ethics
  • Ethnic, Cultural Minority, Gender, and Group Studies, Other
  • Film/Cinema/Video Studies
  • Film/Video and Photographic Arts, Other
  • Fine/Studio Arts, General
  • French Language and Literature
  • Game and Interactive Media Design
  • Geography
  • Geology/Earth Science, General
  • German Language and Literature
  • Gerontology
  • Hispanic-American, Puerto Rican, and Mexican-American/Chicano Studies
  • History, General
  • History, Other
  • Industrial Engineering
  • International Business/Trade/Commerce
  • International Relations and Affairs
  • International/Global Studies
  • Italian Language and Literature
  • Jazz/Jazz Studies
  • Jewish/Judaic Studies
  • Journalism
  • Keyboard Instruments
  • Kinesiology and Exercise Science
  • Linguistics
  • Mathematics, General
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
  • Music Management
  • Music Performance, General
  • Music Teacher Education
  • Music Theory and Composition
  • Music, General
  • Neurobiology and Neurosciences, Other
  • Neuroscience
  • Occupational Therapy/Therapist
  • Petroleum Engineering
  • Philosophy
  • Philosophy, Other
  • Physical Sciences
  • Physics, General
  • Playwriting and Screenwriting
  • Political Economy
  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Polymer/Plastics Engineering
  • Psychology, General
  • Public Health Education and Promotion
  • Public Policy Analysis, General
  • Public Relations/Image Management
  • Radio and Television
  • Religion/Religious Studies
  • Russian Language and Literature
  • Sociology
  • Spanish Language and Literature
  • Speech Communication and Rhetoric
  • Stringed Instruments
  • Structural Engineering
  • Systems Engineering
  • Technical Theatre/Theatre Design and Technology
  • Theatre/Theatre Arts Management
  • Visual and Performing Arts, General
  • Voice and Opera

Most Popular Disciplines


Offered

Professional Degree Programs


No online degree programs

Special Programs


Cooperative work study program, Student-designed major, Distance learning, Double major, English as a second language, Honors program, Independent study, Internships, Study abroad, Summer session

Study Abroad


Business/marketing, Social sciences, Visual and performing arts

Online Degrees


Engineering

Graduate and Professional Education

Master's Degrees Offered


Doctor of Regulatory Science, Doctor of Philosophy, Doctor of Musical Arts, Doctor of Education, Doctor of Dental Surgery, Doctor of Physical Therapy, Doctor of Medicine, Doctor of Planning and Development Studies, Juris Doctor, Doctor of Public Administration, Doctor of Pharmacy, Doctor of Occupational Therapy, Doctor of Policy, Planning, and Development

Master's Programs of Study (132)


  • Accounting
  • Advertising and Public Relations
  • Aerospace/Aeronautical Engineering
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Architecture
  • Art History
  • Art/Fine Arts
  • Artificial Intelligence/Robotics
  • Arts Administration
  • Asian Languages
  • Asian Studies
  • Biochemistry
  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences--General
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Biophysics
  • Biostatistics
  • Biotechnology
  • Business Administration and Management--General
  • Cell Biology
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Child and Family Studies
  • Civil Engineering
  • Classics
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Clinical Research
  • Cognitive Sciences
  • Communication--General
  • Computer Art and Design
  • Computer Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Computer and Information Systems Security
  • Construction Management
  • Corporate and Organizational Communication
  • Counselor Education
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Economic Development
  • Economics
  • Education--General
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Engineering Management
  • Engineering and Applied Sciences--General
  • English
  • English as a Second Language
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Environmental Biology
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Epidemiology
  • Film, Television, and Video Production
  • Film, Television, and Video Theory and Criticism
  • Food Science and Technology
  • Game Design and Development
  • Geographic Information Systems
  • Geography
  • Geosciences
  • Geotechnical Engineering
  • Gerontology
  • Hazardous Materials Management
  • Health Communication
  • Health Education
  • Health Promotion
  • Health Services Management and Hospital Administration
  • Homeland Security
  • Immunology
  • Industrial/Management Engineering
  • International Affairs
  • International Health
  • Internet and Interactive Multimedia
  • Journalism
  • Kinesiology and Movement Studies
  • Law
  • Linguistics
  • Manufacturing Engineering
  • Marine Biology
  • Marine Sciences
  • Marriage and Family Therapy
  • Materials Engineering
  • Materials Sciences
  • Mathematical and Computational Finance
  • Mathematics
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Mechanics
  • Media Studies
  • Medical Imaging
  • Microbiology
  • Modeling and Simulation
  • Molecular Biology
  • Molecular Pharmacology
  • Music
  • Music Education
  • Neuroscience
  • Nonprofit Management
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Oceanography
  • Operations Research
  • Oral and Dental Sciences
  • Organizational Management
  • Pathology
  • Petroleum Engineering
  • Pharmaceutical Administration
  • Pharmaceutical Sciences
  • Philosophy
  • Photography
  • Physical Therapy
  • Physician Assistant Studies
  • Physics
  • Physiology
  • Political Science
  • Psychology--General
  • Public Administration
  • Public Health--General
  • Public Policy
  • Quantitative Analysis
  • Real Estate
  • Safety Engineering
  • Slavic Languages
  • Social Psychology
  • Social Work
  • Software Engineering
  • Statistics
  • Student Affairs
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Sustainable Development
  • Systems Engineering
  • Taxation
  • Telecommunications
  • Theater
  • Toxicology
  • Transportation and Highway Engineering
  • Urban and Regional Planning
  • Water Resources
  • Writing

Campus Life (USC)

Location & Geography

Population


3,857,799

Nearest Metropolitan Area


Los Angeles

Campus Size


229 acres

Weather


Temperature
48.9 average low in January, 76.6 average high in September
Rain
35 rainy days per year

Available Transportation


Nearest Bus Station
Los Angeles
Nearest Train Station
2 mile(s) from campus in Los Angeles

Housing

College Housing


College offers housing to students

Types of Housing


Coed housing, disabled student housing

Students of College Housing


30% of all students

Housing Restrictions


Freshman Housing Guarantee


Freshmen are guaranteed housing

Students Living Off Campus/Commuting


70%

Security

24-Hour Emergency Phone/Alarm Devices


Available

24-Hour Security Patrols


Available

Late-Night Transport/Escort Services


Available

Electronically Operated Housing Entrances


Available

Personal Support Services

Health Service


Offered

Personal Counseling


Offered

Child Care


Offered

Sports & Recreation

School Athletics


Athletic Conferences
NCAA Division I
Mascot
Tommy Trojan, Traveler
School Colors
Cardinal and gold

Intercollegiate Athletics (Women)


FactorOfferedScholarships Given
Baseball
Basketball
Crew
Cross-Country Running
Golf
Lacrosse
Soccer
Swimming And Diving
Tennis
Track And Field
Volleyball
Water Polo

Intercollegiate Athletics (Men)


SportOfferedScholarships Given
Baseball
Basketball
Crew
Cross-Country Running
Golf
Lacrosse
Soccer
Swimming And Diving
Tennis
Track And Field
Volleyball
Water Polo

Recreational Sports


Intramural Sports
badminton, basketball, cross-country running, football, golf, racquetball, soccer, softball, tennis, ultimate Frisbee, volleyball

Student Activities

Activities And Organizations


University of Southern California offers choral groups, marching band, drama theatre, radio station, student newspaper, television station, national fraternities, national sororities

Sororities


27% of women participate

Fraternities


26% of men participate

ROTC


Army ROTC offered on campus, Navy ROTC is offered on campus, Air Force ROTC offered on campus

Student Body

Co-educational


Yes

Number of Full-Time Undergraduates


18,631

Undergraduates


All Undergraduates
19,170
Women
9,874
Men
9,296

Ethnicity of Students from U.S.


  • 0.2% American Indian/Alaskan Native
  • 23.6% Asian
  • 5.3% Black/African-American
  • 16.6% Hispanic/Latino
  • 6.5% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
  • 0.3% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
  • 45.6% White
  • 1.9% Unknown

International Students


13.9% from 6 countries

Average Age


21

Number of Graduate Students


26,517

Student Resources (USC)