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University of Southern California

University of Southern California, USC
University of Southern California

California’s oldest private university, the University of Southern California was founded in 1880 and shares a rich and intertwined history with the global city of Los Angeles. Leveraging Los Angeles’ international stature, the University of Southern California has more international students than any other university in the country, and has a number of established relationships with research institutes in Asia and the Pacific Rim. Initiatives like the Global Scholars program and the Discovery Scholars program recognize students who demonstrate excellence at home and abroad, as well as original research and creativity. USC offers undergrads degrees in over 150 majors, and actively encourages interdisciplinary exploration. With the oldest and most prestigious film school in the country, The School of Cinematic Arts, and one of the most prestigious music schools in the country, The Thorton School of Music, students can explore so much more than the traditional liberal arts curriculum. Students are also active in public service, and the university has established relationship with almost 350 community service programs benefiting the greater Los Angeles community. The University of Southern California is a renowned private research institution with an excellent array of undergraduate degree programs. A world-class athletics program is the just the icing on the cake.


Admissions Phone 213 740-1111
Admissions Email
Codes SAT: 4852 ACT: 0470 FAFSA: 001328 CSS Profile: 4852
Location Los Angeles, California; Major city, 20 miles North West of Long Beach
College Type Private (nonprofit)
College Newspaper The Daily Trojan
Enrollment ~15,000 undergraduate students
Popular Programs Business Administration, Accounting, Communication
Student Life With close ties to Hollywood and interesting architecture, the University of Southern California has had a number of movies filmed on campus including Forrest Gump, Legally Blonde and the Social Network among many others. Students on campus join organizations, especially in the Greek system, watch Trojan football and basketball games and take part in quirky traditions like Primal Scream, an impromptu party the night before every final in both fall and spring semesters.
International ~10% of undergrads; TOEFL: Required; SAT or ACT: Required; Financial Aid Available
Crossover Yes, Fall, Spring; A- or B+ average is expected
Overlap Stanford, UCLA, NYU, University of Michigan
Other Selective (~25% admitted), Common Application


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