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A+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    A+
  2. Value
    A+
  3. Diversity
    A+
  4. Campus
    A+
  5. Athletics
    A+
  6. Party Scene
    A+
  7. Professors
    A+
  8. Location
    A
  9. Dorms
    A-
  10. Campus Food
    A-
  11. Student Life
    A+
  12. Safety
    B
USC is a highly rated private university located in Los Angeles, California. It is a large institution with an enrollment of 18,631 undergraduate students. Admissions is competitive as the USC acceptance rate is 17%. Popular majors include Business, Communications, and Biology. Graduating 92% of students, USC alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $53,800.
About University of Southern California...
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-FBS
Athletic Conference
Pacific-12 Conference
Address
University Park
Los Angeles, CA 90089
Website

University of Southern California Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
17%
Application Deadline
January 15
SAT Range
1300-1500
ACT Range
30-34
Application Fee
$80
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action
No

Cost

Net Price
$32,892/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Average Total Aid Awarded
$36,686/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
64%

Academics

Professors
A+
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
9:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
83%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.248 responses
69%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.267 responses
54%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.266 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
18,631Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
539
Undergrads Over 25
3%
Pell Grant
17%
Varsity Athletes
3%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 170 responses
Report
  • Busy, active, studies, and parties
    42%
  • Busy and active
    16%
  • Work hard, play hard, fight on hard
    11%
  • Diverse
    9%
  • Studies & parties
    7%
  • Work Hard Play Hard Mentality
    6%
  • All the above
    4%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
82%
Poll
67%
of students say that Greek life is pretty big.314 responses
Poll
60%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.358 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 198 responses
Report
  • High quality & Social
    34%
  • Diverse
    20%
  • The key to my future
    12%
  • Perfect
    10%
  • An experience with people to never be forgetten.
    8%
  • Snobby
    3%
  • Pre-Professional
    3%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$74,000/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
92%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
92%
National
83%
85%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.161 responses
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USC is an amazing school in terms of academics. There's definitely a higher standard and you have to work for your grades but you come out having learned a lot. Because it is a private school with lots of appeal in the heart of Los Angeles, it does attract a fair share of ignorant, privileged people. However, you can definitely find genuine people, just keep looking and being you! USC has so many perks and resources and I highly recommend getting involved whether it be sports or clubs! The professors are very experienced and amazing.
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USC has garnered a rather bad reputation over the years- it’s a party school, the students are spoiled, the campus is unsafe. However, everything I have experienced there contradicts this reputation.
The school is large enough that you can find a community that suits you. If you don’t want to party, you’ll find plenty of people that share that sentiment.

Additionally, though some of the students are undoubtedly spoiled, the majority of them are hardworking and down to earth. Since USC is pretty generous with financial aid, many students don’t come from rich families.

Finally, although the surrounding area can be sketchy at times, I have never felt unsafe on USC campus. USC has a very competent security team that is dedicated to student safety.

If you’re thinking about USC, don’t let the reputation offput you. It’s an amazing place filled with amazing people, and if you decide to go, you won’t regret it. Fight on!
I absolutely love USC's Thornton School of Music! I'm comfortable and feel supported in class, and my professors love to take the time to ensure that their students understand each concept, and they love to take educational and entertaining tangents during our spare time. Generally a beautiful school, with an amazing supportive environment.