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  1. Academics
    A+
  2. Value
    A+
  3. Diversity
    A+
  4. Campus
    A+
  5. Athletics
    A+
  6. Party Scene
    A+
  7. Professors
    A+
  8. Location
    B+
  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 18,195 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 $52,800.
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
1280-1500
ACT Range
30-33
Application Fee
$80
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action
No

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Cost

Net Price
$32,932/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $16,002/ year
  • $30-48k
    $16,941/ year
  • $49-75k
    $21,751/ year
  • $76-110k
    $31,583/ year
  • $110k+
    $51,147/ year
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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
68%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.257 responses
54%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.256 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
18,195Undergrads
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 160 responses
Report
  • Busy, active, studies, and parties
    43%
  • Busy and active
    18%
  • Diverse
    9%
  • Work hard, play hard, fight on hard
    9%
  • Studies & parties
    8%
  • Work Hard Play Hard Mentality
    6%
  • All the above
    3%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
81%
Poll
67%
of students say that Greek life is pretty big.304 responses
Poll
60%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.348 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 188 responses
Report
  • High quality & Social
    33%
  • Diverse
    21%
  • The key to my future
    12%
  • Perfect
    10%
  • An experience with people to never be forgetten.
    9%
  • Snobby
    3%
  • Pre-Professional
    3%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$70,400/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
92%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
93%
National
83%
85%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.161 responses
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University of Southern California Reviews

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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!
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Coming to USC was one of the greatest decisions of my life! I'm a first-gen, low income minority coming from Texas who had never visited California before, so you can guess just how big of a difference California was from Texas. I thought I was going to feel overwhelmed and flunk out, but I didn't! In fact, I'm thriving here. The university is very beautiful, the brick and gothic sorta architecture is very pretty and really relaxing. There are so many opportunities and a lot of different majors, so I'm sure you will find what you are looking for. There are a lot of different activities to join, so you will definitely find your group of friends as long you get involved!
I have really enjoyed my time here so far! I made so many friends and I honestly can say there is no other school I would rather be at. However, the only major downside to my school is the rising cost of tuition and how it is not completely 100% needs met like they say it is. It really puts a financial strain on my physical and mental well-being and my family back home. However, I take these struggles with a grain of salt because this is a part of being an adult, making sacrifices and learning from choices. My schools diversity also lacks a bit. I can say that USC does try to make spaces for our minority students as we do have cultural centers I just was under the impression that when they talked about diversity I would see a lot more people that looked like me. I do love my school for the opportunities they give and the resources for every major, my advisors were very helpful and the coursework is manageable.