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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
    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 19,194 undergraduate students. Admissions is extremely competitive as the USC acceptance rate is 13%. Popular majors include Business, Communications, and Biology. Graduating 92% of students, USC alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $53,800.
University Park
Los Angeles, CA 90089
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-FBS
Athletic Conference
Pacific-12 Conference

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.

USC Admissions

Acceptance Rate
13%
Application Deadline
January 15
SAT Range
1350-1530
ACT Range
30-34
Application Fee
$80
SAT/ACT
Considered but not required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action
No

Cost

Net Price
$36,161/ 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
$35,953/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
69%

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.275 responses
53%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.274 responses

Majors

Online

Online Programs Offered
0
Offers Online Courses
Yes
Online Certificate Programs
0
Online Associates Programs
0
Online Bachelor's Programs
0
How Students Learn
  • Mix of Online and on Campus
    3%
  • On Campus
    97%
  • Online
    0%

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
19,194Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
713
Undergrads Over 25
3%
Pell Grant
18%
Varsity Athletes
3%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 177 responses
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  • Busy, active, studies, and parties
    41%
  • Busy and active
    16%
  • Work hard, play hard, fight on hard
    11%
  • Diverse
    8%
  • Work Hard Play Hard Mentality
    8%
  • Studies & parties
    7%
  • All the above
    5%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
81%
Poll
66%
of students say that Greek life is pretty big.322 responses
Poll
60%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.366 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 206 responses
Report
  • High quality & Social
    34%
  • Diverse
    19%
  • The key to my future
    12%
  • Perfect
    10%
  • An experience with people to never be forgetten.
    8%
  • Snobby
    3%
  • Pre-Professional
    2%

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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University of Southern California Reviews

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Being a student at the University of Southern California is like no other. The campus is beautiful and the academics are stellar. The whole school feels like one big family. The athletic programs are top notch and really bring all the students together. I love being able to attend countless games while seeing cheering fans who truly love where they go to school. The best part about the University of Southern California is the Trojan alumni. With over 425,000 Trojan alumni in the world, you are always connected to a Trojan. The wonderful Trojan alumni are there for you beyond your four years. They give opportunities to advance in your desired career field, as well as be there in a new environment. No other university is this connected between current students and alumni. I am proud to attend USC, where academics, athletics and alumni blend together making the ultimate college experience!
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Location is one of the best things about USC. The weather is generally really nice. Professors are a big key to what makes USC awesome. I've yet to encounter the stereotypical stuffy, monotone professor who makes you want to jump out the window. As for sports, I know our football team is great, but we are a pretty good school academically, too! Although I am not dorming, the dorms are top of the line. Commons can be a good place to hang out, if it's not too crowded or loud. My favorite place is one of the many cafes sprinkled around campus. You can watch news, do work, eat lunch, and enjoy the weather all at once. Although we're right near downtown Los Angeles, the area immediately surrounding USC's campus is not very safe. Hence, the walls and gates around the campus make you feel like you're in your own little bubble sometimes. School pride floods USC. Everyone has at least one USC shirt or sweatshirt.
I had an amazing experience at the University of Southern California! The professors are excellent teachers as well as world class researchers. You will be treated like family, The Trojan Family, and not like a number as many public schools in California treat their students. You will always experience professionalism and respect from administrators. In California, where disrespect and ego run rampant, USC represents a touch of class and elegance. After you step on campus, you'll feel like you never want to leave!