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
    B+
  10. Campus Food
    A-
  11. Student Life
    A+
  12. Safety
    B
University of Southern California is ...
Private not-for-profit
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-A
Athletic Conference
Pac-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
18%
SAT Scores Range
1280-1480
ACT Scores Range
29-33
Application Fee
$80
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Application Website
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Test Scores and GPA for University of Southern California

Cost

Net Price
$31,189/ year
National
$15,431

Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.

Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $15,013/ year
  • $30-48k
    $16,754/ year
  • $49-75k
    $21,248/ year
  • $76-110k
    $32,515/ year
  • $110k+
    $45,639/ year

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.242 responses
55%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.241 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
18,057Undergrads
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 145 responses
Report
  • Busy, active, studies, and parties
    43%
  • Busy and active
    18%
  • Diverse
    10%
  • Studies & parties
    8%
  • Work hard, play hard, fight on hard
    7%
  • Work Hard Play Hard Mentality
    6%
  • All the above
    3%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
86%
Poll
68%
of students say that Greek life is pretty big.289 responses
Poll
61%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.333 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 173 responses
Report
  • High quality & Social
    32%
  • Diverse
    22%
  • The key to my future
    12%
  • Perfect
    11%
  • An experience with people to never be forgetten.
    8%
  • Snobby
    3%
  • Absurdly preppy
    2%

After University of Southern California

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$66,100/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
91%
National
47%
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

University of Southern California Reviews

3,316 reviews
All Categories
I love attending the University of Southern California! The school has high caliber academics, a competitive yet fun environment for students of all majors, and a gorgeous campus. USC is a bit expensive however, hardworking students can come in with large scholarships to defray this cost. I definitely think that this experience is worth the cost of living and expenses out here and will truly pay off in the end. I have definitely met life long friends and have made unforgettable memories throughout my time here!
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USC is an amazing school overall, with more opportunities than most colleges have to offer. That being said, the stereotype surrounding its status as a "rich-kid" school is 100% accurate. Money is kind here and if you can't pay, you can't play.

Academics are overall great, but not what you would except for the money you pay--the professors are either outstanding or verging on awful.

This is a school for business and networking--if that sounds like you, you will fall in love!
I couldn't be happier anywhere else! The student life is incredible, allowing every person to find their niche. The Greek life and parties are unbelievable, definitely adding to the college experience. Students maintain an amazing balance between their social lives and academics, which definitely has influenced me to do the same. My dream school managed to surpass my expectations.