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USC is a private graduate school in Los Angeles, California. It has a large graduate student body with an enrollment of 27,403 graduate students. Of the 170 graduate programs offered at University of Southern California, 50 are offered online or through graduate distance education programs. The most popular graduate school programs at University of Southern California are Social Work, Computer Science, and Business. 21% of its graduate students are part-time graduate students.

Masters and Doctoral Programs

Graduate Students

Total Graduate Students
27,403
Part-Time Grad Students
5,645
Research Assistants
1,323
Teaching Assistants
663
Racial Diversity
  • International (Non-Citizen)
    30.8%
  • White
    29.4%
  • Asian
    13.7%
  • Hispanic
    13.4%
  • African American
    6.5%
  • Unknown
    4%
  • Multiracial
    1.8%
  • Pacific Islander
    0.3%
  • Native American
    0.2%

Student Life

Poll
What one word or phrase best describes students at your school?
Based on 62 responses
  • Driven
    45%
  • Down-to-earth
    5%
  • Friendly
    6%
  • Intellectual
    23%
  • Organized
    5%
  • anti-white-liberals
    3%
  • Diverse
    6%
Poll
What phrase best describes your program?
Based on 62 responses
  • Competitive and intense
    23%
  • Great brand name
    16%
  • Prepared me for the real world
    21%
  • Supportive/helped me grow
    24%
  • Fulfilling, knowledgeable, inclusive, supportive.
    13%
  • Looks good on paper. Nothing more.
    3%

Professors

Poll
94%
of students agree that professors care about their students' success.62 responses
Poll
94%
of students agree that professors are engaging and easy to understand.62 responses
Poll
79%
of students agree that professors helped connect them to future opportunities.62 responses

Return On Investment

Poll
How much did you spend on your graduate degree?
Based on 62 responses
  • $100K+
    24%
  • $75K-$100K
    42%
  • $50K-$75K
    16%
  • $25K-$50K
    13%
  • <$25K
    5%
Poll
How much did you make post-graduation?
Based on 62 responses
  • $125K-$150K
    3%
  • $100K-$125K
    3%
  • $75K-$100K
    13%
  • $50-$75K
    5%
  • Did not graduate yet
    76%
76%
of students feel the degree they are getting at this school is worth the time and money.62 responses
Living in the Area
  1. Cost of Living
    D-
  2. Crime & Safety
    C
  3. Nightlife
    A+
Median Household Income
$18,901
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,433
National
$949
Median Home Value
$518,200
National
$184,700
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University of Southern California Reviews

192 reviews
Top rated education. My professor were genuinely concerned with my academic progress and development. I really think that this is a top notch school. Teh alumni organizations are really entrenched in the Los Angeles area and had several classmates get job offers after graduating. So the academics are great and location is really amazing as well
The location is amazing. You are close to the beach. mountains, ocean, and many parks. Down the street on Figueroa Street you will find the famed Staples center. I was fortunate enough to attend multiple Lakers games while a student and several football games. These are the bomb! Thousands of former alumni gather from Northern California to Southern California to support the great football team.
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I love USC and all of the resources they give you as a student. If I ever need help, someone is always a phone call away. They have academic advisors and people who you can email at any time with any questions you may have. Their website is for the most part. up to date and any information you can't find, your academic advisor can answer.
The university also has zoom meetings and groups you can join. Those groups have other people like you. This helps. you build connections with other that may be struggling with the same things you're struggling with.

Yes, it can get pricey! But they have may resources you can get help from. Such as scholarships and fellowships that you can apply to.
Everything is online now due to COVID. But as I mentioned before, there is always someone that can help you over the phone, email, or zoom meeting.

Overall, the University of Southern California was the best option for me and so far I enjoy being a trojan! Best decision I've made thus far.
As a graduate student earning a master's degree in education and have transferred to different institution throughout my education journey I can say with confidence and certainty that my experience at USC has been like no other. The professors pedagogy, student-professor communication, and overall support personally and professionally is one I have never experienced at any other institution. I am proud to be a trojan!