University of Southern California

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School Overview

As its name denotes, the University of Southern California (USC) is located in Southern California in the city of Los Angeles. It is a non-profit, private, research university that was established in 1880, making it the oldest private, research university in California. Over the last century, USC has grown at about the same pace as the city of Los Angeles. Historically, the University was responsible for educating professionals and business leaders in the LA community, but today it educates adult students of all ages and backgrounds from across the world. In fact, USC has the largest number of international students of any U.S. university. USC has strong relationships and partnerships with several other research universities and institutions located throughout Asia and the Pacific Rim.

General Information

Admission Office

Office of Admission

700 Childs Way

Los Angeles, CA 90089-0911

(213) 740-1111

Fax: (213) 821-0200



Contact: Timothy Brunold

Associate Dean and Director of Undergraduate Admission
Main Address

University Park

Los Angeles, CA 90089

(213) 740-2311

www.usc.edu
Size

Total undergrads: 16,608

First-time degree-seeking freshmen: 2,766

Degree-seeking undergrads: 16,283

Graduate enrollment: 14,457

Setting

Urban setting

Very large city (over 500,000)

Residential campus

Degrees offered:
Bachelor’s
Master’s
Doctoral
First Professional

Tuition & Fees

Estimated Expenses for Academic Year 2008-’09 2009-’10 2010-’11 2011-’12 % change 2010-’12
Tuition and fees $35,809 $37,693 $39,183 $41,022 +4.69%
Books and Supplies $750 $796 $1,500 $1,500 0.00%
Living Arrangement – On Campus
Room and Board $10,750 $11,212 $11,458 $11,580 +1.06%
Other $2,180 $2,180 $1,476 $1,476 0.00%
Living Arrangement – Off Campus
Room and Board $10,858 $11,298 $11,458 $11,580 +1.06%
Other $2,180 $2,180 $1,476 $1,476 0.00%
Total Expenses 2008-’09 2009-’10 2010-’11 2011-’12 % change 2010-’12
In-state On Campus $49,489 $51,881 $53,617 $55,578 +3.66%
In-state Off Campus $49,597 $51,967 $53,617 $55,578 +3.66%
In-state with Family $36,559 $38,489 $40,683 $42,522 +4.52%
Average Graduate Student Tuition & Fees
Tuition for In-state Students $32,640
In-state Student Fees $575
Tuition for Out-of-state Students $32,640
Out-of-state Fees $575

Financial Aid

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
Type of Aid Students Percent Amount Average Per Student
All students financial aid 2,111 76%
Grant or scholarship aid 1,747 63% $45,617,082 $26,112
• Federal grants 390 14% $1,987,070 $5,095
• Pell grants 389 14% $1,360,466 $3,497
• Other federal grants 376 14% $626,604 $1,667
State/local government grant or scholarships 290 10% $2,789,298 $9,618
Institutional grants or scholarships 1,741 63% $40,840,714 $23,458
Student loan aid 1,721 62% $11,563,685 $6,719
• Federal student loans 1,714 62% $9,538,678 $5,565
• Other student loans 109 4% $2,025,007 $18,578

All Degrees and Programs

Program Completions for Most Recent Year BA/BS MA/MS Doctor AA/AS CERT
Total of All Education Programs 4443 4732 1453 279
Architecture and Related Services 102 184 7 39
Architectural and Building Sciences/Technology 7 15
Architecture 102 56
City/Urban, Community and Regional Planning 52 7 10
Landscape Architecture 9 14
Real Estate Development 60
Area, Gender, Cultural, Ethnic, and Group Studies 29 6 9 12
African-American/Black Studies
American/United States Studies/Civilization 15 2 9
Asian-American Studies
East Asian Studies 1 4
Ethnic, Cultural Minority, Gender, and Group Studies, Other 7 12
Hispanic-American, Puerto Rican, and Mexican-American/Chicano Studies 5
Near and Middle Eastern Studies 1
Biology and Biomedical Sciences 272 45 91
Biochemistry 19
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology 9 15
Biochemistry, Biophysics and Molecular Biology, Other 1
Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Other 5
Biology and Biological Sciences, General 166 3 7
Biomathematics, Bioinformatics, and Computational Biology, Other 5
Biophysics 4
Biostatistics 6
Cell/Cellular and Molecular Biology 3
Computational Biology 9
Epidemiology 4
Evolutionary Biology
Genetics, Other 1
Marine Biology and Biological Oceanography 1
Microbiology and Immunology 6 4
Microbiology
Molecular Biology 2 8
Molecular Genetics 3
Molecular Medicine
Molecular Pharmacology 1 5
Neurobiology and Anatomy
Neuroscience 83 3 21
Pathology/Experimental Pathology 4 6
Physiology 1 3
Business, Administration, Management, Marketing, etc. 1097 873 8 55
Accounting 236 87
Business Administration and Management 861 630 8
Business Administration, Management and Operations, Other 4
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services, Other 1
Construction Management 19
Finance 24
Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration
International Business/Trade/Commerce 55
Logistics, Materials, and Supply Chain Management
Non-Profit/Public/Organizational Management
Restaurant/Food Services Management 27
Retailing and Retail Operations
Taxation 81
Communication and Journalism Programs 464 256 10 1
Broadcast Journalism 50 20
Communication and Media Studies, Other 111 1
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs, Other
International and Intercultural Communication 31
Journalism 46 51
Public Relations/Image Management 57 29
Speech Communication and Rhetoric 311 14 10
Computing and Information Sciences 38 402 30
Artificial Intelligence 8
Computer and Information Systems Security/Information Assurance 5
Computer Science 38 388 30
Computer Software and Media Applications, Other
Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications 1
Education 335 158 4
College Student Counseling and Personnel Services
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services 33 4
Curriculum and Instruction 1
Education 19 5
Educational Leadership and Administration 152
Foreign Language Teacher Education
Higher Education/Higher Education Administration 48
Music Teacher Education 14
Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Subject Areas, Other 189
Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language/ESL Language Instructor 32
Engineering 392 1017 87 15
Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical/Space Engineering 55 78 4 1
Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering 63 68 18
Chemical Engineering 28 22 8
Civil Engineering 36 3 2
Civil Engineering, Other 1
Computer Engineering 25 8 2
Electrical and Electronics Engineering 58 429 37
Engineering, Other 109
Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering 7 7 5
Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering
Industrial Engineering 38 38 4
Manufacturing Engineering 4
Materials Engineering 13
Mechanical Engineering 55 73 5
Operations Research 16
Petroleum Engineering 13 2 1
Structural Engineering 26 46
Systems Engineering 84 12
Transportation and Highway Engineering 6 1
English Language, Composition and Literature/Letters 108 48 26
Creative Writing 59 42
English Language and Literature 49 6 26
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 113 16 10
Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 9 1 1
Comparative Literature 8 1 1
East Asian Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 40 1 1
French Language and Literature 15 2
German Language and Literature 2 1
Hispanic and Latin American Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 3 2
Italian Language and Literature 3
Linguistic, Comparative, and Related Language Studies and Services, Other 1 1
Linguistics 10 3 2
Russian Language and Literature 3
Slavic Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 4 2
Spanish Language and Literature 22
Health Services and Allied Health Sciences 131 480 644 71
Advanced General Dentistry
Advanced/Graduate Dentistry and Oral Sciences, Other 10 3
Behavioral Aspects of Health 78 7
Dental Hygiene/Hygienist 37
Dentistry 177
Endodontics/Endodontology 9
Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences, Other 4
Health/Health Care Administration/Management 82 6
International Public Health/International Health 17
Long Term Care Administration/Management 1
Marriage and Family Therapy/Counseling 29
Medical Scientist 5
Medicinal and Pharmaceutical Chemistry
Medicine 160
Nurse Anesthetist 15
Occupational Therapy/Therapist 16 123 18
Oral Biology and Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology 2
Oral/Maxillofacial Surgery 3
Orthodontics/Orthodontology 6
Pediatric Dentistry/Pedodontics 7
Periodontics/Periodontology 4
Pharmaceutical Sciences 7 1
Pharmacoeconomics/Pharmaceutical Economics 1 4
Pharmacy 174
Pharmacy Administration and Pharmacy Policy and Regulatory Affairs 41
Pharmacy, Pharmaceutical Sciences, and Administration, Other 30
Physical Therapy/Therapist 4 100
Physician Assistant 43
Prosthodontics/Prosthodontology 4
Public Health 98
History 50 8 8
History 49 8 8
History, Other 1
Human Services 124 490 9 7
Public Administration 84 5
Public Administration and Social Service Professions, Other 28
Public Policy Analysis 124 77 7
Social Work 301 4
Legal and Law Studies 123 194
Comparative Law 3
Law 194
Programs for Foreign Lawyers 120
Tax Law/Taxation
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 2 8
Humanities/Humanistic Studies 2
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies 8
Mathematics and Statistics 48 44 7
Applied Mathematics 4 3
Computational and Applied Mathematics 3
Financial Mathematics 21 28
Mathematics 24 2 4
Statistics 10
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies 25 51 2 11
Gerontology 10 27 1 5
Historic Preservation and Conservation 3 3
Human Biology 14
International/Global Studies 21
Marine Sciences 1
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other 1
Sustainability Studies 3
Natural Resources and Conservation 13
Environmental Science 2
Environmental Studies 11
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies 34
Kinesiology and Exercise Science 34
Physical Sciences 21 12 48
Astronomy
Chemical Physics
Chemistry 5 6 23
Geology and Earth Science 5 11
Materials Science 4 8
Physical Sciences
Physics 11 2 6
Psychology 180 17 12
Counseling Psychology 1
Educational Psychology
Psychology 180 17 11
Social Sciences 617 67 44 13
Anthropology 19
Archaeology 3
Development Economics and International Development 2
Economics 136 52 6
Geographic Information Science and Cartography 13
Geography 6 4
International Relations and Affairs 201 8 11
Political Economy 3
Political Science and Government 153 4
Social Sciences 38
Sociology 61 5 6
Urban Studies/Affairs 10
Visual and Performing Arts 583 250 49 51
Acting 17 7
Art History, Criticism and Conservation 20 3 3 5
Brass Instruments 3 7 1
Cinematography and Film/Video Production 100 98
Conducting
Digital Arts 8 4
Directing and Theatrical Production
Drama and Dramatics/Theater Arts 94
Dramatic/Theater Arts and Stagecraft, Other 4
Film/Cinema/Video Studies 99 13 9
Film/Video and Photographic Arts, Other
Fine Arts and Art Studies, Other 15
Fine/Studio Arts 67 9
Game and Interactive Media Design 24 21
Jazz/Jazz Studies 6 2 1
Keyboard Instruments 6 10 6
Music History, Literature, and Theory
Music Management 61
Music Pedagogy 2 2
Music Performance 1 4 28
Music Technology 18
Music Theory and Composition 3 4 4
Music 14
Music, Other 1
Musicology and Ethnomusicology 1
Percussion Instruments 3 1
Playwriting and Screenwriting 21 30
Stringed Instruments 12 10 9
Technical Theater/Theater Design and Technology 6
Visual and Performing Arts
Voice and Opera 10 8 5
Woodwind Instruments 5 6 2

Above data represent first majors only.

(-) Indicates that program is not offered at this award level.

Admissions Information

Application Fee

College has an application fee: Yes

Regular application fee: $65

Online application fee: $65
Enrollment Rates

Percent applicants admitted: 22%

Percent students who return sophomore year: 97%


Undergraduate Majors

Architecture & Related Programs

Architecture B
Landscape Architecture B

Area, Ethnic, Cultural, & Gender Studies

African-American Studies B
American Studies B
Asian American Studies B
East Asian Studies B
Hispanic-American Studies B
Women’s Studies B

Arts, Visual & Performing

Acting B
Art History/Criticism/Conservation B
Drama/Theater Arts B
Film Studies B
Fine/Studio Arts B
Jazz Studies B
Music – General B
Music – General Performance B
Music – Piano/Organ B
Music – Voice/Opera B
Music Management/Merchandising B
Music Theory/Composition B
Playwriting/Screenwriting B
Stringed Instruments B
Theater Design/Stagecraft B
Theater Arts Management B

Biological & Biomedical Sciences

Biochemistry B
Biology B
Biophysics B

Business, Management, & Marketing

Accounting B
Business Administration/Management B
International Business B

Communications & Journalism

Broadcast Journalism B
Communications/Rhetoric B
Journalism B
Public Relations B
Radio/Television B

Computer & Information Sciences

Computer Science B

Engineering

Aeronautical/Aerospace Engineering B
Biomedical Engineering B
Chemical Engineering B
Civil Engineering B
Computer Engineering – General B
Construction Engineering B
Electrical/Communications Engineering B
Environmental Engineering B
Industrial Engineering B
Mechanical Engineering B
Petroleum B
Polymer/Plastics B
Structural Engineering B
Systems Engineering B

English Language & Literature

American Literature B
Creative Writing B
English Language & Literature – General B
Literature and Language B

Foreign Language & Literature

Classics B
Comparative Literature B
East Asian B
French B
Italian B
Linguistics B
Russian B
Spanish B

Health Professions & Clinical Sciences

Dental Hygiene B
Public Health B

History

History – General B

Mathematics

Applied Mathematics B
Mathematics – General B

Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

Classical/Ancient Mediterranean/Near Eastern Studies B
Gerontology B
Global Studies B
Neuroscience B

Natural Resources & Conservation

Environmental Science B
Environmental Studies B

Parks, Recreation & Fitness

Exercise Sciences B

Philosophy & Religion

Ethics B
Jewish/Judaic Studies B
Philosophy B
Religion/Religious Studies B

Physical Sciences

Astronomy B
Chemistry B
Geology B
Physical Sciences – General B
Physics B

Psychology

Psychology – General B

Public Administration & Services

Public Administration B

Social Sciences

Anthropology B
Economics B
Geography B
International Relations B
Political Science/Government B
Sociology B

Degree levels for each major are designated by the following letters:

    A = Associate degree
    B = Bachelor’s degree
    C = Certificate or diploma

*We do not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

University of Southern California Highlights

School Information

Phone Number:(213) 740-2311
Website:www.usc.edu/
Type of School:4-year, Private non-profit
Apply Online:https://www.commonapp.org/
Address:University Park, Los Angeles, CA 90089
Setting:Rural: Distant
Campus Housing:Yes

Students & Programs

Student Population:43,871
6-yr Graduation Rate (Bachelor's):91%
Student-to-faculty Ratio:9 to 1
Distance Learning Programs:
Distance Learning Students*:36,849 (84% of total students)
Degree Levels Offered:Bachelor's, Master's, Doctorate

* Students taking at least 1 distance learning course

Tuition & Financial Aid*

In-state Tuition:$52,283
Out-of-state Tuition:$52,283
% of Students Receiving Financial Aid:64%
Avg. Amount of Grant or Scholarship Aid Awarded:$34,145

* Full-time beginning undergraduate students

University of Southern California Programs

See the degree programs that are offered at University of Southern California.

Degree NameCertAssocBachMastDoct
Architecture and Related Services636
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender, and Group Studies2921
Biological and Biomedical Sciences161922
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services104151
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs5461
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services1271
Education61103
Engineering6112011
English Language and Literature/Letters231
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics1068
Health Professions and Related Programs1952212
History211
Legal Professions and Studies54
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities1
Library Science11
Mathematics and Statistics342
Military Technologies and Applied Sciences1
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies5562
Natural Resources and Conservation21
Parks, Recreation, Leisure and Fitness Studies1
Philosophy and Religious Studies522
Physical Sciences545
Psychology132
Public Administration and Social Service Professions4152
Social Sciences21077
Theology and Religious Vocations11
Visual and Performing Arts5272614
Grand total7911918299

* Based on programs that produced 2016-2017 graduates

Online Programs & Distance Learning

See the distance education degree programs that are offered at University of Southern California.

Degree NameCertAssocBachMastDoct
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services1
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services1
Engineering14
Health Professions and Related Programs2
Social Sciences1
Grand total19

* Based on programs that produced 2016-2017 graduates

Tuition & Financial Aid

See what it costs to enroll at University of Southern California and how many students are receiving scholarships, grants, or loans as financial aid to help cover the costs of tuition.

Undergraduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees2016-2017
In-state$52,283
Out-of-state$52,283
Books and supplies$1,200

Graduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees2016-2017
In-state$42,305
Out-of-state$42,305

Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2015-2016

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students

Type of AidNumber Receiving Aid% Receiving AidAvg. Amt. of Aid
Any student financial aid1,88064%
Grant or scholarship aid1,70458%$34,145
Student loan aid80127%$7,444

All Undergraduate Students

Type of AidNumber Receiving Aid% Receiving AidAvg. Amt. of Aid
Grant or scholarship aid11,18159%$35,059
Federal student loans5,98632%$7,324

Admissions & Enrollment

See the admission requirements for University of Southern California. Find out how many students apply and how many are accepted. View a graphical breakdown of the gender, age, and ethnicity of currently enrolled University of Southern California students.

Undergraduate Admissions, Fall 2017

TotalMaleFemale
Number of applicants54,28025,34628,934
Percent admitted100%16%17%
Percent admitted who enrolled6%5%6%

Admissions Considerations

RequiredRecommendedOptional
Secondary school GPA
Secondary school rank
Secondary school record
Completion of college-preparatory program
Recommendations
Formal demonstration of competencies
Admission test scores
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language

University of Southern California Enrollment, Fall 2017

Total Enrollment43,871
Undergraduate enrollment18,794
Graduate enrollment25,077

Undergraduate Attendance

Undergraduate Gender

Undergraduate Age

Undergraduate Race/Ethnicity

Undergraduate Distance Education

Undergraduates taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Graduate Distance Education

Graduate students taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

University of Southern California Accreditation

This institution is accredited by Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Senior College and University Commission

Specialized institution accreditations:

  • Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics
    • Dietetics (DIET) - Coordinated Program in Dietetics (Leonard Davis School of Gerontology)
  • Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education
    • Pharmacy (PHAR) - Professional degree programs
  • American Bar Association, Council of the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar
    • Law (LAW) - Professional schools
  • American Dental Association, Commission on Dental Accreditation
    • Dental Hygiene (DH)
    • Endodontics
    • Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (OMS)
    • Oral Medicine
    • Orofacial Pain
    • Orthodontics & Dentofacial Orthopedics
    • Pediatric Dentistry
    • Periodontics
    • Prosthodontics (including maxillofacial prosthetics and combined prosthodontics/maxillofacial prosthetics)
  • American Occupational Therapy Association, Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education
    • Occupational Therapy (OT) - Professional Programs
    • Occupational Therapy (OTM) - Programs leading to a Master's Degree
  • American Psychological Association, Commission on Accreditation
    • Clinical Psychology (CLPSY) - PhD Doctoral programs
    • Counseling Psychology (COPSY) - PhD Doctoral programs
  • Commission on English Language Program Accreditation
    • English Language
  • Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs
    • Nurse Anesthesia (ANEST) - Institutions and programs at the master's degree, post master's certificate or doctoral degree levels
  • Council on Education for Public Health
    • Public Health Programs (PHPG) - Graduate level program offered outside a school of public health
    • Public Health Programs (PHPG) - Graduate level program offered outside a school of public health
  • Liaison Committee on Medical Education
    • Medicine (MED) - Programs leading to the M.D. degree
  • National Association of Schools of Music, Commission on Accreditation
    • Music (MUS) - Institutions and units within institutions offering degree-granting and/or non-degree-granting programs
  • American Physical Therapy Association, Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education
    • Physical Therapy (PT) - Professional programs for the physical therapist

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