University of Southern California

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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

[email protected]

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.