C O L L E G E   P R O F I L E   -   O V E R V I E W
University of Southern California
Los Angeles, CA
The University of Southern California, founded in 1880, is a private, comprehensive university. As a major research university, USC provides undergraduates with an extraordinary range of academic programs and encourages study and research across disciplines. This breadth of programs means that students can combine both strong liberal arts and professional studies. USC's 155-acre main campus location puts the incomparable resources offered by Los Angeles and southern California within easy reach. Students draw on these resources for research and internships, for exploring arts and community service and for working at the center of developing information technologies. Within this driven, forward-thinking, far-flung area, USC students maintain a strong sense of community.
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Institution Type Private
Coeducational Yes
Undergraduate Students 18,794
   Women 9,718 (51.7%)
   Men 9,076 (48.3%)
Graduate Students 25,077
Entrance Difficulty Most difficult
Overall Admission Rate 17% of 54,280 applicants were admitted
Early Action Offered No
Early Decision Offered No
Regular Admission Deadline January 15
Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen
Average GPA 3.73
SAT Math 698 average
650-770 range of middle 50%
SAT Critical Reading 673 average
620-730 range of middle 50%
SAT Writing
ACT Composite 31 average
30-33 range of middle 50%
Selection of Students
Factor Very Important Important Considered Not Considered
Academic GPA X      
Standardized Tests X      
Essay X      
Extracurricular Activities   X    
Cost of Attendance $69,711
  Tuition and Fees $52,283
  Room and Board $14,348
Average Percent of Need Met 100%
Average Freshman Award $51,311
Average Indebtedness of
2016 Graduates
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Academic Calendar System Semester
General Education/Core Curriculum Required
Full-Time Faculty Teaching Undergraduates 1,981
Regular Class Size 2-9 students: 15% of classes
10-19 students: 45% of classes
20-29 students: 11% of classes
30-39 students: 9% of classes
40-49 students: 7% of classes
50-99 students: 8% of classes
Over 100 students: 3% of classes
Los Angeles Population 3,857,799
Nearest Metropolitan Area Los Angeles
Freshman Housing Guarantee Freshmen are guaranteed housing
Students in College Housing 98% of freshmen, 30% of all students
Athletic Conferences NCAA Division I
Mascot Tommy Trojan, Traveler
Sororities 27% of women participate
Fraternities 26% of men participate
Ethnicity of Students from U.S. 0.1% American Indian/Alaskan Native
24.1% Asian
5.1% Black/African-American
16.1% Hispanic/Latino
6.1% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.3% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
45.9% White
2.2% Unknown
International Students 14.2% from 111 countries
First-Year Students Returning 96.0%
Students Graduating Within 4 Years 77.1%
Graduates Offered Full-Time Employment Within 6 Months Not reported
Graduates Pursuing Advanced Study Directly Not reported