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University of Southern California

Los Angeles, California
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Overview
Private not-for-profit
18,195 Undergraduates
17% Admissions Rate
City: Large
Private
Expensive
Region: West
Division 1
Selective
Size: Medium
Doctoral
University of Southern California
University Park
Los Angeles, California
90089
(213) 740-2311
www.usc.edu/

In 1879, Judge Robert Maclay Widney and his peers procured a donation of 308 lots of land in Los Angeles and established University of Southern California, or USC. When it opened in 1880, there were 10 teachers and 53 students, and Los Angeles didn’t yet have paved streets, working street lights or a solid fire alarm system. Today, USC is one of the top 30 colleges in the nation and a private research university. Six Nobel Laureates are or were faculty members, including Angus Deaton, Daniel McFadden and James Heckman, who won for economics. Notable alumni include actors John Ritter, Forest Whitaker and Will Ferrell, astronaut Neil Armstrong, director Ron Howard, musician Flea, actress Jenna Dewan and rapper Saweetie. The school’s sporting affiliations are NCAA Division I FBS – Pac-12, ACHA for ice hockey and MPSF. USC varsity teams have won 129 team national championships. Sports teams there include men’s football, baseball, golf, tennis and track and field, and women’s swimming and diving, rowing, soccer, and indoor and beach volleyball. The school’s colors are gold and cardinal and its mascot is a horse called Traveler. The official motto is “palmam qui meruit ferat” or “Let whoever earns the palm bear it.”

Location

Los Angeles is the second-most populous city in the United States, after New York City, and the most populous city in the Western United States. With an estimated population of four million, Los Angeles is the largest and most populous city in the state of California and the cultural, financial, and commercial center of Southern California. Los Angeles is located in a large basin bounded by the Pacific Ocean on one side and by mountains as high as 10,000 feet on the others. More from Wikipedia...

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restaurants score

Students
48%

Men

52%

Women

21

Average Age of Entering Students

81%

Live On Campus

1443

New Transfer Students

Admissions
17%

Acceptance Rate

34%

Enrollment Yield

1280-1500

SAT Range

54,280

Applicants in 2016

Costs
$32,932

Typical Cost

$54,259

Average Tuition

64%

Recieve Financial Aid

90%

Have Loans

$22,125

Median Debt

Academics
9.0 to 1

Student to Faculty Ratio

226

National Merit Students

Doctoral

Highest Degree Offered

685

Doctorates Awareded

Business Management And Administration

Top Major

30

Faculty Awards

50

National Academy Members

480

Post Docs Employed

Campus Life

Dorm Food:

Standard

Clubs & Extracurriculars:

Important, hundreds to choose from

Greek Life:

Important, many to choose from

Party Scene:

Named one of the top party schools in the nation
Athletics
Basketball Conference:

Pacific-12 Conference

Track & Field Conference:

Pacific-12 Conference

Social
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