University of Southern California

Los Angeles, CA

Get to know University of Southern California

School Profile

Urban campus setting

21,000 undergraduate students

28,500 graduate students

3,700 first-year students

61% of students are from outside of California


~10% applicants admitted

Unweighted GPA Middle 50%: 3.85-4.00


150+ majors offered at the Dornsife College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences or one of USC’s 17 professional schools

Student-to-faculty ratio 9:1

57% of classes have fewer than 20 students 

Introduction to University of Southern California

At the University of Southern California, you will be part of a world-class private research institution in the heart of a dynamic world center. Here, you will learn from faculty who are experts in their fields and eager to share their knowledge with you. With USC's emphasis on interdisciplinary studies, you will be able to pursue your passions across multiple fields, either through unique double majors, major-minor combinations, and opportunities for innovative collaborative learning. Study abroad programs around the world will encourage you to explore beyond your comfort zone and engage with the global community.

Passionate about the arts? USC's six visual and performing arts schools will nurture your talents and offer professional training unrivaled anywhere else. Even if you are majoring in another field, you can take classes in any of USC's visual and performing arts schools to sharpen your artistic skills.

No matter your academic or career aspirations, USC's liberal arts college and 17 professional schools will prepare you for a lifetime of success. USC Core, the hallmark of a USC education, consists of courses in General Education, Writing, and Global Perspectives, and encourages students to explore academic interests across multiple subjects. 

Outside the classroom, you will have numerous opportunities to find your niche and become part of the USC community. Explore Los Angeles and Southern California — and show your Trojan spirit — through any of USC's 1,000+ student clubs and organizations, recreational sports, and NCAA Division I sports. Find a home at one of USC’s six Cultural Resource Centers, connect with faculty members who can mentor your independent research, or simply meet new friends. Pre-professional advising is available to students pursuing pre-health or pre-law. Whatever you choose, you will be able to bond with your fellow Trojans all over campus.

At USC, you will enjoy the lifelong support of the Trojan Family, an alumni network now 450,000 strong with members around the world.

Fun facts: First, USC’s athletic teams adopted the Trojan as a mascot in 1912, after a Los Angeles Times sportswriter likened the fighting spirit of USC athletes to that of the ancient Trojans. Second, As of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, Trojan athletes earned 309 Olympic medals, more than any other university in the country.

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semester-long and year-long study abroad programs are offered in 28 countries on 5 continents through the USC Office of Overseas Studies.

Through Freshman Seminars, students study in a small-group setting with distinguished faculty.

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