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University of Southern California Overview

University of Southern California is a private not-for-profit institution situated in Los Angeles, California. The location of the school is great for students who enjoy the amenities of city life.

What Is University of Southern California Known For?

18,631 Full-Time Undergraduates
$30,453 Avg Cost After Aid
16% Acceptance Rate
  • Students at USC may have an easier time interacting with their teachers since the student to faculty ratio at the school is 9 to 1.
  • The 2% student loan default rate at USC is better than the national rate of 10.1%. That's a good sign that you may be able to pay off student loans easier than your peers at other schools can.
  • The doctor's degree is the highest degree offered at USC.
  • For the 2017-2018 academic year, 59% of the faculty were full-time.
  • A student who earns a bachelor's degree from USC makes roughly $74,000 a year. This is 81% more than their peers from other colleges and universities.
  • The average USC student graduates in 4.2 years. That's better than the national average of 4.4 years.

University of Southern California Rankings

USC landed the #40 spot in College Factual's 2021 ranking of best overall colleges in the United States. The higher ed experts analyzed 1,715 colleges and universities across the nation to determine this ranking. This puts it in the top 5% of all schools in the nation. Out of the 116 colleges in California, it is ranked at #6.

The following table lists the notable rankings from College Factual that USC has received.

Notable Undergraduate Rankings for USC

Ranking Type Rank
Best Colleges for International Students 2
Best Colleges for Diversity 18
Best Colleges 40
Best Colleges for Veterans 45
Best Colleges for Non-Traditional Students 85
Best Colleges for the Money 749

Where Is University of Southern California?

Location of University of Southern California

Contact details for USC are given below.

Contact Details
Address: University Park, Los Angeles, CA 90089
Phone: 213-740-2311
Website: www.usc.edu/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/usc
Twitter: https://twitter.com/usc

How Do I Get Into USC?

You can apply to USC online at: https://www.commonapp.org/

Admission Requirements for USC

Submission Required?
High School GPA required
High School Rank neither required nor recommended
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program required
Recommendations required
SAT or ACT Scores required
TOEFL required

How Hard Is It To Get Into USC?

16% Acceptance Rate
51% Of Accepted Are Women
55% Submit SAT Scores
With an acceptance rate of 16%, USC is one of the most selective schools in the country. If the admissions department requests additional materials, be sure to submit them promptly. This could be a sign that you're on the border line of being accepted or denied.

Approximately 49% of accepted students are men and 51% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 17%, and the acceptance rate for women is 15%.

Average Test Scores

About 55% of students accepted to USC submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 650 and 730. Math scores were between 650 and 770.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for University of Southern California  ( 650 to 730 )
200
800

SAT Math Scores for University of Southern California  ( 650 to 770 )
200
800
USC received ACT scores from 61% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 30 and 35. Math scores were between 28 and 34. Composite scores were between 30 and 34.

ACT English Scores for University of Southern California  ( 30 to 35 )
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36
ACT Math Scores for University of Southern California  ( 28 to 34 )
1
36
ACT Composite Scores for University of Southern California  ( 30 to 34 )
1
36

Can I Afford University of Southern California?

$30,453 Net Price
28% Take Out Loans
1.6% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of USC is $30,453. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for USC

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$15,210 $15,032 $21,572 $29,793 $51,487

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. At USC, approximately 28% of students took out student loans averaging $8,442 a year. That adds up to $33,768 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at USC is 1.6%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

University of Southern California Undergraduate Student Diversity

18,631 Full-Time Undergraduates
52% Women
45% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 19,170 undergraduate students at USC, with 18,631 being full-time and 539 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  USC

There are also 26,517 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 18,631 full-time undergraduates at USC, 48% are male and 52% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  USC

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of University of Southern California students is as follows.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of USC Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 3,794
Black or African American 858
Hispanic or Latino 2,670
White 7,328
International Students 2,618
Other Races/Ethnicities 1,363

Geographic Diversity

California students aren't the only ones who study at University of Southern California. At this time, all 50 states are represented by the student population at the school.

At this time, 50 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 130 countries are represented at USC. The most popular countries sending students to the school are China, India, and South Korea.

Online Learning at University of Southern California

6,707 Took All Classes Online
8,581 Took At Least One Class Online
9.7% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
In 2017-2018, 8,581 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at USC has changed over the last few years.

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This school is the 2nd most popular in California for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2017-2018.

Online Growth Rankings of USC

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at University of Southern California was 9.7%. This is the #1,356 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at USC regardless of major.

The following table shows the 1-year growth rate of USC majors that offer at least one online course. This table only includes majors with positive growth.

Major 1-Year Growth Rate
Aerospace & Aeronautical Engineering 14%
Biomedical Engineering 4%
Business Administration & Management 4%
Business, Management & Marketing 4%
Communication & Media Studies 2%
Computer & Information Sciences 4%
Computer Engineering 23%
Computer Information Systems 44%
Computer Science 2%
Education 15%
Educational Administration 12%
Educational Assessment 38%
Electrical Engineering 7%
Geography & Cartography 17%
Health & Medical Administrative Services 16%
Hospitality Management 6%
Human Resource Management 83%
Intelligence & Command Control Operations 38%
Legal Professions 21%
Legal Professions (Other) 25%
Legal Research 20%
Library & Information Science 56%
Library Science 56%
Management Sciences & Quantitative Methods 20%
Military Technologies & Applied Sciences 8%
Multi / Interdisciplinary Studies 20%
Nursing 70%
Other Education 11%
Other Engineering 22%
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 36%
Public Administration & Social Service 3%
Public Policy 13%
Social Sciences 9%
Social Work 3%
Special Education 27%
Student Counseling 33%
Teacher Education Subject Specific 11%
Teaching English or French 18%
Urban Studies 56%

The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at USC ranks compared to all other partially online schools that offer a specific major. Note that the majors may or may not be offered online at USC.

Major Growth Rate Rank
Advanced Dentistry & Oral Sciences #1
Petroleum Engineering #2
Materials Engineering #4
Taxation #5
Military Technologies & Applied Sciences #6
Intelligence & Command Control Operations #6
Educational Assessment #9
Chemical Engineering #9
Biomedical Engineering #9
Public Policy #10
Legal Research #11
Construction Management #11
Aerospace & Aeronautical Engineering #11
Other Engineering #13
Gerontology #16
Industrial Engineering #18
Computer Engineering #18
Other Health Professions #18
Systems Engineering #18
Mechanical Engineering #20
Management Sciences & Quantitative Methods #20
Civil Engineering #21
Library & Information Science #22
Geography & Cartography #22
Electrical Engineering #27
Rehabilitation & Therapeutic Professions #28
Library Science #28
Computer Software & Applications #28
Other Education #29
Teaching English or French #31
Student Counseling #32
Computer Science #34
Social Work #39
Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology #43
Public Health #50
Communication & Media Studies #53
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies #53
Public Administration #55
Legal Professions #58
Information Technology #59
Engineering #66
Human Resource Management #71
Communication & Journalism #81
Social Sciences #104
Special Education #105
Teacher Education Subject Specific #110
Multi / Interdisciplinary Studies #111
Public Administration & Social Service #119
Psychology #126
Teacher Education Grade Specific #149
Educational Administration #154
Health & Medical Administrative Services #178
Computer & Information Sciences #202
Nursing #289
Education #370
Business Administration & Management #453
Health Professions #479

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.

University of Southern California Majors

In 2017-2018, University of Southern California awarded 10,674 undergraduate degrees and 22,150 graduate degrees. The table below shows the number of awards for each major.

Major Associate’s Bachelor’s Master’s Doctor’s
Accounting 0 187 104 0
Advanced Dentistry & Oral Sciences 0 0 30 1
Aerospace & Aeronautical Engineering 0 49 92 7
Allied Health Professions 0 0 62 0
Anthropology 0 8 6 0
Applied Mathematics 0 111 104 6
Archeology 0 2 0 0
Architectural Sciences & Technology 0 74 87 0
Architecture (Other) 0 0 8 0
Area Studies 0 24 8 0
Arts & Media Management 0 48 3 0
Astronomy & Astrophysics 0 2 0 0
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology 0 22 18 13
Biological & Biomedical Sciences (Other) 0 0 1 3
Biomathematics & Bioinformatics 0 0 34 15
Biomedical Engineering 0 74 71 22
Biotechnology 0 0 13 0
Business Administration & Management 0 1,022 695 13
Cell Biology & Anatomical Sciences 0 0 48 4
Chemical Engineering 0 42 50 9
Chemistry 0 10 1 23
Child Development & Psychology 0 0 0 12
Civil Engineering 0 29 81 10
Classical Languages & Literature 0 2 2 2
Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology 0 0 86 0
Cognitive Science 0 34 0 0
Communication & Media Studies 0 270 273 19
Computer Engineering 0 30 42 1
Computer Information Systems 0 0 97 0
Computer Science 0 228 853 48
Computer Software & Applications 0 38 78 0
Construction Management 0 0 16 0
Dance 0 27 0 0
Dental Support Services 0 41 0 0
Dentistry 0 0 0 173
Design & Applied Arts 0 31 16 0
Dispute Resolution 0 0 48 0
Drama & Theater Arts 0 124 54 0
East Asian Languages 0 20 2 2
Ecology, Evolution & Systematics Biology 0 0 0 11
Economics 0 198 92 12
Educational Administration 0 0 38 314
Educational Assessment 0 0 16 0
Electrical Engineering 0 59 516 48
Engineering-Related Fields 0 22 0 0
Entrepreneurial Studies 0 0 114 0
Environmental Engineering 0 9 20 8
Ethnic Studies 0 10 0 0
Film, Video & Photographic Arts 0 241 173 10
Fine & Studio Arts 0 77 18 2
General Architecture 0 10 0 0
General Biology 0 76 3 1
General English Literature 0 17 5 8
General Physical Sciences 0 2 0 0
General Psychology 0 157 13 0
General Social Sciences 0 36 0 0
General Visual & Performing Arts 0 15 19 0
Genetics 0 0 3 6
Geography & Cartography 0 11 46 0
Geological & Earth Sciences 0 8 3 11
Gerontology 0 16 141 5
Health & Medical Administrative Services 0 0 186 0
Health & Physical Education 0 1 5 0
Health Sciences & Services 0 7 0 0
Historic Preservation 0 0 10 0
History 0 61 0 4
Human Biology 0 206 0 0
Human Resource Management 0 0 101 0
Industrial Engineering 0 67 20 12
Information Technology 0 0 20 0
International Business 0 32 56 0
International Relations & National Security 0 223 3 9
International Studies 0 8 23 0
Journalism 0 65 73 0
Law 0 0 0 226
Legal Research 0 0 449 0
Library & Information Science 0 0 42 0
Linguistics & Comparative Literature 0 16 11 9
Management Sciences & Quantitative Methods 0 0 200 0
Manufacturing Engineering 0 0 4 0
Marketing 0 0 56 0
Materials Engineering 0 0 48 0
Materials Sciences 0 0 4 7
Mathematics 0 11 4 9
Mechanical Engineering 0 86 116 6
Medical Science 0 0 10 0
Medicine 0 0 0 190
Mental & Social Health Services 0 0 50 0
Microbiological Sciences & Immunology 0 0 14 0
Molecular Medicine 0 0 1 2
Music 0 80 96 34
Natural Resources Conservation 0 48 19 0
Neurobiology & Neurosciences 0 90 0 15
Nursing 0 0 63 0
Operations Research 0 0 9 0
Other Business, Management & Marketing 0 0 3 0
Other Education 0 0 0 18
Other Engineering 0 0 133 0
Other Health Professions 0 0 4 0
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 0 54 38 0
Other Public Administration 0 0 30 0
Petroleum Engineering 0 0 54 3
Pharmacology & Toxicology 0 7 4 2
Pharmacy/Pharmaceutical Sciences 0 0 55 196
Philosophy 0 44 0 6
Physics 0 18 3 15
Physiology & Pathology Sciences 0 0 8 3
Political Science & Government 0 141 0 0
Public Administration 0 0 158 0
Public Health 0 98 251 7
Public Policy 0 32 103 3
Public Relations & Advertising 0 96 83 0
Radio, Television & Digital Communication 0 0 1 0
Real Estate 0 46 0 0
Real Estate Development 0 91 41 0
Rehabilitation & Therapeutic Professions 0 8 164 177
Religious Studies 0 6 0 0
Romance Languages 0 38 0 0
Slavic, Baltic & Albanian Languages 0 5 4 0
Social Work 0 0 1,367 74
Sociology 0 65 11 6
Statistics 0 0 9 0
Student Counseling 0 0 52 0
Systems Engineering 0 0 29 0
Taxation 0 0 70 0
Teacher Education Grade Specific 0 0 1 0
Teacher Education Subject Specific 0 0 367 0
Teaching English or French 0 0 115 0
Urban & Regional Planning 0 24 58 2
Urban Studies 0 11 0 5
Writing Studies 0 39 4 0
Total 0 10,674 18,432 3,718

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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