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University of Southern California

University of Southern California
USC Seal.svg
Motto Latin: Palmam qui meruit ferat
Motto in English
Let whoever earns the palm bear it
Type Private
Sea-grant
Space-grant
Established October 6, 1880 (1880-10-06)
Endowment $4.6 billion (2016)
Budget $4.4 billion (2016)
President C. L. Max Nikias
Academic staff
3,945
Administrative staff
13,216
Students 42,469
Undergraduates 18,740
Postgraduates 23,729
Location Los Angeles, California
Campus Urban
308 acres (1.25 km2)
Colors Cardinal and gold
         
Athletics NCAA Division I FBSPac-12
ACHA (ice hockey), MPSF
Nickname Trojans
Men/Women of Troy
Mascot Traveler
Affiliations AAU
NAICU
APRU
Website www.usc.edu
University of Southern California Logo.svg
University rankings
National
ARWU 31
Forbes 65
U.S. News & World Report 23
Washington Monthly 46
Global
ARWU 49
QS 136
Times 60
U.S. News & World Report 53

The University of Southern California (USC or SC) is a private research university founded in 1880 with its main campus in Los Angeles, California. As California's oldest private research university, USC has historically educated a large number of the region's business leaders and professionals. In recent decades, the university has also leveraged its location in Los Angeles to establish relationships with research and cultural institutions throughout Asia and the Pacific Rim. An engine for economic activity, USC contributes approximately $5 billion annually to the economy of the Los Angeles metropolitan area.

For the 2014–15 academic year, there were 18,740 students enrolled in four-year undergraduate programs. USC also has 23,729 graduate and professional students in a number of different programs, including business, law, engineering, social work, and medicine. The university is one of the top fundraising institutions in the world, consistently ranking among the top 3 in external contributions and alumni giving rates. Multiple academic rankings list the University of Southern California as being among the top 25 universities in the United States. With an acceptance rate of 16 percent, USC is also among the most selective academic institutions in the nation.

USC maintains a strong tradition of innovation and entrepreneurship, with alumni having founded companies such as Lucasfilm, Myspace, Salesforce.com, Intuit, Qualcomm, Box, Tinder, and Riot Games. As of 2014, the university has produced the fourth largest number of billionaire alumni out of all undergraduate institutions in the world.

USC is home to the world’s most powerful quantum computer, which is presently housed in a super-cooled, magnetically shielded facility at the USC Information Sciences Institute. The only other commercially available quantum computing system is operated jointly by NASA and Google. USC was also one of the earliest nodes on ARPANET and is the birthplace of the Domain Name System. Other technologies invented at USC include DNA computing, dynamic programming, image compression, VoIP, and antivirus software.


Ethnic composition of student body - Fall 2015
Undergraduate Overall U.S. Census
Non-Hispanic White 40% 34% 63.0%
Black 7% 5% 13.1%
Asian 22% 18% 5.1%
Hispanic (of any race) 13% 13% 16.9%
Other races/ethnicities 2% 7% 1.2%
International 15% 24% (N/A)
First-time first-year profile
2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011
First-year applications 54,282 51,925 51,920 47,358 46,104 37,210
Admitted 9,023 9,181 9,358 9,395 9,187 8,566
 % Admitted 16.6 17.7 17.8 19.8 19.9 23.0
Enrolled 3,068 2,949 3,098 2,922 3,021 2,931
Average GPA 3.88 3.82 3.82 3.81 3.80 3.72
Average SAT
(out of 2400)
2155 2090 2075 2075 2070 2075

  • The Annenberg Building at USC - New Communications Building
  • The University Village Shopping Center, Campus Offices, and Student Housing Redevelopment Project
  • The University Park 2030 Master Plan
  • The Uytengsu Aquatics Center
  • The Verna and Peter Dauterive Hall - New Social Sciences Building
  • The USC Michelson Center for Convergent Bioscience
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