University of Southern California

About USC

USC at a Glance

The University of Southern California is one of the world’s leading private research universities. An anchor institution in Los Angeles, a global center for arts, technology and international business, USC's diverse curricular offerings provide extensive opportunities for interdisciplinary study, and collaboration with leading researchers in highly advanced learning environments. With a strong tradition of integrating liberal and professional education, USC fosters a vibrant culture of public service and encourages students to cross academic as well as geographic boundaries in their pursuit of knowledge.
418 Trojan Olympians between 1904 and 2010, the most representatives of any university in the United States
135 gold medals
87 silver medals
65 bronze medals
12th If USC were a country, its 135 gold medals would rank 12th among all participating countries
60 Trojan athletes have represented 60 countries in the Olympic Games
28 USC's athletes have competed in 28 different Olympic sports

Learn all about USC's Olympic heritage.

Student enrollment statistics from the 2013-2014 academic year:

Undergraduates 18,000
Graduate and professional students 23,000
Total 41,000
20% of 47,358 freshman applicants were admitted
249 National Merit Scholars, 2013 freshman class
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Female 51%
Male 49%
13% of freshmen were first-generation college students
3.73 average unweighted GPA for entering freshman class

Find more statistics in USC Facts and Figures.

Los Angeles was little more than a frontier town in 1880 when USC first opened its doors to 53 students and 10 teachers in 1880, the “city” still lacked paved streets, electric lights, telephones and a reliable fire alarm system. Today, USC is home to more than 38,000 students and nearly 3,500 full-time faculty, and is located in the heart of one of the biggest metropolises in the world.

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For more, see the full timeline of key events in USC's history.

Located in the heart of Los Angeles, USC’s University Park campus is part of the city’s Downtown Arts and Education Corridor and is home to the USC Dana and David Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences and many professional schools. The Health Sciences campus, northeast of downtown Los Angeles, is home to the Keck School of Medicine of USC, the School of Pharmacy, three major teaching hospitals, and programs in Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy and in Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy. USC also has programs and centers in Marina Del Rey, Orange County, Sacramento, Washington, D.C., Catalina Island, Alhambra and around Southern California. Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, staffed by USC faculty from the Keck School of Medicine, is often referred to as USC’s third campus.

USC photo stream

For more, visit the USC Photo Gallery.

C. L. Max Nikias became the University of Southern California’s eleventh president in August 2010. He is the holder of the Robert C. Packard President’s Chair and the Malcolm R. Currie Chair in Technology and the Humanities, and also chairs the USC Health System Board. He holds faculty appointments in both electrical engineering and the classics, and leads special freshman seminars each fall on ancient Athenian democracy and drama.

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