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1997

For the 1997-98 academic year, USC for the first time in its history accepts fewer than half of the students who apply as new freshmen.

1996

The USC President’s Distinguished Lecture Series is inaugurated.

1995a

USC launches Friends and Neighbors Service Day, an annual “volunteer blitz” that teams students and community residents to clean up local neighborhoods.

1994a

USC Professor George Olah wins the Nobel Prize in chemistry. The USC Good Neighbors Campaign is inaugurated.

1993

Ambassador Walter H. Annenberg gives $120 million to create the USC Annenberg Center for Communication.

1991

Steven B. Sample becomes USC’s tenth president.

1990

President James H. Zumberge announces that “The Campaign for USC” has raised $641.6 million and added more than a dozen new buildings.

1989

USC becomes the first university in the world to offer a doctorate in occupational science.

1988

USC launches the Center for Scholarly Technology and the Institute for Molecular Medicine.

1987

With the opening of a Carl’s Jr. restaurant on campus, USC becomes the first U.S. institution of higher education to own and operate a fast-food franchise.

1986

USC launches the Freshman Seminars, which address broad topics in contemporary research and scholarship.

1984

The XXIIIrd Olympiad comes to Los Angeles, and University Park campus is the site of the largest Olympic Village.

1983

Looking ahead to the summer Olympics in 1984, USC’s 1983 Homecoming celebration includes “A Salute to USC Olympians.”

1982

USC’s pathbreaking NIBS program (Neurological, Informational and Behavioral Sciences) begins training graduate students.

1981

USC’s Doheny Memorial Library celebrates the acquisition of its 2 millionth volume.

1980

USC celebrates its centennial, and James H. Zumberge becomes the university’s ninth president.

1979

Fleetwood Mac invites the Trojan Marching Band to perform on the title song for the album “Tusk,” which becomes the band’s first platinum album.

1977

U.S. President Ford sends USC President Hubbard an autographed $10 bill to satisfy their wager on the Rose Bowl game in which USC defeated Michigan.

1976

USC launches its “Toward Century II” fundraising campaign, which will bring in over $309 million in five years.

1975

The USC Davis School of Gerontology is founded, the first of its kind in the country.