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USC hires Christopher Manning as its first chief inclusion and diversity officer. The new leadership role will build a framework that reinforces USC’s commitment to inclusion, diversity, equity, and belonging and to address ongoing challenges of discrimination and bias.

Carol L. Folt



Amid unprecedented circumstances, more than 19,000 graduates were recognized at USC’s first virtual conferring of degrees. USC students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends joined the celebration online to send off the Class of 2020.


USC shifted all its classes online in response to the COVID-19 global pandemic — a monumental behind-the-scenes effort taken up by teaching experts, administrators and information technology specialists to make the transition as smooth as possible.


In recognition of her examinations of race, citizenship and belonging among immigrant groups in the United States, USC Dornsife Professor Natalia Molina was named a 2020 MacArthur Fellow.


President Carol L. Folt announced a major financial aid expansion to benefit low- and middle-income families, extending USC’s long-time commitment to need-based funding by pledging more than $30 million in additional aid annually to expand the current pool.


For the first time in the USC Viterbi School of Engineering’s history, more than 50% of its incoming undergraduate class are women.

We Are SC

Home to the College of Letters, Arts and Sciences and 22 academic schools and units, the University of Southern California is a leading private research university located in Los Angeles — a global center for arts, technology and international business.


The Lord Foundation of California, which supports faculty research and teaching at USC, receives $260 million from the sale of LORD Corp. The foundation is expected to distribute proceeds to USC in 2020, making it USC’s largest-ever gift from a named donor. The gift would be used to bolster research and studies in areas including artificial intelligence, big data, analytics, and environmental sustainability


Charles F. Zukoski is installed as USC’s seventh provost.


USC’s newest academic building, Iovine and Young Hall, officially opens. The 40,000-square foot, state-of-the-art facility includes a dedicated “incubator” space for Trojan alumni.


On September 20, 2019, the USC community celebrated Carol L. Folt’s inauguration as the university’s 12th president.

Message to USC Ambassadors – June 2019

My tenure as USC’s interim president will come to a close on June 30, so I would like to begin with some words of heartfelt gratitude.  The support I have received over the last year has been extraordinary, and I … Continue reading

Message to USC Ambassadors – April 2019

Commencement is fast approaching, and promises to be an extraordinary day for our graduating students and their families.  I very much look forward to participating as president.  It has been one of my life’s greatest honors to serve as interim … Continue reading

Message to USC Ambassadors – March 2019

I would like to focus this month’s letter on the wonderful news that the USC community has selected its twelfth president: Dr. Carol L. Folt.  Her appointment follows an extensive national search, from which she emerged as the clear choice.  … Continue reading

Message to USC Ambassadors – February 2019

USC recently hosted the fourth annual First Generation Summit, bringing together 350 first-generation USC students and their mentors, as well as students from other local colleges and universities.  I had the privilege of sharing my own story: my parents believed … Continue reading

Message to USC Ambassadors – January 2019

For so many of us, a new year brings a list of resolutions and a hope that we can help others even more.  The truth is: there is already so much that we do, something I see every day on … Continue reading

Message to USC Ambassadors – December 2018

I would like to begin this month’s letter with my warmest wishes for the coming year, and the hope that 2019 brings you and your loved ones health, happiness, and joy.  The holiday season is always special at USC, as … Continue reading