University of Southern California

About USC

Facts and Figures

Students (2020-2021 academic year)

Rounded to the nearest 500
Undergraduates 19,500
Graduate and professional 26,500
Total 46,000

Student Demographics (Fall 2020)

Asians 18.6%
Black/African-American 5.5%
Hispanic 15.0%
White/Caucasian 29.4%
International 22.6%
Other 8.9%

International Students (Fall 2020)

Rounded to the nearest tenth
Regularly Enrolled International Students 10,402

All International Students by Places of Origin

Freshman Class (Fall 2020)

Applicants 59,712
Admits 9,618 (16.1 percent)
Matriculants 3,460
Middle 50-percent Average GPA 3.70-4.00 (unweighted)
Middle 50-percent SAT range 1360-1510
National Merit Scholars 310
First-generation college students 22 percent

Freshman Profile and Admission Information 2020-2021

Student Retention Rate (Fall 2020)

Fall 2019 (% enrolled Fall 2020) 91%
Fall 2018 (% enrolled Fall 2019) 96%
Fall 2017 (% enrolled Fall 2018) 97%
Fall 2016 (% enrolled Fall 2017) 96%
Fall 2015 (% enrolled Fall 2016) 96%

*USC’s retention rate is based on full-time, first-time freshmen.

Degrees Awarded (June 2020)

Bachelor’s degrees 5,447
Advanced degrees 13,094

Six-Year Graduation Rate (Student Right-to-Know*)

2020 (Fall 2013 freshman class)  92%
2019 (Fall 2013 freshman class)  91%
2018 (Fall 2012 freshman class)  92%
2017 (Fall 2011 freshman class)  92%
2016 (Fall 2010 freshman class)  92%
2015 (Fall 2009 freshman class)  92%

*Student Right-to-Know refers to a federally mandated disclosure of a college’s graduation rate. Its intent is to provide prospective students and their parents with a statistic of comparable effectiveness that can be used in determining college choice. USC’s current graduation rate is based on full-time, first-time, degree-seeking undergraduates who entered the university in the fall semester and graduated within six years of attendance (150% of the normal completion time). Graduation rates do not include students who left school to serve in the armed forces or on official church missions or with a foreign aid service of the federal government, or students who died or were totally and permanently disabled.

USC’s U-CAN Profile

The University and College Accountability Network (U-CAN) Web site provides profiles of hundreds of private institutions of higher learning, in a common format, with the goal of helping parents and prospective students make an informed college choice. U-CAN Profile

Faculty and Staff (2020-21)

Faculty (full-time) 4,706
Staff (50 percent time or more) 16,614
Student workers

(does not include teaching/research assistants)
Total 26,137

Faculty and Staff 2020-2021


There are more than 437,000 living alumni in the Trojan Family. USC alumni can be found in positions of leadership all over the world, with more than half of them living in California.

Academic Units

USC Dana and David Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences

22 schools and units

Undergraduate Tuition

$59,260 (2020-21 undergraduate estimate of costs)

Financial Aid awarded, all sources (2020-21 fiscal year)

$685 million

Endowment (as of June 30, 2020)

$5.9 billion

University Budget (2019-20 fiscal year)

$5.5 billion

Economic Impact

$8 billion, economic impact analysis

Sponsored Research (2018-19 fiscal year)

$909 million

University Annual Financial Reports