University of Southern California

About USC

Facts and Figures

Students (2017-18 academic year)

Rounded to the nearest 500
Undergraduates 19,000
Graduate and professional 26,500
Total 45,500

Student Demographics (Fall 2016)

Asians 16.6%
Black/African-American 5.7%
Hispanic 14.1%
White/Caucasian 31.6%
International 24.9%
Other 7.1%

International Students (Fall 2017)

Rounded to the nearest tenth
Regularly Enrolled International Students 11,387

All International Students by Country of Citizenship

Freshman Class (Fall 2017)

Applicants 56,675
Admits 9,042 (16.0 percent)
Matriculants 3,358
Average GPA 3.76 (unweighted)
Middle 50-percent SAT range 1320-1480
National Merit Scholars 245
First-generation college students 17 percent

Freshman Profile and Admission Information 2017-18

Student Retention Rate (Fall 2016)

Fall 2016 (% enrolled Fall 2017) 96%
Fall 2015 (% enrolled Fall 2016) 96%
Fall 2014 (% enrolled Fall 2015) 96%
Fall 2013 (% enrolled Fall 2014) 97%

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

Degrees Awarded (June 2017)

Bachelor’s degrees 5,046
Advanced degrees 10,476
Six-Year Graduation Rate (Student Right-to-Know*)
2017 (Fall 2011 freshman class)  92%
2016 (Fall 2010 freshman class)  92%
2015 (Fall 2009 freshman class)  92%
2014 (Fall 2008 freshman class)  91%

* 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 (2017-18)

Rounded to the nearest 100
Faculty (full-time) 4,361
Staff (50 percent time or more) 15,235
Student workers

(does not include teaching/research assistants)
Total 27,429

Faculty and Staff 2017-2018


There are more than 375,000 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

$53,448 (2017-18 undergraduate estimate of costs)

Financial Aid Expenditures (2017-18 fiscal year)

$549 million

Endowment (as of June 30, 2017)

$5.1 billion

University Budget (2017-18 fiscal year)

$4.9 billion

Economic Impact

$8 billion, economic impact analysis

Sponsored Research (2016-17 fiscal year)

$764 million

University Annual Financial Reports