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Building for the Future

Learn about USC and how our students, faculty and physicians are building the model for a research university of the 21st century.


USC Village, a 1.25-million-square-foot residential and retail center that will reshape the university and its residential life breaks ground.


Trojan victory signs held high, members of the Trojan Family fill Hahn Central Plaza on October 6, 2005, kicking off Festival 125, a four-day all-university open house celebrating USC’s 125th anniversary.


The Ronald Tutor Campus Center, opened August 26, 2010, provides a gathering place for all members of the Trojan Family.


Gerald R. Ford, 38th president of the United States, brings his campaign against Jimmy Carter to USC on October 7, 1976. Following his defeat at the polls, he returns to USC twice in 1977 to lecture to a variety of … Continue reading


President Topping (center), USC Board of Trustees chairman Leonard K. Firestone (left) and Master Plan Committee national chairman H. Leslie Hoffman announce USC’s blueprint for action, the “Master Plan for Enterprise and Excellence in Education,” on May 17, 1961.


George Tirebiter I serves as USC’s student body mascot from 1947 to 1949.


USC’s 1983 Homecoming, themed “A Salute to USC Olympians,” brings 120 of the university’s living Olympic medalists to the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.


Time magazine names USC College of the Year 2000.


Doheny Memorial Library’s doors open for the first time on September 12, 1932.


The first attempt at a sequential card stunt for a football crowd is made under the direction of Lindley Bothwell in the stands on USC’s Bovard Field.


Emil Breitkreutz, USC’s first Olympic athlete, is the first of hundreds of athletes who will attend USC before, during or after their Olympic appearance — making USC the school that has sent more athletes to the Olympic Games than any … Continue reading


City of Los Angeles 1870 (mural by Jim Doolin)


Judge Robert Maclay Widney not only is responsible for setting in motion the events that lead to USC’s founding, but also helps bring the Southern Pacific Railroad to Los Angeles, establish the city’s first horse-drawn trolley and organize the first … Continue reading


History was made September 4, 1880, when nearly one-tenth of the population of Los Angeles turned out to witness the laying of the cornerstone for USC’s first structure—today’s Widney Alumni House. As building namesake and USC founder R.M. Widney reflected … Continue reading


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