University of Southern California
Los Angeles, CA 90089


Type 4 year
Control Private
Business model Not for Profit
Campus size Large
Campus locale City
Degrees offered Undergrad & Graduate
Calendar system Semester
Total enrollment 43,871
Religious affiliation None
Student to faculty ratio 9:1
Campus housing
Dormitory capacity 6,400 students
Freshmen are required
to live on campus
Types of Programs Offered
Postbaccalaureate Recreational or avocational education
Adult basic remedial or high school equivalent
High school education
Medical Degree
(The institution has its own hospital)
Special Learning Opportunities
Weekend/evening classes
Study abroad
Teacher certification
ROTC - Army
ROTC - Navy
ROTC - Air Force
Student Services Offered
On-campus day care for students' children
Remedial services
Academic/career counseling services
Employment services for students
Placement services for graduates


Acceptance Rate
(Fall 2016)

University of Southern California is one of the most selective institutions in its admission process in the U.S. In Fall 2016, it received 54,280 applications and only 9,022 students were granted admission. University of Southern California is at the #15 spot (in a scale of 1 to 100) in terms of admission difficulty out of 1,781 4 year colleges in the U.S.

Among other admission requirements, applicants must submit ACT or SAT test scores in order to get their application considered. In Fall 2016, 55% of the enrollees submitted ACT scores and 61% submitted SAT scores.

Test Scores

Students admitted and enrolled in Fall 2016 have test scores in the following ranges.
SAT1280 to 1500
ACT30 to 33

Application Fee

Undergrad students
Graduate students
Learn more about admission requirments

Tuition & Fees

In 2016-2017 academic year, University of Southern California's tuition was $51,442 for all students regardless of residency (92% more expensive than the national average tuition of a typical 4-year private institution)

Follow the link below to learn more about additional cost components such as books and supplies, room and board and other expenses.

Average Net Price
National Average = $22,127
In State Tuition
National Average = $26,792
Out of State Tuition
National Average = $26,792
Learn more about tuition & fees

Financial Aid

In 2016-2017 academic year, 64% of University of Southern California's full-time freshman students were awarded some type of financial aid. 17% of the students received need based financial assistance from the federal government with an average amount of $4,649 (which is 5.7% above the national average.)

The total number of federal student loan recipients at University of Southern California in 2016-2017, was 783, which is 27% of the total eligible students. The average loan amount given out to these students was $5,693 (which is 3.4% below the national average.)

Pell Grant
National Average = $4,400
Federal Loan
National Average = $5,895
Financial aid
National Average = 92%
Learn more about financial aid

Student Body

In Fall 2016, University of Southern California has enrolled a total of 43,871 students (37,900 students full-time and 5,971 on a part-time basis). Out of the total 43,871 students, 1,450 of those students were transfer students. The gender ratio of the new enrollee was 47% men and 53% women and 18,794 students were enrolled for undergraduate programs and 25,077 for graduates studies.

The institution also enrolled 5,435 students for distance studies.

Total Enrollment

Student Diversity

White: 33%

Non-resident alien: 24%

Asian: 18%

Hispanic: 13%

Black/African American: 6%

Two or more races: 3%

Race/ethnicity unknown: 3%

Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander: 0%


Listed below are the 10 largest majors offered at University of Southern California.

Study areas with their online column set to zero are those programs that have an online option but there was no graduate in 2016-2017 academic year.
Study Areas Percent Total Graduates Online
Business, Management, Marketing, And Related Support Services 21% 6,757 0
Public Administration And Social Service Professions 17% 5,451
Engineering 17% 5,352 1255
Computer And Information Sciences And Support Services 9% 2,838 0
Education 7% 2,112
Legal Professions And Studies 6% 1,763
Health Professions And Related Programs 5% 1,628 0
Architecture And Related Services 3% 1,092
Visual And Performing Arts 2% 577
Communication, Journalism, And Related Programs 1% 452

Graduation & Dropout Rates

Graduation rate
national average: 55%

Graduation rate is a key indicator of an institution's education quality and the level of academic and financial support provided to students.

The following section details graduation and dropout rates of University of Southern California full-time students who started class in 2010 and graduated or dropped out prior to August 31, 2016.

Still enrolled
Dropout rate
Transfered out

The above graduation rate is the percentage of students who graduated within 150% of the normal graduation time. For a 4 year degree program, 150% of 4 years is 6 years and for a 2-year program 150% is 3 years.

Earnings After College

Median Annual Income
national average: $33,604

The typical median income of University of Southern California graduates 6 years after enrollment is $52,800. Last year, out of the total 3,797 graduates who entered the institution 6 years ago, 3,531 were reported to have been employed. On the same note, out of 5,400 graduates, who enrolled 10 years ago, 4,860 were employed.

6 years after enrollment 10 years after enrollment
Annual Income $52,800 $70,400
Employment Rate 93% 90%
Total Graduates 3,797 5,400

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