University Of Southern California

University Of Southern California

Founded in 1880, the University of Southern California, or USC ,is a private, nonsectarian, coeducational, research university. USC was named "College of the Year 2000" by editors of Time and The Princeton Review. The university is organized into the following academic divisions:

  • Keck School of Medicine of USC
  • The Graduate School
  • USC Annenberg School for Communication
  • USC College of Letters, Arts and Sciences
  • USC Davis School of Gerontology
  • USC Gould School of Law
  • USC Leventhal School of Accounting
  • USC Marshall School of Business
  • USC Roski School of Fine Arts
  • USC Rossier School of Education
  • USC School of Architecture
  • USC School of Cinematic Arts
  • USC School of Dentistry
  • USC School of Pharmacy
  • USC School of Policy, Planning, and Development
  • USC School of Social Work
  • USC School of Theatre
  • USC Thornton School of Music
  • USC Viterbi School of Engineering

University of Southern California's sports teams are nicknamed the Trojans.

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University of Southern California
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Los Angeles , CA 90089
General Phone: (213) 740-2311

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Southern Cal Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Business and Management2,037business management, non-profit management, business administration, accounting, finance, human resources, taxation, business and related services
Engineering1,433engineering, aerospace engineering, biomedical engineering, chemical engineering, civil engineering, geotechnical engineering, structural engineering, transportation engineering, water resources engineering, ...
Liberal Arts1,222American studies, East Asian studies, African-American studies, Hispanic-American studies, Asian-American studies, minority and gender studies, linguistics, comparative literature, comparative language, ...
Medicine882gerontology, neuroscience, dentistry, advanced general dentistry, oral pathology, endodontology, oral surgery, orthodontology, pediatric dentristry, ...
Media651communication studies, media studies, journalism, broadcast journalism, journalism courses, public relations, communication and journalism, animation and special effects
Computer Science and Engineering611computer and info science, artificial intelligence and robotics, computer and info science courses, computer science, computer and media applications, computer security, computer services management, computer support, computer engineering, ...
Family and Social Work591public administration, public policy analysis, social work, social work courses, social service professions
Therapy and Counseling416psychology, counseling psychology, educational psychology, psychology courses, marriage and family therapy, physical therapy
Education and Teaching382education, multilingual education, curriculum and instruction, educational administration, higher education administration, community college education, school counseling, college student counseling, teacher ed, ...
Photography and Commercial Art369film studies, cinematography, film and photography, drawing
Science356biology, biochemistry, biophysics, molecular biology, biochem/biophysics/molecular biology, biochem/biophysics courses, call and molecular biology, microbiology, genetics courses, ...
Music311music, music history and theory, music performance, music theory and composition, musicology, conducting, piano, voice, music management, ...
Law294law, foreign lawyers, comparative law
Architecture and Planning255architecture, urban planning, landscape architecture
Medical Administration203health care administration, health care facilities management, pharmacy courses, public health education
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy177exercise science, occupational therapy
Drama and Performing Arts161drama, theatre design, playwriting and screenwriting, acting, directing, stagecraft
Fine Arts131fine arts, art history and criticism, fine arts studies
Mathematics72mathematics, applied mathematics, computational mathematics, statistics, mathematics and statistics, systems science and theory
Medical Support and Technology66dental hygienist, physician assistant
Religion and Philosophy50philosophy, ethics, religion
Hospitality32restaurant and food services management
Nursing and Emergency Medicine15registered nursing, nursing administration, nurse anesthetist, nurse practitioner, nurse midwifery, critical care nursing, various nursing
Conservation and Resource Management7environmental studies, environmental science
Art Studies0art studies, arts management
Engineering Technician0occupational safety tech

Number of programs and degrees for Southern Cal in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree4,528190
Master's degree4,455150
Post-master's certificate611
Postbaccalaureate certificate16528
Doctor's degree70898
First-professional degree8154
First-professional certificate479

Southern Cal Student Body

In 2007-2008, Southern Cal had a total enrollment of 33,408 students (28,234 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 46%
Women 54%
Full-Time 100%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 49%
Graduate 43%
First Professional 8%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 39%
Black 5%
Hispanic 10%
Asian 20%
American Indian 1%
Unknown 9%
(Foreign Students) 17%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 2%
18-19 18%
20-21 22%
22-24 22%
25-29 21%
30-34 8%
35-39 4%
40-49 3%
50-64 1%
65+ 0%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)

New York3%
New Jersey2%
State unknown1%
(International Students)1%

Southern Cal Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 96 %
Part-Time 60 %

Southern Cal Room and Board (2007)

Southern Cal offers campus housing for 7,000 of its 28,234 (full-time) students.

(Please refer to our profile of Los Angeles, California for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other California Colleges).

The school does not offer students a meal plan.

Southern Cal Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal620720
SAT Math650750
SAT Writing640730
ACT Verbal2834
ACT Math2834
ACT Composite2833

Application Requirements:

Class Ranknot required
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrequired
Formal Demonstration of Competencenot required
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT86%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT38%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)not required
Other Standardized Testsnot required

Southern Cal Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 37,693
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 37,693
Room and board $ 11,212
Room charge $ 6,170
Board (meal plan) charge $ 5,042
Books and supplies $ 796
Other expenses $ 2,180

Financial Aid:
Southern Cal participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 132800)

Southern Cal Faculty

Southern Cal has a tenure system for faculty.

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured, but on tenure track183105
Non-tenured and not on tenure track905721

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professorcalendar year33$159,32916$157,200
Associate professorcalendar year50$116,72034$100,246
Assistant professorcalendar year31$91,29536$89,134
Instructorcalendar year6$72,3759$80,283
Lecturercalendar year9$67,24422$67,622
All faculty totalcalendar year129$115,996117$96,946

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year491$147,978116$138,930
Associate professoracademic year189$99,637111$93,747
Assistant professoracademic year150$91,560106$88,072
Instructoracademic year4$56,3354$58,179
Lectureracademic year129$57,799120$50,742
All faculty totalacademic year963$117,242457$92,296

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Southern Cal Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Football Pacific-10 Conference
Basketball Pacific-10 Conference
Baseball Pacific-10 Conference
Track Pacific-10 Conference

Students on Athletic Scholarships (2007):

All Other Sports65116181

Southern Cal Degree Programs (2007)

Architecture And Planning
Architecture (BArch, BA/BS, MArch, MA/MS, PhD)
City/Urban, Community and Regional Planning
Landscape Architecture (BS, BSLA, BLA, MSLA, MLA, PhD)

Art Studies
Art/Art Studies, General
Arts Management

Business And Management
Business Administration and Management, General
Business Administration, Management and Operations, Other
Business, Management, Marketing & Related Support Services, Other
Finance, General
Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General
Non-Profit/Public/Organizational Management

Computer Science And Engineering
Artificial Intelligence and Robotics
Computer Engineering, General
Computer Engineering, Other
Computer Science
Computer Software Engineering
Computer Software and Media Applications, Other
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services, Other
Computer and Information Sciences, General
Computer and Information Sciences, Other
Computer and Information Systems Security
Computer/Info Tech Services Administration & Management, Other

Conservation And Resource Management
Environmental Science
Environmental Studies

Drama And Performing Arts
Directing and Theatrical Production
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
Dramatic/Theatre Arts and Stagecraft, Other
Playwriting and Screenwriting
Technical Theatre/Theatre Design and Technology

Education And Teaching
Bilingual and Multilingual Education
College Student Counseling and Personnel Services
Community College Education
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services
Curriculum and Instruction
Education, General
Educational Leadership and Administration, General
Foreign Language Teacher Education
Higher Education/Higher Education Administration
Music Teacher Education
Teacher Education, Multiple Levels
Teacher Education/Profess Development, Subject Areas, Other
Teaching English as Second/Foreign Language/ESL Language Instructor

Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering
Biomedical/Medical Engineering
Chemical Engineering
Civil Engineering, General
Civil Engineering, Other
Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering
Engineering, General
Engineering, Other
Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering
Geotechnical Engineering
Industrial Engineering
Manufacturing Engineering
Materials Engineering
Materials Science
Mechanical Engineering
Ocean Engineering
Operations Research
Petroleum Engineering
Structural Engineering
Systems Engineering
Transportation and Highway Engineering
Water Resources Engineering

Engineering Technician
Occupational Safety and Health Technology/Technician

Family And Social Work
Public Administration
Public Administration and Social Service Professions, Other
Public Policy Analysis
Social Work
Social Work, Other

Fine Arts
Art History, Criticism and Conservation
Fine Arts and Art Studies, Other
Fine/Studio Arts, General

Restaurant/Food Services Management

Comparative Law (LLM, MCL, JSD/SJD)
Law (LLB, JD)
Programs for Foreign Lawyers (LLM, MCL)

Liberal Arts
African-American/Black Studies
American Literature (United States)
American/United States Studies/Civilization
Anthropology, Other
Asian-American Studies
Classics/Classical Languages, Lit & Linguistics, General
Comparative Literature
Creative Writing
Demography and Population Studies
East Asian Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
East Asian Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, Other
East Asian Studies
Economics, General
Economics, Other
English Language and Literature, General
English Language and Literature/Letters, Other
Ethnic, Cultural Minority, and Gender Studies, Other
French Language and Literature
Geography, Other
German Language and Literature
Hispanic-American,Puerto Rican & Mexican-American/Chicano Studies
Historic Preservation and Conservation
History, General
Humanities/Humanistic Studies
International Relations and Affairs
International/Global Studies
Italian Language and Literature
Linguistic/Comparative/Related Language Studies & Services, Other
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
Political Science and Government, General
Political Science and Government, Other
Russian Language and Literature
Slavic Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
Social Sciences, General
Spanish Language and Literature
Urban Studies/Affairs

Applied Mathematics
Computational Mathematics
Mathematics and Statistics, Other
Mathematics, General
Statistics, General
Systems Science and Theory

Animation, Interactive Tech, Video Graphics and Special Effects
Broadcast Journalism
Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric
Communication and Media Studies, Other
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs, Other
Journalism, Other
Public Relations/Image Management

Medical Administration
Health/Health Care Administration/Management
Hospital and Health Care Facilities Administration/Management
Pharmacy, Pharmaceutical Sciences, and Administration, Other
Public Health Education and Promotion

Medical Support And Technology
Dental Hygiene/Hygienist
Physician Assistant

Advanced General Dentistry (Cert, MS, PhD)
Advanced/Graduate Dentistry and Oral Sciences, Other
Dentistry (DDS, DMD)
Endodontics/Endodontology (Cert, MS, PhD)
Medical Scientist (MS, PhD)
Medicinal and Pharmaceutical Chemistry (MS, PhD)
Medicine (MD)
Oral Biology and Oral Pathology (MS, PhD)
Oral/Maxillofacial Surgery (Cert, MS, PhD)
Orthodontics/Orthodontology (Cert, MS, PhD)
Pediatric Dentistry/Pedodontics (Cert, MS, PhD)
Periodontics/Periodontology (Cert, MS, PhD)
Pharmacoeconomics/Pharmaceutical Economics (MS, PhD)
Pharmacy (PharmD [USA], PharmD or BS/BPharm [Canada])
Pharmacy Administration/Policy/Regulatory Affairs (MS, PhD)
Prosthodontics/Prosthodontology (Cert, MS, PhD)
Public Health, General (MPH, DPH)

Jazz/Jazz Studies
Music History, Literature, and Theory
Music Management and Merchandising
Music Pedagogy
Music Performance, General
Music Theory and Composition
Music, General
Music, Other
Musicology and Ethnomusicology
Piano and Organ
Violin, Viola, Guitar and Other Stringed Instruments
Voice and Opera

Nursing And Emergency Medicine
Critical Care Nursing
Family Practice Nurse/Nurse Practitioner
Nurse Anesthetist
Nurse Midwife/Nursing Midwifery
Nursing Administration (MSN, MS, PhD)
Nursing, Other
Nursing/Registered Nurse (RN, ASN, BSN, MSN)

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Kinesiology and Exercise Science
Occupational Therapy/Therapist

Photography And Commercial Art
Cinematography and Film/Video Production
Film/Cinema Studies
Film/Video and Photographic Arts, Other

Religion And Philosophy
Religion/Religious Studies

Biochemistry, Biophysics and Molecular Biology, Other
Biochemistry/Biophysics and Molecular Biology
Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Other
Biological and Physical Sciences
Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Biomathematics and Bioinformatics, Other
Cell/Cellular and Molecular Biology
Chemical Physics
Chemistry, General
Evolutionary Biology
Genetics, Other
Geology/Earth Science, General
Marine Biology and Biological Oceanography
Microbiology, General
Molecular Biology
Molecular Pharmacology
Molecular Toxicology
Pathology/Experimental Pathology
Pharmacology and Toxicology
Physical Sciences
Physics, General
Physics, Other
Physiology, General

Therapy And Counseling
Counseling Psychology
Educational Psychology
Marriage and Family Therapy/Counseling
Physical Therapy/Therapist
Psychology, General
Psychology, Other

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