Established in 1880, the University of Southern California is a non-profit private higher education institution located in the urban setting of the large metropolis of Los Angeles (population range of over 5,000,000 inhabitants), California. Officially accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission, University of Southern California (USC) is a very large-sized (uniRank enrollment range: over 45,000 students) coeducational US higher education institution. University of Southern California (USC) offers courses and programs leading to officially recognized higher education degrees such as bachelor's degrees, master's degrees and doctorate degrees in several areas of study. See the uniRank degree levels and areas of study table below for further details. This 142-year-old US higher-education institution has a selective admission policy based on entrance examinations and students' past academic records and grades. The acceptance rate range is 10-19% making this US higher education organization an extremely selective institution. International applicants are eligible to apply for enrollment. USC also provides several academic and non-academic facilities and services to students including a library, housing, sports facilities, financial aids and/or scholarships, study abroad and exchange programs, online courses and distance learning opportunities, as well as administrative services.
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|Name||University of Southern California|
|Motto||Palmam qui meruit ferat
Let him who deserves it bear away the palm
|Colours||Cardinal and gold|
|Address||University Park Campus
|Tel||+1 (213) 740 2311|
|Fax||+1 (213) 740 9048|
What is the difference between generalist and specialized universities? learn more
Generalist universities offer a broad range of subjects and courses that allow students to explore different fields of study, or study areas, before choosing a major. They also provide students with a well-rounded education that can be applied to many different careers. On the other hand, specialized universities focus on a specific field of study and offer more in-depth courses and training in that field. This can be beneficial for students who know exactly what they want to do and want to gain specialized knowledge and skills in their chosen field.
Most higher education institutions offer a range of degree levels, from undergraduate to postgraduate degrees. However, some universities may offer more degree levels than others. In particular, larger-sized universities usually offer a wider selection of undergraduate and postgraduate degree types and levels.
The following uniRank Study Areas/Degree Levels Matrix is divided into 6 main study areas and 4 levels of degrees, from the lowest undergraduate degree to the highest postgraduate degree. This uniRank table aims to help quickly identify the University of Southern California's academic range and degree level offering.
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What are University programs and courses? learn more
University programs and courses are academic programs of study offered by universities, colleges and other higher education institutions. These programs and courses are designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills they need to succeed in a particular field of study or career. In many countries, the terms "university courses" and "university programs" are used interchangeably whereas in the US university programs usually consist of a set of required courses that cover the fundamental concepts and principles of a field of study, as well as a selection of elective courses that allow students to specialize in a particular area of interest.
uniRank publishes the following list of University of Southern California 's programs and courses or, if not available, the main fields of study for each level and type of degree offered; feel free to submit any missing course or program.
Yearly tuition refers to the amount of money that a student is charged by a University for one academic year of full-time study... learn more
However, the cost of yearly tuition can vary widely depending on the University of Southern California's program of study, the specific type of degree, the student's residency status and other criteria. Moreover, tuition is just one component of the overall cost of attending university. Other expenses, such as room and board, textbooks and personal expenses can add significantly to the total cost of attendance and depends on the United States's cost of living.
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Admission is the first step towards achieving students' academic and career goals and accessing the many opportunities and resources that a university has to offer... learn more
Admission policies may change by country, type of higher education institution and the specific programs or majors offered by the institution. Prospective students should carefully review the admission policies and requirements of each institution they are considering to determine their eligibility and, if the institution is selective and does not have an open admission policy, prepare a strong application.
uniRank publishes below an overview of the most important information about the University of Southern California's admission policy and statistics.
uniRank publishes below some basic admission information for the University of Southern California.
This institution admits Men and Women (coed).
Has the University of Southern California a selective admission policy? Yes, based on entrance examinations and students' past academic records and grades.
The University of Southern California's acceptance rate range is 10-19% making this institution an extremely selective higher education institution.
Secondary school GPA is required
Secondary school rank is neither required nor recommended
Secondary school record is required
Completion of college-preparatory program is required
Recommendations are required
Formal demonstration of competencies is required
Admission test scores are required
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) is required
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.) is neither required nor recommended
International students are welcome to apply for admission at this institution.
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University size and profile can be important factors to consider when choosing a university or assessing its value. Here are some potential reasons why... learn more
Overall, the importance of university size and profile can vary depending on the student's individual goals, beliefs and priorities. It is important to consider these factors along with other important criteria, such as academic programs, location, cost and university culture.
uniRank publishes below some major size and profile indicators for the University of Southern California.
The University of Southern California has a student enrollment range of over 45,000 making it a very large-sized institution.
This institution has a range of 3,500-3,999 academic employees (Faculty).
The University of Southern California is a private higher education institution.
The University of Southern California is a non-profit higher education institution.
This institution adopts a Semesters type of academic calendar.
This institution's main campus is located in a Urban setting.
This institution has a high percentage of disabled students making it particularly disability-friendly.
The University of Southern California does not have any religious affiliation.
The Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education is a framework for categorizing colleges and universities in the United States... learn more
The classification was first created by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching in 1970, and it has been updated periodically since then. The Carnegie Classification is based on a set of criteria, such as the level and types of degrees offered, research activity and enrollment size. Institutions are classified into one of several categories based on these criteria, ranging from "doctoral universities" with very high research activity to "special focus institutions" that primarily award degrees in a specific field, such as the arts or health professions. The Carnegie Classification provides a common language for describing colleges and universities based on key characteristics and it allows for comparisons between institutions within and across categories.
uniRank provides below the official University of Southern California's Carnegie classification.
|Basic Classification||Doctoral Universities: Very High Research Activity|
|Size & Setting||Four-year, large, primarily residential institution|
|Enrollment Profile||Majority graduate|
|Undergraduate Profile||Four-year, full-time, more selective, higher transfer-in institution|
|Undergraduate Instructional Program||Balanced arts & sciences/professions, high graduate coexistence|
|Graduate Instructional Program||Research Doctoral: Comprehensive programs, with medical/veterinary school|
What are University facilities and services and what facilities and services does the University of Southern California offer? learn more
University facilities and services refer to the physical infrastructure and resources provided by a university to support its academic and research activities, as well as the well-being of its students, faculty and staff. Some examples of university facilities and services are classrooms and lecture halls, libraries, laboratories, housing, dining services, health services, sports and fitness facilities, financial aids, career or academic counseling services, technology and computing resources, distance learning and study abroad services.
uniRank provides below an overview of the facilities and services offered by the University of Southern California.
This institution has a physical Library for its students.
University of Southern California's library has 22 branches. The library collection is comprised of both physical (i.e. books, medium, etc.) and digital/electronic items. In 2021 the library reported 3,461,030 physical volumes, 328,467 physical media, 1,204,018 digital/electronic media and 1,832 licensed digital/electronic databases. The library is managed by a total number of 260 full-time employees, including 64 librarians. University of Southern California's library has a total library expenditure greater than $100,000 per year. Source: IPDES.
This institution provides on-campus residences or dormitories and/or off-campus accommodation to its students.
In particular, the University of Southern California provides on-campus housing and the total dormitory capacity, whether on or off campus, was about 8,700 students in the 2021 academic year. Source: IPDES.
This institution has sporting facilities and organizes sports activities for its students.
This institution offers one or more types of financial aid (i.e. scholarships, grants, loans, tuition waivers, emergency financial aid, etc.) for eligible students.
This institution provides study abroad and exchange program opportunities for its students.
This higher education institution offers a distance learning mode for some programs or courses. In particular, this institution offers some programs via distance education at the graduate level. Source: IPDES.
This institution provides students with guidance and support in their academic pursuits.
This institution offers career counseling, career assessments, job and internship postings, career events, alumni networking or other career-related services to assist students transition successfully from academic life to professional life.
This institution has an institutional hospital that is owned and operated by the university. Institutional hospitals are typically affiliated with medical schools and provide a range of medical services to patients, while also serving as a teaching hospital for medical students and residents.
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There are different types of legal recognition and quality assessment of higher education institutions around the world, depending on the country and its legal and higher education system... learn more
uniRank provides, for each University, the name of the organization that has officially granted institutional legal recognition or accreditation. For some Universities uniRank also provides a list of programmatic or specialized accreditations that, however, might be not complete or up-to-date.
The University of Southern California is legally recognized and/or accredited by: WASC Senior College and University Commission
Year of first Recognition or Accreditation
uniRank publishes the following list of the most important University of Southern California 's programmatic accreditations; feel free to submit any relevant missing specialized accreditations.
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University memberships and affiliations to external organizations can be important for several reasons... learn more
Overall, university memberships and affiliations can provide a range of benefits for Universities and its stakeholders (students, faculty and staff), including collaboration and networking opportunities, access to resources, quality assurance, recognition, reputation and internationalization.
uniRank publishes the following list of the most important University of Southern California 's affiliations and memberships; feel free to submit any relevant missing higher education-related organizations this university is affiliated with.
Most higher education institutions' first-level academic divisions are, depending on the country, one of the following... learn more
Academic divisions can provide valuable insights into the range of disciplines and study areas a University focuses on and the institution's level of specialization. Generalist Universities typically offer a wide range of academic programs and have many academic divisions and subdivisions across different disciplines, while Specialized Universities tend to focus on a narrower range of programs within a specific field or industry and have fewer academic divisions and a simplified organizational structure.
uniRank provides below a structural diagram of the first-level academic divisions of the University of Southern California 's organizational structure; feel free to submit any relevant missing division.
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This higher education institution is not a member of the Open Education Global (OEGlobal) organization that is developing, implementing and supporting free open education.
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Social media can be a powerful tool for Universities to communicate with current students, alumni, faculty, staff and the wider community. But how can social media be important for prospective students? learn more
Here are some ways in which the official University of Southern California's social media channels can help potential students to understand and assess this or any university:
Overall, social media can provide valuable insights to prospective students and other stakeholders into the University of Southern California's profile and level of engagement.
uniRank publishes brief reviews, rankings and metrics of some University of Southern California's social media channels as a starting point for comparison and an additional selection tool for potential applicants.
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