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The University of Southern California (USC) is comprised of the USC Dana and David Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, and 22 graduate and professional schools. Highly ranked programs are available to students, such as such as Marshall School of Business, Rossier School of Education, Andrew and Erna Viterbi School of Engineering, Gould School of Law, Keck School of Medicine and School of Social Work. The Cinematic Arts are ranked top in the nation, along with the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism.

Key Facts


  • #28 in National Universities according to US News & World Report 2023-24
  • #8 in Business
  • #8 in Accounting
  • #1 in Game/Simulation Development

Year founded

  • 1880

School type

  • Private

Latest undergraduate enrolment

  • 20,790

Latest graduate enrolment

  • 28,528

Student-faculty ratio

  • 9:1

Freshman acceptance rate

  • 13%

Average SAT/ ACT for freshman entry

  • SAT between 1410 and 1540 / ACT 32 - 35

Average GPA for freshman entry

  • 4.0 (Weighted)

International student population

  • 12%

Transfer GPA of Kings alumni

  • 3.9

Median starting salary of alumni

  • $60,600

Employment/ job placement rate

  • 90%

Popular majors

  • Business, Management, Marketing, Performing Arts, Engineering

Tuition and Room & Board

  • $63,468/ $10,506


About the university

Different colleges/ schools within the university include College of Arts and Sciences, Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, USC School of Architecture, Roski School of Art and Design, Iovine and Young Academy for Arts, Technology and the Business of Innovation, Marshall School of Business, USC School of Cinematic Arts, Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, Kaufman School of Dance, Ostrow School of Dentistry, USC School of Dramatic Arts, Viterbi School of Engineering, Davis School of Gerontology, Keck School of Medicine, Thornton School of Music, Mrs. T.H. Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy, USC School of Pharmacy, Price School of Public Policy.

  • Highly ranked USC Viterbi School of Engineering leads in technology and innovation: the information sciences, biomedical engineering and homeland security
  • USC Marshall School of Business emphasizes entrepreneurship and innovation, collaborative research and social responsibility 
  • USC Roski School of Art and Design encourages interdisciplinary, progressive approaches to studio art, design, curatorial practice and critical studies 
  • USC Leventhal School of Accounting is focused on critical thinking, communication skills, ethics and professional knowledge
  • Famous alumni include Neil Armstrong, astronaut; Will Ferrell, comedian, television and film Producer; George Lucas, film producer of Lucas Films and the Star Wars franchise 
Kings alumni at University of Southern California

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