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Colleges / University of Southern California

University of Southern California

Los Angeles, CA 4-Year Private
Acceptance Rate13%
Acceptance Rate13%

About USC

The University of Southern California (USC) is a globally recognized private research university located on a vibrant campus in Los Angeles’ University Park neighborhood. Known for prestigious programs in film, journalism, business and architecture, USC fosters academic excellence across diverse disciplines. Don’t be fooled by the stereotype that most USC students are surfers and sorority girls. USC students are known for being hard-working, ambitious, and they come from a wide-array of backgrounds. The University has more international students than most other U.S. colleges.

USC students are full of “Trojan Pride” and flock to see their D1 football team, the USC Trojans, compete in the NCAA Division I Pac-12 Conference alongside schools like UC-Berkeley and University of Colorado-Boulder. The schools is also know for its large and active alumni network, the Trojan Family, which consists of over 400,000 alumni who are eager to help fellow USC grads navigate their careers.

Fun Fact About USC

USC’s School of Cinematic Arts is the oldest and one of the most prestigious film schools in the United States and has produced many famous alumni, including George Lucas, Will Ferrell, and Shonda Rhimes. USC alumni have collectively received hundreds of Academy Award nominations, and the school's graduates have directed some of the highest-grossing movies in history. The USC campus has appeared in many movies, including the iconic films Forrest Gump, Legally Blonde, and the Graduate. 

The CC Community on USC: 

“There are other elite private colleges that more closely mirror the overall experience possible at a place like USC… Stanford, Duke, Northwestern and Vanderbilt, for example. But to me and our family, USC still stood apart. They seem to be a very well-oiled machine in almost all regards from my family’s perspective. It is an elite private university, but it has the offerings of a major public university in terms of the entire spectrum of things one might expect at a much larger university… including academics, athletics and the arts. USC is quite frankly only limited by an individual student’s effort and imagination. It can be morphed and molded into whatever form of college experience you are seeking...My daughters graduated in 2018 and 2021. The Trojan Family/Network is real and likely among the strongest and most robust alumni networks globally. Fight On!”

Read More About USC in the CC Community 

University of Southern California is a private, nonprofit university in the city of Los Angeles, California. USC was founded in 1880. The university enrolls around 49,318 students a year, including 20,790 undergraduates.

USC Acceptance Rate 2022

It is extremely difficult to get into USC. Around 13% of applicants get into USC each year. Out of 71,031 applications received in 2022, 8,884 students were offered admission.

University of Southern California Admissions Facts At-A-Glance
Overall Acceptance Rate 13%
Early Decision Acceptance Rate Info Not Available
Early Action Acceptance Rate EA Offered but % not available
Average GPA 3.8
Test Optional Yes
Applicants Submitting SAT scores 47%

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College Info

University Park Campus Los Angeles, CA 90089

Campus Setting: Urban

USC Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Not available

Transfer Applications are Due

Feb 15

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to USC is Feb 15.

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USC SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1330 - 1520


Math SAT Range

670 - 780


Reading SAT Range

650 - 740

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Wondering what life at USC is like? There are approximately 49,318 students enrolled at USC, including 20,790 undergraduate students and 28,528 graduate students. 97% percent of students attend school full-time, 61% percent are from CA and 39% percent of students are from other states.


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