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Located in Los Angeles, California, University of Southern California is a private not-for-profit institution. The city atmosphere of Los Angeles makes it a great place for students who enjoy having lots of educational and entertainment options.

266 Undergraduate Degrees
1,098 Graduate Degrees
$54,432 Avg Cost After Aid (Undergrad)
16% Acceptance Rate

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University of Southern California Rankings

According to our 2021 analysis, USC is ranked #69 out of 408 schools in the nation that were analyzed for overall quality. It is also ranked #6 out of 28 schools in California.

These rankings may look different from those published by other outlets, because we use an outcomes-based approach rather than a subjective one. We get our data from a number of places, including the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard. For more information, check out our rankings and methodology page.

USC has also been awarded the following overall awards by our latest rankings.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#35 Best Computer Science Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at USC.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#3 Best Computer Software & Applications Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#32 Best Computer Science Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

The following table lists some notable awards USC has earned from around the web.

Rank Ranking Name Source
#1 Best Colleges for Computer Software & Applications College Factual
#1 Best Computer Software & Applications Colleges for Veterans College Factual
#7 Best Colleges for Computer Science College Factual
#8 Best Computer & Information Sciences Colleges for Veterans College Factual
#10 Best Colleges for Computer & Information Sciences College Factual
#103 Best Schools Course Advisor

Where Is University of Southern California?

Location of University of Southern California

Contact details for USC are given below.

Contact Details
Address: University Park, Los Angeles, CA 90089
Phone: 213-740-2311
Website: www.usc.edu/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/usc
Twitter: https://twitter.com/usc

How Do I Get Into USC?

You can apply to USC online at: https://www.commonapp.org/

Admission Requirements for USC

Submission Required?
High School GPA required
High School Rank neither required nor recommended
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program required
Recommendations required
SAT or ACT Scores required
TOEFL required

How Hard Is It To Get Into USC?

16% Acceptance Rate
51% Of Accepted Are Women
55% Submit SAT Scores
If you plan to apply to USC, make sure you don't wait until the last minute to fill out your application. The school is one of the most selective in the United States and has a low acceptance rate of 16%. If you are admitted, that's something to brag about!

Approximately 49% of accepted students are men and 51% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 17%, and the acceptance rate for women is 15%.

Average Test Scores

About 55% of students accepted to USC submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 650 and 730. Math scores were between 650 and 770.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for University of Southern California  ( 650 to 730 )
200
800

SAT Math Scores for University of Southern California  ( 650 to 770 )
200
800
USC received ACT scores from 61% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 30 and 35. Math scores were between 28 and 34. Composite scores were between 30 and 34.

ACT English Scores for University of Southern California  ( 30 to 35 )
1
36
ACT Math Scores for University of Southern California  ( 28 to 34 )
1
36
ACT Composite Scores for University of Southern California  ( 30 to 34 )
1
36

Can I Afford University of Southern California?

$54,432 Net Price
28% Take Out Loans
1.6% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of USC is $54,432. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

Almost 66% of college students who graduated with the class of 2018 took out student loans, but that percentage varies from school to school. At USC, approximately 28% of students took out student loans averaging $8,442 a year. That adds up to $33,768 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at USC is 1.6%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

University of Southern California Undergraduate Student Diversity

19,194 Full-Time Undergraduates
52% Women
47% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 19,907 undergraduate students at USC, with 19,194 being full-time and 713 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  USC

There are also 27,403 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 19,194 full-time undergraduates at USC, 48% are male and 52% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  USC

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of University of Southern California students is as follows.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of USC Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 3,965
Black or African American 889
Hispanic or Latino 2,921
White 7,440
International Students 2,567
Other Races/Ethnicities 1,412

Geographic Diversity

California students aren't the only ones who study at University of Southern California. At this time, all 50 states are represented by the student population at the school.

At this time, 50 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 130 countries are represented at USC. The most popular countries sending students to the school are China, India, and South Korea.

Online Learning at University of Southern California

6,707 Took All Classes Online
8,581 Took At Least One Class Online
9.7% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
In 2017-2018, 8,581 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at USC has changed over the last few years.

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This school is the most popular in California for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2017-2018.

Online Growth Rankings of USC

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at University of Southern California was 9.7%. This is the #968 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at USC regardless of major.

The following table shows the 1-year growth rate of USC majors that offer at least one online course. This table only includes majors with positive growth.

Major 1-Year Growth Rate
Computer Information Systems 44%
Computer Science 2%
Computer Science 2%
Informatics 43%

The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at USC ranks compared to all other partially online schools that offer a specific major. Note that the majors may or may not be offered online at USC.

Major Growth Rate Rank
Data Modeling/Warehousing & Database Administration #5
Computer Software & Applications #28
Computer Science #34
Computer Science #34
Computer & IS Security #37
Information Technology #59

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.

University of Southern California Computer Science Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Bachelor’s Graduate Certificate Master’s Doctor’s TOTAL
Computer Science 228 0 853 48 1,129
Informatics 0 0 88 0 88
Modeling, Virtual Environments & Simulation 38 0 24 0 62
Data Modeling/Warehousing & Database Administration 0 0 54 0 54
Computer & IS Security 0 0 20 0 20
Artificial Intelligence 0 0 9 0 9
Other Computer & Information Sciences 0 2 0 0 2
Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications 0 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 266 2 1,048 48 1,364

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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