In our humble opinion, the University of Southern California is the greatest school in the world. Founded in 1880, it is the oldest and largest private research university in the Western United States. The University enrolls approximately 35,000 students (17,000 undergraduates and 18,000 graduates) annually. More international students enroll at USC than any other university in the U.S. (approximately 6,600).
The two main campuses of USC are located in the downtown area of Los Angeles, a major hub of international trade, technology, and the arts. The 150-acre University Park Campus in Exposition Park, along the Arts and Education Corridor of LA, is the primary location for undergraduate and graduate studies. The 40-acre Health Sciences Campus is just northeast of Downtown LA and is home to the Keck School of Medicine, School of Pharmacy, three teaching hospitals, and most other major health science programs. In addition, there are satellite locations throughout Southern California, including in Marina Del Rey, Orange County, Sacramento, Catalina Island, Alhambra; there is also a site in Washington, D.C.
And of course, there’s the fact that USC is located in an area that averages 291 days of sunny/partly sunny days and 75.4F degrees per year. Los Angeles also only receives 12-14 inches of precipitation annually. But winter lovers, fear not… world class snow resorts such as Mammoth and Bear Mountain are just a few hours drive away. Where else can you go snowboarding in the morning, then surfing in the afternoon on the same day?
- USC is a member of the Association of American Universities, a select group of 60 public and private universities in the U.S. and Canada that, together, perform over two-thirds of all federally-funded academic research and development.
- 80% of classes at USC have fewer than 30 students, providing great learning opportunities and more access to the professors. All general education courses and the vast majority of courses offered in the professional schools are taught by tenure track professors.
- The University family is an incredible worldwide support network for current students and recent graduates – your USC diploma will open doors as the reputation speaks for itself.
- Los Angeles is the center of the world’s media and entertainment industries and, in short, USC’s School of Cinematic Arts is without peer from pen to screen.
- The university is the home of 18 professional schools, in addition to the College of Letters, Arts and Sciences and the Graduate School. These schools train specialists in fields ranging from medicine and law to architecture, business, music, cinema-television, fine arts, theater, urban and regional planning, education, and public administration. Graduates of USC professional schools are serving society’s needs in the United States and many foreign countries.
- USC consistently has one of the top football teams in the country. They’ve won 11 national championships, including those in 2003 and 2004, and has won the Rose Bowl 24 times out of 33 appearances. Home field is the 92,500 seat Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, which also hosted the Opening Ceremonies of the 1932 and 1984 Summer Olympics. The athletic department recently opened the state-of-the-art Galen Center, which plays home to both men’s and women’s basketball and volleyball, as well as many concerts and events. In all, USC Athletics have won 114 team national championships and 357 individual national crowns.
Campus Address and Phone:
University Park Campus
Los Angeles, CA 90089-0911
For more info go to: www.usc.edu