- University of Southern California
University of Southern California
University of Southern California is a private institution that was founded in 1880.
Tuition fees University of Southern California are $50,000 (Aprox.).
The University of Southern California’s central campus, referred to as the University Park campus, is located in Los Angeles’s Downtown Arts and Education Corridor. USC has other campuses in L.A. in addition to sites around Southern California and in Sacramento, Calif., and Washington. Students can participate in the more than 700 on-campus organizations, ranging from religious groups to club sports. USC students are not required to live on campus, but the university offers housing in its 40 or so residence halls and apartment buildings. A thriving Greek life comprises more than 60 chapters representing more than 3,500 students. The USC Trojans compete in the Pac-12 Conference and are known for their legendary football program.
USC is comprised of the USC Dana and David Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, and 17 graduate and professional schools. The number of graduates exceeds the number of undergraduates at USC, with students enrolled in such programs as the highly ranked 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. USC is also well known for its Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism and its highly esteemed School of Cinematic Arts, which has graduated students such as directors Judd Apatow and George Lucas. Films including “The Graduate,” “Legally Blonde” and “Forrest Gump” all filmed scenes on USC’s campus.
Schools / Colleges / Departments / Courses / Faculties
- Letters, Arts and Sciences USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences
- Accounting USC Leventhal School of Accounting
- Architecture USC School of Architecture
- Art and Design USC Roski School of Art and Design
- Business USC Marshall School of Business
- Cinematic Arts USC School of Cinematic Arts
- Communication, Journalism USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism
- Dance USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance
- Dentistry Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC
- Dramatic Arts USC School of Dramatic Arts
- Education USC Rossier School of Education
- Engineering USC Viterbi School of Engineering
- Gerontology USC Davis School of Gerontology
- Law USC Gould School of Law
- Medicine Keck School of Medicine of USC
- Music USC Thornton School of Music
- Occupational Therapy Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy
- Pharmacy USC School of Pharmacy
- Physical Therapy Division of Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy
- Public Policy USC Sol Price School of Public Policy
- Social Work USC School of Social Work
The University of Southern California was founded following the efforts of Judge Robert M. Widney, who helped secure donations from several key figures in early Los Angeles history: a Protestant nurseryman, Ozro Childs, an Irish Catholic former-Governor, John Gately Downey, and a German Jewish banker, Isaias W. Hellman. The three donated 308 lots of land to establish the campus and provided the necessary seed money for the construction of the first buildings. Originally operated in affiliation with the Methodist Church, the school mandated from the start that “no student would be denied admission because of race.” The university is no longer affiliated with any church, having severed formal ties in 1952.
When USC opened in 1880, tuition was $15.00 per term and students were not allowed to leave town without the knowledge and consent of the university president. The school had an enrollment of 53 students and a faculty of 10. The city lacked paved streets, electric lights, telephones, and a reliable fire alarm system. Its first graduating class in 1884 was a class of three—two males and female valedictorianMinnie C. Miltimore.
The colors of USC are cardinal and gold, which were approved by USC’s third president, the Reverend George W. White, in 1896. In 1958 the shade of gold, which was originally more of an orange color, was changed to a more yellow shade. The letterman’s awards were the first to make the change.
USC students and athletes are known as Trojans, epitomized by the Trojan Shrine, nicknamed “Tommy Trojan”, near the center of campus. Until 1912, USC students (especially athletes) were known as Fighting Methodists or Wesleyans, though neither name was approved by the university. During a fateful track and field meet with Stanford University, the USC team was beaten early and seemingly conclusively. After only the first few events, it seemed implausible that USC would ever win; however, the team fought back, winning many of the later events, to lose only by a slight margin. After this contest, Los Angeles Times sportswriter Owen Bird reported that the USC athletes “fought on like theTrojans of antiquity”, and the president of the university at the time, George F. Bovard, approved the name officially.
During World War II, USC was one of 131 colleges and universities nationally that took part in the V-12 Navy College Training Program which offered students a path to a Navy commission.
USC is responsible for $5 billion in economic output in Los Angeles County; USC students spend $503 million yearly in the local economy and visitors to the campus add another $12 million.
On May 1, 2014, USC was named as one of many higher education institutions under investigation by the Office of Civil Rights for potentialTitle IX violations by Barack Obama’s White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault.
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