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Location
Los Angeles, CA
Undergrads
17,619
Tuition
$46,363
Admission Difficulty
Very Hard
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4 College Freshman

Academics: The International Relations major is amazing and the professors all have ties to the actual international relations world.

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4 College Freshman

Academics: Most of my classes are fantastic, the faculty is really great and the workload is appropriate.

5 College Freshman

Academics: USC has excellent academics. The courses are challenging but the staff/faculty are extremely helpful in ensuring your success and attaining your goals.

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5 College Sophomore

Academics: The DPT program has great professors.

4 College Freshman

Academics: Many study abroad opportunities, great professors.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 33rd
    Best Use of Teaching Assistants
  • 37th
    Best Technology in the Classroom
  • 38th
    Best Course Variety
  • 72nd
    Smartest Professors
  • 83rd
    Best Registration Process

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

BJ Grip
Hometown
Colorado Springs, CO
Major
Theater
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The most widely discussed issue that students have about academics at USC is that teaching assistants tend to not be entirely fluent in English, which is due to a fair number of international graduate students. Students who feel uncomfortable talking with TAs usually have to fight for their teachers’ attention during office hours. Although this problem tends to be blown out of proportion, the student-TA language barrier has had debilitating effects ome students' level of interest in a class over the course of a semester.

Another widely discussed issue is the grading curve at the Marshall School of Business. Although most undergraduate business schools in the country operate on a grading curve, students have a hard time dealing with the fact that a predetermined amount of As, Bs, Cs, Ds, and Fs are distributed at the end of a semester. All in all, students are happy with the academics at USC. Resourceful students are ecstatic about courses, and passive students have good and bad things to say.

Facts & Statistics

Student-Faculty Ratio
9:1
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
1,723
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
1,401
Total FT Faculty
3,321
Faculty with Terminal Degree
90%
Average Faculty Salary
$114,315
Full-Time Retention Rate
97%
Part-Time Retention Rate
0%
Transfer-Out Rate
6%
Graduation Rate
90%
Programs/Majors Offered
194
Academic/Career Counseling?
Yes
Remedial Services?
No
Class Sizes
  • Fewer than 20 Students: 64%
  • 20 to 49 Students: 21%
  • 50 or More Students: 15%
Instructional Programs
Occupational: No
Academic: Yes
Continuing Professional: No
Recreational/Avocational: No
Adult Basic Remedial: No
Secondary (High School): No
Special Credit Opportunities
Advanced Placement (AP) Credits: Yes
Dual Credit: No
Life Experience Credits: No
Undergraduate Schools/Divisions
  • College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences
  • School for Communication
  • School of Accounting
  • School of Architecture
  • School of Business
  • School of Cinematic Arts
  • School of Dentistry
  • School of Education
  • School of Engineering
  • School of Fine Arts
  • School of Gerontology
  • School of Medicine
  • School of Music
  • School of Policy, Planning, and Development
  • School of Theatre
Degrees Awarded
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Doctorate - Professional practice
  • Doctorate - Research/scholarship
  • Master's degree
  • Other
  • Post-bachelor's certificate
  • Post-master's certificate
Most Popular Majors
  • Business Administration and Management: 6%
  • Electrical and Electronics Engineering: 2%
  • Social Work: 2%
  • Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Subject Areas, Other: 3%
Special Study Options
Study abroad
Best Places to Study
  • Doheny Library
  • Leavey Library
  • Study lounges in residence halls
  • Taper Hall
Tips to Succeed
  • Apply for internships early in the year.
  • Check your e-mail at least three times a day.
  • Don't ever be afraid to ask questions; no one will make fun of you for getting an A.
  • Don't miss class if you don't have to.
  • Get involved on campus.
  • Get to know Los Angeles.
  • Research all of your teachers before your first class.
  • Take the classes that appeal to you, not the classes that seem impressive to others.
  • Think about studying abroad.
  • Visit teachers in office hours.
Did You Know?
  • USC athletic teams were called the Methodists before they were named Trojans in 1912.
  • Actor John Wayne, also known as Marion Morrison, played tackle while at USC and graduated in 1929.
  • Battle-bound troops in the Aleutians Campaign during World War II were inspired by USC's "Fight On" song.
  • USC graduates designed the Department of Water and Power Building, St. Basil's Catholic Church, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, and Los Angeles' City Hall.
  • Robert Zemeckis, Ron Howard, George Lucas, and Bryan Singer are all USC film school graduates.
  • Since 1912, USC is the only university in the world to have a gold medal-winning athlete in every summer Olympics.

Student Polls

Rate your school's academic environment on the following topics    Based on 119 responses

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Excellent
  • Academic advisers
  • Class availability
  • Consistency in grading
  • Course subject variety
  • Curriculum flexibility
  • Gen-Ed requirements
  • Manageability of workload
  • Online course options
  • Quality of teaching assistants (TAs)
  • Scheduling/registration process
  • Technology in the classroom

Who are the most notable alumni from this school?    Based on 14 responses

  • 28% Will Ferrell - actor, entertainer
  • 23% George Lucas - film director
  • 19% Neil Armstrong - astronaut
  • 13% John Wayne - actor
  • 6% Robert Zemeckis - film director
  • 6% John Carpenter - film director
  • 4% Randy Johnson- Baseball player
  • 0% Laura Ziskin - film producer

Rate your school's professors on the following topics    Based on 115 responses

Very poor
Excellent
  • Accessibility
  • Communication skills
  • General knowledge
  • Interest in class subjects
  • Interest in students
  • Time spent in classroom
  • Use of teaching assistants

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