University of Southern California

3,286 reviews
  1. Los Angeles, CA
  2. 4 Year
A+
Overall Niche Grade
  1. Academics
    A+
  2. Value
    A+
  3. Diversity
    A+
  4. Campus
    A+
  5. Athletics
    A+
  6. Party Scene
    A+
  7. Professors
    A+
  8. Location
    A
  9. Dorms
    B+
  10. Campus Food
    A-
  11. Student Life
    A+
  12. Safety
    B
University of Southern California is ...
Private not-for-profit
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-A
Athletic Conference
Pac-12 Conference
Address
University Park
Los Angeles, CA 90089
Website

University of Southern California Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
18%
SAT Range
1280-1480
ACT Range
29-33
Application Fee
$80
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Application Website

Cost

Net Price
$31,189/ year
National
$15,431

Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.

Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $15,013/ year
  • $30-48k
    $16,754/ year
  • $49-75k
    $21,248/ year
  • $76-110k
    $32,515/ year
  • $110k+
    $45,639/ year

Academics

Professors
A+
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
9:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
83%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.248 responses
69%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.242 responses
55%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.241 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
18,057Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
3%
Pell Grant
18%
Varsity Athletes
3%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 145 responses
Report
  • Busy, active, studies, and parties
    43%
  • Busy and active
    18%
  • Diverse
    10%
  • Studies & parties
    8%
  • Work hard, play hard, fight on hard
    7%
  • Work Hard Play Hard Mentality
    6%
  • All the above
    3%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
86%
Poll
68%
of students say that Greek life is pretty big.289 responses
Poll
61%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.333 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 173 responses
Report
  • High quality & Social
    32%
  • Diverse
    22%
  • The key to my future
    12%
  • Perfect
    11%
  • An experience with people to never be forgetten.
    8%
  • Snobby
    3%
  • Absurdly preppy
    2%

After University of Southern California

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$66,100/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
91%
National
47%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
92%
National
83%
85%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.161 responses

Reviews

3,286 reviews
  • Excellent
    854
  • Very Good
    1326
  • Average
    902
  • Poor
    156
  • Terrible
    48
I couldn't be happier anywhere else! The student life is incredible, allowing every person to find their niche. The Greek life and parties are unbelievable, definitely adding to the college experience. Students maintain an amazing balance between their social lives and academics, which definitely has influenced me to do the same. My dream school managed to surpass my expectations.
  • Freshman
  • 3 days ago
I have absolutely no regrets about choosing to attend USC for college. I have had an unbelievable amount of support for all of my endeavors whether they be academic, sevice, or athletically oriented. There is ample funding available for me to accomplish my dreams and a diverse and intelligent student body to cooperate with to make my dreams a reality. I got in two research labs on my first day of school and even met with a business professor who offered to connect me with a patent attorney and manufacturing facilities for when I need them in the future. USC has sponsored my attendance at concerts, major sporting events, beach trips, island trips, and dinners at the president's residence. USC even funded a spring break trip for one of my classes to have an experience on a train from Moscow to eastern Siberia. This school is amazing and I have meant countless friends who I am both inspired by and glad to know. I love my school, its administration, and its students. I am proud to be a Trojan and excited to have three more years of college ahead!
  • College Sophomore
  • 6 months ago
I love being in a sorority, but there are some negatives to the Greek Scene. Overall, it is a positive social environment. However, people care a lot about 'rankings' and it becomes kind of cliquey. For example, guys in certain fraternities will only date girls in certain sororities, etc. It is not dominating, but there is a sort of attitude and stereotype associated with being in a 'top house.' However, being a member of a sorority at USC is a great experience within itself. The houses are beautiful, and you can live in them for much cheaper than campus dorms. The girls are great, and it is a nice way to have a group of friends, a place to hang out and study, and of course, Friday Brunches!
  • College Sophomore
  • 5 months ago