University of Southern California

3,284 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

3,284 reviews
  • Excellent
    852
  • Very Good
    1326
  • Average
    902
  • Poor
    156
  • Terrible
    48
As a general piece of advice, I would say that the school doesn't make the student, the student makes the school. Everything is what you make it. At USC, you have the opportunity to make your experience a supreme one. Yes, USC likes to brag about how diverse it is, but in reality, it simply has many different niches (niches, niche scholarship)! From the Cinema School cult, to the athlete groups, to Greek life, USC has so many different niches that I believe it would be hard to find someone who didn't fit in. My most memorable experience was seeing all of these groups collide at a solidarity rally that occurred this past semester. The rally was held right at Tommy Trojan (an iconic school statue), so as to make the protest visible in USC's most visited public space. Students dressed in all black and gathered to show solidarity with black students at Mizzou (University of Missouri), who have been silenced by their own administration. These students were not asking for anything outlandish. They simply demand a safe space for students of color with enough money to actually serve all the students who need it. Students desire more diverse faculty and diversity training for all professors who teach at the school. Students were ignored, just as they had been in the past. So, students at other universities across the country held solidarity rallies to show support for the demands of the students at Mizzou and to highlight the inequalities that students of color face at their own universities. Clearly, systematic racism is alive and well everywhere. Yes, even at my dream school USC. So, on that bright and sunny November morning, about 300 other students and I gathered at Tommy Trojan for the event. I walked over to the center of campus with an extra pep in my step, but I still didn't know what I was really getting myself into. It turned out to be the best experience that I have had at USC so far. Students shared experiences and read poems. It was beautiful.
  • College Sophomore
  • 11 months 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
Coming from USC, I can definitely see the effects of the Trojan family. I have heard campus recruiters say to me that their company will only hire USC graduates or usually put their resumes at the top before other schools just because of that connection. This type of networking is definitely useful especially if you're in business. However, the cost of the school is really steep and if you are solely going to USC for the connections, I suggest you really think about it because you can get connects anywhere--you just have to be extra proactive about it and keep a mindset of "why not me". But if you are on the fence, just know that USC does provide lots of connections to fortune 500 companies like Deloitte and E.Y. and Snapchat and lots of start-ups. I'm a sophomore right now and I know friends who have gotten internships. But those are the people who have been persistent and willing to search for them. So it's definitely possible if you want to start early! The alumni network is huge! You'll meet basically everyone from any and all countries and they always give you cute "fight on" signs if you see them around. A lot of recruiters do hire from USC and they make it a point to say that they're looking for USC students. The career center has been pretty helpful in giving me tips for interviews and updating my resume. Lauren from the career center gave me lots of good advice for my interviews!
  • College Junior
  • 6 months ago