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U.S. College Road Trip! Episode 40 - University of Southern California (USC)


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USC is a private not-for-profit college in Los Angeles, CA. It is a highly rated private university located in Los Angeles, California, with an enrollment of 20,206 undergraduate students. USC is divided into 23 schools and offers a total of 126 undergraduate degrees. USC's endowment was around $8.1 billion in 2021.


USC is known for its enthusiastic sense of pride and school spirit. Many of USC’s most beloved traditions are related to athletics, and the university is perhaps one of the most spirited schools in the nation. Fun fact: USC is the only university in the world to have a gold medal-winning athlete in every Summer Olympiad since 1912.


Famous alumni include astronaut Neil Armstrong, producer Shonda Rhimes and The Duke, John Wayne (Marion Morrison just doesn’t have the same ring to it).


The University of Southern California (USC) is known for several unique features, including:

  • Prestigious academic programs: USC is known for its high-quality and student-centered academics, with a diverse range of curricular offerings that provide extensive opportunities for interdisciplinary study and collaboration with leading researchers.

  • Location: USC is located in sunny Los Angeles, California, which is a global center for arts, technology, and international business.

  • Integrative and innovative programs: USC Iovine and Young Academy offers a Bachelor of Science in integrative innovation across design, technology, business, and communication.

  • Progressive degrees: USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences offers progressive degrees that allow students to earn a bachelor's and master's degree in five years.

  • Interdisciplinary programs: USC offers several interdisciplinary programs, such as the Thematic Option Honors Program, which encourages students to engage with the world’s greatest literary and philosophical canons, challenge accepted beliefs and attitudes, and contribute to a stimulating environment for intellectual exploration.

  • Pre-professional programs: USC offers pre-professional programs such as the Pre-Health Post Baccalaureate Program, which is designed for students who have completed their undergraduate degree and are interested in pursuing a career in healthcare.

  • Unique majors: USC offers several unique majors such as Popular Music Performance, which is offered by the USC Thornton School of Music, and Human Development and Aging, which is offered by the USC Leonard Davis School of Gerontology.

  • Thriving campus life: USC has a vibrant campus life, with many beloved traditions related to athletics and a strong sense of school spirit.

  • Personalized experience: Despite having thousands of undergraduate and graduate students, USC offers a personalized experience for each student.

  • Research: USC is a leading private research university, with extensive opportunities for interdisciplinary study and collaboration with leading researchers.

USC's acceptance rate for the Class of 2027 was 9.9%. Out of 80,790 applicants, 8,032 were offered admission for the 2023-24 academic year. USC has a test-optional policy for the 2022 and 2023 application cycles, meaning that SAT and ACT scores are optional. However, if students choose to submit their scores, USC will consider them. USC's average SAT score range for admitted students is between 1410-1540, and the average ACT score range is between 32-35.


Here’s the link for admissions to learn more. https://admission.usc.edu/

Go Trojans!


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