University of Southern California

By: Jammey Jefferson

Overview of The University of Southern California

The University of Southern California is one of the world’s leading private research universities. An anchor institution in Los Angeles, a global center for arts, technology and international business, USC's diverse curricular offerings provide extensive opportunities for interdisciplinary study, and collaboration with leading researchers in highly advanced learning environments.

With a strong tradition of integrating liberal and professional education, USC fosters a vibrant culture of public service and encourages students to cross academic as well as geographic boundaries in their pursuit of knowledge.

Programs for Undergraduate Students

First and foremost of our six triumphs is the strengthening of undergraduate education at USC. That was clearly our highest priority at the beginning of the decade, and we have made phenomenal progress in this regard – progress beyond our wildest dreams. USC is now in the top one percent of all colleges and universities in America in terms of selectivity. Our average SAT scores – now 1308 for last fall’s freshman class – reflect an increase of 240 points in ten years time, which is unmatched by any other university in the country.t’s important to note that USC does not simply consider the numbers when evaluating applicants for admission. Instead, we look at the whole person. In addition to the numerical dimensions of SAT scores, GPA and rank in class, we consider such factors as letters of recommendation, the essay each applicant writes, which high school or prep school she attended, which courses she took in high school, what activities she participated in, and whether she demonstrated leadership skills or other special talents.

Graduate and professional studies at the University of Southern California

Our distinguished faculty include internationally renowned researchers and practitioners in the sciences and humanities, winners of top awards and honors in their fields. Actively engaged in developing new insights, technologies and creative work, USC faculty involve students in the pursuit of globally significant intellectual endeavors.

To meet the challenges of the 21st century, USC places a strong emphasis on interdisciplinary approaches to learning. Academic departments and professional schools offer numerous advanced degrees that integrate two or more fields of knowledge.

As a private university, USC combines the independent spirit and individual attention of a smaller institution with the extensive programs and facilities of a major research university. Our location in the thriving international center of Los Angeles, a major hub of the Pacific Rim, provides a wealth of contacts and professional opportunities.

Available Financial Aid & Scholarships

USC administers more than a dozen prestigious scholarship programs, ranging in value from a few thousand dollars up to full tuition. Unlike loans, scholarships do not have to be repaid. They are awarded based on academic excellence, leadership, service, and talent.

When coordinating scholarships, our office makes every attempt to preserve any university need-based grant you may have been awarded. In most cases, a new merit scholarship received after your initial Financial Aid Summary will reduce the amounts of Federal Work-Study and federal loans. The total financial aid may also increase, allowing your Stafford loan to assist with the family contribution. In some cases, however, the amount of university need-based grant will be reduced.

Contact Information For USC Programs

Maria Riley
Assistant Director

USC Parent Programs
3607 Trousdale Parkway, TCC 421
Los Angeles, CA 90089-3102

Phone: 213-821-6239
Fax: 213-740-9348

Email: – this email is checked daily during business hours

If this is an emergency during business hours please contact the Office of Student Support and Advocacy at 213-740-2421. If this is an emergency during non-business hours please contact the Department of Public Safety at 213-740-4321 for immediate assistance or to report a crime.

Phone: 213-821-6239
Fax: 213-740-9348
Trojan Parents Weekend Information Line: 213-740-6775

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