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APRUPUBLISHER=NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF COLLEGE AND UNIVERSITY BUSINESS OFFICERS AND COMMONFUND INSTITUTE ACCESS-DATE=2019-06-29, PUBLISHER=UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA, 2019-08-12, Carol FoltHTTPS://WWW.PRESIDENT.USC.EDU PUBLISHER=USC, 2019-07-02, PUBLISHER=USC, 2018-04-25, |undergrad = 19,170|postgrad = 26,517|faculty = 4,451|staff = 15,717|city = Los Angeles|state = California|country = United StatesUrban area>UrbanUniversity Park campus {{convertacre79km2}}HTTP://VISIT.USC.EDU/>TITLE=VISIT USC, NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision>FBS – Pac-12 ConferenceAmerican Collegiate Hockey Association>ACHA (ice hockey), MPSFaccessdate=2017-06-11}}{{color box#FFCC00}}USC Trojans>TrojansTraveler (mascot)>TravelerHTTPS://SAIT.USC.EDU/RECSPORTS/SPIRIT/TRAVELER/>TITLE=USC TRAVELERACCESSDATE=2016-10-04,}}|logo = University of Southern California Logo.svg|logo_size = 250}}The University of Southern California (USC{{ref label|A|a|none}}, SC, or Southern Cal) is a private research university in Los Angeles, California. Founded in 1880, it is the oldest private research university in California.USC at a Glance - USC Graduate Admission {{Webarchive|url= |date=2013-10-29 }}. Retrieved on 2015-11-28. For the 2018–19 academic year, there were 20,000 students enrolled in four-year undergraduate programs. USC also has 27,500 graduate and professional students in a number of different programs, including business, law, engineering, social work, occupational therapy, pharmacy, and medicine. It is the largest private employer in the city of Los Angeles and generates $8 billion in economic impact on Los Angeles and California.WEB,weblink USC's economic impact on California estimated at $8 billion a year, 2017-03-09, USC News, en-US, 2019-03-22, USC was one of the earliest nodes on ARPANET and is the birthplace of the Domain Name System.WEB,weblink INTERNET HALL of FAME INNOVATOR Paul Mockapetris, Other technologies invented at USC include DNA computing, dynamic programming, image compression, VoIP, and antivirus software.WEB,weblink Leonard Adleman – The Father of DNA Computing, WEB,weblink Richard E. Bellman, WEB,weblink SIGNAL AND IMAGE PROCESSING INSTITUTE, 2016-08-07,weblink" title="">weblink 2016-03-09, dead, WEB,weblink INTERNET HALL of FAME PIONEER Danny Cohen, WEB,weblink COMPUTER VIRUS: AN ORIGIN STORY, USC is a highly selective school, accepting 11% percent of undergraduate applicants for its class of 2023.WEB,weblink en-US, 2019-10-11, USC's alumni include a total of 11 Rhodes Scholars and 12 Marshall Scholars.WEB,weblink Rhodes Scholarships, 2015-07-17, Academic Honors and Fellowships, en-US, 2018-12-11, WEB,weblink Marshall Scholarship, 2015-07-17, Academic Honors and Fellowships, en-US, 2018-12-11, As of October 2018, nine Nobel laureates, six MacArthur Fellows, and one Turing Award winner have been affiliated with the university. As of May 2018, USC has conferred degrees upon 29 alumni who became billionaires.WEB,weblink The universities that produce the most billionaires, 2018-05-18, CNBC, en-US, 2019-06-24, USC has graduated more alumni who have gone on to win an Academy Award than any other institution in the world by a significant margin.NEWS,weblink Where Students Dream In Gold: The Top Ten Schools with Oscar Winners, WEB,weblink Cinematic Arts Celebrates 80th Anniversary With All New Campus, USC alumni have also played crucial roles in 21 of the top 25 highest-grossing films of all time, since 2019.WEB,weblink Top Hollywood Blockbusters With Trojan Ties, 2019-07-18,, en-US, 2019-07-18, {{better source|date=July 2019}}USC sponsors a variety of intercollegiate sports and competes in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) as a member of the Pac-12 Conference. Members of USC's sports teams, the Trojans, have won 107 NCAA team championships, ranking them third in the United States, and 409 NCAA individual championships, ranking them second in the United States.WEB, Championship Summary through April 21, 2019,weblink NCAA, 1 June 2019, Trojan athletes have won 288 medals at the Olympic Games (135 golds, 88 silvers and 65 bronzes), more than any other university in the United States.WEB, USC Olympians: 1904 to 2014,weblink USC, 2016-02-05, WEB,weblinkweblink" title="">weblink dead, 2014-03-24, These colleges have the most Olympic medals ever, In 1969, it joined the Association of American Universities.WEB,weblink MEMBER INSTITUTIONS AND YEARS OF ADMISSION, USC has had a total of 521 football players drafted to the National Football League, the second-highest number of drafted players in the country.WEB,weblink College Football Encyclopedias and NFL Records,


(File:Widney 1903.jpg|thumb|The Widney Alumni House, the campus's first building)The University of Southern California was founded following the efforts of Judge Robert M. Widney, who helped secure donations from several key figures in early Los Angeles history: a Protestant nurseryman, Ozro Childs, an Irish Catholic former-Governor, John Gately Downey, and a German Jewish banker, Isaias W. Hellman. The three donated 308 lots of land to establish the campus and provided the necessary seed money for the construction of the first buildings. Originally operated in affiliation with the Methodist Church, the school mandated from the start that "no student would be denied admission because of race". The university is no longer affiliated with any church, having severed formal ties in 1952.When USC opened in 1880, tuition was $15.00 per term and students were not allowed to leave town without the knowledge and consent of the university president. The school had an enrollment of 53 students and a faculty of 10. The city lacked paved streets, electric lights, telephones, and a reliable fire alarm system. Its first graduating class in 1884 was a class of three—two males and female valedictorian Minnie C. Miltimore.The colors of USC are cardinal and gold, which were approved by USC's third president, the Reverend George W. White, in 1896. In 1958, the shade of gold, which was originally more of an orange color, was changed to a more yellow shade. The letterman's awards were the first to make the change.{{Ref label|D|d|none}}File:Tommytrojan2007.jpg|left|thumb|"Tommy TrojanTommy TrojanUSC students and athletes are known as Trojans, epitomized by the Trojan Shrine, nicknamed "Tommy Trojan", near the center of campus. Until 1912, USC students (especially athletes) were known as Fighting Methodists or Wesleyans, though neither name was approved by the university. During a fateful track and field meet with Stanford University, the USC team was beaten early and seemingly conclusively. After only the first few events, it seemed implausible USC would ever win; however, the team fought back, winning many of the later events, to lose only by a slight margin. After this contest, Los Angeles Times sportswriter Owen Bird reported the USC athletes "fought on like the Trojans of antiquity", and the president of the university at the time, George F. Bovard, approved the name officially.During World War II, USC was one of 131 colleges and universities nationally that took part in the V-12 Navy College Training Program which offered students a path to a Navy commission.WEB,weblink Alfred S. Harrison, United States Army Corps of Engineers, September 29, 2011, 2011, dead,weblink" title="">weblink January 19, 2012, USC is responsible for $8 billion in economic output in Los Angeles County; USC students spend $563 million yearly in the local economy and visitors to the campus add another $37.9 million.WEB, USC Has $8 Billion Economic Impact, USC,weblink 2017-03-09, Recognizing that United States-China relations would play a great role in shaping the 21st century, in 2006, USC established the USC U.S.-China Institute (USCI). Known for its conferences, speakers series, training programs, publications and documentaries, USCI works to inform public discussion with policy relevant research and timely programing. It publishes US-China Today and is widely known for its twelve part Assignment:China documentary series on how China has been covered by American journalists since the 1940s. In 2010, the U.S. government and the USA Pavilion organizers asked USCI to manage the recruitment, selection, training and supervision of the students selected to staff the pavilion at the Shanghai Expo.On May 1, 2014, USC was named as one of many higher education institutions under investigation by the Office of Civil Rights for potential Title IX violations by Barack Obama's White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault.WEB,weblink U.S. Department of Education Releases List of Higher Education Institutions with Open Title IX Sexual Violence Investigations, 29 May 2015, USC is also under a concurrent Title IX investigation for potential anti-male bias in disciplinary proceedings, as well as denial of counseling resources to male students, {{as of|2016|March|8|lc=y}}.WEB,weblink U.S. Department of Education Opens Investigation Against the University of Southern California for Anti-Male Bias, 10 May 2017, In 2017, the university came into the national spotlight when the Los Angeles Times published information about Carmen A. Puliafito, the dean of USC's medical school. After accusations of drug use, he resigned from his position as dean in 2016 and was fired from the school the following year after the news stories were published. His medical license was subsequently suspended pending a decision whether it should be terminated.NEWS,weblink State suspends medical license of Carmen Puliafito, former USC Keck dean tied to drug use, Paul, Pringle, Adam, Elmahrek, The Los Angeles Times, September 25, 2018, May 27, 2018, On August 17, 2018, his license G 88200 in the State of California was revoked based on discipline orders.WEB, DCA - Search Details,weblink, 28 May 2019, The following year, the Los Angeles Times broke another story about USC focusing on George Tyndall, a gynecologist accused of abusing 52 patients at USC. The reports span from 1990 to 2016 and include using racist and sexual language, conducting exams without gloves and taking pictures of his patients' genitals. Inside Higher Ed noted that there have been "other incidents in which the university is perceived to have failed to act on misconduct by powerful officialsWEB,weblink USC President Will Step Down, Scott, Jaschick, Inside Higher Ed, May 26, 2018, May 27, 2018, " when it reported that the university's president, C. L. Max Nikias, is resigning. Tyndall was fired in 2017 after reaching a settlement with the university. The school did not report him to state medical authorities or law enforcement at the time, though the LAPD is now investigating Tyndall. As of June 1, 401 people had contacted a special hotline to receive complaints about the doctor.NEWS,weblink LAPD Investigating USC Gynecologist Accused of Sexual Misconduct, Aggeler, Madeleine, The Cut, 2018-07-20, en, On October 18, it was reported that nearly 100 women filed new lawsuits against the university, bringing the number of accusations up to over 500 current and former students.NEWS,weblink Nearly 100 additional women sue USC over gynecologist's alleged sexual misconduct, 2018-10-19, Fox News, 2018-10-19, en-US, USC agreed to pay $215 million as a settlement after hundreds of women claimed the school did not address their complaints. The agreement is awaiting the approval of the court.NEWS,weblink University of Southern California to Pay $215 Million Over Sex Abuse Scandal, 2018-10-19, en, USC was one of several universities involved in the 2019 college admissions bribery scandalweblinkweblink Forget incompetence, USC's athletic department is simply corrupt, Hernandez, Dylan, March 14, 2019, Los Angeles Times, 2019-03-14, On March 12, 2019, a total of three coaches and one athletic director were charged with having accepted bribes from wealthy families in return for fraudulently facilitating their children's admission to USC. Among the twelve university personnel charged for their involvement in the scandal nationwide, four were associated with USC.NEWS,weblink College Admissions Scandal: Your Questions Answered, Times, The New York, 2019-03-14, The New York Times, 2019-03-20, en-US, 0362-4331,


File:Doheny.jpg|thumb|Doheny LibraryDoheny LibraryThe University Park campus is in the University Park district of Los Angeles, {{convert|2|mi|km}} southwest of Downtown Los Angeles. The campus's boundaries are Jefferson Boulevard on the north and northeast, Figueroa Street on the southeast, Exposition Boulevard on the south, and Vermont Avenue on the west. Since the 1960s, through campus vehicle traffic has been either severely restricted or entirely prohibited on some thoroughfares. The University Park campus is within walking distance to Los Angeles landmarks such as the Shrine Auditorium, and Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum which is operated and managed by the University. Most buildings are in the Romanesque Revival style, although some dormitories, engineering buildings, and physical sciences labs are of various Modernist styles (especially two large Brutalist dormitories at the campus's northern edge) that sharply contrast with the predominantly red-brick campus. Widney Alumni House, built in 1880, is the oldest university building in Southern California. In recent years the campus has been renovated to remove the vestiges of old roads and replace them with traditional university quads and gardens. The historic portion of the main campus was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2015.File:Zumberge Hall of Science.jpg|left|thumb|Zumberge Hall, one of the original buildings on the University Park Campus]]Besides its main campus at University Park, USC also operates the Health Sciences Campus about {{convert|2|mi|km}} northeast of downtown. In addition, the Children's Hospital Los Angeles is staffed by USC faculty from the Keck School of Medicine and is often referred to as USC's third campus. USC also operates an Orange County center in Irvine for business, pharmacy, social work and education; and the Information Sciences Institute, with centers in Arlington, Virginia and Marina del Rey. For its science students, USC operates the Wrigley Institute for Environmental Studies on Catalina Island just {{convert|20|mi|km}} off the coast of Los Angeles and home to the Philip K. Wrigley Marine Science Center.The Price School of Public Policy also runs a satellite campus in Sacramento. In 2005, USC established a federal relations office in Washington, D.C. A Health Sciences Alhambra campus holds The Primary Care Physician Assistant Program, the Institute for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Research (IPR), and the Masters in Public Health Program.USC was developed under two master plans drafted and implemented some 40 years apart. The first was prepared by the Parkinsons in 1920, which guided much of the campus's early construction and established its Romanesque style and 45-degree building orientation.(File:052607-013-VKC-USC.jpg|thumb|The Von KleinSmid Center of International and Public Affairs, topped by a {{convert|5500|lb|abbr=on}} globe, is the tallest structure on campus.NEWS, Chantal, Garcia,weblink VKC: A president's legacy, Daily Trojan, September 15, 2004, May 29, 2007,weblink" title="">weblink August 2, 2007, dead, mdy-all, Built under the second master plan, reflected a trend towards modernism.)The second and largest master plan was prepared in 1961 under the supervision of President Norman Topping, campus development director Anthony Lazzaro, and architect William Pereira. This plan annexed a great deal of the surrounding city and many of the older non-university structures within the new boundaries were leveled. Most of the Pereira buildings were constructed in the 1970s. Pereira maintained a predominantly red-brick architecture for the new buildings, but infused them with his trademark techno-modernism stylings. More recently under President C. L. Max Nikias, the architectural orientation of the campus has moved towards a Gothic Revival style, taking cues from the inculative and scholastic styles of Oxford University and Harvard University, while underpinning USC's own historic identity that is present in the red-brick construction.USC's role in making visible and sustained improvements in the neighborhoods surrounding both the University Park and Health Sciences campuses earned it the distinction of College of the Year 2000 by the Time/Princeton Review College Guide.Roughly half of the university's students volunteer in community-service programs in neighborhoods around campus and throughout Los Angeles. These outreach programs, as well as previous administrations' commitment to remaining in South Los Angeles amid widespread calls to move the campus following the 1965 Watts Riots, are credited for the safety of the university during the 1992 Los Angeles Riots. (That the university emerged from the riots completely unscathed is all the more remarkable in light of the complete destruction of several strip malls in the area, including one just across Vermont Avenue from the campus's western security fence.) The ZIP code for USC is 90089 and the surrounding University Park community is 90007.(File:USCLeavey2007.jpg|thumb|The Leavey Library, completed in the mid-1990s, reflected a shift to designs closer to earlier, Romanesque architecture.)(File:Traveler horse statue.webm|thumb|Video of Traveler horse statue at University of Southern California in Los Angeles)USC has an endowment of $5.5 billion and carries out about $764 million per year in sponsored research. USC became the only university to receive eight separate nine-figure gifts:{{citation needed|date=August 2019}} $120 million from Ambassador Walter Annenberg to create the Annenberg Center for Communication and a later additional gift of $100 million for the USC Annenberg School for Communication; $112.5 million from Alfred Mann to establish the Alfred E. Mann Institute for Biomedical Engineering; $110 million from the W. M. Keck Foundation for USC's School of Medicine; $150 million from the W. M. Keck Foundation for USC's School of Medicine; $175 million from George Lucas to the USC School of Cinema-Television, now renamed USC School of Cinematic Arts, $200 million from Dana and David Dornsife for USC's College of Letters, Arts and Sciences to support undergraduate and Ph.D. programs, $110 million from John and Julie Mork for undergraduate scholarships, and $200 million from Larry Ellison to launch the Lawrence J. Ellison Institute for Transformative Medicine.Donations helped fund major new projects throughout the university. These developments include:
  • USC Medical Center
  • Leavey Library
  • USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center expansion
  • Zilkha Neurogenetic Institute
  • International Residential College at Parkside
  • USC Marshall School of Business's Popovich Hall
  • Lyon Center – student recreation center
  • Galen Center – home to USC Basketball and USC Volleyball
  • Los Angeles Memorial ColiseumWEB,weblink USC Athletic Department Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum Website, – home to USC Trojans Football
  • USC School of Cinematic Arts Complex
  • Ronald Tutor Campus Center, Trojan Plaza, and Steven and Kathryn Sample Hall (Opened Fall 2010)WEB,weblink Grand Opening of the USC Ronald Tutor Campus Center {{!, USC||language=en-US|access-date=2017-05-24|date=2010-08-24}}
  • John McKay Center (Opened 2012)WEB,weblink The John McKay Center, 2012-04-25, 2012-04-06, WEB,weblink USC to break ground on John McKay Center, 2012-04-25,weblink" title="">weblink 2011-01-16, dead,
  • Roger and Michele Dedeaux Engemann Student Health Center (Opened Fall 2013)WEB,weblink The Roger and Michele Dedeaux Engemann Student Health Center, 2012-04-25,
  • Uytengsu Aquatics Center (Opened Spring 2014)WEB,weblink USC Announces $8 Million Gift for New Aquatics Center,, 2012-05-01,
  • Verna and Peter Dauterive Hall (Opened Fall 2014)WEB,weblink The Verna and Peter Dauterive Hall – New Social Sciences Building, 2012-04-25,
  • Wallis Annenberg Hall (Opened Fall 2014)WEB,weblink Grand Opening: USC Annenberg unveils Wallis Annenberg Hall,, en, 2017-05-24,
  • Glorya Kaufman International Dance Center (Opened Spring 2016)NEWS,weblink USC celebrates the opening of a $46-million building for dance, 2016-10-05, Los Angeles Times, 2017-05-24, en-US, 0458-3035,
  • USC Jill and Frank Fertitta Hall for the Marshall School of Business (Opened Fall 2016)NEWS,weblink Jill and Frank Fertitta Hall opening is a major milestone for USC Marshall School of Business, 2017-05-24, en-US,
  • USC Stevens Hall, home to the Mark and Mary Stevens Neuroimaging and Informatics Institute (Opened Fall 2016)NEWS,weblink USC Stevens Hall for Neuroimaging officially opens its doors, 2017-05-24, en-US,
  • USC Currie Hall, Student Residence Hall (Opened Fall 2016)WEB,weblink University leaders celebrate Currie Hall opening {{!, Keck School of Medicine of USC||language=en-US|access-date=2017-05-24}}
  • USC Shrine Parking Structure (Opened Spring 2017)WEB,weblink New parking structure to open by Shrine Auditorium, Mier, Tomas, 2017-03-27, Daily Trojan, 2017-05-24,
  • USC Michelson Center for Convergent Bioscience (Opened Fall 2018)NEWS,weblink Michelson Center aim: Bring biologists, engineers together, fast-track groundbreaking research, 2017-05-24, en-US,
  • Norris Healthcare Consultation Center (Opened January 2018)NEWS,weblink State-of-the-art Norris Healthcare Center opens for business, January 12, 2018, USC News, en-US,

University Village

In September 2014, the university began construction on USC Village, a 1.25-million-square-foot residential and retail center directly adjacent to USC's University Park campus on 15 acres of land owned by the university.WEB,weblink USC kicks off construction of USC Village residential-retail hub, 2014-09-15, The USC Village has over 130,000 square feet of retail space on the ground floor, with student housing on the four floors above. The $700 million project is the biggest development in the history of USC and is also one of the largest in the history of South Los Angeles. With a grand opening held on August 17, 2017,NEWS,weblink Here's What Will Be Inside The Massive USC Village Project When It Opens Next Month, LAist, 2017-08-10, en-US, dead,weblink" title="">weblink 2017-08-10, the USC Village includes a Trader Joe's, a Target, a fitness center, restaurants and outdoor dining, 400 retail parking spots, a community room, and housing for 2,700 students.WEB,weblink USC Village,

Health Sciences campus

(File:Uscmedcenter.jpg|left|thumb|The original Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center)Located {{convert|3|mi|km|0|spell=in}} from downtown Los Angeles and {{convert|7|mi|km|0|spell=in}} from the University Park campus, USC's Health Sciences campus is a major center for basic and clinical biomedical research in the fields of cancer, gene therapy, the neurosciences, and transplantation biology, among others. The {{convert|79|acre|ha|adj=on}}WEB,weblink Visiting Keck School of Medicine, campus is home to the region's first and oldest medical and pharmacy schools, as well as acclaimed programs in physical therapy, occupational therapy, and physician assistant (which are respectively ranked No. 1, No. 3, and No. 10 by U.S. News & World Report) and pharmacy.In addition to the Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center, which is one of the nation's largest teaching hospitals, the campus includes three patient care facilities: USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center, Keck Hospital of USC, and the USC Eye Institute. USC faculty staffs these and many other hospitals in Southern California, including the internationally acclaimed Children's Hospital Los Angeles. The health sciences campus is also home to the USC School of Pharmacy and several research buildings such as USC/Norris Cancer Research Tower, Institute for Genetic Medicine, Zilkha Neurogenetic Institute, Harlyne J. Norris Cancer Research Tower and Eli and Edythe Broad Center for Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Research.The Keck Hospital of USC is ranked No. 5 out of 411 hospitals in the State of CaliforniaWEB,weblink Best Hospitals in California, and No. 16 in the nationWEB,weblink U.S. News 2019-20 Best Hospitals Honor Roll, by U.S. News & World Report.In July 2013, the University expanded its medical services into the foothill communities of northern Los Angeles when it acquired the 185 bed Verdugo Hills Hospital in Glendale, California. USC planned on making at least $30 million in capital improvements to the facility, which was officially renamed USC Verdugo Hills Hospital. This 40-year-old hospital provides the community a 24-hour emergency department, primary stroke center, maternity/labor and delivery, cardiac rehabilitation, and imaging and diagnostic services.WEB,weblink USC closes deal to purchase Verdugo Hills Hospital, 2013-07-16, USC physicians serve more than one million patients each year.

Public transit

USC is served by several rapid transit stations. The Metro Expo Line light rail service between Downtown Los Angeles and Santa Monica wraps around the south and eastern edges of the University Park campus. The Expo Line has three stations in the vicinity of the USC main campus: Jefferson/USC Station, Expo Park/USC Station, and Vermont/Expo Station.WEB,weblink Metro Expo Line timetable, June 24, 2018, Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, August 12, 2018, The Metro Silver Line bus service serves both the University Park campus at 37th Street/USC station and the Health Sciences campus at LA County+USC Medical Center station.WEB,weblink Metro Silver Line timetable, June 24, 2018, Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, August 12, 2018, In addition, both campuses are served by several Metro and municipal bus routes.

Former agricultural college campus

Chaffey College was founded in 1883 in the city of Ontario, California, as an agricultural college branch campus of USC under the name of Chaffey College of Agriculture of the University of Southern California. USC ran the Chaffey College of Agriculture until financial troubles closed the school in 1901. In 1906, the school was reopened by municipal and regional government and officially separated from USC. Renamed as Chaffey College, it now exists as a community college as part of the California Community College System.

Organization and administration

(File:USC-Bovard-1921.jpg|thumb|Bovard Hall, home of USC's central administration, shortly after completion in 1921; the streets later became pedestrian-only)USC is a private public-benefit nonprofit corporation controlled by a Board of Trustees composed of 50 voting members and several life trustees, honorary trustees, and trustees emeriti who do not vote. Voting members of the Board of Trustees are elected for five-year terms. One fifth of the Trustees stand for re-election each year, and votes are cast only by the trustees not standing for election. Trustees tend to be high-ranking executives of large corporations (both domestic and international), successful alumni, members of the upper echelons of university administration, or some combination of the three.The university administration consists of a president, a provost, several vice-presidents of various departments, a treasurer, a chief information officer, and an athletic director.WEB,weblink Senior Administration, USC, 2019-08-11, The current president is Carol Folt who on July 1, 2019 succeeded Board of Trustee member Wanda Austin who had been appointed the interim president by the Board when the former president C. L. Max Nikias resigned in 2018.NEWS,weblink USC trustees back president's ouster of business school dean over handling of harassment cases, Los Angeles Times, Harriet, Ryan, Matt, Hamilton, December 13, 2018, 16 December 2018, WEB,weblink Administration, USC, 2019-07-02, The USC Dana and David Dornsife College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences, the Graduate School, and the 17 professional schools are each led by an academic dean.WEB,weblink USC Academic Deans, USC, 2019-08-11, USC occasionally awards emeritus titles to former administrators. There are six administrators emeriti.The University of Southern California's 18 professional schools include the USC Leventhal School of Accounting, the USC Bovard College, USC School of Architecture, USC Marshall School of Business, USC School of Cinematic Arts, USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC, USC Rossier School of Education, USC Viterbi School of Engineering, USC Roski School of Fine Arts and Design, USC Davis School of Gerontology, USC Gould School of Law, Keck School of Medicine of USC, USC Thornton School of Music, USC School of Pharmacy, USC Price School of Public Policy, USC School of Social Work, and USC School of Theatre.

Student government

(File:USC Student Union.jpg|thumb|USC Gwynn Wilson Student Union)The Undergraduate Student Government (USG) is the official representative government of the undergraduate students at USC. It consists of a popularly elected president and vice president who lead an appointed executive cabinet, a popularly elected legislative branch, and judicial oversight. The executive cabinet oversees funding, communications, programming, and advocacy work. All USG activities are funded by the student activity fee. In addition to USG, residents within university housing are represented and governed by the Residential Housing Association (RHA), which is divided by residence hall. The Graduate Student Government (GSG) consists of senators elected by the students of each school proportional to its enrollment and its activities are funded by a graduate and professional student activity fee.

List of university presidents

  1. Marion M. Bovard (1880–1891)
  2. Joseph P. Widney (1892–1895)
  3. George W. White (1895–1899)
  4. George F. Bovard (1903–1921)
  5. Rufus B. von KleinSmid (1921–1947)
  6. Fred D. Fagg, Jr. (1947–1957)
  7. Norman Topping (1958–1970)
  8. John R. Hubbard (1970–1980)
  9. James H. Zumberge (1980–1991)
  10. Steven B. Sample (1991–2010)
  11. C. L. Max Nikias (2010–2018)
  12. Wanda Austin (interim) (2018–2019)
  13. Carol Folt (2019–Present)

Department of Public Safety

The USC Department of Public Safety (DPS) is one of the largest campus law enforcement agencies in the United States,WEB,weblink U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics. Survey of Campus Law Enforcement Agencies, 2011–2012. Appendix Tables 4 and 5. Published January 20, 2015, currently employing 306 full-time personnel and 30 part-time student workers.WEB,weblink USC Department of Public Safety – About Us, DPS's patrol and response area includes a 2.5 square mile area around each USC campus.WEB,weblink USC Department of Public Safety – Patrol and Response Areas, The Department of Public Safety headquarters is on the University Park campus, and there are substations in the University Village and on the Health Sciences campus.WEB,weblink USC Campus Safety Plan Website, The department operates 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. All armed USC Public Safety Police Officers (approximately 120) are required to be police academy graduatesWEB,weblink Six months and counting: new DPS officers continue training, Daily Trojan, September 24, 2018, so they can be appointed reserve police officers with sworn peace officer authority anywhere in the state while on duty under California Penal Code 830.75.WEB,weblink California Legislative Information. Penal Code 830.75. Peace Officers: independent institutions of higher education, The Department has a formal working relationship with the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD),WEB,weblink LAPD Department Manual: Outside Agencies, which includes USC paying for newly hired officers to attend the 6 month long Los Angeles Police Academy.WEB,weblink LAPD News Release: LAPD Recruit Graduation Ceremony for Class 3-18, WEB,weblink Memorandum of Agreement Between LAPD and USC Regarding Training of USC Public Safety Officers, A special joint USC/LAPD crime task force composed of USC DPS personnel and approximately 40 selected Los Angeles police officers, including a dedicated specially trained LAPD SWAT team,WEB,weblink DPS and safety advocates emphasize student readiness on anniversary of Parkland shooting, USC Annenberg Media, February 14, 2019, WEB,weblink 2018 USC Campus Safety Plan - Safety implementations made in last 18 months, USC Department of Public Safety, is assigned exclusively to the USC campus community to address crime and quality of life issues. The University Park Task Force (UPTF) utilizes crime-related intelligence and data and crime analysis to more effectively deal with crime impacting the USC Community.


File:USC Law.jpg|thumb|The Law School building is one of the handful of examples of Brutalist architectureBrutalist architectureUSC is a large, primarily residential research university.WEB,weblink Institutions: University of California, Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, 2008-09-18, The majority of the student body was undergraduate until 2007, when graduate student enrollment began to exceed undergraduate.WEB,weblink All Enrolled Students, by Class Level, 2007, University of Southern California, 2008-06-13,weblink" title="">weblink 2008-06-25, dead, The four-year, full-time undergraduate instructional program is classified as "balanced arts & sciences/professions" with a high graduate coexistence. Admissions are characterized as "most selective, lower transfer in"; 95 undergraduate majors and 147 academic and professional minors are offered. The graduate program is classified as "comprehensive" and offers 134 master's, doctoral, and professional degrees through 17 professional schools. USC is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.WEB,weblink USC Catalogue: About USC, University of Southern California, 2008-09-18,weblink" title="">weblink 2008-09-11, dead, The university was elected to the Association of American Universities in 1969.WEB,weblink AAU Members by Admissions, Association of American Universities, 2008-06-13, dead,weblink" title="">weblink 2012-08-23, USC's academic departments fall either under the general liberal arts and sciences of the Dana and David Dornsife College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences for undergraduates, the Graduate School for graduates, or the university's 18 professional schools.WEB,weblink USC Academics: Schools, University of Southern California, 2008-06-12,weblink" title="">weblink 2008-05-24, dead, USC presently has five Nobel Laureates on staff,WEB,weblink Nobel Laureates, USC, eight Rhodes Scholars,WEB,weblink Colleges and Universities with U.S. Rhodes Scholarship Winners, five MacArthur Fellows,WEB,weblink MacArthur Fellows, 181 Fulbright Scholars,WEB,weblink USC again among top producers of Fulbright fellows, 2015-02-13, one Turing Award winner,WEB,weblink LEN ADLEMAN WINS TURING PRIZE, USC, three winners of the National Medal of Arts, one winner of the National Humanities Medal, three winners of the National Medal of Science, and three winners of the National Medal of Technology and Innovation among its alumni and faculty.WEB,weblink National Medal Winners, In addition to its academic awards, USC has produced the most Oscar winners out of any institution in the world by a significant margin.(File:Mudd Hall.jpg|left|thumb|Mudd Hall of Philosophy)The USC Dana and David Dornsife College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences, the oldest and largest of the USC schools, grants undergraduate degrees in more than 130 majors and minors across the humanities, social sciences, and natural/physical sciences, and offers doctoral and masters programs in more than 20 fields.WEB,weblink USC Academics: College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences, University of Southern California, 2008-06-13,weblink" title="">weblink 2008-05-24, Dornsife College is responsible for the general education program for all USC undergraduates, and houses a full-time faculty of approximately 700, more than 6500 undergraduate majors (roughly half the total USC undergraduate population), and 1200 doctoral students. In addition to 30 academic departments, the College also houses dozens of research centers and institutes. In the 2008–2009 academic year, 4,400 undergraduate degrees and 5,500 advanced degrees were awarded. Formerly called "USC College of Letters, Arts & Sciences", the College received a $200 million gift from USC trustees Dana and David Dornsife on March 23, 2011, after which the College was renamed in their honor, following the naming pattern of other professional schools and departments at the University.WEB,weblink Sharing a Transforming Moment > News > USC Dornsife,, 2013-05-31, All Ph.D. degrees awarded at USC and most master's degrees are under the jurisdiction of the Graduate School.WEB,weblink USC the Graduate School: Degrees Awarded, University of Southern California, 2008-06-13,weblink" title="">weblink 2008-05-24, dead, Professional degrees are awarded by each of the respective professional schools.(File:USC School of Cinematic Arts 03.jpg|thumb|School of Cinematic Arts.)The School of Cinematic Arts, the oldest and largest film school in the country, confers degrees in six different programs.Rachel Abramowitz, weblink, Los Angeles Times. Retrieved June 16, 2008.NEWS,weblink At U.S.C., a Practical Emphasis in Film, New York Times, 2008-02-04, Waxmandate=January 31, 2006,
As the university administration considered cinematic skills too valuable to be kept to film industry professionals, the school opened its classes to the university at large in 1998.
NEWS,weblink Is a Cinema Studies Degree the New M.B.A.?, New York Times, 2008-02-04, Van Nessdate=March 6, 2005, In 2001, the film school added an USC Interactive Media & Games Division studying stereoscopic cinema, panoramic cinema, immersive cinema, interactive cinema, video games, virtual reality, and mobile phone>mobile media. In September 2006, George Lucas donated $175 million to expand the film school, which at the time was the largest single donation to USC (and its fifth over $100 million). The donation will be used to build new structures and expand the faculty.STUART >LAST=SILVERSTEIN TITLE=GEORGE LUCAS DONATES USC'S LARGEST SINGLE GIFT DATE=SEPTEMBER 19, 2006, The acceptance rate to the School of Cinematic Arts has consistently remained between 4-6% for the past several years.The USC School of Architecture was established in 1916, the first in Southern California. From at least 1972 to 1976, and likely for a number of years prior to 1972, it was called The School of Architecture and Fine Art. The School of Fine Art (known as SOFA for a number of years after Architecture and Fine Art separated) was eventually named the Roski School of Fine Arts in 2006 during a ceremony to open the then-new Masters of Fine Art building, which occupies the previous and completely refurbished Lucky Blue Jean factory. This small department grew rapidly with the help of the Allied Architects of Los Angeles. A separate School of Architecture was organized in September 1925. The school has been home to teachers such as Richard Neutra, Ralph Knowles, James Steele, A. Quincy Jones, William Pereira and Pierre Koenig. The school of architecture also claims notable alumni Frank Gehry, Jon Jerde, Thom Mayne, Raphael Soriano, Gregory Ain, and Pierre Koenig. Two of the alumni have become Pritzker Prize winners. In 2006, Qingyun Ma, a distinguished Shanghai-based architect, was named dean of the school.WEB,weblink US-China Institute :: news & features :: Qingyun Ma named dean of the USC School of Architecture,, 2007-01-01, 2010-05-23, The USC Thornton School of Music is one of the most highly regarded music schools in the United States. The training at the Thornton School frequently draws graduate students from such institutions including Juilliard, Oberlin College, Rice, and the Eastman School of Music; and graduates of the Thornton School often go on to study at these and other institutions, such as the Colburn School, the Curtis Institute of Music, or the Manhattan School of Music. The most active source of live music in all of Los Angeles, the Thornton School offers everything from medieval music to current music. In addition to the departments of classical music, there is a department for popular music and even a department of early music, making USC's music school one of the few in the United States that offers specialized degrees in pre-classical music.The Andrew and Erna Viterbi School of Engineering is headed by Dean Yannis Yortsos. Previously known as the USC School of Engineering, it was renamed on March 2, 2004, in honor of Qualcomm co-founder Andrew Viterbi and his wife Erna, who had donated $52 million to the school. Viterbi School of Engineering has been ranked No. 11 and No. 9 in the United States in U.S. News & World Report's engineering rankings for 2018 and 2019 respectively.WEB,weblink (File:052707-020-USCAnnenberg.jpg|thumb|left|The Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism)The Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism, founded in 1971, is one of the two communication programs in the country endowed by Walter Annenberg (the other is at the University of Pennsylvania). The School of Journalism, which became part of the School for Communication in 1994,WEB,weblink School Overview, USC Annenberg, 2007-04-26, dead,weblink" title="">weblink 2007-05-03, features a core curriculum that requires students to devote themselves equally to print, broadcast and online media for the first year of study. The journalism school consistently ranks among the nation's top undergraduate journalism schools.WEB,weblink USC Annenberg | NewsPro ranks USC Annenberg top-five U.S. journalism school,, 2011-12-16, 2013-07-17, USC's Annenberg School's endowment rose from $7.5 million to $218 million between 1996 and 2007.WEB,weblink Cowan honored with endowed faculty chair, dead,weblink" title="">weblink 2007-05-03, In 2015, the new building named for Wallis Annenberg started serving all faculty and students.The Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry at the University of Southern California was established in 1897 as The College of Dentistry, and today awards undergraduate and graduate degrees. Headed by Dean Avishai Sadan, D.M.D., the school traditionally has maintained five Divisions: Academic Affairs & Student Life, Clinical Affairs, Continuing Education, Research, and Community Health Programs and Hospital Affairs. In 2006, the USC Department of Physical Therapy and Biokinesiology, and the USC Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy, which both had previously been organized as "Independent Health Professions" programs at USC's College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences, were administratively aligned under the School of Dentistry and renamed "Divisions", bringing the total number of Divisions at the School of Dentistry to seven. In 2010, alumnus Herman Ostrow donated $35 million to name the school the Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry. In 2013 the school introduced an eighth division, and in 2014 a $20 million gift endowed and named the USC Mrs. T.H. Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy.USC collaborated with Shanghai Jiao Tong University to offer the USC (Executive) EMBA program in Shanghai. USC Dornsife also operates two international study centers in Paris and Madrid. The Marshall School of Business has satellite campuses in Orange County and San Diego.In 2012, USC established the Glorya Kaufman School of Dance, the university's first new school in 40 years,WEB,weblink USC News, 29 May 2015, which was a gift from philanthropist Glorya Kaufman. The USC Kaufman School offers individual classes in technique, performance, choreography, production, theory and history open to all students at USC.WEB,weblink USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance official website,, 2014-08-20, Beginning in the fall of 2015, the USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance offers a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree to a select number of undergraduates who wish to pursue dance as their major. This four-year professional degree will be housed in the state-of-the-art Glorya Kaufman International Dance Center, which is now under construction.In 2015, USC established the Bovard College, which offers graduate level programs in Human Resource Management, Project Management, and Criminal Justice. The college is named after Emma Bovard, who was one of the first students to enroll at USC in 1880weblink

University library system

(File:Oldcollege1920.jpg|thumb|The first true library was housed in the College of Liberal Arts Building ("Old College"), which opened in 1887 and was designed to hold the entire USC College student body—55 students. Two wings were added to the original building in 1905.)The USC Libraries are among the oldest private academic research libraries in California. For more than a century USC has been building collections in support of the university's teaching and research interests. Especially noteworthy collections include American literature, Cinema-Television including the Warner Bros. studio archives, European philosophy, gerontology, German exile literature, international relations, Korean studies, studies of Latin America, natural history, Southern California history, and the University Archives.WEB,weblink Research Guides: University Archives *: Home, Claude, Zachary,, The USC Warner Bros. Archives is the largest single studio collection in the world. Donated in 1977 to the University of Southern California's School of Cinematic Arts by Warner Communications, the WBA houses departmental records that detail Warner Bros. activities from the studio's first major feature, My Four Years in Germany (1918), to its sale to Seven Arts in 1968.Announced in June 2006, the testimonies of 52,000 survivors, rescuers and others involved in The Holocaust is housed in the USC College of Letters, Arts & Sciences as a part of the USC Shoah Foundation Institute for Visual History and Education.WEB,weblinkweblink" title="">weblink dead, Shoah hosts Holocaust history at USC – News, 2 August 2007, 2 August 2007, In addition to the Shoah Foundation, the USC Libraries digital collection highlights include photographs from the California Historical Society, Korean American Archives Automobile Club of Southern California, and the Chinese Historical Society of Southern California. The USC Digital LibraryWEB,weblink USC Libraries Digital Collections, provides a wealth of primary and original source material in a variety of formats.In October 2010, the collections at ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, the largest repository for documents from the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community in the world, became a part of the USC Libraries system.WEB, ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives Research Collection Finds Permanent Home at the University of Southern California Libraries,weblink Press Release, ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, 8 July 2011, dead,weblink" title="">weblink 3 August 2011, The collections at ONE include over two million archival items documenting LGBT history including periodicals; books; film, video and audio recordings; photographs; artworks; ephemera, such clothing, costumes, and buttons; organizational records; and personal paper.USC's 22 libraries and other archives hold nearly 4 million printed volumes, 6 million items in microform, and 3 million photographs and subscribe to more than 30,000 current serial titles, nearly {{convert|44000|ft|m}} of manuscripts and archives, and subscribe to over 120 electronic databases and more than 14,000 journals in print and electronic formats. Annually, reference transactions number close to 50,000 and approximately 1,100 instructional presentations are made to 16,000 participants.WEB,weblink USC Libraries :: Specialized Research Collections,, 2010-05-23,weblink" title="">weblink 2010-05-24, dead, The University of Southern California Library system is among the top 35 largest university library systems in the United States.WEB,weblink Private Tutor,, 2010-05-23, The Leavey Library is the undergraduate library and is open 24 hours a day. The newly open basement has many discussion tables for students to share thoughts and have group discussions. The Edward L. Doheny, Jr. Memorial Library is the main research library on campus.



{{col-break}}{| class="wikitable sortable collapsible collapsed" style="float:right" "text-align:center"! colspan=4 style="{{CollegePrimaryStyle|USC Trojans|color=white}}" |National Program RankingsWEB, University of Southern California – U.S. News Best Grad School Rankings, U.S. News & World Report, September 9, 2019,weblink ! Program! Ranking| 54| 17| 48| 16| 20| 31| 37| 12| 9| 33| 69| 20| 38| 17| 44| 53| 30| 10| 3| 9| 1| 10| 61| 51| 26| 3| 37| 25| 40{{col-break}}{| class="wikitable sortable collapsible collapsed" style="float:right" "text-align:center"! colspan=4 style="{{CollegePrimaryStyle|USC Trojans|color=white}}" |Global Program RankingsWEB, University of Southern California – U.S. News Best Global University Rankings, U.S. News & World Report, September 9, 2019,weblink ! Program! Ranking| 61| 56| 162| 51| 21| 42| 114| 268| 95| 127| 137| 154| 70| 48| 52| 91| 383| 51| 39{{col-end}}USC was ranked 22nd in U.S. News & World Report's 2020 annual ranking of national universities.WEB,weblink U.S. News Best Colleges – University of Southern California, U.S. News & World Report, 2019, In the Niche Best Colleges rankings, USC ranked 10th overall for 2016 based on academics and quality of student life.WEB,weblink 2016 Best Colleges - Niche, College Rankings and Reviews at, USC is ranked 31st among national universities in the U.S. and 49th in the world by the Academic Ranking of World Universities, and 13th (tied with seven other universities) among national universities by The Center for Measuring University Performance.WEB,weblink The Top American Research Universities: 2009 Annual Report, 2009, 2009-06-04, dead,weblink" title="">weblink 2010-06-01, In 2015, USA Today ranked USC 22nd overall for American universities based on data from College Factual.WEB,weblink Overall Best Colleges, 2016-01-19, Among top 25 universities, USC was ranked by U.S. News & World Report as having the 4th most economically diverse student body.WEB,weblink Economic Diversity Among the Top 25 Ranked Schools: National Universities, U.S. News & World Report, 2016, Reuters ranked USC as the 14th most innovative university in the world in 2015, as measured by the university's global commercial impact and patents granted.WEB,weblink Top 100 Innovative Universities, Reuters, 2016, USC was ranked 15th overall in the 2016 inaugural Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education ranking of U.S. colleges.WEB,weblink The Top U.S. Colleges, The Wall Street Journal, 2016, In 2016, USC was ranked as a "Top 10 Dream College" for both parents and students according to The Princeton Review, as conferred from a survey of 10,000 respondents. USC appeared in the top 10 list for both parents and students.WEB,weblink The Princeton Review's 2016 "College Hopes & Worries Survey" Reports on 10,000 Students' & Parents' Application Perspectives & "Dream" Colleges, The Princeton Review, 2016, On the 2011 "Green Report Card", issued by the Sustainable Endowments Institute, the university received a B-.WEB, The College Sustainability Report Card,weblink The Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism was ranked 1st in 2014 by USA Today.NEWS,weblink Top Journalism Schools, 2014, USA Today, 2014-11-23, In its 2020 rankings, U.S. News & World Report rates USC's School of Law as 17th, the Marshall School of Business tied for 17th with the USC Leventhal School of Accounting 7th and the Lloyd Greif Center for Entrepreneurial Studies 9th; the Keck School of Medicine of USC was ranked tied for 30th in research and tied for 53rd in primary care, the Viterbi School of Engineering9th, the Rossier School of Education 12th, the Roski School of Fine Arts graduate program 69th, the Sol Price School of Public Policy 3rd, the USC School of Social Work 25th, and the USC School of Pharmacy tied for 9th. USC's graduate programs in physical therapy and occupational therapy are ranked the nation's 1st and 3rd best programs, respectively, for 2020 by U.S. News & World Report. The Philosophical Gourmet Report in 2015 ranked USC's graduate philosophy program as 8th nationally.WEB,weblink Overall Rankings, The Philosophical Gourmet Report, May 26, 2015, dead,weblink" title="">weblink August 13, 2010, The Hollywood Reporter ranked the School of Cinematic Arts the No. 1 film school in the United States for the third year in a row in 2014.NEWS,weblink These Are the Top 25 Film Schools in the United States, The Hollywood Reporter, 2014-07-30, Tim, Appelo, 2014-07-30, In addition, USA Today ranked the School of Cinematic Arts the No. 1 film school in the United States in 2014. The program's range of classes, facilities, and close proximity to the industry were the primary reasons for this ranking.NEWS,weblink America's best colleges for a major in film, USA Today, 2014-10-29, Megan, Cahill, 2014-10-29, USA Today ranked the USC Marshall School of Business as the No. 3 school to study undergraduate business in the nation, {{as of|2015|lc=y}}.NEWS,weblink, The top 10 schools to study business for 2015-16, USA Today, 2015-10-21, Carly, Stockwell, 2015-10-16, In 2015, Forbes ranked the USC Marshall School of Business 3rd in the nation in producing graduates who are most satisfied with their jobs.NEWS,, The Most Satisfied Business School Graduates, Forbes, 2016-01-18, The Princeton Review ranked USC video game design program as 1st out of 150 schools in North America.WEB,weblink GamePro Media and The Princeton Review Name Top 10 Undergraduate and Top 10 Graduate Schools For Video Game Design Study, 2011, The Princeton Review, 2011-07-10, The university's video game design programs are interdisciplinary, involving the Interactive Media & Games Division of the School of Cinematic Arts and the CS Games program in the Department of Computer Science at the USC Viterbi School of Engineering.NEWS,weblink USC Named Top School for Video Game Design for Second Straight Year, 2011, The Hollywood Reporter, 2011-07-10, John, Gaudiosi, The Academic Ranking of World Universities in 2015 ranked USC's combined departments of engineering and computer sciences as 10th in the world, social sciences 31st, and economics and business departments 29th.WEB,weblink Performance in Academic Ranking of World Universities by Subject Fields, 2016-01-17, {{Clear}}

Student body{| class"wikitable" style"text-align:center; float:right; font-size:85%; margin:0px; margin-left:2em;"|+

Student Demographics – Fall 2018! !!Students!! Overall !!U.S. CensusWEB,weblink USA QuickFacts from the US Census Bureau,, August 15, 2014, ! Non-Hispanic White| 63.0%! Black| 13.1%! Asian| 5.1%! Hispanic (of any race)| 16.9%! Other| 1.2%! International| (N/A)USC has a total enrollment of roughly 47,500 students, of which 20,000 are at the undergraduate and 27,500 at the graduate and professional levels. Approximately 53% of students are female and 47% are male. For the entering first-year class, 43% of incoming students are drawn from California, 42% from the rest of the United States, and 15% from abroad.WEB,weblink Freshmen Profile and Admission Information, University of Southern California, 2016-02-08, USC's student body encompasses 12,300 international students, the second most out of all universities in the United States.WEB,weblink USC has second most foreign students in nation, again, 2016-02-16, Of the regularly enrolled international students, the most represented countries/regions are China (Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan not included), India, South Korea, and Taiwan area, in that order.Like other private universities, the nominal cost of attendance is high; however, the university's large endowment and significant revenue streams allow it to offer generous financial aid packages.WEB,weblink $48,812 average financial aid package, Additionally, USC is one of the highest ranked universities to offer half-tuition and full-tuition merit-based scholarships.WEB,weblink Scholarships (For academic year 2016–2017), 2016-05-21,weblink" title="">weblink 2016-02-26, dead, These factors have propelled USC into being the 4th most economically diverse university in the nation.WEB,weblink Economic Diversity Among the Top 25 Ranked Schools, Twenty percent of admitted and attending students are SCions, or students with familial ties to USC, while 14 percent are the first generation in their family to attend any form of college. Twenty-four percent of undergraduates at USC are Pell Grant-eligible, which is defined by having come from a family household income of less than $50,000.WEB,weblink USC has second most foreign students in nation, again, 2016-02-16, 2016-01-19, There are over 375,000 living Trojan alumni.


{| class="wikitable" style="float:right; text-align:center; font-size:90%; margin:0px; margin-left:5px;"weblink WEB, Common Data Set 2012 - 2013, Office of Institutional Research, University of Southern California,weblink WEB, Common Data Set 2013 - 2014, Office of Institutional Research, University of Southern California,weblink WEB, Common Data Set 2014 - 2015, Office of Institutional Research, University of Southern California,weblink WEB, Common Data Set 2015 - 2016, Office of Institutional Research, University of Southern California,weblink WEB, Common Data Set 2016 - 2017, Office of Institutional Research, University of Southern California,weblink WEB, Common Data Set 2017 - 2018, Office of Institutional Research, University of Southern California,weblink WEB,weblink Freshman Profile 2019, 2019-02-02,weblink" title="">weblink 2019-03-25, dead, WEB, Common Data Set 2018 - 2019, Office of Institutional Research, University of Southern California,weblink WEB, Common Data Set 2018 - 2019, Office of Institutional Research, University of Southern California,weblink !! 2018 !! 2017 !! 2016 !! 2015 !! 2014 !! 2013 !! 2012 !! 2011! First-year applications| 37,210! Admitted| 8,566!% Admitted| 23.0! Enrolled| 2,931! Average GPA| 3.72
! SAT Range(out of 2400 through 2016; out of 1600 afterward)| 1930-2230! ACT Range(out of 36)| 29-33 USC is ranked by U.S. News & World Report as "Most Selective",WEB,weblink University of Southern California, and Princeton Review rates its admissions selectivity of 98 out of 99.WEB,weblink University of Southern California - The Princeton Review College Rankings & Reviews,, 2019-03-20, More than 67,000 students applied for admission to the undergraduate class entering in 2019, with 11% being admitted, the lowest acceptance rate in its history.NEWS,weblink USC admission hits record low, Annenberg Media, Eileen, Toh, Among enrolled freshman for Fall 2018, the interquartile range for SAT composite scores was 1350 – 1530 and the average unweighted GPA was 3.79. Thirty-four percent of the accepted students in 2018 had perfect GPAs of 4.0 and 60 percent scored in the 99th percentile on standardized tests. There were 257 National Merit Scholars enrolled during the 2016-17 academic year (including 60 recipients of the prestigious National Merit $2,500 Scholarship), ranking USC third in the nation. USC was ranked the 10th most applied to university in the nation for fall 2014 by U.S. News & World Report.WEB, 10 Colleges That Receive the Most Applications,weblink 2015-11-30,

Faculty and research

File:052707-022-NorrisCinema-USC.jpg|thumb|The Eileen L. Norris Cinema Theatre, where the THX sound system was first developed and installed by (Tomlinson Holman]].USC Self-Guided Tour {{webarchive|url= |date=2012-10-14 }}, University of Southern California. Retrieved June 8, 2009.)The university has a very high level of research activity and received $764 million in sponsored research from 2017 to 2018.USC employs approximately 3,249 full-time faculty, 1,486 part-time faculty, and about 10,744 staff members.WEB,weblink Faculty and Staff (2009–10 academic year), USC, 2010-06-22,weblink" title="">weblink 2010-05-24, dead, 350 postdoctoral fellows are supported along with over 800 medical residents.WEB,weblink Residencies: General Information, 2008-06-16, University of Southern California,weblink" title="">weblink 2008-05-24, dead, Among the USC faculty, 15 are members of the National Academy of Sciences, 17 are members of the Institute of Medicine, 34 are members of the National Academy of Engineering, 92 are members of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and 32 are members of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences,WEB,weblinkweblink" title="">weblink dead, 2013-02-26, National Academy Members, WEB,weblink Other Academy Fellows, 6 to the American Philosophical Society,WEB,weblink Faculty Distinctions: Other Academies, University of Southern California, 2008-06-12,weblink" title="">weblink 2008-05-24, dead, and 9 to the National Academy of Public Administration. 29 USC faculty are listed as among the "Highly Cited" in the Institute for Scientific Information database.WEB,weblink Highly Cited Faculty From USC, 2011-01-12, {{Dead link|date=July 2018 |bot=InternetArchiveBot |fix-attempted=yes }} George Olah won the 1994 Nobel Prize in ChemistryWEB,weblink The Nobel Prize in Chemistry 1994, 2008-03-19, Nobel Foundation, and was the founding director of the Loker Hydrocarbon Research Institute. Leonard Adleman won the Turing Award in 2003.WEB,weblink ACM Fellows Award/Leonard M. Adleman, 2002, 2008-03-19, Association for Computing Machinery, dead,weblink" title="">weblink 2008-03-16, Arieh Warshel won the 2013 Nobel Prize in Chemistry.WEB,weblink The Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2013, 2013-10-09, Nobel Foundation, The university also supports the Pacific Council on International Policy through joint programming, leadership collaboration, and facilitated connections among students, faculty, and Pacific Council members.Our Mission - Pacific Council on International Policy. (2013-08-16). Retrieved on 2013-08-21.The university has two National Science Foundation–funded Engineering Research Centers: the Integrated Media Systems Center and the Center for Biomimetic Microelectronic Systems.WEB,weblink USC Faculty Portal – Research: Highlighted Research Centers, 2008-06-13, University of Southern California,weblink" title="">weblink 2008-06-12, dead, The Department of Homeland Security selected USC as its first Homeland Security Center of Excellence. Since 1991, USC has been the headquarters of the NSF and USGS funded Southern California Earthquake Center (SCEC). The University of Southern California is a founding and charter member of CENIC, the Corporation for Education Network Initiatives in California, the nonprofit organization, which provides extremely high-performance Internet-based networking to California's K-20 research and education community. USC researcher Jonathan Postel was an editor of communications-protocol for the fledgling internet, also known as ARPANET.WEB,weblink The History of ISI, Information Sciences Institute (USC), 2008-04-08, dead,weblink" title="">weblink 2008-04-15, In July 2016 USC became home to the world's most powerful quantum computer, housed in a super-cooled, magnetically shielded facility at the USC Information Sciences Institute,WEB,weblink USC quantum computing researchers reduce quantum information processing errors, WEB,weblink World's most powerful quantum computer now online at USC, 2016-07-21, the only other commercially available quantum computing system operated jointly by NASA and Google.Notable USC faculty include or have included the following: Leonard Adleman, Richard Bellman, Aimee Bender, Barry Boehm, Warren Bennis, Todd Boyd, T.C. Boyle, Leo Buscaglia, Drew Casper, Manuel Castells, Erwin Chemerinsky, George V. Chilingar, Thomas Crow, António Damásio, Francis De Erdely, Percival Everett, Murray Gell-Mann, Seymour Ginsburg, G. Thomas Goodnight, Jane Goodall, Solomon Golomb, Midori Goto, Susan Estrich, Janet Fitch, Tomlinson Holman, Jascha Heifetz, Henry Jenkins, Thomas H. Jordan, Mark Kac, Pierre Koenig, Neil Leach, Leonard Maltin, Daniel L. McFadden, Viet Thanh Nguyen, George Olah, Scott Page, Simon Ramo, Claudia Rankine, Irving Reed, Michael Waterman, Frank Gehry, Arieh Warshel, Lloyd Welch, Jonathan Taplin and Diane Winston.


File:11-11-06-GalenCenter-inside.jpg|thumb|The Galen CenterGalen CenterThe USC Trojans participate in the NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) as a member of the Pac-12 Conference and have won 123 total team national championships, 97 for men and 26 for women, including non-NCAA championships. Of this total, 80 and 14 are NCAA National Championships for men and women, respectively. The NCAA does not include college football championships in its calculation. Although there are multiple organizations that name national championships, USC claims 11 football championships. The men's 361 Individual Championships are the second-best in the nation and 53 ahead of third place, Texas Longhorns. USC's cross-town rival is the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), with whom there is fierce athletic and scholastic competition. USC's rivalry with Notre Dame predates the UCLA rivalry by three years. The Notre Dame rivalry stems mainly from the annual football game played between these two universities and is considered one of the greatest rivalries in college athletics.NEWS, John, Walters,weblink Does it get any better than this?, Sports Illustrated, October 13, 2005, USC has won 107 NCAA team championships, 3rd behind Stanford (123) and cross-town rival UCLA (117). The Trojans have also won at least one national team title in 26 consecutive years (1959–60 to 1984–85). USC won the National College All-Sports Championship, an annual ranking by USA Today of the country's top athletic programs, 6 times since its inception in 1971. Four Trojans have won the James E. Sullivan Award as the top amateur athlete in America: diver Sammy Lee (1953), shot putter Parry O'Brien (1959), swimmer John Naber (1977) and swimmer Janet Evans (1989).From the 1904 Summer Olympics through the 2014 Winter Olympics, 632 Trojan athletes have competed in the Games, taking home 135 gold medals, 88 silver and 65 bronze. If it were an independent country, USC would be ranked 12th in the world in terms of medals. Since 1912, USC is the only university in the world to have a gold medal-winning athlete in every summer Olympiad.

Men's sports

File:11-11-06-LA-Coliseum-USC-UO.jpg|thumb|The Los Angeles Memorial ColiseumLos Angeles Memorial ColiseumIn men's sports, USC has won 97 team national championships (84 NCAA titles) – more than any other school – and male athletes have won a record 303 individual NCAA titles. The Trojans have won 26 championships in track and field, 21 in tennis, 12 in baseball, 9 in swimming and diving, 9 in water polo, 6 in volleyball, 2 in indoor track and field, and 1 in gymnastics.{{Ref label|C|c|none}} USC's men's basketball has appeared in the NCAA tournament 15 times, and made 2 NCAA Final Four appearances.The USC football program has historically ranked among the best in Division I FBS. The Trojans football team has won 11 national championships.WEB,weblink University of Southern California Official Athletic Site – Traditions,, 2013-05-31,weblink" title="">weblink 2013-05-26, dead, Seven players have won the Heisman Trophy, although the school claims six, after alleged violations involving Reggie Bush. {{as of|2019}}, 521 Trojans have been taken in the NFL draft, making it second only to Notre Dame.For the 2015 season, USC football was ranked 1st overall in recruiting by, with 4 five-star commits, 17 four-star commits, and 5 three-star commits.

Women's sports

Women's teams have earned 27 national championships. The Women of Troy have brought home 64 individual NCAA crowns. Two Women of Troy athletes have won the Honda-Broderick Cup as the top collegiate woman athlete of the year: Cheryl Miller (1983–84) and Angela Williams (2001–02). And Trojan women have won 8 Honda Awards, as the top female athlete in their sport.The Women of Troy have won 7 championships in tennis, 6 in volleyball, 4 in water polo, 3 in golf, 2 in basketball, 2 in beach volleyball, 1 in swimming and diving, 2 in track and field and 2 in soccer.

Traditions and student activities

(File:Usctravelerandband.jpg|thumb|USC mascot Traveler with Trojan Warrior and The Spirit of Troy)As one of the oldest universities in California, the University of Southern California has a number of traditions. USC's official fight song is "Fight On", which was composed in 1922 by USC dental student Milo Sweet with lyrics by Sweet and Glen Grant.WEB,weblink Official Fight Song – About USC,,


File:120107-LA-USC-UCLA02.jpg|thumb|upright|left|During the week prior to the traditional USC-UCLA rivalry football game, the Tommy TrojanTommy TrojanUSC has rivalries with multiple schools. Although generally limited to football, USC has a major rivalry with Notre Dame.WEB,weblink USC – Notre Dame Football Rivalry, – Notre Dame Football, Basketball, & Recruiting, en-US, 2016-03-11, The annual game is played for the Jeweled Shillelagh. The rivalry has featured more national championship teams, Heisman trophy winners, All-Americans, and future NFL hall-of-famers than any other collegiate match-up. The two schools have kept the annual game on their schedules since 1926 (except 1942–44 because of World War II travel restrictions) and the game is often referred to as the greatest intersectional rivalry in college football.John Walters, Does it get any better than this?,, October 13, 2005, Accessed March 24, 2009.Dave Revsine, Michigan, Ohio State set bar high for other rivalries,, November 24, 2006, Accessed March 24, 2009.The Greatest Intersectional Rivalry: Top 10 Moments from Notre Dame-USC,, October 12, 2005, Accessed March 24, 2009.Adam Rose, The Color of Misery,, October 20, 2007, Accessed March 24, 2009.This Week in Pac-10 Football{{dead link|date=March 2018 |bot=InternetArchiveBot |fix-attempted=yes }}, Pacific-10 Conference, November 20, 2006, Accessed March 24, 2009.USC's most famous rival is UCLA, with whom there is fierce athletic and scholastic competition. Both universities are in Los Angeles and approximately {{convert|10|mi|km}} apart. Until 1982 the two schools also shared the same football stadium, the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. The victor of the annual football game takes home the Victory Bell. The Trojans and Bruins also compete in a year-long all-sports competition for the Lexus Gauntlet Trophy. Pranks between UCLA and USC were commonplace several decades ago. Both universities have cracked down on pranks since a 1989 incident when USC students released hundreds of crickets into the main UCLA library during finals week.NEWS, Rajan, Menghani,weblink Pranks of the past, present, The Daily Bruin, December 1, 2005, November 30, 2006,weblink" title="">weblink August 5, 2012, dead, mdy-all, Days before a clash between rivals UCLA and USC in 2009, the Bruins mascot was vandalized. It was splashed in cardinal and gold paint, USC's official colors sparking memories of pranks played in the years earlier.NEWS,weblink Los Angeles Times, UCLA–USC rivalry week claims casualty as The Bruin statue is splattered in cardinal and gold paint [Updated], 2009-11-25, 2010-05-02, The week preceding the annual football matchup with UCLA is known as "Troy Week" and features a number of traditions including CONQUEST! "The Ultimate Trojan Experience", Save Tommy Night, the CONQUEST! Bonfire, and all-night vigils by the Trojan Knights to protect the campus from UCLA Bruins.In addition, USC has rivalries with other Pac-12 schools, particularly the Stanford Cardinal as they are the only two private universities in the Pac-12 Conference and are situated at opposing regions of California, as well as being the two oldest private research universities in California, 1880 and 1891 respectively. Recently, a rivalry has begun to exist between USC and the University of Oregon because of the two universities' dominant football programs, with each school often serving as the toughest match-up on the opponent's schedule.


Traveler, a white Andalusian horse, is the university's official mascot. It first appeared at a football game in 1961, was ridden by Richard Saukko, and was known as Traveler I. The current horse is known as Traveler VII.Tommy Trojan, officially known as the Trojan Shrine, is a bronze statue in the model of a Trojan warrior at the center of campus. It is commonly mistaken as the school's official mascot. The statue was modeled after Trojan football players, and the statue is engraved with the ideal characteristics of a Trojan. It is a popular meeting point for students and a landmark for visitors.In the 1940s, George Tirebiter, a car-chasing dog, was the most popular unofficial mascot. After it bit the mascot of the UCLA Bruins, it gained fame among students, and was kept by the Trojan Knights. The dog was known to chase down cars on Trousdale Parkway, which runs through campus. After the original dog died, three others succeeded it. A statue was built in 2006 to honor the unofficial mascot.

Marching band

(File:2008-0830-USC-UVA-TMB-drummajor.jpg|thumb|The drum major of the Spirit of Troy wears a more elaborate uniform and conducts the band with a sword.)USC's marching band, known as The Spirit of Troy, has been featured in at least 10 major movies, and has performed in both the 1932 and 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles.NEWS, Ashley, Christensen,weblink Not your average marching band, Daily Trojan, 2004-08-18, dead,weblink 2007-08-28, They have also performed on television shows and with other musicians.The band performed on the title track of the 1979 Fleetwood Mac album Tusk, which went on to be a multi-platinum record. The band performed during halftime at Super Bowl XXI in 1987 and Super Bowl XXII in 1988. In 1990, the band performed live on America's Funniest Home Videos.{{citation needed|date=October 2015}} Additionally, the band later played on another multi-platinum Fleetwood Mac album, The Dance (1997)."The Dance", Fleetwood Mac, RIAA Gold and Platinum Database. The Spirit of Troy is the only collegiate band to have two platinum records.Ashley Christensen, Not your average marching band {{webarchive|url= |date=2007-08-28 }}, Daily Trojan, August 18, 2004.Press Pack – Spring 2009 {{webarchive|url= |date=2009-05-26 }}, TMB SpiritNotes, Accessed May 11, 2009. In recent years, the band has appeared at the 2009 Grammy Awards, accompanying Radiohead; on the 2009 Academy Awards with Beyoncé and Hugh Jackman; and during the finale of American Idol 2008, backing Renaldo Lapuz in instrumentation of his original song "We're Brothers Forever."Geoff Bucher, Grammy rehearsals with Radiohead: 'There's a surreality to it all',, February 7, 2009.Adam Rose, Trojans cementing reputation as Hollywood's band,, February 26, 2009. Retrieved March 4, 2009.Adam Rose, Trojan Marching Band Rocks American Idol,, May 21, 2008. Retrieved June 16, 2008. In 2009, the band played on the show Dancing with the Stars.Linda Holmes, Another celebrity exits 'Dancing With the Stars',, September 29, 2009. Retrieved September 29, 2009.The USC band was only one of two American groups invited to march in the Hong Kong Chinese New Year parade in 2003 and 2004. The Trojan Marching Band performed at the 2005 World Expo in Nagoya, Japan. In May 2006, the Trojan Marching Band traveled to Italy, performing once in Florence, and twice in Rome (including in front of the Coliseum). The band has also, for many years, performed the 1812 Overture with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra (or occasionally with other orchestras) each year at the Hollywood Bowl "Tchaikovsky Spectacular".Lynne Heffley, "In 'Tchaikovsky Spectacular,' L.A. Phil is with the band", Los Angeles Times, August 27, 2007. Retrieved August 27, 2007.

Spirit groups

File:091507-USCNeb-SongGirls.jpg|left|thumb|The Song Girls celebrating a USC TrojansUSC Trojans

Song Girls

For over 45 years, the USC Song Girls have been considered as the "Crown Jewels of USC Spirit."WEB, USC Song Girls,weblink, 2015-10-19, Founded in 1967, the USC Song Girls appear at football, basketball, and volleyball games as well as other sporting events, rallies, and university and alumni functions.NEWS,weblink When the cheering stopped: USC's Song Girls shut out at home basketball games, Los Angeles Times, J. Brady, McCollough, January 18, 2019, 19 January 2019, WEB,weblink About the USC Song Girls, University of Southern California, 2006-07-08,weblink" title="">weblink 2006-07-15, dead, The squad also performs internationally. The squad has traveled to Italy, Austria, France, Hungary, Czech Republic, Japan, China and Australia, most recently having traveled to Milan, Italy to perform at the 2015 World Expo on America's Independence Day. Unlike other college cheer teams, Song Girls are primarily a dance squad and do not perform gymnastics, stunts or lead cheers.WEB,weblink Frequently Asked Questions: USC Song Leaders, University of Southern California, 2007-12-19,weblink" title="">weblink 2007-12-21, dead, The Song Girls perform to the music of and often appear with The Spirit of Troy. Together with the Trojan Marching Band, they are a visible public face of the University and function as the ambassadors of spirit and goodwill for the Trojan Family.

Yell Leaders

Lindley Bothwell founded the USC Yell Leading Squad in 1919 in his first year as a student at USC. He felt that together, with a few friends, he could aid in "firing up" the crowd during football games.WEB, ABOUT « USC Spirit Leaders,weblink, 2015-10-19, The USC Yell Leaders worked closely with The Spirit of Troy and the Song Girls to lead cheers and perform stunts to rally Trojan fans at football, basketball, and volleyball games. The sweater-clad team consisted of all men for most of its existence, though the squad later opened itself up to applicants from both sexes and did feature one female Yell Leader in 1998.NEWS, Ken, Fuller,weblink Call of the Wild, Daily Trojan, October 1, 1999, January 30, 2008,weblink" title="">weblink March 12, 2008, dead, mdy-all, They were disbanded by the University after the 2005–06 season and replaced by the co-ed Spirit Leaders.NEWS, J. Christina, Huh,weblink Yell Leaders traded for Team Trojan, Daily Trojan, August 16, 2006, December 19, 2007,weblink" title="">weblink February 24, 2008, dead, mdy-all,

Spirit Leaders

The USC Spirit Leaders are responsible for leading stadium wide chants and increasing crowd participation at all Trojan athletic events, including football and basketball games. Working in proud partnership with the Trojan Marching Band and the USC Song Girls, the USC Spirit Leaders help to create a winning atmosphere for all Trojan athletes.

Student media

The Daily Trojan has been the student newspaper of USC since 1912 and is a primary source of news and information for the campus. It secured the first interview of President Richard Nixon after his resignation. The publication does not receive financial aid from the university and instead runs entirely on advertisement revenue. Published from Monday to Friday during the fall and spring semesters, the newspaper turns into the Summer Trojan during the summer term and publishes once a week. It is the paper of record on campus.KXSC, previously known as KSCR, is the university's student-run college radio station, which is managed entirely by an unpaid staff of nearly 200 undergraduate and graduate student volunteers. The station gives students hands-on experience in a variety of music industry and broadcast-related positions, including live event promotion, social media management, radio production and audio engineering. In addition to providing almost 24 hours of daily live programming, the station also hosts live events, bringing local and touring bands to campus. The station's annual KXSC Fest, which began in 2009, has played host to performers such as Nosaj Thing,WEB,weblink KXSC FEST 2012: NOSAJ THING, KXSC, Muna (band),WEB,weblink MUNA - "Promise" - Live at KXSC Fest, KXSC, April 25, 2015, Mika Miko,NEWS,weblink KSCR Fest – A Grassroots Gathering: March 29 @ Founder's Park, USC, Campus Circle, April 9, 2009, April 6, 2019, Dan Deacon,NEWS,weblink KXSC Fest encourages student interaction, The Daily Trojan, March 31, 2013, April 6, 2019, Thee Oh Sees,NEWS,weblink Free Music Show!: The Entrance Band, Three Oh Sees, Princeton at KSCR Fest, LA Weekly, March 25, 2010, April 6, 2019, and Flying Lotus.WEB,weblink KXSC FEST 2011: FLYING LOTUS, KXSC, KXSC traces its roots to the original KUSC, which was operated by students starting in 1946. When KUSC transitioned to classical programming and moved off-campus in the mid-1970s, a group of students reacted to renewed demand for student-run radio station and founded KSCR in 1975.WEB,weblink KXSC - About, KXSC, KSCR was broadcast at 1560AM out of a student in the Hancock Foundation Building. In 1984, the University authorized a grant to move KSCR to a new location in Marks Hall. In 2010, KSCR adopted the call letters KXSC in order to be eligible to obtain a new FM license from the FCC, as well as to mark the station's move to a brand-new facility in the basement of the Ronald Tutor Campus Center.Trojan Vision (often abbreviated as TV8) is the Student television station at USC. TV8 was established in 1997 by the Annenberg School for Communication, but is now a part of the School of Cinematic Arts. Trojan Vision broadcasts 24/7 from the Robert Zemeckis Center for Digital Arts to the University Park Campus on Channel 8.1 and online through their website. Programming is also made available to the greater Los Angeles community on local channel LA36. In addition to a selection of regularly airing shows of many genres, Trojan Vision also broadcasts the shows Platforum, a round-table debate show; Annenberg TV News, a news program; and CU@USC, an interview program.weblink {{webarchive|url=|date=July 29, 2012}}El Rodeo is USC's student-run yearbook. One of the oldest student traditions at the university, the first edition was released in 1889 and was originally called The Sybil. The name was changed to El Rodeo in 1899 to reflect the cowboy-themed events students threw to advertise the yearbook as a "roundup" of the year's events. It was long packaged with the Student Activity Card, which gave students access to all home sports games. Since the card was dissolved in 2007, the yearbook has been sold as a stand-alone item.NEWS, Katie, Hill,weblink El Rodeo yearbook fears for its future after cuts, Daily Trojan, March 29, 2007, May 9, 2007,weblink" title="">weblink August 2, 2007, dead, mdy-all,

Greek life

The Greek Community, making up approximately a fifth of the student body, has had a long and influential history on the campus. Centered on a portion of West 28th Street known as "The Row", between Figueroa Street and Hoover Street just north of campus, USC's Greek system began soon after the school's founding when Kappa Alpha Theta founded a chapter in 1887. {{Citation needed|date=August 2018}}With 23 fraternities and 12 sororities in the Interfraternity Conference (IFC) and Panhellenic Conference (PHC), respectively, the USC Greek community has over 2,650 members and is one of the largest on the West Coast. {{Citation needed|date=August 2018}}Outside the Panhellenic and Interfraternity conferences, the Greek community at USC is very diverse, boasting the Multicultural, Asian, Inter-Fraternity (composed of professional fraternities), and the National Pan-Hellenic (historically black) Councils. Organizations governed by these councils include chapters of some of the oldest Latino and Black Greek organizations in the country and the oldest Asian fraternity in Southern California; while also including established professional business, engineering, and pre-law fraternities and other multiculturally based groups. {{Citation needed|date=August 2018}}

Popular media

File:Uscvkcnight2007.jpg|thumb|Fountain outside of Doheny Library with the Von KleinSmid Center; both buildings were used in the film The Graduate as stand-ins for UC BerkeleyUC BerkeleyBecause of USC's proximity to Hollywood, close ties between the School of Cinematic Arts and entertainment industry, and the architecture on campus, the university has been used in numerous movies, television series, commercials, and music videos. USC is frequently used by filmmakers, standing in for numerous other universities. According to IMDB, USC's campus has been featured in at least 180 film and television titles.WEB,weblink Most Popular Titles With Location Matching "University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California, USA", IMDB, Movies filmed at USC include Forrest Gump, Legally Blonde, Road Trip, The Girl Next Door, Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle, Love & Basketball, Blue Chips, Ghostbusters, Live Free or Die Hard, House Party 2, The Number 23, The Social Network and The Graduate."USC in film: Feature Films" {{Webarchive|url= |date=2013-06-17 }}, USC Campus Filming Office (accessed 2013-01-06). Television series that have used the USC campus include How to Get Away With Murder, Cold Case, Entourage, 24, The O.C., Beverly Hills, 90210, Moesha, (Saved by the Bell: The College Years), The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, House M.D., , Undeclared, The West Wing, Alias, The Office, Monk, The United States of Tara, Gilmore Girls, Scrubs, and The Roommate."USC in film: Television" {{Webarchive|url= |date=2013-06-17 }}, USC Campus Filming Office (accessed 2013-01-06).

Notable alumni

Among the notable alumni of the University of Southern California have become prominent scientists, musicians, business leaders, engineers, architects, athletes, actors, politicians, and those that have gained both national and international fame. To keep alumni connected, the Trojan network consists of over 100 alumni groups on five continents. A common saying among those associated with the school is that one is a "Trojan for Life".NEWS, Usha, Sutliff,weblink Trojans for Life, USC News, May 14, 2004, April 8, 2008,weblink" title="">weblink February 24, 2008, dead, mdy-all, NEWS, Tom, Daniels,weblink Salute to Troy,, August 23, 2003, April 8, 2008,weblink" title="">weblink June 12, 2008, dead, mdy-all, NEWS, John, Walters,weblink Trojan for life,, November 21, 2005, Among notable alumni are Neil Armstrong, the first human to walk on the moon; O. J. Simpson, football star in the 1960s; George Lucas, creator of Star Wars; Andrew Viterbi, co-founder of Qualcomm Inc. and inventor of the Viterbi Algorithm; Academy Award winner John Wayne (who also played in the USC football team); actor and comedian Will Ferrell; Emmy Award-winning actor John Ritter; Pritzker Prize-winning architect Frank Gehry; Hall of Fame football player Ron Mix; longtime Los Angeles Lakers owner Jerry Buss; recycling symbol designer Gary Anderson; former Secretary of State Warren Christopher; former Prime Minister of Pakistan Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, the founder of Pakistani democracy; deposed Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi, the first democratically elected president in that country's history; actress America Ferrera;NEWS,weblink CBS, Brotherhood claims victory in Egypt president vote, 17 June 2012, 17 June 2012, CBS News, and journalist Julie Chen; and Former Jordanian Prime Minister Fayez Tarawneh.File:Patrick J Adams 3420 (cropped).jpg|Patrick J. AdamsFile:Marcus Allen.jpg|Marcus AllenFile:Judd Apatow 2012 Shankbone.JPG|Judd ApatowFile:Neil Armstrong pose.jpg|Neil ArmstrongFile:Jerry Buss playing the WSOP.jpg|Jerry BussFile:Will Ferrell 2013.jpg|Will FerrellFile:Turner 07 FGLecture.JPG|Frank GehryFile:Offspring2.jpg|Dexter HollandFile:George Lucas cropped 2009.jpg|George LucasFile:Ron Mix 1961.jpg|Ron MixFile:Mohamed Morsi-05-2013.jpg|Mohamed MorsiFile:PatNixon.jpg|Pat NixonFile:John Ritter at the 1988 Emmy Awards.jpg|John RitterFile:John Wayne - still portrait.jpg|John WayneFile:Forest Whitaker 2014.jpg|Forest WhitakerFile:10-08ViterbiBIG.jpg|Andrew ViterbiFile:Louis Zamperini at announcement of 2015 Tournament of Roses Grand Marshal.JPG|Louis ZamperiniFile:Robert Zemeckis "The Walk" at Opening Ceremony of the 28th Tokyo International Film Festival (21835891403) (cropped).jpg|Robert Zemeckis


a. {{Note label|A|a|none}} The alternative name "Southern Cal" frequently appears in sports-related news articles. USC discourages use of "Southern Cal" out of concern the name might suggest a foundational association to the University of California, Berkeley (commonly known as "Cal" in the athletics context), even though the two institutions have no affiliation other than their Pac-12 membership. For several years, USC's media guides contained the following request: "Note to the media: In editorial references to athletic teams of the University of Southern California, the following are preferred: USC, Southern California, So. California, Troy and Trojans for men's or women's teams, and Women of Troy for women's teams. PLEASE do not use Southern Cal (it's like calling San Francisco 'Frisco' or North Carolina 'North Car.'). The use of 'Southern Cal' on licensed apparel and merchandise is limited in scope and necessary to protect federal trademark rights."It's Not 'Southern Cal', 2005 USC Football Media Guide, USC Athletic Department, pg. 3.; For registered trademarks, see USPTO serial numbers: 74094678, 73770650, and 73755082.b. {{Note label|B|b|none}} Specifically Seoul, South Korea; Hong Kong, China; Jakarta, Indonesia; Taipei, Republic of China; Mexico City; and Tokyo, Japan. weblink" title="">USC International Officesc. {{Note label|C|c|none}} The NCAA does not conduct a championship for Football Bowl Subdivision football. Instead, teams are awarded championships by various private organizations, currently the recognized championships are awarded by the Bowl Championship Series and titles by the Associated Press.d. {{Note label|D|d|none}} The precise colors can be found on the weblink" title="">USC Graphic Identity Program website: the correct Pantone color for USC Cardinal is PMS 201C and USC Gold is PMS 123C.



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