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University of Southern California Data & Information Overview

Get the facts about University of Southern California. Learn how it ranks, what majors it offers, how diverse it is, and much more. All you need to do to learn more about a stat is click on its tile, and you'll be taken to another page that analyzes that data more closely. Also, you can use the links below to scroll to any section of this page.

How Well Is University of Southern California Ranked?

Quality Badge

2021 Rankings

College Factual analyzes over 2,000 colleges and universities in its annual rankings and ranks them in a variety of ways, including most diverse, best overall quality, best for non-traditional students, and much more.

University of Southern California was awarded 242 badges in the 2021 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is computer software and applications.

Overall Quality

USC landed the #40 spot in College Factual's 2021 ranking of best overall colleges in the United States. The higher ed experts analyzed 1,715 colleges and universities across the nation to determine this ranking. This puts it in the top 5% of all schools in the nation.

USC is also ranked #6 out of 116 schools in California.

See all of the rankings for University of Southern California.

Is It Hard to Get Into USC?

Acceptance Rate

Even if you have the best grades and high test scores, that may not be enough to get into USC since the school has one of the most selective in the country. Its acceptance rate is a mere 16%, so there's no shame if you don't get in. Be sure to apply to other schools just in case.

Average Test Scores

About 55% of students accepted to USC submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 650 and 730. Math scores were between 650 and 770.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for University of Southern California  ( 650 to 730 )

SAT Math Scores for University of Southern California  ( 650 to 770 )
USC received ACT scores from 61% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 30 and 34.

ACT Composite Scores for University of Southern California  ( 30 to 34 )

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University of Southern California Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

The student to faculty ratio is often used to measure the number of teaching resources that a college or university offers its students. The national average for this metric is 15 to 1, but at USC it is much better at 9 to 1. That's good news for students who want to interact more on a personal level with their teachers.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

Another measure that is often used to estimate how much access students will have to their professors is how many faculty members are full-time. The idea here is that part-time faculty tend to spend less time on campus, so they may not be as available to students as full-timers.

The full-time faculty percentage at University of Southern California is 59%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  59 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at University of Southern California

Freshmen Retention Rate

University of Southern California has a freshmen retention rate of 96%. That's a good sign that full-time students like the school and their professors enough to want to stick around for another year. It's also a sign that the admissions team did a good job in choosing applicants who were a good fit for the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  96 out of 100

Graduation Rate

The on-time graduation rate for someone pursuing a bachelor's degree is typically four years. This rate at USC for first-time, full-time students is 77%, which is better than the national average of 33.3%.

On-Time Graduation Rate  77 out of 100

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Excellent Overall Diversity at USC

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 19,907 undergraduates at USC with 19,194 being full-time and 713 being part-time.

USC Diversity Score

College Factual computes an overall diversity score for each college and university that takes gender, ethnicity, geographic location, and age into account. Schools with the best mixtures of students with respect to these factors are ranked the highest, and those that cater to just one or two student groups are ranked the lowest.

With an overall score of 99.52 out of 100, USC is one of the most diverse schools in the nation.

Overall Diversity Score  99.52 out of 100
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How Much Does University of Southern California Cost?

The overall average net price of USC is $30,453. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for USC

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$15,210 $15,032 $21,572 $29,793 $51,487

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.Note that the net price is typically less than the published for a school. For more information on the sticker price of USC, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

Student Loan Debt

Almost 66% of college students who graduated with the class of 2018 took out student loans, but that percentage varies from school to school. At USC, approximately 28% of students took out student loans averaging $8,442 a year. That adds up to $33,768 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at USC is 1.6%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

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How Much Money Do USC Graduates Make?

Yearly salaries vary depending on what you major in, but on average, bachelor's degree recipients from USC make around $74,000 per year during the early years of their employment. That's great news for USC students since it is 86% more than the average college graduate's salary of $39,802 per year.


See which majors at University of Southern California make the most money.

Location of University of Southern California

Located in Los Angeles, California, University of Southern California is a private not-for-profit institution. The location of the school is great for students who enjoy the amenities of city life.

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Location of University of Southern California

Contact details for USC are given below.

Contact Details
Address: University Park, Los Angeles, CA 90089
Phone: 213-740-2311

University of Southern California Majors

During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 146 majors graduated from University of Southern California. Of these students, 5,337 received undergraduate degrees and 11,075 graduated with a master's or doctor's degree. The following table lists the most popular undergraduate majors along with the average salary graduates from those majors make.

Most Popular Majors Bachelor’s Degrees Average Salary of Graduates
Business Administration & Management 1,022 $57,800
Communication & Media Studies 270 $39,200
Film, Video & Photographic Arts 241 $27,400
Computer Science 228 $85,200
International Relations & National Security 223 $39,900
Human Biology 206 $29,500
Economics 198 $47,300
Accounting 187 $63,400
General Psychology 157 $31,700
Political Science & Government 141 $42,300

Learn more about the majors offered at University of Southern California along with which ones have the highest average starting salaries.

Online Learning at USC

Online learning options are becoming more and more popular at American colleges and universities. Online classes are great for students who have busy schedules or for those who just want to study on their own time.

In 2017-2018, 8,581 students took at least one online class at University of Southern California. This is an increase from the 7,608 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2017-2018 8,581 6,707
2016-2017 7,608 5,953
2015-2016 7,022 5,435
2014-2015 6,101 4,913
2013-2014 5,527 4,643

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Notes and References


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.


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