University of Southern California

University of Southern California Data & Information Overview

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How Well Is University of Southern California Ranked?

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2022 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 1,155 badges in the 2022 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is urban education and leadership.

Overall Quality

USC landed the #33 spot in College Factual's 2022 ranking of best overall colleges in the United States. The higher ed experts analyzed 2,576 colleges and universities across the nation to determine this ranking. This puts it in the top 5% of all schools in the nation. This is an improvement over the previous year, when USC held the #40 spot on the Best Overall Colleges list.

USC also holds the #9 spot on the Best Colleges in California ranking.

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Is It Hard to Get Into USC?

Acceptance Rate

University of Southern California has a very low acceptance rate of 16%, making it one of the most selective out of all the colleges and universities in the nation. It's probably a good idea to apply to other schools in addition to USC just in case you don't make the cut.

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 )

Learn more about University of Southern California admissions.

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 62%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  62 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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University of Southern California Undergraduate Student Diversity

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 20,351 undergraduates at USC with 19,622 being full-time and 729 being part-time.

How Much Does University of Southern California Cost?

The overall average net price of USC is $29,528. 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 +
$14,668 $16,252 $20,050 $30,858 $52,271

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

It's not uncommon for college students to take out loans to pay for school. In fact, almost 66% of students nationwide depend at least partially on loans. 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 1.2%. 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?

The pay for some majors is higher than others, but on average, students who graduate with a bachelor's degree from USC make about $74,000 a year during their first few years of employment after graduation. 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

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

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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, 5,447 received undergraduate degrees and 11,591 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 1,020 $57,800
Communication & Media Studies 314 $39,200
Computer Science 247 $85,200
Film, Video & Photographic Arts 224 $27,400
International Relations & National Security 194 $39,900
Human Biology 194 $29,500
Accounting 189 $63,400
Economics 183 $47,300
Political Science & Government 164 $42,300
General Psychology 156 $31,700

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 is becoming popular at even the oldest colleges and universities in the United States. Not only are online classes great for returning adults with busy schedules, they are also frequented by a growing number of traditional students.

In 2018-2019, 8,203 students took at least one online class at University of Southern California. This is a decrease from the 8,581 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2018-2019 8,203 6,651
2017-2018 8,581 6,707
2016-2017 7,608 5,953
2015-2016 7,022 5,435
2013-2014 5,527 4,643

Learn more about online learning at University of Southern California.

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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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