Why Diversity Matters
Diversity can be somewhat of a buzzword among both students and college admissions officers. For the purposes of producing diversity scores, College Factual defines diversity as the most plurality. Schools that rank high in diversity metrics are those with the greatest variety in ethnicity, gender, age, and geographic location of origin.
Learn About Diversity at USC, and how it is Similar to Other Schools in the U.S..
Overall Diversity is Great
We combine elements of racial, geographic, age and gender diversity to come up with a total diversity ranking for every school.
University of Southern California is thought to be highly diverse across all factors, and is ranked #24 nationwide.
Good Representation of Many Races
Many college students value the ability to meet and learn from different racial and ethnic groups, which is more likely to happen at a diverse school such as this one.
Placed at #194, University of Southern California has received an excellent ranking for ethnic diversity nationally.
Explore Racial Diversity at USC
If the data is present, the following chart will show USC undergraduate student diversity.
USC boasts excellent racial diversity.
The racial diversity of the faculty is excellent.
Balanced Gender Ratio
If you desire a campus with a nice mix of males and females, this may be the school for you.
At University of Southern California, the disparity between men and women on campus is far lower than the national average. The undergraduate student body at USC is equally balanced.
This university is ranked at #227 in male to female diversity nationwide. The undergraduate population is comprised of 9,296 males and 9,874 females.
Analyze Male/Female Diversity at USC
Where available, the chart below will include the male to female ratio among USC's undergraduate students.
The male to female ratio at USC is excellent.
Where available, the chart below will include the male to female ratio among USC's faculty.
The ratio of male to female faculty at USC is excellent.
Excellent Location Diversity Across the United States
Looking to attend a school where you can meet students from all over the nation and the world?
We've calculated the geographic diversity of each school by looking at where undergrads resided before they came to this school.
About 50.1% of the students attending University of Southern California come from within California. This puts USC's level of geographic diversity well above the national average and gives it a national geographic diversity ranking of #118.
Dive Into Nationwide Geographic Diversity
The undergraduate student body is split among 50 states (may include Washington D.C.), as shown in the chart below.
The Amount of International Students at USC
There is a relatively large community of about 11,392 international students at University of Southern California representing at least 50 countries. To learn more, see the USC International Student Page.
What is the Age Diversity of the Students?
Would you prefer a school where the student body represents a blend of different ages and generations, or would you prefer a school where most students are the same age as you?
The typical student is between the ages of 18-21. At University of Southern California, 34.7% of students are in the age 18 to 21 bracket, compared to the national average of 60%. We rank USC #1,132 in the nation for student age diversity.
Take a Look at Age Diversity at USC
Analyze the age distribution of USC students with the following chart.
Questions About Diversity
- What do we mean when we talk about diversity in college?
Often when we speak of diversity, which is simply defined as "variety", what we mean is multiculturalism, or the acceptance of people of different ethnicities, races, cultures, beliefs and economic backgrounds. Diversity can be a huge benefit to students, as it not only exposes them to new ways of thinking, it prepares them for the diverse workforce of tomorrow, as well as inspires innovation and creativity.
- Is USC attracting and supporting learners from all economic backgrounds?
Even a school with high racial, ethnic, and location diversity may not be diverse when it comes to the financial backgrounds of their students. To get a better idea of how USC is supporting low-income students check the Financial Aid Page.
- Is Diversity Important to USC?
Diversity can be promoted by the college in multiple ways. For one, institutions should be making an effort to hire a diverse faculty to nurture students. But the school should also be doing the best they can to encourage meaningful connections between people from differing backgrounds. This prevents faculty and students from becoming isolated and helps bring about positive connections.