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University of Southern California


The University of Southern California is one of the world’s leading private research universities. An anchor institution in Los Angeles, a global center for arts, technology and international business, USC's diverse curricular offerings provide extensive opportunities for interdisciplinary study, and collaboration with leading researchers in highly advanced learning environments. With a strong tradition of integrating liberal and professional education, USC fosters a vibrant culture of public service and encourages students to cross academic as well as geographic boundaries in their pursuit of knowledge.

Los Angeles was little more than a frontier town in 1880 when USC first opened its doors to 53 students and 10 teachers in 1880, the “city” still lacked paved streets, electric lights, telephones and a reliable fire alarm system. Today, USC is home to more than 43,000 students and nearly 3,945 full-time faculty, and is located in the heart of one of the biggest metropolises in the world.

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Academic units:

  • USC Dana and David Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences
  • USC Leventhal School of Accounting
  • USC School of Architecture
  • USC Roski School of Art and Design
  • USC Jimmy Iovine and Andre Young Academy for Arts, Technology and the Business of Innovation
  • USC Marshall School of Business
  • USC School of Cinematic Arts
  • USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism
  • USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance
  • Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC
  • USC School of Dramatic Arts
  • USC Rossier School of Education
  • USC Viterbi School of Engineering
  • USC Davis School of Gerontology
  • USC Gould School of Law
  • Keck School of Medicine of USC
  • USC Thornton School of Music
  • USC Mrs. T.H. Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy
  • USC School of Pharmacy Division of Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy
  • USC Sol Price School of Public Policy
  • USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work

USC is rapidly expanding its research activity through a strategy that emphasizes collaboration across multiple disciplines and meeting societal needs. Students at all levels are provided opportunities to participate in research projects and other creative endeavors, and to interact with a faculty that is distinguished for the impact of its research.

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University of Southern California
3551 Trousdale Pkwy, Los Angeles, California, United States
CA 90089
United States
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Located in the heart of Los Angeles, USC’s University Park campus is part of the city’s Downtown Arts and Education Corridor and is home to the USC Dana and David Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences and many professional schools. The Health Sciences campus, northeast of downtown Los Angeles, is home to the Keck School of Medicine of USC, the School of Pharmacy, three major teaching hospitals, and programs in Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy and in Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy. USC also has programs and centers in Marina Del Rey, Orange County, Sacramento, Washington, D.C., Catalina Island, Alhambra and around Southern California. Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, staffed by USC faculty from the Keck School of Medicine, is often referred to as USC’s third campus.