#5 Best Private Colleges in California

University of Southern California

Los Angeles, California

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Student Population
University of Southern California overview
Location Los Angeles, California
Online usc.edu
School Type Private 4 Year
Setting Large City
University of Southern California overview
Size Large
Status Non-profit
On Campus Housing Yes
Level of Study Undergrad/Graduate
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Located in Los Angeles, California, University of Southern California is a large four year private college offering both undergrad and graduate programs. In the most recent statistical year 66,198 prospective students applied, and 7,558 were granted admission.  Of those admitted 3,168 enrolled in the school.  40,952 students are enrolled on a full time basis, and 6,358 attend part time. In-state tuition for 2019/2020, excluding room and board, is $57,256 plus fees of $939. USC is ranked 33 nationally in the CollegeSimply.com 2020 U.S. Colleges Ranking.



USC is rated within the top 8% of four-year colleges nationally and earns a CollegeSimply grade of 10 out of 10. Learn how ratings are calculated


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Admission Standards
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SAT 1360/1530
ACT 31/34
GPA 3.73
Applications Accepted
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Applications Due Jan 10, 2022
Applicant Competition Very High
Application Fee $80

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Annual Cost to Attend

Costs for University of Southern California
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,200
Other Fees$939
Room and Board $15,912
Budget for Other Expenses$2,152
Total One Year Cost$77,459

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Average Salary After 10 Years
$85,500 per year
Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rate
90% within 6 years

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Popular Areas of Study

Popular subjects studied by University of Southern California students
Subject Percent of Class
Business 25%
Social Sciences 15%
Visual and Performing Arts 13%
Communication 9%
Engineering 8%

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Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=123961 IPEDS survey data for University of Southern California.

Current students may use the University of Southern California GPA calculator to determine their current college GPA.