The University of Southern
California (USC[a] or SC) is a private
research university located in Los Angeles, California. Founded in
1880, it is the oldest private research university in California.
USC has historically educated a large number of the region's business
leaders and professionals. The university has also leveraged its
Los Angeles to establish relationships with research and
cultural institutions throughout Asia and the Pacific Rim. An engine
for economic activity, USC contributes US$8 billion annually to the
economy of the
Los Angeles metropolitan area and California.
For the 2014–15 academic year, there were 18,740 students enrolled
in four-year undergraduate programs. USC also has 23,729 graduate
and professional students in a number of different programs, including
business, law, engineering, social work, and medicine. The
university is one of the top fundraising institutions in the world,
consistently ranking among the top three in external contributions and
alumni giving rates.
USC maintains a strong tradition of innovation and entrepreneurship,
with alumni having founded companies such as Lucasfilm, Myspace,
Salesforce.com, Intuit, Qualcomm, Box, Tinder, and Riot Games. As
of 2014[update], the university has produced the fourth largest number
of billionaire alumni out of all undergraduate institutions in the
USC is home to the world's most powerful[timeframe?] quantum computer,
housed in a super-cooled, magnetically shielded facility at the USC
Information Sciences Institute, the only other commercially
available quantum computing system operated jointly by
Google. USC was also one of the earliest nodes on
ARPANET and is the
birthplace of the Domain Name System. Other technologies invented
at USC include DNA computing, dynamic programming, image compression,
VoIP, and antivirus software.
USC sponsors a variety of intercollegiate sports and competes in the
National Collegiate Athletic Association
National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) as a member of the
Pac-12 Conference. Members of the sports teams, the Trojans, have won
104 NCAA team championships, ranking them third in the US, and 378
NCAA individual championships, ranking them second in the US.
Trojan athletes have won 288 medals at the
Olympic Games (135 golds,
88 silvers and 65 bronzes), more than any other university in the
United States. If USC were a country, its athletes would have
collectively received the 12th-most Olympic gold medals in history, as
of 2016[update]. In 1969, it joined the Association of American
2.1 University Village
2.2 Public transit
2.3 Health Sciences campus
2.4 Former agricultural college campus
3 Organization and administration
3.1 Student government
3.2 List of university presidents
3.3 Department of Public Safety
4.1 University library system
5 Student body
6 Faculty and research
7.1 Men's sports
7.2 Women's sports
8 Traditions and student activities
8.3 Marching band
8.4 Spirit groups
8.4.1 Song Girls
8.4.2 Yell Leaders
8.4.3 Spirit Leaders
8.5 Student media
8.6 Greek life
9 Popular media
11 See also
14 External links
The Widney Alumni House, the campus's first building
The University of Southern
California was founded following the
efforts of Judge Robert M. Widney, who helped secure donations from
several key figures in early
Los Angeles history: a Protestant
nurseryman, Ozro Childs, an
Irish Catholic former-Governor, John
Gately Downey, and a German Jewish banker, Isaias W. Hellman. The
three donated 308 lots of land to establish the campus and provided
the necessary seed money for the construction of the first buildings.
Originally operated in affiliation with the Methodist Church, the
school mandated from the start that "no student would be denied
admission because of race." The university is no longer affiliated
with any church, having severed formal ties in 1952.
When USC opened in 1880, tuition was $15.00 per term and students were
not allowed to leave town without the knowledge and consent of the
university president. The school had an enrollment of 53 students and
a faculty of 10. The city lacked paved streets, electric lights,
telephones, and a reliable fire alarm system. Its first graduating
class in 1884 was a class of three—two males and female
valedictorian Minnie C. Miltimore.
The colors of USC are cardinal and gold, which were approved by USC's
third president, the Reverend George W. White, in 1896. In 1958, the
shade of gold, which was originally more of an orange color, was
changed to a more yellow shade. The letterman's awards were the first
to make the change.[d]
"Tommy Trojan" is a major symbol of the university, though he is not
USC students and athletes are known as Trojans, epitomized by the
Trojan Shrine, nicknamed "Tommy Trojan", near the center of campus.
Until 1912, USC students (especially athletes) were known as Fighting
Methodists or Wesleyans, though neither name was approved by the
university. During a fateful track and field meet with Stanford
University, the USC team was beaten early and seemingly conclusively.
After only the first few events, it seemed implausible that USC would
ever win; however, the team fought back, winning many of the later
events, to lose only by a slight margin. After this contest, Los
Angeles Times sportswriter Owen Bird reported that the USC athletes
"fought on like the Trojans of antiquity", and the president of the
university at the time, George F. Bovard, approved the name
During World War II, USC was one of 131 colleges and universities
nationally that took part in the V-12 Navy College Training Program
which offered students a path to a Navy commission.
USC is responsible for $5 billion in economic output in Los Angeles
County; USC students spend $503 million yearly in the local economy
and visitors to the campus add another $12 million.
On May 1, 2014, USC was named as one of many higher education
institutions under investigation by the Office of Civil Rights for
Title IX violations by Barack Obama's White House Task Force
to Protect Students from Sexual Assault. USC is also under a
Title IX investigation for potential anti-male bias in
disciplinary proceedings, as well as denial of counseling resources to
male students, as of March 8, 2016.
The University Park campus is in the University Park district of Los
Angeles, 2 miles (3.2 km) southwest of Downtown Los Angeles. The
campus's boundaries are Jefferson Boulevard on the north and
Figueroa Street on the southeast, Exposition Boulevard on
the south, and Vermont Avenue on the west. Since the 1960s, through
campus vehicle traffic has been either severely restricted or entirely
prohibited on some thoroughfares. The University Park campus is within
walking distance to
Los Angeles landmarks such as the Shrine
Los Angeles Coliseum. Most buildings are in the
Romanesque Revival style, although some dormitories, engineering
buildings, and physical sciences labs are of various Modernist styles
(especially two large Brutalist dormitories at the campus's northern
edge) that sharply contrast with the predominantly red-brick campus.
Widney Alumni House, built in 1880, is the oldest university building
in Southern California. In recent years the campus has been renovated
to remove the vestiges of old roads and replace them with traditional
university quads and gardens. The historic portion of the main campus
was listed on the
National Register of Historic Places
National Register of Historic Places in 2015.
Zumberge Hall, one of the original buildings on the University Park
Besides its main campus at University Park, USC also operates the
Health Sciences Campus about 2 miles (3.2 km) northeast of
downtown. In addition, the Children's Hospital
Los Angeles is staffed
by USC faculty from the
Keck School of Medicine
Keck School of Medicine and is often referred
to as USC's third campus. USC also operates an Orange County center in
Irvine for business, pharmacy, social work and education; and the
Information Sciences Institute, with centers in Arlington, Virginia
and Marina del Rey. For its science students, USC operates the Wrigley
Institute for Environmental Studies located on Catalina Island just 20
miles (32 km) off the coast of
Los Angeles and home to the Philip
K. Wrigley Marine
The School of Policy, Planning, and Development also runs a satellite
campus in Sacramento. In 2005, USC established a federal relations
office in Washington, D.C. A Health Sciences Alhambra campus holds The
Primary Care Physician Assistant Program, the Institute for Health
Promotion and Disease Prevention Research (IPR), and the Masters in
Public Health Program.
USC was developed under two master plans drafted and implemented some
40 years apart. The first was prepared by the Parkinsons in 1920,
which guided much of the campus's early construction and established
its Romanesque style and 45-degree building orientation.
The Von KleinSmid Center of International and Public Affairs, topped
by a 5,500 lb (2,500 kg) globe, is the tallest structure on
campus. Built under the second master plan, reflected a trend
The second and largest master plan was prepared in 1961 under the
supervision of President Norman Topping, campus development director
Anthony Lazzaro, and architect William Pereira. This plan annexed a
great deal of the surrounding city and many of the older
non-university structures within the new boundaries were leveled. Most
of the Pereira buildings were constructed in the 1970s. Pereira
maintained a predominantly red-brick architecture for the new
buildings, but infused them with his trademark techno-modernism
stylings. More recently under President C. L. Max Nikias, the
architectural orientation of the campus has moved towards a Gothic
Revival style, taking cues from the inculative and scholastic styles
Oxford University and Harvard University, while underpinning USC's
own historic identity that is present in the red-brick construction.
USC's role in making visible and sustained improvements in the
neighborhoods surrounding both the University Park and Health Sciences
campuses earned it the distinction of College of the Year 2000 by the
Time/Princeton Review College Guide.
Roughly half of the university's students volunteer in
community-service programs in neighborhoods around campus and
throughout Los Angeles. These outreach programs, as well as previous
administrations' commitment to remaining in South
Los Angeles amid
widespread calls to move the campus following the 1965 Watts Riots,
are credited for the safety of the university during the 1992 Los
Angeles Riots. (That the university emerged from the riots completely
unscathed is all the more remarkable in light of the complete
destruction of several strip malls in the area, including one just
across Vermont Avenue from the campus's western security fence.) The
ZIP code for USC is 90089 and the surrounding University Park
community is 90007.
The Leavey Library, completed in the mid-1990s, reflected a shift to
designs closer to earlier, Romanesque architecture.
Video of Traveler horse statue at University of Southern
USC has an endowment of $5.6 billion and also is allocated $430
million per year in sponsored research. USC became the only university
to receive eight separate nine-figure gifts. $120 million from
Walter Annenberg to create the Annenberg Center for
Communication and a later additional gift of $100 million for the USC
Annenberg School for Communication; $112.5 million from Alfred Mann to
Alfred E. Mann
Alfred E. Mann Institute for Biomedical Engineering;
$110 million from the
W. M. Keck Foundation
W. M. Keck Foundation for USC's School of
Medicine; $150 million from the
W. M. Keck Foundation
W. M. Keck Foundation for USC's School
of Medicine; $175 million from
George Lucas to the USC School of
Cinema-Television, now renamed USC School of Cinematic Arts, $200
million from Dana and David Dornsife for USC's College of Letters,
Arts and Sciences to support undergraduate and Ph.D. programs, $110
million from John and Julie Mork for undergraduate scholarships, and
$200 million from
Larry Ellison to launch the Lawrence J. Ellison
Institute for Transformative Medicine.
These and other donations funded numerous new construction projects
The USC Medical Center
The Leavey Library
USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center
USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center expansion
The Zilkha Neurogenetic Institute
The International Residential College at Parkside
The USC Marshall School of Business's Popovich Hall
Galen Center – home to USC Basketball and USC Volleyball
Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum Renovation – home to USC
USC School of Cinematic Arts
USC School of Cinematic Arts Complex
The Ronald Tutor Campus Center, Trojan Plaza, and Steven and Kathryn
Sample Hall (Opened Fall 2010)
The John McKay Center (Opened 2012)
The Roger and Michele Dedeaux Engemann Student Health Center (Opened
Uytengsu Aquatics Center
Uytengsu Aquatics Center (Opened Spring 2014)
The Verna and Peter Dauterive Hall (Opened Fall 2014)
Wallis Annenberg Hall (Opened Fall 2014)
Glorya Kaufman International Dance Center (Opened Spring 2016)
The USC Jill and Frank Fertitta Hall for the Marshall School of
Business (Opened Fall 2016)
The USC Stevens Hall, home to the Mark and Mary Stevens Neuroimaging
and Informatics Institute (Opened Fall 2016)
The USC Currie Hall, Student Residence Hall (Opened Fall 2016)
The USC Shrine Parking Structure (Opened Spring 2017)
Major new facilities that are being developed or are under
USC Michelson Center for Convergent Bioscience (Opening Fall
The Norris Healthcare Consultation Center (Opening Fall 2017)
In September 2014, the University began construction on USC Village, a
1.25 million square foot residential and retail center directly
adjacent to USC's University Park Campus on 15 acres of land owned by
the university. The USC Village has over 130,000 square feet of
retail space on the ground floor, with student housing located on the
four floors above. The $700 million project is the biggest development
in the history of USC and is also one of the largest in the history of
South Los Angeles. With a grand opening held on August 17, 2017,
the USC Village includes a Trader Joe's, a Target, a fitness center, a
Trojan Town USC store, restaurants and outdoor dining, 400 retail
parking spots, a community room, and housing for 2,700 students.
Metro Expo Line light-rail service from Downtown
Los Angeles began in
2012 and runs to Santa Monica. The Expo Line has three stations in the
vicinity of the USC main campus: Jefferson/USC Station, Expo Park/USC
Station, and Vermont/Expo Station. In addition, the USC main
campus is served by several Metro bus routes as well as
Health Sciences campus
Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center
Located three miles (5 km) from downtown
Los Angeles and seven
miles (11 km) from the University Park campus, USC's Health
Sciences campus is a major center for basic and clinical biomedical
research in the fields of cancer, gene therapy, the neurosciences, and
transplantation biology, among others. The 50-acre (20 ha) campus
is home to the region's first and oldest medical and pharmacy schools,
as well as acclaimed programs in physical therapy, occupational
therapy (which are respectively ranked No. 1 and No. 3 by U.S. News
& World Report) and pharmacy. As well, USC physicians serve more
than one million patients each year.
In addition to the
Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center, which is one
of the nation's largest teaching hospitals, the campus includes three
patient care facilities: USC Norris Comprehensive
Cancer Center, USC
University Hospital, and the USC Eye Institute. USC faculty staffs
these and many other hospitals in Southern California, including the
internationally acclaimed Children's Hospital Los Angeles. The health
sciences campus is also home to several research buildings such as
Cancer Research Tower, Institute for Genetic Medicine,
Zilkha Neurogenetic Institute, Harlyne J. Norris
Cancer Research Tower
and Eli and Edythe Broad Center for Regenerative Medicine and Stem
In July 2013, the University expanded its medical services into the
foothill communities of northern
Los Angeles when it acquired the 185
bed Verdugo Hills Hospital located in Glendale, California. USC
planned on making at least $30 million in capital improvements to the
facility, which was officially renamed USC Verdugo Hills Hospital.
This 40-year-old hospital provides the community a 24-hour emergency
department, primary stroke center, maternity/labor and delivery,
cardiac rehabilitation, and imaging and diagnostic services.
Former agricultural college campus
Chaffey College was founded in 1883 in the city of Ontario,
California, as an agricultural college branch campus of USC under the
Chaffey College of Agriculture of the University of Southern
California. USC ran the
Chaffey College of Agriculture until financial
troubles closed the school in 1901. In 1906, the school was reopened
by municipal and regional government and officially separated from
USC. Renamed as Chaffey College, it now exists as a community college
as part of the
California Community College System.
Organization and administration
Bovard Hall, home of USC's central administration, shortly after
completion in 1921; the streets later became pedestrian-only
USC is a private public-benefit nonprofit corporation controlled by a
Board of Trustees
Board of Trustees composed of 50 voting members and several life
trustees, honorary trustees, and trustees emeriti who do not vote.
Voting members of the
Board of Trustees
Board of Trustees are elected for five-year
terms. One fifth of the Trustees stand for re-election each year, and
votes are cast only by the trustees not standing for election.
Trustees tend to be high-ranking executives of large corporations
(both domestic and international), successful alumni, members of the
upper echelons of university administration, or some combination of
The university administration consists of a president, a provost,
several vice-presidents of various departments, a treasurer, a chief
information officer, and an athletic director. The current president
is C. L. Max Nikias. In 2008, Nikias' predecessor, Steven Sample, was
one of the highest paid university presidents in the United States
with a salary of $1.9 million.
The USC Dana and David Dornsife College of Letters, Arts, and
Sciences, the Graduate School, and the 17 professional schools are
each led by an academic dean. USC occasionally awards emeritus titles
to former administrators. There are currently six administrators
The University of Southern California's 17 professional schools
include the USC Leventhal School of Accounting, USC School of
Architecture, USC Marshall School of Business, USC School of Cinematic
USC Annenberg School for Communication
USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, Herman
Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC, USC Rossier School of Education,
USC Viterbi School of Engineering, USC Roski School of Fine Arts and
Design, USC Davis School of Gerontology, USC Gould School of Law, Keck
School of Medicine of USC, USC Thornton School of Music, USC School of
Pharmacy, USC Price School of Public Policy, USC School of Social
Work, and USC School of Theatre.
USC Gwynn Wilson Student Union
The Undergraduate Student Government (USG) makes decisions
representing the undergraduate students of the university. It consists
of an appointed executive leadership board, popularly elected
legislative branch, and judicial oversight, along with a programming
board (commonly referred to as "Program Board"). All USG activities
are funded by the student activity fee, which the Treasurer has
control over setting and that the Senate approves. In addition to USG,
residents within university housing are represented and governed by
the Residential Student Government (RSG), which is divided by
The Graduate Student Government (GSG) consists of
senators elected by the students of each school proportional to its
enrollment and its activities are funded by a graduate and
professional student activity fee.
List of university presidents
Marion M. Bovard
Marion M. Bovard (1880–1891)
Joseph P. Widney
Joseph P. Widney (1892–1895)
George W. White (1895–1899)
George F. Bovard (1903–1921)
Rufus B. von KleinSmid
Rufus B. von KleinSmid (1921–1947)
Fred D. Fagg, Jr. (1947–1957)
Norman Topping (1958–1970)
John R. Hubbard (1970–1980)
James H. Zumberge (1980–1991)
Steven B. Sample
Steven B. Sample (1991–2010)
C. L. Max Nikias
C. L. Max Nikias (2010–present)
Department of Public Safety
The USC Department of Public Safety (DPS) is one of the largest campus
law enforcement agencies in the United States, employing 306 full-time
personnel and 30 part-time student workers. DPS's patrol and response
area includes a 2.5 mile radius around USC's main campus. The
Department of Public Safety headquarters is located on the University
Park campus, and there is a substation on the Health Sciences campus.
The department operates 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. All armed USC
Public Safety Officers (approximately 120) are required to be police
academy graduates so that they can be appointed reserve police
officers with sworn peace officer authority anywhere in the state
while on duty under
California Penal Code 830.75.
The Department has a formal working relationship with the Los Angeles
Police Department (LAPD), which includes USC paying for newly hired
officers to attend the 24 week
Los Angeles Police Academy. A
special joint USC/LAPD crime task force composed of USC DPS personnel
and approximately 40 selected
Los Angeles police officers is assigned
exclusively to the USC campus community to address crime and quality
of life issues. The University Park Task Force (UPTF) utilizes
crime-related intelligence and data and crime analysis to more
effectively deal with crime impacting the USC Community.
Main article: University of Southern
The Law School building is one of the handful of examples of Brutalist
architecture on the main campus.
USC is a large, primarily residential research university. The
majority of the student body was undergraduate until 2007, when
graduate student enrollment began to exceed undergraduate. The
four-year, full-time undergraduate instructional program is classified
as "balanced arts & sciences/professions" with a high graduate
coexistence. Admissions are characterized as "most selective, lower
transfer in"; 95 undergraduate majors and 147 academic and
professional minors are offered. The graduate program is
classified as "comprehensive" and offers 134 master's, doctoral, and
professional degrees through 17 professional schools. USC is
accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. The
university was elected to the
Association of American Universities
Association of American Universities in
1969. USC's academic departments fall either under the general
liberal arts and sciences of the Dana and David Dornsife College of
Letters, Arts, and Sciences for undergraduates, the Graduate School
for graduates, or the university's 18 professional schools.
USC presently has five
Nobel Laureates on staff, eight Rhodes
Scholars, five MacArthur Fellows, 181 Fulbright Scholars,
Turing Award winner, three winners of the National Medal of
Arts, one winner of the National Humanities Medal, three winners of
the National Medal of Science, and three winners of the National Medal
of Technology and Innovation among its alumni and faculty. In
addition to its academic awards, USC has produced the most Oscar
winners out of any institution in the world by a significant
Mudd Hall of Philosophy
The USC Dana and David Dornsife College of Letters, Arts, and
Sciences, the oldest and largest of the USC schools, grants
undergraduate degrees in more than 130 majors and minors across the
humanities, social sciences, and natural/physical sciences, and offers
doctoral and masters programs in more than 20 fields. Dornsife
College is responsible for the general education program for all USC
undergraduates, and houses a full-time faculty of approximately 700,
more than 6500 undergraduate majors (roughly half the total USC
undergraduate population), and 1200 doctoral students. In addition to
30 academic departments, the College also houses dozens of research
centers and institutes. In the 2008–2009 academic year, 4,400
undergraduate degrees and 5,500 advanced degrees were awarded.
Formerly called "USC College of Letters, Arts & Sciences", the
College received a $200 million gift from USC trustees Dana and David
Dornsife on March 23, 2011, after which the College was renamed in
their honor, following the naming pattern of other professional
schools and departments at the University. All Ph.D. degrees
awarded at USC and most master's degrees are under the jurisdiction of
the Graduate School. Professional degrees are awarded by each of
the respective professional schools.
School of Cinematic Arts.
The School of Cinematic Arts, the oldest and largest film school in
the country, confers degrees in six different programs. As the
university administration considered cinematic skills too valuable to
be kept to film industry professionals, the school opened its classes
to the university at large in 1998. In 2001, the film school added
an Interactive Media & Games Division studying stereoscopic
cinema, panoramic cinema, immersive cinema, interactive cinema, video
games, virtual reality, and mobile media. In September 2006, George
Lucas donated $175 million to expand the film school, which at the
time was the largest single donation to USC (and its fifth over $100
million). The donation will be used to build new structures and expand
the faculty. The acceptance rate to the School of Cinematic Arts
has consistently remained between 4-6% for the past several years.
USC School of Architecture
USC School of Architecture was established in 1916, the first in
Southern California. From at least 1972 to 1976, and likely for a
number of years prior to 1972, it was called The School of
Architecture and Fine Art. The School of Fine Art (known as SOFA for a
number of years after Architecture and Fine Art separated) was
eventually named the Roski School of Fine Arts in 2006 during a
ceremony to open, the then, new Masters of Fine Art building occupying
the previous and completely refurbished, Lucky Blue Jean factory. This
small department grew rapidly with the help of the Allied Architects
of Los Angeles. A separate School of Architecture was organized in
September 1925. The school has been home to teachers such as Richard
Neutra, Ralph Knowles, James Steele, A. Quincy Jones, William Pereira
and Pierre Koenig. The school of architecture also claims notable
alumni Frank Gehry, Jon Jerde, Thom Mayne, Raphael Soriano, Gregory
Ain, and Pierre Koenig. Two of the alumni have become Pritzker Prize
winners. In 2006, Qingyun Ma, a distinguished Shanghai-based
architect, was named dean of the school.
USC Thornton School of Music is one of the most highly regarded
music schools in the United States. The training at the Thornton
School frequently draws graduate students from such institutions
including Juilliard, Oberlin College, Rice, and the Eastman School of
Music; and graduates of the Thornton School often go on to study at
these and other institutions, such as the Colburn School, the Curtis
Institute of Music, or the Manhattan School of Music. The most active
source of live music in all of Los Angeles, the Thornton School offers
everything from medieval music to current music. In addition to the
departments of classical music, there is a department for popular
music and even a department of early music, making USC's music school
one of the few in the United States that offers specialized degrees in
The Andrew and Erna
Viterbi School of Engineering
Viterbi School of Engineering is headed by Dean
Yannis Yortsos. Previously known as the USC School of Engineering, it
was renamed on March 2, 2004, in honor of
Qualcomm co-founder Andrew
Viterbi and his wife Erna, who had donated $52 million to the school.
Viterbi School of Engineering
Viterbi School of Engineering was ranked No. 9 in the United States in
U.S. News & World Report's engineering rankings for 2013–14.
The Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism
The Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism, founded in
1971, is one of the two communication programs in the country endowed
Walter Annenberg (the other is at the University of Pennsylvania).
The School of Journalism, which became part of the School for
Communication in 1994, features a core curriculum that requires
students to devote themselves equally to print, broadcast and online
media for the first year of study. The journalism school consistently
ranks among the nation's top undergraduate journalism schools.
USC's Annenberg School's endowment rose from $7.5 million to $218
million between 1996 and 2007. In 2015, the new building named for
Wallis Annenberg started serving all faculty and students.
The Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry at the University of Southern
California was established in 1897 as The College of Dentistry, and
today awards undergraduate and graduate degrees. Headed by Dean
Avishai Sadan, D.M.D., the school traditionally has maintained five
Divisions: Academic Affairs & Student Life, Clinical Affairs,
Continuing Education, Research, and Community Health Programs and
Hospital Affairs. In 2006, the USC Department of Physical Therapy and
Biokinesiology, and the USC Department of Occupational
Occupational Therapy, which both had previously been organized as
"Independent Health Professions" programs at USC's College of Letters,
Arts, and Sciences, were administratively aligned under the School of
Dentistry and renamed "Divisions," bringing the total number of
Divisions at the School of Dentistry to seven. In 2010, alumnus Herman
Ostrow donated $35 million to name the school the Herman Ostrow School
of Dentistry. In 2013 the school introduced an eighth division, and in
2014 a $20 million gift endowed and named the USC Mrs. T.H. Chan
Division of Occupational
Science and Occupational Therapy.
USC collaborated with
Shanghai Jiao Tong University
Shanghai Jiao Tong University to offer the USC
(Executive) EMBA program in Shanghai. USC Dornsife also operates two
international study centers in Paris and Madrid. The Marshall School
of Business has satellite campuses in Orange County and San Diego.
In May 2006, USC's
Board of Trustees
Board of Trustees and administration traveled to
China to announce the establishment of the USC U.S.-China Institute
(USCI). USCI focuses on the multidimensional and evolving U.S–China
relationship and trends in China. USCI has funded research into a
variety of topics including the history of U.S.–China diplomatic
exchanges, aging, property rights, environmental challenges,
agricultural policy, new media, migration, and technology exchange.
The Institute produced the highly regarded Assignment:China
documentary series on American media coverage of China from the 1940s
to today. It also publishes two magazines, US-China Today' and Asia
In 2012, USC established the
Glorya Kaufman School of Dance, the
university's first new school in 40 years, which was a gift from
philanthropist Glorya Kaufman. The USC Kaufman School currently
offers individual classes in technique, performance, choreography,
production, theory and history that are open to all students at
USC. Beginning in the fall of 2015, the USC
Glorya Kaufman School
of Dance offers a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree to a select number of
undergraduates who wish to pursue dance as their major. This
four-year professional degree will be housed in the state-of-the-art
Glorya Kaufman International Dance Center, which is now under
University library system
Main article: University of Southern
The first true library was housed in the College of Liberal Arts
Building ("Old College"), which opened in 1887 and was designed to
hold the entire USC College student body—55 students. Two wings were
added to the original building in 1905.
The USC Libraries are among the oldest private academic research
libraries in California. For more than a century USC has been building
collections in support of the university's teaching and research
interests. Especially noteworthy collections include American
literature, Cinema-Television including the
Warner Bros. studio
archives, European philosophy, gerontology, German exile literature,
international relations, Korean studies, studies of Latin America,
natural history, Southern
California history, and the University
Warner Bros. Archives is the largest single studio collection
in the world. Donated in 1977 to the University of Southern
California's School of Cinematic Arts, by Warner Communications, the
WBA houses departmental records that detail
Warner Bros. activities
from the studio's first major feature, My Four Years in Germany
(1918), to its sale to Seven Arts in 1968.
Announced in June 2006, the testimonies of 52,000 survivors, rescuers
and others involved in
The Holocaust is housed in the USC College of
Letters, Arts & Sciences as a part of the USC Shoah Foundation
Institute for Visual History and Education.
In addition to the Shoah Foundation, the USC Libraries digital
collection highlights include photographs from the California
Historical Society, Korean American Archives Automobile Club of
Southern California, and the Chinese Historical Society of Southern
California. The USC Digital Library provides a wealth of primary
and original source material in a variety of formats.
In October 2010, the collections at ONE National Gay & Lesbian
Archives, the largest repository for documents from the lesbian, gay,
bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community in the world, became a part
of the USC Libraries system. The collections at ONE include over
two million archival items documenting
LGBT history including
periodicals; books; film, video and audio recordings; photographs;
artworks; ephemera, such clothing, costumes, and buttons;
organizational records; and personal paper.
USC's 22 libraries and other archives currently hold nearly 4 million
printed volumes, 6 million items in microform, and 3 million
photographs and subscribe to more than 30,000 current serial titles,
nearly 44,000 feet (13,000 m) of manuscripts and archives, and
subscribe to over 120 electronic databases and more than 14,000
journals in print and electronic formats. Annually, reference
transactions number close to 50,000 and approximately 1,100
instructional presentations are made to 16,000 participants. The
University of Southern
California Library system is among the top 35
largest university library systems in the United States.
Leavey Library is the undergraduate library and is open 24 hours a
day. The newly open basement has many discussion tables for students
to share thoughts and have group discussions. The Edward L. Doheny,
Jr. Memorial Library is the main research library on campus
National Program Rankings
Health Care Management
Medicine: Primary Care
U.S. News & World Report
U.S. News & World Report
Global Program Rankings
Arts & Humanities
Biology & Biochemistry
Economics & Business
Molecular Biology & Genetics
Neuroscience & Behavior
Pharmacology & Toxicology
Social Sciences & Public Health
USC was ranked 21st in U.S. News & World Report's 2018 annual
ranking of national universities. In the Niche Best Colleges
rankings, USC ranked 10th overall for 2016 based on academics and
quality of student life. USC is ranked 31st among national
universities in the U.S. and 49th in the world by the Academic Ranking
of World Universities, and 13th (tied with seven other universities)
among national universities by The Center for Measuring University
Performance. In 2015,
USA Today ranked USC 22nd overall for
American universities based on data from College Factual. Among
top 25 universities, USC was ranked by U.S. News & World Report as
having the 4th most economically diverse student body. Reuters
ranked USC as the 14th most innovative university in the world in
2015, as measured by the university's global commercial impact and
patents granted. USC was ranked 15th overall in the 2016
inaugural Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education ranking of U.S.
colleges. The Best College Reviews ranked USC 80th among 100 most
beautiful American universities and liberal arts colleges based on
green spaces, landscapes, and architectures in 2017.
In 2016, USC was ranked as a "Top 10 Dream College" for both parents
and students according to The Princeton Review, as conferred from a
survey of 10,000 respondents. USC appeared in the top 10 list for both
parents and students.
On the 2011 "Green Report Card", issued by the Sustainable Endowments
Institute, the university received a B-.
Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism
Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism was ranked 1st
in 2014 by USA Today. In its 2016 rankings, U.S. News & World
Report rates USC's School of Law as 19th, the Marshall School of
Business tied for 10th in undergraduate education with the USC
Leventhal School of Accounting 6th, the Lloyd Greif Center for
Entrepreneurial Studies 3rd, and the MBA program tied for 25th.
Marshall no longer appears among the previewed Top 9 undergraduate
business schools.; the
Keck School of Medicine
Keck School of Medicine of USC was ranked
tied for 31st in research and tied for 72nd in primary care. U.S.
News & World Report in 2016 further ranked the Viterbi School of
Engineering tied for 10th, the
Rossier School of Education
Rossier School of Education 15th, the
Roski School of Fine Arts graduate program 36th, the Sol Price School
of Public Policy 2nd, the USC School of Social Work 11th, and the USC
Pharmacy tied for 9th. USC's graduate programs in
physical therapy and occupational therapy are ranked the nation's 1st
and 3rd best programs, respectively, for 2016 by U.S. News & World
USC School of Architecture
USC School of Architecture was ranked 5th in
Philosophical Gourmet Report in 2015 ranked USC's
graduate philosophy program as 8th nationally.
The Hollywood Reporter ranked the School of Cinematic Arts the No. 1
film school in the United States for the third year in a row in
2014. In addition,
USA Today ranked the School of Cinematic Arts
the No. 1 film school in the United States in 2014. The program's
range of classes, facilities, and close proximity to the industry were
the primary reasons for this ranking.
USA Today ranked the
USC Marshall School of Business
USC Marshall School of Business as the No. 3
school to study undergraduate business in the nation, as of 2015.
In 2015, Forbes ranked the
USC Marshall School of Business
USC Marshall School of Business 3rd in the
nation in producing graduates who are most satisfied with their
The Princeton Review
The Princeton Review ranked USC video game design program as 1st out
of 150 schools in North America. The university's video game
design programs are interdisciplinary, involving the Interactive Media
& Games Division of the School of Cinematic Arts and the CS Games
program in the Department of Computer
Science at the USC Viterbi
School of Engineering.
Academic Ranking of World Universities
Academic Ranking of World Universities in 2015 ranked USC's
combined departments of engineering and computer sciences as 10th in
the world, social sciences 31st, and economics and business
Ethnic composition of student body – Fall 2015
Hispanic (of any race)
USC has a total enrollment of roughly 43,000 students, of which 19,000
are at the undergraduate and 24,000 at the graduate and professional
levels. Approximately 53% of students are female and 47% are male.
For the entering first-year class, 43% of incoming students are drawn
from California, 42% from the rest of the United States, and 15% from
abroad. USC's student body encompasses 12,300 international
students, the second most out of all universities in the United
States. Of the regularly enrolled international students, the
most represented countries/regions are China (Hong Kong, Macau and
Taiwan not included), India, South Korea, and Taiwan area, in that
Like other private universities, the nominal cost of attendance is
high, however the university's large endowment and significant revenue
streams allow it to offer generous financial aid packages.
Additionally, USC is one of the highest ranked universities to offer
half-tuition and full-tuition merit-based scholarships. These
factors have propelled USC into being the 4th most economically
diverse university in the nation.
Twenty percent of admitted and attending students are SCions, or
students with familial ties to USC, while 14 percent are the first
generation in their family to attend any form of college. Twenty-four
percent of undergraduates at USC are Pell Grant-eligible, which is
defined by having come from a family household income of less than
$50,000. There are approximately 375,000 living Trojan
First-time first-year profile
(out of 36)
More than 64,000 students applied for admission to the undergraduate
class entering in 2018, with 12.9% being admitted. Among admitted
students, the interquartile range for
SAT composite scores was 2040
– 2270 and the average unweighted GPA was 3.88. Thirty-one
percent of the accepted students in 2016 had perfect GPAs of 4.0 and
41 percent scored in the 99 percentile on standardized tests.
There were also 257 National Merit Scholar winners enrolled during the
2016-17 academic year, ranking USC third in the nation. USC was ranked
the 10th most applied to university in the nation for fall 2014 by
U.S. News & World Report.
Faculty and research
The Eileen L. Norris Cinema Theatre, where the
THX sound system was
first developed and installed by Tomlinson Holman.
The university has a very high level of research activity and received
$687 million in sponsored research from 2014 to 2015.
USC employs approximately 3,249 full-time faculty, 1,486 part-time
faculty, and about 10,744 staff members. 350 postdoctoral fellows
are supported along with over 800 medical residents. Among the
USC faculty, 15 are members of the National Academy of Sciences, 17
are members of the Institute of Medicine, 34 are members of the
National Academy of Engineering, 92 are members of the American
Association for the Advancement of Science, and 32 are members of the
American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 6 to the American
Philosophical Society, and 9 to the National Academy of Public
Administration. 29 USC faculty are listed as among the "Highly
Cited" in the
Institute for Scientific Information database.
George Olah won the 1994 Nobel Prize in Chemistry and was the
founding director of the Loker Hydrocarbon Research Institute. Leonard
Adleman won the
Turing Award in 2003.
Arieh Warshel won the 2013
Nobel Prize in Chemistry
The university also supports the Pacific Council on International
Policy through joint programming, leadership collaboration, and
facilitated connections among students, faculty, and Pacific Council
The university has two National
Engineering Research Centers: the
Integrated Media Systems Center and
the Center for Biomimetic Microelectronic Systems.  The
Department of Homeland Security selected USC as its first Homeland
Security Center of Excellence. Since 1991, USC has been the
headquarters of the NSF and USGS funded Southern
Center (SCEC). The University of Southern
California is a founding and
charter member of CENIC, the Corporation for Education Network
Initiatives in California, the nonprofit organization, which provides
extremely high-performance Internet-based networking to California's
K-20 research and education community. USC researcher Jonathan Postel
was an editor of communications-protocol for the fledgling internet,
also known as ARPANET.
Notable USC faculty include or have included the following: Leonard
Adleman, Richard Bellman, Aimee Bender, Barry Boehm, Warren Bennis,
Todd Boyd, T.C. Boyle, Leo Buscaglia, Drew Casper, Manuel Castells,
Erwin Chemerinsky, George V. Chilingar, Thomas Crow, António
Damásio, Francis De Erdely, Percival Everett, Murray Gell-Mann,
Seymour Ginsburg, G. Thomas Goodnight, Jane Goodall, Solomon Golomb,
Midori Goto, Susan Estrich, Janet Fitch, Tomlinson Holman, Jascha
Heifetz, Henry Jenkins, Thomas H. Jordan, Mark Kac, Pierre Koenig,
Neil Leach, Leonard Maltin, Daniel L. McFadden, Viet Thanh Nguyen,
George Olah, Scott Page, Simon Ramo, Claudia Rankine, Irving Reed,
Michael Waterman, Frank Gehry, Arieh Warshel, Lloyd Welch, Jonathan
Taplin and Diane Winston.
Main article: USC Trojans
The Galen Center, home of USC basketball and volleyball
USC Trojans participate in the
NCAA Division I
NCAA Division I Football Bowl
Subdivision (FBS) as a member of the
Pac-12 Conference and have won
123 total team national championships, 97 for men and 26 for women,
including non-NCAA championships. Of this total, 80 and 14 are NCAA
National Championships for men and women, respectively. The NCAA does
not include college football championships in its calculation. Though
there are multiple organizations that name national championships, USC
claims 11 football championships. The men's 361 Individual
Championships are the second-best in the nation and 53 ahead of third
place, Texas Longhorns. USC's cross-town rival is the University of
Los Angeles (UCLA), with whom there is fierce athletic and
scholastic competition. USC's rivalry with University of Notre Dame
UCLA rivalry by three years. The Notre Dame rivalry stems
mainly from the annual football game played between these two
universities and is considered one of the greatest rivalries in
USC has won 104 NCAA team championships, 3rd behind Stanford (116) and
UCLA (114). The Trojans have also won at least
one national team title in 26 consecutive years (1959–60 to
1984–85). USC won the National College All-Sports Championship, an
annual ranking by
USA Today of the country's top athletic programs, 6
times since its inception in 1971. Four Trojans have won the James E.
Sullivan Award as the top amateur athlete in America: diver Sammy Lee
(1953), shot putter
Parry O'Brien (1959), swimmer
John Naber (1977)
Janet Evans (1989).
From the 1904
Summer Olympics through the 2014 Winter Olympics, 632
Trojan athletes have competed in the Games, taking home 135 gold
medals, 88 silver and 65 bronze. If it were an independent
country, USC would be ranked 12th in the world in terms of medals.
Since 1912, USC is the only university in the world to have a gold
medal-winning athlete in every summer Olympiad.
Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum during a USC football game
In men's sports, USC has won 97 team national championships (84 NCAA
titles) – more than any other school – and male athletes have won
a record 303 individual NCAA titles. The Trojans have won 26
championships in track and field, 21 in tennis, 12 in baseball, 9 in
swimming and diving, 9 in water polo, 6 in volleyball, 2 in indoor
track and field, and 1 in gymnastics.[c] USC's men's basketball has
appeared in the NCAA tournament 15 times, and made 2 NCAA Final Four
The USC football program has historically ranked among the best in
Division I FBS. The Trojans football team has won 11 national
championships. Seven players have won the Heisman Trophy,
although the school claims six, after alleged violations involving
Reggie Bush. As of 2011, 472 Trojans have been taken in the NFL draft,
more than any other university.
For the 2015 season, USC football was ranked 1st overall in recruiting
by Rivals.com, with 4 five-star commits, 17 four-star commits, and 5
Women's teams have earned 27 national championships. The Women of Troy
have brought home 64 individual NCAA crowns. Two Women of Troy
athletes have won the
Honda-Broderick Cup as the top collegiate woman
athlete of the year:
Cheryl Miller (1983–84) and Angela Williams
(2001–02). And Trojan women have won 8 Honda Awards, as the top
female athlete in their sport.
The Women of
Troy have won 7 championships in tennis, 6 in volleyball,
4 in water polo, 3 in golf, 2 in basketball, 2 in beach volleyball, 1
in swimming and diving, 1 in track and field and 2 in soccer.
Traditions and student activities
USC mascot Traveler with Trojan Warrior and The Spirit of Troy
As one of the oldest universities in California, the University of
California has a number of traditions. USC's official fight
song is "Fight On", which was composed in 1922 by USC dental student
Milo Sweet with lyrics by Sweet and Glen Grant.
During the week prior to the traditional USC-
UCLA rivalry football
Tommy Trojan statue is covered to prevent
Notre Dame – USC rivalry
Notre Dame – USC rivalry and UCLA–USC rivalry
USC has rivalries with multiple schools. Though generally limited to
football, USC has a major rivalry with Notre Dame. The annual
game is played for the Jeweled Shillelagh. The rivalry has featured
more national championship teams, Heisman trophy winners,
All-Americans, and future NFL hall-of-famers than any other collegiate
match-up. The two schools have kept the annual game on their schedules
since 1926 (except 1942–44 because of World War II travel
restrictions) and the game is often referred to as the greatest
intersectional rivalry in college football.
USC's most famous rival is UCLA, with whom there is fierce athletic
and scholastic competition. Both universities are in
Los Angeles and
approximately 10 miles (16 km) apart. Until 1982 the two schools
also shared the same football stadium, the
Los Angeles Memorial
Coliseum. The victor of the annual football game takes home the
Victory Bell. The Trojans and Bruins also compete in a year-long
all-sports competition for the Lexus Gauntlet Trophy. Pranks between
UCLA and USC were commonplace several decades ago. Both universities
have cracked down on pranks since a 1989 incident when USC students
released hundreds of crickets into the main
UCLA library during finals
week. Days before a clash between rivals
UCLA and USC in 2009,
the Bruins mascot was vandalized. It was splashed in cardinal and gold
paint, USC's official colors sparking memories of pranks played in the
years earlier. The week preceding the annual football matchup
UCLA is known as "
Troy Week" and features a number of traditions
including CONQUEST! "The Ultimate Trojan Experience", Save Tommy
Night, the CONQUEST! Bonfire, and all-night vigils by the Trojan
Knights to protect the campus from
In addition, USC has rivalries with other Pac-12 schools, particularly
Stanford Cardinal as they are the only two private universities in
Pac-12 Conference and are situated at opposing regions of
California, as well as being the two oldest private research
universities in California, 1880 and 1891 respectively. Recently, a
rivalry has begun to exist between USC and the University of Oregon
because of the two universities' dominant football programs, with each
school often serving as the toughest match-up on the opponent's
Traveler, a white Andalusian horse, is currently the university's
official mascot. It first appeared at a football game in 1961, was
ridden by Richard Saukko, and was known as Traveler I. The current
horse is known as Traveler VII.
Tommy Trojan, officially known as the Trojan Shrine, is a bronze
statue in the model of a Trojan warrior at the center of campus. It is
commonly mistaken as the school's official mascot. The statue was
modeled after Trojan football players, and the statue is engraved with
the ideal characteristics of a Trojan. It is a popular meeting point
for students and a landmark for visitors.
In the 1940s, George Tirebiter, a car-chasing dog, was the most
popular unofficial mascot. After it bit the mascot of the
it gained fame among students, and was kept by the Trojan Knights. The
dog was known to chase down cars on Trousdale Parkway, which runs
through campus. After the original dog died, three others succeeded
it. A statue was built in 2006 to honor the unofficial mascot.
The drum major of the Spirit of
Troy wears a more elaborate uniform
and conducts the band with a sword.
USC's marching band, known as The Spirit of Troy, has been featured in
at least 10 major movies, and has performed in both the 1932 and 1984
Summer Olympics in Los Angeles. They have also performed on
television shows and with other musicians.
The band performed on the title track of the 1979
Fleetwood Mac album
Tusk, which went on to be a multi-platinum record. The band performed
during halftime at Super Bowl XXI in 1987 and Super Bowl XXII in 1988.
In 1990, the band performed live on America's Funniest Home
Videos. Additionally, the band later played on
Fleetwood Mac album, The Dance (1997). The
Troy is the only collegiate band to have two platinum
records. In recent years, the band has appeared at the 2009
Grammy Awards, accompanying Radiohead; on the 2009
Academy Awards with
Beyoncé and Hugh Jackman; and during the finale of American Idol
Renaldo Lapuz in instrumentation of his original song
"We're Brothers Forever." In 2009, the band played on
the show Dancing with the Stars.
The USC band was only one of two American groups invited to march in
the Hong Kong
Chinese New Year
Chinese New Year parade in 2003 and 2004. The Trojan
Marching Band performed at the 2005 World Expo in Nagoya, Japan. In
May 2006, the Trojan Marching Band traveled to Italy, performing once
in Florence, and twice in Rome (including in front of the Coliseum).
The band has also, for many years, performed the
1812 Overture with
Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra (or occasionally with other
orchestras) each year at the
Hollywood Bowl "Tchaikovsky
The Song Girls celebrating a
USC Trojans football victory
For over 45 years, the USC Song Girls have been considered as the
"Crown Jewels of USC Spirit." Founded in 1967, the USC Song Girls
appear at all football, basketball, and volleyball games as well as
other sporting events, rallies, and university and alumni
functions. The squad also performs internationally. The squad has
traveled to Italy, Austria, France, Hungary, Czech Republic, Japan,
China and Australia, most recently having traveled to Milan, Italy to
perform at the 2015 World Expo on America's Independence Day. Unlike
other college cheer teams, Song Girls are primarily a dance squad and
do not perform gymnastics, stunts or lead cheers. The Song Girls
perform to the music of and often appear with The Spirit of Troy.
Together with the Trojan Marching Band, they are a visible public face
of the University and function as the ambassadors of spirit and
goodwill for the Trojan Family.
The USC Song Girls follow the university's code in portraying an image
of class, sophistication and advanced choreography. Their trademark
white uniforms trimmed in Cardinal and Gold have become a recognizable
and established part of the University's traditions. Three-dozen or
more dances are choreographed and performed with each new year. The
dedication, loyalty and quest for continual improvement are hallmarks
of the USC Song Girl program. The USC Song Girls are dance athletes
that are focused in continuing the university's "Tradition of Trojan
Lindley Bothwell founded the USC Yell Leading Squad in 1919 in his
first year as a student at USC. He felt that together, with a few
friends, he could aid in "firing up" the crowd during football
games. The USC Yell Leaders worked closely with The Spirit of
Troy and the Song Girls to lead cheers and perform stunts to rally
Trojan fans at football, basketball, and volleyball games. The
sweater-clad team consisted of all men for most of its existence,
though the squad later opened itself up to applicants from both sexes
and did feature one female Yell Leader in 1998. They were
disbanded by the University after the 2005–06 season and replaced by
the co-ed Spirit Leaders.
The USC Spirit Leaders are responsible for leading stadium wide chants
and increasing crowd participation at all Trojan athletic events,
including football and basketball games. Working in proud partnership
with the Trojan Marching Band and the USC Song Girls, the USC Spirit
Leaders help to create a winning atmosphere for all Trojan
Daily Trojan has been the student newspaper of USC since 1912 and
is a primary source of news and information for the campus. It secured
the first interview of President
Richard Nixon after his resignation.
The publication does not receive financial aid from the university and
instead runs entirely on advertisement revenue. Published from Monday
to Friday during the fall and spring semesters, the newspaper turns
into the Summer Trojan during the summer term and publishes once a
week. It is the paper of record on campus.
Trojan Vision (often abbreviated as TV8) is the Student television
station at USC. TV8 was established in 1997 by the Annenberg School
for Communication, but is now a part of the School of Cinematic Arts.
Trojan Vision broadcasts 24/7 from the
Robert Zemeckis Center for
Digital Arts to the University Park Campus on Channel 8.1 and online
through their website. Programming is also made available to the
Los Angeles community on local channel LA36. In addition to a
selection of regularly airing shows of many genres,
Trojan Vision also
broadcasts the shows Platforum, a round-table debate show; Annenberg
TV News, a news program; and CU@USC, an interview program, live every
weeknight from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm.
El Rodeo is USC's student-run yearbook. One of the oldest student
traditions at the university, the first edition was released in 1889
and was originally called The Sybil. The name was changed to El Rodeo
in 1899 to reflect the cowboy-themed events students threw to
advertise the yearbook as a "roundup" of the year's events. It was
long packaged with the Student Activity Card, which gave students
access to all home sports games. Since the card was dissolved in 2007,
the yearbook has been sold as a stand-alone item.
Neon Tommy is a news website and content aggregator in the USC
Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism. It is a web-only
publication that was created in 2009. It does not cover campus news.
The Greek Community, making up approximately a fifth of the student
body, has had a long and influential history on the campus. Centered
on a portion of West 28th Street known as "The Row", located between
Figueroa Street and Hoover Street just north of campus, USC's Greek
system began soon after the school's founding when Kappa Alpha Theta
founded a chapter in 1887.
With 23 fraternities and 12 sororities in the Interfraternity
Conference (IFC) and Panhellenic Conference (PHC), respectively, the
USC Greek community has over 2,650 members and is one of the largest
on the West Coast. It regularly participates in Homecoming and
Songfest, and the community's philanthropic efforts and success in
philanthropic leadership annually raise over $150,000.
Outside the Panhellenic and Interfraternity conferences, the Greek
community at USC is very diverse, boasting the Multicultural, Asian,
Inter-Fraternity (composed of professional fraternities), and the
National Pan-Hellenic (historically black) Councils. Organizations
governed by these councils include chapters of some of the oldest
Black Greek organizations in the country and the oldest
Asian fraternity in Southern California; while also including
established professional business, engineering, and pre-law
fraternities and other multiculturally based groups.
Fountain outside of
Doheny Library with the Von KleinSmid Center; both
buildings were used in the film
The Graduate as stand-ins for UC
Because of USC's proximity to Hollywood, close ties between the School
of Cinematic Arts and entertainment industry, and the architecture on
campus, the university has been used in numerous movies, television
series, commercials, and music videos. USC is frequently used by
filmmakers, standing in for numerous other universities. According to
IMDB, USC's campus has been featured in at least 180 film and
Movies filmed at USC include Forrest Gump, Legally Blonde, Road Trip,
The Girl Next Door, Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle, Love &
Basketball, Blue Chips, Ghostbusters, Live Free or Die Hard, House
Party 2, The Number 23,
The Social Network
The Social Network and The Graduate.
Television series that have used the USC campus include How to Get
Away With Murder, Cold Case, Entourage, 24, The O.C., Beverly Hills,
90210, Moesha, Saved by the Bell: The College Years, The Fresh Prince
of Bel-Air, House M.D., CSI: NY, Undeclared, The West Wing, Alias, The
Office, Monk, The United States of Tara, Gilmore Girls, Scrubs, and
Main article: List of University of Southern
There are currently[timeframe?] more than 365,000 alumni members.
Among the notable alumni of the University of Southern
become prominent scientists, musicians, businessmen, engineers,
architects, athletes, actors, politicians, and those that have gained
both national and international fame. To keep alumni connected, the
Trojan network consists of over 100 alumni groups on five continents.
A common saying among those associated with the school is that one is
a "Trojan for Life". Among notable alumni are Neil
Armstrong, the first human to walk on the moon; Shinzo Abe, the 57th
& 63rd Prime Minister of Japan; O.J. Simpson, football star in the
1960s; George Lucas, creator of Star Wars; Andrew Viterbi, co-founder
Qualcomm Inc. and inventor of the Viterbi Algorithm; Academy Award
John Wayne (who also played in the USC football team); actor
and comedian Will Ferrell; Emmy Award-winning actor John Ritter;
Pritzker Prize-winning architect Frank Gehry; longtime Los Angeles
Lakers owner Jerry Buss; recycling symbol designer Gary Anderson;
Prime Minister of Pakistan
Prime Minister of Pakistan Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, the founder of
Pakistani democracy; and deposed Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi, the
first democratically elected president in that country's history,
Troian Bellisario, award-winning actress, and Alexandra Wright, stage
and screen actress.
Patrick J. Adams
Los Angeles portal
a. ^ The alternate name "Southern Cal" frequently appears in
sports-related news articles. USC discourages use of "Southern Cal"
out of concern the name might suggest a foundational association to
University of California, Berkeley
University of California, Berkeley (commonly known as "Cal" in the
athletics context), even though the two institutions have no
affiliation other than their Pac-12 membership. For several years,
USC's media guides contained the following request: "Note to the
media: In editorial references to athletic teams of the University of
Southern California, the following are preferred: USC, Southern
California, So. California,
Troy and Trojans for men's or women's
teams, and Women of
Troy for women's teams. PLEASE do not use Southern
Cal (it's like calling San Francisco 'Frisco' or North Carolina 'North
Car.'). The use of 'Southern Cal' on licensed apparel and merchandise
is limited in scope and necessary to protect federal trademark
b. ^ Specifically Seoul, South Korea; Hong Kong, China; Jakarta,
Indonesia; Taipei, Republic of China; Mexico City; and Tokyo, Japan.
USC International Offices
c. ^ The NCAA does not conduct a championship for Football Bowl
Subdivision football. Instead, teams are awarded championships by
various private organizations, currently the recognized championships
are awarded by the
Bowl Championship Series
Bowl Championship Series and titles by the
d. ^ The precise colors can be found on the USC Graphic Identity
Program website: the correct
Pantone color for USC Cardinal is PMS
201C and USC Gold is PMS 123C.
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