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Rank: 131

University of Southern California

Los Angeles, CAwww.usc.edu/
The University of Southern California's highly regarded academic programs and research opportunities draw people from all over the world; more than half of students are international. USC has some 47,500 students, about 20,000 of them undergraduates. The graduation and retention rates are high despite its above-average annual cost. The university's Los Angeles location gives students access to one of the country's major business centers and its entertainment capital. Perhaps not surprisingly, generations of USC alumni have gone on to careers in the film and TV industries. Alumni include the creators of both Star Wars (George Lucas) and Star Trek (Gene Roddenberry). Trojan football is practically a religion, and on game days, undergraduates, grad students, and alumni come together to tailgate, schmooze, and cheer on the Cardinal and Gold.
costs
Est. Full Price 2019-2020
$75,400
% of students who get any grants
59%
Est. price for students who receive aid
$35,100
Average price for low-income students
$14,780
admissions
Acceptance rate
16%
Median SAT/ACT Score
1400/32
SAT/ACT required?
Yes
Enrollment
18,942
Financial Aid
% of students with need who get grants
90%
% of need met
100%
% of students who get merit* grants
19%
Average merit grant
$20,209
student success
Graduation rate
92%
Average time to a degree
4.2 years
Average student debt
$22,120
Average salary within 3 years
$62,000
% of low-income students who become upper middle class
55%
key deadlines
Early decision application
N/A
Regular application
Jan 15

* Share of full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, MONEY/College Measures calculations, Opportunity Insights.

* Share of full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, MONEY/College Measures calculations, Opportunity Insights.

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