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Rank: 156

University of Southern California

Los Angeles, CAhttps://www.usc.edu/
The University of Southern California's highly regarded academic programs and research opportunities draw people from all over the world; nearly a quarter of its students are international. USC has some 48,500 students, and over 20,000 of them are undergraduates. The university has a reputation as an expensive school, but it also boasts a high graduation rate. Some of the most popular majors include communications, cinematic arts, architecture, music and law. 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.
CORONAVIRUS UPDATE
FALL 2020 PLAN: Most of USC's undergraduate courses are remote this fall. The semester started one week earlier than usual, on Aug. 17, though residence halls have not yet reopened. All classes and final exams will end by Thanksgiving.
costs
Est. Full Price 2020-2021
$76,600
% of students who get any grants
61%
Est. price for students who receive aid
$37,800
Average price for low-income students
$15,900
admissions
Acceptance rate
13%
Median SAT/ACT Score
1440/32
SAT/ACT Required for Fall 2021?
no
Enrollment
19,550
Financial Aid
% of students with need who get grants
89%
% of need met
100%
% of students who get merit* grants
21%
Average merit grant
$18,850
student success
Graduation rate
92%
Average time to a degree
4.2 years
Average student debt
$19,500
Average salary within 5 years
$59,700
% earning more than $28,000
86%
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.

* Full price of attendance includes on-campus room & board fees, which may not be applicable to all colleges' reopening plans this year.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, Money/American Institutes for Research calculations, Opportunity Insights.

coronavirus update

FALL 2020 PLAN: Most of USC's undergraduate courses are remote this fall. The semester started one week earlier than usual, on Aug. 17, though residence halls have not yet reopened. All classes and final exams will end by Thanksgiving.

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

* Full price of attendance includes on-campus room & board fees, which may not be applicable to all colleges' reopening plans this year.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, Money/American Institutes for Research calculations, Opportunity Insights.

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