The University of Southern California or USC is California’s oldest private research university having been founded in 1880 when Los Angeles was little more than a frontier town. A private, nonsectarian research university located in Los Angeles, California, USC was originally affiliated with the Methodist Church with whom it severed ties in 1952.
Today, USC enrolls more international students than any other U.S. university and is regarded as one of the world’s leading private research universities. Accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, the university was elected as a member of the Association of American Universities in 1969. With a core curriculum that combines liberal arts studies with professional education, USC offers extensive opportunities for internships and study abroad.
Academics-wise, USC offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs in a variety of concentrations available through its 17 professional schools of Letters, Arts and Sciences; Accounting; Architecture; Business; Cinematic Arts; Communication and Journalism; Dentistry; Education; Engineering; Fine Arts; Gerontology; Law; Medicine; Music; Occupational Therapy; Pharmacy; Physical Therapy; Policy, Planning and Development; Social Work; and Theatre.
In addition to undergraduate or Bachelor’s and Associate’s degrees, USC also confers such degrees as Doctor of Philosophy; Professional Doctorates; and Master’s degrees. Many of the Master’s degree and graduate certificate programs available on campus are also available online especially in the field of Engineering.
Financial aid is extended in the form of loans, grants and scholarships for qualified students.
The U.S. News & World Report ranks USC 23rd among national universities.