#5 Best Private Colleges in California

University of Southern California

Los Angeles, California

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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 71,031 prospective students applied, and 8,884 were granted admission.  Of those admitted 3,668 enrolled in the school.  42,631 students are enrolled on a full time basis, and 6,687 attend part time. In-state tuition for 2021/2022, excluding room and board, is $60,446 plus fees of $1,057. USC is ranked 31 nationally in the CollegeSimply.com 2023 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

University of Southern California overview
SAT 1410/1540
ACT 32/35
GPA 3.83

Applications Accepted

University of Southern California overview
Applications Due Jan 10, 2023
Applicant Competition Very High
Application Fee $85

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Annual Cost to Attend


Costs for University of Southern California
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,200
Other Fees$1,057
Room and Board $16,732
Budget for Other Expenses$2,224
Total One Year Cost$81,659

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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.

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