About University of Southern California
The University of Southern California is a private, not for profit, accredited institution in Los Angeles. Founded in the early 1870’s, USC was the dream of several public-spirited citizens led by Judge Robert Maclay Widney. At the time of its opening in 1880, there were only 53 students and the city lacked paved streets and electric lights.
Today, the University of Southern California is located at the heart of a vibrant metropolis and has a student population from around the world.i It is also designated by Carnegie as a doctoral university with the “highest research activity.” Future students have a choice of over 400 graduate and professional programs in their liberal arts college and 18 professional schools. Plus, over 80 of its graduate programs are available online. These span the fields of nursing, education, social work and more.
Mission, Vision and Values
At the University of Southern California, the central mission is to develop human beings, and society as a whole, through the cultivation and enrichment of the human mind and spirit. This is accomplished through core values of teaching, research, artistic creation, professional practice and selected forms of public service.
Enrollment, Attendance, Completions
Based on Fall 2015 data, graduate enrollment was over 24,590 studentsi
- 22% part-time and 78% full-time attendance i
- 20% enrolled in only distance education, 78% not enrolled in distance educationi
- 7900+ masters degrees, 1590+ doctorate degrees and 830+ graduate certificates were awarded 2015-2016 i
Financial aid may be available for eligible students.i Scholarships, fellowships and other sources of aid are awarded primarily by individual academic departments.
Students should note that each program may have specific requisites and procedures. In most cases, admission and enrollment requirements for online programs are the same as on-campus. Generally, applicants may expect the requisites listed below.
- A bachelors degree from an accredited college or university
- Satisfactory scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT)®
- Demonstrated ability to do acceptable graduate work
- Strong personal qualifications
- Program-specific GPA scores
- Personal statement
- Letters of recommendation
While USC has four terms – Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer – students should verify the start dates of the program they apply to. For instance, the Master of Arts in Teaching program starts three times throughout the year (January, May and September).
Based on Fall 2015 data, USC had 3,900 full-time and 1,779 part-time faculty, as well as a total of 1,988 graduate assistants.i Many of these are “distinguished professors” whose accomplishments have brought special renown to USC. The USC faculty also includes National Medal Winners and Nobel Laureates.