Choose USC: Choose USC

Here, you will find a campus community that is as dynamic as it is welcoming. You will have access to the vast array of cultural experiences available across the vibrant city of Los Angeles, as well as the intimate feeling of a school where most students live on or near our picturesque and walkable campus. From the moment you arrive, you will be embraced as a member of the Trojan Family.

Distinct Learning Opportunities

At USC, you can choose from a wide array of top-tier degree programs that will allow you to explore your passions, forge connections, solve problems and generate new knowledge. You will graduate uniquely prepared for the realities of the 21st century.

Whether you decide to pursue a single subject in-depth or combine majors and minors across disparate fields of study, your options at USC are limited only by your imagination and ambition.

Learn from a world-class faculty.
Gain insight from experts who are developing the technologies and creative works that make a difference in people’s lives.

Read our select Faculty Profiles and peruse USC faculty members’ many accomplishments.
Build your professional skills.
Apply classroom knowledge toward solving real-world problems through internships throughout Los Angeles and Southern California.

Learn about the comprehensive job and internship resources that will be available to you as a USC student.
Pursue innovative research.
Work under a faculty member or develop your own original research projects beginning as soon as your first year.

See how USC supports undergraduate research by setting aside millions of dollars every year in the form of fellowships, stipends and tuition remission.
Match your academic interests to career pursuits.
Connect with our Career Center to seek out the professional experience that will best complement your academic endeavors.

Check out the many ways you will be able to connect with USC alumni looking to hire or mentor fellow Trojans.

Global Perspective

Join a dynamic global community at a university that enrolls one of the highest numbers of international students in the U.S. Take part in programs offered through USC’s partnerships with universities around the globe, including the University of São Paulo in Brazil, the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, the Indian Institutes of Technology, and the London School of Economics.

Thrive in pioneering undergraduate programs in which overseas travel and study are part of the curriculum.

Learn more about our global programs:

USC’s student population represents:
50 States
135 Countries

International life at USC:
2,000 USC undergraduates are studying overseas at any given time.
18 percent of our undergraduate population is composed of international students.

Los Angeles

When you come to USC, you will find yourself three miles from the vibrant cultural life of Downtown Los Angeles; 10 miles from beaches, sun and surf; and 50 miles from mountains and ski resorts.

Thriving Metropolis
Experience city life at the nexus of the Pacific Rim and
Latin America.

Urban Laboratory
Learn in an urban laboratory and playground where more
than 200 languages are spoken.

International Cuisine
Sample a variety of dishes ranging from Mexican to
Ethiopian, many in our own neighborhood.

Cultural Venues
Discover numerous venues that will introduce you to art,
music, dance and theatre from around the globe.

Los Angeles at a Glance
200+ Identified Languages Spoken
10.4 Million Population
100+ Museums
72 Degrees Average High Temperature
73% Days with Sunshine

Campus Life

Located adjacent to Exposition Park, USC’s campus in University Park comprises 229 acres of green space, fountains, sculptures, and a blend of traditional and modern architecture. At USC, you can study with top-tier students and professors, see a first-run film, and pledge a fraternity or sorority—all on the same day, without ever leaving campus.

The Residential College Experience
USC is home to a thriving and tight-knit campus community. During typical years, 98 percent of first-year students live on campus alongside faculty in residence (though living on campus is not required), and 85 percent of the total undergraduate population lives within walking distance of campus.

Additionally, students who stay in on-campus housing may choose to delve deeper into the residential experience by living in special interest communities catering to their professional or cultural interests.

Discover ways to take advantage of our incredible residential college program and special interest communities.
USC Village
With 1.2 million square feet of retail and residential space, this town center has transformed the undergraduate experience at USC.

  • Eight residential colleges
  • 2,500 beds
  • Target and Trader Joe’s
  • Fitness center
  • Yoga studio
  • Beauty salons
  • Amazon store
  • FedEx office
  • Numerous dining options
Events on Campus
There are many ways to experience the arts on campus—from music, theatre and dance performances put on by your talented peers; to exclusive film screenings; to ongoing gallery exhibitions showcasing beautiful and thought-provoking works of art.

USC’s Visions and Voices arts and humanities initiative brings world-renowned speakers and performers to the USC community throughout the year as well. Learn more at

During the first six weeks of the semester you will be able to participate in USC’s Welcome Experience. Previous welcome events have included concerts, movie nights, arts and crafts, and volunteer outings in LA. You will also learn about different campus resources and ways to find your community on campus! Visit the USC Welcome Experience website for more information.

Check out the range of fun and inspiring events happening across campus on a daily basis.
Student Clubs and Organizations
With more than 1,000 on-campus student clubs and organizations, there are so many opportunities to meet your peers and make friends at USC. You might choose to participate in student government, compete in intramural sports, or advocate for a cause important to you. You can build on a professional goal or cultivate a new hobby. Whether you want to gain leadership experience or simply relax and have fun, there’s a club for you at USC.

Get excited about all the incredible groups you might want to join once you start your life at USC!

“The best thing about USC is the overall atmosphere. The weather is nice, the campus is beautiful, the professors are approachable, and the students are so welcoming. There’s not a day that I don’t feel happy to be here and blessed that this is my home.”

—Lan Duong. San Jose, California

Trojan Family

At USC, you will discover a whole new meaning for the word family.

Global Network
Become part of the more than 450,000 students, staff and alumni who represent USC both here and abroad.

Connect with faculty, staff and alumni who will become
your mentors—and help shape your career and your life.

Lifelong Friendships
Find kindred spirits and forge lifelong friendships with students from across the U.S. and around the world.

No matter where your academic or professional interests take you, the Trojan Family will be there with you, lifelong and worldwide.

“The Trojan Family is so unique because it is made up of people from every single walk of life and every passion possible.”

—Jarod Majeika. West Kingston, Rhode Island