University of Southern California is a private institution that was founded in 1880. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 18,316, its setting is urban, and the campus size is 226 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. University of Southern California's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is National Universities, 23.

USC has 37,210 students applied for admission to the undergraduate class of 2015, with 8,566 being admitted (23%) and 2,931 enrolling (34% yield). Among admitted students, the interquartile range for SAT composite scores was 2020-2240 and the average unweighted GPA was 3.80, while among enrolled freshmen, the SAT range was 1970-2180 and the average GPA was 3.72. 20 percent of admitted and attending students are SCions, or students with familial ties to USC, while 14 percent are the first generation in their family to attend any form of college. There were also 247 National Merit Scholar winners and 7 National Achievement Scholars in the admitted class. USC ranks among the top five schools in the nation in terms of its enrollment of National Merit Scholars. USC's admission rate has dropped to 20% for the class of 2016, following its adoption of the Common Application.

Degree Programs

Program descriptions and degree requirements may be found in the sections of this catalogue under the units listed in boldface type. Unless otherwise noted, each program is under the jurisdiction of the school or division under which that degree is listed. All degrees are listed alphabetically in the index.
Iovine and Young Academy

Arts, Technology and the Business of Innovation (B.S.)
Leventhal School of Accounting

Accounting (B.S.)
School of Architecture

Architectural Studies (B.S.)
Architecture (B.Arch.)
Roski School of Art and Design

Fine Arts (BFA)
Art (B.A.*)
Marshall School of Business

Business Administration (B.S.)
Business Administration (Cinematic Arts) (B.S.)
Business Administration (International Relations) (B.S.)
Business Administration (World Program) (B.S.)
Computer Science/Business Administration (B.S.)
School of Cinematic Arts

Animation and Digital Arts (B.A.*)
Cinematic Arts, Critical Studies (B.A.*)
Cinematic Arts, Film and Television Production (B.A.*, BFA)
Interactive Media and Games (B.A.*)
Media Arts and Practice (B.A.*)
Writing for Screen and Television (BFA)
Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism

Broadcast and Digital Journalism (B.A.*)
Communication (B.A.*)
Print and Digital Journalism (B.A.*)
Public Relations (B.A.*)
Kaufman School of Dance

Dance (BFA)
Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry

Dental Hygiene (B.S.)
School of Dramatic Arts

Theatre (B.A.*)
Theatre (Acting) (B.A.*, BFA)
Theatre (Design) (B.A.*, BFA)
Theatre (Sound Design) (BFA)
Theatre (Stage Management) (BFA)
Theatre (Technical Direction) (BFA)
Visual and Performing Arts Studies (B.A.*)
Viterbi School of Engineering
Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering
Aerospace Engineering (B.S.)
Mechanical Engineering (B.S.)
Optional area of emphasis:
Petroleum Engineering
Astronautics and Space Technology
Astronautical Engineering (B.S.)
Biomedical Engineering
Biomedical Engineering (B.S.)
Optional areas of emphasis:
Biochemical Engineering
Electrical Engineering
Mechanical Engineering
Chemical Engineering
Chemical Engineering (B.S.)
Optional areas of emphasis:
Biochemical Engineering
Environmental Engineering
Petroleum Engineering
Polymer/Materials Science
Civil Engineering
Applied Mechanics (B.S.)
Civil Engineering (B.S.)
Environmental Engineering (B.S.)
Optional areas of emphasis:
Building Science
Environmental Engineering
Structural Engineering
Computer Science
Computer Science (B.S.)
Computer Science (Games) (B.S.)
Computer Science/Business Administration (B.S.)
Physics/Computer Science (B.S.)
Electrical Engineering
Computer Engineering and Computer Science (B.S.)
Electrical Engineering (B.S.)
Industrial and Systems Engineering
Industrial and Systems Engineering (B.S.)
Optional area of emphasis:
Information Systems Engineering
Davis School of Gerontology

Human Development and Aging (B.S.)
Lifespan Health (B.S.)
Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences
American Studies and Ethnicity
American Studies and Ethnicity (B.A.)
American Studies and Ethnicity (African American Studies) (B.A.)
American Studies and Ethnicity (Asian American Studies) (B.A.)
American Studies and Ethnicity (Chicano/Latino Studies) (B.A.)
Anthropology (B.A.)
Anthropology (Visual Anthropology) (B.A.)
Global Studies (B.A.)
Art History
Art History (B.A.)
Biological Sciences
Biochemistry (B.S.**)
Biological Sciences (B.A., B.S.)
Computational Neuroscience (B.S.)
Human Biology (B.A., B.S.)
Chemistry (B.A., B.S.)
Chemistry (Chemical Biology) (B.S.)
Chemistry (Chemical Nanoscience) (B.S.)
Chemistry (Research) (B.S.)
Classics (B.A.)
Comparative Literature
Comparative Literature (B.A.)
Earth Sciences
Earth Sciences (B.A.)
Geological Sciences (B.S.)
East Asian Area Studies
East Asian Area Studies (B.A.)
East Asian Languages and Cultures
East Asian Languages and Cultures (B.A.)
Linguistics/East Asian Languages and Cultures (B.A.)
Economics (B.A.)
Economics/Mathematics (B.S.)
Political Economy (B.A.)
English (B.A.)
Narrative Studies (B.A.)
Environmental Studies
Environmental Science and Health (B.A., B.S.)
Environmental Studies (B.A., B.S.)
French and Italian
French (B.A.)
Italian (B.A.)
Gender Studies
Gender Studies (B.A.)
Health and Humanity
Health and Humanity (B.A.)
History (B.A.)
History and Social Science Education (B.A.)
Law, History and Culture (B.A.)
Interdisciplinary Studies
Interdisciplinary Studies (B.A.)
International Relations
International Relations (B.A.)
International Relations (Global Business) (B.A.)
International Relations and the Global Economy (B.A.)
Human Performance (B.A.)
Linguistics (B.A.)
Linguistics/East Asian Languages and Cultures (B.A.)
Linguistics/Philosophy (B.A.)
Linguistics/Psychology (B.A.)
Mathematics (B.A., B.S.)
Applied and Computational Mathematics (B.A., B.S.)
Middle East Studies
Middle East Studies (B.A.)
Neuroscience (B.A., B.S.)
Computational Neuroscience (B.S.)
Linguistics/Philosophy (B.A.)
Philosophy (B.A.)
Philosophy, Politics and Law (B.A.)
Physical Sciences
Physical Sciences (B.S.)
Physics and Astronomy
Astronomy (B.A., B.S.)
Biophysics (B.S.)
Physics (B.A., B.S.)
Physics/Computer Science (B.S.)
Political Science
Political Science (B.A.)
Cognitive Science (B.A.)
Linguistics/Psychology (B.A.)
Psychology (B.A.)
Interdisciplinary Archaeology (B.A.)
Religion (B.A.)
Religion (Judaic Studies) (B.A.)
Slavic Languages and Literatures
Russian (B.A.)
Social Sciences
Social Sciences (Economics) (B.A.)
Social Sciences (Psychology) (B.A.)
Non-Governmental Organizations and Social Change (B.A.)
Sociology (B.A.)
Spanish and Portuguese
Spanish (B.A.)
Spatial Sciences Institute
GeoDesign (B.S.)
Keck School of Medicine

Global Health Studies (B.S.)
Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Studies (B.S.)
Thornton School of Music

Choral Music (B.A.)
Composition (B.M.)
Jazz Studies (B.M.)
Music (B.A.*)
Music Industry (B.M., B.S.)
Performance (Bassoon) (B.M.)
Performance (Clarinet) (B.M.)
Performance (Classical Guitar) (B.M.)
Performance (Double Bass) (B.M.)
Performance (Flute) (B.M.)
Performance (French Horn) (B.M.)
Performance (Harp) (B.M.)
Performance (Oboe) (B.M.)
Performance (Organ) (B.M.)
Performance (Percussion) (B.M.)
Performance (Piano) (B.M.)
Performance (Popular Music) (B.M.)
Performance (Saxophone) (B.M.)
Performance (Studio Guitar) (B.M.)
Performance (Trombone) (B.M.)
Performance (Trumpet) (B.M.)
Performance (Tuba) (B.M.)
Performance (Viola) (B.M.)
Performance (Violin) (B.M.)
Performance (Violoncello) (B.M.)
Performance (Vocal Arts) (B.M.)
USC Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy

Occupational Therapy (B.S.*)
Price School of Public Policy

Policy, Planning, and Development (B.S.)
2012-2013 Undergraduate Estimate of Costs at USC: Tuition - $43,722; Mandatory fees - $741; Room and board* - 12,440; Books and supplies - $1,500; Personal and miscellaneous - $900; Transportation - $580.00. Total - $59,883 + $150 USC Orientation fee for the 1st semester.