About the University of Southern California

The University of Southern California (USC) is one of the world’s leading private research universities. Established in 1880, it’s also one of the oldest. With a strong tradition of integrating liberal and professional education, USC fosters a vibrant culture of public service and encourages students to cross academic as well as geographic boundaries in their pursuit of knowledge.

Graduate students at USC are key members of the university’s community of scholars, contributing diverse viewpoints and fresh insights. Our alumni emerge poised to make their mark on the theories, systems, inventions, public policy and creative work of the 21st century.

In 2018, U.S. News & World Report ranked USC among the top colleges in the country.

USC is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).

USC is ranked #1 in the world in communication and media studies by QS World University Rankings.