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University of Southern California

Los Angeles, California, United States
10 June, 1880
University of Southern California

The University of Southern California is a private research university in Los Angeles, California. Founded in 1880 by Robert M. Widney, it is the oldest private research university in California. The university is composed of one liberal arts school, the Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences and twenty-two undergraduate, graduate and professional schools, enrolling an average of 19,500 undergraduate and 26,500 post-graduate students from all fifty U.S. states and more than 115 countries. USC is ranked among the top universities in the United States and admission to its programs is highly selective. USC was one of the earliest nodes on ARPANET and is the birthplace of the Domain Name System. Other technologies invented at USC include DNA computing, dynamic programming, image compression, VoIP, and antivirus software. USC's notable alumni include 11 Rhodes scholars and 12 Marshall scholars.

Motto Latin: Palmam qui meruit ferat
Motto (English) Let whoever earns the palm bear it
Type Private research university
Established October 06, 1880
Academic affiliations AAU, NAICU, APRU, Sea-grant, Space-grant
Endowment $5.91 billion (2020)
Budget $5.3 billion (2018)
President Carol Folt
Academic staff 4,604 (2019)
Administrative staff 16,313 (2019)
Students 48,321 (2019)
Undergraduates 20,351 (2019)
Postgraduates 27,970 (2019)
Campus Urban, University Park campus, 299 acres, Health Sciences campus, 79 acres
Colors Cardinal and Gold
Mascot Traveler
Sporting affiliations NCAA Division I FBS – Pac-12, ACHA (ice hockey), MPSF

About University of Southern California

The oldest private research university in California, it is located in Los Angeles. Athletes from the school have won over 200 Olympic gold medals.

Achievement of University of Southern California

Computer scientist Leonard Adleman created the field of DNA computing at USC labs. 

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Latest information about University of Southern California updated on July 28 2021.