University of Southern California

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2016 Undergraduate Tuition

$51,442

4% growth from 2015

2016 Average Net Price

$32,932

After Financial Aid

2015 Student Loan

1.81%

Default Rate

2016 Acceptance Rate

16.6%

54,280 Applicants

2016 Enrolled Students

43,871

86.4% Full-Time

2016 Graduation Rate

92%

2,715 Graduates

About

In 2016, 15,664 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at University of Southern California. 52.8% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 47.2% awarded men. The majority of degree recipients were white (5,336 degrees), 1.94 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, asian (2747 degrees).

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Costs

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $32,932.

Student Expenses

Tuition Costs

$51,442

2016 Undergraduate Tuition

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Average Net Price

$32,932

2016 Value

4.93%

1 Year Growth

In 2016 University of Southern California had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $32,932. Between 2015 and 2016, the average net price of University of Southern California grew by 4.93%.

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Average net price is calculated from full-time beginning undergraduate students who were awarded a grant or scholarship from federal, state or local governments, or the institution.

Other Student Expenses

$13,855

Room and Board

$1,500

Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at University of Southern California was of $13,855 in 2016. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,500. The cost of room and board increased by 3.91% between 2015 and 2016. The cost of books and supplies did not change during the same period.

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Financial Aid

Financial Aid by Income Level

59%

Of Undergraduates Receive Grants

32%

Of Undergraduates Receive Federal Loans

59% of undergraduate students at University of Southern California received grants or loans in 2016. This represents a decline of 1.67% with respect to 2015, when 60% of undergraduate students received financial aid.

This chart compares the average award discount at University of Southern California (in red) with that of other similar universities.

The average award discount is the ratio between the average grant or scholarship value, and the cost, which is the sum of out-of-state tuition, room, board, book, supplies, and other expenses.

Admissions

University of Southern California received 54,280 undergraduate applications in 2016, which represents a 4.54% annual growth. Out of those 54,280 applicants, 9,022 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 16.6% acceptance rate.

There were 43,871 students enrolled at University of Southern California in 2016, and 61% of first-time enrollees submitted SAT scores with their applications.

University of Southern California has an overall enrollment yield of 34%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

Acceptance Rate

16.6%

Acceptance Rate in 2016

9,022

Accepted Out of 54,280

In 2016, the undergraduate acceptance rate of University of Southern California was 16.6% (9,022 admissions from 54,280 applications). This is lower than the acceptance rate of 2015, which was 17.7%. Between 2015 and 2016, the number of applicants grew by 4.54%, while admissions declined by -1.73%.

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SAT Scores

61%

Submission Percentage

1,874

Scores Submitted

61% of enrolled first-time students at University of Southern California in 2016 submitted SAT scores with their applications.

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Enrollment

University of Southern California has a total enrollment of 43,871 students. The full-time enrollment at University of Southern California is 37,900 students and the part-time enrollment is 5,971. This means that 86.4% of students enrolled at University of Southern California are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at University of Southern California, both undergraduate and graduate, is 33.1% White, 17.6% Asian, 13% Hispanic or Latino, 5.59% Black or African American, 3.29% Two or More Races, 0.237% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders, and 0.212% American Indian or Alaska Native.

Students enrolled at University of Southern California in full-time Undergraduate programs are majority White Female (20.2%), followed by White Male (19.3%) and Asian Female (11.1%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are majority White Female (15.1%), followed by White Male (12%) and Asian Female (8.99%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

86.4%

Full-Time Enrollment

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Retention Rate over Time

96%

2016 Retention Rate

Retention rate measures the number of first-time students who began their studies the previous fall and returned to school the following fall. The retention rate for full-time undergraduates at University of Southern California was 96%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Doctoral Universities (83%), University of Southern California had a retention rate higher than its peers.

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Enrollment by Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    14,507

  2. Asian

    7,715

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    5,724

Any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis is categorized as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the share of those students are shown in the chart below. Additionally, 1,257 students (2.87%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2016, 892 more women than men received degrees from University of Southern California. The majority of degree recipients at University of Southern California are white (5,336 degrees awarded). There were 1.94 times more white graduates than the next closest race/ethnicity group, asian (2747 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at University of Southern California is General Business Administration & Management (1,055 degrees awarded), followed by Speech Communication & Rhetoric (308 degrees) and Accounting (222 degrees).

The most specialized majors across all degree types at University of Southern California, meaning they have significantly more degrees awarded in that concentration than the national average across all institutions, are Architecture and Related Services (432 degrees awarded), Public Administration and Social Service (1,821 degrees), and Engineering (1,969 degrees).

Workforce

Common Jobs by Major

Most Common Job

The most common jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at University of Southern California are Miscellaneous managers (514,020 people), Software developers, applications & systems software (350,154 people), Miscellaneous engineers, including nuclear engineers (301,746 people), Civil engineers (234,446 people), and Social workers (189,871 people).

The most specialized majors at University of Southern California are Architecture and Related Services (432 degrees awarded), Public Administration and Social Service (1,821 degrees), Engineering (1,969 degrees), Legal (669 degrees), and Communications (895 degrees).

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Highest Paying Jobs by Major

The highest paying jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at University of Southern California are Public relations specialists, Economists, Physicians & surgeons, Sales representatives, wholesale & manufacturing, and Financial analysts

The most specialized majors at University of Southern California are Architecture and Related Services (432 degrees awarded), Public Administration and Social Service (1,821 degrees), Engineering (1,969 degrees), Legal (669 degrees), and Communications (895 degrees).

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Common Industries by Major

The most common industries for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at University of Southern California are Architectural, engineering & related services (529,720 people), Computer Systems Design (433,669 people), Construction (291,512 people), Elementary & secondary schools (282,319 people), and Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (279,141 people).

The most specialized majors at University of Southern California are Architecture and Related Services (432 degrees awarded), Public Administration and Social Service (1,821 degrees), Engineering (1,969 degrees), Legal (669 degrees), and Communications (895 degrees).

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Degrees

Majors Awarded

IPEDS uses the Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) standard, so the categories may not match the exact concentrations offered by University of Southern California.

Most Common

  1. 1055 degrees awarded

  2. 308 degrees awarded

  3. 222 degrees awarded

In 2016, the most common bachelors degree concentration at University of Southern California was General Business Administration & Management with 1055 degrees awarded.

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Gender Breakdown for Common Majors

Degrees Awarded to Men

  1. 7,386

  2. 8,278

In 2016, 7,386 degrees were awarded to men at University of Southern California, which is 0.892 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (8,278).

This chart displays the gender disparity between the top 5 majors at University of Southern California by degrees awarded.

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2016, 1043 degrees were awarded to men at University of Southern California in General Business Administration & Management, which is 1.71 times more than the 609 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2016, 1212 degrees were awarded to women at University of Southern California in Social Work, which is 5.36 times more than the 226 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

76%

100% Completion Time

91%

150% Completion Time

In 2016, 76% of students graduating from University of Southern California completed their program within 100% "normal time" (i.e. 4 years for a 4-year degree). Comparatively, 91% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 92% within 200%.

The following chart shows these completion rates over time compared to the average for the Doctoral Universities Carnegie Classification group.

Graduation rate is defined as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within a specific percentage of "normal time" to completion for their program.

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Diversity

Graduation Rate by Race and Gender

Showing demographic groups with ≥ 5 graduating students.

Asian Female

Highest Graduation Rate (95.2%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate at University of Southern California is Female and Asian (95.2% graduation rate). Across all Doctoral Universities, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (67.2%).

The department of education defines graduation rate as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within 150% of "normal time" to completion.

The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) categorizes any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the graduation rate of those students is shown in the chart below. Additionally, 0.258% of graduates (7 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    5,336 degrees awarded

  2. Asian

    2,747 degrees awarded

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    1,908 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at University of Southern California is white (5,336 degrees awarded). There were 1.94 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, asian (2747 degrees).

2.8% of degree recipients (438 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Gender

Most Common Gender Demographic

  1. White Female

    2,844 degrees awarded

  2. White Male

    2,492 degrees awarded

  3. Asian Female

    1,480 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and gender grouping at University of Southern California is white female (2,844 degrees awarded). There were 1.14 times more white female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white male (2,492 degrees).

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Operations

University of Southern California has an endowment valued at nearly $4.71B, as of the end of the 2015 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of $165M (3.5%), compared to the 1.54% average return ($4.18M on $271M) across all Doctoral Universities.

In 2015, University of Southern California had a total expenditure of $3.98B. Of that $3.98B, they spent $1.83B on salaries and $3.98B on benefits.

University of Southern California employs 791 Professors, 560 Associate professors, and 433 Assistant professors. Most academics at University of Southern California are Male Professors (573), Male Associate professors(303), and Female Associate professors (257).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at University of Southern California are: Office and Administrative Support, with 1467 employees, Management, with 1404 employees, and Business and Financial Operations with 1236 employees.

Finances

Endowment

$4.71B

2015 Endowment

2.54%

growth from 2014

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Government Grants and Contracts

Grants & Contracts

  1. $375M - Federal

  2. $36.7M - State

  3. $15.8M - Local

As of 2015, University of Southern California received $375M in grants and contracts from the federal government, $36.7M from state grants and contracts, and $15.8M from local grants and contracts.

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Expenses

Primary Expenses

Expenditure values can vary depending on whether the institution is public or private, and are not available for private-for-profit schools.

$1.83B

Salary Expenditure

$3.98B

Benefits Expenditure

In 2015, University of Southern California had a total expenditure of $3.98B. Of that $3.98B, they spent $1.83B on salaries and $3.98B on benefits.

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Expenditure by Category

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Salary Expenditure

$1.83B

2015 Salaries

6.08%

growth from 2014

In 2015, University of Southern California paid a median of $1.83B in salaries, which represents 45.9% of their overall expenditure ($3.98B) and a 6.08% growth from the previous year. This is compared to a 9.6% growth from 2013 and a 6.26% growth from 2012.

Instructional Salaries

$250M

Instructional Salaries

1,981

Number of Employees

In 2015, University of Southern California paid a total of $250M to 1,981 employees working as instructors, which represents 13.7% of all salaries paid.

Faculty and Staff

Occupations by Share

Professor

Most Common Instructor

791 Employees

Office and Administrative Support

Most Common Non-Instructional Employee

1467 Employees

In 2016, the most common positions for instructional staff at University of Southern California were Professor with 791 employees; Associate professor with 560 employees; and Associate professor with 433 employees.

In 2016, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at University of Southern California were Office and Administrative Support with 1,467 employees; Management with 1,404 employees; and Business and Financial Operations with 1,236 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Gender

Most Common Demographic

  1. Male Professor

  2. Male Associate professor

  3. Female Associate professor

In 2016, the most common demographic for instructional staff at University of Southern California was Male Professor with 573 employees, Male Associate professor with 303 employees, and Female Associate professor with 257 employees.

This chart shows the gender split between each academic rank present at University of Southern California.

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