About USC

About USC

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 that are poised to make their mark on the theories, systems, inventions, public policy and creative work of the 21st century.

Accreditation & Rankings

The University of Southern California is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). WASC, a 501(c)(3) organization, is recognized as one of six regional associations that accredit public and private schools, colleges and universities in the United States. The WASC Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities can be contacted at:

985 Atlantic Avenue, Suite 100, Alameda, CA 94501
Office: 510.748.9001 Fax: 510.748.9797

USC ranks top 25 among 272 best universities nationwide, according to U.S. News & World Report.

In addition, the USC Online Master of Science in Applied Psychology program’s Dublin Internship was a 2018 finalist for GoAbroad’s “Innovative New Program – Intern Abroad” award.

The Dana and David Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences

As the oldest and largest of the USC schools, the Dana and David Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences offers undergraduate degrees in more than 130 majors and minors across the humanities, social sciences and natural/physical sciences, and doctoral and master’s programs in more than 20 fields. USC Dornsife faculty, students and staff strive for real innovation and progress at the intersections of these disciplines.