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What's it like to attend this school?
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Where will you be attending?
Los Angeles CA
How’s this school influential?
Who are University of Southern California's Most influential alumni?
University of Southern California's most influential alumni faculty include professors and professionals in the fields of Social Work, Business, and Communications. University of Southern California’s most academically influential people include Neil Armstrong, Frank Gehry, and George Lucas.
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How does this school stack up?
The University of Southern California (USC) was founded as the first private research university in the state (five years before Stanford) largely through the efforts of Judge Robert Widney, one of the most prominent citizens of Los Angeles at that time.
Widney’s vision was of an inclusive institution that would serve all sectors of the already-diverse LA community. Accordingly, the board of trustees he assembled included a wealthy Protestant businessman, a Catholic former-governor, and a Jewish banker. While USC was officially affiliated with the Methodist church during its early years, from the beginning its charter provided that no student would be denied admission on the basis of race.
Today, USC enrolls more than 48,000 students, of whom around a quarter (some 12,000) are international students—one of the highest percentages of any university in the country. Half of all students are undergraduates, while the other half are pursuing graduate or professional training.
Nine Nobel Prize laureates have been connected with USC, including the:
USC faculty member Leonard Adleman, who has a joint appointment in computer science and molecular biology, is a Turing Award–recipient.
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