Los Angeles was a rough-and-tumble frontier town in the early 1870s, when a group of public-spirited citizens led by Judge Robert Maclay Widney first dreamed of establishing a university in the region. It took nearly a decade for this vision to become a reality, but in 1879 Widney formed a board of trustees and secured a donation of 308 lots of land from three prominent members of the community.
The university’s commitment to becoming the world center for innovative interdisciplinary research and undergraduate education is reflected in the emphasis on providing opportunities for students to participate in research and related scholarly endeavors. Our academic programs span the spectrum from basic to applied research with a high degree of societal relevance. This focus on undergraduate participation in the creation of knowledge is a principal ingredient of the academic experience at USC.In addition to formal academic major and minor programs, USC offers undergraduates an academic life full of opportunities .
The University of Southern California is home to research centers and institutes spanning the arts and humanities, social and natural sciences, and engineering and technology. These centers and institutes are the locus of research for collaborative groups of investigators pushing the frontiers of knowledge forward.
The Career Center hosts two Career Fairs each year - one in the fall and one in the spring. Employers participate in the Career Fair to recruit for full–time, part-time, and internship opportunities.
This section guides new international students through the visa application process, arriving at USC, registering for courses and much more to help them prepare for their studies. Best wishes to all students on their academic endeavors at USC!
USC provides students with an easy answer to their storage and shipping needs.All it takes is a click, and our professional movers will be at your door on the scheduled date. We then take your belongings to our secure storage facility, and deliver them to your new residence when you are moving in.
The USC Libraries actively support the discovery, creation, and preservation of knowledge. We develop collections and services that support and encourage the academic endeavors of faculty, students, and staff; build a community of critical consumers of information; and help develop engaged world citizens. USC has 23 libraries and information centers and the USC Digital Library.
This page lists all the items that USC faculty, staff, and students may request through ServiceNow, ITS’s customer service ticketing system.
USC Village is home to a freshman honors college, a sophomore honors college, and six themed colleges for second-year students. The residential college experience at USC Village provides our newest Trojans a built-in community from the moment they arrive, fostering the success of USC students during their time at the university.
We encourage all graduate students to join student organizations throughout USC. Organizations exist for multiple affiliations, interests, professions, and more. USC has more than 800 student organizations that host programs, events, seminars, and other gatherings. Below are the major Viterbi organizations and links to other USC student organizations. Please also visit the information about your Viterbi Graduate Student Liaison (VGSL).
In addition to WASC accreditation, several USC schools and programs have specialized or professional accreditation through related bodies. For more information on specialized or professional accreditation, please visit the websites for those schools and programs.