University of Southern California


President: Professor C.L. Max Nikias

APRU Senior Staff Contact: 
Dr Anthony Bailey, Vice President for Strategic and Global Initiatives


When the University of Southern California opened its doors to 53 students in 1880, Los Angeles still lacked paved streets and electric lights. Today, L.A. is a global center for arts, technology and intercontinental trade, and USC is not only Southern California's oldest independent teaching and research university, but also one of the world's leading private research institutions.

Throughout its College of Letters, Arts and Sciences and 17 professional schools, USC encourages students to cross academic as well as geographic boundaries in their pursuit of knowledge. USC prepares students for world citizenship by consistently enrolling more international students than any other U.S. university as well as offering extensive opportunities for study abroad. Likewise, USC's unique integration of liberal and professional education affords students unparalleled opportunities to develop breadth with depth by studying two or more disparate fields. Other USC hallmarks include a distinguished tradition of public service, and a commitment to research with wide-ranging social impacts in fields ranging from the life sciences to communication and multimedia technologies.

USC has two main campuses: the University Park campus, located three miles south of downtown Los Angeles, has a park-like atmosphere and a rich architectural history, and hosts a varied slate of academic and cultural events; three miles northeast of downtown, the Health Sciences campus, with its state-of-the-art clinical, classroom and laboratory resources, is a focal point for students, patients and scientists from around the world. Childrens Hospital Los Angeles, staffed by faculty from the Keck School of Medicine of USC, is often referred to as USC's third campus. The university also operates programs in Marina del Rey, Orange County, Sacramento, Catalina Island, Alhambra and Washington, D.C., as well as internationally, in Hong Kong, Mexico City, Tokyo and Taipei.