What Are Some Features of the University of Southern California?


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The University of Southern California, founded in 1880 and located in the heart of Los Angeles, is one of the world's top private research institutions as of 2015. The main campus, University Park Campus, part of L.A.'s Downtown Arts and Education Corridor, contains many professional schools within its boundaries.

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There were 43,000 students enrolled in USC for the 2014-15 academic year, including 19,000 undergraduates and 24,000 graduate and professional students. Of these, 9,714 were international students. The student body demographics included 33 percent white/Caucasian students, 18 percent Asian students, 12 percent Hispanic students and 5 percent Black/African-American students. Of this number, 230 were National Merit Scholars.

The average GPA of the student body was 3.73. The admission rate of USC for this academic year was 18 percent, with 51,920 applicants. In June 2013, USC awarded 4,737 bachelor's degrees and 8,315 advanced degrees. For the 2014-15 academic year, USC had 3,945 faculty members, 13,216 staff members and 7,880 student workers employed.

Located just northeast of downtown Los Angeles is USC's Health Sciences Campus, which contains three major teaching hospitals as well as the Keck School of Medicine and the School of Pharmacy. This campus offers programs in both Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy as well as Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy.

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