While USC stands for a few things, it is most commonly associated as the acronym for the University of Southern California. Based in Los Angeles, USC is a private research university. The school's curriculum covers a broad academic arena, including art, business and technology.
USC first opened in 1880. As of 2014, it serves 41,000 students and has 3,800 full-time students. The school admitted 20 percent of freshman applicants in 2014. The average unweighted grade point average for students entering from high school was 3.73. Of the 41,000 students, 18,000 are undergraduates and 23,000 are students in graduate or professional programs.