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    The University of Southern California

    • Founded in 1880, the University of Southern California is the oldest private research university in the western United States.
    • USC has conferred degrees on more than a quarter-million studentsóleaders who have helped Southern California emerge as a national trendsetter in public policy, economic and business affairs, urban planning and engineering, scientific research, healthcare, and the arts.
    • USC has two main campuses: the 226-acre University Park campus, near Exposition Park in the heart of Los Angeles' Downtown Arts and Education Corridor; and the 61-acre Health Sciences campus, three miles northeast of downtown Los Angeles.
    • USC also has programs and centers in Marina Del Rey, Orange County, Sacramento, Washington, D.C., Catalina Island, Alhambra and around Southern California.
    • Enrollment stands at 33,000, including 16,500 undergraduates and 16,500 graduate and professional students.
    • USC is consistently near the top among U.S. universities with respect to international enrollment. Approximately 17 percent of USC's total enrollment is composed of international students hailing from nearly 150 countries.
    • USC was named by Time magazine and The Princeton Review as "College of the Year 2000," by the Newsweek/Kaplan How To Get Into College Guide as a "Hot School" for 2001, and by the Association of American Colleges and Universities as a "Leadership Institution" of 2001.
    • Since 1969, USC has been a member of the Association of American Universities, the elective body that unites the 62 premier public and private research universities in the United States and Canada.
    • Currently, USC ranks 17th among all American universities with respect to federal research support.
    • USC has more than 3,200 full-time faculty members, in addition to nearly 3,200 volunteer faculty affiliated with the Keck School of Medicine of USC and more than 430 volunteer faculty affiliated with the USC School of Pharmacy.
    • Distinguished Professor George A. Olah, holder of the Donald P. and Katherine B. Loker Chair in Organic Chemistry, was the sole recipient of the 1994 Nobel Prize in chemistry.
    • USC has 43 faculty members or administrators who are members of prestigious national academies, including 10 in the National Academy of Sciences, 25 in the National Academy of Engineering and 11 in the Institute of Medicine (three are members of both NAS and NAE).
    • USC is home to 17 professional schools, in addition to the College of Letters, Arts and Sciences and the Graduate School. These schools train specialists in fields ranging from medicine and law to business, communication, engineering and music.
    • Among USC's distinguished alumni are musician Herb Alpert; opera star Marilyn Horne; astronauts Neil Armstrong and Charles Bolden; columnist Art Buchwald; sportscaster Frank Gifford; architects Frank Gehry, Jon Jerde and Paul Revere Williams; directors Taylor Hackford, Ron Howard, George Lucas, Sam Peckinpah and John Singleton; Gen. H. Norman Schwarzkopf; former U.S. secretary of state Warren Christopher; retired California Supreme Court chief justice Malcolm Lucas and associate justice Joyce L. Kennard; former U.S. ambassador to Australia, South Africa, Liberia and the United Nations Edward Perkins; actors LeVar Burton, Will Ferrell, Fess Parker, the late John Ritter and the late John Wayne; actresses Ally Sheedy, Cybill Shepherd and Marlo Thomas; symphony conductor Michael Tilson Thomas; film composers Elmer Bernstein and Jerry Goldsmith; and producers Barney Rosenzweig and David L. Wolper.
    • USC Administration

      PRESIDENT:
      Steven B. Sample (213-740-2111)
      PROVOST AND SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT, ACADEMIC AFFAIRS:
      C.L. Max Nikias
      SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT, ADMINISTRATION AND GENERAL COUNSEL:
      Todd R. Dickey
      SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT, FINANCE AND CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER:
      Dennis F. Dougherty
      SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT, UNIVERSITY RELATIONS:
      Martha Harris
      SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT, UNIVERSITY ADVANCEMENT:
      Alan Kreditor