University of Southern California: Admission Statistics 2024

When embarking on the college search process, it’s essential to gather accurate and reliable information about prospective universities. One valuable resource for this purpose is the Common Data Set (CDS) but navigating through a college’s Common Data Set can be a time-consuming task. In this blog post, we have compiled the essential information from University of Southern California’s latest admission statistics to allow you to grasp quickly and save time. 

Understanding the Common Data Set (CDS)

The Common Data Set is a standardized questionnaire that collects essential information about colleges and universities. It covers a wide range of areas, including admission statistics, enrollment figures, student demographics, financial aid, academic programs, and more. The CDS is collaboratively maintained by higher education institutions and is designed to provide accurate and comparable data for prospective students, parents, and researchers. It simplifies the college search process by providing standardized information in a consistent format, allowing for easier comparison and informed decision-making. 

USC Common Data Set 

Quick facts:

  • Location: 3551 Trousdale Pkwy, Los Angeles
  • State: California
  • Institution: Private
  • Undergraduate Institution: Coeducational
  • Academic year calendar: Semester
  • Retention Rate: 96.54%
  • Total Undergraduate Students Enrolled: 20,699
  • SAT and ACT Policies: Optional 
  • Student to Faculty Ratio: 9:1

Factors in Admission Decisions


Very Important
Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA
Standardized test scores
Application Essay


Extracurricular Activities
Character/personal qualities
First Generation
Alumni/ae relation
Racial/ethnic Status
Volunteer work
Work experience

GPA Breakdown

31.77% of enrolled students have a GPA of 4.0 

51.77% of enrolled students have a GPA between 3.75 and 3.99

11.91% of enrolled students have a GPA between 3.50 and 3.74

2.64% of enrolled students have a GPA between 3.25 and 3.49

1.26%of enrolled students have a GPA between 3.00 and 3.24 ‎‏

0.53% of enrolled students have a GPA between 2.50 and 2.99 

0.09% of enrolled students have a GPA between 2.0 and 2.49

0.03% of enrolled students have a GPA between 1.0 and 1.99

Admission Facts

  • Application Closing Date: January 15
  • Deferred Admission: Yes (1 year maximum)
  • EA/ED: No

Student Life Information

Student Diversity

Total Undergraduates (Both degree-seeking and non-degree seeking, including first-year)

  • 2,802 International (nonresidents) students
  • 3,590 Hispanic/Latino students
  • 1,326 Black or African American, non-Hispanic students
  • 6,138 White, non-Hispanic students
  • 29 American Indian or Alaska Native, non-Hispanic students
  • 5,041 Asian, non-Hispanic students
  • 54 Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, non-Hispanic students 
  • 1,285 students with two or more races, non-Hispanic
  • 434 students with race and/or ethnicity unknown


$85 Application Fee

$63,468 Tuition Fee

$1,258 Required Fees

$17,434 Food and Housing (On campus)

Financial Aid

Total of Need-based Scholarship/Grants Awarded: $440,613,403

Total of Non-need-based Scholarship/Grants Awarded: $99,042,519

The data presented here was collected from the University of Southern California Common Data Set 2022-2023.

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