University of Southern California
Established in 1880. Los Angeles was little more than a frontier town in 1880 when USC first opened its doors to 53 students and 10 teachers. Today it is a world class research university, the oldest private research university in the West.
USC's University Park Campus, located in the heart of Los Angeles' Downtown Arts and Education Corridor, is home to the USC College of Letters, Arts and Sciences and many professional schools. The Health Sciences Campus, to the northeast of downtown Los Angeles, is home to the Keck School of Medicine of USC, the School of Pharmacy, three major teaching hospitals and programs in Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy, and Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy. USC also has programs and centers in Marina Del Rey, Orange County, Sacramento, Washington, D.C., Catalina Island, Alhambra and around Southern California. Childrens Hospital Los Angeles is staffed by USC faculty from the Keck School of Medicine and is often referred to as USC's third campus.
The College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, offers undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral degrees in over 30 academic departments. These range from sciences and social sciences, to civic and cultural studies, to international and language studies.
USC's 17 professional schools, including the Schools of Pharmacy and Medicine at the Health Sciences Campus, provide a diverse array of academic offerings to USC students. Undergraduates can design degrees from 77 majors and 101 minors. Master's, doctoral and professional students can earn degrees in 139 areas of study.