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University of Southern California: Admission 2024, Ranking, Acceptance Rate & Cost

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University of Southern California Highlights

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Year of establishment1880
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Also Known AsUSC
Accepted Exams
Total International Students12265
Size of Campus in acres229
Male/Female Ratio1.04
UG/PG Course Ratio3.11
Faculty/Student Ratio9
Endowments ValueUS Dollar 5 billion
No.of Campuses2
Accommodation expenses8620 USD for 4 sharing (UG),9240 USD for 2 sharing (PG)
Meal expenses7290 USD (UG)
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Q:   How can I get into USC from India?

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University of Southern California Fees & Eligibility

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Courses1st Year Tuition FeesDuration & Eligibility
MS(103 courses)
INR 25 L - 67 L
Duration12 months-5 years
Exam AcceptedTOEFL: 90 - 100, IELTS: 6.5 - 7, PTE: 61 - 68
PG Certificate(40 courses)
INR 18 L - 64 L
Duration5 months-5 years
Exam AcceptedIELTS: 6.5 - 7, TOEFL: 90 - 100, PTE: 61 & Above
BBA(7 courses)
INR 49 L - 55 L
Duration4 years
Exam AcceptedIELTS: 7 & Above, TOEFL: 100 & Above, PTE: 68 & Above
B.Sc.(30 courses)
INR 50 L - 55 L
Duration4 years
Exam AcceptedIELTS: 7 & Above, TOEFL: 100 & Above, PTE: 68 & Above
MIM(26 courses)
INR 32 L - 64 L
Duration12 months-2 years
Exam AcceptedTOEFL: 90 - 114, IELTS: 6.5 - 8, PTE: 61 - 70
B.A.(47 courses)
INR 50 L
Duration4 years
Exam AcceptedIELTS: 7 & Above, TOEFL: 100 & Above
B.E. / B.Tech(18 courses)
INR 49 L - 55 L
Duration4 years
Exam AcceptedIELTS: 7 & Above, TOEFL: 100 & Above, PTE: 60 - 68
MFA(8 courses)
INR 30 L - 44 L
Duration18 months-3 years
Exam AcceptedTOEFL: 90 - 100, IELTS: 6.5 - 7
MBA/PGDM(4 courses)
INR 54 L - 1 Cr
Duration1 year-4 years
Exam AcceptedIELTS: 6.5 & Above, TOEFL: 90 & Above, GMAT: 690 & Above
M.Arch(6 courses)
INR 30 L - 73 L
Duration1 year-4 years
Exam AcceptedIELTS: 6.5 & Above, TOEFL: 90 - 95, PTE
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University of Southern California Scholarships

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University of Southern California Admission Dates 2024

  • Application fees :USD 85 - 155
  • Type of deadline :Depends on course
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SOPNeeded for few courses
LORNeeded for few courses
EssaysNeeded for few courses
CVNeeded for few courses
Additional documentsRequired
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Calendar IconImportant dates
Intake seasonDeadline
Fall1ˢᵗ Dec 2023 - 1ˢᵗ Jun 2024
Spring15ᵗʰ Dec 2023
Summer15ᵗʰ Jan - 15ᵗʰ Nov 2023
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Students Ratings & Reviews

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Vibe of Campus
  • Multi-dimensional
  • Sporty
  • Academically oriented
  • Fun loving
Student Views
  • 40% students never faced discrimination in this university
Part time work4.2
Post study jobs3.6
Quality of faculty4.2
Student Life4
Value for money3.6
Public transportation3.4
Indian Food3.4
Permanent Immigration2.8
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Doctor of Philosophy in Computer Engineering - Batch of 2018
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USC - A fun-loving, multi-cultural school with a great history!!
Tips: My program was funded by research grants. It covered tuition and stipend of up to $2500 per month (this has increased further now in 2023). I am very satisfied with the University and the department I was with. The professors and staff are extremely helpful and student-centric. PhD students especially will receive a lot of support. In general, USC students receive excellent academic guidance, especially in the engineering departments. Students will graduate with confidence and potential for making a progress in their careers. Initially, in the first year, it might be new to adjust to a lot of things around. But I recommend new incoming students take it as a growth opportunity away from home and to actively indulge in the student clubs, networking events, activities, sports, etc to get that full enriching exposure.
Likes (Value for money): I will only speak for my course here. I had a full 100% scholarship because I was a PhD student. I received a salary in return which covered all my expenses and even took care of savings. But in general, USC tuition fees are relatively higher for undergraduate and master's programs. Not to forget that LA is one of the most expensive cities in the country. USC is a very very good school and will have many good job opportunities in the southern California region and Bay area region. So for the kind of academic and cultural exposure it gives, I would say it is value for money. I still recommend that Indian students should be careful while choosing USC especially if they are taking educational loans or if they do not have any scholarships/funding.
Dislikes (Indian Food): The Indian food options in LA are pretty much either a hit or a miss like most US cities( except for cities in Texas, NJ, etc where the Indian population is pretty dense). This is because LA is more diversified culturally. Even if you find a very good Indian place, it will be relatively expensive like 40-50 USD approx. You can cook an entire week's food for the same cost. I usually cooked or if I was too busy with coursework, I relied on simple healthy swaps like soups/sandwiches/salads. However, LA is a foodie's paradise! There will be a lot of food options to explore, especially Mexican food trucks. I personally never missed Indian food because there are many options to fill in.
Reviewed on 29 Sep 2023Read more
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Abhimanyu Sharma Verified Icon
BA inCinema and Media Studies - Batch of 2021
PlacementsInfrastructureFacultyCrowd & Campus LifeValue for Money
Excellent faculty at the film school.
Tips: There is a culture shock for sure, despite assuming that I know everything cause I saw all the TV shows so couldn't be more wrong. The film course is under the school of cinematic arts, which is known to be quite competitive. The faculty of the film school includes renowned names in the industry, and they train you to keep up with the industry standard.
Likes (Student Life): There are clubs, societies, and networking for everyone if you seek it out. It is centrally located so you have access to various necessities and leisure. They have sports facilities for those that are inclined towards that. I joined several clubs and ended up meeting a lot of like-minded people, which definitely helps in adjusting to a new country.
Dislikes (Permanent Immigration): Permanent immigration options are easier for STEM majors, although there are plenty of options for other fields as well all across the spectrum. I personally wanted to get back to India and pursue filmmaking in Bombay, although if you network well enough, there are collaborative opportunities that you can pursue with other international students.
Reviewed on 9 Apr 2023Read more
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Lasya Vadapalli Verified Icon
Master of Science in Computer Science - Batch of 2022
PlacementsInfrastructureFacultyCrowd & Campus LifeValue for Money
USC is very expensive, try public universities.
Tips: USC is very expensive. Apart from that, the university boosts a number of labs which provide ample research opportunities. The student population is very diverse. It also has a huge Indian population. Courses are difficult to register for because of the large class size.
Likes (Public transportation): I found public transport non-reliable due to erratic schedule and it is not very safe. The campus shuttle is not very frequent. Most students use personal means to travel to the campus. Hence, it is important that you stay close to the campus.
Dislikes (Internships): We received very limited help from the university. The Office of International Services (OIS) sometimes does not provide enough support to international students. The career services do not provide personalized help. The career fairs are also not that great.
Reviewed on 21 Mar 2023Read more
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Astha Tewatia Verified Icon
MS in Pharmaceutical Sciences - Batch of 2024
PlacementsInfrastructureFacultyCrowd & Campus LifeValue for Money
Mental peace and health are given importance at University of Southern California
Tips: Students should not get intimidated by the fee expenses. They should be willing for hard-core multitasking and should be at their best in time management. If not, they will miss out on some serious opportunities organized by the university for students. Students should be willing to come out of their comfort zone and should actively participate in activities for making the most of this university.
Likes (Quality of faculty): The quality of faculty is 5/5. They make your efforts count in every possible manner. It is very easy to reach out to the professors and they are always willing to help students out of their domain as well. Mental peace and health are given importance. Professors are always ready to listen to students which is all that an international student needs sometimes.
Dislikes (Safety): Safety in Los Angeles has been quite an issue for students over here. Public transportation is not the first option for many students when traveling alone. I have witnessed incidents where safety of people in LA is compromised. Homelessness is a major concern over here.
Reviewed on 28 Dec 2022Read more
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Parul Gupta Verified Icon
Master of Science in Computer Science - Batch of 2021
PlacementsInfrastructureFacultyCrowd & Campus LifeValue for Money
USC rocks! One should take admission here.
Tips: Hard work is the key and try to connect with Alumni and get suggestions for subjects. Prepare LeetCode for technical interviews. Talk to the professors before getting enrolled in a subject regarding which you are doubtful, as every course has its own fees and structure.
Likes (Safety): The university has its own team to take care of it. They have free Lyft app for certain areas and cruise availability for students. They have security people in the campus to watch over students' activities during off hours and at nights, they make sure that nothing wrong happens.
Dislikes (Value for money): Other cheaper universities can provide the same experience and better education in some subjects. Also, other universities might have more flexible syllabus to do what you want in a particular field. Assignments are pretty hectic for some courses.
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University of Southern California Placements 2024

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Accommodation & Meals

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Studying in USA

Average Accommodation Expense

INR 6.7 L (based on 146 colleges)

Average Meals Expense

INR 3.9 L (based on 116 colleges)

Part Time Work

International students are allowed to work part-time for 20 hours per week during an academic term.

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Post Study Work Permit

Optional Practical Training (OPT) is a one-year work and stay-back permit given to international students o... Read more about post study work permit

Cost of Visa Application
USD 185 = INR 15,380.9
Visa Application Process

You will need an F1 visa if your course of study is a full-time degree.

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Hot Job Sectors

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Economy Growth Rate

According to the BEA (Bureau of Economic Affairs), the Real GDP of USA was 2.1% in 2022.

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