University of Southern California

Private, Four-years School Located in Los Angeles, CA

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How much is the USC tuition? For the academic year 2023-2024, USC's tuition & fees is $68,237.
With indirect costs not billed by school, such as room & boards and personal living expenses, the total cost of attendance for one academic year is $88,575 when a student lives on-campus.

USC Tuition & Expenses

2022-2023 Rate
Tuition & Fees$68,237
Books & Supplies Costs$1,200
On-campus Room & Board$17,436
On-campus Expenses$1,702
Off-campus Room & Board$17,436
Off-campus Expenses$1,702
2023-2024 Projection
Tuition & Fees$64,726

How Much Does it Cost to Go to USC for 4 Years?

For the class of 2027, who entering colleges in 2023, the 4 years tuition & fees is $312,025 at USC. The estimated tuition rate is based on the changes over last 5 years. With room & board, books, and other personal expenses, the estimated 4 years costs of attendance is $390,433. After receiving financial aid including grants, scholarships, and/or student loans, the 4 years COA is down to $191,201.
The following table computes the 4 years tuition and COA by class of year.
College YearTuition & FeesCOAAfter Financial Aid
Freshmen (2023-24)$71,938$91,260$45,327
Sophomore (2024-25)$75,841$95,348$46,923
Junior (2025-26)$79,955$99,649$48,597
Senior (2026-27)$84,292$104,175$50,354
4 Years Total$312,025$390,433$191,201
College YearTuition & FeesCOAAfter Financial Aid
Freshmen (2024-25)$75,841$95,348$46,923
Sophomore (2025-26)$79,955$99,649$48,597
Junior (2026-27)$84,292$104,175$50,354
Senior (2027-28)$88,864$108,939$52,198
4 Years Total$328,951$408,111$198,072
College YearTuition & FeesCOAAfter Financial Aid
Freshmen (2025-26)$79,955$99,649$48,597
Sophomore (2026-27)$84,292$104,175$50,354
Junior (2027-28)$88,864$108,939$52,198
Senior (2028-29)$93,684$113,952$54,133
4 Years Total$346,795$426,715$205,283
College YearTuition & FeesCOAAfter Financial Aid
Freshmen (2026-27)$84,292$104,175$50,354
Sophomore (2027-28)$88,864$108,939$52,198
Junior (2028-29)$93,684$113,952$54,133
Senior (2029-30)$98,766$119,228$56,165
4 Years Total$365,606$446,293$212,850
College YearTuition & FeesCOAAfter Financial Aid
Freshmen (2027-28)$88,864$108,939$52,198
Sophomore (2028-29)$93,684$113,952$54,133
Junior (2029-30)$98,766$119,228$56,165
Senior (2030-31)$104,124$124,782$58,298
4 Years Total$385,438$466,900$220,794

Average Tuition By School Type and Comparison

Compared to four-years schools nationwide, USC' tuition is much higher than the average tuition of $20,937. Compared to private, four-years colleges in California, its tuition is much higher than the average tuition of $23,111.
In-StateOut-of-State
University of Southern California$68,237
U.S. Four-years Colleges$18,672
Public Schools$7,199$12,960
Private Schools$20,937
California Four-years Colleges$20,867
Public Schools$4,034$13,259
Private Schools$23,111

Compare Similar School's Tuition

The next table compares the tuition & fees between USC and similar schools. The similar colleges are selected by school type & level (private, four-years), ranking, and comparison frequency by our users. The comparison is based on 2022-2023 tuition rate.
LocationUndergraduateGraduate
University of Southern CaliforniaLos Angeles, CA$68,237$68,128
Washington University in St LouisSaint Louis, MO$62,982$62,366
Johns Hopkins UniversityBaltimore, MD$63,340$65,956
Tufts UniversityMedford, MA$67,844$49,476
Tulane University of LouisianaNew Orleans, LA$65,538$66,046
Emory UniversityAtlanta, GA$60,774$47,722
New York UniversityNew York, NY$60,438$41,124

Financial Aid and COA

At University of Southern California, 14,211 students (68%) received grant or scholarship from the federal government, state or local government, the institution, and other sources. The average amount of grant/scholarship received is $43,570.
After receiving financial aid, the cost of attendance (COA) at USC is $45,005 for students living on-campus and $45,005 for students living off-campus.
For beginning students (i.e. first-time freshmen), 2,779 students received any type of financial aid including grants/scholarship and student loans. The average amount of grant/scholarship for the first-time students is $45,262 and the average amount of student loans is $7,526.
The financial aid data is based on 2021-2022 statistics from IPEDS.
COA (on-campus)$88,575
COA (off-campus)$88,575
Tuition & Fees$68,237
Indirect Costs (on-campus)$20,338
Indirect Costs (off-campus)$20,338
COA (on-campus) after Receiving Aid$45,005
COA (off-campus) after Receiving Aid$45,005
Average Financial Aid$43,570
Type of AidNumber Receiving AidPercent Receiving AidAverage Amount of Aid Received
Grant or Scholarship14,21168%$43,570
Pell Grants4,51722%$5,217
Federal Student Loan5,17325%$6,217
Type of AidNumber Receiving AidPercent Receiving AidAverage Amount of Aid Received
Any Financial Aid2,77976%-
Grants or Scholarships2,60771%$45,262
Federal Grants1,36037%$6,353
Pell Grants90825%$5,360
Other Federal Grants1,34437%$2,807
State/Local Grants53114%$9,165
Institutional Grants2,56470%$40,753
Student Loan Aid1,12731%$7,526
Federal Student Loans1,10930%$4,960
Other Student Loans983%$30,421

Admission Stats and Requirements to Apply

USC's acceptance rate is 12.51%. A total of 71,031 applicants applied to and 8,884 students were accepted. Of the admitted students, 3,668 enrolled finally, and the yield (i.e. enrollment rate) is 41.29%.
To apply to USC, 6 items are required - Secondary school GPA, Secondary school record, Completion of college-preparatory program, Recommendations, Formal demonstration of competencies and TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language). SAT and ACT scores are considered during the admissions process but are not required to be submitted.
TotalMenWomen
Applicants71,03131,418$39,613
Admitted8,8844,293$4,591
Enrolled3,6681,737$1,931
Acceptance Rate12.51%13.66%11.59%
Yield (Enrollment Rate)41.29%40.46%42.06%
Secondary school GPARequired
Secondary school rankNeither Required Nor Recommended
Secondary school recordRequired
Completion of college-preparatory programRequired
RecommendationsRequired
Formal demonstration of competenciesRequired
Admission test scoresConsidered But Not Required
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)Required
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)Neither Required Nor Recommended

SAT and ACT Scores

The SAT and ACT scores are considered but not required to apply to USC. The average SAT score of the enrolled first-time students is 1,475 and the average ACT score (ACT composite) is 34.
Its SAT score is much higher than the national average score of 1,168. The ACT score is much higher than the national average score of 24.
Average25th75th
SAT Total1,4751,4101,540
National Average1,168
California Average1,305
SAT EBRW720690750
SAT Math755720790
ACT Composite343235
National Average24
California Average29
ACT Math333035
ACT English353435

Student Population

University of Southern California has a total of 48,945 students including 20,699 undergraduate and 28,246 graduate students. By gender, there are 22,707 male students and 26,611 female students attending USC. The school offers online degree programs and 6,276 students enrolled online exclusively (12.82% of all students).
TotalMaleFemale
Total49,318 22,70726,611
Undergraduate20,790 10,07410,716
Graduate28,528 12,63315,895

Directory & Academic Information

Directory Information
AddressUniversity Park, Los Angeles, CA
Phone213-740-2311
WEBwww.usc.edu/
Degree & Programs
DegreeUndergraduate, Graduate
Program Offered504 Programs
Online Program Offered18 Online Programs
Graduate Program Offered297 Graduate Programs
Academic Stats
Acceptance Rate12.02%
Yield41.18%
Student Population48,945
Graduation Rate92%
Retention Rate97% (Full-time), 33% (Part-time)
Students to Faculty Ratio Rate9 to 1
Faculty & Staffs
Number of Faculties2,403 (Full-time), 1,305 (Part-time)
Number of Staffs14,295 (Full-time), 2,353 (Part-time)
Average Faculty Salary$142,538
Average Staff Salary$88,866