University of Southern California (USC)

Founded in 1880, The University of Southern California is one of the leading private research institutions in the world. With 20 colleges, USC offers numerous degrees in fields of study such as Film and Television, Screenwriting, Biomedical and Astronautical Engineering, Music Education, Music Industry and much more. Under the College of Letters, Arts and Science, USC offers a degree in African American Studies. This program is designed to provide students with knowledge of the experiences of African Americans in history, politics, culture and society. Many may recognize USC for being featured in the film Love & Basketball, featuring Omar Epps and Sanaa Lathan. When all the studying is done, students can be active on campus through more than 750 student organizations including the National Pan-Hellenic Council Fraternities and Sororities, Black Business Students Association, Saved By Grace Gospel Choir and the Black Entertainment and Theatrical Association. It is USC’s mission to cultivate and enrich the human mind and spirit through the principles of teaching, research, artistic creation, professional practice and public service.

Location: Los Angeles, CA

Type of Institution: Four-year, private research university

Tuition and Fees (per semester)

     •    In-State/Out-of-State: $21,081

Size: 38,000+ students

Percentage of African-American Students: 5%

Percentage of Men: 49%

Percentage of Women: 51%

Student-Teacher Ratio: 9:1

Degrees Offered: Bachelor’s, Master’s, Doctorate

Colleges/Schools: Letters, Arts and Sciences; Accounting; Architecture; Business; Cinematic Arts; Communication/Journalism; Dentistry; Dramatic Arts; Education; Engineering; Fine Arts; Gerontology; Law; Medicine; Music; Occupational Therapy; Pharmacy; Physical Therapy; Public Policy; Social Work

Housing: On-campus housing provided


     •    Greek: Alpha Kappa Alpha, Delta Sigma Theta, Kappa Alpha Psi, Omega Psi Phi, Phi Beta Sigma, Sigma Gamma Rho, Zeta Phi Beta

     •    Others: Black Business Student Organization, Black Student Organization, National Pan-Hellenic Council, 100 Black Men, Black Voices, Ladies Striving for Unity, Saved By Grace Gospel Choir, Fly Girls, Black Law Students Association, Black Entertainment and Theatrical Association

Famous Black Alumni: John Singleton, Paula Patton, Macy Gray, Damon Lee    

City Life: Big city, award shows (Grammys, Golden Globe, Oscars), film studios, museums, art galleries, beaches, movie/music video shoots, shopping, dining, theme parks, surfing, concerts, professional sports: NBA (Lakers, Clippers), WNBA (Sparks), MLB (Dodgers)