About University of Southern California:

The University of Southern California is a private research university in Los Angeles, California. Founded in 1880, it is the oldest private research university in California. USC has historically educated a large number of the nation's business leaders and professionals. The university has also used its location in Los Angeles to establish relationships with research and cultural institutions throughout Asia and the Pacific Rim. An engine for economic activity, USC contributes US$8 billion annually to the economy of the Los Angeles metropolitan area and California. For the 2017–18 academic year, there were 19,170 students enrolled in four-year undergraduate programs. USC also has 26,517 graduate and professional students in a number of different programs, including business, law, engineering, social work, and medicine. The university is one of the top fundraising institutions in the world, consistently ranking among the top three in external contributions and alumni giving rates. USC was one of the earliest nodes on ARPANET and is the birthplace of the Domain Name System. Other technologies invented at USC include DNA computing, dynamic programming, image compression, VoIP, and antivirus software. USC maintains a strong tradition of innovation and entrepreneurship, with alumni having founded companies such as Lucasfilm, Myspace, Salesforce.com, Intuit, Qualcomm, Box, Tinder, and Riot Games. As of 2017, the university has produced the fourth largest number of billionaire alumni out of all undergraduate institutions in the world.



World University Rankings

2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
World University Rankings 51 49 59 59 56 67 66 67 68 63 68 76 81

ByField

Field 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
Agriculture 144 197 128 177 265 172 203 229 271 244 273 297
Engineering 42 44 50 53 60 70 84 95 100 122 131 138
Life Sciences 52 56 52 54 51 54 50 52 55 53 56 58
Medicine 37 49 47 48 48 46 56 57 54 53 62 61
Natural Sciences 142 136 145 154 167 186 195 180 139 179 161 214
Social Sciences 26 25 25 24 29 34 27 26 36 35 34 32

BySubject

Subject 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
Agricultural Sciences - 222 265 300 - - - 401-450 401-450 401-450
Biology & Biochemistry - - - - - - - - - 72
Chemical Engineering 110 169 124 138 175 207 196 256 282 254
Chemistry 154 130 146 160 163 186 157 171 197 209
Civil Engineering 67 62 95 132 136 149 156 250 244 193
Clinical Medicine - - - - - - - - - 58
Computer Science 12 26 26 22 22 19 34 41 39 54
Economics & Business - - - - - - - - - 17
Electrical Engineering 37 38 46 48 49 47 59 74 75 83
Environment / Ecology - 134 136 129 126 148 179 177 184 211
Geosciences 74 74 81 83 96 108 101 116 122 124
Immunology - - - - - - - - - 152
Materials Science 51 49 68 83 95 111 109 120 131 154
Mathematics 87 84 95 109 111 130 144 125 88 107
Mechanical Engineering 33 50 43 36 65 73 82 108 126 129
Microbiology - - - - - - - - - 71
Molecular Biology & Genetics - - - - - - - - - 42
Neuroscience & Behavior - - - - - - - - - 52
Pharmacology & Toxicolog - - 79 84 75 70 84 78 85 86
Physics 183 202 239 269 275 206 154 204 166 351-400
Plant & Animal Science - - 260 295 - - - - 351-400 401-450
Psychiatry / Psychology - - - - - - - - - 49
Social Sciences, General - - - - - - - - - 41
Space Science - - - - - - - - - -