Value & Affordability

The university prides itself on creating a high-touch environment that ensures all students have access to the world’s best faculty; academic programs that prepare them for the 21st century; high-value internships and career services; and an exceptional residential college experience.

According to the Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education survey of more than 1,000 U.S. colleges and universities, USC ranks 15th nationally and third among the 150 universities surveyed in the western United States. The university ranks second in diversity among its private peer universities.


USC tuition increases are at a five-year average low. Over the last six years, the rise of the average net price of a USC education, adjusted for inflation, was just 1 percent. USC’s average net tuition is ranked 134th out of all private, non-profit four-year universities in large part due to its generous financial aid packages.

Financial Aid

USC has established one of the largest financial aid pools in the country, with more than $320 million awarded (in the 2015-2016 academic year) from all USC sources, up from $180 million a decade ago. Increases in financial aid at USC consistently outpace increases in tuition. Since 2009, the percentage of university aid rose at double the percentage of tuition increases.