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USC Dornsife Quick Facts

Selected 2014 Highlights

USC Dornsife’s sponsored research budget is $292.2 million. USC Dornsife’s research funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has increased by 37% in four years while the NIH Extramural Budget Allocations have remained flat for the same period.

USC Dornsife faculty members received international recognition, including the Fulbright Fellowship and Grawemeyer Awards as well as election to the American Association for the Advancement of Science and recognition by Thomson Reuters as “The World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds.”

Of the nearly 52,000 applications for undergraduate admission USC received, more than 26,000 or 50% were applicants to USC Dornsife.

USC Dornsife undergraduate and graduate students were selected for prestigious Fulbright and Mellon Mays Fellowships as well as Gates Cambridge, Truman, Boren, Goldwater, McNair, and Gilman Scholarships.

The USC Dornsife Initiative as part of the Campaign for the University of Southern California raised $137 million. Since 2011, the initiative has raised a total of $496 million.

USC Dornsife led the university’s platinum sponsorship of the Society for Advancement of Hispanics/Chicanos and Native Americans in Science’s national conference in Los Angeles.

USC Dornsife’s School of Religion launched a new doctoral program with three tracks: Asia Pacific religions, comparative Christianities and global Islam.

USC students dedicated approximately 80,000 service hours to the local community through USC Dornsife’s Joint Educational Project.


Noteworthy Landmarks

A $50 million gift from pioneering surgeon Gary K. Michelson and his wife, Alya Michelson, funded the USC Michelson Center for Convergent Bioscience. As the cornerstone of a new collaboration between USC Dornsife the USC Viterbi School of Engineering, the center aims to transform how research is conducted at the intersection of engineering and the life and biomedical sciences.

The Center for Advanced Genocide Research was established to study how and why mass violence occurs, and how to intervene in the cycle that can lead to genocide. The center serves as the research and scholarship unit of the USC Shoah Foundation.

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation awarded USC a $1.9 million grant to support a program of graduate and postdoctoral training in the digital humanities.

USC Dornsife introduced professional pathways courses for sophomores, juniors and seniors to explore different careers and to connect them with USC’s extensive network of career resources. Students learn directly from experts, participate in internships and shadow professionals.

USC Dornsife launched an initiative in practical politics or the blending of theory with skills to prepare undergraduates for careers in the political arena. This includes a semester-long program in Washington, D.C. that offers three international relations courses and internships.

The Center for Self-Report Science was founded with the mission of gathering the most accurate information from self-reports such as medical questionnaires, pharmaceutical drug trial patient feedback or public-opinion polling.

USC Dornsife inaugurated a Science and Health Program to support undergraduates pursuing careers across the healthcare industry. The program includes courses designed to prepare students for the new MCAT and opportunities for clinical rotation experience in Los Angeles and abroad.

A $6.6 million gift from the Shinnyo-en Buddhist order supported the newly named USC Shinso Ito Center for Japanese Religions and Culture.

By the Numbers

79: Undergraduate Majors

69: Undergraduate Minors

35: Doctoral Degree Programs

39: Master’s Programs

37: Academic Departments and Programs

41: Research Centers and Institutes

460+: Tenured and Tenure-track Faculty


13: National Academy of Sciences Members

6: National Academy of Engineering Members

4: Nobel Prize Recipients

1: Royal Society Fellow

1,947: Bachelor’s Degrees Awarded

51: American Association for the Advancement of Science Members

20: American Academy of Arts and Sciences Fellows

346: Master’s Degrees Awarded


26: Average Class Size

1,111: Ph.D. Students

10,727: Undergraduate Students

574: Master’s Students

69,052: Alumni

76: Study Abroad Programs in 37 Countries

1960-2190: Average SAT Score for Admitted Freshmen

19%: Of Undergraduates are First-Generation College Students


73: Graduate Certificates Awarded

203: Doctoral Degrees Awarded

47: Fulbright Fellows since 2008

30: New Faculty Hires

33: National Endowment for the Humanities Fellows

17: of USC’s valedictorians since 1992 majored in USC Dornsife

21%: of Undergraduates are Under-represented Students of Color