What Problems Do You Want to Solve?
As a USC Dornsife undergraduate, you’ll grapple with complex questions that demand new ways of thinking. You’ll connect perspectives and problem-solving methods from wildly different fields. And you’ll be encouraged to step outside of your comfort zone — knowing with certainty that you have the Trojan Family to support you in every way possible.
Most of all, you’ll gain the knowledge and experience to adapt, lead, and succeed in a rapidly changing world.
If your single goal is to learn, you will probably thrive at any college. If you want to learn and discover and create and actively work on the issues that matter to you most (and have a lot of fun!) … you belong at USC Dornsife!
Undergraduate Quick Facts
Majors and Minors
Undergraduate First-year Acceptance Rate (2022)
Students Receiving Financial Aid
First-Generation College Students (Fall 2022 Incoming Class)
Countries of Origin Represented
States and U.S. Territories Represented
Total Undergraduate Population at USC
The USC Dornsife Difference
Don’t Expect a Template
The best way to pursue your Dornsife degree is to follow your curiosity!
Torn between chemistry and history? Explore both. Want to help save the planet? Courses in Earth sciences or political science can both prepare you to have a tangible impact. Study overseas, work with underserved communities, sequence a genome … you’re not locked into any prescribed path.
An Education All Your Own
With nearly 90 majors and 90 minors, Dornsife students have the power to design their own educational experience — all built on the strong foundation of the liberal arts tradition infused with unparalleled opportunities to learn beyond the classroom. Depending on your interests and goals, you can mix many areas of study or dig deeply into a field that fascinates you.
Quality + Quantity of Learning Experiences
Be it in neighborhoods across L.A., SCUBA diving through a kelp forest, or presenting a policy solution to leaders on Capitol Hill, your USC Dornsife education extends far beyond the walls of campus.
Learn From the Best
USC Dornsife faculty are exploring the origin of the universe, discovering new cures for diseases, and writing Pulitzer prize-winning books. They are Nobel Prize winners, Poet Laureates, winners of MacArthur genius awards, Guggenheim awards, and members of every prestigious National Academy. They’re also the experts who you’ll learn from every day — teachers whose office doors are open and who are rooting for your success.
Award-Winning Career Services
It’s never too early to think about what’s coming up next.
Starting from the day you arrive on campus, you’ll have an award-winning career services team available to help you make the most of your time at USC Dornsife. As they get to know you and understand your goals, they will keep you up-to-date on opportunities like internships, networking events, and emerging career fields that might not be on your radar. You’ll also have the chance to workshop your resume and prepare for interviews, giving you yet another advantage over the competition.
Advising for Everyone
Only you can decide how you want to spend your time at USC Dornsife, but that doesn’t mean you have to make the tough decisions alone. Academic advisors are here to assist you in navigating the mind-boggling number of courses, sorting through academic requirements, and deciding on a major.
Additionally, through our signature First Year Experience program, dedicated advisors are available to help you adjust to life at a world-class research university while you explore a number of areas that align with your interests.
So Much More Than “College”
Research universities like USC make up only 3% of America’s institutions of higher education. These are the places that have driven innovation in America for over a century. So what’s the added value of studying at a leading research university?
- You’ll be invited to work in state-of-the-art laboratories and have access to some of the best libraries and facilities in the world.
- Your professors are the ones writing the textbooks, novels, and papers that you will be assigned to read. And because your professors are the world’s leading experts, much of what you will be learning isn’t even in the textbooks yet!
- When you work with faculty as part of your experiential learning curriculum, you can personally have a hand in making discoveries that change the world.
- Leaders in government and industry partner with USC for expertise that can’t be found anywhere else. Combined with the expansive Trojan Family, you’ll graduate with a strong professional network.
Welcome to the Trojan Family!
Our alumni are in every industry, all over the world — and for every one of them, it all started at USC Dornsife. When you arrive, you’ll not only gain insights and meaningful experience that will stay with you the rest of your life, you’ll also be joining an expansive community of passionate leaders making a positive impact on the world.
The World Is Your Campus
One day you’re tucked away in a library carrel, the next you’re hiking through the mountains with a faculty member. If it deepens your education, you can go there!
Your Next Favorite Course
USC Dornsife courses are shaped by faculty who infuse their research and scholarly interests into the lesson plans, taking you on a road of discovery that is both cutting-edge and entirely unique.
A Maymester course brought undergraduates to religious sites across India, where they observed how traditions around death help form how the country’s citizens view themselves and their place in the world.
From Socrates to the Salem witch trials, what happens when ideas go on trial? Prof. Ed McCann’s philosophy course explores how the legal system can shift the direction of an entire culture when a person is taken to trial for their perspective and beliefs.
Peyote, cannabis, and coffee have all been used in religious practices around the world. In Prof. James McHugh’s course “Drugs, Alcohol, Visions and Altered States in Religion,” students investigate how some substances have been treated throughout history.
From interviewing to video editing, students in “Recording the Voices of Latinx Women & Food in Los Angeles” used a wide swath of skills to amplify the voices of indigenous, mestiza, Mexican American and Afro-Mexican grandmothers and their food culture traditions — work that was featured in a public exhibit.
An ecology class taught by Prof. Julie Hopper gets students doing their own field research: catching insects around the world. In the process, they see the mechanics of evolution up close and personal — and squirmy.
Play With Your Food
In the “Biology of Food” course taught by Grayson Jaggers, students discover the molecular science behind why the food we love (or loathe) tastes the way it does. Weekly lab meetings give students hands-on experience with the scientific process. Fill your mind … and your belly!
An Education Without Limits
USC Dornsife students find their way and discover incredible learning opportunities in every corner of the globe. This can take the form of singular experiential learning offerings or a new venture they’ve initiated all on their own.
Applied Learning Amplified
Three USC Dornsife students helped excavate the 2,000 year-old, partially mummified remains of a citizen of the lost Roman city.
USC Dornsife’s Wrigley Institute Scientific Diving Discovery Program helps students from underrepresented groups get certified as professional science divers.
Jonathan Laifman’s passion for cars remained a constant while he decided on a career path at USC Dornsife, an explorative journey that led him to both physics and law.
Inspired by an international relations course — and her brother’s tendency to tap into her own hair care supply — international relations and global business major Shamillah Iga looks to meet a demand among men looking to sport longer hairstyles.
Through a summer course in Tulum, Mexico, USC students learn yoga and mindfulness. It’s part of a new minor aimed at helping students take control of their health.