Big city university
Film director George Lucas, Japan's prime minister Shinzo Abe, Qualcomm's co-founder Andrew Viterbi
Some say a favorite with privately schooled Californians, and it is not difficult to understand why some would favour USC with its sprawling campus in downtown Los Angeles and a thriving Greek life on-campus (the campus hosts over 60 Frats & Sororities). A multi-faculty university, USC is consistently ranked in the top 30 colleges in the US. Of particular note are strong programmes in business (at the Marshall School), media and journalism (at the Annenberg School), and cinema (at the School of Cinematic Arts). In fact, the connection to cinema goes further, with directors like George Lucas having graduated from the school and scenes from movies like ‘The Graduate’, ‘Legally Blonde’ and ‘Forrest Gump’ having been filmed on campus.
Apart from its reputation in the cinematic arts, USC holds a strong status as one of the country’s best sports schools. In fact, since 1912, USC is the only university in the world to have a gold medal-winning athlete in every summer Olympiad.