An elite, private research university which boasts some of the best programs in the country, including the prestigious School of Cinematic Arts and School of Letters, Arts and Sciences. USC has top-20 programs in film, engineering, english, and law. Overall, USC ranks just below rival UCLA, however that is projected to change by 2012, and USC has been climbing the national ranks since being named Time "School of the Year" in 2000.
2009-2010 admissions to the university are extremely tough (23% acceptance rate versus UCLA's 21% acceptance rate).
USC boasts incredible sports teams, including football, where they have won the Rose Bowl three times since 2000 and a national championship in 2004. USC also has 12 national baseball championships.
USC is extremely expensive, but has a higher salary rate after graduation than UCLA. USC is also a better choice for entertainment industry jobs, as USC students have higher field interview records than UCLA students. USC believes in a "Trojan Family" alumni network which give students a much needed advantage to find work in Los Angeles after graduation.
"University of Southern California, home of the Trojans"