University of Southern California

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The University of Southern California (commonly called USC, SC, and other names[a]) is a private, nonsectarian, research university located in Los Angeles, California, USA. USC was founded in 1880, making it California's oldest private research university.

USC's four year, full-time undergraduate program enrolled 16,751 undergraduate students in Fall 2009. USC is currently ranked 23rd among national universities by U.S. News & World Report, which classified it as one of the "most selective universities" for admitting 24.4% of the 35,753 people who applied for freshman admission in 2009. USC is also home to 18,073 graduate and professional students in a number of different programs, including business, law, and medicine.

The university has a "very high" level of research activity and received $463.7 million in sponsored research from 2008 to 2009.[6][7] USC was named "College of the Year 2000" by the editors of Time and The Princeton Review for the university's extensive community-service programs.[8] USC students hail from 112 countries, and all 50 states in the United States.[9][10]

USC sponsors a variety of intercollegiate sports and competes in the NCAA Pacific-10 Conference. Members of the sports teams, the Trojans, have won 92 NCAA team championships, ranking them third in the nation, and 358 NCAA individual championships, ranking them second in the nation.[11] Trojan athletes have won 236 medals at the Olympic games.[12]

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