Location: Los Angeles, California
USC's University Park campus, located in the heart of Los Angeles' Downtown Arts and Education Corridor, is home to the USC Dana and David Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences and many professional schools. The Health Sciences campus, northeast of Downtown Los Angeles, is home to the Keck School of Medicine of USC, the School of Pharmacy, three major teaching hospitals and programs in Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy, and Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy. USC also has programs and centers in Marina Del Rey, Orange County, Sacramento, Washington, D.C., Catalina Island, Alhambra and around Southern California. Childrens Hospital Los Angeles, staffed by USC faculty from the Keck School of Medicine, is often referred to as USC's third campus.
Living in L.A.
With a population of 13.1 million, the Los Angeles metropolitan area is the eighth largest worldwide. In this thriving multicultural environment where more than 200 languages are spoken, no single ethnic or racial group constitutes a majority. Rich in vibrant neighborhoods—from Little Armenia to Thai Town—Los Angeles offers an extraordinary range of cultural and entertainment options.
Directly across the street from the University Park campus of USC are the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County (an active research center and the largest natural history museum in the western United States), the California Science Center, the California African American Museum of History and Culture, an IMAX movie theatre and the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, where the USC Trojan football team plays.
Just three miles from campus, Downtown Los Angeles is home to the landmark Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), Walt Disney Concert Hall (home of the Los Angeles Philharmonic) and a cluster of other Music Center venues featuring major theatre, dance and Los Angeles Opera productions.
A short drive from USC are storied night clubs featuring everything from hip-hop to salsa, small theatres, trendy shops and restaurants serving food from around the world. Sports fans enjoy the proximity of Staples Center (home of the Los Angeles Lakers basketball team) and Dodger Stadium. As you make your way around the city, you’ll probably stumble across a location shoot for a film, video or TV show—just another aspect of everyday life in Los Angeles.
Other prime attractions in Los Angeles and neighboring cities include the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, The Getty Center, The Getty Villa (Greek and Roman art, in Malibu), Universal Studios Hollywood (the movie theme park), Disneyland (in Anaheim), the Norton Simon Museum of Art, and the Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Garden (both in Pasadena).
Mountains, deserts and beaches are each about an hour’s drive from USC. Year-round balmy weather—average temperatures range from 58° F. (14° C.) in December to 75º F. (24º C.) in August—is ideal for outdoor activities, from surfing, tennis and team sports to hiking in Griffith Park, the Angeles National Forest or the many other urban green spaces.
While driving is the easiest way to navigate this sprawling urban area, Los Angeles has the second largest public transportation system in the United States. For more information about regional public transit, click here.