More than 700 student clubs and organizations provide opportunities to pursue special interests, develop leadership skills, help others and just have fun. You can meet people who share your academic or professional goals, your ethnic background, or both. Campus groups enable you to express your political views, worship with your religious community, explore a creative activity and enjoy a wide variety of recreational sports.
At USC, applying academic skills to solve real-world problems prepares you for a lifetime of making a difference in the world. More than 80 percent of our students are actively involved in volunteer work with local schools, community groups and businesses.
Our student body’s diverse ethnic and cultural backgrounds are reflected in many campus groups, including African Americans in Medicine, the Armenian Students’ Association, Asian Pacific Islander Caucus, Cervantes Club of Arts and Letters, Chinese Student Association, El Centro Chicano, Jewish Filmmakers Forum, the Association of Indian Students and Pakistani Students X.
Whether you’re a super-athlete or a weekend football player, you’ll find the sports experience you’re looking for at USC. The scholar-athlete tradition is strong here. USC has won more Rose Bowls than any other university. 71 Trojans have been first-round draft picks in the NFL, and 96 have played in the Super Bowl. USC students have also achieved exceptional track records in baseball, men’s and women’s basketball, and men’s and women’s volleyball. You can take advantage of dozens of intramural sports and hundreds of student-run sports clubs that attract 80 percent of the undergraduate population.
Living at USC
Nearly 6,000 housing spaces in more than 40 residence halls and apartments are designed to provide easy access to campus resources and activities. A highlight of campus living are our five residential colleges, communities of students and faculty who share common interests and plan frequent group activities. Several residence halls have special interest floors (including business, cinema, music, and women in science and engineering). There are also floors dedicated to students especially interested in African American, Jewish, Latino or Muslim culture.
Religion at USC
USC is home to a vibrant multifaith community of more than 80 student religious groups, representing most of the world’s major denominations, as well as a strong Interfaith Council. Meetings take place in the University Religious Center and other locations on and adjacent to campus. Whatever your spiritual affiliation or interest, the Office of Religious Life at USC helps provide the means for you to observe your faith and learn about others.
Students with previous military experience bring skills and experience that enhance many aspects of the university community. USC offers a number of services and benefits to military veterans to assist the transition to, and overall experience at, USC. These include our Veteran Certifying Office and Transfer and Veteran Student Programs in the Office of Campus Activities.