Undergraduate Education

“First and foremost of our six triumphs is the strengthening of undergraduate education at USC. That was clearly our highest priority at the beginning of the decade, and we have made phenomenal progress in this regard – progress beyond our wildest dreams.”
– Steven B. Sample, State of the University Address, Feb. 27, 2001
A First-Rate Academic Institution
“Something phenomenal is happening at USC: The school is becoming a first-rate academic institution. Under President Steven B. Sample, building is booming, the faculty is growing and getting better, and for the first time, the university is attracting students with stronger academic records than those enrolling at UCLA.”
– Los Angeles Times Magazine, Sept. 17, 2000

Getting In
“USC is now in the top 1 percent of all colleges and universities in America in terms of selectivity… We attract nine applications for every opening in our freshman class.”
– Steven B. Sample, State of the University Address, Feb. 27, 2001

Freshmen, Then and Now
“At the heart of the university’s mission is the experience of the undergraduates. People are clamoring for admission, and the SAT scores have been transformed. It’s a different kind of class.”
– Cornell University president emeritus Frank H.T. Rhodes, “Decade of Distinction” video, March 2001

Student-Athletes
“An Olympic swimmer and electrical engineering major, Desmond Mun-Kit Koh is USC’s third Rhodes Scholar in the past six years.”
– USC Trojan Family Magazine, Autumn 1995

“We do it well here on both sides of that hyphen – both as students and as athletes. We have more NCAA postgraduate scholars, more academic all-Americans than just about any university in the country. More Olympians than any other university ever.”
– Trustee Pat Haden, “Decade of Distinction” video, March 2001

Tough Love
“Members of fraternities and sororities have made steady academic progress since a new code of standards went into effect six years ago. The Greeks’ academic progress is a clear result of President Steven B. Sample’s Minimal Standards policy. To be in good standing under the policy, a fraternity or sorority chapter GPA should be at least .02 above the undergraduate average and chapter members must make ‘reasonable’ degree progress… Parties are restricted to Friday and Saturday, quiet hours must be established and opposite-sex visitors are prohibited outside the common areas when alcohol is consumed.”
– USC Trojan Family Magazine, Autumn 1998

A Lot of Merit
“With 148 Merit Scholars entering USC in fall 2000, the university now ranks 9th nationally – tied with MIT – in the number of top students it attracts. In 1990, USC had just 22 Merit scholars.”
– Chronicle of Higher Education; USC Office of Admission



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