We Are Trojans

USC brings together people of different backgrounds and experiences, incubates curious minds and forges unique bonds that continue beyond campus and across generations. The renowned Trojan spirit is an attitude infused into everything we do, propelling our community to greater heights as individuals, collective groups and the university as a whole.

Trojan Excellence

For more than a century, USC’s scholar-athletes have embodied athletic excellence. As one of the most successful programs in college sports and beyond, Trojans past and present have risen to achieve greatness on national and global levels — claiming more than 100+ NCAA titles and multiple Olympic medals, which represent athletic success at its peak. Our Cardinal and Gold endure as an iconic reflection of triumph thanks to the athletes representing USC in high-level sporting competitions.

Experiencing Our Commonality Through Diversity

USC strives to create an inclusive and enriching environment on our campuses, where all members of our community feel welcomed and celebrated. By embracing the unique strengths that come with each individual’s lived experiences, we foster a culture free from discrimination while promoting excellence through diversity, equity and inclusion.

Good Neighbors

At USC, being a good neighbor means creating lasting change to the lives of those who live around us. Ivan Garcia graduated from the Leslie and William McMorrow Neighborhood Academic Initiative, a program that prepares low-income students from surrounding neighborhoods for college, and is now a Trojan.


NAI Graduate IIvan Garcia and USC freshman, August 30, 2020. (USC Photo/Gus Ruelas)

Big Dreams

Sarah Markosky wasn’t intimidated by a challenge. Her dream of becoming an engineer as well as a pilot led her to USC and the Airmen of Troy 60th Cadet Wing. With the interdisciplinary experience at USC, Markosky didn’t have to choose only one dream, she could have them all.



Graduating USAF ROTC cadet, Sarah Markosky poses for a photograph in front of the SR-71 Blackbird aircraft on display outside the California Science Center, March 8, 2021. (USC Photo/Gus Ruelas)

Being True to Yourself

Trojans are encouraged to embrace their biggest asset: their authentic selves. In collaboration with student organizations and other sponsors, events like the LGBTQ+ Student Center’s Pride-Fest give students the chance to come together and celebrate their individuality.


(left to right) Amelia Jasti, Jazmin Gallegos and Mel Persell have their picture taken at one of the booths during the LGBTQ+ Student Center’s Pride-Fest, Oct.20, 2022. (Photo/Gus Ruelas)

Lasting Legacy

Nicole Kawakami graduated from the Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC just like her mother Ruth Kawakami, right, and her Uncle Kent Ochiai, left, did. Along with foundational discoveries and boundless research, USC’s rich history and enduring legacy creates opportunities for generations.

Senior Nicole Kawakami, center, will be graduating with her DDS degree from USC like her mother Ruth Kawakami, right and her Uncle Kent Ochiai, left, did. Three generations of Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC graduates pose for a photograph, Feb. 11, 2022. (Photo/Gus Ruelas)

Athletic Excellence

In addition to our academic excellence, USC Athletics creates a diverse program that allows athletes to achieve what few have before. One example is Trojan quarterback Caleb Williams who won the Heisman Trophy for 2023. He is the 88th person to ever receive this prestigious award.

Caleb Williams, quarterback for the Trojans, won the Heisman Trophy for 2032. The USC Trojans opened their 2022-2023 season against the Rice Owls on Saturday, September 3, 2022 in Los Angeles, Calif. The Trojans defeated the Owls 66-14. (John McGillen/USC)

Diversity, Culture, Experience

Diversity in experiences, cultures and backgrounds are some of the things that makes our Trojans ready to embrace the ranging opportunities and rigorous challenges USC presents. The Black Alumni Association Welcome Pinning and Affirmation Ceremony is a celebrated tradition that welcomes incoming students, allowing them to connect with fellow Trojans and gain insight on how they can thrive here.

Attendees at the Black Alumni Association Trojan Family Pinning and Affirmation Ceremony, Aug. 24, 2019. (Photo/Michael Owen Baker)