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University of Southern CaliforniaLos Angeles, CA
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Carnegie Mellon UniversityPittsburgh, PA
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Rankings*
Private (not-for-profit), four-years
Research University (very high research activity)
School TypePrivate (not-for-profit), four-years
Research University (very high research activity)
Offered Degrees
Bachelor's, Post-BS Certificate, Master's, Post-MS Certificate, Doctorate (Research), Doctorate (Professional Practice), Doctorate (Other)Offered DegreeBachelor's, Post-BS Certificate, Master's, Post-MS Certificate, Doctorate (Research)
Tuition & Fees
expensive$61,503Undergraduate Tuitioncheaper$58,924
expensive$61,396Graduate Tuitioncheaper$47,347
More$39,909Average Financial Aid AmountLess$36,928
Admission
Lower1,475 SAT
34 ACT
Test ScoresHigher1,520 SAT
34 ACT
Tighter13%Acceptance RateEasier14%
Lower41%Yield
(Enrollment Rate)
Favorable43%
High School GPA
High School Record (or Transcript)
Completion of College Preparatory Program
Recommendations
Formal Demonstration of Competencies
TOEFL
Application Requirements
(Required or Recommended to submit)
High School GPA
High School Record (or Transcript)
Completion of College Preparatory Program
Recommendations
Formal Demonstration of Competencies
TOEFL
Advanced placement (AP) Credits
Credit for Military Training
Accepted CreditsDual Credits
Advanced placement (AP) Credits
Enrollment
Larger46,287Total EnrollmentSmaller13,519
Larger19,786Undergraduate Student PopulationSmaller6,622
Larger26,501Graduate Student PopulationSmaller6,897
Larger37,923Online Student PopulationSmaller15
Completion & Outcomes
Lower92%Graduate RateHigher93%
Lower91%Retention RateHigher96%
Special Learning Opportunity
ROTC
Study Abroad
Special learning OpportunityROTC
Study Abroad
Teacher Certificate
✔ (Dormitory Capacity: 8,700)Campus Housing✔ (Dormitory Capacity: 4,078)
✔ (Typical Annual Charge: $6,102)Board/Meal Plan✔ (Typical Annual Charge: $5,968)
Faculties
More Students per Faculty9 to 1Student to Faculty RatioLess Students per Faculty5 to 1
3,708Number of faculties1,648
Higher$139,069Average Faculty SalaryLower$116,341
*Ranking data is from College Evaluator.