The University of Southern California (USC) is a private, not-for-profit, nonsectarian, research university located in central Los Angeles, California, United States. USC was founded in 1880, making it California's oldest private research university. USC has historically educated a large number of the city's business leaders and professionals. In recent decades, the university has also leveraged its location in Los Angeles to establish relationships with research institutions throughout Asia and the Pacific Rim. Reflecting the status of Los Angeles as a global city, USC has the largest number of international students of any university in the United States.
USC's four year, full-time undergraduate program enrolled 17,414 undergraduate students in Fall 2011. USC is also home to 20,596 graduate and professional students in a number of different programs, including business, law, social work, and medicine. The university has a "very high" level of research activity and received $560.9 million in sponsored research from 2009 to 2010. USC was named "College of the Year 2000" by the editors of Time and The Princeton Review for the university's extensive community-engagement programs and increased global presence. In recent years USC has risen quickly in various rankings, including the U.S. News survey of U.S. universities, to 23rd place in 2011. USC also topped Newsweek's list of The Decade's Hottest Schools in 2009, and placed 10th on Forbes' list of billionaire-producing universities. USC's endowment and alumni giving rate are ranked among the highest in the world. USC students hail from 112 countries and all 50 states in the United States.
USC sponsors a variety of intercollegiate sports and competes in the NCAA Pacific-12 Conference. Members of the sports teams, the Trojans, have won 94 NCAA team championships, ranking them third in the nation, and 361 NCAA individual championships, ranking them second in the nation. Trojan athletes have won 287 medals at the Olympic games (135 golds, 87 silvers and 65 bronzes), more than any other U.S. university. If USC were a country, it would rank 12th in most Olympic gold medals.
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