University of Southern California Photo Tour

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University of Southern California

USC Sign
USC Sign (click photo to enlarge). Photo Credit: Marisa Benjamin

The University of Southern California was founded in 1880, making it California's oldest private university. With over 38,000 students currently enrolled, it is also one of the largest private universities in the country.

USC is located in the heart of Los Angeles's Downtown Arts and Education Corridor in an enclosed campus known as University Park. USC's school colors are cardinal and gold, and its mascot is a Trojan.

USC is home to many colleges and divisions of study: Dornsife College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences, Leventhal School of Accounting, School of Architecture, Marshall School of Business, School of Cinematic Arts, Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry, Rossier School of Education, Viterbi School of Engineering, Roski School of Fine Arts, Davis School of Gerontology, Gould School of Law, Keck School of Medicine, Thornton School of Music, Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy, School of Pharmacy, Division of Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy, Sol Price School of Public Policy, and School of Social Work.

While the university is widely known for its academics, the USC Trojan athletic programs are equally celebrated. Trojans compete in the NCAA Division I Pacific-12 Conference and have won 92 NCAA national championships. The USC football team has won more Rosebowls and has had more 1st round NFL draft picks than any other college team.

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USC School of Cinematic Arts

USC School of Cinematic Arts
USC School of Cinematic Arts (click photo to enlarge). Photo Credit: Marisa Benjamin

USC was the first university in the nation to create a film school when construction began for the School of Cinematic Arts in 1929. Today, it is known as one of the largest and most prestigious film schools in the world.

The School of Cinematic Arts offers programs in Critical Studies, Animation and Digital Arts, Interactive Media, Film & TV Production, Producing, Writing, Media Arts and Practice, as well as Business of Entertainment with the Marshall School of Business.

Being in the entertainment capital of the world, the School of Cinematic Arts has been the recipient of many notable donations. In 2006, George Lucas, creator of Star Wars and Indiana Jones, donated $175 million to expand the school. A 137,000-square-foot building was erected in his name. Other donations include the 20th Century Fox Soundstage and the Electronic Games Innovation Lab.

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USC McCarthy Quad

USC McCarthy Quad
USC McCarthy Quad (click photo to enlarge). Photo Credit: Marisa Benjamin

Next to the Doheny Memorial Library is McCarthy Quad, a hub for student activity on the University Park Campus. The quad was created by a donation from USC Trustee Kathleen Leavey McCarthy.

While McCarthy Quad is a popular place for students to mingle and relax between classes, it also acts as a venue for festivities and concerts. USC hosts annual events on the quadrangle like the International Food Festival, the Festival of Books, "Spring Fest" on the quadrangle with past performances by Lupe Fiasco, Anberlin, and Third Eye Blind to name a few. In 2010, President Obama gave a speech to USC students on the quad.

On Trojan football game days, McCarthy Quad is often packed with students and fans participating in pregame activities. Traditionally, the USC Marching Band leads fans from McCarthy Quad to the Coliseum.

Surrounding McCarthy Quad is Leavey Library, one of the two main undergraduate libraries, and Birnkrant Residential College, an eight-story Freshman dormitory.

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USC Pardee Tower

USC Pardee Tower
USC Pardee Tower (click photo to enlarge). Photo Credit: Marisa Benjamin

Pardee Tower is an eight-floor coed residence hall located across from Doheny Memorial Library and parallel to McCarthy Quad. Pardee neighbors Marks Hall, Trojan Hall, and Marks Tower; all of which comprise the South Area Residential College. The South Area residence halls consist of double occupancy rooms and communal bathrooms, making them ideal Freshman dorms.

Pardee is the largest residential hall in the South Area with a capacity of 288. The recently renovated lobby holds study lounges and a TV viewing area. The second floor has a TV and kitchenette reserved for students.

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USC Doheny Memorial Library

USC Doheny Memorial Library
USC Doheny Memorial Library. Photo Credit: Marisa Benjamin

Located in the center of campus is Doheny Memorial Library, USC's main undergraduate library. In 1932, Los Angeles Oil Tycoon Edward Doheny donated $1.1 million to build the library. Today, the Gothic Structure acts as both a library and as USC's intellectual and cultural destination, hosting lectures, readings, and performances.

The ground floor of the library is the Cinema-Television Library, which holds 20,000 books and archives of five Hollywood movie studios. The Cinema-Television Library also houses a significant collection of memorabilia from Hollywood actors and filmmakers. On the north side of the ground floor is the Music Library, which holds 55,000 music scores, 25,000 sound recordings, and 20,000 books. Past the library is a courtyard, a spot for students to study or get a drink at the popular LiteraTea tea house.

The Treasure Room, an exhibition for USC's special collections, is located on the second floor. The second floor is also home to the Los Angeles Times Reference Room, the largest and busiest study room in the Doheny Library. The third floor holds many workspaces and offices for the preservation and acquisition of archival materials. The Intellectual Commons is a collaborative study space for students, which has couches and chairs as well as conference rooms.

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USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism

USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism
USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism (click photo to enlarge). Photo Credit: Marisa Benjamin

The Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism was founded in 1971 by Ambassador Walter H. Annenberg. Located adjacent to Cromwell Field, Annenberg currently has 2,000 undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in its three programs: Communication, Journalism and Public Relations.

Annenberg offers Bachelor of Arts degrees in Communication, Journalism, and Public Relations. Additionally, the school offers Masters Degrees in Communication Management, Global Communication, Journalism, Specialized Journalism, Public Diplomacy, Strategic Public Relations, and a PhD program in Communication.

A three-camera studio, television newsroom, digital lab, and radio station are a few resources available to students at Annenberg. The school is home to a majority of USC's media outlets, including The Daily Trojan, USC's official student newspaper, Trojan Vision, a student-run university TV channel, and KXSC, USC's student-run radio station.

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USC Alumni Memorial Park

USC Alumni Memorial Park
USC Alumni Memorial Park (click photo to enlarge). Photo Credit: Marisa Benjamin

Located in the center of campus is USC's Alumni Memorial Park, an expanse of sycamore trees, grass, rose gardens, and a large fountain. The Doheny Memorial Library, BovardAudtiorium, and the Von KleinSmid Center surround the park. The park hosts a variety of concerts, celebrations, and student events throughout the academic year. USC's commencement ceremony is held at Alumni Park every May.

At the center of the park is the "Youth Triumphant" fountain, created by Frederick William Schweigardt in 1933. The fountain was originally displayed in San Diego, until Mr. and Mrs. Robert Carman-Ryles donated it to USC in 1935. The four kneeling figures symbolize home, community, school and church, known as the four cornerstones of American Democracy.

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USC Von KleinSmid Center

USC Von KleinSmid Center
USC Von KleinSmid Center (click photo to enlarge). Photo Credit: Marisa Benjamin

The Von KleinSmid Center for International and Public Affairs is a graduate-level library located across from Alumni Park. The library holds over 200,000 books and subscribes to more than 450 academic journals. The Von KleinSmid Center is also home to the undergraduate International Relations program through the Dornsife College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences. Over 100 flags representing USC's international students adorn the entrance of the Von KleinSmid Center.

The center was built in 1966 in honor of USC's fifth president, Dr. Rufus B. Von KleinSmid's goal to create an area with the purpose of "furnishing opportunities for the training of statesmen for consular and diplomatic service, of businessmen for commerce and business administration, and for teachers in departments related to world affairs in colleges and universities."

Today the Von KleinSmid Center houses the 90,000-volume World Affairs Collection, the Research Institute on Communist Strategy and Propoganda, as well as Worldwide Political Science Abstracts and Water Resources Abstracts.

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USC Bovard Auditorium

USC Bovard Auditorium
USC Bovard Auditorium (click photo to enlarge). Photo Credit: Marisa Benjamin

The Bovard Auditorium is USC's main performance venue. Located in Alumni Park, directly across from the Doheny Memorial Library, the facility has a total capacity of 1,235. Built in 1922, Bovard was originally intended for church services, but USC renovated the venue throughout the years to make it an optimal performance space.

Bovard is home to the USC Thornton Symphony Orchestra, the President's Distinguished Artist and Lecture Series, and USCSPECTRUM, a division of Student Affairs that presents annual arts and lecture events. Past USCSPECTRUM events include a lecture by renowned street artist, Shepherd Fairey, and a comedy show hosted by Comedy Central.

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USC Galen Center

USC Galen Center
USC Galen Center (click photo to enlarge). Photo Credit: Marisa Benjamin

The 10,258-seat arena is home to USC basketball and volleyball. The Galen Center was introduced to the USC community in 2006 as a new, state-of-the-art sporting facility. Funding for a permanent, on-campus indoor arena began in 2002, when Louis Galen, a banker and Trojans fan, donated $50 million. Located across from the University Park campus on Figueroa St., the Galen Center is a 255,000 square foot structure with a 45,000 square foot pavilion which holds four full basketball courts and nine volleyball courts as well as seating for 1,000.

The Galen Center also houses athletic offices, function rooms, merchandise stores, and weight-lifting rooms for athletes. The venue acts as a multi-purpose facility, hosting high school sporting events, concerts, lectures, pageants, and the annual Kid's Choice Awards.

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USC Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum

USC Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
USC Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum (click photo to enlarge). Photo Credit: Marisa Benjamin

The Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum is the primary home to the USC Trojan football team. Located a block away from the campus in Exposition Park, the Coliseum has a capacity of 93,000, a number that is regularly filled for the legendary USC vs. UCLA and USC vs. Notre Dame rivalry games.

Created in 1923, the Coliseum has hosted many sporting events throughout the century. It was the site for the 1932 and 1984 Olympic games, and many Super Bowls, World Series, and X Games.

A pair of bronze, nude statues of a female and male, called the Olympic Gateway, was created by Robert Graham for the 1984 Olympics. The statues adorn the main entrance to the stadium. Atop the main entrance is the Olympic Torch, built in honor of the two Olympic games. The torch is lit during the fourth quarter of USC football games.

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USC Ronald Tutor Campus Center

USC Ronald Tutor Campus Center
USC Ronald Tutor Campus Center (click photo to enlarge). Photo Credit: Marisa Benjamin

One of USC's newer facilities, the Ronald Tutor Campus Center acts as the heart of USC's University Park Campus. The Center was constructed in 2010 with the sole purpose to centralize student/administrative affairs and activities.

The Ronald Tutor Campus Center acts as the headquarters for the USC Volunteer Center, Student Government, Admissions, Campus Activities Office, Hospitality, and the Scheduling Office.

Located in the basement is the Ballroom that can seat 1,200 people. Concerts, lectures, and formal dinners as well as student group activities are hosted in the Ballroom.

Outdoor couches, tables, and patio furniture make up a majority of the central courtyard, where students eat and relax between classes or during weekends. Next to the courtyard is the food court, which offers a variety of options including Carl's Jr., Wahoos Fish Tacos, California Pizza Kitchen, Coffee Bean, and Panda Express. Traditions, a sports bar complete with booths and flat screen televisions is located in the basement. Connected to Traditions is Tommy's Place, a performance café, which includes pool tables and a large screen for students to watch away football games. USC recently installed Moreton Fig, an upscale restaurant with an open kitchen, full bar, and a seasonal, farm-to-table menu.

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USC Admissions and Trojan Family Room

USC Admissions and Trojan Family Room
USC Admissions and Trojan Family Room (click photo to enlarge). Photo Credit: Marisa Benjamin

The USC Admissions Office is located in the Ronald Tutor Campus Center. It is on the second floor of the Trojan Family Room (pictured above).

In addition to admission offices, the Trojan Family Room also serves as a meeting area and showcase for Trojan memorabilia. The room is decorated with upscale furniture. A Concierge counter at the entrance is meant to greet Alumni and prospective students.

Admission to USC is highly selective, and fewer than a quarter of all applicants will be admitted. To see if you're on target for admission, check out this USC GPA, SAT and ACT graph.

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USC Cromwell Field

USC Cromwell Field
USC Cromwell Field (click photo to enlarge). Photo Credit: Marisa Benjamin

The 66,000 square-foot Lyon Center is USC's primary recreation and fitness center for students. The Lyon Center features a 21,800 square-foot gym, known as the Main Gym, for basketball, badminton, and volleyball. The Main Gym is occasionally used for Men's and Women's basketball practice. Also located in the Lyon Center are the Klug Family Center, a weight room, the Robinson Fitness Room, a cycling room, a stretching room, an auxiliary fitness room, squash courts, a climbing wall, and a Pro Shop.

Neighboring the Lyon Center, the McDonald's Swim Stadium is home to the USC Men's and Women's Swim and Dive Team and Water Polo Team. The 50 meter pool hosted the 1984 Olympics.

Cromwell Field (pictured above) is only a few minutes walk from the Lyon Center and acts as the facility's main outdoor recreation center. The field was named after Dean Cromwell, winner of 12 NCAA titles, and is home to the USC Track & Field program. The track consists of eight-lanes, and served as the practice track during the 1984 Olympics. The 3,000 seats on the North side of Cromwell Field are known as Loker Stadium, which was completed in 2001.

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USC Viterbi School of Engineering

USC Viterbi School of Engineering
USC Viterbi School of Engineering (click photo to enlarge). Photo Credit: Marisa Benjamin

In 2004, the School of Engineering was renamed the Andrew and Erna Viterbi School of Engineering following a $52 million donation by Andrew Viterbi, co-founder of Qualcomm. Currently, there are 1,800 undergraduate and 3,800 graduate students enrolled. The graduate engineering program has consistently been ranked within the top 10 internationally.

The school offers degrees in Aerospace Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Astronautical Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Industrial and Systems Engineering, and Computer Science.

The Viterbi School of Engineering is also home to many notable research centers. The Mann Institute for Biomedical Engineering, established in 1998, focuses on developing commercial medical technologies to improve human health. The Institute for Creative Technologies is partnered with the U.S. Army and computer companies to develop new software to improve the nation's learning abilities. The Institute has also created many virtual programs for soldier training. Established in 2003, the Biomimetic Microelectronic Systems-Engineering Research Center is currently researching and developing implantable microelectronic devices for the treatment of incurable diseases.

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USC Webb Tower Residential College

USC Webb Tower Residential College
USC Webb Tower Residential College (click photo to enlarge). Photo Credit: Marisa Benjamin

At 14-stories high, Webb Tower is USC's highest residential building. Webb Tower has a wide variety of floor plans, including singles, doubles, and triples, with bathrooms, and even studio apartments. Being a high-rise apartment building, Webb Tower offers great views of campus and downtown Los Angeles. Sophomores and some Juniors typically occupy Webb Tower, while most upperclassmen live off-campus.

Webb Tower is conveniently located next to the Lyon Center, USC's on-campus gym, and Kings Hall, which has a dining hall and computer lab. It is also a five-minute walk form the center of campus, Alumni Park.

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USC Marshall School of Business

USC Marshall School of Business
USC Marshall School of Business (click photo to enlarge). Photo Credit: Marisa Benjamin

The Marshall School of Business began in 1922 as the College of Commerce and Business Administration. In 1997, the school was renamed after Gordon S. Marshall donated $35 million. 3,538 undergraduate and 1,777 graduate students are currently enrolled. Marshall School of Business is consistently ranked among the top business schools of the world.

Marshall is the largest of USC's schools, occupying four multi-story buildings: Popovich Hall, Hoffman Hall, Bridge Hall, and the Accounting Building. Popovich Hall, pictured above, is the main building for the Marshall School of Business.

The school offers Accounting and Business Administration undergraduate programs, and consists of seven undergraduate departments: Accounting, Marketing, Entrepreneurship, Finance & Business Economics, Information and Operations Management, Management and Organization, and Management Communications. Undergraduate students are able to combine courses in Marshall with concentrations in the School of Public Policy and the Dornsife College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences. Marshall offers Master's programs in Business Administration, Accounting, Business Taxation, and International Business Education and Research.

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USC Price School of Public Policy

USC Price School of Public Policy
USC Price School of Public Policy (click photo to enlarge). Photo Credit: Marisa Benjamin

The Sol Price School of Public Policy, established in 1929, is located next to Popovich Hall and across from the Alumni House. There are currently 450 undergraduate and 725 graduate students enrolled.

Price offers a Bachelors of Science in Policy, Planning, and Development Curriculum, with tracks in Health Policy and Management, Nonprofits and Social Innovation, Public Policy and Law, Real Estate Development, and Sustainable Planning.

Master's Programs in Public Administration, Public Policy, Urban Planning, Real Estate Development, and Health Administration are available as well, and at the doctoral level, Price offers programs in Public Policy and Management, Urban Planning and Development, and Policy, Planning, and Development. Price has been ranked one of the best graduate schools for public affairs.

In addition to the five Master's programs, Price School of Public Policy also offers three executive Master's degree programs in Health Administration, Leadership, and International Public Policy and Management.

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USC Alumni House

USC Alumni House
USC Alumni House (click photo to enlarge). Photo Credit: Marisa Benjamin

The Alumni House was built in 1880 and was the first building on USC's campus. In 1955, it was declared a state historical monument. The Alumni House functions as the headquarters for the USC Alumni Association. With over 300,000 alumni around the world, the Alumni Association aims to engage all 100 alumni-affiliated groups. The Association hosts events around the world for alumni to raise funds for USC scholarships. The Alumni House also acts as an on-campus club house for USC alumni.

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USC University Village

USC University Village
USC University Village (click photo to enlarge). Photo Credit: Marisa Benjamin

The University Village is an area, owned by USC, directly across the street from the campus on Jefferson Boulevard. The UV is a convenient five-minute walk from the center of campus. The University Village is home to a student shopping center with stores like Starbucks, Yoshinoya, and a Radio Shack. The shopping center has a hair salon, bike shop, and movie theatre as well.

The University Village is also home to the Cardinal Gardens and Century Apartments, USC-owned student housing. The Cardinal Gardens and Century Apartments consist of town-house style, one or two-bedroom apartments. Each apartment has a kitchen and bathroom. Outside are sand volleyball courts, basketball courts, and a patio with barbecues. The apartments are typically occupied by upperclassmen.

Given its dated architecture, the University Village will be undergoing an urban revitalization program in 2013. The $900 million project will demolish the current shopping center and the Cardinal Gardens and Century Apartments. Renovations will include a neighborhood market, restaurants, parks, retail stores, and new USC-owned apartments. Buildings will be designed in USC's signature Mediterranean style.

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