The University of Southern California is one of the world’s leading private research universities. An anchor institution in Los Angeles, a global center for arts, technology and international business, USC's diverse curricular offerings provide extensive opportunities for interdisciplinary study, and collaboration with leading researchers in highly advanced learning environments. With a strong tradition of integrating liberal and professional education, USC fosters a vibrant culture of public service and encourages students to cross academic as well as geographic boundaries in their pursuit of knowledge.
USC is a multicultural scholarly community whose diversity enriches all of our activities and interactions. As such, we aspire to create an environment in which racism, sexism, ageism, xenophobia and homophobia do not go unchallenged. The USC Code of Ethics is an integral part of our culture, and its underlying principles are tightly woven into the fabric of the USC community.
Evolving out of a comprehensive strategic planning process undertaken in the early 1990s, USC’s role and mission statement outlines the university’s mission and role in Southern California and beyond.
"The central mission of the university of Southern California is the development of human beings and society as a whole through the cultivation and enrichment of the human mind and spirit.The principal means by which our mission is accomplished are teaching, research, artistic creation, professional practice and selected forms of public service...."