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USC—which one is the 'real' one?

Hey guys, I know there are two universities that go by the name 'USC'—the University of Southern California and the University of South Carolina. I've heard that people generally refer to the University of Southern California as the 'real USC.' Is that true? What's the difference between these two universities?

7 months ago

Hey there! You're correct that both the University of Southern California (USC) and the University of South Carolina (also sometimes referred to as USC) share the same acronym. However, they are two distinct institutions with unique reputations and offerings.

The University of Southern California (USC) is a large private research institution located in Los Angeles, California. It is generally considered to be the more well known and prestigious of the two, often being referred to as the "real" USC, particularly on the West Coast and in national and international contexts. USC (in Los Angeles) is known for its strong programs in fields like film, business, engineering, and communications. The University boasts a large alumni network, especially in the entertainment industry.

On the other hand, the University of South Carolina is a public research university located in Columbia, South Carolina. While it shares the same acronym, it is typically not as well known outside of the Southern United States. As a public institution, it is generally more affordable for in-state students than USC in California. The University of South Carolina has strong programs in international business, public health, and hospitality management.

The key differences between these two universities are their locations, public/private status, size, and the strengths of their individual programs. While the University of Southern California might be more widely recognized, the "real" USC for you really depends on your personal interests, academic and career goals, and the environment and community that you're looking for in a college experience.

Remember, each student's choice and experience will be unique, so it's essential to research both institutions to determine the right fit for you.

7 months ago

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