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Does USC have a reputation for being a research university?

Hey all, I'm currently a high school junior trying to figure out which colleges to apply to next year. USC has caught my attention, but I'm unsure if it's classified as a research university. I plan to study Environmental Engineering and would like to participate in research throughout my undergraduate years. Is USC's reputation in research strong or does it lean more towards other aspects? Thanks!

9 months ago

Hey there! As someone whose child recently went through the college application process, I can definitely understand the questions you might have about different universities.

USC is indeed classified as a research university. In fact, it's considered to be a top-tier research institution, and consistently receives high rankings among U.S. universities. The university invests significantly in research facilities, programs, and funding to support students and faculty.

Regarding Environmental Engineering, the USC Viterbi School of Engineering offers a strong program in this field. What makes USC particularly appealing for students interested in research is the mix of interdisciplinary and collaborative opportunities available. USC has various research centers and institutes that focus on different aspects of environmental engineering and sustainability.

One example is the Sonny Astani Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, which encourages undergraduate research and provides numerous opportunities for you to explore. Additionally, you can participate in the Los Angeles Green Ambassadors program, where students typically work with local schools to promote sustainable practices.

In summary, going to USC for Environmental Engineering and getting involved with research could be a great fit for you. Best of luck with your college search and application process!

9 months ago

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