USC Price School of Public Policy

Welcome to Los Angeles

Global Gateway, Living Laboratory

There’s no better place to learn about policy, planning, and development than Los Angeles, the world-class metropolis that is home to the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy.

“The fact that L.A. has many different cultures and businesses from around the world is a great advantage to our students,” says Jack H. Knott, dean of USC Price. If the second largest city in the United States can be summed up in one word, it’s diversity. This characterizes every aspect of the City of Angels – from its people to its landscapes to its industries to its cultures.

With more than 100 nationalities and 96 spoken languages among its residents, L.A. County is the most diverse, multi-ethnic metropolitan area in the United States.

“USC is situated in the right place – an urban location with a diversity of ethnicities, cultures, political views, and people with different backgrounds and values,” says Helen Tran, BS and MHA ’09, JD ’12.

USC is truly a gateway to all of the varied experiences the city has to offer.

Located three miles from downtown, 12 miles from the beach, and 60 miles from both deserts and snow-capped mountains, the university offers students the opportunity to enjoy the cultural richness of a major city coupled with L.A.’s outdoor lifestyle and unbeatable weather. It’s the only place on earth where a person can ski, surf, and catch a concert at the Frank Gehry-designed Walt Disney Hall in the same weekend – or, traffic permitting, in the same day.

But L.A. is much more than one of the world’s most stunning playgrounds. If the L.A. region were a country, its economy would rank 17th in the world.

There are only a handful of places in the world as central to international trade, business, finance, technology, aerospace, entertainment, and countless other industries.

For the present and future leaders who attend USC Price, the school’s location at the heart of L.A. also provides endless opportunities to learn from world-class faculty, access one of the most extensive and influential professional networks in the world, and learn in the living classroom that is L.A.