USC Price School of Public Policy

Welcome to Los Angeles

Global Gateway, Living Laboratory 






In no other city will you find such diversity of culture, religion, business, and experimentation. In no other city will you find three of the nation’s top-25 universities, where scholars move groundbreaking research directly into the community. In no other city does the local look more like the global and the present more like the future.

Los Angeles — a city long known for its creativity, unbeatable weather and urban sprawl. More recently, however, as global influence has shifted from the Atlantic to the Pacific, Los Angeles is embracing an important new role as the “intellectual capital” of the Pacific Rim.

At the foundation of this dynamic metropolis is innovative public policy that reflects and responds to the most complex issues of our time — issues such as sustainability, poverty and affordable housing, large-scale public infrastructure, healthcare for an aging population, and so many more. While challenges often manifest here before anywhere else, many are solved here first as well.

The USC Sol Price School of Public Policy plays a leading role in this endeavor, serving as the premiere institution for research and scholarship that informs policy decisions affecting Southern California — and by virtue, the all of society. Price School faculty and students cultivate partnerships with L.A.’s cutting-edge industries, vital health services, and civic leaders. They have access to sophisticated technology, interdisciplinary collaboration, and a limitless variety of perspectives.
Students who attend USC Price, have the distinct advantage of learning in this vibrant, living classroom that is L.A.

And the unbeatable weather.


Bovard and VKC Tower at night