USC Price School of Public Policy

USC Price School Facts


The history of the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy spans more than 80 years.

In 1929, the USC School of Citizenship and Public Administration opened its doors, becoming one of only two programs of its kind in the nation. The school did not resemble very much the larger complex school it is today, but it contained the seeds of what is currently the modern USC Price School.

In addition to offering a degree in public administration, the School of Citizenship and Public Administration included classes in urban and regional planning from the outset, which eventually led to the urban and regional planning degree and school at USC. Over time, public administration formed the health administration program and the public policy program. And, the urban planning school developed the real estate program.

In a major milestone, these various strands came together again in a single school in 1998, forming the innovative, multi-disciplinary entity, the School of Policy, Planning, and Development.

In November 2011, the school received a $50 million dollar naming gift from the Price Family Charitable Fund to endow and name the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy. The naming gift honors the life and legacy of Sol Price, founder of Price Club. It reflects a remarkable alignment between Sol Price’s life and legacy and the mission of our school.

Students (2014 – 2015 academic year)

  • Undergraduates: 549
  • Master’s programs: 955
  • Executive programs: 256
  • PhD programs: 50


  • Full-time Faculty: 70+
  • Adjunct Faculty: approximately 175


  • More than 16,000 worldwide

Sponsored research (2014 — 2015 academic year)

  • $49.9 million in sponsored research underway