About the Price School

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The mission of the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy is to improve the quality of life for people and their communities, here and abroad. We achieve this mission through education and research that promote innovative solutions to the most critical issues facing society.

As the 21st century unfolds, strands and textures of society intersect in unexpected ways. Much of this occurs across booming urban populations — in America and around the world — giving rise to new challenges or further complicating those that have not been adequately solved.

For nearly 90 years, the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy has earned the public trust by creating path-breaking research and scholarship. We believe it is our ethical responsibility to continue serving our global community at the highest level of excellence.

Sustainability, health care, immigration, infrastructure, urban development, social policy, affordable housing, and governance – these are just a few of the modern challenges that require leaders who look beyond their area of expertise to find the most effective solutions. And they are challenges that call on a new generation of creative thinkers to explore beyond the status quo.

Solving societal issues of such complexity requires not only great minds but also great action. USC Price fosters collaboration and partnerships to better understand problems through varied perspectives. We use the vast influence of California and greater Los Angeles as a resource for setting new paradigms. And we translate research into communities by working directly with the public, private and nonprofit sectors.

USC students organize the first Students of Color and Allies Policy Forum. (Photo by Tom Queally)

USC students organize the first Students of Color and Allies Policy Forum. (Photo by Tom Queally)

USC Price faculty and students are bold. They ask difficult questions and question longstanding answers. They are leaders in their fields and deeply engaged citizens. But most of all, they are inspired by the fact that there is little difference between obstacle and opportunity.

If you’re ready to join in conversations that advance knowledge and civic action serving the global public good, look no further than USC Price.

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