USC: A Premier Research University

USC is one of the world’s premier teaching and research universities and the oldest private research university in the West, and one of only 62 members of the Association of American Universities. Distinguished by a renowned faculty, innovative community-building initiatives, and highly selective admission standards, USC ranks in the top one percent of the nation’s colleges and universities in academic quality. Among private research universities, USC consistently appears on the list of the top 10 recipients of federal research funding.

Research is a hallmark of the Price School of Public Policy. USC Price faculty are known for both their capacity to apply expertise from multiple fields to a singles issue and the depth of their contributions from each field. USC Price faculty rank third at USC in terms of per capita research grants, a reflection of both faculty productivity and the quality of research. MPA students have the opportunity participate in research being conducted through USC Price’s 12 Research Centers.