UCLA vs. University of Southern California Overview

You’re wrestling with a tough question: “Should I go to UCLA or USC ?”

What are your chances at UCLA?

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    This free college chances tool calculates your acceptance chances at UCLA or any other U.S. college

    Please note all chances are estimates based on test score and GPA averages.

    *or select a school above for a specific calculation

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    This complete guide analyzes both the quantitative and qualitative differences between UCLA andUniversity of Southern California. This comparison is particularly valuable at understanding the cultural nuances between the colleges since it uses student videos to capture the “vibes” of campus - these videos are exclusively available on CampusReel :)

    Before we get into the nitty-gritty, let’s go through a general overview of the high-level differences between UCLA and University of Southern California. The table below summarizes some of the most important statistics around competitiveness, costs, etc.

    UCLA University of Southern California
    In-state Tuition $12,763 $50,277
    Net Price $13,328.0 $29,174.0
    Average Financial Aid $10,730 $33,822
    Total Undergraduates 29581 18519
    Average SAT Scores 1180 - 1470 1270 - 1500
    Acceptance Rate 17 18
    Location 405 Hilgard Ave University Park
    City Name Los Angeles Los Angeles

    WARNINGS: Based on net price alone, UCLA is the cheaper option. However, this sticker price may not adequately represent the difference in living costs between Los Angeles and Los Angeles. UCLA is in a Mountain and USC is in a Mountain - sometimes off campus meals and housing costs can dramatically vary between schools.

    Is UCLA or University of Southern California Harder to get into? Which school is easier to get into?

    If you’re looking at acceptance rate alone, then UCLA is more difficult to get into. However, each college is looking to fill its incoming class with a variety of students with different strengths, backgrounds, etc. Therefore, the acceptance rate alone is not a good indicator that UCLA is a better school or will be more difficult for you specifically to get into. On the flipside, University of Southern California is easier to get into based on acceptance rate alone.

    You can use the below college admissions predictor to determine your likelihood of acceptance at either school.

    What are your chances at UCLA?

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    This free college chances tool calculates your acceptance chances at UCLA or any other U.S. college

    Please note all chances are estimates based on test score and GPA averages.

    *or select a school above for a specific calculation

    Need chances at another college?

    How do UCLA dorms compare to housing options at USC?

    Both colleges provide on-campus living options. UCLA charges for on-campus living, while USC charges N/A for on-campus living. Most importantly, though, check out the video below for a sample of dorm tours at each school.

    How does UCLA social life compare to USC?

    It’s tough to understand the nuances of social life with data alone. That’s why we’ve brought in real student videos to show how UCLA social life differs from USC.

    The table below helps demonstrate the student body differences as well.
    UCLA, % USC, %
    White 27.14 40.13
    Hispanic 20.63 13.8
    Black 2.99 4.21
    Foreign 12.65 13.4
    Others 36.6 28.5

    How different is the UCLA campus compared to USC campus?

    The UCLA campus is located in Los Angeles, CA and is characterized as City: Large (population of 250,000 or more). The USC campus is located in Los Angeles, CA and is characterized as City: Large (population of 250,000 or more).

    Which school gives more financial aid?

    UCLA provides $10,730 whereas USC provides an average of $33,822.

    How does UCLA academics compare to USC?

    When analyzing academics between UCLA and University of Southern California we’ll look at both what current students are studying and also where they end up after graduation. After all, college should prepare you for a career! Analyzing each school’s outcomes is super valuable to understand the value of the degree.

    Majors UCLA USC
    Agriculture agriculture operations and related sciences N/A N/A
    Natural resources and conservation 65 49
    Architecture and related services 19 238
    Area ethnic cultural gender and group studies 292 17
    Communication journalism and related programs N/A 423
    Computer and information sciences and support services 183 217
    Communications technologies technicians and support services N/A N/A
    Personal and culinary services N/A N/A
    Engineering 592 473
    Education N/A N/A
    Engineering technologies and engineering related fields N/A N/A

    Which is better: UCLA or University of Southern California?

    What are your chances at UCLA?

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    This free college chances tool calculates your acceptance chances at UCLA or any other U.S. college

    Please note all chances are estimates based on test score and GPA averages.

    *or select a school above for a specific calculation

    Need chances at another college?

    We’ve compared dorm life, costs, outcomes and more to provide the most complete comparison between UCLA and USC. But, you’re smart enough to know that numbers paint a terrible picture for truly understanding what each college and community is like. And, the real answer to which school is better is: the school that’s right for you. No matter who you ask, if they know what they’re talking about, the answer is the same: the “better” school is whatever is the best fit for you personally. That’s why it’s extremely important to check out all the videos on CampusReel for each school.

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