Stanford University vs. University of Southern California (USC)

Two Rivalry Colleges in Pacific-12 Conference

  • Both Stanford University and University of Southern California (USC) are private.
  • Both schools are located in California.
  • USC has more expensive tuition of $68,237 than Stanford University ($62,484).
  • Stanford University has tighter acceptance rate of 4.73% than USC (15.95%).
  • Stanford University has higher SAT scores of 1,550 than USC (1,520).
  • USC is larger with 48,945 students than Stanford University (18,283 students).
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#1 in National Universities
#1 in California
Rankings#23 in National Universities
#4 in California
Private, 4-yearsSchool TypePrivate, 4-years
Stanford, CALocationLos Angeles, CA
Known asUSC
Post-Master Certificate
Doctorate (Research)
Doctorate (Professional Practice)
Offered DegreesBachelor's
Post-Bachelor Certificate
Post-Master Certificate
Doctorate (Research)
Doctorate (Professional Practice)
Doctorate (Other)
Research University (very high research activity)Carnegie ClassificationResearch University (very high research activity)
Tuition & Fees
$56,737Financial Aid$43,570
$90 undergraduate
$125 graduate
Application Fee$85 undergraduate
$90 graduate
4.73%Acceptance Rate15.95%
1,550 SAT, 35 ACTTest Scores1,520 SAT, 34 ACT
Student Population
18,283Total Students48,945
288Online Enrollment6,276
Graduation Rate & Outcomes
95%Graduation Rate92%
Transfer-out Rate
98%Retention Rate97%
$141,300Average Earning after Graduation$88,800
Special Learning Opportunities and Student Services
Online Degree/Certificate Program Offered for GraduateDistance Learning (Online Classes)Online Degree/Certificate Program Offered for Graduate
Study Abroad
Teacher Certifiate
Special OpportunitiesROTC
Study Abroad
✔ (Dormitory Capacity: 14,162)
$11,682 average annual costs
On-Campus Living✔ (Dormitory Capacity: 8,500)
$10,506 average annual costs
✔ (19 meals per week)
$6,937 average annual costs
Meal PlanNot offered or not Reported
Faculties and Staffs
5 to 1Students to Faculty Ratio9 to 1
3,724 Full-time
500 Part-time
Number of Faculties2,403 Full-time
1,305 Part-time
15,271 Full-time
1,402 Part-time
Number of Staffs14,295 Full-time
2,353 Part-time
$191,816 for Faculties
$116,183 Part-time
Average Salary$142,538 for Faculties
$88,866 Part-time
All data used in our site is from IPEDS (The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System), U.S. Department of Education, academic year 2022-2023