University of Southern California is a private institution that was founded in 1880. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 17,414, its setting is urban, and the campus size is 226 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. University of Southern California's ranking in the 2013 edition of Best Colleges is National Universities, 24. The University of Southern California’s central campus, referred to as the University Park campus, is located in Los Angeles’s Downtown Arts and Education Corridor. USC has other campuses in L.A. in addition to sites around Southern California and in Sacramento, Calif., and Washington. Students can participate in the more than 600 on-campus organizations, ranging from religious groups to club sports. USC students are not required to live on campus, but the university offers housing in its 40 or so residence halls and apartment buildings. A thriving Greek life comprises more than 60 chapters representing about 4,000 students. The USC Trojans compete in the Pac-12 Conference and are known for their legendary football program, which has won more Rose Bowls than any other college team.
University of California--Los Angeles is a public institution that was founded in 1919. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 27,199, its setting is urban, and the campus size is 419 acres. It utilizes a quarter-based academic calendar. University of California--Los Angeles's ranking in the 2013 edition of Best Colleges is National Universities, 24. Its in-state tuition and fees are $12,692 (2012-13); out-of-state tuition and fees are $35,570 (2012-13).The University of California—Los Angeles, commonly referred to as UCLA, is located in the Westwood neighborhood of L.A., just five miles from the Pacific Ocean. UCLA guarantees housing for two years. Students can join any of the more than 600 student organizations, including 60 or so Greek chapters, which represent about 13 percent of the student body. The university has a number of student media groups including a newspaper, magazine, and radio and TV stations. The UCLA Bruins compete in the Pac-12 Conference of NCAA’s Division I and are well known for their successful men’s and women’s water polo teams. The Bruins’ football team plays its home games at the famous Rose Bowl stadium in nearby Pasadena. UCLA encourages students to study abroad, and more than 2,000 do so each year. UCLA offers more arts and cultural programs than many cities, and students can choose from more than 1,000 events annually. UCLA students are known for their optimism and sense of possibility. At this forward-thinking university, their opportunities are not limited by tradition or by typical boundaries between fields of study. UCLA has so much to offer simply