The University of Southern California (USC) is a private, not-for-profit, nonsectarian, research university located in the South Central portion of Los Angeles, California, United States. USC was founded in 1880, making it California's oldest private research university. USC has historically educated a large number of the city's business leaders and professionals. In recent decades, the university has also leveraged its location in Los Angeles to establish relationships with research institutions throughout Asia and the Pacific Rim. Reflecting the status of Los Angeles as a global city, USC has the largest number of international students of any university in the United States. USC's four year, full-time undergraduate program enrolled 17,414 undergraduate students in Fall 2011. USC is also home to 20,596 graduate and professional students in a number of different programs, including business, law, social work, and medicine.
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