The University of Southern California is pushing to attract students from all over the country and the world. And it's paying off. For the first time in its 133 year history, a majority of applications for admission this year came from outside the Golden State.
USC’s dean of admissions told the campus newspaper that 50.5% of applications for fall 2013 admission came from students outside California.
The university has increased the number of recruiters it sends to thousands of high schools in 48 states to promote USC., more than tripling the number assigned to the Midwest and East Coast.
Foreign recruitment is also a priority. The university takes the top spot nationwide for foreign student enrollment, with about 10,000 graduate and undergraduate students from foreign countries studying at the South Los Angeles university this year. That's about 10 percent of the student body.
The biggest proportion are Chinese students, followed by students from India, South Korea, and Saudi Arabia.
About half of this year’s undergraduate class of 3,000 is still from California. Of out-of-state enrollees, Texas and New York have the largest representation with about 100 undergrads each.
Regardless of where a student is from, undergraduate tuition at USC this year is $44,463.