USC boasts diverse incoming class

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USC Fans cheer with their chests painted in the student section of the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum during an NCAA college football game.

Officials say the incoming class at USC reflects a broader range of economic and ethnic backgrounds than its nearly $58,000 yearly tuition might suggest.

Statistics released Wednesday say a fifth of the Trojan Class of 2016 will be the first members of their families to attend a four-year university.

The admissions office says more than 60 percent of the new freshmen qualified for need-based financial aid, and close to a quarter landed merit-based scholarships.

The class is varied in many respects and kept pace with USC’s reputation as the American campus with the biggest international enrollment; 15 percent of the incoming class is from abroad and 37 percent are from out of state.

A quarter of the class is of Asian descent, 12 percent is Latino and 7 percent is Black. Admissions officers say 90 percent rank in the top 10 percent of their high school graduating class.

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