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.