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About Us

The University of Southern California (USC) is one of the world’s leading private research universities. Established in 1880, it’s also one of the oldest. With a strong tradition of integrating liberal arts and sciences with professional education, USC fosters a vibrant culture of public service and encourages students to cross academic as well as geographic boundaries in their pursuit of knowledge. Graduate students at USC are key members of the university’s community of scholars, contributing diverse viewpoints and fresh insights that are poised to make their mark on the theories, systems, inventions, public policy and creative work of the 21st century.

Memberships and Special Designations

USC is a founding member of the UNIGIS International Association.

The USC Spatial Sciences Institute is recognized as an Esri Development Center.

The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency has designated the USC Spatial Sciences Institute as a Center of Academic Excellence in Geospatial Sciences.

The United States Geological Survey has designated the USC Spatial Sciences Institute as a Center of Academic Excellence in Geospatial Sciences.

The USC Spatial Sciences Institute is a member of the U.S. Geospatial Intelligence Foundation, which has accredited the USC Graduate Certificate in Geospatial Intelligence.

USC Dana and David Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences

USC Dornsife prepares students to be world citizens and leaders through increasing awareness, understanding and appreciation of cultural differences. Underlying all inquiry in the humanities, social sciences and sciences is the hope that our new discoveries and insights will be the driving force for a better future in our community and world.


Spatial Sciences Institute

The ability to understand the connections between place and space is what the USC Spatial Sciences Institute is all about. With the power of spatial thinking, GIST program faculty, researchers and students can help address global challenges. As the hub of geographic information science at USC, we partner with researchers, businesses, nonprofits, NGOs and other entities to analyze, model and visualize location-based data. Being housed in an institute gives us a unique ability to attract talented researchers and educators from a wide range of disciplines and promotes collaboration with faculty throughout USC as a whole.