The University of Southern California sits on 308 acres in the ‘University Park’ section of Los Angeles, CA. This private 4-year university was founded in 1880 and is unique in that at its founding, it was mandated from the start that “no student would be denied admission because of race.” USC is California’s oldest private research university. Its location in the city of LA offers students accessibility to many of the city’s attractions, most notably the Shrine Auditorium, Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena, and Los Angeles Coliseum. The campus buildings are a blend of traditional red-brick with techno-modernism stylings; newer construction uses a more Gothic Revival style of architecture. USC claims many famous graduates including Neil Armstrong, John Wayne and George Lucas.