USC’s freshman class sets record: More first-generation students than ever

The Trojan Family grew by 3,358 when the fall semester began, and many of those incoming students are first in their families to attend college. Almost 17 percent of the class of 2021 are first-generation college students, according to the USC Office of Admission.

About two-thirds of the class are students of color. The incoming class also has the highest average test scores in USC history.

“As the numbers show, our fall freshman class is the highest achieving and the most diverse in USC history,” said Provost Michael Quick. “What the numbers don’t show is that these students are a remarkable group of motivated, innovative individuals who will take on the toughest challenges of the coming decades.

“We have every expectation that we are developing scholars who will be their generation’s leaders. We could not be more thrilled that they have chosen to join the Trojan Family.”

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