University of Southern California

The University of Southern California (USC) is located just outside downtown Los Angeles on the cusp of what locals still call South Central. It is California's oldest research university and, for a private institution, one might say its campus and population are fairly massive. The university enrolls approximately 16,000 undergraduates and 17,000 graduate students.

Of late, the liberal bias at USC has emanated primarily from its student government, though the administration has shown little inclination to check that body’s liberal ambitions, even when one student senator was threatened with impeachment merely for expressing his conservative views in public.

Campus Rating

    Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE): Yellow Light

    American Council of Trustees and Alumni (ACTA) - Grade: C; No required courses in Literature, U.S. Government/History, Economics, or Mathematics.

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    Southern Cal student gov may ask for $100 million to help impose racial quotas
  • The University of Southern California student government will soon vote on a resolution calling for a number of eye-popping diversity initiatives, such as requiring first-year students to take a course on diversity issues, instituting a racial quota system for admissions, and creating a $100 million scholarship fund for minority students.

    The resolution, sponsored by student senator...

  • USC students required to detail sexual history before registering for classes
  • A mandatory online course at the University of Southern California (USC) asks students to disclose the number of sexual encounters they have had over the past three months and teaches students to ask for consent by saying “how far would you be comfortable going?” and “would you like to try this with me?”

    In an email obtained by Campus Reform, students...

  • USC diversity resolution dealt setback by student opposition
  • The University of Southern California student government postponed a vote that had been scheduled for Tuesday night on a resolution calling for a laundry list of diversity initiatives.

    Student senator Jacob Ellenhorn, who strongly opposes the resolution, told Campus Reform that rather than a victory, the delay is actually a capitulation to the resolution’s supporters, who...

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    Southern Cal student gov may ask for $100 million to help impose racial quotas
  • The University of Southern California student government will soon vote on a resolution calling for a number of eye-popping diversity initiatives, such as requiring first-year students to take a course on diversity issues, instituting a racial quota system for admissions, and creating a $100 million scholarship fund for minority students. The resolution, sponsored by student senator Sabrina...

  • USC students required to detail sexual history before registering for classes
  • A mandatory online course at the University of Southern California (USC) asks students to disclose the number of sexual encounters they have had over the past three months and teaches students to ask for consent by saying “how far would you be comfortable going?” and “would you like to try this with me?” In an email obtained by Campus Reform, students were told they must...

  • USC diversity resolution dealt setback by student opposition
  • The University of Southern California student government postponed a vote that had been scheduled for Tuesday night on a resolution calling for a laundry list of diversity initiatives. Student senator Jacob Ellenhorn, who strongly opposes the resolution, told Campus Reform that rather than a victory, the delay is actually a capitulation to the resolution’s supporters, who he claims lack the...

  • USC video game panel cancelled over lack of women
  • The University of Southern California cancelled an event for students in its game-design program last week because the panel of industry leaders did not include any women. Just hours before the “Legends of the Games Industry” discussion was scheduled to begin on April 20, the USC Interactive Media & Games department announced on its Facebook page that the event had been cancelled...

  • USC student govt. simultaneously demands tuition freeze and $20M increase in diversity spending
  • The University of Southern California’s (USC) administration is promising to dish out millions of dollars in scholarship funds for Syrian and Mexican immigrants as part of a campus wide diversity initiative put forth by the school’s student government. USC’s student senate passed a diversity resolution last November, calling on the university to invest $100 million in mandatory...

  • Schools nationwide spiral into mass hysteria over pro-Trump messages
  • A campaign calling on students to write pro-Trump chalk messages on college and university campuses across the country, "The Chalkening," has done a great deal to expose the extreme sensitivity that pervades American higher education. “Triggered” by such troubling communiques as “Trump 2016” and “Build The Wall,” students have reported the chalkings to police,...

  • Impeachment threats: a trendy way to silence campus conservatives
  • At universities across the country, student senators have faced threats of impeachment for infractions such as inviting conservative speakers to campus and voting contrary to the wishes of liberal student groups. To keep track of this troubling trend, Campus Reform has created a map of the impeachment efforts that have surfaced thus far, along with a synopsis of the situation at each school. ...

  • USC senator escapes impeachment, but loses stipend for being conservative
  • The University of Southern California student senate has decided to allow one of their colleagues to remain in office, but is confiscating the remainder of his stipend as punishment for expressing his conservative political views in public. “After hearing the truth about the false charges brought up against [me] by Diana Jimenez, my fellow senators decided to vote against my...

  • USC student warns that impeaching conservative senator would confirm liberal bias
  • A University of Southern California student is urging Student Government not to impeach a conservative colleague, saying it would only confirm the existence of liberal bias on campus. In a letter to the editor of the Daily Trojan Monday, USC senior Luke Phillips argues that impeaching Jacob Ellenhorn would be a mistake not only because the charges against him are “vague, speculative, and...

  • USC student senator faces impeachment for being conservative
  • A student senator at the University of Southern California is the subject of a formal complaint seeking his removal from office for expressing his conservative opinions, such as inviting Milo Yiannopoulos to speak on campus and filming an event for Campus Reform. Jacob Ellenhorn, who also serves as president of the USC College Republicans (CRs), received the complaint Monday afternoon, and...

  • USC to police alcohol consumption, guest lists, activities at frat parties
  • The University of Southern California (USC) is cracking down on fraternity and sorority parties by requiring all Greek organizations to comply with an 11-page list of party rules and procedures. The list, obtained by Campus Reform, contains dozens of specific rules prohibiting the use of alcohol and limiting or monitoring the numbers of guests in attendance at any given event. “Any event...

  • USC paying students to film ‘real life’ events of ‘oppression’
  • The Office of Student Affairs at the University of Southern California is now offering its students monetary compensation for reporting “real life events” of “oppression.” According to a screenshot obtained by Campus Reform, USC students will have the opportunity to submit a short video of a non-fictional depiction of an event “related to diversity” or...

  • USC 'Consent Carnival' features bounce house sex simulation
  • Thursday night's "Consent Carnival" at the University of Southern California turned out to be as entertaining as expected, highlighted by the unannounced inclusion of a simulated sex experience in a bouncy house. USC student Jacob Ellenhorn attended the event on behalf of Campus Reform, and recounted an unusual experience participating in the games—at least until he was asked to leave...

  • USC ‘Consent Carnival’ to feature kissing booth, trivia games
  • Student groups at the University of Southern California have revealed that an upcoming “Consent Carnival” will feature activities such as trivia, raffles, and even a kissing booth. According to a Facebook page that appeared Tuesday, exactly one week after Student Government approved funding for the idea, the event will take place Thursday evening in a cafe/meeting room on campus, and...

  • USC student group to host ‘Consent Carnival’
  • The University of Southern California Student Government has approved a “Consent Carnival” event for this semester, which will provide a festive atmosphere in which to discuss sexual consent. Student Sen. Jacob Ellenhorn told Campus Reform that the event was approved at a Senate meeting on January 19 as part of a package of activities proposed by the Queer and Ally Student Assembly...