2010 STACK Elite 50 Colleges: #10 USC

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Mindful that you're a student-athlete—and not just a student—we offer you the 4th Annual STACK Elite 50 Colleges, a ranking of the best schools for academically-minded athletes. After months of crunching numbers [wins, losses, championships, school rankings, academic progress and more], we improved on our prior years' compilations to help you choose a school with the right balance of academics and athletics.

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Mindful that you're a student-athlete—and not just a student—we offer you the 4th Annual STACK Elite 50 Colleges, a ranking of the best schools for academically-minded athletes. After months of crunching numbers [wins, losses, championships, school rankings, academic progress and more], we improved on our prior years' compilations to help you choose a school with the right balance of academics and athletics.

For the next few days, we'll be counting down our Top 10 colleges and universities. We start with #10, the University of Southern California.

Rank: 10
Total Points: 36.27
Top-15 Ranked Sports: 10
U.S. News Rank: 23

WHY THEY'RE ON TOP
The Trojan's horse collapsed in football as USC dropped five spots. Still prominent in Elite 50 sport-specific rankings were men's and women's golf [3 & 1], women's tennis [2] and men's track [2].

Ranked Sports: Women's Golf [1], Men's Tennis [2], Men's Track & Field [2], Men's Golf [3], Women's Swimming [8], Women's Soccer [8], Women's Tennis [8], Volleyball [9], Women's Track & Field [11] and Men's Swimming [11]

GENERAL INFORMATION
Location: Los Angeles, Calif.
Enrollment: 16,608
Year founded: 1880
Percentage of freshmen in top 10% of their graduating class: 87
Application fee: $65
Acceptance rate: 22%
Average GPA of incoming freshmen: 3.7
Male/female ratio: 50/50
Student/faculty ratio: 9/1
Percentage of students from out of state: 47
Tuition: $39,124

Admissions Contact:
Timothy Brunold, Associate Dean and Director of Undergraduate Admissions
University of Southern California Office of Admission
700 Childs Way
Los Angeles, CA 90089
Phone: 213-740-1111

ATHLETIC INFORMATION
Nickname: Trojans
Conference: Pac-10
National championships: 87 (74 men, 13 women)
Longest coaching tenure: Tom Walsh, Women's Cross Country, 16 years
Nearest professional team: Los Angeles Dodgers (MLB), 7 miles

FUN FACTS
Notable alumni: First man on the moon Neil Armstrong, NFL QB Carson Palmer, actor Will Ferrell, WNBA star Lisa Leslie, actor Forest Whitaker, actor John Wayne, movie writer Judd Apatow
Honored Trojans: Mike Garrett [1965], Charles White [1979], Marcus Allen [1981], Carson Palmer [2002], Matt Leinart [2004] and Reggie Bush [2005]

LINKS
University Website: usc.edu
Wikipedia: USC Trojans

Head over to STACK.com for a complete collection of videos featuring former USC athletes, including Reggie Bush, Mark Sanchez and April Ross. Also, check out our interview with USC alum and three-time WBNA MVP, Lisa Leslie.

Go to elite50.stack.com to read more on USC and the rest of the STACK Elite 50 Colleges.

Photos:  photogallery.usc.edu


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