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.
Top-15 Ranked Sports:
U.S. News Rank:
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  and men’s track .
Women’s Golf , Men’s Tennis , Men’s Track & Field , Men’s Golf , Women’s Swimming , Women’s Soccer , Women’s Tennis , Volleyball , Women’s Track & Field  and Men’s Swimming 
Location: Los Angeles, Calif.
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
Timothy Brunold, Associate Dean and Director of Undergraduate Admissions
University of Southern California Office of Admission
700 Childs Way
Los Angeles, CA 90089
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
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 , Charles White , Marcus Allen , Carson Palmer , Matt Leinart  and Reggie Bush 
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.