USC research centers, faculty, and service-learning programs bring a wide range of expertise, research projects and community service to the communities in Los Angeles. Among the local topics USC researchers focus on are the following:
- Policy and Legal Issues
- Healthy Aging
- Military and Veterans
- Diet and Nutrition
- Air pollution / Asthma
For a comprehensive search tool on faculty expertise, visit the Experts Directory.
The USC community supports hundreds of service projects each year, often staffed by USC faculty and student volunteers. Several programs are also supported by grants through the USC Good Neighbors fund, an employee-supported philanthropic fund that awards $1.5 million each year to community-university partnership programs.
USC students also participate in volunteer and service-learning programs with nonprofit organizations throughout the year. For information about working with student volunteers, contact:
- The Volunteer Center in USC Student Affairs (for recruiting volunteers)
- The Joint Educational Project in the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences (for creating service-learning opportunities)
- The Career Center in USC Student Affairs (for posting internship opportunities)
Economic Impact Report
A new independent economic impact study on USC shows that the university is one of California’s strongest economic engines. The study found that USC spurs $8 billion annually in economic activity in the Los Angeles region and California. The snapshot indicates the university will contribute well more than $80 billion to the economy over the next decade.
According to the analysis, conducted by Beacon Economics, USC generated:
- $7.44 billion in economic output in Southern California
- $3.74 billion in total direct spending in the state
- $2.9 billion in wages in California
- $563 million in USC-related student expenditures
- $514 million on capital projects, such as money spent on construction firms, suppliers, and management and technical consulting, in L.A. County
- $455 million in tax revenues for local and state government across California
- $37.9 million for the local economy through visitors attending events at USC, such as football games at the L.A. Memorial Coliseum, the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books and USC Commencement.