The University of Southern California not only excels in academics but produces some of the best athletes across sports. If you’re interested in attending the university (which I biasly recommend since I’m a Trojan myself!), or interested in learning a bit more, read along for 8 fun facts about USC!

8 Fun Facts About USC

#1 – Most folks think the University of Southern California’s mascot is Tommy Trojan, and although everyone loves Tommy, the OFFICIAL mascot is Traveler the Horse! You can catch Tommy riding Traveler around the Coliseum after the Trojans score a touchdown.

USC Fun Facts

#2 – USC is the only University in the world to have a gold medal-winning athlete in every Summer Olympiad since 1912. How cool is that? Overall, the University has produced 423 Olympians – the most of any University. These Olympians have gone on to capture a record 288 total Olympic Medals!

#3 – In 1979, Fleetwood Mac invited the USC Marching Band to perform ‘Tusk’ on their 12th album, which was the band’s first platinum album.

#4 – There have been 35 ‘perfect days’ when USC wins, and Notre Dame and UCLA both lose (football that is…)

#5 – John Wayne played offensive tackle on USC’s football team before dropping out to become a movie star. His name while he was a student was Marion Mitchell Morrison. However, he changed it after facing pressure from FOX executives.

#6 – Some of the many notable USC alumni include: George Lucas, John Wayne, Forest Whitaker, Judd Apatow, Will Ferrell. And many, many other famous athletes, movie stars, and entertainers!

#7 – Every year since the Academy Awards were created in 1929, a USC alumnus has been nominated for an Oscar.

#8 – When USC was founded in 1880, the University employed 10 faculty members and welcomed a class of 53 students. Tuition for the first year was only $15.00 per semester!

8 fun facts about USC

Wrap Up

Hope you learned something new from these fun facts about USC! Do you know any fun facts about USC we should add to this blog? Let us know in the comments below!

If you’d like more color on the University’s traditions, check out this great article from the USC Admission’s Blog.

And if you’re attending a football game at the Coliseum this fall, be sure to check out our Tailgater Guide: USC and our tailgate packages here.

Tailgate On!