By the Numbers


USC’s history of alumni includes 3 Medal of Honor recipients:
Captain Benjamin Salomon, Army (1944)
1st Lieutenant Rudolph Davila, Army (1944)
Captain William McGonagle, Navy (1967)


USC is one of only 60 schools in the U.S. to have all 3 ROTC programs on campus


Sons and daughters of active-duty service members admitted to USC’s Fall 2018 class


Students in Marshall’s Master of Business for Veterans (MBV) 2018 program (includes 35 active-duty)


Years USC has continuously supported the U.S. military – since 1914


Average number of ROTC students each year


USC Alumni who have attained the rank of General Officer or Admiral in the U.S. Military


Average number of students receiving Yellow Ribbon support each year


Average number of enrolled veterans using VA benefits (excludes dependents)


Officers commissioned at USC - since 1940


The number of undergraduate Yellow Ribbon fellowships for an unlimited amount of funding each semester, which means eligible undergraduate veterans can graduate debt free

USC Rankings


The Viterbi School of Engineering’s ranking among Online Graduate Engineering programs for Veterans by U.S. News and World Report


USC’s average ranking among private research universities in Department of Defense sponsored research with over $200M in active research funding


USC’s ranking among the Best Colleges for Veterans in 2019 by U.S. News and World Report


The Viterbi School of Engineering’s ranking among the Military Times Best for Vets Cybersecurity Programs in 2018


USC’s ranking in Military Times’ Best for Vets Colleges 2019


Veteran Friendliness Fine Art Program, College Factual, 2019

Current & New Initiatives

Photo: Brandon Wexler, 2018-19 USCVA President

USC Military History Project

USC is proud to continue our Military History Project, which includes honoring our Trojan Family military alumni and their families at our annual ROTC & Veterans Gala or in their homes, filming their stories, archiving photos and documents, and highlighting them on our @uscmilitarystories Instagram account. We are currently focused on honoring WWII-era, Korean War-era, and Vietnam War-era veterans in the Trojan Family, most of whom are alumni.

Application Fee Waivers for Veterans & Military Family Members for Applicants

Veterans and active-duty members have had fee waivers for undergraduate applications for many years now. In 2017, USC extended the undergraduate fee waiver to military spouses and dependents. This fee waiver should be completed through the Common Application website, on the USC supplemental home page.

Veterans and active-duty members also receive fee waivers for graduate applications. More details here.

With Your Shield: A McMorrow Veterans Initiative

USC offers a certificate program through the Marshall School of Business to ensure the successful transition of veteran families into civilian life. The program is designed to open up employment and educational opportunities for veterans and spouses, prepare veterans for the psychological pressures of transition, and ensure a lifetime connection to the USC network for the veteran and spouse all at no cost to the family. Initially offered only to Naval Special Warfare military members and their families.

Veterans Housing Initiative

Since August 2018, USC housing has offered affordable housing to student veterans for 12-month (and longer) contracts. This helps ensure housing security in the summer months, as veterans often do not move out of Los Angeles in those interim months.

Notable Alumni

Photo: Stayce D. Harris (BS, 1981), Lieutenant General, U.S. Air Force and first African-American female to hold three-star rank in U.S. Air Force

Distinguished military alumni of USC include three Medal of Honor recipients, two four-star generals, three astronauts, two Olympians, a Secretary of State, a Deputy Secretary of Defense, and a litany of groundbreakers including the first man to walk on the moon, the first African-American female to reach the rank of lieutenant general in the U.S. Air Force, and the first U.S. general born in Vietnam.

  • Ira C. Eaker (BA, 1934) – General, United States Army Air Forces
  • Benjamin L. Salomon (DDS, 1937) – Front-line surgeon, United States Army; Medal of Honor recipient (year of honor 1944)
  • Jerry D. Page (BS, 1937) – Major General, United States Air Force; Commandant, Air War College
  • Iris Cummings Critchell (BS, 1941) – Pilot (only female graduate of 1941 Civilian Pilot Training Program at USC); Olympic swimmer; developed USC College of Aeronautics (now USC Aviation Safety and Security Program)
  • Louis Zamperini (BA, 1940) – Olympic runner; World War II Prisoner of War; Captain, U.S. Army Air Forces
  • Paul Ignatius (BA, 1942) – Secretary of the Navy, 1967-1969; Assistant Secretary of Defense, 1964-1967
  • Warren Christopher (BS, 1945) – U.S. Secretary of State, 1993-1997; Ensign, U.S. Naval Reserve
  • William L. McGonagle (BA, 1947) – Captain, USS Liberty (AGTR-5), U.S. Navy; Medal of Honor recipient (year of honor 1967)
  • Rudolph B. Davila (BA 1952, MA 1959) – First Lieutenant, U.S. Army; Medal of Honor recipient (year of honor 1944)
  • Norman Schwarzkopf (ME, 1964) – Four-star General, U.S. Army
  • Neil Armstrong (ME, 1970) – Astronaut and first man to walk on the moon; Lieutenant, U.S. Navy
  • Jack K. Farris (MS, 1973) – Major General, U.S. Air Force
  • Michael J. Williams (1974) – Four-star General, U.S. Marine Corps; Assistant Commandant of the Marine Corps, 2000-2002
  • Charles F. Bolden, Jr. (MS, 1977) – Major General, United States Marine Corps; 12th Administrator of NASA; astronaut; two-time USC trustee
  • David G. Young III (MD, 1977) – Brigadier General, U.S. Air Force; Commander, 59th Medical Wing
  • Dennis R. Larsen (MS, 1978) – Lieutenant General, U.S. Air Force
  • Robert O. Work (MS, 1980) – 32nd Deputy Secretary of Defense, 2014-2017; Colonel, U.S. Marine Corps
  • Carlos I. Noriega (BS, 1981) – Astronaut; installed first solar arrays on International Space Station; Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Marine Corps
  • Stayce D. Harris (BS, 1981) – Lieutenant General, U.S. Air Force; first African-American female to hold three-star rank in U.S. Air Force
  • Frances C. Wilson (EdD, 1981) – Lieutenant General, U.S. Marine Corps; President, National Defense University, 2006-2009
  • Nancy J. Currie-Gregg (MS, 1985) – Astronaut and veteran of four Space Shuttle missions; Colonel, U.S. Army
  • Viet Luong (BS, 1987), Major General, U.S. Army; first U.S. general born in Vietnam
  • Sandra Finan (MS, 1989) – Major General, U.S. Air Force
  • Paul M. Nakasone (Master’s, 1989) – Four-star General, U.S. Army; Commander, U.S. Army Cyber Command; Director, National Security Agency
  • Harold J. Greene (MS 1989, MS 1990, PhD 1992) – Major General, U.S. Army; highest ranking casualty of the War in Afghanistan