San Diego Marina district
Orange County map, 1921
Sunset in Venice, a neighborhood in Los Angeles
A map of California tribal groups and languages at the time of European contact
Robert M. Widney, founder of the university, photographed in 1885
Laguna Beach (with Newport beach in background).
Three Arch Bay in Laguna Beach
The coat of arms granted to the Californias by Viceroy Antonio de Mendoza
The Widney Alumni House, the campus's first building
Los Angeles County before the secession of Orange County in 1889
California counties below the 36th standard parallel
Mission San Diego de Alcalá drawn as it was in 1848. Established in 1769, it was the first of the California Missions.
"Tommy Trojan" is a major symbol of the university, though he is not the mascot.
A billboard for Nixon's Restaurant in Orange County, circa 1955
Topography of the border region
Map showing Alta California in 1838, when it was a sparsely populated Mexican province
Doheny Library
One of the few remaining farms near the ocean, 1975. Photo by Charles O'Rear.
Percent of households with incomes above $150k across LA County census tracts.
The flag used by Juan Bautista Alvarado's 1836 movement for Californian independence
The Bovard Auditorium houses many of USC's administrative offices as well as the auditorium
Three Arch Bay in Laguna Beach, Southern Orange County
Köppen climate types of southern California
The Russians from Alaska established their largest settlement in California, Fort Ross, in 1812.
Zumberge Hall, one of the original buildings on the University Park Campus
View of Newport Center and the Santa Ana Mountains from Newport Harbor
Proctor Valley in Chula Vista
The Bear Flag of the California Republic was first raised in Sonoma in 1846 during the Bear Flag Revolt.
The Center for International and Public Affairs, topped by a 5500 lb globe, is the tallest structure on campus. Built under the second master plan, it reflects a trend towards modernism during that period.
Aerial view of an edge city: Irvine Business Complex (top), John Wayne Airport runway (upper center), South Coast Metro buildings (lower center) and below, the South Coast Plaza mall
Autumn of 2008 in southern California.
Yokayo, a village of Pomo people in Ukiah (Mendocino County), c. 1916
Waite Phillips Hall, home to the USC Rossier School of Education, is one of the university's main landmarks
Huntington Beach and Fountain Valley from over Costa Mesa
Satellite view of southern California, including the Channel Islands
Hollywood film studios, 1922
The original Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center
Major facilities in the Anaheim–Santa Ana edge city, plus the locations of the adjacent downtowns
View from La Jolla Cove in San Diego.
The "Birthplace of Silicon Valley" garage, where Stanford University graduates Bill Hewlett and David Packard developed their first product in the 1930s
Bovard Hall, shortly after completion in 1921; the streets later became pedestrian-only
MainPlace Mall
Peaks in the eastern San Gabriel Mountains, Angeles National Forest, San Bernardino County.
A topographic map of California
The Gwynn Wilson Student Union on the University Park campus
Orange County Density Map. Darker shades indicate more densely populated areas.
Yucca Valley with Visitor Center in Background in June 2017.
Big Sur coast, south of Monterey at Bixby Bridge
The Law School building is one of the handful of examples of Brutalist architecture on the main campus.
The developing urban core in the City of Irvine.
Ocean Beach Sunset in San Diego.
Yosemite National Park
Mudd Hall of Philosophy
Newport Center and Fashion Island
Northridge earthquake shake map
Cylindropuntia bigelovii in the Joshua Tree National Park
School of Cinematic Arts.
State Route 1 winds down the coast over Corona Del Mar State Beach
Salton Sea in the Coachella Valley
Köppen climate types in California
The Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism
Anaheim Regional Transportation Intermodal Center (ARTIC)
The Oceanside Pier on the San Diego County coast
Death Valley, in the Mojave Desert
The Leavey Library, completed in the mid-1990s, reflected a shift to earlier Romanesque architecture in that era. It is USC's newest library
Santa Ana Regional Transportation Center
Downtown San Bernardino
Five of the twenty largest wildfires in California history were part of the 2020 wildfire season.
Interior of the Doheny Memorial Library
1965 aerial photo of Anaheim Disneyland, Disneyland Hotel with its Monorail Station. The Disneyland Heliport, surrounding orange groves, Santa Ana Freeway (now I-5) and the Melodyland Theater "in the round," and part of the City of Anaheim. Anaheim Stadium can be seen under construction near the upper left.
Taco Bell Headquarters in Irvine
A Joshua Tree (Yucca brevifolia) in Joshua Tree
The Eileen L. Norris Cinema Theatre, where the THX sound system was first developed and installed by Tomlinson Holman.
Street banners promoting the county's two major league teams, the Ducks and the Angels.
Disneyland in Anaheim
A forest of redwood trees in Redwood National Park
The Galen Center, home of USC basketball and volleyball
Interstate and state highway system of Southern California
Sea otter in Morro Bay, California
The Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum during a USC football game
The Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway's combined Super Chief-El Capitan pulls into Los Angeles's Union Passenger Terminal on September 24, 1966.
Mission San Diego de Alcalá, first of the Spanish missions in California
USC mascot Traveler with Trojan Warrior and The Spirit of Troy
University of California, Los Angeles
Sunset at Venice Beach
During the week prior to the traditional USC-UCLA rivalry football game, the Tommy Trojan statue is covered to prevent UCLA vandalism.
California Institute of Technology
Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum hosted the Summer Olympics in 1932 and 1984.
The drum major of the Spirit of Troy wears a more elaborate uniform and conducts the band with a sword.
Blooming Roses at Huntington Library in San Marino, Los Angeles County, April 2022
Torrance High School, one of the oldest high schools in continuous use in California
The Song Girls celebrating a USC Trojans football victory
The University of California, Berkeley is the first and oldest campus of the UC system.
Fountain outside of Doheny Library with the Center for International and Public Affairs; both buildings were used in the film The Graduate as stand-ins for UC Berkeley.
The Claremont Colleges east of L.A. include some of the most selective liberal arts colleges in the U.S.
Shinzo Abe
A tree map depicting the distribution of occupations across California
Marcus Allen
Orange Grove outside of Santa Paula
Herb Alpert
The Googleplex in Mountain View, California, is the corporate headquarters of Google. Silicon Valley is a center for the global technology industry.
Judd Apatow
Economic regions of California
Neil Armstrong
Moss Landing Power Plant, located on the coast of Monterey Bay
Beck Bennett
Solar Energy Generating Systems, located in the Mojave Desert
Aloe Blacc
The Golden Gate Bridge
LeVar Burton
The Judge Harry Pregerson Interchange in Los Angeles, one of California's tall "stack" interchanges
Jerry Buss
Map of California showing the primary roadways
John Carpenter
Amtrak California train in Pinole
Julie Chen
Aerial view of the Delta–Mendota Canal (left) and the California Aqueduct, at the Interstate 205 crossing west of Tracy
Warren Christopher
California budget 2022-2023
Jon M. Chu
The California State Capitol in Sacramento
Lily Collins
Democrats Jerry Brown and Eric Garcetti. Brown served twice as Governor of California and Garcetti is currently serving as Mayor of Los Angeles.
Teresa Teng
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Ryan Coogler
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A topographic map of California
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The famous Tunnel tree at Yosemite National Park in May of 2022
America Ferrera
Death Valley, in the Mojave Desert
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Regina King
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Southern California (commonly shortened to SoCal) is a geographic and cultural region that generally comprises the southern portion of the U.S. state of California.

- Southern California

The University of Southern California (USC, SC, or Southern Cal) is a private research university in Los Angeles, California.

- University of Southern California

Orange County is located in the Los Angeles metropolitan area in Southern California.

- Orange County, California

The region generally contains ten of California's 58 counties: Imperial, Kern, Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo and Ventura counties.

- Southern California

USC also operates an Orange County center in Irvine for business, pharmacy, social work, and education, and the Information Sciences Institute, with centers in Arlington, Virginia, and Marina del Rey.

- University of Southern California

After a series of defensive battles in Southern California, the Treaty of Cahuenga was signed by the Californios on January 13, 1847, securing American control in California.

- California

The USC School of Architecture was established in 1916, the first in Southern California.

- University of Southern California

Some institutions not based in Orange County operate satellite campuses, including the University of Southern California, National University, Pepperdine University, and Springfield College.

- Orange County, California

California is also home to such notable private universities as Stanford University, the University of Southern California, the California Institute of Technology, and the Claremont Colleges.

- California

Amongst these include five University of California campuses (Irvine, Los Angeles, Riverside, Santa Barbara, and San Diego), 12 California State University campuses (Bakersfield, Channel Islands, Dominguez Hills, Fullerton, Los Angeles, Long Beach, Northridge, Pomona, San Bernardino, San Diego, San Marcos, and San Luis Obispo); and private institutions such as the California Institute of Technology, Azusa Pacific University, Chapman University, the Claremont Colleges (Claremont McKenna College, Harvey Mudd College, Pitzer College, Pomona College, Scripps College, Claremont Graduate University and Keck Graduate Institute), Loma Linda University, Loyola Marymount University, Occidental College, Pepperdine University, University of Redlands, University of San Diego and the University of Southern California.

- Southern California

Orange County had remained largely Republican until the 2016 and 2018 elections, in which a majority of the county's votes were cast for Democratic candidates.

- California

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