A League of Their Own: The Best Never Rest - The Mountain Pacific Sports Federation

Joan Gould
Water Polo Planet

Arguably the top conference in the world of NCAA Water Polo competition the MPSF member schools exist predominantly in California with additionally great destinations in the University of Hawai’i and Arizona State.

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Far from yesteryears domination by UCLA, Stanford and USC, the men’s season of 2007 is showing a rapid move toward parity with even the historic lower tiered water polo schools showing the ability to burst onto the scene with upsets. Looking at the educational benefits of these schools forces college bound high schoolers to look at each school as a great destination affording both a superb education as well as a top notch competitive water polo program.

Information Is the Right Tool for Choosing a School

ASU Arizona State University


Arizona State University (ASU) is a public research institution of higher education andresearch with campuses located in the Phoenix Metropolitan Area.. As of 2006, the Tempe campus is the second-largest university campus in terms of student enrollment in the United States, with a student body of 51,234. There are plans to grow to more than 90,000 students by 2020.

Each year, nearly 10,000 students graduate from the university's four campuses. In 2006, 188 National Merit Scholars chose to attend ASU. Many are part of the Barrett Honors College, which has produced 54 Fulbright scholars, 28 Goldwater scholars, 13 Truman scholars, and 1 Gilman scholar.
ASU entered a new era on July 1, 2002, when Michael Crow joined the university as its 16th president. At his inauguration, President Crow outlined his vision for transforming ASU into a New American University—one that is open and inclusive; that embraces its cultural, socioeconomic, and physical setting; and that promotes use-inspired research. As the only research university serving the entire metropolitan Phoenix area, Crow believes that ASU should be in a unique position to evolve together with the city into one of the great intellectual institutions in the world.

ASU has developed nationally recognized programs in a number of fields, including accounting, archeology, astrobiology, design science, creative writing, music, public administration, ecology and evolutionary biology, electron microscopy, industrial engineering, information systems, nanotechnology, psychology, solid-state science, and supply chain management.

ASU has embarked on its most aggressive capital building effort in more than a decade. The university is adding one million square feet of world-class, grade A research infrastructure. ASU will take a leading role in biomedicine and biotechnology, designing new therapies, new vaccines, new diagnostic devices, and better delivery methods.

With the growth of the state, especially the surrounding Phoenix metropolitan area, the school has carried forward this charter, accompanied by successive changes in scope, name, and governance.

Under the leadership of Crow several new initiatives are being pursued, the most notable of which is the Biodesign Institute. Additionally, a gift of $50 million was given to the College of Engineering, now the Ira A. Fulton School of Engineering, a $50 million dollar gift to the College of Business, now the W.P. Carey School of Business, an additional $100 million by Ira and Mary Lou Fulton for the College of Education and various Presidential initiatives, and $25 million dollars by businesswoman Julie A. Wrigley to establish the Global Institute of Sustainability.

ASU has one of the newer water polo programs uin the MPSF, headed by US National Team coach Todd Clapper. For any women looking for a great program in a top notch institution, ASU is worth a look.

 CALBerkeley, University of California,

(Men and Women)

The University of California at Berkeley is a public research university located in Berkeley, California, United States. Commonly referred to as UC Berkeley, Berkeley and Cal, it is the oldest of the ten campuses affiliated with the University of California, and it is considered the flagship institution of the California higher education system. Berkeley offers some 300 undergraduate and graduate degree programs in a wide range of disciplines. The university occupies 1,232 acres  with the central campus resting on approximately 200 acres .

The University was founded in 1868 in a merger of the private College of California and the public Agricultural, Mining, and Mechanical Arts College. By the 1930s, Berkeley had established itself as a premier research university, and today counts sixty-one Nobel Laureates among its faculty, researchers and alumni. Berkeley physicists led and hand-picked the team of scientists who worked on the Manhattan Project, which developed the atomic bomb during World War II and the hydrogen bomb soon afterwards. The University has managed Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and the nation's two principal nuclear weapons labs (now also used for more peaceful research) at Livermore, California, and Los Alamos, New Mexico, ever since.

Among their many achievements, Berkeley scientists invented the cyclotron, discovered the anti-proton, played a key role in developing the laser, explained the processes underlying photosynthesis, isolated the polio virus, designed experiments that confirmed Bell's Theorem, created the widely used BSD Unix computer operating system, and discovered numerous transuranic elements on the Periodic Table, including seaborgium, plutonium, berkelium, lawrencium and californium. UC Berkeley's faculty also continue to sustain a distinguished record in fields outside the physical sciences: they have received four Fields Medals in mathematics (ten percent of all those awarded) as well as four Nobel Prizes in economics, one Nobel Prize in literature, three Pulitzer Prizes, 28 MacArthur Fellowships, 92 Sloan Fellowships, 384 Guggenheim Fellowships, seven Wolf Prizes, and nine James S. McDonnell Foundation awards.

Berkeley student-athletes compete intercollegiately as the California Golden Bears. A member of both the Pacific Ten Conference and the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation in the NCAA, Cal students have won national titles in many sports, including: football, men's basketball, baseball, softball, water polo, rugby and crew. In addition, they have won over 100 Olympic medals. The official colors of the university and its athletic teams are blue and gold.

Berkeley is a comprehensive university, offering over 7,000 courses in nearly 300 degree programs. The university awards over 5,500 bachelor's degrees, 2,000 master's degrees, 900 doctorates, and 200 law degrees each year. The student-faculty ratio is 15.5 to 1, among the lowest of any major university, and the average class consists of 30 students (not including discussion sections led by graduate student instructors). Class size ranges from introductory courses with hundreds of students and seminars with fewer than ten.
Berkeley's current faculty includes 221 American Academy of Arts and Sciences Fellows, 2 Fields Medal winners, 83 Fulbright Scholars, 139 Guggenheim Fellows, 87 members of the National Academy of Engineering, 132 members of the National Academy of Sciences, 8 Nobel Prize winners, 3 Pulitzer Prize winners, 84 Sloan Fellows, and 7 Wolf Prize winners. [22] 61 Nobel Laureates are associated with the university, the sixth most of any university in the world; twenty have served on its faculty.

CSU NorthridgeCal State Northridge


California State University, Northridge (also known as CSUN, Cal State Northridge, or "C-Sun") is a public university in the San Fernando Valley, within the city limits of Los Angeles, California, USA. Part of the California State University system, CSUN was founded in 1958 as San Fernando Valley State College and adopted its current name in 1972. It has become one of the largest universities in California.
CSUN offers a variety of programs leading to bachelor's degrees in 61 fields and master's degrees in 42 fields. The university has over 150,000 alumni. It's also home to a summer musical theater/theater program known as TADW (TeenAge Drama Workshop) that leads teenagers through an intensive 6-week training of the fine arts.

According to the National Science Foundation's June 2006 Survey, Cal State Northridge ranks second in the nation, only behind Cal State Long Beach, among more than 550 master's-level colleges and universities in graduating students who went on to earn doctoral degrees (according to data of 1995-2004).

In its May 9, 2006 issue, Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education featured CSUN in its list of the nation's top 100 universities for awarding bachelor's degrees. CSUN was in the top 10 with second in the nation for awarding bachelor's degrees to Hispanics in Hispanic studies; fourth in psychology and home economics; fifth in social services; sixth in area studies, visual and performing arts and communications; eighth in English literature; and ninth in business and marketing.

U.S. News and World Report's 2005 "America's Best Colleges" list ranked CSUN's College of Engineering and Computer Science among the nation's best undergraduate engineering programs at 39th, tied with seven out-of-state institutions. This is an improvement as the same list ranked the college in 40th place the previous year. Northridge is one of only six California State University programs in the top ranked tier of engineering programs accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology.

In recent times its college of business and economics was ranked a top tier business school ranked 31st between public institutions nationwide in the U.S. NEWS Nov. 2006 edition.
Open Doors 2006, an annual report on international educational exchange, records CSUN’s climb from sixth to second place among U.S. master’s level institutions hosting students from foreign countries.

The Music Department is ranked amongst the top 25 accredited university programs in the nation [3], boasting an array of options beyond the typical "music major", such as music therapy, music industry, music performance, and jazz studies. In June of 2003 the university's acclaimed choral group, the Northridge Singers, took the top prize in the Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod and the title "Choir of the World" [4].

The Political Science Department's Model United Nations received first-place honors at the National Model United Nations Conference of 2007 in New York.

Long Beach State UniversityLong Beach State

(Men and Women)

One of 23 campuses in the California State University system, California State University Long Beach is committed to providing excellent academic programs to both traditional and non-traditional students. Their degree programs cater to high school graduates, community college graduates, and adults who are re-entering the education system and/or seeking a career change. Whether on campus or online, the opportunities abound

With its warm, sunny climate and 322-acre campus that overlooks the Pacific Ocean, California State University Long Beach is an ideal location for study, recreation, and relaxation. With its first official campus dating back to 1949 and offering only five undergraduate majors, California State University Long Beach has expanded in size and educational opportunities, with academic programs in anything from education to business administration. Specialized facilities for Engineering Technology, Art, Industrial and Interior Design, Music, and Nursing, among among other things, are available to students wishing to pursue a career in any of these fields.

In addition to the numerous academic opportunities, California State University Long Beach sponsors nearly 200 campus organizations, including fraternities and sororities, religious clubs, honor societies, political and social action clubs, cultural associations and special interest clubs. With over 33,000 students, almost 2,000 faculty, and 1,600 professional staff, California State University Long Beach is often likened to a small city. And in the same way a city offers a culturally diverse and individually enriching experience, a well-rounded college and overall life experience is a given with a California State University Long Beach education.

California State University Long Beach is one of the nation's leading urban comprehensive universities.

Eighteen men's and women's sports, including the three-time national championship winning women's volleyball team, compete in California State University Long Beach's NCAA Division I athletic program.

The campus attributes its natural beauty in part to the donation and planting of 3,200 flowering peach trees by the citizens of Long Beach.

Pepperdine UniversityPepperdine


Pepperdine University is a medium-sized, independent university enrolling approximately 8,300 students in five colleges and schools. Seaver College, the School of Law, the Graduate School of Education and Psychology, the Graziadio School of Business and Management, and the School of Public Policy are located on the University's 830-acre campus overlooking the Pacific Ocean in Malibu. Courses at Pepperdine University are taught in Malibu, at six graduate campuses in Southern California, and at international campuses in Germany, England, Italy, and Argentina.

Pepperdine University was founded in 1937 by George Pepperdine, a Christian businessman who founded the Western Auto Supply Company. For the first 30 years of its life, the California college was a small, mostly undergraduate school. University status was achieved in 1970 as the California college added graduate and professional schools. In 1972, Pepperdine University opened its new campus in Malibu.

Pepperdine University is committed to the health and expression of all the art forms and promotes a rich cultural offering of theater, music, dance and the visual arts. A year-round calendar of events at this California college is maintained by the Fine Arts Division at Seaver College and by the Center for the Arts, working together to bring quality student and professional productions to the campus and public communities.

San Diego State UniversitySan Diego State University


San Diego State University (SDSU), founded in 1897 as San Diego Normal School, is the largest and oldest higher education facility in the greater San Diego area (generally the City and County of San Diego), and is part of the California State University system. It is the third-oldest university in the California State University system, and one of the oldest universities in California. SDSU has a student body of approximately 34,500 (as of the beginning of the Fall 2006 academic year) and an alumni base of more than 200,000.

The Carnegie Foundation has designated San Diego State University a "Research University with high research activity." SDSU is the only California State University campus with this classification, which places it among the top 200 higher education institutions in the country conducting research. [1] Notably, pursuant to the May 31, 2007 Faculty Scholarly Productivity Index (FSP Index) released by the Academic Analytics organization of Stony Brook, NY, SDSU is the number one small research university in the United States.

San Diego State University awards bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees ( Ph.D., Ed.D, and Au.D) in a total of 151 fields. SDSU offers the most doctoral degrees of any campus of the California State University system, currently in sixteen academic and research disciplines.

San Diego State University is a member of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU), the National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges, the Southwest Border Security Consortium, and the Oak Ridge Associated Universities, a national organization of universities that promotes science and technology education and research.

The average GPA necessary for freshman admission in fall 2007 was 3.63. The average SAT score was 1,128; the average ACT composite score: 24.

San Hose State University San Jose State University


San José State University, commonly shortened to San José State and SJSU, is thefounding campus of what became the California State University system. The urban campus in San Jose, California, USA has an enrollment of about 30,000 students and claims to have more graduates working in Silicon Valley than any other college or university.

San José State was founded as the California State Normal School by the California Legislature on May 4, 1857, and is the oldest public university in California. The California State Normal School was itself derived from the Minn's Evening Normal School, which was also known as the San Francisco Normal School. The San Francisco normal school, led by principal George W. Minns trained elementary teachers as part of that city's high school system from 1857 to 1862. Thus, the school now called "San José State" is even older than the University of California, Berkeley (the Organic Act, which established the University of California, was signed into law on March 23, 1868).

The university boasts a year-round, outdoor Olympic-size swimming pool that is the largest in Northern California. The Event Center Arena has a full gym including basketball and racquetball courts, a weight room, and a climbing wall. It also plays host to rock concerts and other events. The student union features a bowling alley and large game room.

Spartan Stadium, the other athletic fields, additional student housing and overflow parking are located on the South Campus on Seventh Street, about 2.4 km (1.5 miles) south of the main campus.

San José State maintains a facility at Norman Y. Mineta San José International Airport as part of the Aviation Department, and manages the Moss Landing Marine Laboratories in Moss Landing, California, on the Monterey Bay, a cooperative research facility of seven CSU campuses.

Stanford UniversityStanford University

(Men and Women)

Leland Stanford Junior University, commonly known as Stanford University or simply Stanford, is a private university located approximately 37 miles (60 kilometers) southeast of San Francisco and approximately 20 miles (32 km) northwest of San Jose in Stanford, California, United States. Stanford is situated adjacent to the city of Palo Alto, in Silicon Valley.

Stanford was founded by railroad magnate and California Governor Leland Stanford and his wife, Jane Stanford. It is named in honor of their only child, Leland Stanford, Jr., who died of typhoid just before his 16th birthday.

The story that a lady in "faded gingham" and a man in a "homespun threadbare suit" went to visit the president of Harvard about making a donation, were rebuffed, and then founded Stanford is untrue. [6] Locals and members of the university community are known to refer to the school as The Farm, a nod to the fact that the university is located on the former site of Leland Stanford's horse farm.

The University's founding grant was written on November 11, 1885, and accepted by the first Board of Trustees on November 14. The cornerstone was laid on May 14, 1887, and the University officially opened on October 1, 1891, to 559 students, with free tuition and 15 faculty members, seven of whom hailed from Cornell University.

The school was established as a coeducational institution although it maintained a cap on female enrollment for many years. This was not due to any anti-female sentiment but rather based on a concern of Jane Stanford, who worried that without such a cap, the school could become an all-female institution, which she did not feel would be an appropriate memorial for her son.

The 1906 San Francisco earthquake destroyed parts of the Main Quad (including the original iteration of Memorial Church) as well as the gate that first marked the entrance of the school; rebuilding on a somewhat less grandiose scale began immediately.

The official motto of Stanford University, selected by the Stanfords, is "Die Luft der Freiheit weht." Translated from the German, this quotation of Ulrich von Hutten means "The wind of freedom blows." At the time of the school's establishment, German had recently replaced Latin as the supraregional language of science and philosophy (a position it would hold until World War II).

The schools of the University include the School of Humanities and Sciences, School of Engineering, School of Earth Sciences, School of Education, Graduate School of Business, Stanford Law School and the Stanford University School of Medicine.
Stanford awards the following degrees: B.A., B.S., B.A.S., M.A., M.S., Ph.D., D.M.A., Ed.D., Ed.S., M.D., M.B.A., J.D., J.S.D., J.S.M., LL.M., M.A.T., M.F.A., M.L.S., M.S.M. and ENG.

The University enrolls approximately 6,700 undergraduates and 8,000 grad students. The University has approximately 1,700 faculty members. The largest part of the faculty (40 percent) are affiliated with the medical school, while a third serve in the School of Humanities and Sciences.
Stanford's current community of scholars includes: 18 Nobel Prize laureates; 135 members of the National Academy of Sciences; 82 members of National Academy of Engineering; 224 members of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences; 21 recipients of the National Medal of Science; 3 recipients of the National Medal of Technology; 26 members of the National Academy of Education; 41 members of American Philosophical Society; 4 Pulitzer Prize winners; 23 MacArthur Fellows; 7 Wolf Foundation Prize winners; 7 Koret Foundation Prize winners; 3 Presidential Medal of Freedom winners.

Stanford built its international reputation as the pioneering Silicon Valley institution through top programs in business, engineering and the sciences, spawning such companies as Hewlett-Packard, Cisco Systems, VMware, Yahoo!, Google, and Sun Microsystems—indeed, "Sun" originally stood for "Stanford University Network." In addition, the Stanford Research Institute operated one of the four original nodes that comprised ARPANET, predecessor to the Internet. The university also offers programs in the humanities and social sciences, particularly creative writing, history, political science, economics, communication, musicology, and psychology.

UC Irvine UC Irvine

 (Men and Women)

The University of California, Irvine is a public coeducational research university situated in Irvine, California. Founded in 1965, it is the second-youngest University of California campus and is widely known as UCI or UC Irvine.

UC Irvine's name is originated from the Irvine Company, which donated 1,000 acres (4 km²) (for a single dollar) and sold another 500 acres to the University of California.

Together, the University of California and the Irvine Company planned a city around the campus, which was incorporated as the city of Irvine in 1971.
UC Irvine's location is in the heart of Orange County, California, serving the fifth most-populous county in the United States. Additionally, UCI also maintains the UC Irvine Health Sciences system (with its flagship UCI Medical Center in Orange), the University of California, Irvine, Arboretum, and a portion of the University of California Natural Reserve System.

In 2008, the U.S. News and World Report ranked UC Irvine as the 44th best university in the United States, 13th best public university in the United States, and 5th best (shared with Santa Barbara) of all the UC schools - (after Berkeley, Los Angeles, San Diego, and Davis. UC Irvine is also the youngest university that appears on the listing of "Top National Universities" in the United States, and is a Public Ivy institution of higher education.
The UC Irvine Anteaters, UCI's athletic team, participate in Division I NCAA athletic tournaments and have fielded numerous successful teams over the course of their history.

UC Irvine itself has grown with its surroundings, with the university earning national acclaim in academia that reflects its status as a nationally-ranked public research university. This fast-paced growth has made UC Irvine the educational and cultural center of Orange County, as well as making a popular translation of the abbreviation "UCI" as "Under Construction Indefinitely” The University is also a central component of Southern California's Tech Coast and the OCTANe technology initiative, fueling corporate and technological development that reflects its history as a planned campus. As the -second-largest employer in Orange County (the largest employer being The Walt Disney Company), UCI contributes an annual economic impact of $3.7 billion. Its extramural funding, which has shown exponential annual growth, was a record $263 million in 2005.

In 2006, UC Irvine operated 68 undergraduate degree programs, 53 minors, 45 master's degree programs, and 43 doctorate programs (including one M.D., two Ed. D. programs). [16] [17] At UC Irvine's 2005 Commencement ceremonies, the university conferred 6,759 degrees to what was at the time its largest graduating class.

UC Santa Barbara UC Santa Barbara

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The University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) is a coeducational public university located on the Pacific Ocean in Santa Barbara County, California, USA. It is one out of 10 campuses of the University of California. Its current student body is around 18,000. U.S. News ranks UCSB the 44th best university and the 13th best public university in the United States. [2]

Among U.S. universities, UCSB is frequently listed as one of the " public Ivies"—publicly-funded universities providing a quality of education comparable to those of the Ivy League. Newsweek named UCSB one of "America’s 25 Hottest Colleges of 2005".UCSB was also ranked #59 of the "Top 100 Global Universities" by Newsweek Magazine in 2006.

The faculty of UCSB have received five Nobel Prizes since 1998, for landmark research in chemistry, physics, and economics.
UCSB has had two Nobel Prize winners in the same year on two separate occasions: In 2000, with Heeger for Chemistry, and Kroemer for Physics, and again in 2004, Kydland for Economics, and Gross for Physics.

The University of California Santa Barbara has a reputation for its "party life". In April 2006, Playboy Magazine named UCSB the "#2 party school" in its College Girl Edition. In 2005, the Princeton Review ranked it as the "#4 party school in the nation", up from #22. However in 2006, UCSB dropped to the position of #10 in the nation. While the Halloween parties in Isla Vista are quite popular among students, the annual tradition has come under fire from school administration in recent years.


(Men and Women)

The University of California, Los Angeles (generally known as UCLA) is a publicresearch university located in Los Angeles, California, United States. Established as a branch of the state university in 1919, it is the second-oldest general-purpose campus in the University of California system and has the largest enrollment of any university in the state. UCLA comprises the College of Letters and Science (the primary undergraduate college), seven professional schools, and five professional Health Science schools. Since 2001, UCLA has enrolled over 33,000 total students, and that number is steadily rising.

UCLA is ranked 25th among "National Universities" by U.S. News and World Report. UCLA placed 13th in the world in 2007, as per the Top 500 World Universities. ] It ranked 11th in the nation in terms of quality of scientific research leading towards a Nobel Prize. UCLA is a Public Ivy. UCLA is also one of the 25 New Ivies, a list of elite universities ranked by Kaplan [10]

UCLA has more applicants than any other university in the United States. Out of 50,732 applicants for Fall 2007, 11,860 (23.38%) were admitted. Students come to UCLA from all 50 states and more than 100 countries, though according to statistics from 2001-05, an average 92.6% of the entire student body originated from California.

UCLA's athletic teams, the Bruins, have won 121 national championships, including 100 NCAA team championships as of 2007—more than any other university in the world.

In 2006, the university completed Campaign UCLA, which collected over $3.05 billion and is currently the most successful fundraising campaign in the history of higher education.

University of HawaiiUniversity of Hawaii


The University of Hawaii System had humble beginnings when it was founded as the College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts in Honolulu, in 1907. With only 13 faculty members and 10 students at the time of its start, the university has continued to grow, undergoing name changes and merging with other schools in the process. The University of Hawaii System now consists of 10 campuses and educational centers spread throughout six islands in Hawaii.

Because of the various universities, community colleges, educational centers, and distance learning outreach sites that constitute the system, the University of Hawaii is able to offer over 600 degree and certificates programs - including bachelor's and master's degree programs, as well as doctorate and associate degree programs.

The university also enjoys diversity in its student body with over 50,000 undergraduate and graduate students currently enrolled. More than 30 percent of the student body identify themselves as Asian, 21 percent as Caucasian, 14 percent as Hawaiian, and 3 percent as Pacific Islanders.

University of Pacific University of the Pacific

(Men and Women)

The University of the Pacific is a private university in Stockton, California, originally affiliated with the United Methodist Church. The university, previously known as "UOP" and now as "Pacific", was originally chartered on July 10, 1851, in Santa Clara under the name "California Wesleyan College." In 1858, the college opened the first medical school on the West Coast. The medical school later became part of Stanford and is now California Pacific Medical Center.

In 1871, the campus was moved to San José, and the college opened its doors to women, becoming the first independent co-educational campus in California. In 1878, the Conservatory of Music was established at Pacific, making it the first of its kind west of the Mississippi River. In 1911, the name was changed to "College of the Pacific" (COP).

In 1925, the campus relocated from the Bay Area to the Central Valley city of Stockton; it became the "University of the Pacific" in 1961.
In 1962, Pacific merged with the San Francisco College of Physicians and Surgeons, and then in 1966, with the McGeorge School of Law (established in 1924 in Sacramento). In the late 1960s, the university separated from the United Methodist Church, when "federal law about public funding of church-related institutions became an issue."

Pacific was one of the state's first institutions for higher learning, chartered at about the same time as the present Santa Clara University. There are three professional schools: the top-ten ranked Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry in San Francisco, the top-100 ranked McGeorge School of Law in Sacramento, and the Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences on the main campus in Stockton.
In May 2007, the university announced an estate gift of $100 million from Robert C. and Jeannette Powell. The gift was unusual in its size for an institution like Pacific that is not primarily research-focused. Only 29 other universities throughout the world had received a larger gift in the prior 40 years.

University of Southern CaliforniaUniversity of Southern California

(Men and Women)

The University of Southern California (commonly referred to as USC, 'SC, Southern California, and incorrectly as Southern Cal) located in the University Park neighborhood in Los Angeles, California, USA, was founded in 1880, making it California's oldest private research university.
The U.S. News & World Report ranked USC 27th among all universities in the United States in its 2008 ranking of "America's Best Colleges", also designating it as one of the "most selective universities" for admitting 8,634 of the almost 34,000 who applied for freshman admission in 2006 for a 25% admissions rate. According to the freshman profile, 18% of admissions were associated with legacy preferences. USC was also named "College of the Year 2000" by the editors of TIME magazine and the Princeton Review for the university's extensive community-service programs. Residing in the heart of a global city, USC ranks among the most diverse universities in the United States, with students from all 50 states as well as over 115 countries.

USC is also home to Nobel Prize winning Chemistry Professor George Olah, director of the Loker Hydrocarbon Research Institute. The university also has two National Science Foundation–funded Engineering Research Centers—the Integrated Media Systems Center and the Center for Biomimetic Microelectronic Systems. In addition, The U.S. Department of Homeland Security selected USC as its first Homeland Security Center of Excellence. Since 1991, USC has been the headquarters of the NSF and USGS funded Southern California Earthquake Center.

USC is the largest private employer in Los Angeles and the third largest in the state of California and is responsible for $4 billion in economic output in Los Angeles County; USC students spend $406 million yearly in the local economy and visitors to the campus add another $12.3 million. [7] USC and its partner institutions have recently completed or soon will be constructing 27 new buildings, which will provide nearly 8.1 million square feet (750,000 m²) of new space for research, teaching, patient care, and student life enrichment.

USC men's and women's athletics have won 84 National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) championships, third best in the nation, trailing only UCLA and Stanford. Note that the NCAA does not include football championships in its calculation. If it did, USC's 11 football championships would bring the total to 95. USC men's teams have combined for 86 national championships, the best in the nation. In addition, USC has 347 Individual NCAA Championships, best in the nation. The men's 296 Individual Championships are best in the nation and 50 ahead of second place Michigan.

That's All Folks

The intent of this series of articles was to help a student athlete in selecting a college or university to continue his or her water polo career. Good luck and good hunting. If you have in questions about the articles contact [email protected]