Frontiers of Computing

Frontiers of Computing

Recognized as one of the world’s most forward-thinking private research universities, USC is leading a major effort to stimulate the growth of advanced computing in Los Angeles, with the ultimate goal of dramatically expanding its impact on our region and the world.

Consolidating USC’s unique strengths, speed, and scale

USC Frontiers of Computing is a $1 billion, 10-year initiative to fast-track developments in advanced computing and expand the impact of scientific discovery—speeding up problem-solving and improving the quality of life for millions of people. 

Key areas of focus:

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USC School of Advanced Computing

We are launching a new school to consolidate USC’s vast computing strengths and drive research across the university. 

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Research and Innovation

We are investing in faculty to tackle fundamental computing challenges and accelerate foundational computing software, hardware, and quantum research.

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Societal Impact

We are expanding the societal impact of computing by mobilizing our expertise across 22 schools to find breakthrough solutions to urgent challenges.

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Future Leaders

We are creating innovative new academic programs to build the largest pipeline of diverse computing and digital talent in the U.S. All USC students will be exposed to training in data analytics, coding, and ethics, among other topics.

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Ethical Computing

We are spearheading the ethical development and applications of technology to ensure its impact on people and society is always beneficial. 

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USC Silicon Beach

We are investing in a new USC Silicon Beach Campus to stimulate education and industry partnerships and spur innovation and entrepreneurship in L.A. 

USC faculty and students are leading the way

“I want every student who comes through our programs, whether they are in science, business, the humanities or the arts, to have a solid grounding in technology and the ethics of the work that they do. We will integrate digital literacy across disciplines to create responsible leaders for the workforce of the future.”

USC President Carol L. Folt

Projects you can support

Your support and involvement are critical

USC Frontiers of Computing is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to invest in world-class computing research, education, and outreach programs that will transform the future. We invite you to join us on the next stage of our journey.

“If you are interested in learning about ways you can support the USC Frontiers of Computing Initiative, please feel free to email me at I’d be happy to tell you more about the options available.”

Wes Patterson
Associate Vice President, Strategic Initiatives
University Advancement

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