Alan Karchmer
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University of Southern California opens new campus in Washington, D.C.

March 23, 2023
The Capital Campus will enhance opportunities for researchers, policy experts, faculty and students to collaborate with government and research institutions.

The University of Southern California has announced the opening of its new Capital Campus in Washington, D.C.

The university says the campus will significantly increase the university’s reach by expanding its academic and research expertise, innovation and talent on the East Coast. 

“Washington, D.C., is the natural place for us to establish a thriving hub," says USC President Carol L. Folt. "It is a nexus for the arts, public policy organizations, research agencies and foundations. Washington, D.C., offers unparalleled opportunities for our experts, researchers and students to learn and listen, connect, and share views on the national stage.”

Situated in the Dupont Circle neighborhood, the USC Capital Campus strengthens the opportunity for interdisciplinary researchers, policy experts, faculty and students to work in closer collaboration with leading government and research institutions. 

The 60,000-square-foot building will have state-of-the-art office space, multiple event venues and an outdoor terrace offering views of the city skyline. Students and scholars will be able to enjoy multiple classrooms and study areas; plans call for a theater and bookstore, among other enhancements.

The Capital Campus also will become the new home for the USC Office of Research Advancement, which has helped faculty researchers secure federal funding for multidisciplinary research projects.

USC has maintained a presence in Washington, D.C., for decades. The USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences offers a semester-long program that sends students to study and work in the nation’s capital.

The new campus also will enable USC to increase outreach to local high school and community college students and create a gathering place for prospective students and its 6,000 local-area alumni.

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