George Lucas, John Wayne and Neil Armstrong are among the famous alumni of this well-respected private university, founded in 1880, just north of Exposition Park. Free 50-minute, student-led tours touch on campus history, architecture and student life and leave on the hour from the Admissions Center midweek. Reservations are strongly recommended.

Harris Hall is the home of USC Fisher Gallery, which presents changing selections from its ever-expanding collection of American landscapes, British portraits, French Barbizon School paintings and modern Mexican masters such as Salomón Huerta and Gronk (Glugio Nicandro). They offer an annual student exhibition timed to commencement ceremonies each May.