Purposeful aging for all.

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Our mission

The University of Southern California joined the Age-Friendly University Global Network in 2018. A growing team of institutions of higher education around the world have committed to the Global Network’s 10 guiding principles for ensuring age-friendly policies and programs in research, teaching and practice. As the first university in California to join the network, USC continues its leadership in aging and highlights its commitment to research and teaching in the field as well as creating an Age-Friendly environment for students, alumni, faculty, staff, and the community. Uniquely positioned in the center one of the world’s most diverse and international megacities, USC Age-Friendly University Initiative is pleased to collaborate with the Los Angeles’ Purposeful Aging Initiative and other local institutions committed to pursuing a more age-friendly region and world.

The USC Age-Friendly University Initiative is directed by the Leonard Davis School of Gerontology.

What We're Doing


Supporting our Trojan community and the Southern California region in which we live

Engaging and translating interdisciplinary research for maximum lifespan health

Training a global workforce to address the needs of the world’s growing older population

By the numbers

  • More than 2,500 graduate and undergraduate students are 40+

    Nearly ten percent of all graduate students are 40+

  • More than 30% of staff are 50+

    The calculations do not include hospital staff

  • Half of USC faculty are 50+

  • 100,000 Trojan Alums are in their 50s and 60s

  • At least 12,000 Trojan Alumni are Half-Century Trojans, age 72+.

  • The USC Emeriti Center has more than 3,000 retired faculty and staff in its database, with 90% of them living in California


Part of a Global Network