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The University of Seoul is a public university located in Seoul, Korea. It was founded as Kyung Sung Public Agricultural College in 1918 and renamed the University of Seoul in 1997. UOS is one of top 3 universities without medical school in Korea in 2012. According to 2015 report from The Times Higher Education, UOS ranked 7th among the all Korean universities and 49th among all the Asian universities. In another survey, UOS ranked 14th in the Asian midsize universities. UOS was reported the best value public university in Korea, with high financial investment and scholarship amount per student. Students' affinity to the school was ranked in the first place and students' satisfaction is in the second according to a 2010 survey. UOS is famous for a large number of alumni working as national or municipal government officials. UOS is specialized in College of Urban Science and has top-tier programs of environmental engineering, science in taxation, transportation engineering, urban planning and design, landscape architecture, and urban administration.In 2012, the mayor of Seoul, Park Won-soon, implemented a campaign promise, "Half-priced tuition" as soon as he started his term. The half-priced tuition was initiated in UOS first so that it would drive other universities to decrease their tuition. In 2013, UOS tuition per semester ranged from $915 to $1,441 . Because of high quality of education and low tuition of UOS, admission process has been more competitive. And student's satisfaction is still very high. In 2012, the registration rate of new students was very high and the withdrawal rate of students was extremely low, compared with other universities in Seoul.