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USC Admissions

If you are thinking about applying to USC, the deadline for Fall 2022 admissions is January 15 and the application fee is $85. Application fees can add up, but some schools do have free applications and students with financial need may be able eligible for an application fee waiver.

Students who submit their applications for Fall should receive an admissions decision no later than April 1**.

How To Get Into University of Southern California

USC accepted 16% of all applicants in 2021, around 9,618 of the 59,712 students who applied.

Schools that are extremely difficult to get into, like USC, accept fewer than 30% of all applicants. At least 75% of admitted students have GPAs in the top 10% of their high school class and scored over 1310 on the SAT or over 29 on the ACT.

Considering applying early to USC?

USC does not offer early decision. USC doesn't offer early action.

**The early action acceptance rate at USC is

Some students apply to college early because they believe it will help their chances. Early deadlines may increase the chance of being admitted, since applying early shows your are very interested in a school, and your application is being considered before all the regular decision applicants apply.

USC's accepts 16% of all applicants for all deadlines.

Early deadlines may increase the chance of being admitted, since applying early shows your are very interested in a school, and your application is being considered before all the regular decision applicants apply.

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into USC?

Students admitted to USC have an average unweighted GPA of 3.83.

Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0. At University of Southern California, students GPAs fall in the following ranges:

3.75 and 3.99 (47.97%)

3.50 and 3.74 (18.24%)

3.25 and 3.49 (4.59%)

3.00 and 3.24 (1.6%)

2.50 and 2.9 (0.96%)

2.00 and 2.49 (0.12%)

USC does consider standardized test scores when making admissions decisions.

USC is a test optional school. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

In 2021, 69% of USC's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 41% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.To be competitive with other USC applicants, you should strive to earn between 1360 and 1510 (or higher!) on the SAT. At USC 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1510 and 25% of scored lower than 1360, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of USC students scored 790 or higher and 75% of students scored 660 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of USC students scored 740 or higher, and 75% scored a 660 or higher.

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What's a good ACT Score for USC?

To be most competitive at USC, you should strive to earn between 30 and 34 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 34 means you fall in the 75th percentile for USC's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 34, and three out of four students scored lower than 34 on the ACT.

A 30 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for USC students. Only one out of every four students scored below 30.

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Transferring to University of Southern California

For transfer students wishing to start in the Fall, the deadline to apply is February 1. Applicants should hear back by May 31.

Transferring Credits Into USC

USC accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions..

USCaccepts the follow types of transfer credits: ACE recommendations for credit

Transfer students can enroll in USC for the following terms: Fall Term Spring Term

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USC Admissions Requirements

Admission Difficulty



How hard is it to get into USC? USC is a selective institution. The USC acceptance rate is 11%. This means that the institution accepts 11 out of every 100 applicants.



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USC Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Jan 15

Transfer Applications are Due

Feb 1

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to USC is Jan 15.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to USC is Feb 1.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs

USC ACT Scores


ACT Range

31 - 34

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

ACT Score

Estimated Chance

34 and Above


31 to 34


31 and Less


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ACT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median ACT score of an admitted student to USC is 32. Students with an ACT score of 34 and above have a good chance of getting into USC. Students with an ACT score that falls between 31 and 34 have an average chance of getting admitted, and students with an ACT score of 31 or below have a low chance of being offered admission.

USC SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1370 - 1520


Math SAT Range

690 - 790


Reading SAT Range

670 - 740


Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)


GPA Needed to Get Accepted

At USC, the average unweighted high-school GPA for admitted students is 3.81. This is the average, which means that some applicants submit GPAs lower than this and some applicants submit GPAs above this level. If your GPA falls below the average, strong test scores or other qualifications may help you make you a more competitive applicant.

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