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Colleges / University of Southern California

University of Southern California

Los Angeles, CA 4-Year Private
Acceptance Rate13%
Acceptance Rate13%

USC Admissions

If you are considering submitting an application to USC, the application fee costs $85.

Application fees can add up, but some colleges do have free applications and students who are struggling to afford application fees may qualify for for an application fee waiver.

USC Admissions Stats at a Glance

The following is an overiew of some of USC's admissions stats.

USC 2022 Admissions Statistics
Mean Unweighted GPA 3.8
Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class 80%
Admissions Test Policy Optional
Applicants Who Submit SATs 47%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 26%
Waitlist No

Continue scrolling for more information on USC's admissions stats.

Applying Early to USC?

These are the early application deadlines for University of Southern California.

Application Type Offered Application Deadline Notification Deadline
Early Decision I No –– ––
Early Decision II No –– ––
Early Action Yes November 1 ––

USC does not offer early decision but does offer early action.

The Early Action deadline is November 1.

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.

See a list of some selective colleges that admit significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

How Hard Is It To Get Admitted to USC?

Getting into USC is extremely difficult.

In 2021, USC accepted 13% of students, around 8,884 of the 71,031 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.

What Does USC Look For in an Applicant?

Colleges consider a range of factors when choosing who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college determines which factors are given the most weight in the admissions process. When creating your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengths and any possible weaknesses in your application, and choose schools that put the most emphasis the areas where you stand out.

Admissions Factors at USC

What does USC consider during the admissions process? Listed below are factors commonly taken into consideration during admissions decisions.

Admissions Factor Level
Application Essay Very Important
Recommendation(s) Very Important
Standardized Test Scores Very Important
Academic GPA Very Important
Rigor of Secondary School Record Very Important
Character/Personal Qualities Important
Extracurricular Activities Important
Talent/Ability Important
Alumni/ae Relations Considered
Racial/Ethnic Status Considered
Volunteer Work Considered
Work Experience Considered
First Generation Considered

Make sure to check with USC for more information on admission factors.

USC 2022-2023 Application Requirements

To apply, all applicants to USC must submit the following items. Double check with USC's admissions department to confirm all application materials and requirements.

Area Required Recommended Required for Some Details (If Any)
Transcript(S) of College Record
Standardized Test Scores
Statement of Good Standing From Prior Institution(S)
Written Essay or Personal Statement
Transcript of High School Record

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into USC?

Your high school grade point average (GPA) is a number that reflects your high school academic performance. A weighted GPA or an unweighted GPA are the two possible GPA scores considered by colleges.

An unweighted GPA is an average of your scores from each class on a four-point scale. 4.0. Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0. A weighted GPA considers your average grade and the difficulty of your classes. A weighted GPA boosts your average by adding extra points for honors or Advanced Placement courses.

Students admitted to USC have an average unweighted GPA of 3.8

Out of all students that were admitted, 28.57% submitted a class rank. At USC 80% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 95% were in the top 25% and 99% were in the top 50%.

GPAs of Admitted Students

At University of Southern California, student GPAs fall in the following ranges.

GPA Percent of Students
4.0 GPA ––
3.75 and 3.99 49.67%
3.50 and 3.74 16.57%
3.25 and 3.49 4.73%
3.00 and 3.24 1.59%
2.50 and 2.9 1.06%
2.00 and 2.49 0.13%

This chart depicts the percentage of all enrolled, degree-seeking, first-time, first year (freshmen) students who had high school grade point average within the given ranges.

USC considers standardized tests scores during the admissions process.

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

In 2021, 47% of USC's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 26% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What's a Good SAT Score for USC?

To be competitive with other USC applicants, you should strive to earn between 1330 and 1520 (or higher!) on the SAT. At USC 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1520 and 25% of scored lower than 1330, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of USC students scored 780 or higher and 75% of students scored 650 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 650 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.

Want To Bring Up Your ACT Score? Access ACT practice tests and study tips and see upcoming ACT test dates.

Transferring to University of Southern California

For transfer students wishing to start in the Fall, the deadline to apply is February 15. Applicants should hear back by May 31.

Transfer students can enroll in USC during the following terms:

• Fall Term

• Spring Term

USC Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to USC?

✅ Yes, admitted students can defer their admission to USC.

Does USC accept transfer credits?

✅ USC accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions. USC accepts:

  • CLEP subject tests

Does USC accept Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credits?

✅ USC accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to USC?

❌ No, USC is test optional, so you can decide whether to send your ACT or SAT scores. If your scores are higher than the school's average, you probably want to include them. If you scored lower than a school's average,, you it might make sense to leave them out of your application..

What is USC's acceptance rate?

✅ USC's acceptance rate is 13%.

What is the early decision acceptance rate at USC?

❌ USC does not offer early decision.

What is the early action acceptance rate at USC?

❌ USC does not offer eary action.

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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 13%. This means that the institution accepts 12 out of every 100 applicants.


USC Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Not available

Transfer Applications are Due

Feb 15

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to USC is Feb 15.

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

USC ACT Scores


ACT Range

30 - 34

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

ACT Score

Estimated Chance

34 and Above


30 to 34


30 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 30 and 34 have an average chance of getting admitted, and students with an ACT score of 30 or below have a low chance of being offered admission.

USC SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1330 - 1520


Math SAT Range

670 - 780


Reading SAT Range

650 - 740


Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)


GPA Needed to Get Accepted

At USC, the average unweighted high-school GPA for admitted students is 3.83. 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.

Data Source: IPEDs and Peterson's Databases © 2022 Peterson's LLC All rights reserved

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