Coronavirus: Coronavirus

The rapid spread of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is causing uncertainty and concern across the globe. We want to assure our prospective students that USC is monitoring developments closely, following the guidance of various public health authorities, and actively preparing contingency plans.

Current Applicants

Please follow the instructions of your current school. Your health and safety are the top priority. We are able to accommodate the contingency plans implemented by other schools, including the use of virtual classrooms and finishing the school year remotely. We will be understanding in our review, but withdrawing from classes entirely may affect your application. If you are having difficulty providing required application materials due to COVID-19 interruptions, please contact your USC admission counselor to discuss your situation. Find your counselor here. We will handle these concerns on a case-by-case basis and are committed to being as flexible as possible with our applicants.

Admission notification

While we remain excited to welcome the newest members of the Trojan Family, the COVID-19 pandemic has prompted us to notify applicants of their admission decisions only online. We will not be sending admission decisions via mail.

First-Year Applicants: Admission decisions were posted in the USC Applicant Portal on Thursday, March 26. Admitted students can find more information about virtual events and next steps here.

Transfer Applicants: Watch your e-mail for status updates. Applicants will receive either an admission decision or a request for spring-term grades by May 31.

Visiting Campus

We have cancelled all campus tours and in-person events from Thursday, March 12 through Friday, May 29. Please be aware that as the situation continues to develop, we may need to make additional updates to our scheduled programs.

For prospective students who are still hoping to learn more about our university, we are hosting virtual admission information sessions that include the opportunity to have questions answered by an admission representative and a current undergraduate student. You also have the option to explore a virtual tour presented by the Viterbi School of Engineering Graduate Programs. Although half of this tour is dedicated to Viterbi lab spaces, you’ll still get a good sense of the heart of our University Park Campus, too.

Please know that we do not use demonstrated interest in our application reviews. Whether or not you are able to visit campus this spring will not impact any future or current applications to USC.

Although we do not anticipate any impacts on our fall semester, things can change rapidly. Keep an eye on USC’s COVID-19 website. It is updated regularly and is the official source for USC information about the disease and its impact on our university.