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.

FAQ for Admitted Students

Find answers to questions you may have about your admission here.

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.

Prospective Applicants

Virtual Programs

To protect the health and safety of our community, we have cancelled all campus tours and in-person events until further notice. However, we are happy to be able to offer virtual information sessions, panels and tours to help you learn more about all USC has to offer. Please see our webpage for a full list of virtual resources.

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

Test-Optional Policy

Due to disruptions in testing schedules caused by COVID-19, prospective first-year students may apply to USC for the 2021-2022 Academic Year without submitting SAT or ACT scores, although students may still choose to submit SAT or ACT scores if they wish.

International students whose native language is not English must still submit test scores to demonstrate English proficiency.

Please visit our Frequently Asked Questions page for more information about this policy.