Learn more about our application and admission process, what we look for in prospective students, important dates and deadlines, and merit scholarships.

Prospective First-Year Students

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Dates & Deadlines

First-year application deadlines for merit scholarship, professional school or regular consideration.

Admission Process

USC’s admission policies and what qualities USC looks for in prospective students.

Application Components

Learn more about how each element of the first-year application is evaluated.

Application Checklist

Don’t forget to submit these important items with your application.

Additional Major Requirements

Additional application requirements for selected majors.

First-Year Profile

Facts and figures about the current incoming class of first-year students.


Available to first-year students only, on- and off-campus admission interviews are an optional part of the admission process but can help determine if USC is the right college for you.

International Applicants

Find out who is considered an international student and what additional requirements international students should meet for admission to USC.

Merit Scholarships

Undergraduate scholarships offered through the USC Office of Admission and other USC organizations.

Future Trojans

Middle school and high school students thinking about applying to USC in the future are encouraged to explore the resources we’ve designed especially for them.

USC Admission Counselor

Search for the USC counselor who covers your geographic area, or learn a little more about our admission staff.