First-Year Application Checklist

Apply online using the Common Application and the USC Writing Supplement.

Submit These Items

Common App Writing Supplement: Essay and Short Answer questions

Transcripts: First-year applicants should submit official transcripts of all high school and college coursework completed.

Official Test Scores: Arrange for the testing agency to send your SAT or ACT scores directly to USC.

School Report: All first-year applicants are required to submit the Common Application School Report by providing the name and e-mail address of a recommender.

Letter of Recommendation from a Teacher or a Counselor

Portfolio, resumé and/or additional writing samples: if required by major. Performance majors may also require auditions. Refer to the Additional Major Requirements page for more information.

Submit your fall grades (when available): Use the Mid-Year Report Form included in the Common Application or visit to submit your fall grades.

International students must also submit:

Financial Statement of Personal or Family Support:

TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE Academic scores, if the student’s native language is not English.

  Please visit the International Applicants page for more information.