22% of our Class of 2026 are first-generation college students
One of the most diverse & dynamic student populations in the U.S.
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2,000 USC undergraduates are studying overseas at any given time
We invite you to experience what makes USC so special. Visit our beautiful University Park Campus for a student-led or self-guided tour and/or to attend one of our information sessions. Can’t make it to campus? Enjoy USC from the comfort of your home with our immersive online tour.
How to Apply
Explore these pages to learn more about what it takes to be a successful applicant to USC.
What We Look ForWe look for students we believe will thrive in our world-class academic environment. Our review process is holistic, taking into consideration more than just grades and test scores. We also look at your personal qualities, leadership potential, and your ability to become a partner in learning and research. The Common App opens August 1.
First-Year StudentsIncoming first-year students demonstrate superior academic performance — and the potential to do more. Most admitted students are ranked in the top 10 percent of their graduating class. First-year students can apply Early Action or Regular Decision.
Transfer StudentsUSC accepts sophomore and junior transfer students from across California, the U.S., and around the world. Successful transfer students have demonstrated their potential to succeed in our dynamic academic programs.
International StudentsUSC accepts international students from around the globe and hosts one of the most diverse student populations in the U.S. You are considered an international student if you will enter or have entered the United States with a non-immigrant visa that allows you to live and study in the country.
Unique learning experiences, numerous research opportunities, a global outlook, life in a thriving metropolis, a vibrant campus life and of course, the Trojan Family. Ready to meet USC? This video will introduce you to what it means to be a student at the University of Southern California.