We’re delighted you’ve decided to transfer to USC. Our Transferring to USC brochure will guide you through the process of joining one of the most vibrant and accomplished student bodies in the U.S.

Transfer Planning Brochure

Who is considered a transfer student?
USC defines a transfer student as anyone who has attended college since finishing high school.
How can I improve my chances of transferring to USC?
Keep in mind that admission is competitive, and students who have completed all suggested courses might not be offered admission. Successful transfer applicants have generally completed a year of rigorous academic courses. Refer to the Requirements and Guidelines below.
Am I required to apply to a specific major?
If you are applying to enter at less than junior standing: You may either choose a specific academic major or apply as “Open (Still Deciding).”

If you will be a junior (having earned 64 or more semester units): You must declare a major. Some majors have a significant number of lower-division requirements that may be completed prior to applying.
Requirements and Guidelines

We consider trends in your grades and college attendance patterns. Consistent degree progress and strong recent performance are important.

We encourage you to take advantage of the strength of USC's General Education Program. In fact, you do not have to complete all transferable General Education requirements or all prerequisites elsewhere to be admitted. Please note: USC has revised its General Education requirements for students starting college in fall 2015 or after. Please check back later this summer for more details, as we will be updating this site and our publications. In the meantime, please refer to the Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences page for more information. If you have immediate questions or concerns, you can contact your Admission Counselor through our Find Your USC Admission Counselor page.

Students who enrolled in college full-time prior to fall 2015 (not including summer semesters) can use these tools to guide their course selection.

In planning your transfer to USC, keep in mind the following:

  • You must complete two semesters of English composition before enrolling at USC.
  • At minimum, you should have completed Algebra II in high school or intermediate algebra in college.
  • Concentrate on USC-transferable courses that build on your high school record, satisfy General Education and other requirements, and include preparation for your major.
  • There is no minimum number of transfer units you must complete before applying for admission. However, if you have completed fewer than 30 units, we will focus primarily on your high school record and scores from the SAT or ACT.
  • You must submit secondary school records and proof of graduation.