Transfer Application Checklist

Refer to the academic department website or to the Common Application for more information and detailed instructions.

Submit These Items

Common Application and the USC Writing Supplement:

Official final high school transcripts with date of graduation.

  • Students who completed secondary school outside the US may substitute a copy of a diploma or leaving certificate.
  • Students who did not finish high school should also submit a copy of their completion certificate (such as a GED) and may also submit a letter of explanation.

All official college transcripts.

  • Official transcripts of any and all college coursework completed through the fall term.

SAT or ACT Scores.

  • Required from applicants who have completed fewer than 30 semester units of college coursework.

Letter(s) of recommendation. (Optional, although may be required for some majors.)

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.

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.

Application Tips:

  • The Common Application and the USC Writing Supplement are separate submissions. Make sure you click on Submit for both parts. Your Common Application Dashboard should show two green checkmarks for USC.
  • High School/Secondary School Transcripts are required and must show a graduation date. Students who attended secondary school/high school in a non-U.S. system may substitute the appropriate leaving certificate or comprehensive diploma result, provided it shows the completion date.
  • College/University Transcripts must be sent from ALL colleges you have attended. We need to review your fall term grades, so be sure your current school has posted them before transcripts are sent.
  • Common Application “Recommenders and FERPA” Section for USC
    • Registrar: We do not require the College Report, either electronically or on paper, though other universities may require it. However, if the form helps your school provide transcripts to USC, feel free to use it.
    • Academic Evaluator: Some academic departments at USC require academic recommendations, but in general we consider these optional. We will gladly consider any you wish to submit.
    • Additional Forms: It is not necessary to submit any of the additional forms listed at the bottom of this section (the PDF versions of the Final Report, the Mid-term Report, or the College Report).