University of Southern California

This page will be updated by late summer 2021.

Match Requirements for:

Finalists who rank USC

Please submit these materials as soon as you are notified you are a Finalist.

Match Requirements
DEADLINE: NOVEMBER 1

1

The Common Application with USC Writing Supplement and all supporting documents

Submit along with official transcripts, Secondary School Report, and at least one teacher recommendation (must be from either a counselor or teacher in an academic course). 

Select the "Regular Decision" option on the Common Application.

In the Profile section of the Common Application, students should select ‘Yes’ for applying for a Common App Fee Waiver and choose one of the options that describe the economic need. Within the USC Supplement, students can select ‘Not Applying for a USC fee waiver’ when asked about school-specific fee waivers.

2

Test Scores (Optional)
Self-Reported or Official Reports

SAT code: 4852
ACT code: 0470

For the 2020-2021 application cycle, USC offers students the option to apply without consideration of their SAT or ACT scores. Learn more about USC’s test-optional policy. Students who rank USC can indicate which, if any, scores they would like considered in our review of their application. For students who would like to submit test scores, USC accepts self-reported test scores, scores reported on official transcripts, or scores verified through counselors. Official scores will be required for students who enroll at [school] and request that their scores be considered for admission. 

International applicants will not be required to submit SAT or ACT scores as part of their 2021 USC application. However, those whose native language is not English will still be required to submit test results from the TOEFL, IELTS, Duolingo English Test or PTE Academic English proficiency examinations.

Please note that students who submit results from the Duolingo English Test will still be required to take the International Student Exam. See our webpage for more details about English Proficiency Criteria.

3

Supplemental Applications (if necessary)

Applicants to programs in Architecture, Fine Arts, Music and Cinematic Arts must submit supplemental application materials. See the Common Application for details.

Applicants to BFA Dance and Theater, the Iovine-Young Academy, and the World Bachelor in Business program  will not be considered for the Match process.

4

2021-2022 FAFSA

FAFSA code: 001328
Available: Oct. 1

US Citizens and Eligible Noncitizens

Parents and students should use the Data Retrieval Tool (DRT) to transfer their IRS tax information from the IRS into their FAFSA.

5

2021-2022 CSS Profile

CSS code: 4852
Available: Oct. 1

Please select "Regular Decision" as your admission application type. 

If your parents are divorced, separated, or never married and don't live together:

  • Your non-custodial parent must also submit a CSS Profile.
  • If you do not have any contact with your non-custodial parent, then you may submit a request to waive the requirement of their financial information. Download the Non-Custodial Parent Waiver/Appeal Form, which will be available after October 1. Remember that this will be available only after you have already submitted the Common App.

6

Financial Aid Documents
Deadline: Nov. 7

Do not submit documents until your Common App has been submitted. Only after you have submitted your Common App, will you be able to submit your documents through the USC Admission Portal. Additional financial aid application instructions can be found here

Options following the Match

Early Decision or Early Action

USC does not offer Early Decision or Early Action application options.

Regular Decision

All Finalists who rank USC for the Match, but did not match to a binding college will automatically have their applications moved into the Regular Decision process. Please submit an updated transcript and any relevant updates.

If you no longer wish to be considered, you must contact the Admissions Office to withdraw your application (see Contact Information below).

Regular Decision Requirements:

Step 1: Select USC on the QuestBridge Regular Decision Form on your Application Management page between November 4 - December 9. Only check the box if you fully intend to submit a complete application to USC (including all of the materials detailed in the table below).

Step 2: Submit all additional required application and financial materials by the applicable deadlines directly to USC detailed in the table below. 

Information for Non-Finalists

indicates a required material

Regular Decision Requirements: Application Materials
DEADLINES: DECEMBER 1 (for merit scholarship consideration and some talent-based majors)
OR JANUARY 15 (Regular Decision)

 

Finalists who ranked USC and submitted all materials (but did not match to a binding college)

Finalists who did not rank USC

Common Application with USC Writing Supplement, and all supporting documents

 

In the Profile section of the Common Application, students should select ‘Yes’ for applying for a Common App Fee Waiver and choose one of the options that describe the economic need. Within the USC Supplement, students can select ‘Not Applying for a USC fee waiver’ when asked about school-specific fee waivers.

Some talent-based majors require supplementary materials. Details can be found on the Common Application. Apply by the December 1st deadline if required.

Midyear Report
Deadline: Feb. 22

Official Transcripts

Update including recent grades

Test Scores (Optional)
Official Reports

SAT code: 4852
ACT code: 0470

Only if new scores to report

 

Regular Decision Requirements: Financial Aid Materials
DEADLINE: FEBRUARY 12

 

Finalists who ranked USC and submitted all materials (but did not match to a binding college)

Finalists who did not rank USC

2021-2022 FAFSA 

FAFSA code: 001328
Available: Oct. 1

 

US Citizens and Eligible Noncitizens

2021-2022 CSS Profile

CSS code: 4852
Available: Oct. 1

 

USC 2019 Tax Information or Non-Filing Statement Form - Parents

 

USC Parent Income and Expense Form  

Dream Act Application
for AB-540 eligible California residents

 

 

If applicable

Contact Information 

Contact Information (for mailing materials and general questions):
Mail supplemental applications and official transcripts to:
USC Office of Admission
Undergraduate
University Park Campus
Los Angeles, CA 90089-0911

USC Contacts (regarding QuestBridge applications):
Find your USC Admission Counselor

Office of Undergraduate Admissions
Office of Financial Aid