University of Southern California

National College Match Requirements for:

Finalists who rank University of Southern California

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

College Match Required Application Materials
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). 

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

Official Test Scores
SAT code: 4852
ACT code: 0470

USC requires either the SAT or the ACT (the optional essay section for the redesigned SAT and the Writing section for the ACT not required).

Request official scores from the College Board and/or ACT. Do NOT use the rush reporting service.

Applicants enrolled in a home school curriculum must take 3 additional SAT Subject Tests, including 1 in Mathematics.

An English language proficiency exam is required of International students who are non-native English speakers and score lower than 650 on the SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing Exam or 27 on the ACT English exam sections. You may submit scores from the TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE Academic.

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 majors and the Iovine-Young Academy will not be considered for the Match process.

4

2019-2020 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

2019-2020
CSS/Financial Aid 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 noncustodial parent must also submit a CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE.
  • If you do not have any contact with your noncustodial parent, then you may submit a request to waive the requirement of their financial information. Download the Noncustodial Parent Waiver/Appeal Form available at you.usc.edu. Remember that this will be available only after you have already submitted the Common App.

6

Financial Aid Documents
Deadline: Nov. 6

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 online. 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 College 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 5 - December 10. 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 Required Application Materials
DEADLINE: JANUARY 15

 

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.

Midyear Report
Deadline: Feb. 22

Official Transcripts

Update including recent grades

Official Test Scores
SAT code: 4852
ACT code: 0470

Only if new scores to report

Regular Decision Required Financial Aid Materials
DEADLINE: FEBRUARY 13

 

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

Finalists who did not rank USC

2019-2020 FAFSA 
FAFSA code: 001328
Available: Oct. 1

 

US Citizens and Eligible Noncitizens

2019-2020
CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE

CSS code: 4852
Available: Oct. 1

 

2017 Federal Tax Returns and W-2
Forms

 

Dream Act Application
for AB-540 eligible California residents

 

 

If applicable

USC Parent Income and Expense Form  

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