University of Southern California

This page will be updated by late summer of 2022.

Match Requirements for:

Finalists who rank USC

If you are a Finalist who ranked USC, your National College Match application will be sent to USC, and you will need to submit the following requirements to the school by November 1. If you have questions after reviewing the information below, please reach out to the school directly.

Match Requirements

USC Applicant Portal Activation: QuestBridge will send Finalists’ applications to USC on October 19, and USC may need a couple days to import them into their system. Once processed, USC will then email you instructions to log in and activate your applicant portal, where you can track the status of the materials you submit to USC.


The USC QuestBridge Writing Supplement (or the Common Application and USC Writing Supplement for applicants to certain majors) 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). These materials can be emailed from your school to your Admission Counselor. You can find your counselor here.

Applicants to programs in Architecture, Fine Arts, Music, BA Theatre and Cinematic Arts must apply to USC using the Common App and USC Writing Supplement, in addition to the supporting documents listed above. For students who apply to USC using the Common App, supporting materials can be submitted to USC by your counselor through the Common App.


(Optional) Test Scores
Self-Reported or Official Reports

SAT code: 4852
ACT code: 0470

For the 2021-2022 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 the school's 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 USC 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 2022 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.


Supplemental Applications (if necessary)

Applicants to programs in Architecture, Fine Arts, Music and Cinematic Arts must submit supplemental application materials. See the Additional Application Requirements website for more information.

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.


2022-2023 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.


2022-2023 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.


Financial Aid Documents
Deadline: Nov. 5

Do not submit documents until your USC QuestBridge Writing Supplement has been submitted. Only after you have submitted your Writing Supplement, 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 3 - December 12. 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: Activate your USC Applicant Portal. QuestBridge will send Finalists’ applications to USC on December 15 and USC may need a couple days to import them into their system. Use the USC applicant portal, sent to you via email, to track the status of your materials you submit to USC. 

Step 3: Submit all additional required application and financial materials by the applicable deadlines directly to USC as detailed in the table below. 

Information for Non-Finalists

indicates a required material

Regular Decision Requirements: Admission 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. 21

Official Transcripts

Update including recent grades

(Optional) Test Scores
Official Reports

SAT code: 4852
ACT code: 0470

Only if new scores to report


Regular Decision Requirements: Financial Aid Materials


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

Finalists who did not rank USC

2022-2023 FAFSA 

FAFSA code: 001328
Available: Oct. 1


US Citizens and Eligible Noncitizens

2022-2023 CSS Profile

CSS code: 4852
Available: Oct. 1


USC 2020 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 

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

Office of Undergraduate Admissions
Office of Financial Aid

Contact Information (for submitting admission and financial aid materials):
Mail supplemental applications and official transcripts to:
USC Office of Admission
University Park Campus
Los Angeles, CA 90089-0911