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


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). 


Official Test Scores
SAT code: 4852
ACT code: 0470

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

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).

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.


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.


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


2018-2019 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 Remember that this will be available only after you have already submitted the Common App.

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 6 - December 11. 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 to USC according to your status by the deadlines listed below. 

Information for Non-Finalists

indicates a required material

Regular Decision Required Application Materials


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


Official Transcripts

Update including recent grades

Official Test Scores
SAT code: 4852
ACT code: 0470

Only if new scores to report

Midyear Report

Application Fee



Regular Decision Required 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

2018-2019 CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE
CSS code: 4852
Available: Oct. 1


2016 Federal Tax Returns and W-2


2018-2019 FAFSA 
Available: Oct. 1


Dream Act Application
for AB-540 eligible California residents



If applicable

USC Parent Income and Expense Form  

Contact Information 

Contact Information (for mailing/faxing materials and general questions):

Mail supplemental applications and official transcripts to:
USC Office of Admission
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