University of Southern California

Prospective Students


Application Checklist

  1. Apply online using the Common Application and the USC Supplemental Application (www.commonapp.org)

  2. Submit these items:
    • Official SAT and/or ACT scores: Arrange for the testing agency to send your scores directly to USC.
    • All official high school and college transcripts (first-year and transfer).
    • School Report (First-year applicants only)
    • Letter(s) of recommendation (optional, although may be required for some majors)
    • Additional materials if required by major (see USC Supplemental Application for more information).
    • Financial statement (for international students only): Available at www.usc.edu/financialstatement.
  3. Submit your fall grades

    First-year applicants: You can report your fall grades using the Mid-Year Report Form included in the Common Application or by visiting www.usc.edu/midyeargrades. ​Transfer applicants: Make sure you send fall (and winter, if applicable) term grades when they become available.

Freshmen Applying to USC

Admission to the Leventhal School of Accounting is granted through the Marshall School of Business.

In an effort to streamline our application process, USC now uses the Common Application exclusively. Students wishing to apply for admission to the 2014-2015 academic year should submit the Common Application and the USC Supplement, both of which can be accessed at www.commonapp.org.

Please be aware of these important application deadlines:

  • December 1, 2013: First-Year Application Deadline for Scholarship Consideration
  • January 10, 2014: First-Year Application Deadline

For more information, visit the USC Undergraduate Admission website.

Transfer Students Applying to USC

Transfer students interested in majoring in accounting must apply for admission to the Marshall School of Business first. Once accepted into the business administration major, students should meet with an academic advisor to plan for admission into Leventhal School of Accounting.

In an effort to streamline our application process, USC now uses the Common Application exclusively. Students wishing to apply for admission to the 2014-2015 academic year should submit the Common Application and the USC Supplement, both of which can be accessed at www.commonapp.org.

Please be aware of this important application deadline:

  • February 1, 2014: Transfer Application Deadline for Scholarship and Regular Consideration

Basic Academic Requirements

In planning your transfer to USC, keep in mind the following academic requirements:

  • If you are applying to enter at less than junior standing, you may either choose a specific academic major or apply as “Open (Still Deciding).” If you will be a junior (64 or more semester units), you must declare a major. Some majors have a significant number of lower-division requirements that may be completed prior to applying.
  • Concentrate on USC-transferable courses that build on your high school record, satisfy general education and other requirements, and include preparation for your major. Seventy-five percent of the transferable courses should cover these areas, and you are expected to have at least an “A-/B+” average on transferable work.
  • There is no minimum number of transfer units you must complete before applying for admission. However, if you have completed fewer than 30 units, we will focus primarily on your high school record and results from the SAT or ACT.
  • You must submit secondary school records and proof of graduation. At minimum, your high school record should consist of 16 year-long courses, including 13 in academic solids and up to three in acceptable electives.
  • You must complete two semesters of English composition before enrolling at USC.
  • You may need to complete nontransferable skills-building courses in writing and mathematics prior to admission to USC. Placement exams offered at your current college will determine your need for any remedial course work.
  • We encourage you to take advantage of the strength of USC's General Education Program. In fact, you do not have to complete all transferable general education requirements or all prerequisites elsewhere to be admitted.
  • We consider trends in your grades and college attendance patterns. Consistent degree progress and strong recent performance are important.

For more information on Transfer Student application, visit the USC Transfer Applicant website.