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Please review our FAQ below for questions you may have about the undergraduate application process. If you don't find an answer to your question, please contact us.

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    Does USC accept first-year (freshman) or transfer applications for the spring semester?

    USC does not accept freshman or transfer applications for spring admission.

     
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    Does USC accept late applications?

    Applications postmarked after USC's deadlines will be considered late and may not be considered for the term in question. If this is the case, USC will automatically consider the application for the next available semester (the applicant will be informed if this is the case).


    In no case will USC return a student's application or refund an application fee.

     
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    Are USC application deadlines postmark deadlines?

    USC application deadlines are postmark deadlines. Therefore, as long as an application or other materials are mailed and postmarked by the deadline date, they will be considered on-time. For students submitting online applications, anything submitted by 11:59 p.m. (Pacific Standard Time) of the deadline day will be considered "on time."

     
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    I am not a California resident. Will it be harder for me to gain admission? Will my tuition and fees be higher than those for California residents?

    USC is a private university and thus has no state residency requirements. We recruit nationally and internationally and almost half of our student body comes from outside of California. Tuition and fees are the same for all students, regardless of state of residence or national citizenship.

     
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    English is not my native language. Which exam is required of me?

    All international applicants whose native language is not English must demonstrate English proficiency in the following manner:

    First-year (freshman) international applicants should earn:

    • Minimum scores of 600 on the SAT Critical Reading exam or 27 on the ACT English exam; OR
    • A minimum score of 100 on the TOEFL iBT (with a minimum score of 20 in each section); OR
    • A minimum IELTS score of 7; OR
    • A minimum PTE score of 68.

    Transfer international applicants should earn:

    • A minimum score of 100 on the TOEFL iBT (with a minimum score of 20 in each section); OR
    • A minimum IELTS score of 7; OR
    • A minimum PTE score of 68.


     
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    Does USC offer early decision or early action admission?

    No, USC does not employ an Early Action or Early Decision program in its admission process. We also do not maintain admission waitlists. Instead, students who apply for fall admission may be invited to enroll in the spring semester. All students who apply to the university by the appropriate deadline (December 1st for first-year scholarship applicants, January 15th for all other first-year applicants and February 1st or all transfer applicants) are given equal consideration in the application review process.

     
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    Does a student's financial need affect an admission decision?

    No. USC is need-blind in its admission process—a student’s financial need will never influence an admission decision. In fact, nearly two-thirds of undergraduate students at USC receive financial aid.

     
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    What are USC's tuition and fees? Do you have a net price calculator?

    See a full listing of tuition and fees on USC's Financial Aid Office website. The USC Net Price Calculator will help you and your family plan for the cost of a USC Education.