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University of Southern California Acceptance Rate, Requirements & Admissions Information

Los Angeles, CA

Freshman Admission Requirements


Entrance Difficulty

Most Difficult: More than 75% of freshmen were in the top 10% of their high school class and scored over 1310 on the SAT I or over 29 on the ACT; about 30% or fewer of all applicants accepted.

High School Preparation

High School Graduation
High school diploma required and GED is not accepted
High School Program
College preparatory program is required

High School Units Required or Recommended

High School Units Required or Recommended
Subject Required Units Recommended Units
English 4  
Mathematics 3 4
Science 2 3
Foreign Language 2 3
Social Studies 2 3
History    
Academic Electives 3  

Examinations

Examinations
Exam Required Units Scores Due in Admissions Office
SAT or ACT Required February 20
SAT Only    
ACT Only    
SAT and SAT Subject Tests, or ACT    
SAT Subject Tests Only  
SAT Essay Component Policy Not Reported
ACT Writing Test Policy Writing component recommended
Use of SAT/ACT Essay SAT: No policy as of now
ACT: No policy as of now

Applying for Admission


Admissions Office

Address
University Park Campus
City, State, Zip
Los Angeles, CA 90089
Phone
 
Fax
(213) 740-6364
E-mail
admitusc@usc.edu

Application Dates and Fees

Regular Admisson Deadline
January 15
Application Fee
$85
Application Fee Waiver
Available
Regular Admission Notification
April 1
Accept Offer of Admission
May 1
Waiting List Used
No
Defer Admission
Student can defer admission
Transfer Admission
Transfer applications accepted

Early Admission

Early Decision Offered
No
Early Decision Deadline
 
Early Decision Notification
 
Early Action Offered
No
Early Action Deadline
 
Early Action Notification
 

Application Form

Common Application
Accepted, supplemental forms required
Universal College Application
Not accepted
Electronic Application
Available

Other Application Requirements

Interview
Not Required
Essay or Personal Statement
Required for all freshmen
Letters of Recommendation
 
Other
 
Financial Need
Financial need is not a consideration in the admissions process

Selection of Students


Selection of Students
Factor Very Important Important Considered Not Considered
Rigor of Secondary School Record X
Academic GPA X
Standardized Tests X
Class Rank X
Recommendations X
Essay X
Interview X
Level of Applicant's Interest X
Extracurricular Activities X
Volunteer Work X
Particular Talent/Ability X
Character/Personal Qualities X
First Generation to Attend College X
State Residency X
Geographic Residence X
Relation with Alumnus X
Religious Affiliation/Commitment X
Ethnicity X
Work Experience X

Profile of Fall Admission


Overall Admission Rate
13% of 64,352 applicants were admitted
Women
13% of 34,320 applicants were admitted
Men
13% of 30,032 applicants were admitted
Students Enrolled
4,054 (49%) of 8,339 admitted students enrolled
Women
2,034 (47%) of 4,310 admitted students enrolled
Men
2,020 (50%) of 4,029 admitted students enrolled
Early Decision Admission Rate
 
Early Action Admission Rate
 
Students Offered Wait List
 
Students Accepting Wait List Position
 
Students Admitted From Wait List
 

Grade Point Average of Enrolled Freshmen (4.0 scale)

Average GPA
3.76
3.75 and Above
59%
3.50 - 3.74
25%
3.25 - 3.49
10%
3.00 - 3.24
4%
2.50 - 2.99
2%
2.00 - 2.49
 

SAT Scores of Enrolled Freshmen

SAT Math
714 average
690-790 range of middle 50%
Score of 700 - 800
71.6%
Score of 600 - 700
21.74%
Score of 500 - 600
5.73%
Score of 400 - 500
.83%
Score of 300 - 400
.1%
Score of 200 - 300
0%
SAT EBRW
700 average
660-740 range of middle 50%
Score of 700 - 800
57.44%
Score of 600 - 700
37.07%
Score of 500 - 600
4.04%
Score of 400 - 500
.69%
Score of 300 - 400
.76%
Score of 200 - 300
0%

ACT Scores of Enrolled Freshmen

ACT Composite
32 average
30-34 range of middle 50%
Score of 30 - 36
81.77%
Score of 24 - 29
15.98%
Score of 18 - 23
2.08%
Score of 12 - 17
.17%
Score of 6 - 11
0%
Score of 5 or Below
0%

Other Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen

High School Class Rank
Top tenth: 88%
Top quarter: 96%
Top half: 100%
National Merit Scholar
6%
Valedictorian
Not reported
Class President
Not reported
Student Government Officer
Not reported

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