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COLLEGE PROFILE

University of Southern California

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 GraduationHigh school diploma required and GED is not accepted
High School ProgramCollege preparatory program is required
High School Units Required or Recommended
SubjectRequired UnitsRecommended Units
English 4 
Mathematics 3 4
Science 2 3
Foreign Language 2 3
Social Studies 2 3
History  
Academic Electives 3 
Examinations
ExamScores Due in Admissions Office
SAT or ACTRequiredFebruary 15
SAT Only  
ACT Only  
SAT and SAT Subject Tests, or ACT  
SAT Subject Tests Only 
SAT Essay Component Policy Accepted with or without essay component
ACT Writing Test PolicyAccepted with or without writing component
Use of SAT/ACT EssaySAT: Used for admission
ACT: Used for admission

APPLYING FOR ADMISSION

Admissions Office
AddressUniversity Park Campus
City, State, ZipLos Angeles, CA  90089
Phone(213) 740-1111
Fax(213) 740-6364
E-mailadmitusc@usc.edu
Application Dates and Fees
Regular Admission DeadlineJanuary 15
Application Fee$80
Application Fee WaiverAvailable
Regular Admission NotificationApril 1
Accept Offer of AdmissionMay 1
Waiting List UsedNo
Defer AdmissionStudent can defer admission
Transfer AdmissionTransfer applications accepted
Early Admission
Early Decision OfferedNo
Early Decision Deadline 
Early Decision Notification 
Early Action OfferedNo
Early Action Deadline 
Early Action Notification 
Application Form
Common ApplicationAccepted, supplemental forms required
Universal College ApplicationNot accepted
Electronic Application Available
Other Application Requirements
InterviewNot required
Essay or Personal
Statement
Required for all freshmen
Letters of
Recommendation
 
Other 
Financial NeedFinancial need is not a consideration in the admissions process

SELECTION OF STUDENTS

FactorVery ImportantImportantConsideredNot Considered
Rigor of Secondary School RecordX
Academic GPAX
Standardized TestsX
Class RankX
RecommendationsX
EssayX
InterviewX
Level of Applicant's InterestX
Extracurricular ActivitiesX
Volunteer WorkX
Particular
Talent/Ability
X
Character/Personal QualitiesX
First Generation to Attend CollegeX
State ResidencyX
Geographic ResidenceX
Relation with AlumnusX
Religious Affiliation/ CommitmentX
EthnicityX
Work ExperienceX

PROFILE OF FALL ADMISSION

Overall Admission Rate17% of 54,280 applicants were admitted
   Women17% of 28,934 applicants were admitted
   Men16% of 25,346 applicants were admitted
Students Enrolled4,518 (50%) of 9,022 admitted students enrolled
   Women2,455 (49%) of 5,041 admitted students enrolled
   Men2,063 (52%) of 3,981 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 GPA3.73
3.75 and Above59%
3.50 - 3.7425%
3.25 - 3.4910%
3.00 - 3.244%
2.50 - 2.992%
2.00 - 2.49 
SAT Scores of Enrolled Freshmen
SAT Math698 average
650-770 range of middle 50%
Score of 700 - 800
57%
Score of 600 - 700
32%
Score of 500 - 600
10%
Score of 400 - 500
2%
Score of 300 - 400
0%
Score of 200 - 300
0%
SAT Critical Reading673 average
620-730 range of middle 50%
Score of 700 - 800
36%
Score of 600 - 700
48%
Score of 500 - 600
14%
Score of 400 - 500
2%
Score of 300 - 400
0%
Score of 200 - 300
0%
SAT Writing688 average
650-750 range of middle 50%
Score of 700 - 800
50%
Score of 600 - 700
38%
Score of 500 - 600
9%
Score of 400 - 500
2%
Score of 300 - 400
0%
Score of 200 - 300
0%
ACT Scores of Enrolled Freshmen
ACT Composite31 average
30-33 range of middle 50%
Score of 30 - 36
75%
Score of 24 - 29
21%
Score of 18 - 23
4%
Score of 12 - 17
0%
Score of 6 - 11
0%
Score of 5 or Below
0%
Other Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen
High School Class RankTop tenth: 88%
Top quarter: 97%
Top half: 100%
National Merit Scholar5%
ValedictorianNot reported
Class PresidentNot reported
Student Government OfficerNot reported
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CLASS OF 2022 Profile of Students on COLLEGEdata
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  GPA SAT ACT
UW W M ERW  
Average 3.69 4.08 693 674 30
Low 1.70 2.00 450 420 13
High 4.00 5.00 800 800 36
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