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USC Admission Chances


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Acceptance Chances

Can I get into USC? These admission statistics provide an indication how difficult it is to get in and what your chances are. 9,181 out of 51,924 applicants or 18% were admitted making USC a very competitive school to get into with a low chance of acceptance for qualifying applicants.  Academically, it has exceptionally high requirements for admission test scores. University of Southern California typically accepts and attracts A- average high school students. Only 32% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

Women Men Total
Applied 27,650 24,274 51,924
Accepted 5,086 4,095 9,181
Acceptance Rate 18% 17% 18%
Enrolled 1,569 1,380 2,949
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 31% 34% 32%

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Scores you need to get in

What are the SAT and ACT requirements for students to be admitted to University of Southern California and what score do you need to get in? The tables below describe the SAT and ACT test score percentile profile of the Fall 2015 starting class.

ACT Requirements

Admission data indicates that USC regularly accepts students with ACTs of 30 and above. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 28 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 32 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 33 and above have very competitive chances. 48 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to University of Southern California.

SAT Requirements (New SAT)

Reporting indicates the school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1360 on a 1600 scale, below which admission should be considered a reach. We estimate some students could be accepted with SAT's as low as 1270. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1450 out of 1600. A competitive SAT score is critical as 68 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school. Note: SAT scores presented on this page have been adjusted upwards per the College Board's concordance tables for test takers after March 2016.

25th Percentile Score 75th Percentile Score
SAT Composite 1360 1540
SAT Reading 680 760
SAT Math 670 780
ACT Composite 30 33
ACT English 30 34
ACT Math 28 34

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by Score

 What do these ratings mean?

ACT Score Competitiveness Est. Admission Chances
33 and Above Good >31%
31 to 33 Avg + 18%-31%
30 to 31 Avg - 13%-18%
29 to 30 Reach 10%-13%
Less than 29 Low <10%
SAT Score (NEW 1600 scale) Competitiveness Admission Chances
1540 and Above Good >27%
1450 to 1540 Avg + 18%-27%
1360 to 1450 Avg - 11%-18%
1270 to 1360 Reach 7%-11%
Less than 1270 Low <7%

Estimated GPA Requirements

You will need very good grades in high school to get into University of Southern California. The average high school GPA of the admitted freshman class at University of Southern California was 3.73 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily A- students are accepted and ultimately attend. Meeting these GPA requirements is not enough to gain admission as USC is a very selective school.

 What do these ratings mean?

High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Admission Chances
3.75+ 57% Good
3.50 to 3.75 25% Avg -
3.25 to 3.50 12% Reach
3.00 to 3.25 4% Reach
2.75 to 3.00 2% Reach
2.50 to 2.75 0% Low
2.25 to 2.50 0% Low
2.00 to 2.25 0% Low

Fall 2017 Application Deadline

The application deadline for Fall 2017 has passed. Applications were due on Jan 10, 2017.

Admission Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to University of Southern California and what considerations affect admission decisions?

Test Scores Required
High School GPA Required
High School Class Rank Neither required nor recommended
Completion of College Preparatory Program Required
Recommendations Required
Demonstration of Competencies Required

Credits Accepted

Does accept high school AP credits or award dual credit towards both a college and high school degree?

AP Credit Yes
Dual Credit No
Credit for Life Experiences No

Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=123961 IPEDS survey data for University of Southern California.