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Can I get into USC? These admission statistics provide an indication how difficult it is to get in and what your chances are. 9,358 out of 51,920 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 33% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.
|Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield)||32%||34%||33%|
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.
Admission data indicates that USC regularly accepts students with ACTs of 29 and above. We estimate the school accepting minimim ACT composite scores around 27 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 31 or higher should be in the upper half of appliants - and students with a 33 and above have very competitive chances. 45 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to University of Southern California.
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 1280. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1440 out of 1600. A competitive SAT score is critical as 74 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|
|ACT Score||Competitiveness||Est. Admission Chances|
|33 and Above||Good||>30%|
|31 to 33||Avg +||20%-30%|
|29 to 31||Avg -||13%-20%|
|27 to 29||Reach||8%-13%|
|Less than 27||Low||<8%|
|SAT Score (NEW 1600 scale)||Competitiveness||Admission Chances|
|1520 and Above||Good||>30%|
|1440 to 1520||Avg +||20%-30%|
|1360 to 1440||Avg -||13%-20%|
|1280 to 1360||Reach||8%-13%|
|Less than 1280||Low||<8%|
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.
|High School GPA||Freshmen Within Range||Admission Chances|
|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|
The application deadline for Fall 2017 has passed. Applications were due on Jan 10, 2017.
What are the requirements for admission to University of Southern California and what considerations affect admission decisions?
|High School GPA||Required|
|High School Class Rank||Neither required nor recommended|
|Completion of College Preparatory Program||Required|
|Demonstration of Competencies||Required|
Does accept high school AP credits or award dual credit towards both a college and high school degree?
|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.