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SAT scores needed to get into University of Southern California

Average Score and SAT Requirements

Average SAT Score 1500

The average composite SAT score for admitted University of Southern California freshman is 1500 out of 1600. USC students have the 27th highest average SAT score in the United States. For perspective, a 1500 is in the 99th percentile of all SAT test takers.

SAT Score Range 1450 to 1550

The middle fifty percent of incoming students have SAT composite scores ranging from 1450 to 1550. The 75th percentile score is 1550 while the 25th percentile score is 1450.

Minimum SAT score requirement

The lowest SAT score accepted is not reported by USC but we estimate it to be around a 1400 total composite SAT score.

Average SAT Math Score 765

The average score for USC students on the math portion of the SAT is 765 out of 800. The 25th percentile of students score a 740 and the 75th percentile score 790.

Average SAT Reading Score 735

The 25th and 75th percentile range for SAT reading scores range from 710 to 760 and the average score for University of Southern California students is 735.

Number of Students Submitting SAT Scores

34 percent of students submit SAT scores with their application to University of Southern California

Admission Chances by SAT Score

Below are estimated chances of being accepted at University of Southern California based on SAT score ranges and the overall admission rate of 12%. These chances assume you have an average GPA for the school, around 3.83.

Can I get into USC with a 1550 SAT?

  • Score competitiveness Very Good

An SAT score of 1550 or higher is very competitive at USC and is a better score than three quarters of students who are accepted. While having an above average chance of acceptance, admission is very competitive. The estimated chance of getting in is around 21% or higher.

Can I get into USC with a 1500 SAT?

  • Score competitiveness Above Average

Scores between 1500 to 1540 are above average giving you an advantage over most applicants. While scores in this range are higher than many who apply, admission is extremely competitive. The estimated chance of being accepted is around 12% to 19%.

Can I get into USC with a 1450 SAT?

  • Score competitiveness Below Average

SAT scores between 1450 to 1490 are still in the middle range of accepted students a but a little lower than the average. You can get in and have about a 7% to 11% percent chance of being admitted.

Can I get into USC with a 1400 SAT?

  • Score competitiveness Reach

SAT scores from 1400 to 1440 are on the very low end of the range where students are accepted. Scores in this range are not competitive with most other applicants but you still have a chance. We estimate scores in this range have less than a 6% chance of admission to USC. SAT scores below 1400 likely fall out of the range where students are regularly accepted.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2022 starting class
Admission chances to University of Southern California by SAT score
SAT Score Admission Chances
1600 33%
1590 30%
1580 28%
1570 25%
1560 23%
1550 21%
1540 19%
1530 17%
1520 15%
1510 13%
1500 12%
1490 11%
1480 10%
1470 8%
1460 8%
1450 7%
1440 6%
1430 5%
1420 5%
1410 4%
1400 4%
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Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=123961 IPEDS survey data for University of Southern California.