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SAT scores needed to get into University of Southern California

Average Score and SAT Requirements

Average SAT Score 1435

The average composite SAT score for admitted University of Southern California freshman is 1435 out of 1600. USC students have the 37th highest average SAT score in the United States. For perspective, a 1435 is in the 97th percentile of all SAT test takers.

SAT Score Range 1340 to 1530

The middle fifty percent of incoming students have SAT composite scores ranging from 1340 to 1530. The 75th percentile score is 1530 while the 25th percentile score is 1340.

Minimum SAT score requirement

The lowest SAT score accepted is not reported by USC but we estimate it to be around a 1240 total composite SAT score.

Average SAT Math Score 735

The average score for USC students on the math portion of the SAT is 735 out of 800. The 25th percentile of students score a 680 and the 75th percentile score 790.

Average SAT Reading Score 700

The 25th and 75th percentile range for SAT reading scores range from 660 to 740 and the average score for University of Southern California students is 700.

Number of Students Submitting SAT Scores

61 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 16.1%. These chances assume you have an average GPA for the school, around 3.83.

Can I get into USC with a 1530 SAT?

  • Score competitiveness Very Good

An SAT score of 1530 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 27% or higher.

Can I get into USC with a 1440 SAT?

  • Score competitiveness Above Average

Scores between 1440 to 1520 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 16% to 25%.

Can I get into USC with a 1340 SAT?

  • Score competitiveness Below Average

SAT scores between 1340 to 1430 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 9% to 16% percent chance of being admitted.

Can I get into USC with a 1240 SAT?

  • Score competitiveness Reach

SAT scores from 1240 to 1330 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 9% chance of admission to USC. SAT scores below 1240 likely fall out of the range where students are regularly accepted.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class
Admission chances to University of Southern California by SAT score
SAT Score Admission Chances
1600 37%
1590 35%
1580 34%
1570 32%
1560 31%
1550 29%
1540 28%
1530 27%
1520 25%
1510 24%
1500 23%
1490 22%
1480 21%
1470 19%
1460 18%
1450 17%
1440 16%
1430 16%
1420 15%
1410 14%
1400 13%
1390 12%
1380 12%
1370 11%
1360 10%
1350 10%
1340 9%
1330 9%
1320 8%
1310 8%
1300 7%
1290 7%
1280 6%
1270 6%
1260 6%
1250 5%
1240 5%
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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.