The acceptance rate at USC is 16%. It ranks #6 in California and #36 in the nation for lowest rate of acceptance. USC is a very highly competitive school to get into with a low chance of acceptance for typical applicants. Last year, 9,618 out of 59,712 applicants were admitted.
The school has exceptionally high admission requirements for SAT and ACT scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 8 percent (SAT 1340/1530 ACT 30/34). University of Southern California typically accepts and attracts "A-" average high school students with an average GPA around 3.83. 36% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.
The USC application fee is $85 and applications are due by Jan 10.
You are required to submit admission test scores with your application. University of Southern California is not a test optional school. Note: Please consult the school directly to confirm the most up to date testing requirements.
|SAT Test||25th Percentile Score|
|SAT Reading 25th||660|
|SAT Math 25th||680|
|SAT Composite 25th||1340|
|SAT Test||25th Percentile Score|
|SAT Reading 75th||740|
|SAT Math 75th||790|
|SAT Composite 75th||1530|
|Average SAT Score||1440
What are the SAT requirements for students to be admitted to University of Southern California?
University of Southern California typically prefers applicants to be in the top 9 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1340 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 1240. The average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1440 out of 1600. USC ranks #4 in California and #37 in the nation for highest average SAT composite score. A competitive SAT score is critical as 61 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school.
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|ACT Test||25th Percentile Score|
|ACT Reading 25th||32|
|ACT Math 25th||28|
|ACT Composite 25th||30|
|ACT Test||75th Percentile Score|
|ACT Reading 75th||35|
|ACT Math 75th||34|
|ACT Composite 75th||34|
|Average ACT Score||32
What are the ACT requirements for prospective students to get into USC?
Admission data indicates that USC regularly accepts students with ACT's of 30 and above. Successful applicants typically send ACT scores in the top 7 percent nationally. 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 34 and above have very competitive chances. The school ranks #7 in California and #36 in the U.S. for highest average ACT composite score. 52 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to University of Southern California.
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What GPA do you need to get into University of Southern California?
Applicants require exceptionally good grades to get into USC. The average high school GPA of the admitted freshman class at University of Southern California was 3.83 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily A- students are accepted and ultimately attend. The school ranks #16 in California for highest average GPA. Meeting these GPA requirements alone is not enough to gain admission as USC is a very selective school.
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|High School GPA||Freshmen Within Range||Competitiveness|
|3.75 to 3.99||47.97%||Avg|
|3.50 to 3.74||18.24%||Reach|
|3.25 to 3.49||4.59%||Reach|
|3.00 to 3.24||1.6%||Reach|
|2.50 to 2.99||0.96%||Reach|
|2.00 to 2.49||0.12%||Reach|
|1.00 to 1.99||0%||Reach|
|less than 1.00||0%||Reach|
GPA Data Source, Peterson's Data 2021
|Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield)||37%||35%||36%|
The application deadline for Fall 2022 has passed. Applications were due on Jan 10, 2023.
The cost for prospective students to apply to University of Southern California is $85.
What are the requirements for admission to University of Southern California and what student information is used for admission decisions?
|High School GPA||Required|
|High School Class Rank||Neither required nor recommended|
|Completion of College Preparatory Program||Required|
|Demonstration of Competencies||Required|
|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.
61% of students submit their SAT scores to USC. 52% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.
16% of those who apply are granted admission to USC. Admission competition is very high and the college has elite admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.
The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 1340 and 1530. 61% of students submit SAT scores when applying. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.
The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 30 and 34. 52% of students submit ACT scores when applying. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.