USC Admission Requirements

Acceptance Rate

Admission Difficulty for University of Southern California
Measure Difficulty
Admission StandardsElite
Applicant CompetitionVery High

Can I get into USC? The school has a 17% acceptance rate. Last year, 9,022 out of 54,280 applicants were admitted making USC a very highly competitive school to get into with a low chance of acceptance for typical applicants.  Academically, it has exceptionally high requirements for admission test scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 8 percent. University of Southern California typically accepts and attracts "A-" average high school students. Only 34% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

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SAT Requirements

SAT Range
Applicants Submitting SAT
SAT Scores for University of Southern California
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 670
SAT Math 25th 670
SAT Composite 25th 1340
SAT Scores for University of Southern California
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 750
SAT Math 75th 780
SAT Composite 75th 1530
SAT Scores you need to get in

What are the SAT requirements for students to be admitted to University of Southern California?

University of Southern California typically requires 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 1245. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1435 out of 1600. A competitive SAT score is critical as 61 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.

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

University of Southern California admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness Admission Chances
1530 and Above Good >26%
1435 to 1530 Avg + 17%-26%
1340 to 1435 Avg - 11%-17%
1245 to 1340 Reach 7%-11%
Less than 1245 Low <7%

ACT Requirements

ACT Range
Applicants Submitting ACT
ACT Scores for University of Southern California
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 30
ACT Math 25th 28
ACT Composite 25th 30
ACT Scores for University of Southern California
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 35
ACT Math 75th 34
ACT Composite 75th 33
ACT Scores needed to get accepted

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 33 and above have very competitive chances. 55 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to University of Southern California.

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

University of Southern California admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness Admission Chances
33 and Above Good >29%
31 to 33 Avg + 17%-29%
30 to 31 Avg - 13%-17%
29 to 30 Reach 9%-13%
Less than 29 Low <9%

Estimated GPA Requirements

Avg. High School GPA
Typical High School Grades

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 alone is not enough to gain admission as USC is a very selective school.

 What do these ratings mean?

High School GPA's for admitted University of Southern California students
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 N/A% Low
2.25 to 2.50 N/A% Low
2.00 to 2.25 N/A% Low

Admission Statistics

University of Southern California admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 28,934 25,346 54,280
Accepted 5,041 3,981 9,022
Acceptance Rate 17% 16% 17%
Enrolled 1,679 1,389 3,068
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 33% 35% 34%

Fall 2019 Application Deadline

Applications are Due
Jan 10, 2019
Days left to Apply

Applicants have 24 days left until the Fall 2019 term applications are due on Jan 10, 2019.

Admission Requirements

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

University of Southern California Admission Requirements
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

High School Credits Accepted at University of Southern California
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.