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Chances of getting into University of Southern California

Acceptance Rate

Acceptance Rate
16.1%
Admission Difficulty for University of Southern California
Measure Difficulty
Admission StandardsElite
Applicant CompetitionVery High

How hard is it to get into USC and can I get accepted? The school has a 16% acceptance rate ranking it #6 in California for lowest rate of acceptance. Last year, 9,618 out of 59,712 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 36% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

Test Requirements

You must submit admission test scores with your application. University of Southern California is not a test optional school. Note: Please consult the school directly to determine if testing requirements are temporarily suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

USC SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range
1340-1530
Applicants Submitting SAT
61%
SAT Scores for University of Southern California
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 660
SAT Math 25th 680
SAT Composite 25th 1340
SAT Scores for University of Southern California
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 740
SAT Math 75th 790
SAT Composite 75th 1530
Average SAT Score 1440

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 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 estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1440 out of 1600. The school ranks #4 in California for highest average SAT composite score. A competitive SAT score is critical as 61 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

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 >24%
1435 to 1530 Avg + 16%-24%
1340 to 1435 Avg - 10%-16%
1245 to 1340 Reach 6%-10%
Less than 1245 Low <6%
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USC ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range
30-34 
Applicants Submitting ACT
52%
ACT Scores for University of Southern California
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 32
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 34
Average ACT Score 32

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 34 and above have very competitive chances. The school ranks #6 in California for highest average ACT composite score. 52 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to University of Southern California.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

University of Southern California admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness Admission Chances
34 and Above Good >24%
32 to 34 Avg + 16%-24%
30 to 32 Avg - 10%-16%
28 to 30 Reach 6%-10%
Less than 28 Low <6%
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USC GPA

Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA
3.83
Typical High School Grades
A-

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.

 What do these ratings mean?

High School GPA's for admitted University of Southern California students
High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Competitiveness
4.0 26.52% Avg +
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

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Admission Statistics

University of Southern California admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 31,881 27,831 59,712
Accepted 4,988 4,630 9,618
Acceptance Rate 16% 17% 16%
Enrolled 1,822 1,638 3,460
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 37% 35% 36%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Fall 2022 Application Deadline

Applications were Due
Jan 10, 2022
Days left to Apply
None

The application deadline for Fall 2022 has passed. Applications were due on Jan 10, 2022.

Application Fee

The cost for prospective students to apply to University of Southern California is $85.

Admission Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to University of Southern California and what student information is used for 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.

FAQs

Does University of Southern California prefer SAT or ACT?

61% of students submit their SAT scores to USC. 52% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.

What is my chance of getting into University of Southern California?

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.

What SAT score is required for University of Southern California?

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.

What ACT score is required for University of Southern California?

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.