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Overview
Type of school: Private institution
Year founded: 1880
Affiliation: None
Academic calendar: Semester
Undergraduate student body: 16,729
Environment: Urban
Endowment: $3,065,935,000
Admissions Address

University Park
Los Angeles, CA 90089

Website

http://www.usc.edu/

Admissions E-mail

admitusc@usc.edu


 

QuickFacts
Selectivity: Most Selective
Average high school GPA: 3.7
Send application by: January 10
Admissions Contact Information
Admissions director: L. Katharine Harrington
Admissions office telephone: (213) 740-1111
Fall 2008 Admissions Deadlines Regular decision
Send application by: January 10
Decision sent by: April 1
Accept offer by: May 1
Early decision
Not offered  
Early action
Not offered  
Application fee: $65
Is the fee refundable? No
Can fee be waived for students with financial need? Yes
Does school have a waiting list? No
Can admission be deferred? No
Accepted application formats:
Applications on floppy disks: No
Applications via E-mail: No
Electronic application:
 
http://www.usc.edu/admission/undergraduate/apply/  
Tuition deposit: $300 (Nonrefundable)
Room deposit: $400 (Refundable)
Admissions Requirements
High school completion requirement: High school diploma is required and GED is not accepted
General college-preparatory program: Required
Distribution of high school units required and/or recommended*
  Units Required Units Recommended
English 4 4
Mathematics 3 4
Science 2 3
Lab 2 3
Foreign language 2 3
Social studies 2 3
History 0 0
Academic electives 3 3
Total academic units 16 20


*One unit equals one year of study or its equivalent.
 

Campus visit: Recommended
Admissions interview: Neither required nor recommended
Off-campus interview: May be arranged
 
Does the college use SAT or ACT scores in admissions decisions for first-time, first-year applicants? Yes
SAT/ACT requirements: Either SAT or ACT required.
SAT/ACT scores must be received by: February 15
Tests accepted for Fall 2008 entering class: ACT with writing
SAT Subject Test scores must be received by: February 15
 
Open admission policy? No
What is the relative importance of specific academic factors in admission decisions?
Rigor of secondary school record: Very important
 
Class rank: Considered
Academic GPA: Very important
Standardized test scores: Very important
Application essay: Very important
Recommendation: Very important
What is the relative importance of specific nonacademic factors in admission decisions?
Interview: Considered
Extracurricular activities: Important
Talent/ability: Important
Character/personal qualities: Considered
First generation: Considered
Alumni/ae relation: Considered
Geographical residence: Not considered
State residency: Not considered
Religious affiliation/commitment: Not considered
Racial/ethnic status: Considered
Volunteer work: Considered
Work experience: Considered
Level of applicant's interest: Not considered
2006-2007 Admissions Statistics
Selectivity: Most Selective
Overall acceptance rate: 25%
Early-decision acceptance rate: N/A
Early-action acceptance rate: N/A
Acceptance rate (excluding early-action and early-decision students): 25%
Total applicants: 33,979
Total acceptances: 8,634
Total freshman enrollment: 2,763
 
Proportion of freshman enrolled from early action and early decision: N/A
 
Proportion of freshman enrolled from early action and early decision is not available for graphing.


 

Male applicants: 15,731
Male acceptances: 4,071
Male freshman enrollment: 1,331
 
Female applicants: 18,248
Female acceptances: 4,563
Female freshman enrollment: 1,432
Out-of-state freshmen: 47%
 
Qualified applicants offered a place on waiting list: N/A
Applicants accepting a place on waiting list: N/A
Students enrolled from waiting list: N/A


 

2006-2007 Freshman Class Profile
Top 10 percent of high school class: 86%
Top 25 percent of high school class: 97%
Top 50 percent of high school class: 100%
 
First-year students submitting high school class standing: 50%
Average high school GPA: 3.7
 
First-year students submitting GPA: 91%
 
First-year students submitting SAT scores: 86%
SAT scores (25/75 percentile):
Critical Reading: 630 - 720
Math: 650 - 740
Combined: 1280 - 1460


 

Percent of first-time, first-year students enrolled in Fall 2006 with scores in each range:
  SAT Critical Reading SAT Math
700-800 35.7% 50.4%
600-699 52.8% 42.0%
500-599 11.0% 7.3%
400-499 0.5% 0.3%
300-399 0.1% 0.0%
200-299 0.1% 0.0%


 

First-year students submitting ACT scores: 30%
ACT scores (25/75 percentile):
English: 27 - 33
Math: 27 - 33
Composite: 28 - 32


 

Percent of first-time, first-year students enrolled in Fall 2006 with scores in each range:
  ACT Composite ACT English ACT Math
30-36 54.1% 58.3% 55.8%
24-29 43.8% 37.1% 40.8%
18-23 2.2% 4.6% 3.1%
12-17 0.0% 0.0% 0.3%
6-11 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Below 6 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%

 



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