If you are applying to any of the majors in this section, it is your responsibility to complete your application by the appropriate deadline. Unless otherwise noted, all deadlines are the same as those listed on the Dates and Deadlines page. Be sure to obtain any required supplementary forms and to fulfill all departmental requirements.

USC School of Architecture

Major Programs
  • Architecture
Application Guidelines

All first-year and transfer applicants must submit a portfolio to the School of Architecture at the time of application. Instructions are included in the USC Supplement to the Common Application.

Transfer applicants should note that placement level and the number of semesters needed to complete the studio sequence are dependent on skill level, not unit count.

Transfer applicants are required to submit one to three letters of recommendation. Letters can be submitted using the Instructor Evaluation form found in the Common Application.

The five-year Bachelor of Architecture program is a professional degree accredited by the National Architecture Accrediting Board (NAAB).


Tel: (213) 740-2420 or (800) 281-8616
Fax: (213) 740-8884
E-mail: uscarch@usc.edu

USC Marshall School of Business

Major Programs
  • USC Marshall School of Business - Business Administration
  • USC Leventhal School of Accounting - Accounting (First-Year Applicants Only. Transfer applicants should follow the directions below.)
  • World Bachelor in Business (First-Year Applicants Only)
Application Guidelines

First-year applicants who have demonstrated exceptional scholastic aptitude for the accounting or business major (based on GPA and SAT/ACT scores) will be automatically considered for admission to the Global Leadership Program.

First-year applicants to the World Bachelor in Business should provide a brief (one-paragraph) answer to each question in the Marshall School of Business section of the USC Supplement and upload a video introduction, not to exceed four minutes in length. Please refer to the USC Supplement to the Common Application for complete instructions.

Transfer applicants will be considered for admission once they have completed the prerequisite college writing and business calculus courses. (Students are also encouraged to take two semesters of accounting, and make progress toward USC’s GE and Diversity course requirements.) Visit marshall.usc.edu/ undergraduate/admissions for a list of equivalent courses.

Transfer applicants interested in Accounting must apply to Business Administration. A formal request to transfer to the Leventhal School of Accounting can be made once the resident accounting course(s) are successfully completed.


Tel: (213) 740-8885 or (800) 352-5719
Fax: (213) 740-7788
E-mail: busadm@marshall.usc.edu

USC School of Cinematic Arts

Major Programs
  • Animation and Digital Arts
  • Cinematic Arts (Critical Studies)
  • Cinematic Arts (Film and Television Production)
    • BFA, First-Year Applicants Only
    • B.A., Transfer Applicants Only
  • Interactive Entertainment
  • Writing for Screen and Television
Application Guidelines

First-year applicants to the USC School of Cinematic Arts must submit the Common Application with the USC Supplement, as well as all additional materials (e.g. writing samples, resumes, letters of recommendation) by the December 1st deadline to be considered.

The transfer application deadline for Writing for Screen & Television is December 1st.

Transfer applicants to the Writing Program should note that the core curriculum for this program takes four full years at USC to complete.

The transfer application deadline for Animation, Critical Studies, Film & Television Production and Interactive Entertainment is February 1st.

Transfers (Film & Television Production):
Note: To be considered for admission, you must first obtain 48 transferable semester units (excluding AP & IB). These may include units in progress during the fall or spring semester.

Film and Television Production applicants must select “Film and Television Production” as their first-choice major.

Please refer to the School of Cinematic Arts website for specific instructions and complete information.


Tel: (213) 740-8358
Fax: (213) 740-4013
E-mail: admissions@cinema.usc.edu

USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism

Major Programs
  • Communication
  • Journalism, Broadcast and Digital
  • Journalism, Print and Digital
  • Public Relations
Application Guidelines

In addition to the Common Application, applicants to Journalism and Public Relations must submit a one-page Statement of Intent, explaining their reasons for pursuing an education and career in journalism or public relations. Please refer to the USC Supplement to the Common Application for detailed instructions.

Transfer applicants must submit a recommendation from a college/ university instructor or your college academic advisor with the USC application (and a Statement of Intent, if applying to Journalism or Public Relations). Letters from high school teachers or counselors will not be accepted. Letters of recommendation can be submitted using the Instructor Evaluation form found in the Common Application.

Transfer applicants must have made progress in college coursework toward satisfying the USC General Education categories and other Core requirements. Please refer to the Transferring to USC booklet for details. For additional information, please refer to the Transfer Application Guidelines at annenberg.usc.edu.

Transfer applicants to Communication are encouraged to complete a college course in statistics.


Tel: (213) 821-0770
Fax: (213) 740-1933
E-mail: ascadm@usc.edu

USC Ostrow School of Dentistry

Major Programs
  • Dental Hygiene (Junior Transfers Only)
Application Guidelines

A Dental Hygiene Supplemental Application is required and may be obtained by contacting the USC School of Dentistry or by visiting their website. The dental hygiene curriculum starts in the fall semester of the junior year, after program prerequisites have been completed. Students may transfer prior to the junior year to complete pre-dental hygiene requirements at USC. The application deadline is February 1.


Tel: (213) 740-2841
Fax: (213) 740-8109
E-mail: uscsdadm@usc.edu

USC Viterbi School of Engineering

Major Programs
  • All Computer Science majors
  • All Engineering majors
Application Guidelines

Applicants to Engineering and Computer Science majors must respond to the two short-answer questions on the USC Supplement.

Transfer applicants to engineering and computer science majors who have not completed full-time, college-level coursework must respond to one additional question on the USC Supplement.

For first-year applicants to all majors in engineering and computer science, four years of mathematics are required for admission consideration, preferably with calculus in progress or completed by senior year. Three years of natural sciences are also required.

Transfer applicants to all majors in engineering and computer science should have completed one or more semesters of college-level calculus and meet USC admission requirements. Students are encouraged to complete additional pre-engineering coursework as available.

Visit viterbi.usc.edu/admission, click the Transfer button and select Transferable Coursework from the left-hand menu for a list of relevant courses.


Tel: (213) 740-4530 or (800) 526-3347
Fax: (213) 740-8690
E-mail: viterbi.admission@usc.edu

USC Roski School of Fine Arts

Major Programs
  • Fine Arts
  • Fine Arts (Studio Arts)
Application Guidelines

All applicants must complete the Roski School’s section of the USC Supplement and submit additional materials, including an artist statement, a portfolio of artwork, and a list of creative accomplishments.

Transfer applicants are required to submit at least two (2) letters of recommendation from current or former art instructors. Letters can be submitted using the Instructor Evaluation form found in the Common Application.

Please visit roski.usc.edu for detailed application instructions.


Tel: (213) 740-2787
Fax: (213) 740-8938
E-mail: finearts@usc.edu

USC Thornton School of Music

Major Programs

  • Composition
  • Jazz Studies
  • Music
  • Music Industry B.S.
  • Music Industry B.M.
  • Popular Music B.M.
  • Studio/Jazz Guitar
  • Bassoon
  • Cello
  • Clarinet
  • Double Bass
  • Flute
  • French Horn
  • Guitar, Classical
  • Guitar, Studio/Jazz
  • Harp
  • Oboe
  • Organ
  • Percussion
  • Piano
  • Saxophone
  • Trombone
  • Trumpet
  • Tuba
  • Viola
  • Violin
  • Vocal Arts
Application Guidelines

The deadline for all first-year and transfer music majors is December 1, 2012. All required departmental materials must be received by the Thornton Admission office by this date.

The Thornton departmental section in the USC Supplement to the Common
Application is required for all majors.

An audition is required for most majors.

Visit the USC Thornton School website or refer to the USC Supplement to the Common Application for audition dates and requirements.


Tel: (213) 740-8986 or (800) 872-2213
Fax: (213) 740-8995
E-mail: uscmusic@usc.edu

USC Independent Health Professions

Major Programs
  • Occupational Therapy (first-years only)
Application Guidelines

Students should indicate their interest as soon as possible to receive proper academic advisement. Please contact the Division to schedule an appointment with an undergraduate advisor.

Please visit www.usc.edu/ot for information about admission criteria, program course sequence and application procedures.


Tel: (323) 442-2850 or toll free: (866) 385-4250
Fax: (323) 442-1540
E-mail: otdept@usc.edu

USC School of Pharmacy

Academic Program
  • Pharmacy
  • (TAP Program)
Application Guidelines

The Trojan Admission Pre-Pharmacy Program (TAP) is a unique program for entering freshmen: a pre-pharmacy/doctor of pharmacy curriculum that affords students continuity in their professional education. Students admitted to TAP begin their pre-pharmacy coursework at USC in the freshman year and receive priority admission to the USC School of Pharmacy, contingent upon meeting specified criteria.

First-year applicants to TAP must submit the Common Application by the January 10 deadline. In addition, applicants must file all departmental materials with the School of Pharmacy by February 15, 2013. Contact the USC School of Pharmacy for a TAP application or visit the Pharmacy website.


USC School of Pharmacy
Office of Admission
1985 Zonal Ave., PSA 206
Los Angeles, CA 90089-9121
Tel: (323) 442-1466
E-mail: pharmadm@hsc.usc.edu

USC School of Dramatic Arts

Major Programs
  • Theatre
  • Theatre (Acting)
  • Theatre (Design)
  • Theatre (Sound Design)
  • Theatre (Stage Management)
  • Theatre (Technical Direction)
  • Visual and Performing Arts Studies
Application Guidelines

First-year and transfer applicants must complete the School of Dramatic Arts section of the USC Supplement to the Common Application.

The deadline for all first-year and transfer applicants to B.F.A. programs
is December 1, 2012. B.A. applicants can apply by the regular first-year and
transfer deadlines.

When your departmental application is received by the USC School of Dramatic Arts, you will be contacted to schedule an audition or interview.


Tel: (213) 740-1286
Fax: (213) 821-1193
E-mail: thtrinfo@usc.edu

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