FAQs: QuestBridge Applicants


How do I find out if I match with USC?

You will be notified first by QuestBridge, then by USC Admission. Decisions are sent December 1.

Will I be considered for merit scholarships in the regular decision process?

Only finalists who participate in the USC Match process will automatically be considered for merit scholarships. Others need to complete a full application by December 1 to be considered.

What happens if I am a finalist applying to the Match process but I am not admitted to my first-choice major?

Matched students will be admitted to their first-choice major. If you are applying to Architecture, Fine Arts, Cinematic Arts, or Dramatic Arts (except BFA-Acting), be sure to submit the supplemental materials required for those majors by November 1.

Is an interview required?

No. Interviews are optional for regular admission.

I am a finalist but if I am not matched, can I be considered for regular admission?

If you are a finalist who participated in the USC Match process, your application will automatically be considered for regular admission and will be considered on-time for the December 1 scholarship deadline.

If you are a finalist who did not participate in the USC Match process, you will need to complete a full application by the December 1 or January 15 deadline to be considered.

If I want to apply to the BFA Dramatic Arts programs or the Thornton School of Music, can I be considered for the Match process?

No, these programs cannot accommodate the College Match process. Students wishing to apply to these programs should submit the Common Application along with the USC Writing Supplement, paying close attention to the additional materials (such as resume and headshot or writing samples) required by these schools. For more details, please visit the appropriate department website. Please note that applicants to the BA program in the School of Dramatic Arts can be considered for the Match process.