Admission interviews are an optional part of the undergraduate application process. You may interview on campus or off campus in nearly 20 cities across the country. These half-hour one-on-one sessions will give you the chance to discuss your academic goals with an admission officer.
On average, only 20 percent of prospective students choose to interview with us. History has shown no appreciable difference in the admission rates of students who are not interviewed.
Here are some things to keep in mind if you’re interested in scheduling an interview:
Interviews can be conducted with:
- Office of Undergraduate Admission (for all majors)
- Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences
- Marshall School of Business
- Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism
- Viterbi School of Engineering
All admission interviews are evaluated in the same way and you may schedule only ONE interview.
USC's admission interviews are very popular and fill up quickly. Space is offered on a first-come, first-served basis.
Scheduling an Interview
Your USC ID number is not required, but helpful. If you do not have this number, please call us at (213) 740-1111 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Pacific Time.
On-campus interviews for first-year fall 2015 applicants
- Begin on August 4, 2014, and conclude on December 12.
- Sign-ups available here beginning July 28, 2014.
Off-campus interviews for first-year fall 2015 applicants
- Sign-ups available by September 2014.
Overseas Third-Party Interview for First-Year Undergraduate ApplicantsWe understand that overseas students, particularly those in China, have a growing interest in expressing themselves beyond the written application process. However, because our on-campus and off-campus undergraduate admission interviews are offered only in the US, it has been difficult for overseas applicants to participate in these sessions.
To provide more accessible interview opportunities to applicants in China, we have partnered with Vericant, who will conduct video interviews and collect short writing samples.
This information will be sent to USC and included with the application for review and evaluation by the USC admission committee. Vericant does not evaluate applicants.
Like our on- and off-campus in-person interviews, the Vericant interview is optional. On average, only 20 percent of our first-year applicants choose to interview with us. History has shown no appreciable difference in the admission rates of students who are not interviewed.
Though we partner with Vericant, we will accept applicants’ video interviews through other third-party companies as well.
Please note that your USC application fee does not include the Vericant interview costs. To learn more about Vericant and to schedule an interview, please visit Vericant's Website.