Transfer Application Checklist

Refer to the academic department website or to the Common Application for more information and detailed instructions.

Submit These Items

Common Application and the USC Writing Supplement:

Official final high school transcripts with date of graduation.

  • Students who completed secondary school outside the US may substitute a copy of a diploma or leaving certificate.
  • Students who did not finish high school should also submit a copy of their completion certificate (such as a GED) and may also submit a letter of explanation.

All official college transcripts.

  • Official transcripts of any and all college coursework completed through the fall term.

SAT or ACT Scores.

  • Required from applicants who have completed fewer than 30 semester units of college coursework.

Letter(s) of recommendation. (Optional, although may be required for some majors.)

Portfolio, resumé and/or additional writing samples: if required by major. Performance majors may also require auditions. Refer to the Additional Major Requirements page for more information.

International students must also submit:

Financial Statement of Personal or Family Support:

TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE Academic scores, if the student’s native language is not English.

Application Tips:

  • The Common Application and the USC Writing Supplement are separate submissions. Make sure you click on Submit for both parts. Your Common Application Dashboard should show two green checkmarks for USC.
  • High School/Secondary School Transcripts are required and must show a graduation date. Students who attended secondary school/high school in a non-U.S. system may substitute the appropriate leaving certificate or comprehensive diploma result, provided it shows the completion date.
  • College/University Transcripts must be sent from ALL colleges you have attended. We need to review your fall term grades, so be sure your current school has posted them before transcripts are sent.
  • Common Application “Recommenders and FERPA” Section for USC
    • Academic Evaluator: The USC Office of Admission does not use this information, but a few academic departments at USC may require a letter of recommendation or academic evaluator. Check here to see if the department you are applying to requires a letter of recommendation. If your department of interest does not require this information, simply enter the name of a professor or a counselor from your transfer center to move through this requirement.
    • College Report: We DO NOT require the College Report.
    • Transcripts: We DO require official transcripts from all colleges you have attended.
    • Additional Forms: We DO NOT require the Secondary School Final Report or the Mid-term Report. Simply submit your final high school transcript showing your date of graduation (or an equivalent).