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Founded in 1880, the University of Southern California is a top-tier, private research institution located in the heart of a diverse, dynamic world center. As a transfer student at USC, you will enjoy unparalleled opportunities in and outside the classroom. From access to world-class faculty and the ability to conduct your own original research, to acquiring real-world experience through service learning and internship programs, the possibilities are endless. Transfer admission to USC remains highly competitive, and we look for students with outstanding academic records, talents and leadership skills. This brochure will introduce you to our admission policies, academic requirements and the courses you will need to successfully transfer to USC. We hope you find this information helpful and we look forward to working with you in the future. Fight On!
TABLE OF CONTENTS About USC 2 USC at a Glance 2 Application Process 3 Majors 4 Planning Your Transfer 6 Plan Ahead 6 Planning Tools 7 Essential Transfer Information 8 Transfer Planning Worksheet 10 Additional Coursework by Major 12 Transfer Credit Policies 16 Resources 18 Financial Aid 18 Learn More 19 USC Visit 19 Frequently Asked Questions 20 FIGHT ON 1
USC at a Glance 1880 Founded 226 Size of University Park Campus in Acres Los Angeles Location 8:1 Student-to-Faculty Ratio 19,000 Undergraduates Enrolled 26 Average Class Size 25,000 Graduate/Professional Students Enrolled 300,000+ Alumni Transfer Admission Statistics Fall 2017 8,800 Applications 1,300 Transfer Class Size 2,150 Admission Offers 3.7 Average College GPA 24% Admit Rate Our Transfer Students Come From... 50% California Community Colleges 27% Colleges Outside California California Private Colleges 7% and Universities 6% International Colleges and Universities California State University/ 10% University of California 2
About USC Application Process The Common Application Please note: Students applying for fall 2018 admission must submit the redesigned version of the SAT. We do To apply, please visit www.usc.edu/commonapp not require the optional essay. to complete the Common Application and the USC Writing Supplement. We do not require the Common Application College Report. Application Checklist International students must also submit: In addition to the Common App and USC Writing o TOEFL, IELTS or PTE Academic scores, if the student’s Supplement, please ensure each item is completed native language is not English. and submitted by the appropriate deadline (see below). o Financial Statement of Personal or Family Support o College Transcripts Official transcripts from any and all colleges you Please visit admission.usc.edu/internationalstudents for more information about the application requirements for international attended. We need to review your fall term grades, students. so be sure your current school has posted them before transcripts are sent. Notification o Official High School Transcripts We will mail either an admission decision or a request High school transcripts must show date of graduation. for spring term grades by May 31, 2018, to applicants Students who completed secondary school outside who submitted complete applications by the deadline. the U.S. 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. o Major-Related Requirements Some majors also require an audition, portfolio, professional resumé, letters of recommendation or additional writing samples. o SAT or ACT Scores Required from applicants who have completed fewer than 30 semester units of college coursework. Application Deadlines December 1, 2017 February 1, 2018 Deadline for all Dramatic Arts, Music and Dance programs, Final transfer deadline for all other programs. the Iovine and Young Academy, and the Writing for Screen Students who apply for admission by February 1 will and Television program in Cinematic Arts. also be considered for USC Merit Scholarships. 3
Majors Choose From 150 Majors USC offers undergraduates more majors than any other university. Students are challenged across a broad range of ideas, within the curriculum and outside the classroom. Dornsife College Earth Sciences Law, History and Culture Iovine and Young of Letters, Arts and East Asian Area Studies Linguistics Academy Sciences East Asian Languages and Mathematics Arts, Technology and the American Popular Culture Cultures (Chinese, Middle East Studies Business of Innovation American Studies and Ethnicity Japanese, Korean) Narrative Studies Roski School African American Studies Economics American Studies Economics/Mathematics Neuroscience of Art and Design Asian American Studies Non-Governmental Organizations Art English and Social Change Chicano/Latino Studies Design, BFA Environmental Science and Health Philosophy Anthropology Fine Arts, BFA Environmental Studies Philosophy, Politics and Law Applied and Computational Mathematics French Physics Marshall School Gender Studies of Business Archaeology Physics/Computer Science GeoDesign Business Administration Art History Political Economy Astronomy Geological Sciences Political Science USC School of Biochemistry Global Studies Psychology Cinematic Arts Biological Sciences Health and Human Sciences Religion Animation and Digital Arts, B.A. Biophysics Health and Humanity Russian Cinema and Media Studies, B.A. Central European Studies History Sociology Film and Television Production, Human Biology B.A. Chemistry Spanish International Relations Interactive Entertainment, B.A. Classics Cognitive Science International Relations USC School Media Arts and Practice, B.A. (Global Business) of Architecture Writing for Screen and Television, Comparative Literature Architecture, B.ARCH International Relations BFA Computational Neuroscience and the Global Economy Contemporary Latino and Latin Italian American Studies Jewish Studies Creative Writing 4
Annenberg School for Communication Chemical Thornton School Price School of and Journalism Chemical (Biochemical) of Music Public Policy Communication Chemical (Environmental) Bachelor of Music degrees: Public Policy Journalism Chemical (Nanotechnology) Composition Real Estate Development Public Relations Chemical (Petroleum) Urban Studies and Planning Jazz Studies (Instrumental only) Chemical Music Production Pre-professional Kaufman School (Polymer/Materials Science) of Dance Popular Music Performance Emphases Chemical (Sustainable Energy) Classical Performance Pre-Dentistry Dance, BFA Civil Bassoon Pre-Law Herman Ostrow School Civil (Building Science) Cello Pre-Medicine of Dentistry Civil (Environmental) Clarinet Pre-Occupational Therapy Dental Hygiene Civil (Structural) Double Bass Pre-Pharmacy (junior transfers only) Flute Computer Engineering Pre-Physical Therapy French Horn USC School of and Computer Science Guitar, Classical Pre-Physician Assistant Practice Dramatic Arts Computer Science Harp Pre-Teaching Theatre Computer Science (Games) Oboe Theatre (Acting for Stage, Computer Science/ Organ List accurate at time of printing. Screen and Media), BFA Business Administration Percussion Please refer to the USC Catalogue Theatre (Design), BFA Electrical Piano online at catalogue.usc.edu for Environmental Saxophone an updated list. Theatre (Sound Design), BFA Industrial and Systems Trombone Theatre (Stage Management), Trumpet BFA Mechanical Tuba Theatre (Technical Direction), Mechanical (Petroleum) Viola BFA Violin Davis School Vocal Arts Viterbi School of Gerontology of Engineering Human Development & Aging Bachelor of Arts degrees: *Note: Areas of emphasis are Lifespan Health Choral Music indicated in parentheses. Classical Performance option Aerospace Keck School of Medicine (Instrumental or Vocal) Astronautical Global Health Jazz Performance option Biomedical Health Promotion and Disease (Instrumental or Vocal) Biomedical (Biochemical) Prevention Studies Bachelor of Science degree: Biomedical (Electrical) Music Industry Biomedical (Mechanical) 5 5
Planning Your Transfer Plan Ahead We seek successful students who will contribute to count toward two categories, many students will meet the USC community. The next few pages will help you these requirements with fewer. The pages that follow plan your program to stay on track and maximize your describe the requirements and provide tools to help chances of admission. you identify likely courses at your institution. All transfer students are expected to have acquired Requirements for your intended major are also a skills in English composition and mathematics before factor. You should familiarize yourself with the admission. We generally require a year of English requirements for your intended degree and make composition coursework that culminates in a course good progress toward satisfying those requirements. equivalent to USC’s lower-division Writing requirement, Foreign language is a graduation requirement for many WRIT-130. To meet our Math requirement, you need programs, including all Dornsife majors and several to have earned a minimum grade of C in Algebra I, majors in other schools. Additionally, many programs Algebra II and Geometry in high school, or have taken — especially those in science and engineering — Intermediate Algebra at the college level if you didn’t require introductory, lower-division courses that can satisfy this requirement in high school. Many programs be completed before transferring. also require further studies in mathematics. The key to a successful transfer is good planning. All students must complete General Education Students who achieve at a high level and make good requirements to earn a bachelor’s degree, so we expect progress toward their intended degree will have the transfer students to satisfy a good number of these best chance of a successful application and on-time before admission. Although we do not require a specific graduation. We offer this planning guide to help you number, a good rule of thumb is one or two GE courses realize your goal of transferring to USC. per term. Ten courses are required in eight categories. With AP/IB credit, or with some courses that may 6
Planning Tools Several resources are available to help you determine which courses and credits will transfer to USC. As a general rule, most courses that transfer to the University of California system will transfer to USC. Feel free to contact your Admission counselor if you have any questions or concerns. To find your counselor, please visit admission.usc.edu/findyourcounselor.html. Transfer Planning Guide This online resource will help you determine which undergraduate courses at other institutions will satisfy USC’s General Education courses, as well as the lower- division coursework required for any major. Visit www.usc.edu/tpg, then select your college and your intended major to generate a course list for the current academic year. Articulation Agreements Transferring from a California community college: USC works with many of California’s community colleges to develop lists of courses that will be accepted for transfer credit. Known as articulation agreements, these lists indicate the courses that fulfill General Education and other requirements, as well as equivalents to lower-division courses at USC. Articulation agreements are available online at arr.usc.edu/transfercredit. Transferring from out-of-state community colleges: Although USC does not have articulation agreements with out-of-state community colleges, most courses that will transfer to the flagship four-year, public institutions in your state will transfer to USC. Articulation Histories Transferring from a four-year college: USC does not maintain articulation agreements with four- year universities. For a handful of local public institutions, we provide articulation histories that list the courses we have previously evaluated and accepted for transfer credit. Courses not included on the history have not yet been reviewed and may or may not transfer. Most academic courses from four-year institutions are accepted for transfer credit. arr.usc.edu/services/articulation/ histories.html 7
Planning Your Transfer Essential Transfer Information Successful Transfer Applicants Typically: • Complete additional lower-division courses required • Present at least one year of rigorous, full-time by their intended major, if applicable. Refer to academic coursework, with strong grades. In 2017, pages 12-15 to see if your intended major requires the average GPA of admitted transfer students was lower-division courses that should be completed 3.7. Consistent progress toward a degree and strong before you transfer. This is especially important for academic performance greatly influence our students pursuing degrees in science, engineering, admission decisions. architecture, dental hygiene or business. • Complete the equivalent of USC’s lower-division • Students whose native language is not English must Writing requirement, Writing 130. also demonstrate English-language proficiency. • Meet our minimum Math requirement by demonstrating a mastery of Algebra II in high school, or Intermediate Algebra in college with a grade of C or better. Many majors require more math. See pages 12-15 for details. • Make satisfactory progress toward meeting USC General Education requirements. IMPORTANT: If you began college in fall 2015 or after (excluding summer terms), you will need to follow the revised General Education program. These new When to Transfer requirements are outlined in this booklet. USC accepts both sophomore and junior transfer Students who began college prior to fall 2015 students. (excluding summer semesters) will complete the previous General Education requirements and should By transferring as early as your sophomore year, you not follow the GE program outlined in the following can take more of your General Education and elective pages. Visit admission.usc.edu/transferplanning courses at USC. You will be part of the USC community to download the Transfer Planning Worksheet for the for a longer time and have more opportunities to get previous General Education program. involved with campus life and make the connections that can help you after graduation. 8
If your academic record in high school fell short Selecting a Major of USC expectations, you may be able to position Applicants may indicate a first- and second-choice yourself as a stronger candidate if you complete two major on the application. We also consider transfer years of solid undergraduate coursework at another students for “open/undecided” status. institution. Additionally, if you complete most of your General Education requirements before transferring, English Proficiency Requirement you will have more time to pursue a double major, a International transfer applicants whose native major-minor combination, or a unit-heavy major while language is not English must submit a TOEFL, IELTS or you are enrolled at USC. PTE Academic score earned within two years of their application date. Current high school students, please note: If you are still in high school, USC considers you a first-year applicant, regardless of the number of college units Remedial Coursework completed prior to high school graduation. Placement exams offered at your current college will determine your need for any remedial coursework If you have questions about your class standing, please in writing and mathematics prior to your admission call the USC Office of Admission at (213) 740-1111. to USC. Remedial courses are not transferable. Transfer Units Required Courses Taken on a USC does not require a minimum number of transfer Pass/No Pass Basis units. However, if you have earned fewer than 30 As many as 24 semester units, including up to 4 transferable semester units, we will base our decision units of General Education courses, may be taken on either primarily on your high school record and SAT or a Pass/No Pass basis. One Core Literacy course may ACT scores, or wait to receive your spring-term grades. be taken on a Pass/No Pass basis, and both of the Global Perspectives courses may be taken on a Pass/ College Transcripts No Pass basis. Please note that writing courses taken on You must submit official college transcripts from a Pass/No Pass basis will not fulfill USC’s lower-division any and all colleges you have attended, regardless of Writing requirement. whether or not all coursework or degree requirements were completed. Failure to do so may be viewed as a violation of academic integrity, which could result in revocation of admission and/or dismissal from the university. 9
Transfer Planning COURSES REQUIRED FOR ADMISSION Worksheet Writing and math are required for all transfer students. Students intending to study science, business, engineering, architecture or dental hygiene Students who began college in fall are required to complete additional courses before 2015 or after: transferring. Refer to pages 12-15 for details. The GE requirements on the following pages apply only to students who finished high school and started college in fall 2015 or after. Students who began college prior WRITING to fall 2015: (excluding summer terms) Lower-Division Writing (equivalent of USC Writing 130) You will need to follow our previous General Education Strong writing skills are essential to success at USC. All undergraduates program. Visit admission.usc.edu/transferplanning to at USC are required to take two writing courses: one lower-division download the Transfer Planning Worksheet for the previous and one upper-division course. The upper-division course must be General Education Program. taken at USC. Successful transfer applicants will complete a course equivalent to the lower-division requirement, WRIT 130, before applying for admission. Typically the second course in a college composition sequence satisfies GENERAL EDUCATION this requirement. If your school does not offer a course equivalent to WRIT 130, you USC’s General Education program is designed to should take the strongest composition course available. This course introduce you to the breadth of knowledge you will may not be taken on a Pass/No Pass basis. Professional, technical, need to be a well-educated person in the 21st century. creative and remedial writing courses will not satisfy this requirement. If you are unsure if your writing course is equivalent to WRIT 130, With careful choice of classes, students can meet or if it does not appear on any current articulation agreements or the following 10 requirements with eight courses: histories, keep the syllabus and papers for later review by USC. • Eight courses within the six Core Literacies: one course each in The Arts, Life Sciences, Physical Sciences, and Quantitative Reasoning; and two courses each in COURSE Humanistic Inquiry and Social Analysis. o Completed o In progress • Two courses in Global Perspectives: one in Citizenship in a Diverse World and one in Traditions and Historical Foundations. MINIMUM MATH Advanced or Intermediate Algebra • Some Global Perspectives courses will satisfy requirements in the Core Literacies as well. A single You are expected to have earned strong grades in at least three course can satisfy one Global Perspectives and one years of high school mathematics, including Advanced Algebra Core Literacy requirement at most. (Algebra II) or Intermediate Algebra at the college level with a grade of C or better. • Transfer students must complete two GE courses Majors in the sciences, social sciences, business, architecture at USC Dornsife College from among the six Core and engineering at USC require specific mathematics courses and Literacy categories. achievement beyond this level. • Once enrolled at USC, students must complete all If lower-division mathematics courses are required by your major, GE requirements at USC. we advise you to complete them early in your college studies, prior to applying to USC. • Transfer students are not required to complete the Please refer to Additional Coursework by Major on pages 12-15 General Education Seminar (GESM) required of to find out if your intended program of study requires additional first-year students. coursework. • To be eligible for GE credit, a course taken at another institution must be equivalent to at least 2 and 2/3 units of transfer credit (typically 4 quarter units). COURSE OR EXAM Additional information about the 2015 General Education o Completed o In progress Program is available at dornsife.usc.edu/2015ge.
GENERAL EDUCATION COURSES RECOMMENDED FOR ADMISSION CORE LITERACIES HUMANISTIC SOCIAL THE LIFE THE PHYSICAL QUANTITATIVE GE–A THE ARTS GE–B INQUIRY GE–C ANALYSIS GE–D SCIENCES GE–E SCIENCES GE–F REASONING (2 COURSES) (2 COURSES) Courses that meet this Courses that meet this Courses that meet this Courses that meet this Courses that meet this Courses that meet this requirement enable requirement cultivate a requirement explore the requirement provide a requirement analyze requirement teach students to engage with critical appreciation for causes and consequences scientific understanding natural phenomena students to use a set of the arts by teaching them various forms of human of social phenomena of a full range of living through quantitative formal tools, such as logical by teaching students to to create and analyze works expression by teaching apply the quantitative systems from molecules description and synthesis, or statistical inference, of art, understanding the students to evaluate works and qualitative methods to ecosystems by teaching teaching students to solve probability, or mathematical context of their creations of literature, philosophy of the social sciences to students to understand scientific problems and analysis to pose and and their connections to and the arts, to think understand how people how data is generated, to understand the evaluate hypotheses, cultural issues. critically and formulate behave and influence the presented and interpreted, processes by which claims, questions, or informed opinions about world through institutions and how scientific discovery scientific knowledge is problems within a formal EXAMPLES OF and other cultural forms. ideas and values. spurs technological growth obtained, evaluated and mode of thought. ACCEPTABLE COURSES: EXAMPLES OF and impacts society. placed in the context of Art History (must include EXAMPLES OF ACCEPTABLE COURSES: EXAMPLES OF ACCEPTABLE COURSES: societal relevance. cultural context), Intro Cultural Anthropology, EXAMPLES OF ACCEPTABLE COURSES: to Film, Art Appreciation Western Civilization, Intro to Environmental ACCEPTABLE COURSES: EXAMPLES OF Microeconomics, (Great Works), History of World Civilization, Intro Studies (people and policy General Biology, ACCEPTABLE COURSES: Macroeconomics, Architecture (must include to Philosophy, American focused), Intro to Sociology, Physical Anthropology, General Chemistry, Intro Pre-Calculus, College cultural context), History Literature, or English Intro to Political Science, Environmental Biology, to Chemistry, General Algebra, Statistics, Finite of Music, History of Dance, Literature, US History, Intro to Gender Studies Marine Biology Physics, Oceanography, Math, Calculus, Math for History of Photography, Intro to Religions, Eastern Intro to Women’s Studies, Elementary Astronomy, Liberal Arts, Calculus for Intro to LGBT Studies, Intro Courses must include a Intro to Theatre, Modern Religion, Western Physical Geography Business to International Relations, lab component. Online Art, Contemporary Art, Religion, World Religions, Old Testament, New Intro to Peace (or Conflict) or hybrid labs are not Courses must include a Meeting This Requirement Music Appreciation, History Testament, Mythology Studies, Language and acceptable. lab component. Online with Math Placement of Jazz, History of Rock and (Greek/Roman/World) Society, Ethnic-American or hybrid labs are not Test Scores: Students may Roll, Dramatic Literature Histories acceptable. meet their 2015 General (plays from all eras) Education requirement in NOT ACCEPTABLE: Quantitative Reasoning with Studio, performance, a score of 22 on the USC theory or pre-professional Mathematics Placement courses Exam, if that score is earned under certain conditions. COURSE COURSE Please visit dornsife. o Completed o Completed usc.edu/2015ge/2015ge- requirements for o In progress o In progress complete information. o At USC o At USC o Non-USC o Non-USC COURSE OR EXAM COURSE COURSE COURSE OR EXAM COURSE OR EXAM COURSE OR EXAM o Completed o Completed o Completed oC ompleted oC ompleted o Completed o In progress o In progress o In progress o I n progress o I n progress o In progress o At USC o At USC o At USC oA t USC oA t USC o At USC o Non-USC o Non-USC o Non-USC o Non-USC o Non-USC o Non-USC GE: GLOBAL PERSPECTIVES FOREIGN LANGUAGE MAJOR-RELATED COURSES CITIZENSHIP IN A TRADITIONS AND Many degree programs require the third- GE–G GE–H HISTORICAL Use this space to record courses listed on DIVERSE WORLD FOUNDATIONS level course of a foreign language. See pages 12-15 for your intended major. the “Foreign Lang.” column next to your intended major on pages 12-15. Students Courses that meet this requirement enhance Courses that meet this requirement examine are encouraged to begin, if not finish, this understanding of citizenship and moral the historical and cultural foundations of requirement before transferring. COURSE agency in today’s increasingly global society contemporary societies over a substantial Once at USC, transfers needing further by teaching students to identify social, period of time by teaching students to studies in foreign language must complete o Completed o In progress political, economic, and cultural forces understand the enduring influence of literary, a placement exam before being allowed to that bear on human experience in the U.S. political, economic, philosophical, legal, register for courses. and around the world. ethical and religious traditions. COURSE EXAMPLES OF ACCEPTABLE COURSES: Students attending schools on the quarter EXAMPLES OF ACCEPTABLE COURSES: system must complete the fifth-level Intro to International Relations, Intro to Art History (must include cultural context), o Completed o In progress History of Architecture (must include cultural course of a foreign language to satisfy this Peace (or Conflict) Studies. requirement. At some semester schools, a context), Music History, History of Theatre, NOT ACCEPTABLE: Western Civilization, World Civilization, US fourth-level course is equivalent to the third Courses that consider these issues in the History, Intro to Religion, Eastern Religion, level at USC. COURSE context of a single country, like the U.S. Western Religion, World Religions, Old A score of 4 or higher on an AP foreign o Completed o In progress Testament, New Testament, Mythology (Greek/Roman/World) language exam (other than Latin) can fulfill this requirement. NOT ACCEPTABLE: Language courses taken fully or partially COURSE Modern or contemporary history courses online do not satisfy this requirement. focused on the 20th century or later. o Completed o In progress COURSE COURSE OR EXAM COURSE OR EXAM COURSE OR EXAM o Completed o In progress o Completed o At USC o Completed o At USC oC ompleted o At USC o In progress o Non-USC o In progress o Non-USC o I n progress o Non-USC
Planning Your Transfer Additional Coursework by Major A strong application for admission will show solid progress toward the intended degree. The curricula of many undergraduate majors require lower-division, introductory coursework often available at other institutions. Students wishing to be more competitive in the applicant pool should consider completing the suggested courses listed for their major. For majors in business, science, engineering, architecture and dental hygiene, completion of these courses is required for admission. The course numbers listed below are USC course numbers. Please visit arr.usc.edu/transfercredit to find an equivalent course at the college you attend. Majors that require a third-level foreign language are indicated with a checkmark in the “Foreign Lang.” column. Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences | dornsife.usc.edu MAJOR FOREIGN LANG. Astronomy MATH 125 (Calculus I); MATH 126 (Calculus II); MATH 226 (Calculus III); MATH 245 (Mathematics of Physics and Engineering I); ✓ PHYS 151 (Fundamentals of Physics I: Mechanics and Thermodynamics); PHYS 152 (Fundamentals of Physics II: Electricity and Magnetism); PHYS 153 (Fundamentals of Physics III: Optics and Modern Physics) Biological Sciences, ✓ BISC 120 (General Biology: Organismal Biology and Evolution); BISC 220 (General Biology: Cell Biology and Physiology); Biochemistry CHEM 105ab (General Chemistry I and II); PHYS 135a (Physics for the Life Sciences I) or PHYS 151 (Fundamentals of Physics I: Mechanics and Thermodynamics); PHYS 135b (Physics for the Life Sciences II) or PHYS 152 (Fundamentals of Physics II: Electricity and Magnetism); MATH 125 (Calculus I) Additional lower-division courses in mathematics are required for B.S. programs. Biophysics, Chemistry, MATH 125 (Calculus I); MATH 126 (Calculus II); MATH 226 (Calculus III); CHEM 105ab (General Chemistry I and II); Physics ✓ PHYS 151 (Fundamentals of Physics I: Mechanics and Thermodynamics); PHYS 152 (Fundamentals of Physics II: Electricity and Magnetism); PHYS 153 (Fundamentals of Physics III: Optics and Modern Physics) Additional requirements per major: Biophysics also requires: BISC 120 (General Biology: Organismal Biology and Evolution) and 220 (General Biology: Cell Biology and Physiology) and MATH 245 (Mathematics of Physics and Engineering I) Physics also requires: MATH 245 (Mathematics of Physics and Engineering I) Computational BISC 220 (General Biology: Cell Biology and Physiology); CHEM 105a (General Chemistry I); PSYC 100 (Introduction Neuroscience ✓ to Psychology); MATH 125 (Calculus I); MATH 126 (Calculus II); PHYS 135ab (Physics for the Life Sciences I and II) Earth Sciences GEOL 105 (Planet Earth) or 107 (Oceanography); CHEM 105a (General Chemistry I); MATH 118 (Fundamental Principles of the ✓ Calculus) or 125 (Calculus I); BISC 120 (General Biology: Organismal Biology and Evolution), CHEM 105b (General Chemistry II) or PHYS 135a (Physics for the Life Sciences I) Economics ECON 203 (Principles of Microeconomics); ECON 205 (Principles of Macroeconomics); MATH 118 (Fundamental Principles of ✓ the Calculus); or MATH 125 (Calculus I). Economics/ ECON 203 (Principles of Microeconomics); ECON 205 (Principles of Macroeconomics); MATH 126 (Calculus II), MATH 225 Mathematics ✓ (Linear Algebra and Linear Differential Equations) or 245 (Mathematics of Physics and Engineering I); MATH 226 (Calculus III) Environmental Science BISC 120 (General Biology: Organismal Biology and Evolution); BISC 220 (General Biology: Cell Biology and Physiology); and Health ✓ CHEM 105ab (General Chemistry I and II). See website for details regarding other course requirements. Geological Sciences CHEM 105ab (General Chemistry I and II); GEOL 105 (Planet Earth); MATH 125 (Calculus I); MATH 126 (Calculus II); PHYS 135a ✓ (Physics for the Life Sciences I) or PHYS 151 (Fundamentals of Physics I: Mechanics and Thermodynamics); or BISC 120 (General Biology: Organismal Biology and Evolution); PHYS 135b (Physics for the Life Sciences II) or PHYS 152 (Fundamentals of Physics II: Electricity and Magnetism); or BISC 220 (General Biology: Cell Biology and Physiology). Health and Human BISC 220 (General Biology: Cell Biology and Physiology); CHEM 105a (General Chemistry I). Sciences ✓ Health and Humanity BISC 120 (General Biology: Organismal Biology and Evolution); BISC 220 (General Biology: Cell Biology and Physiology); ✓ CHEM 105ab (General Chemistry I and II). See website for details regarding other course requirements. Human Biology BISC 120 (General Biology: Organismal Biology and Evolution); BISC 220 (General Biology: Cell Biology and Physiology); ✓ CHEM 105ab (General Chemistry I and II);* MATH 108 (Contemporary Precalculus); MATH 125; (Calculus I)* PHYS 135a (Physics for the Life Sciences I) or PHYS 151 (Fundamentals of Physics I: Mechanics and Thermodynamics)* *Not required for the B.A. 12
Majors that require a third-level foreign language are indicated with a checkmark in the “Foreign Lang.” column. Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences | dornsife.usc.edu MAJOR FOREIGN LANG . International Relations ✓ Requires a fourth-level course of foreign language. International Relations ECON 203 (Principles of Microeconomics); ECON 205 (Principles of Macroeconomics); MATH 118 (Fundamental (Global Business), International ✓ Principles of the Calculus) Relations and the Global Economy Mathematics, Applied and MATH 125 (Calculus I); MATH 126 (Calculus II); MATH 225 (Linear Algebra and Linear Differential Equations); MATH 226 Computational Mathematics ✓ (Calculus III); PHYS 151 (Fundamentals of Physics I: Mechanics and Thermodynamics) *Only required for the B.S. in Mathematics. Neuroscience BISC 220 (General Biology: Cell Biology and Physiology); CHEM 105a (General Chemistry I); PSYC 100 (Introduction ✓ to Psychology); MATH 125 (Calculus I) The B.S. program in Neuroscience also requires CHEM 105b and PHYS 135ab. Physics/Computer Science MATH 125 (Calculus I); MATH 126 (Calculus II); MATH 225 (Linear Algebra and Linear Differential ✓ Equations); MATH 226 (Calculus III); MATH 245 (Mathematics of Physics and Engineering I); PHYS 151 (Fundamentals of Physics I: Mechanics and Thermodynamics); PHYS 152 (Fundamentals of Physics II: Electricity and Magnetism) Political Science ✓ POSC 100 (Theory and Practice of American Democracy); POSC 120 (Comparative Politics) Psychology PSYC 100 (Introduction to Psychology); MATH 114 (Foundation of Statistics) ✓ Sociology ✓ SOCI 200 (Introduction to Sociology) All other majors ✓ Courses vary. See website for more information. Iovine and Young Academy | iovine-young.usc.edu FOREIGN MAJOR LANG . Arts, Technology and the Business •In addition to the Common Application and the USC Writing Supplement, applicants are required to submit a video of Innovation (B.S.) proposal and are encouraged to submit a portfolio of creative work. The application deadline is December 1. Select candidates will be invited to a required interview that will take place in late February. Please visit the Iovine and Young website for complete details: iovine-young.usc.edu. •Transfer students are welcome to apply but should be aware that the Academy curriculum is cohort-based and requires a full four years to complete at USC. USC School of Architecture | arch.usc.edu FOREIGN MAJOR LANG . REQUIRED FOR ADMISSION (USC course numbers listed) Architecture • Prerequisite: MATH 108 (Contemporary Precalculus). Recommended course(s): PHYS 125 (Physics for Architects) or PHYS 135ab (Physics for the Life Sciences I & II). • The five-year Bachelor of Architecture program is a professional degree accredited by the National Architecture Accrediting Board (NAAB). • All transfer applicants must submit a portfolio directly to the School of Architecture via uscarch.slideroom.com. Consult the School of Architecture program or website for instructions. • Placement level and the amount of time to complete the studio sequence are dependent on skill level, not unit count. • Submit a recommendation from a college/university instructor or your college academic advisor via Slideroom. Letters from high school teachers or counselors will not be accepted. • When selecting General Education courses, please focus on Categories B, C, D, G and H. If you are admitted to the B.Arch program, Categories A, E and F will be fulfilled by major requirements. Roski School of Art and Design | roski.usc.edu FOREIGN MAJOR LANG . Art (B.A.) ✓ • All undergraduate applicants must submit a portfolio of 10-15 recent images of artwork (completed within the last two years), artist statement, and a list of creative accomplishments. These should be uploaded to https://roski.slideroom.com. Design (BFA) • T ransfer applicants are required to submit at least two letters of recommendation from current or former art instructors. Fine Arts (BFA) • All studio courses taken outside USC are subject to a portfolio review by USC art faculty prior to granting credit for the course; therefore, save all course syllabi and all artwork completed for each studio class. 13
Planning Your Transfer Majors that require a third-level foreign language are indicated with a checkmark in the “Foreign Lang.” column. Marshall School of Business & Leventhal School of Accounting | marshall.usc.edu FOREIGN MAJOR LANG. REQUIRED FOR ADMISSION (USC course numbers listed) Business & Accounting Prerequisites for admission to the Marshall School of Business: Writing 150 (Analytical Writing); MATH 118 (Fundamental Principles of the Calculus); MATH 125 (Calculus I) may be substituted for MATH 118. These courses must be completed by the end of the spring semester for admission consideration; fall completion is preferred. Note: All upper-division business core courses and major electives must be taken at USC. Business courses completed at another college or university may earn general elective credit. In addition: • It is recommended that students complete General Education courses, as well as financial and managerial accounting. • Please note that prospective Accounting majors must first enter the Marshall School of Business as Business Administration majors. A formal request to transfer to the Leventhal School of Accounting can be made once the resident accounting course or courses are successfully completed. USC School of Cinematic Arts | cinema.usc.edu MAJOR FOREIGN LANG. Animation & Digital Arts, B.A. ✓ To better prepare for all Cinematic Arts majors, students are encouraged to complete the transferable General Education categories, in addition to the Writing and Foreign Language requirements. Cinematic Arts programs are Cinema & Media Studies, B.A. ✓ project intensive, and completion of transferable General Education courses will allow students to better focus on Film & Television Production, B.A. ✓ Cinematic Arts courses. Interactive Entertainment, B.A. ✓ Film and Television Production Applicants: To be considered for admission, you must first obtain 48 transferable semester units (excluding AP & IB). This total may include units in progress during the fall or spring semester. Media Arts + Practice, B.A. ✓ Writing for Screen and Television Applicants: The undergraduate writing program is a four-year sequential program Writing for Screen & Television, BFA of study. General Education and elective units may count in transfer. Writing applicants are not required to complete a foreign language requirement. The transfer application deadline for all programs, except Writing for Screen and Television, is February 1, 2018. The deadline for the Writing for Screen and Television program is December 1, 2017. Visit cinema.usc.edu/admissions/apply.cfm for information regarding required supplemental materials. Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism | annenberg.usc.edu MAJOR FOREIGN LANG. Communication ✓ The best preparation for an Annenberg major is progress toward completing the USC General Education program and having at least one level of a foreign language completed. You may transfer in a maximum of 64 units of Journalism ✓ credit for all majors. Public Relations ✓ In addition: • Submit a letter of recommendation from a college instructor or college academic adviser. • Include in the USC Writing Supplement a 250-word Statement of Intent that explains your educational and career interests and why USC Annenberg is the best match for you. • Communication Applicants: Communication courses taken at another college or university will not count toward the Communication major. • Journalism and Public Relations Applicants: You may transfer in a maximum of 12 units of advertising, journalism and public relations courses for elective credit only. • Please visit annenberg.usc.edu/Prospective/Admission.aspx for the complete Annenberg transfer guidelines. Kaufman School of Dance | kaufman.usc.edu MAJOR FOREIGN LANG. Dance (BFA) In addition to the Common Application, all applicants are required to submit the Kaufman School Supplement, which includes a pre-screening video, a dance resumé and photographs, via SlideRoom. The deadline to apply is December 1. Select students will be invited to audition live. Please visit kaufman.usc.edu/admission for complete details. Please note that although current USC and transfer students are welcome to apply, the BFA program requires four years to complete at USC. Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry | dentistry.usc.edu MAJOR FOREIGN REQUIRED FOR ADMISSION (USC course numbers listed) LANG. Dental Hygiene The Dental Hygiene Supplemental Application is required and can be downloaded from dentistry.usc.edu/programs/ dental-hygiene/how-to-apply. The deadline is February 1. Prerequisites for admission into the Dental School include courses comparable to: BISC 120L (General Biology: Organismal Biology and Evolution); CHEM 105ab (General Chemistry I and II); PSYC 100 (Introduction to Psychology); SOCI 200 (Introduction to Sociology) These courses must be taken prior to enrolling at USC. Please contact the School of Dentistry or visit our website 14 for a complete list of requirements.
Majors that require a third-level foreign language are indicated with a checkmark in the “Foreign Lang.” column. Majors that have other foreign language requirements are indicated with an asterisk (*) in the “Foreign Lang.” column. USC School of Dramatic Arts | dramaticarts.usc.edu MAJOR FOREIGN LANG. Theatre (B.A.) ✓ All undergraduate transfer applicants must submit a supplemental application via https://uscdramaticarts.slideroom.com. Theatre (BFA) BFA applicants will be expected to schedule an audition or portfolio interview for admission consideration. Viterbi School Of Engineering | viterbiadmission.usc.edu FOREIGN MAJOR LANG. Computer Science A typical Computer Science applicant has completed the following: MATH 125 (Calculus I); MATH 126 (Calculus II) and one to two semesters of a lab-based science [typically PHYS 151 (Fundamentals of Physics I: Mechanics & Thermodynamics), although some specializations will accept chemistry or biology.] Contact the Viterbi School of Engineering for detailed lower-division course suggestions for each specific major or area of emphasis. Visit viterbiadmission.usc.edu/transfer for more detailed information and transfer course plans. Engineering (All majors) There are nearly 30 different engineering majors and areas of emphasis with very different curricula in the junior and senior years. Generally, the following courses are recommended: MATH 125 (Calculus I); MATH 126 (Calculus II) and two semesters of a lab-based science such as: PHYS 151 (Fundamentals of Physics I: Mechanics & Thermodynamics); PHYS 152 (Fundamentals of Physics II: Electricity & Magnetism); CHEM 105A (General Chemistry I) Students who complete Calculus II are encouraged to take more math. Contact the Viterbi School of Engineering for detailed lower-division course suggestions for each specific major or area of emphasis. Visit viterbiadmission.usc. edu/transfer for more detailed information and transfer course plans. Davis School Of Gerontology | gero.usc.edu MAJOR FOREIGN LANG. Human Development and Aging BISC 120 (General Biology: Organismal Biology and Evolution); BISC 220 (General Biology: Cell Biology and Physiology); (Health Science Track) CHEM 105ab (General Chemistry I and II); MATH 125 (Calculus I); PHYS 135ab (Physics for the Life Sciences I and II); CHEM 322ab (Organic Chemistry I and II) (Social Science Track) ✓ There is no foreign language requirement for the Health Science track. Lifespan Health ✓ Students pursuing the Human Development and Aging (Social Science track) and Lifespan Health degrees must meet a foreign language or computer programming requirement. Keck School of Medicine | keck.usc.edu | hpdp.usc.edu MAJOR FOREIGN LANG. Global Health ✓ BISC 220 (General Biology: Cell Biology and Physiology); CHEM 105a (General Chemistry); ECON 203 (Principles of Microeconomics); MATH 125 (Calculus I) Health Promotion and ✓ BISC 120 (General Biology: Organismal Biology and Evolution); BISC 220 (General Biology: Cell Biology and Physiology); Disease Prevention CHEM 105a (General Chemistry); MATH 116 (Mathematics for the Social Sciences) or MATH 125 (Calculus I) (required for pre-health students); PSYC 100 (Introduction to Psychology) Thornton School of Music | music.usc.edu MAJOR FOREIGN LANG. The B.S. in Music Industry requires four units of Economics coursework, which can be satisfied with any ECON course Music Industry (B.S.) number 100-499. Music Performance: Strings (B.M.) * Strings requires two levels of the same foreign language. Music Performance: Vocal Arts (B.M.) * Vocal Arts requires French I, German I and Italian I; and either French II, German II or Italian II. Other music majors do not have foreign language or prerequisite requirements. Music (B.A.) ✓ Price School of Public Policy | priceschool.usc.edu MAJOR FOREIGN LANG. Public Policy MATH 117 (Introduction to Mathematics for Business and Economics) and ECON 203 (Principles of Microeconomics) Real Estate Development Urban Studies and Planning 15
Planning Your Transfer Transfer Credit Policies nits That Must U Transfer Unit Limits Please visit arr.usc.edu/transfercredit Be Earned at USC SC limits the transfer of credit U for a list of standardized exams and the Transfer students must complete in certain categories. You may course requirements they fulfill. a minimum of 64 units in residence transfer up to: College courses taken during high at USC, or half the units typically • Sixty-four (64) units of credit school: We accept a maximum of 16 required for graduation. A few from other institutions, except units, included in the 32-unit combined exceptions are noted below. where noted. maximum for AP/IB credits. These While in residence at USC, • Four (4) units each of English courses must be taught by college you are also expected to: as a Second Language, physical faculty on a college campus, appear • Complete all upper-division units education activity courses and on your college transcript as part of the in your major and minor. music ensemble courses. regular college curriculum and must not • Eight (8) units of dance. be applied to your high school diploma. • Complete WRIT 340, a minimum of They can fulfill General Education two Core Literacy GE courses, and • Twelve (12) units of physical requirements, but they cannot fulfill any remaining General Education education theory courses. the Writing or Foreign Language courses not taken before entering USC. • Sixteen (16) units of individual requirements nor receive • Take all your fall- and spring-semester instruction in music. equivalence to USC courses. courses for credit at USC. Courses • Other studio and performing may be taken at other institutions arts classes are also limited. Courses/Units That only during summer sessions, with Check with an advisor. May Transfer limitations. Courses in these categories will be Exceptions Courses/Units That considered by petition, and credit is • Engineering “3-2” Program: Students Will Transfer granted on a case-by-case basis. Be sure to keep copies of course syllabi, must complete a minimum of 48 units Accredited courses: Coursework exams and papers, as we may ask for in residence at USC. Two-thirds of completed at, or degrees from, U.S. these in making our determination. any transferable coursework must be institutions accredited by the six regional completed at one of USC’s four-year accrediting agencies are generally Nontraditional formats/time frames: partner institutions. accepted. Coursework completed at Distance-learning, online courses, international post-secondary institutions concentrated “intensive” sessions, •B achelor of Architecture: Students approved by the local Ministry of special weekend modules, and other must earn at least 80 units at USC. Education as degree-granting nontraditional course formats and A maximum of 70 of the transferable institutions may also transfer. time frames. units for this program may be earned elsewhere. Advanced Placement (AP), Please note that elective units only International Baccalaureate — not equivalence to USC courses (IB) and other standardized or fulfillment of requirements — are examinations: We accept granted for foreign language and a maximum of 32 units for laboratory science courses taught via standardized examinations. distance learning, TV, or in an online or correspondence course. 16
Life and work experience: Including Your transfer GPA is different from portfolio work, continuing education, the GPA earned in courses you take equivalency examination units, and at USC. The transfer GPA and your courses offered by business and USC GPA are kept separate until it is governmental agencies (even if evaluated time to determine if you are eligible to by the American Council on Education). graduate and earn graduation honors, as described in the USC Catalogue. Placement exams: Courses and/ or unit credits awarded by another Academic Standards institution for placement examinations and Requirements or credit by exam. The USC Catalogue is the document Remedial/college preparatory/ of authority on policy matters, and it personal development: Including changes from time to time. It provides mathematics courses below the complete information about academic level of college-level algebra. standards governing coursework taken (Intermediate Algebra, USC’s minimum at other colleges, as well as specific Nontraditional courses at four-year requirements for your major field. math requirement for admission, colleges: Independent study, directed Please visit catalogue.usc.edu is not transferable.) study, internships and extension for the most current version. courses accepted by their institutions in Nontraditional formats at two- fulfillment of the baccalaureate degree. year colleges: Including independent study, directed study, correspondence Military: Courses completed through courses, internships and travel courses. the U.S. Armed Services. Graduate-level courses: Graduate-level coursework taken by Courses/Units That undergraduate students. Will Not Transfer Unaccredited institutions: Determining Your Coursework or degrees completed Transfer GPA at U.S. institutions not accredited by USC calculates your transfer GPA a regional accrediting agency. on the basis of your grades in all Low grades: Courses in which your USC-transferable courses, including grade was less than C– (1.7). grades of D and below. Plus and minus grading is taken into account. Expired No degree credit: College extension incompletes, unofficial withdrawals courses and courses taken at and missing grades are treated as an international institutions not credited “F.” Credit/No Credit and Pass/No toward a degree at that college. Pass marks are not included in the transfer GPA. Areas of study not offered by USC does not honor other colleges’ USC: These include agriculture, academic “renewal” or “forgiveness” business office procedures, hotel programs that permit students to improve management, food services, industrial a substandard grade. If you repeat a mechanics, interior design, fire science, transferable course for which you earned forestry, police academy, and similar a grade of D+ or lower, both grades will be professional and technical programs. included in your transfer GPA. If the grade Duplicated material: An AP exam and on the first course was a C- or higher, only IB exam or college course covering the the first grade is included. same material. 17
Resources Financial Aid USC administers one of the largest financial aid programs in the United States, with a long tradition of meeting the USC-determined financial need of applicants who satisfy all eligibility requirements and deadlines. In the 2016–2017 academic year, more than $540 million in financial aid was provided from all sources to more than 12,500 undergraduate students. Merit scholarships and need-based grants are awarded 2017–2018 on the basis of academic merit and/or demonstrated Estimate of Undergraduate Costs need and do not need to be repaid. Tuition $53,448 The USC Payment Plan and other payment options Fees $875 are also available. Please visit sfs.usc.edu for Room and board $14,886 more information. Books and supplies $1,200 Personal and miscellaneous $1,324 Transportation $540 Total $72,273 (Add $350 New Student Fee for your first semester.) Undergraduate financial aid includes federal, state and university need-based grants, merit scholarships, Federal Work-Study, and loans* for students and parents. NET PRICE CALCULATOR Find out if you might qualify for need-based financial aid. Nearly two-thirds of USC undergraduates receive some Visit our Net Price Calculator to receive an estimate of form of financial aid, most of it in the form of your cost, based on your family’s financial circumstances. financialaid.usc.edu/npc gift aid, which does not need to be repaid. To apply for financial aid, you must submit the Free * Federal student loans are required by law to provide a range Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and of flexible repayment options, including but not limited to, the CSS PROFILE. Transfer students must apply Income-Based Repayment and Income-Contingent Repayment plans, and loan forgiveness benefits, which other student loans by March 2, 2018, to be considered for all funding are not required to provide. Direct Loans are available to students available and to ensure timely notification of their regardless of income. financial aid eligibility. 18
Learn More A number of resources are available for transfer students, including housing, the Veterans Resource Center, and Academic Counseling Services, which can help ease the transition to life at USC. USC Veterans Resource Center Visit USC Through an array of affiliated services and programs, the USC Veterans Resource Center helps ease the Transfer Information Sessions transition to USC for military veterans. Services range These one-hour presentations by our admission from academic and career counseling, to financial aid counselors provide information about the and veteran benefits information, to religious life. application process, transfer credit policies For more information, please visit campusactivities. and academic programs. Question-and-answer usc.edu/veterans. sessions follow. Transfer Information Sessions are held on Tuesday afternoons. Academic Counseling Services Transfer Days Housed within the Office of Undergraduate Programs, These comprehensive half-day programs include Academic Counseling Services (ACS) provides additional presentations about the admission process, advising and academic support to all USC undergraduate transfer credit, financial aid and academic students. Students who need academic advising are programs; a campus tour; and group meetings encouraged to meet with their departmental major with representatives of academic departments advisor first. However, ACS advisors can help transfer (if available). Transfer Days are generally held students identify challenges in their transition to USC monthly from September through January. and any obstacles to academic success. Reservations are required for all programs. Visit During the academic year, Academic Counseling admission.usc.edu/transfervisit to reserve your space. Services also sponsors TransferMation, a series of one- hour workshops designed to highlight opportunities for Housing transfer students to maximize their USC experience. Most USC students prefer to live near campus. Although For more information, please visit undergrad.usc.edu/ university-owned housing may be available, housing for services/counseling. transfer students is not guaranteed and many students choose to rent privately owned apartments nearby. Visit housing.usc.edu to learn more. 19
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