Transferring to USC 2018 - University of ...

Transferring to USC 2018 - University of ...
Transferring to USC

Transferring to USC 2018 - University of ...
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!
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About USC                          2

  USC at a Glance                  2
  Application Process               3


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
  Visit                            19

   			     Asked Questions 20

Transferring to USC 2018 - University of ...
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

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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
                                                            not require the optional essay.
to complete the Common Application and the USC
Writing Supplement.                                         We do not require the Common Application College
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 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
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    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.
    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
      American Studies
                                     Jewish Studies
    Creative Writing

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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
 (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 for
                                    Environmental                       Saxophone                        an updated list.
Theatre (Sound Design), BFA
                                    Industrial and Systems              Trombone
Theatre (Stage Management),
  BFA                               Mechanical
Theatre (Technical Direction), 		   Mechanical (Petroleum)              Viola
                                    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)

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    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

Transferring to USC 2018 - University of ...
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

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, 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

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.

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    Your Transfer

     Essential Transfer
     	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.


       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       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.

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.
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 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
                                                                                             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.
                                                                         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                                                                                
                                                                                                                                                                                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.
                                                       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 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
     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 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 |
        MAJOR                    FOREIGN
        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);
                                   ✓       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
                                   ✓       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).
        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.

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 |
  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 |
  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:
                                                •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 |
  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
                                                   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 |
 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
 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.

     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 |
       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 |
       MAJOR                                  FOREIGN
       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 for information regarding required supplemental materials.

       Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism |
       MAJOR                                  FOREIGN
       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 for the complete Annenberg transfer guidelines.

       Kaufman School of Dance |
       MAJOR                                  FOREIGN
       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 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 |
       MAJOR                                  FOREIGN    REQUIRED FOR ADMISSION (USC course numbers listed)
       Dental Hygiene                                    The Dental Hygiene Supplemental Application is required and can be downloaded from
                                                         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 |
  MAJOR                                  FOREIGN
  Theatre (B.A.)                           ✓       All undergraduate transfer applicants must submit a supplemental application via
  Theatre (BFA)
                                                   BFA applicants will be expected to schedule an audition or portfolio interview for admission consideration.

  Viterbi School Of Engineering |
  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 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 |
  MAJOR                                  FOREIGN
  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 | |
  MAJOR                                  FOREIGN
  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 |
  MAJOR                                  FOREIGN
                                                   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 |
  MAJOR                                  FOREIGN
  Public Policy
                                                   MATH 117 (Introduction to Mathematics for Business and Economics) and ECON 203 (Principles of Microeconomics)
  Real Estate Development
  Urban Studies and Planning

     Your Transfer

      Transfer Credit Policies
       nits That Must
      U                                            Transfer Unit Limits                            Please visit
      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,
        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.

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
                                            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.


     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 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.
     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.

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     
   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 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
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.

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