University of Southern California (USC)

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USC can be found in Los Angeles, CA, a nonprofit private college which focuses on only a select few programs offered. University of Southern California enrolls around 38,000 students annually.

The majority of students admitted to USC earned an SAT score in the range of 1920 - 2230, or got accepted with an ACT composite score within the range of 29 - 33. We were able to estimate the USC average GPA (3.68 - 3.96) of admitted students by applying sampled GPA data on over 150 schools. The competition to get accepted at this school runs high, given that only 20% of students who applied are admitted to the school. Using acceptance rate data from previous years, we can project that the USC acceptance rate in 2015 is going to be around 21%. You can get more information from the admissions office website at

Overall USC Acceptance Rate - Fall 2013


The overall acceptance rate for University of Southern California was reported as 19.8% in Fall 2013 with over 47,400 applications submitted to USC. Both in state and out of state applicants are included in these figures. We do not have data on transfer acceptance rates currently.

Accepted Applicants Profile

  • USC SAT Scores: 1920 - 2230
  • USC ACT Scores: 29 - 33
  • USC Average GPA: 3.68 - 3.96

How Hard Is It to Get into University of Southern California?

Applicant Selectivity: High

University of Southern California has a very competitive selection process for applicants, where most students accepted have a higher than average high school GPA and scored in the top percentiles on standardized tests like the SAT or ACT exam.

Historical Trend and Acceptance Rate 2021 Projection

The historical trend chart shows acceptance rates from the previous years, from which we have projected the acceptance rate for the 2021-2022 school year. The overall acceptance rate trend for USC has been getting lower when compared to averages from previous years.

Acceptance Rate By Year

  • 2009-2010: 24.4%
  • 2010-2011: 24.3%
  • 2011-2012: 23.0%
  • 2012-2013: 19.9%
  • 2013-2014: 19.8%
  • Projected USC Acceptance Rate 2021-2022: 21.2%

How Does USC Compare?

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National Avg

The acceptance rate for University of Southern California is more than 100% lower than the national average of all colleges which is around 55.5%.

Nearby Similar College Acceptance Rates

SchoolAcceptance Rate
California State University-Los Angeles67.5%
University of California-Los Angeles22.0%
California State University-Dominguez Hills57.5%
California State University-Long Beach30.8%
California State University-Northridge46.2%

Admissions Rates & Enrollment Rates - Details

General Recommendations & Requirements for Admissions

  • High School GPA Scores are Required
  • School Records are Required
  • College Prep Classes are Required
  • Submit Recommendation Letters are Required
  • Standardized Test Scores (SAT,ACT,...) are Required
  • TOEFL Exam (Foreign Language Students) are Required

Number of Applicants, Percent Accepted, and Enrolled Students (Fall 2013)


Average ACT/SAT Scores of Applicants to USC (Fall 2013)

SAT® SectionScore Range
Critical Reading620 - 720
Math660 - 760
Writing640 - 750
Total Score1920 - 2230
ACT®Score Range
English28 - 34
Math29 - 34
Composite Score29 - 33
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