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2022 First-Year Application Overview Merit Scholarships

December 1 • Deadline for merit scholarship consideration. • Final deadline for all programs in Cinematic Arts, Dance, and Music; Dramatic Arts BFA programs; the Iovine and Young Academy; and the Marshall School’s World Bachelor in Business program.

All applicants who apply for admission by December 1 are considered for USC Merit Scholarships. Other scholarships offered by organizations outside the Office of Admission may require an additional application. For more information, visit

January 15 • Final application deadline. USC does not offer Early Action or Early Decision.

Application Requirements • Common Application and the USC Supplement at • USC Supplement: Essay and short answer questions. • All official high school and any college transcripts. • Optional for applicants to the 2022-2023 academic year: Official SAT and/or ACT scores (SAT essay/ACT writing not required). • Letter of recommendation from a teacher or counselor. • Common App Mid-Year Report showing fall grades, once available. • Any additional items required by your program, such as a portfolio, professional resumé or audition. Visit for more information. • International students only: Financial statement and TOEFL, IELTS, PTE Academic or Duolingo English Test scores (for students whose native language is not English). See the English Proficiency Criteria section at for more information. Find your admission counselor online at

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When to Apply

USC is need-blind in its admission process. Students are considered regardless of their ability to pay. For more information, visit or call (213) 740-4444.

Deadlines to apply for need-based financial aid: February 11 • Submit FAFSA: • Submit CSS Profile: March 2 California residents only • Apply for a Cal Grant: Visit our net price calculator at

The University of Southern California admits students of any race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age, physical disability or mental disability and does not discriminate on any such basis. The University’s full non-discrimination policy can be found on the Web at


Office of Admission Los Angeles, CA 90089-0911

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