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Changes to USC Application Deadlines, Early Action, & Scholarships

The University of Southern California has made changes to their application deadlines, early action deadlines, and information on scholarships. Read more to learn about these changes and how they apply to you


Early Action -- November 1, 2022 Applicants selecting Early Action (EA) will be offered either admission or deferral in mid- to late-January 2023. EA applicants will be considered for USC Merit Scholarships. EA is not available for majors requiring a portfolio or audition (see Regular Decision, below). EA is non-binding and non-restrictive.

Regular Decision Applicants selecting or deferring to Regular Decision will be notified of a decision by April 1, 2023. For majors requiring a portfolio or audition: December 1, 2022 This is the final deadline for students applying to majors in the Iovine and Young Academy, the Schools of Architecture, Cinematic Arts, Dramatics Arts, the Kaufman School of Dance, Roski School of Art & Design, and the Thornton School of Music. RD candidates applying to these programs by December 1 will be considered for USC Merit Scholarships. All other majors: January 15, 2023

Additional points: · USC Admission offers merit scholarships for our strongest candidates. The list of scholarship programs, eligibility requirements, and application instructions will be updated here. This review takes more time, so we require earlier filing dates. · USC does not expect to deny applicants after the EA review. Their EA notification will offer either admission or deferral. · USC expects that 20-25% of their admission offers will be made in the EA round. Over the past four years, the average number of fall admission offers is 8,500, so they expect their early admit total will end up around 2,000. · USC’s EA program is non-restrictive and non-binding. See NACAC's definition of EA and other admission options here.

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