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The Bad News: I didn’t get admitted to USC… what now?

By March 29, 20122 Comments

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The University’s admission decisions are being opened all around the world today.  Amidst all the fanfare of students being accepted, a lone fact weighs heavy on all of us.  The grand majority (Over 80%) did not receive the news they had expected.  We are not happy about this.  We don’t take joy in this.  It is incredibly painful to deny admission to strong applicants.  But, if you would like to attend USC, we want to help you get here.

More than 20% of the Viterbi School of Engineering’s incoming class each year are transfer students.  And you could be one of them for Fall 2013.

Transferring to USC is much simpler thank you think.  If you do everything right, you can be joining us here starting in your sophomore year.

Check out the Viterbi Transfer Admission page to familiarize yourself with the process.

The basics of it are as follows:

  1. Check out our Transfer Planning Guides and/or Articulation Histories with other colleges around the country and figure out where you are going to attend for Fall 2012
  2. Enroll in Calculus, Lab Based Sciences, The USC Writing requirement equivalent, and a few GE equivalents
  3. Get good grades (As and Bs) throughout all classes
  4. Apply as a transfer student for Fall 2013
  5. Your application will be evaluated on the coursework you have taken, and not on your previous high school career.  Yup, the SAT doesn’t really matter.

Let us help!

You shouldn’t have to figure this out on your own.  Feel free to contact us as early as June, 2012. Any of our admission counselors will be happy to help you figure your personal plan for transferring.

Paul Ledesma

As Executive Director, Paul oversees Undergraduate Admission for all programs at the USC Viterbi School of Engineering. He was born and raised in southern California and is a lifetime Dodgers fan. He enjoys traveling (Italy may be a second home), discovering new restaurants in LA (tacos anyone?), and while he may not qualify as a bonafide movie-buff, he loves movies (especially comic book movies). He studied Psychology for his bachelor's degree, minored in Public Management, and was active in leadership for community service groups Troy Camp and Dance Marathon while attending USC. When he's not working he enjoys spending time with his wife, daughter, and rescued pup and kitty in Redondo Beach, CA. (well, maybe not the cat so much) Preferred Pronouns: he/him/his


  • Ashley Mirdita says:

    What if I don’t have a lab based science? I have Calculus and the Writing requirement, a language, and everything else under the planning guide..Can I just take a science next semester?

  • Great question, Ashley.

    We recommend that you have the following courses complete OR in-progress (ie in the spring term) when you apply:

    – Calculus II
    – Two Semesters of a Lab-Science
    – Writing Requirement

    It’s fine to take your second lab-science in the spring.

    Also, keep in mind that the Transfer Planning Guide is NOT a list of courses you MUST take prior to transfer. Rather, it’s a list of courses, available at your school, that will transfer to USC for credit. Many students apply to transfer to USC and have not completed all the courses listed on the Transfer Planning Guide.