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While we have been focused a lot on #IGotIntoUSC, it is important to continue conversations with those to which we were unable to offer admission.  All of the university’s admission decisions for first-year applicants have been released and everyone should know their fate by now.  If you do not know your decision, take a moment and login to YOU.USC.EDU.

“…Fall 2016 was the largest applicant pool in the history of the university…”

The university’s application pool for Fall 2016 was the largest in the history of the university at over 54,000 applications. Within that pool, the Viterbi School’s share was the largest number of engineering applicants ever at nearly 11,000 applications.  Given that the university is looking to enroll around 2,800 students this fall, 410 of whom are engineering students – this was the most competitive year for admission in our history.

Around 85% of you received news that this was not the year you would be enrolling at USC.  While we understand this is a difficult time for many students, you should know this is challenging for us as well.  No one in our office gets any joy from this part…. but we also understand that doesn’t make you feel any better.

Although you may not have received the decision you expected, we would like to remind you that admission to USC is still possible.  A good number of our current students at USC did not gain admission when they first applied, but rather transferred to USC.  In fact, approximately 20% of our incoming class each year is comprised of transfer students.

Listen to our Recent Podcast Episode on Admission Decisions


Most students have the idea that transferring to USC is a tedious process, but it is more simple than you think!

Visit the Viterbi Transfer Admission page to become familiarized with the process and get that much closer to becoming a student at USC.

Here is a glimpse of what is required to transfer to USC:

  • Check out our Transfer Planning Guides and/or Articulation Histories with other colleges around the country and determine where you will attend for the fall semester.
  • Enroll in Calculus, Lab Based Sciences, The USC Writing requirement equivalent, and a few GE equivalents.
  • Get good grades (A’s and B’s) throughout all of your classes.
  • Apply as a transfer student for Fall 2017 by February, 2017.
  • Your application will be evaluated on the coursework you have taken at the college you attend, and not on your previous high school coursework.
Start My Transfer Plan

We want to provide you as much support as we can to fulfill your academic objectives.

Starting in Mid-May, we are happy to help you finalize a transfer plan with course selections at another institution.  Feel free to contact our office at that time. Any of us will be happy to answer any questions and help you develop a personal plan to transfer to USC.

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