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If you are a high school senior enjoying your winter break and wondering if you have anything else left to do before school starts up again… you do!

The final application deadline for all first-year applicants is January 15, 2017.

In case you have not already done so, be sure to complete the application process for USC by submitting the following: The Common Application and the USC Writing Supplement at If you are at all thinking about studying an engineering discipline, you must list that as your first choice major to be considered for admission to the Engineering School.

If you have any questions about our programs or the application process, please call us at (213) 740-4530, or email at

We look forward to reviewing your application for Fall 2017!

Interested in Financial Aid?

If so, you should apply for financial aid soon after you apply for admission. USC is need-blind in its admission process — a student’s financial need is not a factor in the admission decision.  More information on the USC Financial Aid process can be found at

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