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Application Tips: Is My App Complete?

By October 23, 2018August 14th, 2019No Comments

We know this time of year is busy with filling out your college applications, and we wanted to make sure we answered some of your frequently asked questions to help you through this process, so we’re posting a series of blogs with all of the Viterbi Application Tips you need to know.

Our second tip is about completing your application. Here are some of our most frequently asked questions about how to ensure you’re application is complete:

I completed the Common App and the USC Writing Supplement (with my first choice major as one of the engineering majors), is there anything extra I need to fill out for engineering?
No, you’re done! The only thing you need is a complete Common Application with the USC writing supplement.  We do not require any extra materials for engineering.

What if my test scores, recommendation letters, or transcript arrive after the application deadline?
That’s fine! The only thing that must be submitted by the deadline is your application.  We understand you don’t have much control over when your recommendations and everything else arrive, but please be sure it’s as close to the deadline as possible to make sure it is there before we start reading your application!


Just a year or two ago, our current students were going through the college application process too and they want to help. Check out our completely Viterbi Voices – a site completely run by our students to give you a peek into their lives as engineering students at USC. They blog regularly, have very active social media accounts, videos, and much more. Their Tips to Apply page details all of their best tips for applying to college.

You should also listen to our Viterbi Voices podcast called Busting Admission Myths with Paul Ledesma, Director of Undergraduate Admission for USC Viterbi, where some current engineering students ask him some burning questions about the application process.

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We hope this has helped you with your questions, and if you come up with any more please feel free to reach out to us at, or call our office Monday-Friday, 8:30-5:00 at (213) 740-4530.

If you have any technical difficulties with the Common App, the Common App Support Team is available 24 hours a day to help you!

Best of luck in the college application process. We look forward to reading your applications. Fight On!


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