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Yesterday, we released admission decisions and we know that many of you may not have received good news. By no means does the admission decision reflect your accomplishments, academics, or character. We have the strongest confidence that you will be successful wherever you go.

Please know that we on the admission team find this to be one of the most challenging parts of our job.  It is incredibly difficult in not being able to admit all of our strong and talented applicants.  At the end of the day, our decisions come down to space;  we can only admit a small portion of applicants and we cannot offer admission to the thousands of amazing students who apply to USC. This year, we received the most applications in our history and admitted an even smaller amount of students.

However, we are here to share that this does not necessarily have to be the end of the road for you. If you are still determined to pursue an Engineering degree at 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.

Did you know that you can transfer to USC after just one year? It’s much simpler than you think and if you continue to work hard, you could be part of the Incoming Class of 2022. 

The USC Viterbi School of Engineering has dedicated counselors (us) to assist students interested in transferring to USC.  Check out the Viterbi Transfer Admission page to familiarize yourself with the process.

Here are the basics:

  1. Follow our Transfer Plans to take the right classes (Calculus, Lab Based Sciences, The USC Writing requirement equivalent, and a few GE equivalents) at your college or university
  2. Find transferable courses through 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 2021. We strongly recommend attending a California community college. We hold agreements with these schools and can help you determine exactly what will transfer to USC.
  3. Get good grades (As and Bs) throughout all classes
  4. Apply as a transfer student for Fall 2022
  5. As a transfer applicant you will be evaluated on your college coursework – not on your previous high school career (such as your high school grades, ACT or SAT, scores, etc.).

Let us help!

You don’t have to do this on your own!  Feel free to contact us as early as Mid-May to discuss your course plan for this fall:  Any of our admission counselors will be happy to help guide you.

Angie Solares

Angie was born and raised in southern California. She attended UCLA for her undergraduate education and is currently working on a Master's degree at USC (talk about a never-ending internal conflict). She is passionate about education and access for all. At Viterbi, Angie's focus is counseling transfer students on the admission process.