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Application Updates for Fall 2023

Summer may be a time for relaxing and slowing down a bit, but it also means we are on the verge of the 2023 Application Season.  We have some exciting new changes for this year’s application, some updated dates and deadlines, and ways in which you can learn more about our programs.

The Application Opens August 1st|

The Application Opens August 1st|

The Application Opens August 1st|

Applying to USC and the Viterbi School of Engineering is done online via the Common Application.  You can begin to set up your file now in the Common App, and on August 1st begin the application process (or at least, just take a look through our application questions).

Your first step in applying is to add the University of Southern California to your list of schools.  From there, be sure to list your first choice major as one of the Viterbi School majors.  You must list your first choice major as one of the Viterbi School majors in order to be considered for admission to our programs. All Viterbi School majors are prepended with “VSE” on the drop-down list of academic programs.

You will notice the application asks a lot about you and your background.  We want to get to know you, so please do your best to provide the most authentic version of yourself.

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2023 Application Deadlines

First-Year Applicants

If you will be applying as a First-Year Applicant (still in high school, or you have not enrolled in college since leaving high school), please be aware of new application deadlines for Fall 2023 admission:

Early Action

Application Deadline: November 1, 2022

Early Action (EA) is non-binding, and non-restrictive. If you would like to be considered for merit-based scholarships, you must apply to USC by the EA deadline.

Applicants selecting Early Action will be notified of their admission or deferral to Regular Decision in mid- to late January 2023.

** PRO-TIP:  Get your application in by November 1st.  Do not wait until January 15th as you are eliminating possibilities of scholarships!  You do not have a better or worse chance of admission with one of these dates.  Set your calendar now to submit your application before you put on that Halloween costume!

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Regular Decision

Application Deadline: January 15, 2023

This is the absolute, final deadline to apply for admission as a first-year applicant.

Applicants selecting or deferring to Regular Decision will be notified of a decision by April 1, 2023.

Transfer Applicants

You are considered a transfer applicant if you have enrolled in college since leaving high school.

There is only one, regular decision deadline for transfer applicants:

Regular Decision (transfer)

Application Deadline: February 15, 2023

This is the final deadline for all transfer applicants. Transfer candidates will receive either an admission decision or a request for spring grades by May 31, 2023. If you receive a request for spring grades, you will be notified of an admission decision by mid-July, 2023.

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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