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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.


I forgot to apply by November 1st, can I still apply?

Yes! We accept applications for admission through January 15th.  November 1st deadline is to be considered for merit based scholarships from the university, so you can still apply after that deadline!

I don’t have my transcripts or letter of recommendation yet, should I wait to submit my application?

No! You may submit your application as soon as you have completed it on the Common App. Transcripts and LORS can come after you have submitted your application. However, will want to submit those forms ASAP.

Is there anything else I need to do after I submit my application?

Once you have submitted your Common App…that’s it! There is nothing else you need to do except enjoy your senior year. We will notify you if there is anything additional needed.

More questions on the application process?

You should also listen to our Viterbi Voices podcast called Applying to USC Viterbi Fall 2024 with Paul Ledesma, Director of Undergraduate Admission for USC Viterbi and staff. We will address some of the most commonly asked question about the application process.

Need more information what life could be like as a Viterbi students?

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.

I am having issues with the Common App.

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

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.

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

Lisa Rosas

Lisa was born and raised in Southern California. Although she lived her entire life in some of the best weather, Lisa decided for a change of scenery for college and pursued her undergraduate degree at the University of Dubuque in Iowa. While there, she was a two-sport athlete. After experiencing beyond-freezing temperatures, she returned home with inspiration to work in higher education. She is currently pursuing a Master of Education degree with USC Rossier. In her free time you’ll find her snowboarding, playing soccer, or reading.