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First Year Applicants will be emailed on March 24, 2023.

*You will be notified of a status update to your portal.

We are less than a week away!

You will be notified via email when there is an update to your admission status… no need to keep refreshing your portal.  That won’t speed it up.  Just wait to get the email likely in the afternoon of March 24.


TRANSFER APPLICANTS:  Your applications are just beginning the review process and it does take us a considerable amount of time.  You will receive an admission decision or a request for spring grades by the end of May.

Read on:

March Madness is here for sure! I’m not just taking about basketball. March kicks off the beginning of most universities’ release of the majority of their admission decisions to eagerly awaiting students. This time of year can be challenging, frustrating, stressful, and emotional for both parents and students alike. We understand how you may be feeling.

For months, your only focus was crafting the perfect application… dedicating and expending all your time and energy on a few pages and questions. After submitting your applications, the waiting game is equally as tough. Now you have been patiently waiting for a decision that is going to shape your next four years. It’s hard not to think about the “what if’s” when you should be enjoying your senior year and relishing those moments with your friends. I assure you, you aren’t the only one. Everyone wants to know when USC will be releasing admission decisions. We are receiving emails and phones calls with that very question… so here is a post that may help.

We get it. We really do. This time of year is both loved and loathed for admission staff. Exciting and positive news will be released… to a very small number of people relative to the size of our applicant pool. At the same time, far more people will be receiving bad news. Unfortunately bad news will reach more people than than ever before.

So, here’s where things stand:

Admission decisions are currently being finalized.  Committees are meeting as I post to make final decisions on the remaining few.

Applicants with complete applications will be emailed on March 24, 2023 when there is a status update in their USC Admission Portal.

The Numbers

Here is the bottom line:  With such a fantastic applicant pool, an overwhelming majority of you *DESERVE* to be admitted, but that just isn’t possible given the size of our university, the Viterbi School, and most importantly our classes.

Everyone should know that this year, USC and the USC Viterbi School of Engineering broke nearly every single admission record in the history books.  We received the largest applicant pools we have ever seen.  Over 80,000 applications to the university.  Over 15,000 of those applied to the USC Viterbi School.

2023 is now officially the most competitive year for admission at USC and the Viterbi School.  We are incredibly grateful to have such a fantastic group of students from which we can choose our incoming class.

While numbers aren’t final just yet, the number of admitted students for the USC Viterbi School of Engineering is definitely ending up lower than last year, and will likely result in an acceptance rate for Fall 2023 around 8%.

Next Steps

If you are admitted:

READ THROUGH EVERYTHING we send you (including every element we put in your admission portal)!  It is definitely a ton of information (not to mention our emails that will soon be coming) – but there is a lot for you to do if you are considering USC and the USC Viterbi School.

VISIT WITH US through one of our many admitted student events. We will be hosting 7 on-campus events and dozens in cities near you through the month of April. We will send you some more information on the details. The events will also be posted with registration info in your Admission Portal.

If you are not admitted:

Take a moment… breathe. It’s going to be okay. We understand this may not be the result your were hoping for.  But, the letter in your admission portal includes all the information you need.  Read through all of the “Frequently Asked Questions” as they typically address all of your questions, including the detailed instructions on how to appeal the decision if you wish to do so.

While we may not be able to offer you a spot in this year’s first-year class, the door to USC Viterbi is not closed entirely.  If you are interested in learning more about the Transfer Admission process, we are happy to help you.  Once you have chosen a community college or university to attend this year, we can advise you on the best plan to be a strong transfer applicant next year.  We are happy to work with you through Transfer Information Sessions beginning in May.


I know this post is not exactly fantastic news out of USC Viterbi, but I hope it sheds a little light onto what is happening at this very moment.  We feel a great sense of gratitude to all our applicants for the time and effort you’ve expended to complete and submit your applications. It’s been a privilege to get to know you through your applications and we’re grateful for the work you put into them.

Fight On!

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