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Admission decisions are coming in  just a few days!

First Year Applicants will be notified on March 22, 2024.

*You will be emailed when there is a status update to your USC Applicant Portal

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 on March 22nd.


**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.**


It’s that time of the year again, universities have begun to release the majority of their admission decisions to eagerly awaiting students. This time can be challenging, frustrating, stressful, and emotional for both families and students alike. We understand how you may be feeling.

You have dedicated countless hours crafting the perfect application, focusing all your attention on just a few pages and questions. After submitting your applications, the waiting game may be equally as tough. Now, you have been patiently waiting for a decision that is going to shape the next years of your life. It’s hard not to be fixated on the “what ifs,” 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 phone 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 by 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, the majority of our applicant pool will be receiving not-so-great news.

So, here’s where things stand:

  1. Admission decisions are currently being finalized.  Committees are meeting as I post to make final decisions on the remaining few.
  2. Applicants with complete applications will be emailed on March 22, 2024, when there is a status update in their USC Admission Portal.

The Numbers

Every year, we have such a fantastic applicant pool, and an overwhelming majority of you DESERVE to be admitted. Unfortunately, that isn’t possible given the size of our university, the Viterbi School, and most importantly, our classes.

Everyone should know this was another extremely competitive year. In fact, 2024 will officially be the most competitive year for admission in our history.  We are incredibly grateful to have such an amazing 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 less than 8% for Fall 2024.

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 Viterbi School.

VISIT WITH US through one of our many admitted student events. We will be hosting 5 on-campus events and dozens in cities near you through the months of March and 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 you 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 April.


We understand that you may not receive the results you had hoped for from USC Viterbi, but I hope this helps clarify where we are at in this process. 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!

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.