Admission Updates Regarding COVID-19

Last Updated: 12/9 at 3:19 pm

Thank you for your patience during this challenging time. For the most recent information from the USC central admission office, please refer to


Visiting Campus: If you were planning on visiting campus, please be advised that all on-campus tours, events, and information sessions have been replaced by virtual events. These include our virtual information sessions, live chats, and faculty roundtables. Make sure to register early; these events tend to fill up quickly.

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Official Test Scores: Due to disruptions in testing schedules caused by COVID-19, prospective first-year students may apply to USC for the 2021-2022 Academic Year without submitting SAT or ACT scores, although students may still choose to submit SAT or ACT scores if they wish.

For students who submit test scores, USC records the highest scores for those who have taken tests more than once. For the SAT, the highest scores for both the Evidence-Based Reading and Writing and the Mathematics section will be recorded, even if achieved in different sittings. For the ACT, USC will just consider the highest composite score. USC does not require the writing section for either the ACT or the SAT general test.

International Students: International students are still required to submit English proficiency scores if their native language is not English. For more information, please see our page on all the additional requirements for international applicants.

Evaluating Transcripts: We will consider the effects of COVID-19 when reviewing all affected applications in the coming years. If you would like to make a note of how your circumstances at school or home were affected by COVID-19, the CommonApp has added a section in the application to do so.

For more detailed information about how COVID-19 has affected the admission process, please visit the USC Central Admission Office’s coronavirus page

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