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University of Southern California

Academic Requirements

Admissions Overview


Acceptance Rate

3.83 - 4.0

Average GPA

1410 - 1540

Average SAT Score

32 - 35

Average ACT Score

GPA Requirements

USC does not have a strict minimum GPA requirement for undergraduate admissions. However, admitted students typically have very high GPAs, ranging from 3.83 to 4.0.

3.83 - 4.0

Average High School GPA

SAT Requirements

USC is test-optional currently for the admissions cycle. USC’s SAT scores for admitted students range from 1410 - 1540.

Although SAT scores are optional, we recommend that students aim for a good SAT score of at least 1410 to be competitive in the admissions process at USC.

1410 - 1540

Average SAT

ACT Requirements

USC is test-optional for the next admissions cycle. USC's ACT scores for admitted students range from 32 to 35.

A good ACT score will still boost your application above the competition and help get you into your dream school. It will allow admissions officers to quickly and objectively compare you to the rest of the applicant pool.

32 - 35

Average ACT

Other Requirements

Besides academic grades, USC has some additional requirements based on the program of study you apply for.


Make sure you have extracurriculars relating to your area of study and those that show your dedication over time.

Recommendation Letters

USC requires one recommendation letter either from a teacher or a school counselor.

TOEFL, IELTS, Cambridge or Duolingo

Required for international students.

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