- Set up your USC portal
Soon after you apply, you’ll get an email confirming that you submitted your application. The subject line will read “USC Admission Has Received Your Application.” Please open this email! It has the PIN you’ll need to set up your USC portal. From there you can do important things like check on the status of your materials and, eventually, see your admission decision.
- Be patient as we process your materials
If you submitted your Common App by the deadline, your application is considered on time, even if materials like transcripts, recommendation letters, or test scores arrive a little later. We receive thousands of documents that we need to process. This includes transcripts, letters of recommendations, and test scores. It takes us about two to three weeks to process documents during our busy season, so please give us some time. We will update your USC portal as we go, so you can check there to see if your documents have been received. Please make sure your documents have identifying information (i.e., full name, birth date, reference ID, etc.)
- Sign the Applicant Information and Notice of Potential Audit
Your application will not be complete until you sign this form, which can be accessed through your portal. The notification that it is ready to be signed will come a couple of days after you submit your application.
- Double check that you submitted the USC Supplement
Don’t forget to submit both the Common Application and the USC Supplement. The USC Supplement is the portion of the application that is USC specific, so though it’s on the Common App, you access it under the “My Colleges” tab. Make sure to press submit so we have your completed application by the correct deadline.
- Send your test scores
Make sure you send us your test scores through either ACT or the College Board. Please keep in mind that it takes about four to six weeks from the date you take the test (or two to three weeks after you send your scores) until we receive and process the them. Once the scores are processed, they become part of your application. We don’t recommend rushing your scores to us. You can always upload an unofficial copy of your scores to your USC portal that we can use until we receive your official score report.