Tips for Transfer Applicants

Amid reading applications and recommending scholarships for the incoming first-year class, my colleagues and I are also receiving emails with questions from transfer applicants. Understandably so, because the deadline is coming up on February 15th. If you haven’t done so already, I would like to remind you to sign-up for the Virtual Transfer Information Sessions. There are a few sessions remaining before the deadline so hurry and sign up! 

For those of you who are unable to attend any of the sessions, I thought it might be a good idea to highlight some helpful tips: 

1) Submit your application through The Common App and make sure you are completing the transfer application (rather than the first year). 

2) Submit ALL transcripts. We need both an official high school transcript (with graduation date) and official college transcripts. If you left high school without graduating, we ALSO need a copy of your GED. If you’ve attended numerous colleges, make sure you submit ALL transcripts (even if you only took one course that you don’t think will transfer). It is better to be honest about this in the beginning. Believe me, we will find out if you’ve left out any transcripts. 

3) Letter(s) of recommendation, unless required by your major, are entirely optional. We do not receive (nor do we expect) them for the majority of our transfer applicants. 

4) Make sure you are aware if your major requires additional materials such as a short response to a prompt or an arts portfolio. Click here for a detailed overview. 

5) If you are an international student, make sure you also submit the  financial statement and, if English is not your native language, an English language proficiency exam. English coursework cannot meet this requirement—we must receive an exam score. Click here for more information on these additional requirements for international applicants 

6) Your digital signature on our Application Affirmations will be needed.  You will sign these affirmations in your applicant portal which becomes available after your application has been processed. It is fine if the affirmations are signed after the deadline. 

I’ve also received plenty of emails asking if students need to submit school reports. You will be happy to know that they are NOT required. These include teacher evaluation forms, college or school reports, or grade reports. Again, the only exception would be if your major requires you to submit a letter of recommendation.  

Finally, we understand that this process can be confusing at times. If you have further questions, we are always happy to help. Please feel free to contact your territory manager or refer to our USC Transfer Brochure as this document will answer most, if not all of your questions. 

Good Luck and Fight On!