I’m Not a QuestBridge Match – What Does This Mean?

This time of year can be stressful if you’re a high school senior. You’re trying to successfully balance schoolwork, your home life, and college applications. Some of you applied to USC through the QuestBridge National College Match process but have recently been notified that you were not selected in the match. Although not being matched with the college you wanted may be disappointing, you should be very proud of all the work that it took for you to apply through QuestBridge and share your story with the colleges you ranked! If you ranked USC as one of your colleges, rest assured that we took the time to thoroughly review your QuestBridge application; to get to know you, your story, and your accomplishments. However, this process is extremely competitive, and if you were not selected as a match, that doesn’t mean that we didn’t like your application – it just means that we have a very limited number of spots for QuestBridge matches.  

If you applied to USC through the QuestBridge College Match process and you completed all the USC Match Requirements (either the USC QuestBridge Writing Supplement or the Common Application), but did not match to a binding college, you’ll have three options: 

  1. For students applying to majors in Art and Design, Architecture, Music, Cinematic Arts, and Theatre – you may select for your application to be considered in our Regular Decision process. If you submit your application and supplemental materials by December 1st, you’ll be automatically considered for USC merit scholarships that are awarded through the USC Office of Admission. 
  2. For students applying to all other majors – you may select to have your application considered in our Early Action process (and for major merit scholarships) or in our Regular Decision process. If you select Early Action you will also be automatically considered for USC merit scholarships that are awarded through the USC Office of Admission. 
  3. For students who no longer want their application to be considered in our process you may withdraw your application to USC entirely. 

If you applied through the QuestBridge process and did NOT rank USC, you will have to take some additional steps to be considered for admission to USC.  You must submit: 

  1. All the materials for the Common Application (and SlideRoom application for applicants to majors that require a portfolio or audition). 
  1. An official high school transcript directly from your school. 
  1. Official SAT or ACT test scores (if you are choosing to include a test score). 
  1. A midyear report once your fall semester grades are available.  

The USC first-year regular decision deadline for submitting your application is January 15, the regular decision deadline for majors that require an audition or portfolio is December 1st, the same day as the QuestBridge College Match Day. Note, some academic departments only have a single December 1 deadline.  

A student who did not rank USC in the QuestBridge process will also have to submit the appropriate financial aid materials:   

  1. FAFSA (code: 001328) 
  1. CSS Profile (code: 4852) 
  1. USC 2020 Tax Information or Non-Filing Statement Form – Parents 
  1. USC Parent Income and Expense Form 

After you submit your application for admission, you will receive an email with instructions on how to set up your Applicant Portal. You can access the USC-specific forms and check on the status of your financial aid application on the USC FAST portal which is accessible through your USC Applicant Portal.  

Applicants who identify as undocumented should submit the following documents to begin their financial aid application: the CSS Profile, 2020 tax return, and a third-party letter confirming undocumented status. California residents will also be asked to complete the CSAC Dream Grant application requirements.  

The USC financial aid deadline for regular decision applicants is February 10th.  You must submit all of your financial aid materials by the deadline to ensure that you are fully considered for financial aid. At USC, we meet each student’s full demonstrated financial need – this means that your financial aid package will cover the full cost of attendance through loans, grants, and work study. In February 2020 we launched the Affordability Initiative which states that incoming first-year students from U.S. families with an annual income of $80,000 or less with typical assets will attend USC tuition free. Read more about the Affordability Initiative on our website.  

We understand that paying college application fees can get expensive.  If you feel that paying the application fee will be a financial hardship for you and your family, you can select the fee waiver payment option on the Common Application. Watch this video for instructions on how to use a fee waiver.  

All of this information can also be found on the QuestBridge website. If you find this process confusing or have questions about what you need to submit, please do not hesitate to contact your  USC admission counselor with any questions.  


If you are a QuestBridge Finalist and are ultimately admitted to USC through our Match, Early Action or Regular Decision process, we want to ensure that you feel supported and part of the USC community. Scholars come to USC from all across the country and bring their incredible achievements, talents, and experiences to campus where they have the opportunity to connect with other amazing Scholars through the USC QuestBridge Scholars group. All QuestBridge Finalists that are admitted to USC — either as a Match or through our regular decision process — are welcome to join the USC QuestBridge Scholars group. This group puts on a variety of events throughout the year to bring Scholars together. Events like a Welcome Back BBQ at the beginning of the school year, mixers, movie nights, mentoring opportunities, and study days during finals with free food!

At USC, we have the largest chapter of QuestBridge Scholars of any university, which means that you will always have resources and a support system available to you. 

Fight On!

Written by:

Maria Rodriguez, Associate Director of Multicultural Recruitment – USC Office of Admission

Kelsey K. Bradshaw Carroll, Associate Director – USC Office of Admission

Isaiah Sneed, Senior Assistant Director – USC Office of Admission



Highlighting USC’s Native American Student Assembly (NASA) – Fall 2022

What a year since our previous highlight on USC’s Native American Student Assembly (NASA)! Here at USC, we work hard to make sure our students can find communities and have safe spaces for them to be themselves. Although the cultural club for our Native American students may be relatively new, we are growing and progressing exponentially!  

NASA provides an intimate space for Native American students to authentically be themselves and to be supported in their endeavors. They are supported by Native American USC staff and faculty like me – Dylan Goodwill (Diné/Hunkpapa Lakota/Sisseton Wahpeton Dakota). Although it has been a bumpy ride, NASA has been thriving and striving. 

For example, NASA has fully moved into our culturally affirming lounge in the Student Union for our Native American and Pasifika students.  Today, you can find the Native American and Pasifika Student Lounge (NAPL) alongside other cultural centers like La CASA, the Center for Black Cultural and Student Affairs (CBSCA), and others in the Student Union. The lounge has become our home away from home and a place where our students host events, talk with support staff members, study, or just relax!  

Our NASA student leaders have persevered and continue to work hard to create events and spaces for their voices to be heard at USC. NASA meets once a week and hosts amazing events.  Currently, they are actively coordinating the with the university to celebrate Native American Heritage Month in November. This will be the first year that USC will celebrate Native American Heritage Month university-wide!   

In addition to this upcoming celebration, USC has created many wonderful changes in 2022 for our Native American students. For example, this past April, USC dedicated one of its most landmark buildings to Dr. Joseph Medicine Crow, the first Native American USC graduate. Our NASA students were heavily involved in the building dedication, and it was a beautiful sight to see allies from across the university come to support them. It was a monumental moment to see so many Native Trojans in their traditional regalia during the dedication ceremony, and to hear Crow honor songs echo across campus as the banner fell to reveal the new building name, the Dr. Joseph Medicine Crow Center for Intenational and Public Affairs

Along with the building dedication, USC launched the Dr. Joseph Medicine Crow Native Leadership Scholarship in January. By April 2022, our first Native Leadership Scholarship cohort was admitted to USC and invited to attend the building dedication ceremony. From this, we are truly excited to continue the scholarship which is available to first-year applicants who identify as American Indian/Alaskan Native/Native Hawaiian and have applied through the Common Application by our Early Action deadline of November 1.  

Overall, NASA hopes to gain more Native students so they can continue to grow and thrive. We are very excited for what the future may hold! So, do you know any Native American students?  Let them know about NASA at USC.   

To receive further information on upcoming events, be sure to follow the Native American Student Assembly on all social media platforms (@uscnasa). 

Written by: 

Dylan Goodwill, Senior Assistant Director & NASA Support Staff member 



Major Mondays: Real Estate

Major: The Bachelors of Science in Real Estate Development (BRED) major lives within Sol Price School of Public Policy. This major provides students with the knowledge and skills required to navigate a complex and ever-changing career in real estate development. BRED is open to both first-year and transfer applicants.   

Overview: The Sol Price School of Public Policy has been a leader in real estate education for more than 30 years, as the first academic institution to offer a graduate degree in real estate. The Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Real Estate Development offers one of the most comprehensive real estate educations in the country. Students will gain an in-depth knowledge of real estate development, finance, investment, and an understanding of the broader context of real estate operations. The BRED curriculum allows students to explore the full structure of real estate, its impact on creating communities, and gain firsthand experience with a mandatory 140-hour internship and capstone project. It’s because of this first-hand experience that our students are landing jobs at top companies such as CBRE, Ernst & Young, and Cushman & Wakefield!  

Students also have the option to pursue a minor in Real Estate Development. For those looking to pursue an education in real estate beyond the undergraduate level, you can pursue a graduate degree or a dual degree in the following: 

Research: The USC Lusk Center for Real Estate mission is to advance real estate knowledge, inform business practices, and address issues impacting the real estate industry, the urban economy, and public policy. The Lusk Center hosts programs such as the Lusk Perspective and Research Seminar Series bringing together students, faculty, and real estate professionals, with opportunities to network and advance in the real estate industry.  

Alumni and Networking: The Trojan Real Estate Association partners with the Lusk Center for Real Estate, USC Alumni Real Estate Network, and the Sol Price School of Public Policy to provide career development, networking, and internship opportunities within the real estate industry. Students can use this resource as an effective launch pad for a career in the real estate industry!      

Want to Learn More: To learn more about the Real Estate Development Major and Sol Price School of Public Policy, please consider attending a virtual or in-person program.   

Written by: 

Reuben Hernandez, Assistant Director – USC Office of Undergraduate Admission