May 8, 2013
Transfer Process Update
Every year USC receives thousands of applications from first-year and transfer applicants. By April 1, all of our first-year applicants receive an admission decision. If you’re a transfer applicant, you might be wondering, “Hey! Where’s my admission decision?” A holistic admission process takes months and is no easy feat, so trust me when I say we are currently hard at work reading and reviewing transfer applications. Within a few short weeks, you will hear from us— by June 3, you will receive either an admission decision or a request for more information before we make a final admission decision.
Last year, our office received over 8,000 applications from prospective transfer students! In order to give each application a thorough review, we analyze high school and college transcripts, read your essay and short answer responses, consider your preparation for the major you’re interested in, and essentially evaluate all the documents in your application cover to cover. Much like the freshman application process, this effort takes time as multiple people review each application fully. We utilize such a complex, time-consuming process because we want to ensure that we admit qualified, well-rounded transfer students to USC.
We do understand that many transfer applicants are applying to other universities who require a commitment before June 3. Unfortunately, our transfer admission decisions are not available until closer to June 3rd in most cases. For some applicants, we request to see their spring quarter or semester grades before we can make a final decision, which means that a decision will not be reached until after we receive those spring grades. It can seem like a long wait, but we are committed to doing a comprehensive review. You can be proactive, too—rather than waiting for us to request your spring grades, you can mail them in as soon as they are available. An unofficial copy of your spring grades sent by email or fax can also suffice while we wait to receive your official transcript by mail.
If you have questions about your application, you can always contact your admission counselor or log into your USConnect account to see if we’ve requested any additional or missing information. We’re eager to send out admission decisions in a few weeks and we expect to admit another well-rounded and successful transfer class!
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