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The admissions essay is a part of the application that can make you stand out as unique even among a large group of similarly qualified applicants. It may be called a letter of intent, personal statement, or personal narrative, but always provides an occasion to establish your own personal voice and to explain why you are well suited for the program.

When you begin the writing process, start by reading the prompt. Neglecting to address a specific question or failing to follow directions about page or word limits, are unlikely to impress. Usually you will be asked fairly generic questions about your qualifications and aims for graduate school and a common page length for a personal statement is 2 pages.

Your aim is to convince those reading your application that you are prepared to be successful and to contribute to the graduate program of study. While all of your accomplishments are important, it is best to focus on a few specific ideas, experiences, or themes. For example, rather than merely claiming to be interested in research, it is better to explain a research project you have produced or participated in and what about it you liked. Rather than just saying you are committed to the betterment of humanity, show how you have demonstrated that commitment. Examples will help you “prove” your claims.

In addition to the specific prompt, it is important to include the following:

  1. Your preparation and background in the field of study
  2. Your specific area of interest in the field: you should explain what area of the profession you see yourself getting into, and how you see the degree helping you to get there.
  3. Your research ambitions in the field
  4. Why this Program/School?: Before you apply to graduate or professional schools you should have given a lot of thought to why you are seeking a particular degree, and why the specific institutions to which you are applying. You should explain to the schools or departments why you are a good fit with them. This means saying something about the school that could not be said about most other schools. For example, instead of writing “you have a very strong faculty,” mention some examples of faculty research that interest you.
  5. Future career goals
  6. Positively Addressing Inconsistencies: If you know there is some striking weakness in your application (perhaps a GPA or score that is glaringly low or some long gap in your resume) you will want to account for it in your statement. If, as a result of suddenly needing to work a 40-hour week to support yourself, your grades slipped significantly, that might well be something to address. You should make sure to explain it in terms as positive as possible. For any personal struggles that you have worked through, express that it is safely in the past and will not recur in graduate school. If you struggled at first in school, but your grades have improved every year, or your grades in your major are particularly outstanding, these are things you could point out. Some people suggest including such explanations only in a separate addendum, in order that the tone of your essay is uniformly positive.

Why are you applying to this program specifically,

what is your future career interest, and

how will this program help you attain that?

When you first sit down to write, start by reflecting on your goals, achievements, strengths, interesting experiences you have had, and how you plan to continue your academic or professional development. Once you have your list of ideas, you should begin creating a general structure for your essay without committing to sentence structure and grammar. Once you are satisfied with a structure of content for your essay, begin writing your first draft. Make sure your tone is enthusiastic and positive. Also, be sure to display all of the reasons why you are an excellent candidate; this is not the place for excessive modesty.

When you consider editing your statements, we recommend seeking as much feedback as possible. Expect to complete a minimum of 3 drafts. The Pre-Grad advisors are willing to review your draft. You also have the Writing Center (THH 216), a peer, or faculty member as resources to review your statement. It is strongly advised to include an editor working in your field of interest. Be sure to give a draft to your recommenders. It will help them understand how you are presenting yourself in your application, and they may also provide you with useful feedback.

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    You are More than a Number

    and our admission review process doesn’t treat you like one.

    Our transfer students come to USC from a wide array of paths and backgrounds.

    We know that people are unique and we appreciate the wide variety of paths students take to become Trojan Engineers. There is no set formula to be admitted, you have a story to tell and we want to hear it.

    Admission to the Viterbi School is determined through a comprehensive review of the entire admission application. We strive to get to know you, your interests, and goals by reading your entire application. While all factors are important, the most influential factor is your academic history.

    There is no minimum GPA required to apply. However, to be a competitive candidate for admission you should engage in the right courses, challenge yourself and demonstrate academic success, particularly in math, science and engineering related courses.

    Transfer students are very important to us. Over 20% of our incoming class is made up of transfer students from other universities and colleges.

    You can transfer to USC after just one year of study elsewhere.

    Admission Requirements

    Review the courses you should be taking to transfer to the Viterbi School of Engineering.

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    Build a course plan to satisfy admission requirements and maximize the number of transferable courses.

    Apply as a Transfer Student

    The final step: Applying. Find more information about our Transfer Application Process and submit your application to USC.

    Find Transferable Courses

    See which courses transfer to USC for credit.

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    We offer 30+ majors and areas of emphasis. Learn more about your major: see our curriculum plans and department highlights.

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    Admission Requirements &

    Transferable Courses

    Admission Requirements

    Engineering Transfer students should:
    Take Calculus II (required)
    Take Two Semesters of a Lab Based Science (strongly recommended)
    Calculus Based Physics, Chemistry or Biology
    Take USC’s Writing Requirement (required)
    Enroll in 4 classes/semester (strongly recommended)

    Be sure to review our one-year transfer plans that show you how satisfy these courses over one year.

    Finding Transferable Courses from Your School

    If you attend a California Community College you can use USC’s Articulation Agreements to identify transferable coursework from your school.

    • Articulation Histories : Four Year Schools and Colleges outside of California

      If you attend a community college or a four-year institution that is not listed in the articulation agreement database, you should review the USC Articulation Histories website for transferable courses.

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    Transfer Plans

    You can transfer to USC Viterbi after just one year of study. Check out these sample course plans to see how.

    Transfer Plans

    The transfer plans below will help you satisfy admission requirements and maximize the number of transferable courses to USC. Review the articulation website to identify transferable courses. Students can use these plans to transfer in just one year – or use them to plan out an extended transfer plan. Remember, it’s possible to transfer to USC after one-year as an engineering student as long as you meet the admission requirements.

    See a sample transfer plan for engineering majors:

    See a sample transfer plan for Computer Science Majors:

    Transfer Plans for Engineering Majors

    FALL SCHEDULE FOR ENGINEERING MAJORS

    Review an articulation history or agreement to see if your school offers equivalents to the USC Courses in these sample plans.

    • MATH 125 (Calculus I) or
    • MATH 126 (Calculus II) or
    • MATH 226 (Calculus III) or
    • MATH 245* (Math for Physics & Engr)

    * Industrial & Systems Engr Majors should take the equivalent to MATH 225 (Linear Algebra & Diff. EQ) instead of MATH 245.

    • If you are taking: MATH 125 –> take the equivalent of CHEM 105a (General Chemistry)*.
      • A score of 4 or 5 on the AP Chemistry exam or a 6 or 7 on the Chemistry IB HL Exam satisfies CHEM 105a. Contact us directly for further advisement.
      • Students majoring in Electrical Engineering –> You may take the equivalent to PHYS 151 or BISC 120 or BISC 220. You should not take chemistry since it is not part of the requirements for Electrical Engineering.
    • For students taking MATH 126 (Calc II) or higher level –> You may take the equivalent to CHEM 105a (electrical engineers: see note below) or PHYS 151*.
      • You may need to take two physics courses to satisfy PHYS 151. If that is the case, take one physics course this semester and the other course in the spring.
    • Students majoring in Electrical Engineering –> You may take the equivalent to PHYS 151 or BISC 120 or BISC 220. You should not take chemistry since it is not part of the requirements for Electrical Engineering.

    Visit this page to see how AP/IB credit can satisfy GE requirements.

    For students starting college before fall 2015: You must follow USC’s Roman Numeral GE System. Take 1 course from GE Category I, II, IV* or V. Category IV may be satisfied by taking an additional course from Category I or II. Pro Tip: Pull up an agreement/history for Fall 2014 to review which courses satisfy the Roman Numeral GE System.

    *Category IV is satisfied by taking an additional course from Category I or II.

    SPRING SCHEDULE FOR ENGINEERING MAJORS

    Review an articulation history or agreement to see if your school offers equivalents to the USC Courses in these sample plans.

    However, if you’re majoring in Aerospace, Astronautical, Mechanical, Civil, Electrical Engineers and Industrial & Systems Engineering Majors: USC’s CHEM 105b is not required for your major. We recommend that you take the equivalent to PHYS 151 or 152 or 153.

    • If you took Physics in the Fall – you can continue taking more physics: you can satisfy PHYS 151, 152 and 153.
    • If you have satisfied BISC 120 or 220 you can consider taking the equivalent to PHYS 151, 152 or 153. Note – it’s possible that you’ll need to take two semesters of biology at your current school to earn the equivalent to USC’s BISC 120 or 220.

    Visit this page to see how AP/IB credit can satisfy GE requirements.

    For students starting college before fall 2015: You must follow USC’s Roman Numeral GE System. Take 1 course from GE Category I, II, IV* or V. Category IV may be satisfied by taking an additional course from Category I or II. Pro Tip: Pull up an agreement/history for Fall 2014 to review which courses satisfy the Roman Numeral GE System.

    *Category IV is satisfied by taking an additional course from Category I or II.

    Transfer Plans for Computer Science Majors

    Select the Computer Science major you’re interested in below to see your appropriate plan

    FALL SCHEDULE : Computer Science

    Review an articulation history or agreement to see if your school offers equivalents to the USC Courses in these sample plans.

    • MATH 125 (Calculus I) or
    • MATH 126 (Calculus II) or
    • MATH 226 (Calculus III) or
    • MATH 225 (Linear Algebra & Differential Equations)

    If you scored a 4 or 5 on the AP CHEM exam or a 6 or 7 on the CHEM IB HL Exam, you have satisfied the requirement of CHEM 105a. See the spring semester science recommendation on the next page.

    If you scored a 4 or 5 on the AP BIO exam or a 6 or 7 on the BIO IB HL Exam, you have satisfied the requirement of BISC 120. See the spring semester science recommendation on the next page.

    Visit this page to see how AP/IB credit can satisfy GE requirements.

    For students starting college before fall 2015: You must follow USC’s Roman Numeral GE System. Take 1 course from GE Category I, II, IV* or V. Category IV may be satisfied by taking an additional course from Category I or II. Pro Tip: Pull up an agreement/history for Fall 2014 to review which courses satisfy the Roman Numeral GE System.

    *Category IV is satisfied by taking an additional course from Category I or II.

    SPRING SCHEDULE : Computer Science

    Review an articulation history or agreement to see if your school offers equivalents to the USC Courses in these sample plans.

    • PHYS 151 in the fall, take the equivalent to PHYS 152 this semester.
    • CHEM 105a in the fall, take the equivalent to CHEM 105b this semester
    • BISC 120 in the fall, take the equivalent to BISC 220 this semester.

    Visit this page to see how AP/IB credit can satisfy GE requirements.

    For students starting college before fall 2015: You must follow USC’s Roman Numeral GE System. Take 1 course from GE Category I, II, IV* or V. Category IV may be satisfied by taking an additional course from Category I or II. Pro Tip: Pull up an agreement/history for Fall 2014 to review which courses satisfy the Roman Numeral GE System.

    *Category IV is satisfied by taking an additional course from Category I or II.

    FALL SCHEDULE : Computer Science (Games)

    • MATH 125 (Calculus I) or
    • MATH 126 (Calculus II) or
    • MATH 225 (Linear Algebra & Differential Equations)

    You will likely need to take two physics courses to satisfy PHYS 151. Refer to the articulation agreement or history for your school. If you need to courses to satisfy PHYS 151 take one of the courses this semester and the other in the spring.

    Visit this page to see how AP/IB credit can satisfy GE requirements.

    For students starting college before fall 2015: You must follow USC’s Roman Numeral GE System. Take 1 course from GE Category I, II, IV* or V. Category IV may be satisfied by taking an additional course from Category I or II. Pro Tip: Pull up an agreement/history for Fall 2014 to review which courses satisfy the Roman Numeral GE System.

    *Category IV is satisfied by taking an additional course from Category I or II.

    SPRING SCHEDULE : Computer Science (Games)

    If you have satisfied PHYS 151, contact us for a course recommendation.

    Visit this page to see how AP/IB credit can satisfy GE requirements.

    For students starting college before fall 2015: You must follow USC’s Roman Numeral GE System. Take 1 course from GE Category I, II, IV* or V. Category IV may be satisfied by taking an additional course from Category I or II. Pro Tip: Pull up an agreement/history for Fall 2014 to review which courses satisfy the Roman Numeral GE System.

    *Category IV is satisfied by taking an additional course from Category I or II.

    FALL SCHEDULE : Computer Science/Business Administration

    • MATH 125 (Calculus I) or
    • MATH 126 (Calculus II) or
    • MATH 225 (Linear Algebra & Differential Equations)

    A score of 4 or 5 on the AP Chemistry exam or a 6 or 7 on the Chemistry IB HL Exam satisfies CHEM 105a. Contact us l for a course recommendation.

    A score of 4 or 5 on the AP Biology exam or a 6 or 7 on the Bio. IB HL Exam satisfies BISC 120. Contact us for a course recommendation.

    Visit this page to see how AP/IB credit can satisfy GE requirements.

    For students starting college before fall 2015: You must follow USC’s Roman Numeral GE System. Take 1 course from GE Category I, II, IV* or V. Category IV may be satisfied by taking an additional course from Category I or II. Pro Tip: Pull up an agreement/history for Fall 2014 to review which courses satisfy the Roman Numeral GE System.

    *Category IV is satisfied by taking an additional course from Category I or II.

    SPRING SCHEDULE : Computer Science/Business Administration

    Visit this page to see how AP/IB credit can satisfy GE requirements.

    For students starting college before fall 2015: You must follow USC’s Roman Numeral GE System. Take 1 course from GE Category I, II, IV* or V. Category IV may be satisfied by taking an additional course from Category I or II. Pro Tip: Pull up an agreement/history for Fall 2014 to review which courses satisfy the Roman Numeral GE System.

    *Category IV is satisfied by taking an additional course from Category I or II.

    FALL SCHEDULE : Computer Engineering & Computer Science

    • MATH 125 (Calculus I) or
    • MATH 126 (Calculus II) or
    • MATH 226 (Calculus III) or
    • MATH 225 (Linear Algebra & Differential Equations)

    You will likely need to take two physics courses to satisfy PHYS 151. Refer to the articulation agreement or history for your school. If you need to courses to satisfy PHYS 151 take one of the courses this semester and the other in the spring.

    Visit this page to see how AP/IB credit can satisfy GE requirements.

    For students starting college before fall 2015: You must follow USC’s Roman Numeral GE System. Take 1 course from GE Category I, II, IV* or V. Category IV may be satisfied by taking an additional course from Category I or II. Pro Tip: Pull up an agreement/history for Fall 2014 to review which courses satisfy the Roman Numeral GE System.

    *Category IV is satisfied by taking an additional course from Category I or II.

    SPRING SCHEDULE : Computer Engineering & Computer Science

    If you have satisfied PHYS 151, contact us for a course recommendation.

    Visit this page to see how AP/IB credit can satisfy GE requirements.

    For students starting college before fall 2015: You must follow USC’s Roman Numeral GE System. Take 1 course from GE Category I, II, IV* or V. Category IV may be satisfied by taking an additional course from Category I or II. Pro Tip: Pull up an agreement/history for Fall 2014 to review which courses satisfy the Roman Numeral GE System.

    *Category IV is satisfied by taking an additional course from Category I or II.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    General Questions

    Is it more difficult to get into Viterbi than other majors at USC?

    No. It is no more difficult to be admitted to Viterbi than the rest of the university. We admit our students at a similar rate as the university and the Average GPA for Engineering students is the same as the Average GPA for all USC students.

    What Engineering major is the hardest/easiest to get admitted to?

    All or none. Your chances of being admitted to one engineering major are the same for all engineering majors. The application requirements are the same for all majors. Viterbi offers a flexible engineering program and students are able to change their major. If you are admitted to one of our programs, you are admitted to all of our programs. However, admission to USC in general is very competitive across all majors.

    What is the Average GPA for Engineering students?

    3.7, but that really isn’t all that useful. A GPA tells us only so much. The courses that you are taking is so much more important than the number at the bottom of your transcript. We are most concerned with a students most recent course work in the most recent semesters. And although we do look at every course you have taken, we also notice grade trends and pay closer attention to your math, science, and engineering related coursework.

    My GPA/Scores are lower than your average. Should I even apply?

    Our averages are just that…averages. Students are admitted with higher and students are admitted with lower. The actual numbers are less important than your overall prep. Taking the right courses that prepare you for a degree in engineering is what you should be focusing on.

    The only guarantee we can give is; If you don’t apply, you won’t be admitted.

    What are the min/max number of units I need to transfer?

    We have no minimum. We have no maximum. However, if you have fewer than 30, we will take your high school academic history into consideration for admission. And, even if you have a lot of units completed, you will still need to complete 64 units of coursework at USC to receive a degree from USC.

    Do I need to finish all my GE requirements before I apply?

    No. We don’t care if you take any GE courses. You will take GE’s to fill in your schedule (you want to make sure you are taking a full load of courses each semester), but we are much more concerned with math and science courses. Make sure you are enrolled in those before you add any GE’s to your schedule.

    Do I need to complete all the transferable courses on the Transfer Planning Guide before I apply?

    No. The Transfer Planning Guide is designed to help students figure out what courses will transfer for their intended major. You do not need to complete all of the listed courses. Please see our list of recommended courses on the How to Apply page.

    I have taken a non traditional route. Is that going to hurt my admission?

    We know that each transfer students have a different story. While many of our students transfer after 1 or 2 years at another institution that they started right out of high school, many of our students have taken time off school to work, raise families, or have other experiences. Whether you are continuing you education or returning after a long break, we read each application and consider students based on their merit.

    What if I can’t take 2 semesters of science prior to my target transfer date? Can I still apply?

    You can still apply to if you haven’t taken two semesters of a lab based science. Sometimes students, particularly those who are planning to transfer after just one year to USC, are unable to take two semesters of science. That said, if you have the time in your schedule to take science – you should.

    General Questions

    I have attended more than one college/university. Is that okay?

    Yes. We review each student based on the courses that they take and not the school where they take them. We understand that there is limited availability at some colleges and students need to go to more than one school to fill their schedule. That is fine.

    Is it better to go to a 4-year institution before transferring?

    No. We review each student based on the courses they have completed, not the school they are attending.

    Can I apply for a 2nd Bachelor’s Degree?

    Yes. We accept a number of 2nd bachelors degree students every year. Just follow the same transfer recommendations as all other transfer students. If your first degree was not in math, science, engineering or another related field, you may need to complete some courses at another institution before applying. You can learn more about earning a second bachelor’s degree here.

    Can I apply for Spring?

    No. USC only accepts applications for the fall semester. Although some of our students start at USC in the spring semester, you can not apply for it.

    I do not attend a 3+2 partner school. Can I still apply to the 3+2 program

    No. The 3+2 Engineering program is a specially designed curriculum with specific, named, partner schools. Articulation agreements have been designed, developed, and signed by the partner institutions. Student must take very specific courses at the 3+2 partner school to be considered as part of the 3+2 program. Student who do not attend a 3+2 partner school can apply to transfer through our regular transfer admission process.

    How many years will I have left at USC after I transfer?

    That depends on a lot of factors. If you will be transferring after your 2nd year at your current institution, it does not necessarily mean that it will only take 2 years to complete your degree at USC. You are choosing to leave the current path that you are on and the degree requirements that you started, for a new path and set of degree requirements. Some courses may not transfer. To find out what courses are likely to transfer from your current school, visit our Articulation Histories website.

    I just finished my Junior year. Can I do my last year at USC?

    Unfortunately it doesn’t work that way. Although we have no limit to the number of units you can complete before transferring to USC, you must complete at least 64 units (1/2 the normal required units for an undergraduate degree) at USC to get a degree from USC. This will usually take 2 years.

    I am a current student at USC and I would like to change my major to engineering. Do I need to go through the admission process?

    General Questions

    No. The change of major process and the admission process are two different processes. If you are already a current student at USC and you want to change your major to engineering, you will need to work directly with the academic advisers in the Viterbi Admission & Student Affairs Office. You can email them at viterbi.studentservices@usc.edu.

    Application Questions

    How do I complete my application to USC?

    Transfer Application Checklist
    Submit These Items
    • Common Application and the USC Writing Supplement
    • Official & final high school transcript with date of graduation.
    • All official college transcripts
    • SAT or ACT Scores (only from some students)
      • Scores are only required from applicants who have completed fewer than 30 semester units of college coursework.
    International students must also submit:
    • Financial Statement of Personal or Family Support: www.usc.edu/financialstatement
    • TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE Academic Scores, if the student’s native language is not English.

    Can transcripts be submitted after February 1st?

    Yes. You have met the application deadline when you submit the Common App with the USC Writing Supplement by Feb 1st. Supporting documents – such as official transcripts – can be submitted soon after the deadline.

    That being said, please get your transcripts to us as soon as possible as we cannot review your application until we get them!

    Are transfer applicants required to submit a letter of recommendation?

    No. However the Common App (not USC) may require you to assign an Academic Evaluator in order to finish the application. We will consider your application for admission complete even if whoever you assigned as your Academic Evaluator does not complete a recommendation on your behalf.

    Do I need to submit the Registrar Report? How about the “Additional Forms” : the Final Report, Mid-term Report, and College Report?

    No. We do not need (or want) the Registrar Report…OR Final Report, Mid-term Report or the College Report. Hooray! Less paperwork!

    Which classes should I list as my “current” classes in Common App?

    We’re asking about your current academic year – the classes you are taking while applying. You should list all the classes that you took in the fall semester and the courses that you are taking/will take in the winter (if applicable) and spring of the year you are submitting your application.

    How am I supposed to answer the question about full time enrollment on the Writing Supplement?

    Is this question confusing you?

    “For each college or university term (excluding summer) in which you were enrolled in less than four semester-unit courses or three quarter-unit courses, please provide a brief explanation as to why you were unable to enroll full time. (250 word limit) “

    Were you ever enrolled in less than 4 courses in a semester (or less than 3 classes/quarter)? If so, just provide a brief explanation that explains why you didn’t enroll in more courses. That’s it!

    And yes, taking 1 class at one school and 3 classes at another school in the same semesters means you were enrolled in four classes.

    If you’ve always been a full-time student (4 or more classes/semester) you can simply write “N/A”.

    Where should I send my transcripts?

    If you are mailing your official transcripts please send them to:

    Note, you can use the address above for follow-up transcripts, application materials, and all other types of correspondence.

    Do I have to send my official transcripts to the USC Office of Admission & to the USC Viterbi Admission Office?

    No need to send duplicates.

    When you send documents to USC they are uploaded into your file – and all offices can view your file/the documents you sent.

    How can I verify that my application is complete?

    You may get an update on the status of your online application by logging in to the youSC portal.

    Keep in mind, it can take 7-10 business days (after USC receives) documents – like transcripts – to upload into your file. Do not be alarmed if you recently sent in your transcripts and they are not yet in your file. It takes a bit of time.

    USC will contact you if you are missing any required application documentation.

    No need to send duplicates.

    When you send documents to USC they are uploaded into your file – and all offices can view your file/the documents you sent.

    When will I hear back from USC?

    USC will mail an admission decision or request for spring grades by May 31st.

    Do not expect to hear back from us before May 31st. We use the entire time allotted to review your application so that we can conduct a comprehensive review of your application. We want to know your story – and it takes us a time to read through each application.

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