The University of Southern California conducts admission interviews as an optional part of the undergraduate freshman application process. We enjoy interviews since the conversation helps us learn more about you. This is the perfect time to share your academic, extracurricular, and personal interests and anything else you would like us to know about your interest in USC.
Interviews are conducted for freshman applicants for Fall 2015 only. We do not conduct interviews for transfer student applicants. You may interview on-campus, or off-campus in various cities across the country. USC's admission interviews are very popular and fill quickly; space is offered on a first-come, first-served basis.
Interviews are one-on-one sessions with an admission representative which will last approximately 20-25 minutes. During this session, we will ask questions about you, your academic interests, and your activities. Please be prepared to do most of the talking!
If you are a freshman applicant planning to major in the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, you may sign up for an interview with a representative from USC Dornsife. Although interviews are conducted by several admission offices at USC (including the Office of Undergraduate Admission, the Viterbi School of Engineering, and the Marshall School of Business), please be sure that you do NOT schedule more than one interview. All admission interviews are evaluated in the same way, and because there are a limited number of interview spaces available, scheduling more than one interview is looked upon unfavorably.
Interviews are just one of the many types of opportunities we provide for students to have contact with the university and the admission office. However, because the size of our applicant pool precludes us from interviewing every applicant, this element of the application is strictly optional. We interview less than 20% of the admission applicant pool. USC's admission history has shown that there is no appreciable difference between the admission rates of students who are interviewed and those who are not interviewed.
Interviews for freshman applicants entering in Fall 2015 will begin September 2nd. Registration for interviews will begin in early August.