Undergraduate Admission

Important Dates and Deadlines


November 6, 2021: Discover USC Open House and Roski Portfolio Forum. Details and RSVP here.

December 1, 2021: Freshman application and portfolio deadline for merit scholarship consideration

January 15, 2022: Freshman application and portfolio deadline for regular consideration

February 15, 2022: Transfer application and portfolio deadline for scholarship and regular consideration For mailed materials like transcripts, test scores and letters of recommendation, all dates are postmark deadlines.


If you are currently a USC student and are interested in applying to an art or design major, please, click here. Choose "Roski Major Application - for current USC students only" option. Fall deadline- October 1st  & Spring deadline- March 1st


For most applicants, there are five requirements: (1) USC Common App, (2) portfolio of recent artwork, (3) essay response, (4) list of creative accomplishments, and (5) transcripts and test scores. In addition to those five requirements, transfer applicants must submit (6a) at least two letters of recommendation, and international applicants must submit (6b) TOEFL scores.

Step-by-step instructions on how to apply are below. If you have questions at any step, please don't hesitate to contact us.

1. Complete a USC application.

Submit the Common Application and the USC Writing Supplement.


2. Upload your portfolio. 

Upload a portfolio of 10 to 15 images of artwork you've made within the last two years at roski.slideroom.com. Your portfolio should not only represent your best skills in art—in a variety of media or in a single area—but should also demonstrate the development of a personally unique idea or concepts that have inspired the work as a whole. Feel free to include in your portfolio work that you have done for assignments in class, work that you have done on your own, or both. We do not accept images in PDF format. For more insight in organizing your art work for portfolio submission see this Q & A with the Roski faculty admissions committee.


3. Upload your artist statement.

Upload your artist essay following the prompt in Slideroom

Your artist essay should not be longer than 500 words


4. Upload your list of creative accomplishments. 

Upload your list online at roski.slideroom.com. Your list of creative accomplishments should include, in chronological order, your practical experience in visual art or design, including high school courses, summer art programs, internships, private lessons, collaborative or interdisciplinary projects, and the like.


5. Submit your transcripts and test scores.* 

*Official Test Scores: Due to disruptions in testing schedules caused by COVID-19, prospective first-year students may apply to USC for the 2021-2022 Academic Year without submitting SAT or ACT scores, although students may still choose to submit SAT or ACT scores if they wish. Test scores are optional for First-Year applicants, but possibly required for some Transfer applicants 

FIRST-YEARS: Submit your official high school transcripts and you may choose to submit scores from either (1) the SAT or (2) the ACT (not required for 2021-2022).

TRANSFERS: Transfer applicants with less than 30 transferable college semester units or 45 quarter units must also submit SAT or ACT scores, in addition to copies of their high school and college transcripts.


6a. For transfer applicants only

Submit at least two letters of recommendation from current or former art instructors via Slideroom:

USC Office of Admission
700 Childs Way
University Park Campus

Los Angeles, California 90089-0911


6b. For international applicants only 

If your native language is not English, submit your TOEFL score.

All international applicants whose native language is not English must take the TOEFL. International applicants with minimum scores of 600 on SAT Critical Reading or 27 on ACT English are exempt from taking the TOEFL. Applicants with minimum scores of 100 on TOEFL iBT (with at least 20 in each section) are presumed to be proficient. The TOEFL must have been taken within the past two years from application date.

International applicants whose native language is English are presumed to be proficient. This includes applicants from countries such as the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, and Canada (except Quebec), where English is both the main language of the country and the language of instruction. USC does not accept the TOEIC (Test of English for International Communication).


Submit scores to: 

USC Office of Admission
700 Childs Way University Park Campus
Los Angeles, California 90089-0911