First-Year Applicants

A first-year applicant is any student currently enrolled in high school or who has graduated from high school and never attended college. This may include students from non-traditional academic backgrounds, such as homeschooled students, students completing high school online and students who chose to pursue a professional career after high school.

First-year applicants must submit the following materials:

  • USC Undergraduate Application, which includes the First-Year or Common Application and USC Writing Supplement. Be sure to list “B.F.A. Dance” as one of your intended majors. Also, follow up with any supplementary materials, such as transcripts and a letter of recommendation.
  • USC Kaufman Portfolio for First-Year Applicants on SlideRoom, which is accessed through the Common Application.

Please note that the university is test optional this year. The SAT or Act is not required for applicants to Fall 2022 and Fall 2023.

For more information about the admission review process for first-year applicants, please visit the USC Office of Admission website. You can also visit our Frequently Asked Questions page.