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How to Apply

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Thank you for your interest in applying to the USC Iovine and Young Academy. Step-by-step instructions on how to apply, including important dates and deadlines, can be found below. The incoming freshmen and transfer application deadline for Fall 2018 is December 1, 2017. No late applications will be accepted after this date. Top applicants will be invited to a required interview that will take place mid-February 2018. 

USC APPLICATION

First Year Applicants must submit the Common Application and USC Supplement online at www.commonapp.org. Please select "IYA: Arts, Technology and the Business of Innovation B.S." as your first-choice major. Submit your high school transcripts and scores from either (1) the SAT or (2) the ACT with the optional Writing Test. For detailed information, please visit USC’s Undergraduate Admission website.

Information for international applicants can be found here.

Transfer students are welcome to apply with the understanding that the Academy curriculum is cohort-based and requires a full four years to complete at USC. Submit your Common Application and USC Supplement online at www.commonapp.org. Please select "IYA: Arts, Technology and the Business of Innovation B.S." as your first-choice major. For detailed information, please visit USC Undergraduate Admission Transfer website.

USC transfer applicants must also submit a response to the following essay prompt in 600 words or less.
You are applying to transfer to USC for a major that will take 4 years to complete. What will the Academy allow you to accomplish that your current degree program/institution will not?
Follow the instructions for uploading the required essay here.  

The incoming freshmen and transfer application deadline for Fall 2018 is December 1, 2017. 

Proposal video

All applicants are required to submit an original video of no more than one minute that illustrates an original idea for an innovative product, service or system that solves a problem, addresses a need, or provides an opportunity. The selected focus may be local or global, and the proposed idea need not have an existing market value or predictable consumer base.

Although acceptable, it is recommended that you submit more than just a “selfie video” discussing your pitch. The video should exemplify your ability to think creatively, and illustrate both your personal style and facility with visual communication and storytelling.

Follow the instructions for uploading the required proposal video at usciovineyoungacademy.slideroom.com.

Creative Portfolio oR Evidence of multi-disciplinary versatility

The Academy is looking for expression of creativity and multi-disciplinary thinking. Integration of disciplines is distinct from success in many courses without clearly demonstrating their interaction. In addition to the required one-minute video proposal, applicants are also strongly encouraged to submit a larger portfolio or collection of creative work (up to five additional submissions). This is your opportunity to show us how you think creatively. Scientifically and/or technologically oriented candidates should demonstrate an unusual ability to integrate academic disciplines beyond that required in your high school curriculum. You must include a title and description for each of your submissions. Also, in your descriptions, please indicate your role and methods used in the development of what you are submitting.

Select one or more of the following (up to five total submissions):

Visual images of 2D or 3D work produced such as: paintings, drawings, sculpture, photography, product design, graphic design, web and digital media, etc. 

Film / Video / Animation: This may include narrative or art film and video, games, motion graphics, etc. Audio recordings can include performances of original music, readings of creative texts, etc. 

Creative Writing: This may include stories, poems, essays, etc.

Technical Versatility: This may include a description of a scientific or technological project or internship that integrated multiple disciplines, descriptions or photos of personal projects or expressions of scientific or technological creativity, etc.

Follow the instructions for uploading the required creative portfolio at usciovineyoungacademy.slideroom.com.

Internal USC Transfer Applicants

The Academy will consider internal transfers from current USC students. It is important to note that the curriculum is cohort-based, and in most cases will require four years to complete. While your completed coursework will be taken into account, there is no guarantee it will be credited toward Academy requirements. For example, if you are a sophomore, you may not be able to transfer to the Academy with sophomore standing. Credit and standing will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

In addition to the proposal video and creative portfolio or evidence of multi-disciplinary versatility described above, all internal USC transfer applicants must submit a response to the following essay prompt in 600 words or less:
You are applying to change your major, which will likely mean extending your time at USC beyond the standard four years (the Academy curriculum is cohort-based and in most cases will require 4 years to complete). What will the Academy allow you to accomplish that your current degree program will not?

Internal USC transfer applicants must submit all application materials via this link by January 1, 2018.

InterVIEWS

The USC Iovine and Young Academy has a two-stage selection process. Applicants must submit all application materials by December 1, 2017. After a faculty review of all materials, a select number of top applicants will be invited to an on-campus Interview Weekend which will take place mid-February 2018.

All applicants will be notified if they have received an interview by email in late January. Those who are not selected for an interview with the Academy will still be considered for admission to the University for their second choice major or undecided.

The Academy will provide travel reimbursements to help cover the cost of airfare to Los Angeles for the candidate only. Video conference interviews will be available for students who are unable to travel to Los Angles.

Detailed information about Interview Weekend will be provided to finalists in a later confirmation email.

DATES AND DEADLINES

December 1, 2017 Application deadline for first-year applicants and transfer students entering Fall 2018
January 1, 2018 Application deadline for internal USC transfer applicants
Late January, 2018 Applicants notified if they receive an interview invitation
Mid-February, 2018 On-campus interviews (invitations will be extended to top applicants)
April 1, 2018 Freshmen applicants notified of their admission decision
May 1, 2018 National Candidates Reply Day for freshmen applicants
May 31, 2018 Transfer applicants will receive either a request for spring grades or an admission decision

USC has several off-campus and on-campus events for prospective students throughout the year. For dates and more information, please visit here.

The University of Southern California admits students of any race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age, physical disability or mental disability. The University’s full non-discrimination policy can be found on the Web at policies.usc.edu.