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Frequently Asked Questions about the Academy

  • Academy students will be eligible for a range of USC merit scholarships and need-based aid. Further information is available here.

  • Please visit the USC Office of Admission website for details on preparing for USC.

  • Applicants will be pre-screened based on submitted materials. Invitations for interviews on the USC campus will be extended to top applicants, which will take place in February.

  • When you apply to USC, you can select a first and a second choice major. If you are not recommended for your first, you will be considered for your second choice, or possibly even undeclared.

  • Transfer students are welcome to apply but should be aware that the Academy curriculum is cohort-based and requires a full four years to complete at USC.

  • The Academy will consider internal transfers from current USC students.  However, the Academy is designed around a four-year curriculum. 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.

    There is one admission cycle per year, for admission into the Fall semester. Current USC students interested in the Academy should apply via usciovineyoungacademy.slideroom.com.

  • Given the nature of the four-year curriculum, a semester or year aboard would be difficult. However, USC offers several short term student abroad options that Academy majors could participate in: https://dornsife.usc.edu/dgp/off-campus-faculty-led-programs

    The Academy’s study tours take students beyond city limits to see creativity at work around the world. Students travel as a cohort on trips to national and international locations critical to the business of innovation. Whether getting a behind the scenes look at the Tate Modern in London, or touring Silicon Valley to experience the lifecycle of a startup, these faculty-led trips encourage students to reflect and react on how entrepreneurs and institutions apply the principles that the Academy fosters in the classroom.

  • USC believes that parental support aids student success. With that in mind, USC established the Office for Parent Programs to help parents support their son or daughter's USC experience. Whether it is inspiring your daughter to take on a leadership position in a campus organization or sending your son a reminder about his financial aid deadline, studies show that parental involvement increases the chances that a college student will graduate and be successful.

    The Office for Parent Programs goals are to:
    — Foster parent relationships with the university
    — Provide opportunities for parent involvement in the Trojan Family
    — Distribute information on college student development and trends
    — Communicate regularly with parents through responses to inquiries, email, newsletters, and the USC parents website
    — Enhance the student experience by building these connections with parents

    The Office for Parent Programs vision is to fully integrate Trojan parents into the university community. Please visit the website for more information.