Undergraduate Admission

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Are You One of Us?

The USC Iovine and Young Academy seeks creators, makers, doers and disruptors who question the status quo and use their talents and abilities to initiate positive and groundbreaking solutions to challenges in virtually any field or sector. This unique Bachelor of Science degree prepares students to “invent the future” through an integrative curriculum that educates at the intersection of the arts and design; engineering and computer science; business and venture management; and communication. Through this first-of-its-kind learning experience, students achieve a new domain expertise in 360-degree problem solving, and harnessing cross-disciplinary perspectives toward strategic innovation. 

Successful applicants will possess many of the following attributes:

  • A demonstrated ability as a creative, and in generating original ideas 
  • A clear facility for multi- or cross-disciplinary thinking and problem-solving  
  • Experience in working successfully within a team, and applying good practices for leadership and followship 
  • An aptitude for storytelling, narrative, and visual and/or verbal communication  
  • An aptitude for technology, including in the realms of software, hardware, mechanics, digital media, or digital fabrication 
  • An interest in new models for business or enterprise, including in the realms of entrepreneurship, social entrepreneurship, and collaborative leadership 
  • Curiosity 
  • Initiative 
  • Drive 
  • An ability to accept periodic failure as an essential component of innovation 

Information on how to apply to the undergraduate program, including important dates and deadlines, can be found below.

December 1, 2021 is the application deadline for incoming first-year and external transfer students for Fall 2022.

January 1, 2022 is the application deadline for USC internal transfer students.

No applications will be accepted after these deadlines.

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 human need, or provides increased opportunity for a certain population, or society as a whole. The selected focus may be local or global, and the proposed idea need not have a traditional (i.e., current) market value or consumer base. The idea should encompass considerations of desirability (why this is a good idea, who would want it, and why is it better than existing solutions, if any), feasibility (does it work from the standpoint of technology, materials, mechanics or physics) and viability (is there a market, for-profit or non-profit, and a business model through which the idea can become self-sustaining). 
The video should exemplify the student’s ability to think creatively and illustrate both personal style and facility with visual communication and storytelling. Students are strongly encouraged to think beyond "selfie videos” (e.g., a student on screen discussing their idea), and to utilize other forms of visual communication such as graphics, animation, or other clarifying imagery. 

Follow the instructions for uploading the proposal video at the Academy's SlideRoom application portal.

The Academy is looking for expressions of creativity and evidence of the generation of original ideas.In addition to the required one-minute video proposal, all applicants must submit a portfolio of original, creative work (up to five submissions) that may include work in the traditional areas of the fine arts and design, but also creative designs or projects in the realms of business, technology, science or communication.

Each submission must include a title, description, and details of both the student’s role in the work’s creation, and the methods used in the development of the project or idea.

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

The USC Iovine and Young Academy has a two-stage selection process. After a focused, multi-tiered faculty review of all application materials, a shortlist of select applicants are invited to take part in in-person interviews. Interviews take place over an extended weekend on the USC University Park campus in mid-February. 

Interview Weekend includes an engaging series of events that allow interviewees to interact with each other, as well as with Academy current students, alumni, faculty, and staff, and even a special guest or two. Tours of the USC campus and Iovine and Young Hall are also provided at intervals throughout the weekend. 

All applicants are notified of their interview status by email in late January. Those who are not selected for an interview with the Academy are still considered for admission to the University for their second choice major, or as “undecided”. 

Accommodations can be made for students who are unable to travel to the in-person interviews. However, it is highly recommended that applicants attend the interviews in person. 

Detailed information about Interview Weekend is provided to short-listed applicants in a confirmation email. 

Dec 1, 2021

Application deadline for first-year applicants and external transfer students for entrance in Fall 2022.

Jan 1, 2022

Application deadline for internal USC transfer applicants for entrance in Fall 2022.

Late Jan: Applicants notified of interview status.

Feb 2022

Interview Weekend takes place mid-February. Invitations will be extended to select applicants.

Mar 2022

Applicants notified of their admission decision in late March.

May 1, 2022

National Candidates Reply Day

USC has several virtual events for prospective students throughout the year. For dates and more information, please visit here. To schedule an information session on the Academy’s Bachelor of Science in Arts, Technology and the Business of Innovation, visit here.

The University of Southern California and the USC Iovine and Young Academy admit 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 policy.usc.edu. The Academy’s IDEAS Initiative (Inclusion, Diversity,Equity, Access, Success) Vision Statement can be found here.

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