Undergraduate Admission

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Creators, Innovators, and Disruptors Apply Here

The USC Iovine and Young Academy seeks creators, makers, technology and business innovators, 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. The Academy’s educational experience offers unprecedented combinations of knowledge and skills, along with premier professionalizing opportunities, to develop the next generation of innovators, entrepreneurs, and creative strategists who will lead with empathy and drive innovation for positive impact.

The world-unique Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees are built on the Academy’s signature integrated learning framework that is focused on the intersection of human-centered design, technology, entrepreneurship, and communication. Students develop a powerfully agile mindset to analyze challenges, think across disciplinary boundaries, and synthesize diverse ideas to create new technologies, ventures, and humane solutions for purpose-driven societal change. 

Building on a rigorous undergraduate core, students can also develop cross-sector expertise by pursuing concentrations in the following growing sectors of the 21st century economy:

  • Extended Reality
  • Design Strategy
  • Product Innovation 
  • Data for Collaborative Innovation
  • Physical Computing
  • Purpose Driven Innovation and Entrepreneurship
  • Health Innovation

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

December 1, 2022 is the application deadline for incoming first-year and external transfer students for Fall 2023.

January 1, 2023 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, interest in applied learning and making, evidence of the generation of original ideas and ability to collaborate. In addition to the required one-minute video proposal, all applicants must submit a portfolio of original work (up to five submissions) that may include examples or projects in the realms of design, technology, business, arts, 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. Where applicable please include citations.

Submit one or more of the following (up to five total submissions). When possible please submit a range of examples.

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 an online Academy interview experience in mid February. Interviews take place in mid-February. All applicants are notified of their interview status by email in late January. Detailed information about interview events  are provided to short-listed applicants in a confirmation email.

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”. The Interview Experience activities include an engaging series of virtual events that allow interviewees to interact with each other, as well as with Academy current students, alumni, faculty, and staff, and guest speakers.

Dec 1, 2022

Application deadline for first-year applicants and external transfer students for entrance in Fall 2023.

Jan 1, 2023

Application deadline for internal USC transfer applicants for entrance in Fall 2023.

Late Jan

Applicants notified of interview status.

Feb 2023

The Interview Experience takes place online in mid-February. Invitations will be extended to select applicants.

Mar 2023

Applicants notified of their admission decision in late March.

May 1, 2023

National Candidates Reply Day

USC and the Academy have several virtual and on campus events for prospective students throughout the year. For dates and more information, please visit the following links:

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.

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