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Office of Undergraduate Admissions

System Transfer Applicants

We are excited you want to learn more about transferring from a USC system campus to USC Columbia. Our team is here to help guide you throughout the process.

Complete the USC system transfer application if you would like to attend USC Columbia.

Planning to transfer? 

We created a guide to help you apply to USC. 

USC Transfer Guide

Important Dates

Our 2024 system transfer application will open on the following dates:

  • Spring 2024: Sept. 1
  • Summer & Fall 2024: Feb. 1

System transfer applications must be submitted by the following deadlines:

All majors except nursing:

Application deadline: Nov. 1
Credentials deadline: 
Dec. 18 

Nursing majors: 

Application deadline: Nov. 1
Credentials deadline: Dec. 1 (due to the competitiveness of the nursing program)

All majors except business and nursing:

Application deadline: May 1
Credentials deadline: May 15

Business and nursing majors: 

Application deadline: May 1
Credentials deadline: May 1 (due to the competitiveness of these programs)

All majors except business and nursing:

Application deadline: July 1
Credentials deadline: Aug. 1

Business and nursing majors: 

Application deadline: May 1 
Credentials deadline: June 1 (due to the competitiveness of these programs)

The following deadlines are for the USC Columbia Palmetto College majors: Elementary Education, Liberal Studies (BLS) and Organizational Leadership (BOL).

Application deadline (BLS and BOL): Dec. 15
Credentials deadline (BLS and BOL): Dec. 20

Application deadline (Elementary Education): Dec. 1
Credentials deadline (Elementary Education):
Dec. 8

Application deadline (BLS and BOL): Feb. 26
Credentials deadline (BLS and BOL): Mar. 4

Application deadline: April 15
Credentials deadline: 
April 22

Application deadline: June 10
Credentials deadline: 
June 17

Application deadline: Aug. 5
Credentials deadline:
Aug. 12

Application deadline (BLS and BOL): Oct. 2
Credentials deadline (BLS and BOL): 
Oct. 9

Application Review

System transfer applications are reviewed based on the following criteria:

If fewer than 30 semester hours of college-level work have been attempted, you must meet both transfer and freshman entrance requirements. Hours on a pass/fail basis or from remedial coursework do not count towards the 30 semester hour requirement.

Generally, you must have a 2.0 USC GPA and meet USC Columbia freshman admission requirements if you have less than 30 college-level hours earned. Several colleges and programs within the university, however, require higher grade point averages on all college work attempted. Visit system transfer GPA requirements for requirements by major. 

Note: Undergraduate admission requirements, policies and procedures are subject to continuous review by the admission staff and Faculty Admissions Committee and may be changed without notice. The deans of the university's colleges and schools ultimately determine which transfer courses are credited in their programs.

After You Apply

After you submit the application, you can check your application status on your USC Admissions Portal. You can also request changes to your application. Once we've made a decision on your application, you will receive an email instructing you to check your portal.

USC Admissions Portal

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