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Office of Undergraduate Admissions

Transfer GPA Requirements

Please note: If fewer than 30 semester hours (45 quarter hours) of college-level work have been attempted, then you must meet both transfer and freshman entrance requirements.

Transfer applicants from regionally accredited colleges and universities must have at least a cumulative 2.25 grade-point average on a 4.00 scale (A=4, B=3, C=2, D=1, F=0). Several colleges and programs within the University, however, require higher grade point averages on all college work attempted:

Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Minimum 2.5 GPA. For more information about the major, please visit


Minimum 2.5 GPA

Business majors

Transfer students can apply for the Summer and Fall terms only. The minimum requirement to be considered for admission is a 3.25 cumulative GPA on all college-level coursework and completion of USC’s MATH 122 (or its transfer equivalent) with a grade of “C” or better. Students must also have at least 30 semester hours at the point of application. However, please note that admission into the Darla Moore school of Business is very competitive, and students who meet the minimum 3.25 GPA and calculus requirement are not guaranteed admission.

The Office of Undergraduate Admissions carefully evaluates each application in consideration with the enrollment goals of the Darla Moore School of Business. In previous years, students below a 3.5 GPA were generally not competitive for admission. Transfer admission decisions for the Darla Moore School of Business will be made no earlier than mid-June after we evaluate the applicant pool and review all transcripts. Also, please note that students who have not completed the transfer equivalent of MATH 122 at the time of application will not be considered for admission into the Darla Moore School of Business.

Cardiovascular Technology

Minimum 2.25 GPA if transferring with fewer than 30 semester hours; minimum 2.50 GPA with 30-59 semester hours; 2.75 GPA with 60 semester hours or more


Minimum 2.5 GPA

Computer Information Systems or Computer Science Majors

Minimum 2.75 GPA


An audition with the Department of Theatre and Dance is required for full admission as a dance major.


Summer and Fall 2016: Minimum 2.5 GPA for the Economics program in the College of Arts and Sciences

Spring 2017 and Beyond: Minimum of 2.5 GPA and the completion of MATH 122 or 141 (or their transfer equivalent) with a grade of "C" or better

Education (early childhood, elementary, or middle school)

Minimum 2.5 GPA

Engineering Majors (including Computer Engineering)

Minimum 2.75 GPA completion of one semester of calculus equivalent to USC's MATH 141 (Calculus I) with a minimum grade of "C." Calculus courses designed for non-engineering majors do not meet this requirement.

Environmental Science

Minimum 2.8 GPA

Environmental Studies

Minimum 2.8 GPA

Exercise Science

Minimum 2.75 GPA

Integrated Information Technology

Minimum 2.75 GPA

Marine Science

Minimum 2.5 GPA

College of Information and Communications (Advertising, Broadcast Journalism, Information Science, Print Journalism, Public Relations or Visual Communications)

Minimum 2.5 GPA


Minimum 2.25 GPA and completion of at least one of the following courses, or their equivalent: USC’s MATH 141, MATH 142, MATH 241, or MATH 300 with a minimum grade of a “B”. An AP or IB exam score that provides credit for MATH 142 also satisfies this requirement.


Students must audition before being accepted to the School of Music. Contact the School of Music for more information.


Minimum 3.0 GPA on all college work (Demand for this program is at an all-time high. All enrolled USC undergraduates who seek a nursing degree are first admitted into the College of Nursing's lower division. This does not guarantee later admission into the upper division nursing major. In recent years, upper division admission has become increasingly competitive, with admitted students routinely posting cumulative GPAs in excess of 3.25.) Students may not have less than a "C" in any science or nursing course. Admission to the program is selective; therefore meeting minimum GPA requirements is not a guarantee of admission to the college.

Pharmaceutical Sciences

Minimum 3.00 GPA

Physical Education

Minimum 2.5 GPA

Public Health

Minimum 2.75 GPA

Social Work

Minimum 2.5 GPA

Sport and Entertainment Management

Minimum 3.0 GPA


Minimum 2.25 GPA and completion of at least one of the following courses, or their equivalent: USC’s MATH 141, MATH 142, STAT 509, or STAT 515 with a minimum grade of a “B”. An AP or IB exam score that provides credit for MATH 142 also satisfies this requirement.

Please note that undergraduate admissions requirements, policies and procedures are subject to continuous review by the admissions staff and the Faculty Admissions Committee and may be changed at any time without notice. The deans of the University's colleges and schools ultimately determine which transfer courses are credited in their programs.