Can the application fee be waived?
No, the $65 application fee helps cover the cost of processing and retaining application documents. This fee is also nonrefundable.

Are the units transferable?
Yes, the three units of elective credit are transferable to other universities or colleges, but it’s up to that specific school to accept those units. It’s a good idea to keep a copy of the course syllabus for your records.

My teacher didn’t get the invitation to do my recommendation or upload my transcript. What do I do?
If your teacher or counselor did not receive the email request sent from, they can email us at and we will help them troubleshoot access to your request. Please note that the application portal login page is the same for applicants and recommenders.

I am an international student currently attending a high school in the U.S. already. Do I have to submit the English proficiency?
Yes, all international students are required to demonstrate English proficiency through test scores or the waiver.

Are there scholarships or any financial aid available?
Unfortunately, financial aid or assistance is not offered for USC Summer Programs.

I am a USC employee. Can I use my tuition benefits for my student to attend the program?
No, tuition benefits no longer apply to USC Summer Programs.

I’m only interested in one course. What should I put for my second and third choice courses?
You can select the same course for all three choices on the online application.

Can a student arrive late or depart early from the program?
No, all students are required to attend all classes beginning Monday, June 17, 2024 through Friday, July 12, 2024.

What are the benefits of attending the on-campus USC Summer Programs?
USC Summer Programs allows high school students to take advantage of multiple academic benefits. With USC Summer Programs, you can:

  • Choose from more than 20 courses in a variety of subject areas
  • Receive three units of elective credit upon successful completion of the course
  • Connect with USC faculty and staff and gain potential letters of recommendation for college
  • Add to your college applications
  • Explore new areas of study or build on your high school coursework

Can attending USC Summer Programs help me gain admission to college or USC?
While enrolling in USC Summer Programs can indicate your interest in the university and passion for a specific academic area, it does not guarantee admission. After completing USC Summer Programs, however, you will receive three units of college elective credit, which can be added to your high school resume and college applications. You will also have the opportunity to gain potential letters of recommendation for college from USC faculty and staff.

What is the acceptance rate of USC Summer Programs?
USC Summer Programs seeks students who can succeed in a rigorous academic environment and have proven to challenge themselves with their high school coursework, including honors classes, Advanced Placement (AP) courses, extracurricular activities, and more. We also seek candidates who have a dedicated interest in their desired field of study and are looking to deepen their knowledge in specified academic areas.