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Admission Interviews

The Viterbi School conducts admission interviews as part of its application process on campus and around the country.  Interviews are entirely optional, however they give us another opportunity to learn more about you.  Insights into your interests, personality and motivation assist us in making fair admission decisions.

Interviews are not for everyone

Interviews are available to current high school students applying to USC as a freshman, first-year student only.  We do not conduct interviews for students not yet applying or transfer students.  Interview appointments are limited, and are available on a first-come, first-served basis according the available schedule.  Interview appointments cannot be made by request outside of this schedule.

When to interview

Applicants for Fall 2016 can interview at anytime through our interview season and do not need to have an application on file in order to interview. The on-campus interview season runs from August 3 - November 25, 2015 with interview spots available on a first-come, first-served basis practically every weekday.

Off-Campus interviews take place at select locations on specific weekends listed below.  If you are planning on applying for admission, and would like to schedule an on-campus interview please login below with your USCID.

Interviews VS Information Sessions
A number of students often mistake an information session for an interview, and wonder whether to schedule a second one.  Interviews are designed as one-on-one sessions for us to get to know you.  They typically last 20-25 minutes in length and the student does most of the talking.  Info Sessions (like Meet USC) typically last 30-45 minutes and are your chance to learn about USC and the Viterbi School.  At info sessions, the admission representative does most of the talking.  Meet USC sessions are sometimes in small groups, and sometimes it may have just been one-on-one.
If you are unclear whether you have had an admission interview or not, please do not hesitate to contact us.

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Off Campus Interviews

We also conduct interviews at a number of locations around the country.  Interviews will be conducted (typically during the weekend) at Off-Campus locations starting in late October through early December.  Spaces are limited - be sure to make an appointment early if you would like an interview near you.  While specific locations and dates will be announced in early fall, we have scheduled off-campus interviews in these cities in the past: Boston, MA, Chicago, IL, Dallas, TX, Denver, CO, Honolulu, HI, Houston, TX, New York, NY, Portland, OR, Seattle, WA, San Francisco Bay Area, CA, Washington DC.

All interview cities and scheduled for fall 2016 applicants are expected to be announced in September, 2015.

USC Viterbi School of Engineering
Office of Admission
Ronald Tutor Hall, Room 110
3710 S. McClintock Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90089
213.740.4530 voice     |     213.740.8690 fax     |     viterbi.admission@usc.edu