University of Southern California
Thornton School of Music  817 West 34th Street - UUC 218 
Los Angeles,  CA,  90089-2991
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Students applying for admission to fall 2009, please carefully note the following:

1. December 1 is the application deadline for ALL applicants (Freshman, Transfer, and Graduate) applying to Thornton programs. This is NOT a postmark deadline. The Thornton Supplementary online application and all required materials must be received by this date in order to be given full consideration. 

2. Some Thornton programs will require applicants to submit a recording to be pre-screened by the faculty. Please see the Application Requirements section of this Web site for specific requirements for these recordings. Applicants to programs requiring this pre-screen might not be invited to perform a live audition based on the results of the pre-screen. 


Admission to the USC Thornton School of Music is a two-step process. Students must apply and be admitted to both the University of Southern California and the USC Thornton School of Music.

Step One: Apply to USC 

Complete the USC Undergraduate Application or the USC Graduate Application. 
Step Two: Apply to the Thornton School of Music 
Complete the Thornton Supplementary Application. (Online) 
Determine the specific application requirements for your chosen program. 
IMPORTANT MAILING INSTRUCTIONS- Send all remaining music-specific application requirements including any prescreening material (if required) in one complete package directly to the Thornton Admission Office. Please address the envelope as follows: 

Admission Review *

USC Thornton School of Music 
Office of Admission 
817 West 34th Street - UUC 218 
Los Angeles, CA 90089-2991

* To ensure proper and timely processing of your application materials, please write the name of the program (Degree and Major) for which you are applying in the blank space of the address block above. If you are applying to a program which requires an audition, be sure to indicate the instrument and whether it is jazz or classical. 

If you are applying for multiple programs, the required materials for each program must be mailed to the Thornton Admission office in separate envelopes. This applies to all required materials, including pre-screen recordings for performance programs and scores for the composition and film scoring programs.

If these mailing instructions are not followed properly, it cannot be guaranteed that your application materials will be received by the appropriate faculty in time for review. 

Application Deadline (1st Year): 12/1
Application Deadline (Transfer): 12/1
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