USC admitted the most number of first-generation college students this year.
This year, USC received more than 37,000 applications and only admitted 22.7 percent.
USC Office of Admission says the class of 2014 has the highest SAT scores thus far.
National trend shows more females are going to college, but this has yet to hit USC.
The freshmen admissions rate dropped from 24.1 percent last year to 23.8 percent this year.
USC prefers to admit full-time students but will consider extenuating circumstances.
Preliminary numbers show a 3 to 5 percent jump in applications from transfers.
Though applications are up 66 percent, admission officials say the number accepted will remain roughly the same.
Finalists must now come to campus to interview with their prospective school before final scholarship decisions are made.
Applications increased about three percent in part because of admissions outreach efforts.