Are straight A's really required to get into USC or are a few B's fine? Also, how important is the IB Diploma? I'm working on getting mine from my high school when I graduate next year, but am wondering if it really plays a crucial role in admission? I think having the IB Diploma is probably a huge advantage, right? Academics are definitely an important component of students' applications, however, as is repeatedly brought up in the unigo reviews of USC, being a well-rounded student and individual are also very important. Every student at USC brings their own unique experiences, whether social, cultural, or academic, to this school to make it the amazing community that it is. Having the IB Diploma won't be a primary deciding factor for admissions counselors so focus instead on exploring your passions both inside and outside of the classroom. That way you will have more to contribute as a member of the Trojan family.