USC hosts cheerleader tryouts in person and also accepts video submissions on DVDs or USB drives as of 2015. Prospective cheerleaders do not have to be enrolled at USC during the time of tryout, but they must be enrolled as full-time students for the academic years that they intend to be on the team.
All prospective cheerleaders are required to have a minimum grade point average of 2.5, which applies throughout their time with the team. Prior cheerleading experience is required before trying out for the team. Tumbling experience is not required, but it is highly recommended.
An applicant is required to bring a signed USC Cheer team member contract, a signed liability waiver and a completed athlete information sheet to the tryout. The applicant must also provide a non-refundable $200 deposit; the check must be made out to the Cheer/Stunt Club. USC returns the application fee to any student who does not make the team. A freshman or transfer student must provide a copy of her USC acceptance letter to prove that she has been accepted for the fall semester of the next academic year. Tryouts and practices are held at the Lorenzo student housing area, as of 2015.