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December 11, 2014

GUEST BLOG: Why Don’t You Have Early Decision or Early Action?

This week we have a guest blog post from our Director of Admission, Kirk Brennan, on our stance about early decision and early action programs.

xKirk_BrennanWe get this question a lot.  We have an early deadline, December 1 for merit scholarship consideration, but we don’t have Early Action or Early Decision. Some students ask this questions because they want to demonstrate USC is their number one choice, others to lock in a decision early.  We’ve considered it, but ultimately decided against the practice.  Why?  Well, we don’t think Early Decision/Action programs promote a healthy search for a college.  We think a good search for a college should be careful and deliberate, not rushed, and that early programs generally cause students to make this big decision too soon.  So our policy is based on the principle of keeping the student’s best interest in mind.

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November 24, 2014

STUDENT BLOG: December 1

BSR-Ex-031Do you want to know the real reason why winter seems so short? No, it’s not because of all the sleep you get when snow locks you inside your house. It’s because it’s actually the shortest season, at 89 days. BUT, I’m going to pretend I didn’t just Google that so I can write the intro I planned in my head. Winter seems so short because there are so many special days! It begins on October 3, the day Aaron Samuels tells Cady Heron what day it is. Then, Halloween on October 31, followed by Thanksgiving, which happens to be on November 25 this year, and then there’s all the religious holidays, of which I celebrate Christmas Eve on December 24, Christmas on December 25, Day After Christmas (that’s a thing, right?) on December 26, and New Year’s Eve on December 31 and then New Year’s Day on January 1! Phew, that was a mouth full. BUT, there’s one more day I left out: December 1, the merit scholarship deadline for Undergraduate Admission at USC.

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