Hi, my name’s Cole and four months ago I started my senior year at USC. In less than one month I’m going to revisit my roots for a week during winter break, which makes that seem even more unreal because Alvin, Illinois couldn’t be more opposite from LA: population 316, no traffic light, and a nearby school mascot named the “Cornjerkers.” This is decidedly not Chicago.
This is also part of the reason why coming to USC was terrifying. I felt ill equipped both academically and mentally to even apply to some of the schools that I did, let alone move more than 2,000 miles away. At orientation I met people whose entire family had attended USC and people who were so emphatic about what they wanted to do in college and in life.
Hi everyone! My name is Andrew Minassi and I am a sophomore studying Mechanical Engineering here at USC. I was born and raised in Los Angeles, California, and like many others from here, I simply could not leave the amazing weather behind during my college career. When I was a senior in high school, I knew that I wanted to attend a university with a great deal of school spirit, and I had found just that at USC (and the fact that my older brother attended USC may have also played a role in influencing my desire to join the Trojan family). Continue reading
Mary Waller (Junior from Chicago, IL): As you freak out about small details in your essay, and have regular panic attacks because you got mixed up about an essay topic or a deadline, just remember that you are (probably) not actually insane, and that everyone else is experiencing the same thing. Try to remember, instead, that you are awesome. That’s the part of you that admissions officers want to see, and if you don’t think that you’re awesome, how in the world are you going to convince an admissions officer that you are? Challenge yourself to be authentic.
In the spirit of Thanksgiving, we want to remember to be thankful for the little things. Check out this video and tell us what you are thankful for!
Every year about 60% of our first-year applicants apply for the December 1st merit-based scholarship deadline. We receive over 47,000 applications so it is an extremely competitive process. These students are achieving at the highest level across the board. We award the Trustee full-tuition scholarship, Presidential half-tuition scholarship, and the one-quarter tuition Deans scholarship. Most notably, the Stamps and Mork Scholarships are awarded to our most decorated students. Both include full-tuition awards (approx. $46,000) plus a $5,000 stipend or enrichment fund. It is important to know that they are only open to first-year applicants.
USC currently has about 900 veterans at both the undergraduate and graduate level, and is deeply committed to providing veterans with various support services. There are many resources that will help you both initiate your education benefits as well as assist you with the transition to campus life. Continue reading
Our first deadline is just around the corner. Can you believe it?! December 1st is less than a month away. Students applying for talent-based majors must submit a bit more information, so we’ve clarified a few things about the process. Continue reading
We know you have worked very hard over the last few years, taking all of those challenging courses, getting involved in numerous extracurriculars, taking on leadership positions, etc. And, you’re undoubtedly working very hard now on your college applications. You may feel very tempted to put off your school work in favor of other, more exciting opportunities (senior ditch day, anyone?) But trust us, now is not the time to slack off. Continue reading
A few months ago, an exciting announcement was made about a new academy that will accept its first incoming freshman class in the fall of 2014. With their generous donation, music moguls Jimmy Iovine and Andre Young (that’s Dr. Dre for the rest of us) established the Iovine and Young Academy for Arts, Technology and the Business of Innovation.
Currently, I am writing this blog sitting inside a Peet’s Coffee in Northern California. Table for one, headphones in ears, answering emails and logging down notes about my high school visits from earlier today. For the next week and a half, I will be living in hotel rooms and having meals by myself. Usually, there is time to explore the cities I visit so that’s nice. But most of the time, the road can be tiring so I spend most of my time resting as much as possible. It’s very easy to get sick on the road!
For about two months of the year, thousands of admission representatives all over the country live this lifestyle. From the outside perspective, it seems very glamorous. In many ways, it is a very fun job.