Undergraduate Admission Blog

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All posts by: Hillary Higgins

June 15, 2018

All’s Fair in College Fairs

College fairs. We know them. We love them. Almost every student will attend at least one fair before they graduate high school. But, the current college fair format has been around since the 1970s and really hasn’t changed so much. We wanted to ask ourselves – are college fairs still valuable? Now that so much information is available online, what can we do to get the most out of college fairs?

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May 24, 2018

The Do’s and Don’ts of Academic Advising

I’m Natalie Guevara and I’m an advisor for students majoring in Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering (AME.) As an academic advisor, we are the liaison for students to the university. For Viterbi (and most other departments), every student must meet with their advisor individually in order to register for courses for the upcoming semester. Yes, at times this may be another chore for students balancing their time between midterms, organizations, design teams, and all the other things going on. However, it is a great time for us to check in with you and make sure students are doing well and staying on track for graduation. Most importantly, we are here as a resource to help support you and your experience here at USC.

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April 19, 2018

First in My Family

Hello everyone! My name is Angelica and I am an Admission Counselor here at the USC Office of Undergraduate Admission. I wanted to take a moment to write to you about first generation college student resources at USC. This is an important topic for me because I am a first generation college graduate. I was the first in my family to leave South Los Angeles and venture out-of-state for school and landed in upstate New York. I thought the transition to college would be easy because I was very independent in high school. As the oldest in my family, I had a part-time job, volunteered every weekend at the Santa Monica Pier Aquarium, participated in competitive cheerleading and was on the swim team. I graduated in the top of my class and thought I was unstoppable. However, when I got to college, I felt like small fish in an ocean. While I was excited about all the new opportunities available, I was also overwhelmed.

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April 12, 2018

Starting USC in the Spring

Hi there! My name is Delaney Brower and I am a sophomore from Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin. Currently, I am undeclared, yet I am minoring in Spanish. As a spring admit, I started at USC during the spring of 2017.

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March 22, 2018

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times…”

 

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times…”

As I reflect on my work as the dean of admission at a highly selective university, Dickens’ words frequently come to mind. The dual emotions of of joy and disappointment aren’t experienced only by our applicants, but by admission officers as well – more on that in bit.

We have completed our review of USC’s record-breaking 2018-19 first-year applicant pool. As I write this, our team is sorting decisions for mailing. Later today, tens of thousands of items will be loaded onto trucks to begin their journeys to every corner of the world.

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February 1, 2018

Financial Aid at USC

Congrats, you have submitted your application for admission!

But now it’s time to start thinking about the Financial Aid process. In this blog, we’ll go over the process in detail and highlight some of the resources that will help you get everything in on time.

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January 25, 2018

GUEST BLOG: I am a Renaissance Scholar

This week we will hear from Kirsten, a senior at USC who is double majoring in English and Narrative Studies with a minor in Psychology and Law?  Sound cool?  Read more to find out about how she discovered all of these awesome subjects and what she’s been able to do with them.

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January 11, 2018

Welcome to the USC Admission Center!

Have you ever seen a Heisman Trophy in real life? Do you know the origin of “Fight On?” Have you ever met a current USC student? By the time you finish a campus tour at USC, you will be able to answer “yes” to all of these questions.

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January 4, 2018

GUEST BLOG: Advice from the USC School of Dramatic Arts

During the months of January and February, the admissions team for the USC School of Dramatic Arts has the great fortune of traveling 6000+ miles over 11 days to visit four cities across the country to audition over 1000 applicants to the BFA in Acting for Stage, Screen and New Media. That’s a lot of coffee.

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