Undergraduate Admission Blog

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All posts by: Hillary Higgins

March 23, 2017

GUEST BLOG: March is my Favorite Month

So much happens in March. Not only do we spend much of the month meeting with high school juniors during their spring breaks, but we’re also on the road ourselves, visiting high schools, as well as reading and discussing applications; which is why I’m writing today. You heard it here first: USC admission decisions are in the mail and most of our first-year applicants should receive an information packet or letter from us within the next 48-72 hours.

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March 3, 2017

Guest Blog: Politics at USC and in Los Angeles

Presidential debate watch party, phone banking for Secretary Clinton, panel discussion on the role of the media in politics, and a Bernie Sanders rally–all in one week.  True, USC may be no historical hotbed of political protest like UC Berkeley and Los Angeles may be no Washington DC, but as a student, a wealth of political opportunities on and off campus lies at a finger’s touch.

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February 23, 2017

Alumni Perspective: The Trojan Family 2,600 Miles From Troy

Applying to USC began as a novel concept for me. Growing up in suburban Massachusetts it was highly likely that I would attend school in Boston. However, something deep inside me wanted to do something unique. I wanted to do something amazing, memorable, special and above all become part of something bigger than myself. I think that’s why I chose USC in my heart long before I did in my head.

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February 10, 2017

GUEST BLOG: SATurday Morning at USC

Why would two college educated professionals want to put themselves through the SAT Exam? That is a good question considering our 17 year old selves vowed never to take that exam ever again. The answer is simple: we want to be the best admission officers in America. To better understand our prospective freshmen, we took things to the next level and decided to spend a day (or half a day technically) in your shoes!

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January 20, 2017

GUEST BLOG: New Semester, Same Me

Hey guys! I hope everyone enjoyed their winter breaks! I know I loved having a month off to relax and sleep after a stressful but fulfilling first semester. I spent most of time watching Netflix and hanging out with my family, but what a great way to prepare myself for this semester. I’m finally done with all my major prerequisites, and am now getting into more ISE classes and ITP classes (will explain later). So, I’m dedicating this blog post to all the classes I’m taking, and kind of what they are about and how they correlate to my major, concentration, and minor!

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December 6, 2016

GUEST BLOG: Thornton Audition Weekend

Audition Day PicGreetings, Earthlings! Brittany Jimenez here, Associate Director for Undergraduate Admission at the USC Thornton School of Music. It’s currently post-Decem ber 1 so your frenzy of submitting applications and pre-screen auditions is likely over. Woohoo! While you enjoy the holiday season and wait for the email to let you know whether you will be invited for a live audition, I thought I would give you a behind-the-scenes glimpse of a typical day in the life of Brittany on the Saturday of our January audition weekend. So, pull up a chair, grab a snack, and enjoy!

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November 3, 2016

Top 7 Things to Avoid in Your Application (Why 7? Why not?!)

Keep CalmSo the time has come for students to put pen to paper and write their Common App essays, respond to short answer questions, and discuss how they would contribute to campus life. That’s right…it’s time to edit and revise your college applications. For some of you, this is a moment you’ve been anticipating. Whether you are applying to a school you’ve had your eye on for a while or are still open minded, it’s inevitably a big moment in every student’s life. The moment you hit submit…

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