March 22, 2018
“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.
February 1, 2018
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.
January 25, 2018
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.
January 11, 2018
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.
January 4, 2018
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.
December 14, 2017
I have the great privilege of working with prospective international students. On any given day, I might be on the phone with a student from China, emailing with a parent from Turkey, or meeting with a family visiting campus from Saudi Arabia. It is the best part of my job and one of my favorite aspects of the University of Southern California.
December 8, 2017
This time of year can be stressful if you’re a high school senior. You’re trying to successfully balance school work, your home life, and college applications. Some of you applied to USC through the QuestBridge National College Match process, but have recently been notified that you were not selected in the match. Not being a match with the college you wanted can be disappointing, but you should be very proud of all the work that it took for you to apply through QuestBridge, considering that this process requires that you be a bit more transparent and vulnerable about your background and story. If you ranked USC as one of your colleges, rest assured that we took the time to thoroughly review your QuestBridge application; we took the time to get to know you, your story, and your accomplishments. However, this process is extremely competitive and if you were not selected as a match that doesn’t mean that we didn’t like your application – it just means that we have a very limited number of spots for QuestBridge matches.
November 30, 2017
It’s that time. Your finger is on the mouse. You’re pressing the “Submit” button on the common application for USC! You’re done! And then…
Nothing? No celebratory band? No confetti? Not even a “congratulations!” email from us?!
I know – you’ve been spending hours on this application, and it can all feel a bit anti-climactic when you submit and nothing happens. And, in a world where everything is instantaneous, it can be scary when you don’t immediately get an email from us telling you that we have your application. But, don’t worry! This is normal. We get a lot of questions around this time of year about your application: what we have, what we don’t have, and where you are in our process. Because I love writing manuals (please, don’t judge my hobbies), I wanted to walk you through what it looks like to actually process your application, as well as how to begin using the YouSC portal.
October 27, 2017
USC is a pluralistic community, welcoming students from every race, creed, and background. And in honor of LGBT History Month and National Coming Out Day, we interviewed a current student who self-identifies as part of the LGBT community on campus. Adriana describes her coming out experiences, identity, and life on campus. Our LGBT Resource Center is located in the Student Union, which is also the home to other cultural resource centers – El Centro Chicano, the Center for Black Cultural and Student Affairs (CBCSA), and the Asian/Pacific American Student Services Center (APASS). All of USC’s resource centers provide students, parents, faculty, and staff with programming, mentoring, education, and support. The LGBT Resource Center coordinates the following events and resources throughout the year: Lavender Graduation, Queer Rising Fall Retreat, LGBT Peer Mentoring Program, Safe Zone Training, and more!
October 12, 2017
At the end of my first week at USC, my alarm blared to life at 5:30am on a Saturday and I had to wonder if I was making a huge mistake.
It wasn’t the first time the thought had crossed my mind – from the moment I signed up at orientation, during the grueling 7:00am to 10:00pm camp just before school began, and while juggling my first week of classes and practices. I had a sinking feeling I was in over my head. However, if there was one mantra drilled into me throughout the course of the week long camp, it was that Trojans never quit. It was with this logic that I soon found myself surrounded by over 300 USC Trojan Marching Band members on an already blazing hot September morning, ready to embark on a four-year journey.