Undergraduate Admission Blog

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All posts by: Sam Schreiber

May 12, 2015

What About Transfer Applicants!?!?!?

We know a lot of our transfer applicants are anxiously awaiting decisions and many have the same questions! We hear you and hope this FAQ will help as you wait to hear from us. When will I find out my decision? What does a spring grade request mean? When would I find out which classes will transfer? Financial Aid? Spring Admission? Keep reading to get the answers!

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April 10, 2015

GUEST BLOG: I Was Denied From USC–But Now I’m Here!

dave blog picI had been a fan of USC football and frequent visitor of the campus for almost six years when I received a letter telling me I had been denied admission. USC was, by every metric, my dream school, top of my list. When friends or family asked where I wanted to go to college, USC was the default answer. For a while, after receiving my deny letter, I refused to entertain the notion of having anything to do with USC. I had invested so much of myself into USC that it hurt me on a deep level to be denied.

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March 24, 2015

GUEST BLOG: I Love When A Plan Comes Together

Processed with VSCOcam with g2 presetTens of thousands of packets and letters are beginning to make their way through the U.S. postal system. We began reading on October 29th and just finished our last committee discussions less than twenty four hours ago. Believe me, we have needed and used every single minute over the last several months to select this class. More than 30,000 staff hours (the equivalent of fifteen years of full-time work for one person) have been spent reading, evaluating and discussing candidates.

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March 19, 2015

5 Questions Answered About Spring Admission

keavy photoIt’s the time of year that admission officers across the country are finishing reading applications and making sure everything is set in time to mail their notifications. At the other end, applicants are anxiously waiting by the mailbox or busily refreshing their email inboxes anticipating their decisions: Admit, Waitlist, or Deny. At USC things work a little differently. First of all, all decisions will be sent by postal mail. Secondly, we do not have a waitlist. That’s right, instead of wait listing students, we have opted to guarantee students a spot in the freshman class, but starting a semester later, in January 2016. We call it Spring Admission; admission to the spring term instead of the fall. Many times students admitted to the spring are surprised, maybe even a bit disappointed, and have a lot of questions about what it means. The most important thing is to remember it means that we want these students to come to USC, which is why we admitted them! One of our student bloggers, Madisen Keavy, was a spring admit for January 2014 and wanted to answer five questions she had when she was admitted to the spring semester.

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February 26, 2015

Surviving the Waiting Game

dog-wait-door Our freshman application deadlines have passed which means we are in the thick of file review. The chatty nature of recruitment and catching up with colleagues is replaced by quiet concentration in cubicles as we review thousands of applications. I love file review and getting to read the stories of my applicants but also know that now thousands of applicants are now twiddling their thumbs waiting for a decision. A lot goes in to the review of an application and we take this responsibility quite seriously but I promise you April 1 seems just as far away to us as it does to you.

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January 27, 2015

GUEST BLOG: Focus On The Opportunities That Lie Ahead

MIKE Blog PicCollege admission has now been my career for nearly eight years, but prior to jumping onto this side of the desk, I spent two years as a high school counselor in my home state of Louisiana. I was never formally the school’s “college counselor,” so I was spared from having to write hundreds upon hundreds of letters of recommendation. But during those two years, due to my role as moderator of the Student Council, I was able to get to know a number of seniors who were going through the admission process. As we prepare to mail out decisions regarding our scholarship decisions, which I am sure will leave a great number of students dissatisfied, confused, and questioning our judgment, a particular meeting with one of my favorite Student Council members is fresh on my mind.

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November 7, 2014

What is the Point of an Application, Anyway?

cat on computer What is the point of a college application? If you’ve started working on your applications this may be a question you’ve asked yourself either out of reflection or perhaps frustration. We ask you for an application because we want to get to know you and get a sense of how you may thrive academically and personally at USC. We don’t have time to sit down and talk to every applicant one on one so we ask you to give us a variety of information to try and gain a sense of who you are. As you complete your applications, ask yourselves if the content reflects who you are, not just as a student but also as a person.

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October 16, 2014

I’ve Never “Just Known” Anything

Processed with VSCOcam with f2 preset I’m going to pop your bubble.  Ready?  There is no such thing as your perfect school.  I know this goes against what you may have been hearing since you started learning about college.  I know you probably don’t believe me, especially if you have a dream school.  You’ve been told that when you find the right school you’ll get a feeling and you’ll just know, but I’m here to tell you that there is more than one college for you, where you’ll get a great education and have a memorable experience.  Same thing goes for your first apartment, job or move to a new city.  I think we do ourselves a disservice in searching for just one, solitary option and ruling out the rest instead of focusing on our attitude and readiness to embrace something new.

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October 6, 2014

STUDENT BLOG: New blogger, Kaijona Wade

KaijonaintropostHello everyone! My name is Kaijona (I go by KJ) and I’m really excited to be joining USC’s Admission Blog Team. I was born in Washington (not D.C.) in Tacoma which is about 25 minutes away from Seattle. I came to USC as a Business Administration major and have since added a minor in Global Communication where I take classes in both the Annenberg School of Communication & Journalism and the Dornsife College. My ultimate career goal is to found and be the CEO of a multinational entertainment corporation, focusing on talent acquisition and music production.

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October 2, 2014

Where Are You Applying to College?

1910032_536274773951_5096_nAt the beginning of my senior year I was very aware of the looming college process.  The majority of people at my high school went on to college so “where are you applying?” was a common question.  At this point, I had already met with a couple college counselors, been on a trip to the south and east coast to visit schools and taken the SAT.  You would think that that would have made me feel prepared, or like I understood what the application process and overall purpose of college was, but that was far from the truth.

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