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Category Archives: Admitted Students

April 3, 2013

I’m a Spring Admit! Now What?

The wait is finally over!  You received the long-awaited thick envelope from USC with your admission decision inside and opened it excitedly to see you were admitted to the spring term.  I’m sure many of you thought, “What exactly is a spring admit, anyway?”

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March 26, 2013

And They’re Off!

Decision letters are out today! Read the blog below written by our very own Dean of Admission, Tim Brunold, as he reflects on this year’s file review process and gives a statistical overview of the admitted freshman class.

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         We began reading applications 149 days ago and finally wrapped up our deliberations within the last twenty four hours. Moments ago, we loaded trucks with more than 45,000 pieces of mail, and over the next few days, USC’s admission decisions for the class of 2017 will be revealed.
         As I reflect on our work, I become aware of just how quickly the tables have turned: high school seniors have been waiting with nervous anticipation to hear from us, now we’ll be anxiously waiting to hear from them. We know that the students we’ve admitted are among the best in the world. All have many excellent options for college and we can hardly wait to find out who will accept our offer and join the Trojan Family.

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March 23, 2013

Grades, Guidance, and Goliath: Confessions of a Director Dad

         The blog post below is from our very own Director of Admission, Kirk Brennan. He shares with us the struggles of being a parent of a prospective college student as well as having a leadership role in higher education. Understandably,  juggling these two roles is extremely delicate. Thank you, Kirk, for sharing your insight into what our parents go through during this stressful time!

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March 11, 2013

Let’s Hear From Some Students!


            As you may have already noticed, we now have a section on our blog called “Blogs by Students.” We decided it would be nice for both prospective and newly admitted students to hear from current students about their experience at USC.

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March 6, 2013

“Honors” at USC… Which Program is Right for Me?

              You’ve come this far—you’ve gotten accepted to USC! I’m sure the first thing on your mind now is how you can challenge yourself to the fullest extent during your four years as a Trojan. Ok, ok, maybe researching Honors Programs at USC is not the first thing on your to-do list (you’re busy applying for housing and ordering football tickets, right?) So, we thought we would bring the information to you! Here are the details on two honors options at USC: Freshman Science Honors and Thematic Option.

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June 5, 2012

Comments Are Now Open!

It’s finally summer here at USC, which means our campus is quieter, the days are warmer, and our office is wrapping up making transfer decisions and gearing up and preparing for next year. Since we have a little more free time on our hands, we thought now would be a great opportunity to get to know our blog readers a bit better! We’ll be opening up the comments section on a few blog posts, starting with this one.

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May 23, 2012

Transfer Decisions

In about a week we will be contacting transfer applicants regarding their application to USC. At this point a handful of students have heard of their admission. However, the majority of transfer applicants will receive a decision or a request for more information on or by June 1st.

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April 26, 2012

Why USC? Part I

We recently asked over 700 current USC students why they ultimately chose to attend USC for their undergraduate education. We received an overwhelming response and wanted to highlight some of them here for you. As the May 1st National Candidates Reply Date approaches, we hope some of these students’ experiences and perspectives will help you make your decision. Who better to tell you why USC than our current students?

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April 26, 2012

May 1 Is Less Than A Week Away!

We’re excited to host our Admitted Student Reception this Saturday, April 28th! We will be on campus all day Saturday hosting an open house event for admitted freshmen. The program will give students and their families the opportunity to take a closer look at USC one last time before making their final decisions.

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April 20, 2012

Picking the right college for YOU

It’s the middle of April, which means high school students across the country have less than 2 weeks to make a huge decision: which college to attend for the next four years. I remember quite vividly how I felt during the month of April when I was a high school senior—panic, excitement, pressure, fear of the unknown, and anticipation and hope for the future. I spent weeks agonizing over different options and comparing colleges that, in hindsight, are like comparing apples and oranges.

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