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Category Archives: Applying to USC

September 21, 2017

How to Take Control of the College Application Process


At times, the college admission process can seem confusing, overwhelming, or even nonsensical, leaving students to feel out of control as they struggle to manage their various applications, deadlines, contacts, and so on. Your friendly neighborhood admission blogger will try to provide some helpful tips to make this application season more manageable and bolster your confidence to take the admission process by storm!

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September 14, 2017

A Major Decision

Whether at a college fair, high school visit, or in our admission center, we in the Office of Admission often get the following question from students—does it matter which major I choose when I apply? Sometimes what students are really asking is whether we have any impacted majors (the answer to that question is no). But in some ways, it does matter which major you apply to, so let’s take a look at how major selection works in the USC admission process.

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September 7, 2017

36 Hours in the USC Village

For the past four years, the space between Jefferson Blvd., Hoover St., and McClintock Ave. has been a construction zone. The dust has finally settled, however, and the beautiful USC Village has emerged. Though most restaurants and shops are still moving in, the space is already buzzing with Trojans and Angelenos as they take advantage of everything the combined residential and retail space has to offer. So what might you do if you had 36-hours in the USC Village?

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August 31, 2017

Exploring Exposition Park: The California African American Museum

The city of Los Angeles provides many opportunities for our students to experience impactful cultural experiences, and it is a priority for us to highlight this in our admission presentations around the world. Exposition Park, just south of USC, houses a few venues that USC students, faculty, and staff can enjoy. In addition to the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum – where our Trojans, and as of this past year, the Los Angeles Rams, face off against visiting teams – the area is currently home to three museums that offer fun and thought-provoking exhibits.

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August 24, 2017

GUEST BLOG: Family’s first day back

After Wednesday’s return to the USC campus, my textbooks are finally stacked, notebooks labeled, pencils sharpened, and of course, pointe shoes sewn. Trademark college adjustments (groceries and laundry, check) have dominated my schedule, but finally settling in has given me the chance to look forward to the best part of being back: creating with my family.

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August 17, 2017

How to Transfer to USC

Transfer students are important to USC, and the Office of Admission is here to help you navigate the application process. This guide will provide a breakdown of how to present a strong transfer application to USC. We’re sharing this information with you now, at the onset of the academic year, so that any prospective transfer student can develop a course plan.

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August 11, 2017

Guest Blog: Stacy Smith Is Not Your Average Professor

Class starts at 12:00. She enters at 11:59:25 with a coffee in one hand, blazer sleeves rolled, glasses perfectly askew and staple hoops shimmering. With an anecdote about a candid phone conversation with a high-profile media outlet or a funny, animal-centered YouTube video, she’s off. Inexplicably, Stacy (That’s what she’ll ask you to call her. She’ll learn your name and you’ll learn hers) is knee-deep in a presentation of her team’s research by 12:04. Your pen furiously  scribbles across the page as Stacy, with her collar popped, insists that evidence for her arguments are “in the research.” Invested in the lecture, you fail to note that 200 of your peers are now looking at you in the back row as Stacy Smith, from 70 feet away, has briefly paused her lecture to inquire about your new haircut.

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August 3, 2017

Student Highlight: Brad Streicher, Transitioning Into the “Real World”

This month’s student blog comes courtesy of Brad Streicher, a recent graduate of the Annenberg School of Communication and Journalism. In addition to majoring in Broadcast and Digital Journalism and minoring in Cinematic Arts at USC, Brad worked as a tour guide for the Office of Admission and a reporter, anchor and executive producer for Annenberg Media. He also held internships at media outlets around the country, including CNBC, NBC Los Angeles and Business Insider. After graduating this past spring, Brad moved to Charleston, South Carolina to work as a reporter for CBS affiliate Live 5 News. In his blog, Brad highlights his transition from USC student to USC graduate and how he has utilized the resources and connections from his undergraduate experience to find and succeed in his current job.

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July 27, 2017

An Intro to Interviews

No time for a fun/lengthy/creative intro this week…we’ve got business to discuss! The sign up site for on campus interviews is up and running (and we will post opportunities for off campus interviews later this summer). Before you sign up for an interview, however, it’s a good idea to take a second to understand what USC admission interviews are and what they are not.

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July 13, 2017

GUEST BLOG: Hello from Taipei!

If you had asked me three years ago, Hey Alex-where do you think you’ll be July 2017?, I don’t think I would have even come close to saying Taipei.  It’s hard to even pick a place to start describing how unique and eye-opening this summer has been for me.

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