Category Archives: Applying to USC
April 28, 2017
The National Candidate Reply Date of May 1st is coming up fast and students are making their final decisions. We know that choosing a college is rarely an individual decision, and one you’ll make with your family, friends, and teachers. For this blog, Lily shares her thoughts and advice with her younger brother as he goes through the decision-making process.
April 20, 2017
Hi everyone! Check out this week’s blog from a current USC student majoring in Dance in the Kaufman School. Our students find tons of ways to get involved whether they are dancers, engineers, or philosophy majors. Rebecca’s experience mirrors many of our students throughout every college at USC. Check it out and enjoy!
April 6, 2017
Hannah Wolff is a College Counselor at Langley High School in Northern Virginia. She visited USC last fall for our annual High School Counselor Fly-In. Here she shares her perspective on USC and some of the reasons her students choose to attend. Also, she’s the best!
March 23, 2017
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.
March 9, 2017
Over the past few weeks our office has hosted a group of newly admitted students who are being considered for a merit scholarship. We wanted to highlight Hima Rajana, a sophomore and scholarship recipient from the San Francisco Bay Area. She is pursuing a degree in Neuroscience with minors in Social Entrepreneurship and Computer Programming. This year, Hima is involved in the Trojan Scholars Society (TSS) as the Director of Service. Apart from TSS, Hima is involved with the USC Helenes, a spirit and service organization, serving as one of the official hostesses of the university. She is also a counselor with USC Troy Camp, a USC Dornsife Ambassador, a trip lead with Peaks and Professors, and a research assistant at the Brain and Creativity Center. In her free time, she enjoys conquering LA’s mountains, dreaming up endless combinations of sweet and savory oatmeal, and looking up photos of cute dogs.
March 3, 2017
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.
February 23, 2017
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.
February 16, 2017
Congratulations, transfer applicants! You have all submitted your USC applications at this point and are likely a few weeks into your spring semester. After putting so much effort into getting your application materials together, your wheels may still be spinning a bit. Thankfully, you can pull back a little now, but here are some next steps for you to keep in mind as you settle into the spring:
February 10, 2017
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!
February 2, 2017
As our application deadline for Transfer applicants just passed, we wanted to hear from a Transfer student here at USC. This month we’re meeting Xavier Garcia a junior from Sacramento, California. He is a pre-med student majoring in Health and Human Sciences with a minor in Public Health. His passion is studying the health disparity in low income communities by focusing on social determinants of health. He is also active in Chicanos/Latinos for Health Education, volunteers with Schools on Wheels to mentor and tutor homeless children in Los Angeles, as well as volunteers with Kicks with Kids. Xavier also speaks about the Norman Topping scholarship, a scholarship that I hold dear to my heart through my own involvement as an undergraduate student. The Norman Topping Student Aid Fund is a scholarship (and an incredible resource on campus) available for first-year, transfer, and graduate applicants to apply. In fact, the Freshman application is coming up on February 21, 2017 and the Transfer applicant is due May 21, 2017 but for more information go to usc.edu/ntsaf.