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Category Archives: Applying to USC

November 9, 2017

Addressing Difficult Topics in Your Application

Your college application is the place for you to document your hard work and accomplishments so that you can make your case for why you would be a good fit at the school of your dreams. For some students, however, there are parts of the college application that may bring up issues or struggles that are difficult to write about. Here are some thoughts on how to address a few of these unique factors in your own application.

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October 27, 2017

National Coming Out Day

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!

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October 19, 2017

The Trojan Family: What it Means to Me

I am eternally grateful for the opportunity I had to attend USC. My four years as an undergraduate student were an incredible experience, and my membership into the Trojan Family community is an exceptional privilege. This university means so much to me, and I remain honored by the opportunity to now represent my alma mater as a member of the Office of Undergraduate Admission.

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October 12, 2017

The Greatest Marching Band in the History of the Universe

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.

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October 5, 2017

3.876 – The High School GPA

Weighted, unweighted, academic – there are so many versions of this little number.  Some schools even calculate the GPA out to the thousandth place as if there were any material difference between a student with a 3.876 and a 3.877.  Some students even believe they don’t have a GPA simply because their school does not print it on the transcript (here’s a hint: if you get grades, you have a GPA, it’s just math).

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September 30, 2017

GUEST BLOG: My Road to OT

For my first blog post, I am going to share a little about how I discovered occupational therapy! Now, I would be lying if I said that I had always known that this was my dream career. In fact, I spent most of my life dreaming of becoming an elementary school teacher. This dream may have been slightly influenced by the fact that my Mom and Grandma were both elementary school teachers—but, regardless, I was confident that I would follow in their footsteps. With a love for working with children and a desire to make an impact, I figured this was the most practical career for me to pursue.

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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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