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Category Archives: Applying to USC

January 11, 2018

Welcome to the USC Admission Center!

Have you ever seen a Heisman Trophy in real life? Do you know the origin of “Fight On?” Have you ever met a current USC student? By the time you finish a campus tour at USC, you will be able to answer “yes” to all of these questions.

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January 4, 2018

GUEST BLOG: Advice from the USC School of Dramatic Arts

During the months of January and February, the admissions team for the USC School of Dramatic Arts has the great fortune of traveling 6000+ miles over 11 days to visit four cities across the country to audition over 1000 applicants to the BFA in Acting for Stage, Screen and New Media. That’s a lot of coffee.

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December 21, 2017

Happy Holidays!


Season’s greetings from the USC Admission blog team! The Office of Undergraduate Admission staff will be out on holiday next week, and we will be returning on Tuesday, January 2. Until then, if you have any questions about applying to USC, you may want to check out usc.edu/askusc.

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December 14, 2017

International Admission and the USC Global Experience

I have the great privilege of working with prospective international students.  On any given day, I might be on the phone with a student from China, emailing with a parent from Turkey, or meeting with a family visiting campus from Saudi Arabia.  It is the best part of my job and one of my favorite aspects of the University of Southern California.

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December 8, 2017

I’m Not a QuestBridge Match, What Does This Mean?

This time of year can be stressful if you’re a high school senior. You’re trying to successfully balance school work, your home life, and college applications. Some of you applied to USC through the QuestBridge National College Match process, but have recently been notified that you were not selected in the match. Not being a match with the college you wanted can be disappointing, but you should be very proud of all the work that it took for you to apply through QuestBridge, considering that this process requires that you be a bit more transparent and vulnerable about your background and story. If you ranked USC as one of your colleges, rest assured that we took the time to thoroughly review your QuestBridge application; we took the time to get to know you, your story, and your accomplishments. However, this process is extremely competitive and if you were not selected as a match that doesn’t mean that we didn’t like your application – it just means that we have a very limited number of spots for QuestBridge matches.

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November 30, 2017

You’ve Submitted Your Application…What’s Next??

It’s that time.  Your finger is on the mouse.  You’re pressing the “Submit” button on the common application for USC!  You’re done!  And then…

Nothing?  No celebratory band?  No confetti? Not even a “congratulations!” email from us?!

I know – you’ve been spending hours on this application, and it can all feel a bit anti-climactic when you submit and nothing happens.  And, in a world where everything is instantaneous, it can be scary when you don’t immediately get an email from us telling you that we have your application.  But, don’t worry!  This is normal.  We get a lot of questions around this time of year about your application: what we have, what we don’t have, and where you are in our process.  Because I love writing manuals (please, don’t judge my hobbies), I wanted to walk you through what it looks like to actually process your application, as well as how to begin using the YouSC portal.

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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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