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Category Archives: Applying to USC

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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May 17, 2012

Summer Is Almost Here!

Summer is almost here! In just a few short weeks high school students around the country will be going on summer break. We receive many questions from students as to what they should be doing over the summer. There truly isn’t one answer.

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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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March 28, 2012

If it seems easy, you’re not doing it right

Today’s post is written by guest blogger Kirk Brennan, Director of Admission.

Well, the hour has arrived. The long reading process has come to an end.

Many different emotions compete for my attention, which makes it difficult for me to begin. My mind is racing. So I’ll begin with the simple stuff: some basic numbers.

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March 12, 2012

Getting Around Los Angeles

Each year we find that more and more students are coming to USC without a car, and inevitably prospective students have a lot of questions about whether or not it’s even possible to get around the city without one. I am happy to report that LA has evolved way beyond the typical “car culture” that everyone has heard of, and offers lots of options for those who have decided to leave their cars at home.

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February 8, 2012

You’ve submitted your college applications… now what?

It’s an interesting time of year—all our first-year application deadlines have passed and we are continuing with our review of applications. If you’re on the other side as a first-year applicant, you may be looking forward to your last semester of high school, spring break, and hearing back from all the colleges. Hopefully, you’re not spending a large amount of time stressing out! Even if you are, here are some of my personal recommendations for Do’s and Don’ts now that you’ve submitted your college applications…

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February 3, 2012

Admission Decisions Part 1

Recently we sent out letters to applicants who submitted their applications prior to the December 1st merit-based scholarship consideration deadline. A small number of students were notified of their admission and invited to interview for Trustee and Presidential Scholarships, while everyone else was notified that they are still being considered for admission along with all of the students that met the final January 10th application deadline.

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February 2, 2012

Financial Aid

I know you are all anxiously awaiting your admission decision, but I would like to take some time to tell you about the financial aid process. Most students think they should wait until they receive their admission decision, but that is a big misconception. You should be working on completing your Financial Aid application after you apply for admission.

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January 18, 2012

Application Trends

It’s hard to believe that the holidays were just a few short weeks ago! I was fortunate enough to spend time at home in Chicago and even saw some snow. Many of my colleagues also traveled to other parts of California or the country during this break for some well-deserved time with family and friends.

When we weren’t enjoying the holidays, however, many of us continued to read applications. After reading over 800 applications, I’ve realized that while there are trends in applications every year, they tend to change from year to year.

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