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Category Archives: Applying to USC

November 7, 2012

Activity Summary Tips

With USC’s first-year application deadline for merit scholarship consideration coming up on December 1st, many students are putting the finishing touches on their application.  The Common Application provides a section for students to discuss their principal extracurricular, volunteer, and work activities.  As admission counselors we know that every student is going to spend their time outside the classroom pursuing different activities, so we thought it was important to share with you some tips and misconceptions regarding this part of the application.

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October 30, 2012

Transferring to USC

For those of you who are considering transferring to USC we offer a number of references and programs to help guide you through the transfer application process.

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October 25, 2012

Discover USC Off-Campus Program

Today’s post is written by guest blogger John Marfield, Assistant Director of Admission.  John is one of the territory managers for the NYC area.

During the fall, we host several off-campus Open Houses, called Discover USC.  This event is one of the most comprehensive overviews of the campus and the application process.

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October 19, 2012

What We Love About Fall at USC


          Fall is a special time of year at USC. For our freshmen students it marks the beginning of their college experience. For our admission staff it marks the beginning of the recruitment cycle for our next freshmen class. For students and staff fall is a wonderful time of year for many different reasons. We thought it would be nice to survey our some of our students and admission counselors to see why they enjoy the fall at USC so much.

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October 3, 2012

Inside a High School Visit

If you have ever met with a college representative at your high school you should know that a lot of time, preparation, and hard work go into making that visit happen.

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August 2, 2012

The Application is Now Available!

Although the application became available yesterday, you shouldn’t feel pressured to submit it right away. You will have plenty of time to work on it over the next several months.

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July 12, 2012

Interview Schedule Available

It may feel like the middle of summer, but we’re already planning and preparing for next year and all that it entails. August 1st marks the date that the Common Application will be available online for prospective freshman and transfer applicants for the 2012-2013 year, thus we’re already looking ahead.

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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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