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Category Archives: Applying to USC

July 6, 2017

Visit USC!

If you are considering USC and you plan to be in the Los Angeles area, we encourage you to come visit us on campus. We offer a number of programs and opportunities to tour and learn about USC. For starters, we offer admission tours Monday through Friday at our Admission Center in the Ronald Tutor Campus Center.

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June 29, 2017

GUEST BLOG: A Look Back on the Past Two Years

As many of you prepare to begin your college career in just a few short months, take some “cheesy” advice from an entering junior at USC. For those applying to college this year, consider Clare’s experiences when exploring different schools. She just finished her sophomore year and has some friendly words of wisdom.

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June 22, 2017

Conferences: A True Underdog Story

Each June, the USC Office of Undergraduate Admission turns up in full force to the Western Association for College Admission Counseling conference (affectionately known as WACAC) . In addition to networking with high school and college counselors and CRUSHING IT in the dodgeball tournament, my coworkers and I were able to attend a variety of informational sessions. We are excited to apply what we learned to our work as admission counselors and thought you might enjoy hearing a bit about the topics covered. Take a look at what we learned and, if you’d like to hear more about any of these subjects, let us know in the comments section!

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June 20, 2017

The Trojan Family: Legacy Students Applying to USC

While visiting high schools and attending college fairs, the USC admission counselors often connect with members of the Trojan Family who have a daughter or son who is considering USC. These parents may wonder, “how much does legacy status really impact a student’s application?”

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June 1, 2017

Annenberg in New York

USC students began their summer breaks a couple weeks ago, but we have many students participating in summer programs, internships, or unique courses such as our Maymester programs. Maymester programs are held in the weeks following graduation and vary in length from two to four weeks. Many are offered throughout the university with opportunities to travel domestically or internationally.  Next week, we will highlight a student participating in an Annenberg Maymester program in New York, but in the meantime, check out this video.

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May 25, 2017

GUEST BLOG: Summer Vacation is Upon Us!

From what I have been told, I am now a grownup, and with that, I no longer get the glorious 2 ½ month summer vacation I so much enjoyed when I was a teenager. Nevertheless, even for those of us who work in college admission, the summer months of June, July, and half of August provide some time to relax, reflect on the year that was, and start setting the table for what we hope is another fruitful admission cycle. And while we here at USC certainly admit that campus is a bit less exciting with all our students out and about for the summer, we would be lying if we said we didn’t enjoy the slightly shorter lines at the many eateries around campus, but that is beside the point.

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May 11, 2017

Student Highlight: Graduating Student, Dru Chavez

At USC, graduation celebrations are in full swing now that students have completed their finals. Tomorrow, the Class of 2017 will become #USCGrads. In honor of these celebrations, we wanted to highlight a graduating senior as he reflects on his time at USC. Meet Dru Chavez, a native from San Pedro, CA. We’ll let him tell his own USC story, but you may have already met him on campus as one of our amazing tour guides. Best of luck to Dru as he heads to Boulder, CO to begin his job at Google. Fight On!

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May 4, 2017

Will My Courses Transfer?

If you look up the word “articulation,” you’ll find a good number of definitions…none of which explain what articulation means in the transfer admission process. So what are we talking about when we say articulation? And how does it affect you?

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April 28, 2017

GUEST BLOG: Dornsife Admission’s Decision Time

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.

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