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Category Archives: prospective student

February 15, 2018

Resources for Student Veterans at USC

Each year, the University of Southern California admits student veterans from all branches of the military to our incoming freshman and transfer classes. In order to best accommodate their transition to and success here on campus, the school and its campus partners provide a number of different resources to address the academic, financial, social, or professional needs of this important population of USC students.

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February 8, 2018

FAQs on Scholarship Decisions

A couple of weeks ago, USC sent out notifications about our merit scholarship decisions. We know that students and parents might have some questions about our process and possibilities moving forward, so I would like to take this opportunity to explain our decision-making process a bit more, answer some frequently asked questions, and discuss the next steps in your application process.

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February 1, 2018

Financial Aid at USC

Congrats, you have submitted your application for admission!

But now it’s time to start thinking about the Financial Aid process. In this blog, we’ll go over the process in detail and highlight some of the resources that will help you get everything in on time.

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January 25, 2018

GUEST BLOG: I am a Renaissance Scholar

This week we will hear from Kirsten, a senior at USC who is double majoring in English and Narrative Studies with a minor in Psychology and Law?  Sound cool?  Read more to find out about how she discovered all of these awesome subjects and what she’s been able to do with them.

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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 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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