Category Archives: prospective student
March 23, 2017
So much happens in March. Not only do we spend much of the month meeting with high school juniors during their spring breaks, but we’re also on the road ourselves, visiting high schools, as well as reading and discussing applications; which is why I’m writing today. You heard it here first: USC admission decisions are in the mail and most of our first-year applicants should receive an information packet or letter from us within the next 48-72 hours.
March 16, 2017
Ah, spring time! The lilies are blooming, the robins are singing, and many students are using their spring breaks to visit colleges. At nearly every one of the college information sessions you attend, you are likely to hear that ubiquitous phrase spoken with pride, “No courses are taught by TA’s!” This is a point commonly made by admissions representatives, so it made me wonder…what do TA’s actually do?? (And why are we supposed to dislike them?)
March 9, 2017
Over the past few weeks our office has hosted a group of newly admitted students who are being considered for a merit scholarship. We wanted to highlight Hima Rajana, a sophomore and scholarship recipient from the San Francisco Bay Area. She is pursuing a degree in Neuroscience with minors in Social Entrepreneurship and Computer Programming. This year, Hima is involved in the Trojan Scholars Society (TSS) as the Director of Service. Apart from TSS, Hima is involved with the USC Helenes, a spirit and service organization, serving as one of the official hostesses of the university. She is also a counselor with USC Troy Camp, a USC Dornsife Ambassador, a trip lead with Peaks and Professors, and a research assistant at the Brain and Creativity Center. In her free time, she enjoys conquering LA’s mountains, dreaming up endless combinations of sweet and savory oatmeal, and looking up photos of cute dogs.
February 23, 2017
Applying to USC began as a novel concept for me. Growing up in suburban Massachusetts it was highly likely that I would attend school in Boston. However, something deep inside me wanted to do something unique. I wanted to do something amazing, memorable, special and above all become part of something bigger than myself. I think that’s why I chose USC in my heart long before I did in my head.
February 16, 2017
Congratulations, transfer applicants! You have all submitted your USC applications at this point and are likely a few weeks into your spring semester. After putting so much effort into getting your application materials together, your wheels may still be spinning a bit. Thankfully, you can pull back a little now, but here are some next steps for you to keep in mind as you settle into the spring:
February 10, 2017
Why would two college educated professionals want to put themselves through the SAT Exam? That is a good question considering our 17 year old selves vowed never to take that exam ever again. The answer is simple: we want to be the best admission officers in America. To better understand our prospective freshmen, we took things to the next level and decided to spend a day (or half a day technically) in your shoes!
January 12, 2017
At USC, we value the needs and experiences of our Trojan Parents. We’re excited to share a post from Thom Duffy and Moira Bailey from New York City, who have a son graduating from USC this May.
January 5, 2017
We originally posted this blog in December of 2014. While not new, it’s still quite relevant. We receive questions about our early decision/early action policy (or rather lack there of) on a regular basis. Here’s a post from our Director of Admission, Kirk Brennan, where he explains USC’s position on the matter.
December 23, 2016
One of my favorite parts of USC is our band, also known as “The Greatest Marching Band in the History of the Universe.” I remember the first time I heard the band play when I was admitted to USC. I was so excited and I get that same feeling of excitement to this day upon hearing the sounds of the horns. The band is part of what brings the Trojan Family together as we universally recognize the Fight Song and begin to throw up our V for Victory signs. Now, it’s hard to portray the sound of the band in a blog, but we hope you’ll appreciate hearing a little more about the experience of one of our band members. Hear what Rylee has to say about his experience in the USC Marching Band.
December 16, 2016
After visiting 70 high schools around the world and taking nearly 15 flights over the past two months, you probably think that I would want nothing more than to spend hours online searching for Hannukah sweaters for my dog, Goldie, binge watching Westworld on HBO, and eating some vegan ice cream. I also need to get going on Gilmore Girls, but, yes this is a very typical post recruitment rehabilitation for me. With that said, the admission cycle carries on, and so does my life in L.A. Following are some of the things that keep me busy after the recruitment season has concluded.