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Category Archives: prospective student

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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April 6, 2017

GUEST BLOG: A High School Counselor’s Perspective

Hannah Wolff is a College Counselor at Langley High School in Northern Virginia.  She visited USC last fall for our annual High School Counselor Fly-In.  Here she shares her perspective on USC and some of the reasons her students choose to attend.  Also, she’s the best!

 

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March 23, 2017

GUEST BLOG: March is my Favorite Month

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.

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March 16, 2017

What’s the Deal with TA’s?

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?)

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March 9, 2017

Student Highlight: Merit Scholar, Hima Rajana

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.

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February 23, 2017

Alumni Perspective: The Trojan Family 2,600 Miles From Troy

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.

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February 16, 2017

What’s Next for Transfer Applicants?

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:

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February 10, 2017

GUEST BLOG: SATurday Morning at USC

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!

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