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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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January 18, 2018

Student Research at USC

Whether an upperclassmen or a wide-eyed first-year new to the university, every USC undergraduate student has many opportunities to involve themselves in scholarly research.

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December 21, 2017

Happy Holidays!


Season’s greetings from the USC Admission blog team! The Office of Undergraduate Admission staff will be out on holiday next week, and we will be returning on Tuesday, January 2. Until then, if you have any questions about applying to USC, you may want to check out usc.edu/askusc.

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November 22, 2017

Let Us Give Thanks

All of my favorite activities happen on Thanksgiving: spending time with your nearest and dearest, eating more than would be considered decent or even civilized by most, pretending to actually like football so you can get out of doing dishes, and—most importantly—taking time to reflect on what you are thankful for.

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November 9, 2017

Addressing Difficult Topics in Your Application

Your college application is the place for you to document your hard work and accomplishments so that you can make your case for why you would be a good fit at the school of your dreams. For some students, however, there are parts of the college application that may bring up issues or struggles that are difficult to write about. Here are some thoughts on how to address a few of these unique factors in your own application.

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October 19, 2017

The Trojan Family: What it Means to Me

I am eternally grateful for the opportunity I had to attend USC. My four years as an undergraduate student were an incredible experience, and my membership into the Trojan Family community is an exceptional privilege. This university means so much to me, and I remain honored by the opportunity to now represent my alma mater as a member of the Office of Undergraduate Admission.

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September 21, 2017

How to Take Control of the College Application Process


At times, the college admission process can seem confusing, overwhelming, or even nonsensical, leaving students to feel out of control as they struggle to manage their various applications, deadlines, contacts, and so on. Your friendly neighborhood admission blogger will try to provide some helpful tips to make this application season more manageable and bolster your confidence to take the admission process by storm!

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September 14, 2017

A Major Decision

Whether at a college fair, high school visit, or in our admission center, we in the Office of Admission often get the following question from students—does it matter which major I choose when I apply? Sometimes what students are really asking is whether we have any impacted majors (the answer to that question is no). But in some ways, it does matter which major you apply to, so let’s take a look at how major selection works in the USC admission process.

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