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Category Archives: Staff Bloggers

October 5, 2011

Discover USC without stepping foot on campus


Over the next couple months, our admission staff is going to be spread out across the country and the world. Why, you might ask? We’re doing it to come meet you, your families, and anyone who is interested in learning more about USC. It’s true- we bring a little bit of USC (and quite a few USC representatives) directly to many cities.

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September 30, 2011

Quality, Not Quantity

As most of you already know, more goes into applying to colleges and universities than just submitting your grades and test scores. The qualitative components of an application carry a lot of weight in our admission decisions. One such component is the letter of recommendation from a teacher, guidance counselor, or college advisor.

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September 27, 2011

A Day in the Life of an Admission Counselor

It’s officially fall, which means most college admission counselors are out traveling around the country and meeting with prospective students. A typical day for me goes something like this: wake up before 7am, visit 4 high schools throughout the day, maybe squeeze in a late lunch or nap, head to a college fair, try to eat a healthy dinner, sleep in a hotel, repeat.

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September 23, 2011

To Interview, Or Not To Interview

To interview, or not to interview: that is the question on many of our freshmen applicants’ minds these days. While they are not required, interviews can be a great way for applicants to provide additional information about themselves to the admission committee.

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September 20, 2011

Counselor Conferences

If you’re a high school senior, I’m sure you’ve got a lot on your mind right now. Studying for AP classes. Attending football games. Preparing to end one chapter in your life and begin the next exciting chapter- college.

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September 16, 2011

On The Road Again

 It’s that time of the year again. Time for our admission staff to leave the comfort of our cozy office and visit high schools, college fairs, and attend admission programs all over the world!

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September 13, 2011

How We Learn What We Tell You

With over 150 majors across different academic units, USC has a lot to offer prospective undergraduates. As an admission counselor, this means there is a lot to know about this university! This can be a very daunting challenge, which is why our staff is constantly familiarizing and educating ourselves with all the wonderful academic opportunities and other experiences available to students.

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September 9, 2011

The Common App is here!


Yes, it’s true. This year we have adopted the Common Application as our now exclusive means of applying to USC. We in the admission office couldn’t be any more excited! We can’t wait to tell students, parents and counselors that applying to USC has become even easier.

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