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January 18, 2012

Application Trends

It’s hard to believe that the holidays were just a few short weeks ago! I was fortunate enough to spend time at home in Chicago and even saw some snow. Many of my colleagues also traveled to other parts of California or the country during this break for some well-deserved time with family and friends.

When we weren’t enjoying the holidays, however, many of us continued to read applications. After reading over 800 applications, I’ve realized that while there are trends in applications every year, they tend to change from year to year.

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January 10, 2012

New Year’s Resolutions

We are excited to be back and have lots of ideas about things to share with you this spring in the USC Admission Blog. We want to continue to give you an “insider’s look” at our people, our process, and our university. There are over 35 admission staff members currently part of our review process and right now it feels like we are spending every waking moment reading your applications. But, we are also taking the time to think about the things we’d like to do or change in our own lives in the new year and want to share some of them with you. Maybe you’ll find some inspiration as you also work on your resolutions for 2012!

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December 19, 2011

Winter Break

We just finished finals week at USC, the week that most students look forward to all semester long. Well, it’s more like the week after finals that students are really looking forward to! Our students, staff, and faculty take a well-deserved break to celebrate the holidays and get ready for the spring semester.

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December 14, 2011

What’s Trending Now


Every year, it seems like there are certain recurring trends we see in the Quick Takes section of the application. Whether it’s a popular humanitarian issue or simply a favorite movie that seems to be every student’s favorite, it’s amazing the similarities we often find.

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December 7, 2011

The Early Life of an Application

Throughout the last week, we received thousands of applications and materials for our December 1 merit scholarship deadline. Curious about how all these materials magically show up in the appropriate file for me to read on a computer, I decided to do some investigating into our processing office. As a result, I bring you: The Early Life of an Application.

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November 29, 2011

The Busy Season

The December 1, 2011 merit scholarship consideration deadline for first-year applicants is almost here! Some of you may have already submitted your Common Application and USC Supplement, however, others of you may be putting the finishing touches on application pieces before submitting them. In any case, in order to be considered for the various merit scholarships we offer, your application needs to be submitted by December 1.

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November 23, 2011

Traditions at USC

USC is well-known for its school pride and Trojan spirit, yet many students often ask me, “Does USC have any traditions?” My answer? There are TONS of traditions at USC! Many of these traditions can be seen at sporting events, while others take place on campus in the form of student organization competitions.

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November 22, 2011

It’s The Most Wonderful Time of The Year


For most people late November marks the beginning of the holiday season and the end of another year. However for our office, the end of November marks the beginning of our reading season. This is the time of the year when my colleagues and I begin reading the applications that you all have been working so hard on over the last few months.

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November 16, 2011

Discover USC Open House


Only a few days left before we welcome thousands of students and families for the annual Discover USC program on Sunday, November 20! Even if you have visited campus in the past, you’ve never experienced it like this. This full day program is intended for you and your family to immerse yourself in everything USC and get all of your questions answered.

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