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How to Transfer to USC

July 19, 2018

Transfer students are important to USC, and the Office of Admission is here to help you navigate the application process. This guide will provide a breakdown of how to present a strong transfer application to USC. We’re sharing this information with you now, during the summer, so that any prospective transfer student can develop a course plan.

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So You Want to be a Lawyer?

July 12, 2018

USC Pre-Law Advising offers academic guidance and programming for both USC students and alumni across all academic units in their exploration and pursuit of a legal education. We help students navigate the law school admissions process and are a resource in enhancing Trojan applicants’ candidacy for law school admission, as well as determining whether or not law school is even right for them. There are no requirements and there is no distinction that appears on a student’s degree or transcript that identifies him/her as pre-law, rather the program allows you to utilize our pre-law advising services and resources that are designed expose you to the realities of the legal profession and help you make the most of your undergraduate years to strengthen your candidacy for law school admission.

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Politics, Religion, and Football: Addressing Personal Beliefs and Sensitive Topics in Your Application

July 5, 2018

Growing up, my parents taught me that there were three topics you should never broach at the dinner table: politics, religion, and football. These three things, they claimed, were so sensitive and so entrenched in personal opinion that to bring them up when there were forks and knives at hand’s reach would trigger an inevitably decline into awkward tension soon to be followed by bloodshed. While I appreciate my parents’ desire to put mild manners on the menu, I have to admit that I’m very encouraged by the willingness of our applicants to discuss difficult–and sometimes controversial–topics. College applications often provide insight into students’ values, opinions, and identities. There are many students out there who want to broach these subjects but may be confused about how to do so appropriately. Perhaps it’s something you’ve been interested in writing about, but you are concerned about being disadvantaged in the college admission process if you do. Let me set down my knife and fork for a moment so we can talk about it!

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So You Want to be a Doctor?

June 28, 2018


As I was cleaning out my apartment to move across town to start medical school, I came across my first notebook from general chemistry. Sifting through the pages, I’m brought back to the long nights in Fluor’s 7th floor lounge studying for midterms and finals, emailing professors for research, running late to club meetings, and waking up early Saturday mornings to volunteer at California Hospital in that forest green polo that singled out you out as the “pre-med.” In light of all this, it’s no surprise that if you type “pre-med” lifestyle into Google, the results are filled with countless guides on “surviving” pre-med. I want to do something different: I want to show you how pre-med can be a time of exploration.

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GUEST BLOG: Summer Vacation is Upon Us!

June 21, 2018


From what I have been told, I am now a grownup, and with that, I no longer get the glorious 2 ½ month summer vacation I so much enjoyed when I was a teenager. Nevertheless, even for those of us who work in college admission, the summer months of June, July, and half of August provide some time to relax, reflect on the year that was, and start setting the table for what we hope is another fruitful admission cycle. And while we here at USC certainly admit that campus is a bit less exciting with all our students out and about for the summer, we would be lying if we said we didn’t enjoy the slightly shorter lines at the many eateries around campus, but that is beside the point.

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All’s Fair in College Fairs

June 15, 2018

College fairs. We know them. We love them. Almost every student will attend at least one fair before they graduate high school. But, the current college fair format has been around since the 1970s and really hasn’t changed so much. We wanted to ask ourselves – are college fairs still valuable? Now that so much information is available online, what can we do to get the most out of college fairs?

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The Do’s and Don’ts of Academic Advising

May 24, 2018

I’m Natalie Guevara and I’m an advisor for students majoring in Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering (AME.) As an academic advisor, we are the liaison for students to the university. For Viterbi (and most other departments), every student must meet with their advisor individually in order to register for courses for the upcoming semester. Yes, at times this may be another chore for students balancing their time between midterms, organizations, design teams, and all the other things going on. However, it is a great time for us to check in with you and make sure students are doing well and staying on track for graduation. Most importantly, we are here as a resource to help support you and your experience here at USC.

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The Skinny on Spring Grade Requests

May 17, 2018

Our notification deadline for transfer applicants is May 31st, and while most students will find out whether they have been admitted or not by that date, many applicants will receive spring grade requests. There’s a lot of speculation as to why we request spring grades (and let’s be honest, online forums are not the place to get accurate information), so let’s get to the heart of it. Why might we want to see how you did this semester?

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Throwback Thursday

May 10, 2018

If you walk around campus today, you will see clusters of cardinal and gold balloons, gaggles of proud parents, and lots and lots of folding chairs. Tomorrow, our senior class will move the tassels on their caps from right to left and become graduates of the University of Southern California. We are excited to celebrate the success of our soon-to-be alumni, but this is also a time of great nostalgia. For these five friends who will graduate tomorrow, they not only have the last four years to look back on…but the last eleven! Take a look as they share their memories.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4etHxgEKQ3o&feature=youtu.be

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