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Conferences: A True Underdog Story

June 22, 2017

Each June, the USC Office of Undergraduate Admission turns up in full force to the Western Association for College Admission Counseling conference (affectionately known as WACAC) . In addition to networking with high school and college counselors and CRUSHING IT in the dodgeball tournament, my coworkers and I were able to attend a variety of informational sessions. We are excited to apply what we learned to our work as admission counselors and thought you might enjoy hearing a bit about the topics covered. Take a look at what we learned and, if you’d like to hear more about any of these subjects, let us know in the comments section!

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The Trojan Family: Legacy Students Applying to USC

June 20, 2017

While visiting high schools and attending college fairs, the USC admission counselors often connect with members of the Trojan Family who have a daughter or son who is considering USC. These parents may wonder, “how much does legacy status really impact a student’s application?”

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Annenberg in New York

June 1, 2017

USC students began their summer breaks a couple weeks ago, but we have many students participating in summer programs, internships, or unique courses such as our Maymester programs. Maymester programs are held in the weeks following graduation and vary in length from two to four weeks. Many are offered throughout the university with opportunities to travel domestically or internationally.  Next week, we will highlight a student participating in an Annenberg Maymester program in New York, but in the meantime, check out this video.

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GUEST BLOG: Summer Vacation is Upon Us!

May 25, 2017

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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The Trojan Family: Parent Engagement with Maria Riley

May 18, 2017

It’s a conflicted feeling. The culmination of years of patience and support, a parent’s daughter or son has achieved the remarkable feat of being accepted to college. Pride radiates in heavy doses as they glow with the knowledge that their child is on track to follow their dreams and take the next steps toward adulthood! But, while the prospect of one’s child attaining self-sufficiency (along with the maturity to finally do their own darn laundry) is surely a nice one, the thought of losing touch with their world can be devastating. At USC, however, we understand that releasing the reins is no easy task – that’s where Maria Riley comes in.

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Congrats to the Class of 2017!!!

May 11, 2017

Graduation day has finally arrived!  As many of you prepare to graduate from high school, USC will also confer approximately 15,000 degrees today.  You can watch our commencement speaker Will Ferrell, class of 1990, at our 134th commencement ceremony taking place in Alumni Park today.  Check out our facebook page for the live feed.  We are so excited to congratulate the class of 2017!!!

Fight On Forever Trojans!

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Student Highlight: Graduating Student, Dru Chavez

May 11, 2017

At USC, graduation celebrations are in full swing now that students have completed their finals. Tomorrow, the Class of 2017 will become #USCGrads. In honor of these celebrations, we wanted to highlight a graduating senior as he reflects on his time at USC. Meet Dru Chavez, a native from San Pedro, CA. We’ll let him tell his own USC story, but you may have already met him on campus as one of our amazing tour guides. Best of luck to Dru as he heads to Boulder, CO to begin his job at Google. Fight On!

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Will My Courses Transfer?

May 4, 2017

If you look up the word “articulation,” you’ll find a good number of definitions…none of which explain what articulation means in the transfer admission process. So what are we talking about when we say articulation? And how does it affect you?

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GUEST BLOG: Dornsife Admission’s Decision Time

April 28, 2017

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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