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National Coming Out Day

October 27, 2017

USC is a pluralistic community, welcoming students from every race, creed, and background. And in honor of LGBT History Month and National Coming Out Day, we interviewed a current student who self-identifies as part of the LGBT community on campus. Adriana describes her coming out experiences, identity, and life on campus. Our LGBT Resource Center is located in the Student Union, which is also the home to other cultural resource centers – El Centro Chicano, the Center for Black Cultural and Student Affairs (CBCSA), and the Asian/Pacific American Student Services Center (APASS). All of USC’s resource centers provide students, parents, faculty, and staff with programming, mentoring, education, and support. The LGBT Resource Center coordinates the following events and resources throughout the year: Lavender Graduation, Queer Rising Fall Retreat, LGBT Peer Mentoring Program, Safe Zone Training, and more!

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The Trojan Family: What it Means to Me

October 19, 2017

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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The Greatest Marching Band in the History of the Universe

October 12, 2017

At the end of my first week at USC, my alarm blared to life at 5:30am on a Saturday and I had to wonder if I was making a huge mistake.

It wasn’t the first time the thought had crossed my mind – from the moment I signed up at orientation, during the grueling 7:00am to 10:00pm camp just before school began, and while juggling my first week of classes and practices. I had a sinking feeling I was in over my head. However, if there was one mantra drilled into me throughout the course of the week long camp, it was that Trojans never quit. It was with this logic that I soon found myself surrounded by over 300 USC Trojan Marching Band members on an already blazing hot September morning, ready to embark on a four-year journey.

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3.876 – The High School GPA

October 5, 2017

Weighted, unweighted, academic – there are so many versions of this little number.  Some schools even calculate the GPA out to the thousandth place as if there were any material difference between a student with a 3.876 and a 3.877.  Some students even believe they don’t have a GPA simply because their school does not print it on the transcript (here’s a hint: if you get grades, you have a GPA, it’s just math).

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GUEST BLOG: My Road to OT

September 30, 2017

For my first blog post, I am going to share a little about how I discovered occupational therapy! Now, I would be lying if I said that I had always known that this was my dream career. In fact, I spent most of my life dreaming of becoming an elementary school teacher. This dream may have been slightly influenced by the fact that my Mom and Grandma were both elementary school teachers—but, regardless, I was confident that I would follow in their footsteps. With a love for working with children and a desire to make an impact, I figured this was the most practical career for me to pursue.

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How to Take Control of the College Application Process

September 21, 2017


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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A Major Decision

September 14, 2017

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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36 Hours in the USC Village

September 7, 2017

For the past four years, the space between Jefferson Blvd., Hoover St., and McClintock Ave. has been a construction zone. The dust has finally settled, however, and the beautiful USC Village has emerged. Though most restaurants and shops are still moving in, the space is already buzzing with Trojans and Angelenos as they take advantage of everything the combined residential and retail space has to offer. So what might you do if you had 36-hours in the USC Village?

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Exploring Exposition Park: The California African American Museum

August 31, 2017

The city of Los Angeles provides many opportunities for our students to experience impactful cultural experiences, and it is a priority for us to highlight this in our admission presentations around the world. Exposition Park, just south of USC, houses a few venues that USC students, faculty, and staff can enjoy. In addition to the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum – where our Trojans, and as of this past year, the Los Angeles Rams, face off against visiting teams – the area is currently home to three museums that offer fun and thought-provoking exhibits.

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GUEST BLOG: Family’s first day back

August 24, 2017

After Wednesday’s return to the USC campus, my textbooks are finally stacked, notebooks labeled, pencils sharpened, and of course, pointe shoes sewn. Trademark college adjustments (groceries and laundry, check) have dominated my schedule, but finally settling in has given me the chance to look forward to the best part of being back: creating with my family.

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