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Making the Most of Explore USC

April 5, 2018

April is an exciting month–the flowers are blooming, the birds are singing, and college-bound seniors have a big decision to make! There are many factors that go into the final decision of where enroll, and we find one of the best ways to gather information is by going to admitted student events. USC offers a variety of programs–full day on-campus Explore programs (including those specifically for students admitted to the spring semester), part day Preview events, 2-hour admitted student tours, evening receptions in cities all over the world, and a huge Admitted Student Day to wrap things up. We highly recommend attending one of these events as you weigh your various offers of admission. Here’s how to make the most of them…

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Next Steps for Spring Admits

March 29, 2018

If you were admitted to USC for the spring semester, congratulations! You are among a select group of students offered admission to the University of Southern California. We recognize, though, that you may have some questions about the next steps in enrolling.

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“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times…”

March 22, 2018

 

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times…”

As I reflect on my work as the dean of admission at a highly selective university, Dickens’ words frequently come to mind. The dual emotions of of joy and disappointment aren’t experienced only by our applicants, but by admission officers as well – more on that in bit.

We have completed our review of USC’s record-breaking 2018-19 first-year applicant pool. As I write this, our team is sorting decisions for mailing. Later today, tens of thousands of items will be loaded onto trucks to begin their journeys to every corner of the world.

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Making the Big Decision

March 15, 2018

Believe it or not, admission decision season is finally upon us. It’s time to rip/click open your admission decisions and figure out where you will be spending the next four years of your life. This will be a time of great excitement (and maybe some heartbreak), but it is just the beginning of the amazing journey you will soon embark on. That being said, you are likely to have some major decisions to make this coming month, so we at the USC Admission Office want to provide some factors that you might want to consider as you determine which school is the right fit for you and your academic, social, and professional aspirations! Good luck everyone!

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Keep Calm and Fight On: Mental Health and Emotional Wellness Resources

March 8, 2018

We all get stressed out from time to time, but as students take on increasingly rigorous coursework and time-consuming activities, mental health and wellness is definitely something schools need to address. Increasingly, the national conversation around higher education has included these issues, as well as the kinds of support colleges are able to provide their students. Whether our Trojans are dealing with homesickness, a bit of test anxiety, or more serious difficulties like depression and trauma, USC offers an array of counseling services and trainings to help our students.

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Major Mondays: Studying Gerontology

March 1, 2018

Yes, we know we are posting this on a Thursday–but what can we do?! “Major Thursdays” just doesn’t have the same ring. Below is a blog from Sarah Wong, a senior at the USC Leonard Davis School of Gerontology. Read on to learn more about one of our unique and beloved programs!

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Study Abroad at USC

February 22, 2018

Study abroad is very popular at USC. According to Peter Hilton, Director of USC’s Office of Overseas Studies, nearly 1,000 USC students pursue study abroad through the Dornsife College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences every year. A few weeks ago, the Office of Overseas Studies organized a study abroad fair on campus, featuring current USC students and representatives from dozens of universities around the world.

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Resources for Student Veterans at USC

February 15, 2018

Each year, the University of Southern California admits student veterans from all branches of the military to our incoming freshman and transfer classes. In order to best accommodate their transition to and success here on campus, the school and its campus partners provide a number of different resources to address the academic, financial, social, or professional needs of this important population of USC students.

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FAQs on Scholarship Decisions

February 8, 2018

A couple of weeks ago, USC sent out notifications about our merit scholarship decisions. We know that students and parents might have some questions about our process and possibilities moving forward, so I would like to take this opportunity to explain our decision-making process a bit more, answer some frequently asked questions, and discuss the next steps in your application process.

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