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Essay Tips

October 27, 2011


The infamous college essay. For most colleges, this is a required part of the application. For some of you, this may be a major source of stress within the application process. While there’s no perfect essay, topic, or approach, there are some general tips that may be helpful when writing your college essays.

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Music & Los Angeles

October 23, 2011

I once had an applicant describe Los Angeles as a “magical place” where one can do just about anything that meets their interest. With a plethora of entertainment options, USC students never fall short of something to do in the city of LA.

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Transfer Process

October 20, 2011


When some students think about going to college, they actually plan on going to more than one college. Many students will spend 1 or 2 years at a community college or other university prior to transferring to USC. There are various reasons why students choose this route of getting to USC.

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“How’s your psychology major?”

October 12, 2011


Our office has a running joke: “How’s your psychology major?” This question, while valid, is one of the more common questions we hear from students. I can absolutely see why a student would want to ask about a specific major they’re interested in, but there might be a better way of phrasing this type of question.

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Things to do at USC

October 8, 2011

Students are always interested in what there is to do on campus.  Of course, there are clubs and organizations, athletics, Greek life, movie screenings, guest lectures, community service programs, and many other things.

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Discover USC without stepping foot on campus

October 5, 2011


Over the next couple months, our admission staff is going to be spread out across the country and the world. Why, you might ask? We’re doing it to come meet you, your families, and anyone who is interested in learning more about USC. It’s true- we bring a little bit of USC (and quite a few USC representatives) directly to many cities.

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Quality, Not Quantity

September 30, 2011

As most of you already know, more goes into applying to colleges and universities than just submitting your grades and test scores. The qualitative components of an application carry a lot of weight in our admission decisions. One such component is the letter of recommendation from a teacher, guidance counselor, or college advisor.

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A Day in the Life of an Admission Counselor

September 27, 2011

It’s officially fall, which means most college admission counselors are out traveling around the country and meeting with prospective students. A typical day for me goes something like this: wake up before 7am, visit 4 high schools throughout the day, maybe squeeze in a late lunch or nap, head to a college fair, try to eat a healthy dinner, sleep in a hotel, repeat.

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To Interview, Or Not To Interview

September 23, 2011

To interview, or not to interview: that is the question on many of our freshmen applicants’ minds these days. While they are not required, interviews can be a great way for applicants to provide additional information about themselves to the admission committee.

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Counselor Conferences

September 20, 2011

If you’re a high school senior, I’m sure you’ve got a lot on your mind right now. Studying for AP classes. Attending football games. Preparing to end one chapter in your life and begin the next exciting chapter- college.

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