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It’s The Most Wonderful Time of The Year

November 22, 2011

For most people late November marks the beginning of the holiday season and the end of another year. However for our office, the end of November marks the beginning of our reading season. This is the time of the year when my colleagues and I begin reading the applications that you all have been working so hard on over the last few months.

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Discover USC Open House

November 16, 2011

Only a few days left before we welcome thousands of students and families for the annual Discover USC program on Sunday, November 20! Even if you have visited campus in the past, you’ve never experienced it like this. This full day program is intended for you and your family to immerse yourself in everything USC and get all of your questions answered.

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Homecoming Weekend!

November 12, 2011

It can be very difficult to describe The Trojan Family because quite frankly there truly isn’t anything else like it. Essentially, The Trojan Family is the network of students, staff, faculty, alumni and their families. It is an incredibly diverse family but is united by our university, shared experiences, and core values.

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USC Supplemental Application

November 10, 2011

By now, most of you should know that USC has adopted the Common Application as our exclusive means of applying to the University. In addition to the Common Application students interested in applying to USC will need to complete the <a href="http://www.usc.edu/admission/undergraduate/apply/supplement.html" target="_blank"
USC Supplemental Application. The USC Supplement can be found on the Common Application website once you have selected USC as one of your schools. It will take some time to complete, so give yourself plenty of time to work on it.

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Recruitment Wrap-Up

November 9, 2011

After weeks of travel, our staff is finally heading back to campus after meeting with students, parents, and counselors all over the world. Despite wrapping up our recruitment travel, we will continue to host a handful of off-campus interview weekends in cities like New York, Chicago, and the Bay Area throughout November and December. Of course, students are also invited to visit campus during the upcoming Discover USC event on Sunday, November 20. There are still plenty of opportunities to take a tour, interact with current students, and see USC with your own eyes.

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Deadlines and Discover USC

November 1, 2011

As the fall months slowly disappear one by one, USC’s application deadlines inch closer. One month from today is December 1, 2011. This also happens to be USC’s Merit Scholarship Consideration application deadline for first-year applicants. What exactly does this mean?

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Trojan Family Weekend

October 28, 2011

This weekend is Trojan Family Weekend! Trojan Family Weekend is one of the most exciting, engaging, and long-standing traditions at USC. As you may have guessed, it is a weekend that brings parents, grandparents, and siblings to campus to experience some of the great things that USC offers our students on a daily basis.

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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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