November 30, 2012
Grades and test scores are important in the admission process; there is no doubt about that. However, while we are looking for students who have challenged themselves academically and who have performed well in school, we rely on the qualitative factors of the application to arrive at a decision. At this point in the process, high school seniors should focus their attention on the presentation components of the application: the essay, short answers, extracurricular activities, and the letter of recommendation.
November 28, 2012
The December 1 merit scholarship deadline is fast approaching and we already have completed applications in our system that we’re hard at work reviewing! We expect to receive an influx of applications over the next few days and our entire staff- from the mailroom to the application readers- are gearing up for the “busy season.”
November 13, 2012
In just a few days, our campus will be hosting the annual Discover USC Open House on Sunday, November 18. This large all-day event is an opportunity for prospective students and their families to explore campus. Campus tours will be available throughout the day, in addition to various sessions covering topics such as academic programs, campus life, the admission process and financial aid. Whether it’s your first time visiting campus or your 20th visit, Discover USC is a wonderful chance to interact with our staff, faculty and current students and to get to know the various academic departments on a deeper level.
November 7, 2012
With USC’s first-year application deadline for merit scholarship consideration coming up on December 1st, many students are putting the finishing touches on their application. The Common Application provides a section for students to discuss their principal extracurricular, volunteer, and work activities. As admission counselors we know that every student is going to spend their time outside the classroom pursuing different activities, so we thought it was important to share with you some tips and misconceptions regarding this part of the application.