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Archive for March, 2013

March 30, 2013

Introducing….Larissa Purnell

          Hello everybody! My name is Larissa Purnell, although some of my friends like to call me “Smiley,” “LarLar” or my personal favorite, “Smileylarlar”.  No, I’m not joking about people calling me by that name. I only have myself to blame for these nicknames because I’ve always hoped to be the person who will brighten someone’s day with a smile. In all actuality, the smile sticks because of all the opportunities I’ve been blessed to experience in my life. What I’ve accomplished today alone would be a perfect example of the types of opportunities I’m talking about!

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March 26, 2013

And They’re Off!

Decision letters are out today! Read the blog below written by our very own Dean of Admission, Tim Brunold, as he reflects on this year’s file review process and gives a statistical overview of the admitted freshman class.


         We began reading applications 149 days ago and finally wrapped up our deliberations within the last twenty four hours. Moments ago, we loaded trucks with more than 45,000 pieces of mail, and over the next few days, USC’s admission decisions for the class of 2017 will be revealed.
         As I reflect on our work, I become aware of just how quickly the tables have turned: high school seniors have been waiting with nervous anticipation to hear from us, now we’ll be anxiously waiting to hear from them. We know that the students we’ve admitted are among the best in the world. All have many excellent options for college and we can hardly wait to find out who will accept our offer and join the Trojan Family.

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March 25, 2013

Introducing… Cricket Oles

          My name is Cricket, and I’m an explorer. I came to USC as a curious freshman, anxious to immerse myself in the history, culture, and academia at USC as well as in the culturally diverse city of Los Angeles.          I’m currently a junior majoring in Economics and International Relations. It’s the perfect mix for me as I get to explore a lot of current events through a critical lens. I’m a closet nerd and could talk about school all day long, but I won’t bog you down too much! During my sophomore year, I was hired as a tour guide in the Admission Center and was an Orientation Advisor (OA) the following summer. I consider both groups my smaller Trojan Family within the larger family. I love giving tours to prospective students as well as admitted students and guests because it allows me to share a piece of my life with them while also reminding myself why I picked USC.

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March 23, 2013

Grades, Guidance, and Goliath: Confessions of a Director Dad

         The blog post below is from our very own Director of Admission, Kirk Brennan. He shares with us the struggles of being a parent of a prospective college student as well as having a leadership role in higher education. Understandably,  juggling these two roles is extremely delicate. Thank you, Kirk, for sharing your insight into what our parents go through during this stressful time!

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March 21, 2013

Introducing…Grant Derderian

          Hello! My name is Grant Derderian and I’m a freshman here at USC studying computer science and business administration within our Viterbi School of Engineering. I’m originally from Pasadena, California — about 30 minutes away from USC’s campus — where I attended high school at The Waverly School.
         I like to keep myself busy on campus, and aside from classes, I am proud to be a Tour Guide at the USC Admission Center. I get to welcome prospective students and guests to campus and show them what it’s like to be a student at USC. I really love this job because it’s a great way to share my love of the Trojan Family to everyone who visits campus.

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March 13, 2013

The Waiting Game

The countdown to mailing final decisions is on and I’m sure all our first-year applicants are wondering… what’s taking so long?! It takes a lot of manpower and hours to read 47,000 applications and we want to give every application a fair review in order to create the amazing, well-rounded, diverse, and successful class of 2017. Let me pull back the curtain a bit and show you why it takes us many months to complete this process…

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March 13, 2013

Introducing…Jackie Molina

         Hi! My name is Jackie Molina and I’m a sophomore studying Biomedical Engineering here at USC. I’m originally from Pasadena, California, which is only about 15 miles away from campus.
         At USC, I’ve been very lucky to be involved in a variety of organizations outside of the classroom. First, I’m a tour guide for the USC Admission Center, which means that I speak to prospective students and their families about USC while I show them around campus. I’m also in a Panhellenic Sorority and involved in a club called Engineers Without Borders. Just recently, I have joined a research project in the Viterbi School of Engineering at the Biomedical Microsystems Laboratory.

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March 11, 2013

Let’s Hear From Some Students!

            As you may have already noticed, we now have a section on our blog called “Blogs by Students.” We decided it would be nice for both prospective and newly admitted students to hear from current students about their experience at USC.

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March 6, 2013

“Honors” at USC… Which Program is Right for Me?

              You’ve come this far—you’ve gotten accepted to USC! I’m sure the first thing on your mind now is how you can challenge yourself to the fullest extent during your four years as a Trojan. Ok, ok, maybe researching Honors Programs at USC is not the first thing on your to-do list (you’re busy applying for housing and ordering football tickets, right?) So, we thought we would bring the information to you! Here are the details on two honors options at USC: Freshman Science Honors and Thematic Option.

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