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.
Getting our decisions in the mail is the culmination of many months (and tens-of-thousands of hours) of work. I am incredibly proud of the entire USC Enrollment Services team—for its dedication, effort and professionalism. The group of students that we have identified for admission is the best in USC’s 133-year history!
And speaking of incredible students, here are just a few details about this year’s admitted freshman class:
• 19.6% of applicants were admitted
• More than 3,100 different high schools are represented
• Our admitted students come from every U.S. state, the District of Columbia and 79 different countries
• Outside of California, the five most represented states are Texas, Illinois, New York, Washington and Massachusetts
• Outside the U.S., the most represented countries are China, South Korea, India, Canada and Singapore
• 1-in-9 is the first in their family to attend college
• 64% are students of color
• 17% are international students
• The typical admitted student has an un-weighted high school GPA of 3.8. With weighting, the GPA is well over 4.0.
• The typical admitted student took 6-8 AP courses (assuming they were available at his or her high school)
• 75% of our admitted students have standardized test scores in at least the 95th percentile
Thank you for coming on this journey with us. Regardless of the outcome, we have certainly enjoyed getting to know each and every applicant over the last year. On behalf of all of us at USC, I want to wish every prospective student the best of luck as they begin this next exciting chapter of their lives.
Dean of Admission
P.S. Don’t think for a moment that any of us is going on vacation anytime soon! Between now and May 1st, we are hosting fifty different admitted student events, many miles to travel and many thousands of students and parents to meet. And then there are those 8,000+ transfer applications; they aren’t going to read themselves!