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.

          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.

Fight On!

Timothy Brunold
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!

29 thoughts on “And They’re Off!”

  1. So excited! Can’t wait to receive the news. I’ll be anxiously refreshing my email as I am outside of the United States this week!

  2. I would like to thank all of you for the effort you put in reviewing our applications. As an applicant to USC I can’t wait to hear from you guys. I hope that it will be good new ^^. Fight on Trojan!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. Thank you for the dedicated works of reviewing the applications! USC has been my dream school and I am happy that I will soon know if I am accepted or not.

    1. Students of color are considered students who are not Caucasian. The class is 36% Caucasian and 64% students of color.

  4. Today is 29 !!!!!! may be the mail reach today..
    am so nervous……….HOPE for the BEST …..All the best to all..

  5. I’m so excited to know that the waiting time is finally over.I think I’m ready to accept no matter it is a good news or not.Fight on and hope for the best!

  6. Goodluck guys! Coming to USC was one of the best decision I ever made. I am a proud alumni. In my opinion, one of the best Universities in the world ( well, I guess I am a little biased)

  7. Im just loving reading all the accepted students tweets on twitter im so excited for them as well i cant wait to hopefully get my usc acceptance letter around this time in 2015 any admissions advice for a highschool sophmore interested in usc??

    1. You should have received your packet by now. If not, please contact us ASAP to have your packet resent. You are also able to access your decision online through your USConnect account.

  8. So happy to be accepted to USC! If my parents can work out the cost I will be there. Thank you for accepting me!

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