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Archive for March, 2014

March 29, 2014

STUDENT BLOG: Spring Break Recap

Just a few weeks ago as Trojans were deep in the heart of midterm season, it appeared that spring break just could not arrive fast enough. As spring break is nearing its end, one simply cannot help but troll through an endless number of photos of how peers spent their spring breaks. From countless snap chats of students on an exotic vacation, on an alternative spring break, and working, one thing became clear: Trojans do not waste a second of their spring break. So, I sought out some amazing snaps and put together a photo stream of just how Trojans spent their time off.

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March 27, 2014

STUDENT BLOG: Benefits of Taking the AP/IB Test: A Student’s Perspective


It’s that time of year. The college decisions are coming in; USC’s come out this week! You may have already been accepted by a few, knowing your future is secure and yes you are going to college! Congratulations! Still, what many of my high school senior friends forget is that getting in is not the end of the story. One of the many things still left to do is taking and passing your AP and IB exams.
          Some of you may be thinking, “Seriously, it’s senior year, the last thing I want to do is take another exam.” From my own personal experience and knowledge of USC course curriculum, an AP test that takes a few hours can save you a semester of heartache.

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March 26, 2014

Mission Accomplished!


Moments ago, we bid adieu to a truck full of admission decisions. They are officially mailed today! So exciting! To keep with our USC Admission Blog tradition, Dean of Admission Tim Brunold was kind enough to write a guest blog again this year. Read more as he reflects over the file review season and provides some data about our recently admitted first-year class.

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March 23, 2014

STUDENT BLOG: Simplifying Your Campus Visit


Four years and a few months ago I embarked on a weeklong tour of colleges on the East Coast. This was my first time traveling, my first time in a big city, my first time using a crosswalk, and, consequently, my first time almost getting run over by a New York taxi—all with only my cousin in tow. The combination of navigating a new city and worrying about how to decide where to spend the next four years of my life made this trip extremely stressful. Here are a few tips to simplify a campus visit, from student to student.

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March 20, 2014

Curriculum Strength and Advanced Testing: Do They Matter?


I was talking with a mother of a prospective student recently. She brought up questions about our evaluation of rigor and AP/IB/SAT Subject tests. These questions have recently come up more often so I thought it would be fitting to address it in a blog. Maybe it’s because AP tests are coming up soon and students are starting to question if it is worth it to take the tests.

First, let’s address rigor. The overall inquiry seems to essentially boil down to this:

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