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March 19, 2015

5 Questions Answered About Spring Admission

keavy photoIt’s the time of year that admission officers across the country are finishing reading applications and making sure everything is set in time to mail their notifications. At the other end, applicants are anxiously waiting by the mailbox or busily refreshing their email inboxes anticipating their decisions: Admit, Waitlist, or Deny. At USC things work a little differently. First of all, all decisions will be sent by postal mail. Secondly, we do not have a waitlist. That’s right, instead of wait listing students, we have opted to guarantee students a spot in the freshman class, but starting a semester later, in January 2016. We call it Spring Admission; admission to the spring term instead of the fall. Many times students admitted to the spring are surprised, maybe even a bit disappointed, and have a lot of questions about what it means. The most important thing is to remember it means that we want these students to come to USC, which is why we admitted them! One of our student bloggers, Madisen Keavy, was a spring admit for January 2014 and wanted to answer five questions she had when she was admitted to the spring semester.

Question 1: Is it worth the wait? I want to start college in the fall, not the spring!
I wanted to study Broadcast Journalism, and USC was my dream. The feeling that I got each time I visited campus was natural, like it was home. I knew this was my place and I also knew waiting one semester would not limit my opportunities professionally, on campus or socially. Regardless of when you get to campus, fall or spring, you’ve been given the chance to be a Trojan. This is a promise that will extend beyond your time as a student, and into the rest of your life. Do something different with that first semester and know, when you arrive at USC, you’ll blend in just like everyone else.

Question 2: Will I make friends?
This was my biggest concern, because I had heard that so much “freshmen bonding” takes place in the first semester. It seemed daunting to make friends without freshman move-in day and welcome events. As you will find, this myth will be the first you bust when you start SC, simply because the Trojan Family is very real. Through joining clubs, going to on-campus events, not to mention living and eating on campus, the opportunities to meet students are endless.

Question 3: What About Housing?
All spring admit students are guaranteed some form of USC housing. This means you’ll be living with USC students. USC’s priority is to put spring admits together, but sometimes spring admits also room with upperclassmen. This can actual be a great opportunity. The upperclassmen I met welcomed me with open arms, taking me out to eat with their friends, showing me around campus and answering any questions I had about student life. By the end of the semester, I had made some of my closest friends.

Question 4: Will I be able to get involved in clubs or activities?
The greatest realization I had when I started was that I could still get involved. Each semester, clubs and organizations sets up booths along Trousdale Parkway for the sole purpose of talking to students and recruiting them to be members. During this time, you can get more information about what the clubs do and meet students from within the organizations. These candid conversations are the perfect introductions to just about every activity on campus. Through this event, I was connected with USC’s TV station, Trojan Vision, and within two weeks I was hosting my own morning talk show, The Morning Brew, that aired live every week for thirty minutes.

Question 5: I get behind and not graduate with my peers?
The not-so-secret, secret gem about spring admission is flexibility. I took community college courses, which is a great option, but now there are so many more opportunities—you can even go abroad! I had friends travel the European coastline, work as English translators in Spain and Dubai, and even move across the country just for the experience. You’re not limited by your academics, but by your imagination. While this can be a bit overwhelming, it can also be that first step you take on your own after graduating high school.


  1. Garrett says:

    The admisions packet says I still ahve a chance of getting accepted in the fall if I apply by May 1st. How good of chance is it?

    • Sam Schreiber says:

      Congratulations on your admission!! Every year we move a very small number of students from spring to fall. The only way to be considered is to submit your intent to enroll for spring which is not a commitment deposit, rather an indication that you plan to come for spring and want to also be considered for fall. If you have additional questions, I encourage you to reach out to your territory manager!

      Fight On!

  2. Wasi says:

    Can I still apply for fall 2015|
    I live outside the USA.

    • Sam Schreiber says:

      Hi Wasi,

      Our application cycle for freshman for 2015-2016 has ended, but the application will be live in August for 2016-2017.

  3. JenniferV says:

    Can you tell me if you can take Community College in Scottsdale, AZ that will transfer for fall semester, my daughter is a Spring admit. Thanks 🙂

  4. chelsea says:

    hi so I have applied das a transfer student! and when do they start looking at applications? what is the best thing you would tell someone who is transferring rom a community college? how different it is and what usc I like? and do transfer kids get the same love a freshmen lol

  5. Hanna says:

    Hi do you know when we find out if we have been moved to fall? Also, if we do get moved, do we get on campus freshman housing in the fall?

    • Sam Schreiber says:

      Hi Hanna,

      You’ll be notified by the end of next week. Any students moved to fall will receive the same housing guarantee as all students admitted to the fall. Thanks for reading!

  6. James says:

    Hi, my daughter appealed her admission rejection successfully, and was admitted to Sprint 2016. Is there a possibility for her to be moved to Fall admission?

    Thank you.

    • Sam Schreiber says:

      Hi James,

      Congratulations! Those decisions are final so your daughter should plan to start in the Spring. She can contact her territory manager if she has questions about what to do in the fall. Fight On!

  7. Yoseph says:

    Hi, maybe this is a bit irrelevant, but i just want to ask:
    generally for a university in US that opens admission for fall and spring, which term is generally more competitive, spring or fall admission?

    Thanks in advance, Sam.

    • Sam Schreiber says:

      Hi Yosef,

      Neither semester is more or less competitive, it just comes down to space. Thanks for reading!

  8. Aneessah Ouattara says:

    When incoming freshmen apply for usc do they have a choice to apply for fall or spring or it just when your accepted you have the opportunity to Start during the fall or spring if space is available?

    • Sam Schreiber says:

      Hi Aneessah,

      Students submit one application and are admitted to fall or spring, you cannot select which term you start. Hope this helps and thanks for reading!

  9. Dalal says:

    Hello, I’m an international undergraduate student and I want to apply for Spring 2016, is it still possible? And where should I go if i want to know more about the Spring 2016 admission, including dates & deadlines? Thank you in advance!

    • Sam Schreiber says:

      Unfortunately, we do not accept applications for the Spring semester. You can apply for Fall 2016 and we will also consider you for Spring 2017. Thanks for reading!

  10. Mercy says:

    how do you know if you’ve or you’ll be considered for the spring semester?

    • Sam Schreiber says:

      Hi Mercy,

      All undergraduate students applying to USC are considered for both fall and spring. Thanks for reading!