Undergraduate Admission Blog

Follow the Official USC Undergraduate Admission Blog for information, advice, and a behind-the-scenes look at our process

About Us


Hillary Higgins
Senior Assistant Director

B.A. English Literature
University of Michigan

Juris Doctor
Southwestern Law School

California – West San Gabriel Valley
Washington D.C.

Hello out there! My name is Hillary Higgins and I am so excited to be a part of the USC Admission Blog. I was born and raised in Los Angeles, CA and I truly believe this is one of the best cities in the world. Although I did not attend USC for college, I am extremely proud to be working on such a vibrant and exciting campus. After working as an education lawyer for two years, I decided to transition into direct education. Now I get to advocate for students from all over the country and help them on their journey through the college admission process. In my free time I love to try to new restaurants in different parts of LA, hang out with my nieces and nephews (who are obviously the cutest kids ever,) and binge watch old episodes of Friday Night Lights (I highly recommend checking it out if you haven’t seen it.)


Brit PhotoBrittany Baker-Brousseau
Senior Assistant Director

B.A. English
Williams College

New JerseySouthern Counties, Middlesex & Monmouth Counties
West Virginia

Hello everyone!  My name is Brittany Baker-Brousseau, and this my second year working for USC.  As an English major who has worked with college applicants in a variety of contexts, I’m thrilled to be joining the admission blog team!  In addition to writing quips only I think are funny, I enjoy baking, hiking, dancing, and pretending I’m well-read.  I have spent about a third of my life on the East Coast and love exploring my territories in the mid-Atlantic.  As a SoCal native, however, I am always happy to come back home to our sunshine and succulents!


Jaclyn Robbin
Assistant Director

B.A., Psychology
M.Ed., Student Affairs
University of California, Los Angeles

Ed.S. School Psychology
University of Washington

California – City of San Diego



Hi all! My name is Jaclyn Robbin and I am the newest member of the USC Admission Blog. I’m a native San Diegan who spent some time in (gray, though not as rainy as you might think) Seattle, WA before moving back to beautiful Southern California! For the last few years, I worked as a school psychologist in public high schools, where I worked to identify and find supports for students with disabilities. Ultimately, my passions for higher education and educational access inspired me to make the transition to working in undergraduate admissions. My favorite parts of this job include helping students understand and navigate the application process, learning about the communities and territories I work with, and being overwhelmingly impressed by the unique perspectives, strengths and triumphs of our applicants. Outside of work, I love reading, exploring Los Angeles, finding new sushi or Mexican restaurants to try, and watching that “Law & Order” episode that I’ve probably already seen 15 times (though I’ll still be surprised by the outcomes of the investigation and subsequent trial).



Angélica Gutiérrez
Assistant Director

B.A., Latin American and Latino/a Studies
Vassar College

M.Ed., Student Affairs
University of California, Los Angeles

Arizona – Tucson
California – Palm Springs, Palm Desert, Imperial Valley, West Covina, Pomona
New Mexico
Texas – El Paso


¡Bienvenidos! My name is Angélica and I am the newest member of the USC Admission Blog. I’m a native Angelino, born and raised just outside the USC gates in South Central Los Angeles. In high school, I decided I wanted to move as far away from home as possible and spend four-really cold winters in Poughkeepsie, New York while I attended Vassar College.

My favorite part of this job is meeting with students that will eventually be a part of my community. Outside of work, I love hanging out with my two rescue dogs, Charlie and Luna, training for my next long-distance run, and theorizing/breaking down the ending of Avengers: Endgame.