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All posts by: Jessica Frey

April 22, 2016

Mythbuster: I’ve been admitted to spring, so I’m waitlisted

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Every year, USC admits students to the spring semester, expecting to enroll about 300-500 of those students. Many people assume spring admission is our waitlist. And while we may be able to move some of the students to the fall semester, spring admission is not a waitlist. Spring admission is an admission offer to USC.

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January 27, 2016

Mythbuster: I didn’t get a scholarship, so USC is not going to be financially feasible

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Over 30,000 students applied to USC for our merit based scholarship consideration. The process is highly competitive, and only 1,200 students will be considered for the scholarships. Students often think that they can’t afford USC without a scholarship, but that may not be true! I sat down with Danny Finlay, Assistant Director of Outreach for Financial Aid, to set the record straight and get more information on how USC can be affordable.

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December 16, 2015

Mythbuster: I’m interested in Business, but I’m applying as Undecided because that will give me a better shot at Admission

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Of all the myths I’ll talk about this year, I’m pretty sure this is the one I face the most as an admission professional. I’ve lost count of how many students come up to me after an event or high school visit and say something like, “The opportunities in the Marshall School of Business are amazing. I plan to study business at USC, but I’m thinking of applying as undecided since Marshall is super competitive.”

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October 28, 2015

Mythbuster: I can take the SAT or ACT right before the admission deadline


With our December 1 deadline approaching, it is almost that time of year when our office is sent thousands and thousands of applications, transcripts, test scores and letters of recommendation. Honestly, it is amazing that everything gets placed into each and every student’s application file given the high volume of content we receive. It is important to know that it takes a significant amount of time for all application materials to be organized and downloaded into a student’s application file- especially test scores.

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October 16, 2015

Mythbuster: I need to show the admission counselors that USC is my top choice

Every late August/early September, there are 5 or so emails in my inbox every morning with the subject “Introduction to USC.” These emails usually have the same general format. “Hello Jessica- just wanted to let you know that I go to ABC High School, I play baseball and I can’t wait to apply to USC. I’ve always wanted to be a student in the Marshall School of Business.”

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September 3, 2015

Making the College Admission Process about You

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Greetings from sunny Southern California! My name is Jessica Frey (informally known as J Frey) and I am a Senior Assistant Director of Undergraduate Admission at USC. I grew up in Hollister, a tiny farm town in Northern California that has no affiliation whatsoever with the clothing store. I attended a large public high school with over 3,000 students and somehow found my way to USC to study theatre. My hope is that through sharing my own experiences, I can give you some advice and help you feel at ease when you approach the college admission process.

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