Undergraduate Admission Blog

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All posts by: Hillary Higgins

August 31, 2017

Exploring Exposition Park: The California African American Museum

The city of Los Angeles provides many opportunities for our students to experience impactful cultural experiences, and it is a priority for us to highlight this in our admission presentations around the world. Exposition Park, just south of USC, houses a few venues that USC students, faculty, and staff can enjoy. In addition to the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum – where our Trojans, and as of this past year, the Los Angeles Rams, face off against visiting teams – the area is currently home to three museums that offer fun and thought-provoking exhibits.

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August 24, 2017

GUEST BLOG: Family’s first day back

After Wednesday’s return to the USC campus, my textbooks are finally stacked, notebooks labeled, pencils sharpened, and of course, pointe shoes sewn. Trademark college adjustments (groceries and laundry, check) have dominated my schedule, but finally settling in has given me the chance to look forward to the best part of being back: creating with my family.

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August 11, 2017

Guest Blog: Stacy Smith Is Not Your Average Professor

Class starts at 12:00. She enters at 11:59:25 with a coffee in one hand, blazer sleeves rolled, glasses perfectly askew and staple hoops shimmering. With an anecdote about a candid phone conversation with a high-profile media outlet or a funny, animal-centered YouTube video, she’s off. Inexplicably, Stacy (That’s what she’ll ask you to call her. She’ll learn your name and you’ll learn hers) is knee-deep in a presentation of her team’s research by 12:04. Your pen furiously  scribbles across the page as Stacy, with her collar popped, insists that evidence for her arguments are “in the research.” Invested in the lecture, you fail to note that 200 of your peers are now looking at you in the back row as Stacy Smith, from 70 feet away, has briefly paused her lecture to inquire about your new haircut.

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July 13, 2017

GUEST BLOG: Hello from Taipei!

If you had asked me three years ago, Hey Alex-where do you think you’ll be July 2017?, I don’t think I would have even come close to saying Taipei.  It’s hard to even pick a place to start describing how unique and eye-opening this summer has been for me.

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July 6, 2017

Visit USC!

If you are considering USC and you plan to be in the Los Angeles area, we encourage you to come visit us on campus. We offer a number of programs and opportunities to tour and learn about USC. For starters, we offer admission tours Monday through Friday at our Admission Center in the Ronald Tutor Campus Center.

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June 29, 2017

GUEST BLOG: A Look Back on the Past Two Years

As many of you prepare to begin your college career in just a few short months, take some “cheesy” advice from an entering junior at USC. For those applying to college this year, consider Clare’s experiences when exploring different schools. She just finished her sophomore year and has some friendly words of wisdom.

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June 1, 2017

Annenberg in New York

USC students began their summer breaks a couple weeks ago, but we have many students participating in summer programs, internships, or unique courses such as our Maymester programs. Maymester programs are held in the weeks following graduation and vary in length from two to four weeks. Many are offered throughout the university with opportunities to travel domestically or internationally.  Next week, we will highlight a student participating in an Annenberg Maymester program in New York, but in the meantime, check out this video.

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May 25, 2017

GUEST BLOG: Summer Vacation is Upon Us!

From what I have been told, I am now a grownup, and with that, I no longer get the glorious 2 ½ month summer vacation I so much enjoyed when I was a teenager. Nevertheless, even for those of us who work in college admission, the summer months of June, July, and half of August provide some time to relax, reflect on the year that was, and start setting the table for what we hope is another fruitful admission cycle. And while we here at USC certainly admit that campus is a bit less exciting with all our students out and about for the summer, we would be lying if we said we didn’t enjoy the slightly shorter lines at the many eateries around campus, but that is beside the point.

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May 11, 2017

Congrats to the Class of 2017!!!

Graduation day has finally arrived!  As many of you prepare to graduate from high school, USC will also confer approximately 15,000 degrees today.  You can watch our commencement speaker Will Ferrell, class of 1990, at our 134th commencement ceremony taking place in Alumni Park today.  Check out our facebook page for the live feed.  We are so excited to congratulate the class of 2017!!!

Fight On Forever Trojans!

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April 20, 2017

Guest Blog: The Campus Experience

Hi everyone!  Check out this week’s blog from a current USC student majoring in Dance in the Kaufman School.  Our students find tons of ways to get involved whether they are dancers, engineers, or philosophy majors.  Rebecca’s experience mirrors many of our students throughout every college at USC.  Check it out and enjoy!

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