Wait – What Do You Mean I’m Admitted to Spring? Helpful Advice from USC Spring Admits

This coming year, USC is excited to welcome between 500 to 600 freshman students to campus in January as spring admits. Rather than instituting a waitlist that students may never get off, USC provides a guaranteed offer of admission to a small segment of our applicant pool for the spring semester each year so that we can admit even more students that we think will be a great fit on our campus. You can learn more about the different options students undertake during their fall semester at our website. In this blog, we want to introduce you to a few of our spring admission ambassadors who will share their experiences, along with some great advice as to how they made the most of their spring admission!

Lindsay Luchinsky is a sophomore from Kansas City, KS. She is currently majoring in Environmental Studies and plans to pursue a progressive degree in Public Policy (MPP). During her fall semester, she attended her local community college and interned for a congressional campaign.

Chevy Peschl is a junior from Carson, WA who is on track to graduate in December 2019 with a degree in Human Biology. During her fall semester, she enrolled at one of USC’s European partner schools, Franklin University in Lugano, Switzerland.

What was your initial reaction to receiving your spring admission letter?

LINDSAY: I was so excited – USC was my first choice university, so I was relieved to get in. The confusion and questions about my spring admission were my next reaction. I was worried about making friends and feeling a bit left behind by staying home while my high school friends went off to school. However, after talking things over with my parents (and exchanging many emails with Jessica Nielsen, Director of Student Development Programs), I realized this opportunity was a blessing in disguise.

CHEVY: When I first received my letter, my mom brought it to me where I worked. I opened it and did not even read that it said spring 2017 as my admission date. Once I found out, which was probably a day or two later, I was confused as to what that meant. 

What did you do during your fall semester prior to entering USC and how did you make this decision?

LINDSAY: During the fall semester, I stayed in Kansas City. I worked as the intern coordinator and a finance deputy on the political campaign Tom Niermann for Congress (3rd district of Kansas). I had interned for the campaign during the summer after my graduation and was offered the job in August. I also took four classes at my local community college. Three of these classes transferred to USC, which I was very excited about considering that there was no previous articulation agreement between the community college and USC (meaning no one had transferred credits from the community college to USC before).

CHEVY: I attended Franklin University in Switzerland in the fall semester before attending USC. My original plan was to move to Los Angeles and live in University Gateway in order to be close with students and get accustomed to the city. After more consideration, I decided I would not enjoy attending community college in Los Angeles as I had already done two years at a community college before graduating high school. I have always known I would study abroad during my college years, so I decided to take advantage of that option. I messaged some friends I had met at spring explore and some told me they had decided to go to Switzerland, so I was excited.

Has being a spring admit had an impact on your experience at USC?

LINDSAY: In terms of my experience at USC, it’s not like you come here in the spring with a giant, red “SPRING ADMIT” label on your forehead! The first month or two was awkward, as it is for any college student, but I was still able to meet people and feel included in campus social life. Further, after gaining some independence during my fall semester at home, I was not nearly as afraid to put myself out there and try new clubs or introduce myself to people in my classes.

CHEVY: I made my very best friend through being a spring admit. I met her in Switzerland and I could not imagine not meeting her! I had the opportunity to study abroad, which may have been challenging given my major here at USC.

Were there any benefits to being a spring admit rather than a fall admit? 

LINDSAY: For one, it solidified my fascination with politics/public policy. I also believe that the experience of working and going to school without all of my high school friends still in Kansas City pushed me to become more independent. I was forced to mature quite a bit during this time. The fall semester pushed me to be more of a self-starter, in that it was up to me to build the experience and mold it to what was best for me.

CHEVY: A great thing about being a spring admit is that it makes your experience different from the majority of fall admits. It gives you an opportunity that other students did not have the choice to do.

Any advice for students considering a spring admission decision?

LINDSAY: I received the following advice from my college counselor regarding the fall semester before USC: “when else will you ever have 3-4 months to do whatever it is that you want to do?” Make the most of this experience, and try to see it as a “gap semester.” This is an opportunity to go abroad, to knock out GEs, or to work in the field you may think about going into.

CHEVY: My advice for spring admits is to look at the decision as an opportunity rather than an obstacle. It is a great way to take a break between high school and college and an opportunity to grow tremendously. Looking back, I realize I learned more about myself while I was in Switzerland for those four months than I would have without them.

Thanks for reading! Feel free to leave any questions you have about spring admission.

Sign Me Up! Introducing Even More USC Clubs and Organizations

As a follow-up to a blog post that was published this past fall, the Office of Admission wanted to spotlight even more of the amazing clubs and organizations that comprise campus life here at USC. Check out these diverse on-campus opportunities along with many, many more that enable Trojans to get involved, develop leadership skills and make an impact on the USC community.

Ursula Collins-Laine (Junior), Seattle, WA, Cinema and Media Studies and East Asian Area Studies (Majors)
The Juggling Club at USC provides a calming, yet challenging, outlet to reduce stress and gain new skills. Juggling connects people across social groups and disciplines in ways not many activities can with our group membership, which draws from all parts of the USC community. The club is open to all levels of experience from complete beginners who have never tried to juggle before to semi-professional performers. I personally joined the Juggling Club because I had been active in the circus community during high school and the Juggling Club was a way for me to stay connected even loosely to that community.

Cristyn Dang (Senior), Honolulu, HI, Psychology (Major), Dance (Minor), Global Medicine (Masters)
Troy Camp is one of USC’s oldest and largest student-run philanthropic organizations. We are a long-term mentorship program for elementary, middle, and high school students living in the South Los Angeles area. The Troy Camp journey begins in elementary school, where students can receive tutoring and participate in extracurricular activities such as dance, sports, and STEM workshops. In middle school, students may participate in Leaders in Training, a mentorship program focused on developing healthy study habits and leadership skills. Students then move on to TC Leads, a program designed for high school students, which offers tutoring and workshops on pursuing their passions and higher education. In the summer, we host a weeklong summer camp in the San Bernardino Mountains for 200 elementary school students, who we then invite back the following year for monthly excursions, including Disneyland, the aquarium, and a sleepover. I knew I wanted to join Troy Camp because of the direct impact we can have on the community directly surrounding USC and my experience in the organization has been nothing short of incredible. The kids we get to mentor are so eager to learn and participate, and it is heartwarming to see them grow, become more confident in themselves, make new friends, and experience things they have never done before. Learn more on Instagram (@usctroycamp) and Facebook

Mirabella Vallejo (Senior), Louisville, KY, International Relations (Global Business) (Major), Spanish (Minor) 
Founded in 2006, Break Through Hip Hop is an entirely student-run, performance-based dance team. Composed of more than 30 versatile dancers, we work towards putting on a unique showcase each semester featuring student choreography and guest performances from the USC community! As a senior reflecting back on my time at USC, I am lucky to have called this team my home and family for the past four years, and I wish I could be on it for four more! Break Through Hip Hop has allowed me to continue exploring my love for the art of dance with so many talented and dynamic individuals that share that same passion, while also forming friendships that I know will be with me long after I graduate from USC. #BTLOVE [Instagram (@bthiphop)/Facebook/YouTube

Kai MacLean (Junior), Winchester, MA, Global Health and Political Science (Majors)
Did you know that USC has over 80 different religious organizations on campus, which is one of the highest numbers amongst universities across the country? I certainly did not, but after almost three years as a student, I have become very grateful for this because of my involvement with InterVarsity Trojan Christian Fellowship (IVTCF). I have identified as a Christian my entire life and, coming into college, I was looking for a community where I could both practice and grow my faith. Through weekly large groups, bible studies, and off-campus retreats (to places like Catalina Island), InterVarsity has become my safe place where I always feel loved, supported, and accepted. These are the people who are always willing to get late-night tacos from Avenue 26, play heated games of Egyptian War or Exploding Kittens, or to just stay up with you until early in the morning discussing life and its challenges. While we are a Christian organization, we welcome everyone, regardless of what you believe or where you might be on your faith journey. I am so grateful that USC is a school where many different faiths are represented through all of our religious organizations, and whether that be InterVarsity or another group, I assure you that you will be able to find a wonderful spiritual home on campus that gives you as much joy as IVTCF has brought me. Find out more on Twitter (@ivtcf) or Facebook

Garrett Nance (Junior), Modesto, CA, Political Science (Major) 
The Levan Institute for Humanities and Ethics engages in multidisciplinary conversations through speaker series, volunteer opportunities, research publications, consortiums at Oxford University, and more. In this effort, it seeks to progress our understanding of human rights, local and global ethics, and moral reflection, in hopes that students make a positive contribution to their community and world. From examining medical ethics to hosting a live performance by actors from the Medea Project for Incarcerated Women, each event explores perspectives and ideas that help us challenge the status quo. I joined after one of my close friends encouraged me to attend a program, and ever since, I have been inspired to increase awareness of human rights language and make it more accessible to USC students and the American public. Moreover, thanks to Levan, I have been to the Oxford Consortium for Human Rights In and After Conflict, a weeklong seminar that introduced me to the complexities of human rights protections in war and conflict. As a Fellow, I now help oversee and create programs to capture students’ attention through meaningful, timely dialogues. 

Please do not hesitate to reach out to any of these organizations if you are interested in learning more or getting involved!

Getting Involved: Spotlighting USC’s (Many, Many) Clubs and Organizations

USC is proud to have nearly 1000 student clubs and organizations across our campus, which encompass the school values of engagement, respect, inclusivity, leadership, and service. In this week’s blog, we will highlight a few of the organizations that USC students are passionate about and provide information about how new and current students can join clubs on campus or even start their own!

At the beginning of each semester, USC holds a two-day Involvement Fair, in which all kinds of student-run clubs and organizations are represented to enable interested students to learn about these diverse opportunities or sign up to get involved. The Campus Activities Office also maintains a current list of the more than 1000 registered student organizations on their website that includes a point of contact for each club. These organizations range from academic, professional, and service/volunteer in focus to cultural, religious, and performance-based. Alternatively, if students have an idea for a new club that they would like to start at USC, all they have to do is find three other interested students and a faculty or staff sponsor and they can work with Campus Activities to get it off the ground. Some of the perks of becoming a registered student organization can include access to an official USC e-mail address for the group, space to meet on campus, funding resources, and help with safely planning field trips and events. Lastly, the engageSC website provides a one-stop shop for current students to explore organizations, join or create their own, connect with students or access event calendars, and apply for funding.

During the Involvement Fair this fall, I had the opportunity to meet with student leaders from some truly unique and engaging campus organizations. Below they provided an introduction to their clubs and shared some of the reasons as to why they chose to get involved:


Chris Wang (Junior) / San Francisco, CA / Computer Science and Business Administration (Majors) 

I’m the founder of Applab, an org that focuses on mobile app development. Mobile development is a way to create social impact–and that is a major reason I founded this org. I’ve been passionate about giving back, especially since we’re in such a privileged community as USC. So many people have phones in their pockets, and the potential is awesome. We can help people break unhealthy habits and teach them a new skill or language. This semester, we’re focusing on React Native, a cross platform app development framework that allows you to develop for iOS and Android. Throughout the semester, we also host many tech talks and recruiting events from tech companies, including Google, Obsidian Security and Beartooth. At the same time, our club operation also has a philanthropic side. We’re partnering with non-profits and social enterprises to offer app development services free of charge. It’s a great way for our members to apply what they’ve learned to build a real world app, and help out the community at the same time. 


Rahul Francis (Junior) / Queens, NY / Business Administration (Major), Computer Programming and International Relations (Minors)

Model United Nations of Southern California (MUNSC) has been a part of my USC life since my first semester on campus. As a team, we travel around the country researching and debating international politics: everything from historical events like the Congo Crisis, to topics like public health or environmental sustainability at a global level. Through MUNSC, I have been able to learn more about the world and build a network of like-minded individuals––not just at USC, but also at other top universities nationwide. On top of all of this, our team is also a close-knit family, and has become such an important part of my undergraduate experience.  I couldn’t be more proud of what our team has accomplished these past few years, and I can’t wait to see where we’re headed!


Alan Chow (Senior) / Dallas, TX / Business Administration (Major), Screenwriting (Minor)

Trojan Actors for Film and Television (TAFT) is USC’s first organization for students pursuing a career in acting for film and television. Our organization seeks to provide creative and professional opportunities for our members through events with casting directors/agents, scene studies, and guest speaker panels. I decided to start this organization after several of my friends at USC reached out to me saying they wanted to pursue a career in acting for film/TV, but they didn’t have the resources or knowledge to know where to start. I realized that there lacked a centralized community for film/TV actors, so I reached out to my friends at USC who are also working film/TV actors and we founded this club together. I am so proud of our founding E-Board members, who have all starred in impressive shows such as MODERN FAMILY, GREY’S ANATOMY, and MASTER OF NONE while simultaneously being students at USC. 


Ashley Soleimani (Junior) / Los Angeles, CA / Political Science (Major)

Last fall, I decided to join Phi Alpha Delta (PAD) Law Fraternity as a transfer to USC. PAD is a pre-law club that has speakers (or panels of speakers) come in weekly from different fields of law, giving members a chance to see what field they are interested in and network. Besides this, there are also social events through the club (Invite, Retreat, etc.), making it a good way to meet new people. The best part of being a part of PAD is the opportunity for leadership. After being a new member last fall, I was able to apply and obtain the position of a new member advisor in the spring, and now have worked my way up to VP! 


Michelle Marcial (Sophomore) / Oakland, CA / Latin American and Iberian Culture, Media, and Politics, Sociology, & Non-Governmental Organizations and Social Change (Majors) 

I am a part of Hermanas Unidas (HaU), an organization on campus that aims to create a safe space for women of color at USC by creating social, academic, and community service events that revolve around their interests and needs. Although traditionally we cater to the Latinx community, we have an open door policy where anyone is welcome to be part of our Hermandad – no rushing, educational process, or pledging needed. I  joined HaU because it satisfied my need as a freshmen spring admit to find a club where I get to de-stress and socialize with people who can relate to my experiences and culture. We hold weekly meetings on Wednesdays evenings with study hours afterwards and we also have study hours every Monday night. Additionally, we create events that are usually on different days and times so that anyone who can’t make it to our meetings has the opportunity to spend time with us! If you want to get to know us more, check our social media (Instagram, Facebook) and feel free to contact us with any questions through those platforms.


Giselle De La Torre (Junior) / Dallas, TX / Sociology, & Non-Governmental Organizations and Social Change (Majors), Education (Minor)

Latinxs Empowering Academic Progression (LEAP) is a student organization that was established by myself and two other USC students (Cindy Andrade and Jacquelyn Gomez) in fall 2017. LEAP is dedicated to increasing the number of low-income and/or minority students in higher education. We decided to start this organization because we believe education is one of the most important human rights and vital for any chance of future success. LEAP seeks to inspire and empower underserved communities to pursue higher education through panels, tours, and workshops, because it is those communities that have the most limited amount of resources to succeed in education.

We hope this article inspires you to learn more about the extracurricular opportunities available at USC or even start your own club or organization! See you at the next USC Involvement Fair!