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September 26, 2013

Call Us, Maybe?

Since most universities give prospective students direct access to their admission representatives (USC included), more and more students have taken taken advantage of this opportunity. However, keep in mind that the act of contacting your admission counselor is its own art form. There is a balance between being overbearing and being genuinely curious. Here are some tips to consider when contacting your territory manager:

DO contact us if you are confused about our application process and are in need of some guidance.

DON’T email us just to say hi. Your email should have a purpose.

DO contact us if you have a question about a specific major. USC has 150 majors and 150 minors; being able to demonstrate your knowledge and curiosity about your academic interest is something we appreciate, but we also know so many choices can be confusing.

DON’T over-communicate…CONSOLIDATE! We would rather respond to a few well thought out emails than many individual questions.

DO remind us if and when we’ve met in the past. We meet thousands of students each year and appreciate when students don’t assume we remember the conversation we had with them.

DON’T have your parent contact us. Be your own advocate!

DO write us a note if there is an outlying circumstance you want us to be aware of. This is something that we will factor in your application as well.

DON’T address us incorrectly or improperly in the email.

DO include your USC ID number and/or full name in your email.

Finally, DON’T ask us to edit your writing samples. We can give you general advice on what you should take into account when writing your personal statement but it is not appropriate for us to edit them.

Just in case you still don’t know who your territory manager is at this point, feel free to click here and find out!

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