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Category Archives: Admitted Students

March 22, 2018

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times…”

 

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times…”

As I reflect on my work as the dean of admission at a highly selective university, Dickens’ words frequently come to mind. The dual emotions of of joy and disappointment aren’t experienced only by our applicants, but by admission officers as well – more on that in bit.

We have completed our review of USC’s record-breaking 2018-19 first-year applicant pool. As I write this, our team is sorting decisions for mailing. Later today, tens of thousands of items will be loaded onto trucks to begin their journeys to every corner of the world.

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February 22, 2018

Study Abroad at USC

Study abroad is very popular at USC. According to Peter Hilton, Director of USC’s Office of Overseas Studies, nearly 1,000 USC students pursue study abroad through the Dornsife College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences every year. A few weeks ago, the Office of Overseas Studies organized a study abroad fair on campus, featuring current USC students and representatives from dozens of universities around the world.

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February 15, 2018

Resources for Student Veterans at USC

Each year, the University of Southern California admits student veterans from all branches of the military to our incoming freshman and transfer classes. In order to best accommodate their transition to and success here on campus, the school and its campus partners provide a number of different resources to address the academic, financial, social, or professional needs of this important population of USC students.

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October 19, 2017

The Trojan Family: What it Means to Me

I am eternally grateful for the opportunity I had to attend USC. My four years as an undergraduate student were an incredible experience, and my membership into the Trojan Family community is an exceptional privilege. This university means so much to me, and I remain honored by the opportunity to now represent my alma mater as a member of the Office of Undergraduate Admission.

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July 20, 2017

The Trojan Family: Career Services

The Trojan Family – USC’s roughly 375,000 living alumni, along with staff, faculty, and all current students and their relatives – is a powerful professional network. While USC students gain substantial preparation for their professional endeavors within the classroom, this network is likewise valuable in helping Trojans establish their career after graduation.

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May 18, 2017

The Trojan Family: Parent Engagement with Maria Riley

It’s a conflicted feeling. The culmination of years of patience and support, a parent’s daughter or son has achieved the remarkable feat of being accepted to college. Pride radiates in heavy doses as they glow with the knowledge that their child is on track to follow their dreams and take the next steps toward adulthood! But, while the prospect of one’s child attaining self-sufficiency (along with the maturity to finally do their own darn laundry) is surely a nice one, the thought of losing touch with their world can be devastating. At USC, however, we understand that releasing the reins is no easy task – that’s where Maria Riley comes in.

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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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April 13, 2017

The Light at the End of the Tunnel

I’d like you to think back to a year ago (back when you still believed that junior year was going to be the hardest…lol) and appreciate the vast distance you have covered. You have gone from figuring out what type of college might be a good fit and considering possible majors to actually applying to specific schools and programs. You have written essay upon essay, filled out form upon form, and you probably never want to meet another tour guide again (though you totally want to be one next year). I’ve got good news for you–the end is in sight!

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April 6, 2017

GUEST BLOG: A High School Counselor’s Perspective

Hannah Wolff is a College Counselor at Langley High School in Northern Virginia.  She visited USC last fall for our annual High School Counselor Fly-In.  Here she shares her perspective on USC and some of the reasons her students choose to attend.  Also, she’s the best!

 

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