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Category Archives: Admitted Students

April 11, 2013

Your (Financial Aid) Questions: Answered!

          It’s been great to hear from so many excited admitted students, but we know that many families still have lingering financial aid questions. We thought it would be helpful to compile a list of the common questions we have received and have the Office of Financial Aid respond. Please see the post below for answers to common questions you may have about financial aid at USC:

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April 10, 2013

Next Steps for Admitted Students

April is a busy month for an admission counselor, but it’s a different type of busy than recruiting on the road or reading applications.  At USC, we are meeting and greeting admitted first-year students and their families at 15 different on-campus events, in addition to dozens of off-campus receptions in cities around the U.S. and abroad!  On top of that, we’re all anxiously checking to see which students have decided to commit to enroll at USC.  The ball really is in your court now.

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April 4, 2013

Introducing…Chris Guanzon!

          My name is Chris and I’m a senior at USC. My time at USC is quickly coming to an end, but the past four years have been an amazing experience.

         I have an uncontrollable passion for composing the moving image: there is something about the camera that entices me. Holding the camera in my hand allows me to show others what I want them to see and what I am imagining. I love experimenting when it comes to cinematography. I am a technical artist that paints with light and movement!
         Critical Studies students in the School of Cinematic Arts don’t focus too much on production and the hands-on curriculum.  At first, being admitted into this program was a letdown for a person who wanted to do production after college. However, my mindset quickly changed when I took a few classes and realized that Critical Studies was the best major for me.

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April 3, 2013

I’m a Spring Admit! Now What?

The wait is finally over!  You received the long-awaited thick envelope from USC with your admission decision inside and opened it excitedly to see you were admitted to the spring term.  I’m sure many of you thought, “What exactly is a spring admit, anyway?”

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March 26, 2013

And They’re Off!

Decision letters are out today! Read the blog below written by our very own Dean of Admission, Tim Brunold, as he reflects on this year’s file review process and gives a statistical overview of the admitted freshman class.


         We began reading applications 149 days ago and finally wrapped up our deliberations within the last twenty four hours. Moments ago, we loaded trucks with more than 45,000 pieces of mail, and over the next few days, USC’s admission decisions for the class of 2017 will be revealed.
         As I reflect on our work, I become aware of just how quickly the tables have turned: high school seniors have been waiting with nervous anticipation to hear from us, now we’ll be anxiously waiting to hear from them. We know that the students we’ve admitted are among the best in the world. All have many excellent options for college and we can hardly wait to find out who will accept our offer and join the Trojan Family.

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March 23, 2013

Grades, Guidance, and Goliath: Confessions of a Director Dad

         The blog post below is from our very own Director of Admission, Kirk Brennan. He shares with us the struggles of being a parent of a prospective college student as well as having a leadership role in higher education. Understandably,  juggling these two roles is extremely delicate. Thank you, Kirk, for sharing your insight into what our parents go through during this stressful time!

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March 11, 2013

Let’s Hear From Some Students!

            As you may have already noticed, we now have a section on our blog called “Blogs by Students.” We decided it would be nice for both prospective and newly admitted students to hear from current students about their experience at USC.

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March 6, 2013

“Honors” at USC… Which Program is Right for Me?

              You’ve come this far—you’ve gotten accepted to USC! I’m sure the first thing on your mind now is how you can challenge yourself to the fullest extent during your four years as a Trojan. Ok, ok, maybe researching Honors Programs at USC is not the first thing on your to-do list (you’re busy applying for housing and ordering football tickets, right?) So, we thought we would bring the information to you! Here are the details on two honors options at USC: Freshman Science Honors and Thematic Option.

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June 5, 2012

Comments Are Now Open!

It’s finally summer here at USC, which means our campus is quieter, the days are warmer, and our office is wrapping up making transfer decisions and gearing up and preparing for next year. Since we have a little more free time on our hands, we thought now would be a great opportunity to get to know our blog readers a bit better! We’ll be opening up the comments section on a few blog posts, starting with this one.

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May 23, 2012

Transfer Decisions

In about a week we will be contacting transfer applicants regarding their application to USC. At this point a handful of students have heard of their admission. However, the majority of transfer applicants will receive a decision or a request for more information on or by June 1st.

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