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Category Archives: Applying to USC

January 13, 2016

4 Ways to Stand Out as a Transfer Applicant

So what does a strong transfer applicant to USC look like? There are several rumors and theories out there about what we look for in applicants, so we decided to shed some light on the topic. This post will address how transfer applicants can best prepare, and stand out in our admission process.

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December 16, 2015

Mythbuster: I’m interested in Business, but I’m applying as Undecided because that will give me a better shot at Admission

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Of all the myths I’ll talk about this year, I’m pretty sure this is the one I face the most as an admission professional. I’ve lost count of how many students come up to me after an event or high school visit and say something like, “The opportunities in the Marshall School of Business are amazing. I plan to study business at USC, but I’m thinking of applying as undecided since Marshall is super competitive.”

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December 3, 2015

5 Most Common Questions for High School Seniors over the Holidays

It’s the most happiest time of the year, right? The holidays are great for catching up with friends and family and eating until you physically can’t anymore. As a high school senior you should also prepare for the barrage of questions you will probably face about your future college plans. Don’t let these questions catch you by surprise. Keep reading to find out the types of questions friends and families love to ask over the holidays.

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December 1, 2015

Hello from the other side….

Interviews…another part of the college application process. We’re currently finishing up our on-campus interviews through the end of November (Thanksgiving excluded.)   You might also see us conducting interviews in cities near you throughout the United States. At this point in the process, it’s possible you’ve already gone through a few college interviews, and I’m sure at the end you left with either feelings of success, disappointment, excitement or a variety of other adjectives that could describe the uncertainty that is an interview. Hopefully I can give you a little insight into what we are thinking during those 30 minutes. Our interviews generally last around 25 minutes and we as admission counselors, spend afternoons, from 1:30 pm until 4:30 pm, interviewing around five students. So, what’s actually going through our minds when we sit down across the table from you? Well, that largely depends on you…

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November 17, 2015

5 Things to Double Check Before Hitting Submit.

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So you’ve done your research, visited campus, and wrote your application responses. Now it’s time to hit submit! Before you do, it’s important to ensure that you’ve put your best foot forward. You have worked so hard in high school; make sure that your application best represents who you are. No need to panic, here are five things you should consider before hitting submit.

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November 13, 2015

Hi, my name is prospective student…

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I’ve lived in Los Angeles my entire life and yet I don’t ever recall meeting anyone famous, despite having Hollywood in my backyard. However, thanks to USC, I feel like I’ve become somewhat of a celebrity among America’s teenagers (well, not to the level of Taylor Swift or Justin Bieber) because thousands of students want to meet me every fall. As much as I’d like to think it’s me, high school seniors want to make sure I understand their strong interest in USC.

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November 10, 2015

6 Things to Expect in an Admission Interview

Have you ever interviewed before? For many high school seniors, a college admission interview is their first exposure to interviewing of any kind. Interviews may vary from school to school, but this post will address general things that you can expect during most college interviews. Take a look to see how you can best prepare.

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