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Category Archives: Applying to USC

April 12, 2016

STUDENT BLOG: But USC was my Dream!!!

Katrina PhotoUSC has been my dream school since I was seven years old. As a child, game day was a big event in my household where my family and I would go all out… dressed in our best cardinal and gold from head to toe, ready to cheer on the Trojans! After my older sister was accepted into USC, my family anticipated that I would soon follow. I did well in high school, I was very involved, and most importantly, I was ready to be a Trojan.

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March 23, 2016

GUEST BLOG: The wait is (almost) over!

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All of our freshman admission decisions are in the mail and most applicants should receive an information packet or letter from us within the next 48-72 hours.

I am very proud of the admission team’s accomplishments. They have worked tirelessly for months doing all the things required to recruit USC’s class of 2020: they spent much of last year traveling the world, getting countless high school seniors excited about USC; they hosted tens of thousands of campus visitors, showing them all aspects of our vibrant campus; and they spent more than 30,000 staff hours (the equivalent of fifteen years of full-time work for one person) reading and deciding the outcome of the largest applicant pool in USC’s history.

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March 15, 2016

Raise your hand if you hate waiting…

maizy and sawyer meme April 1st, while right around the corner, probably feels like a million miles away for those waiting to hear from colleges. We get it…the waiting game is the worst! Here are some ideas of how you can pass the time while we wrap up the process on our end.

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January 13, 2016

4 Ways to Stand Out as a Transfer Applicant

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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

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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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