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Category Archives: Applying to USC

August 17, 2017

How to Transfer to USC

Transfer students are important to USC, and the Office of Admission is here to help you navigate the application process. This guide will provide a breakdown of how to present a strong transfer application to USC. We’re sharing this information with you now, at the onset of the academic year, so that any prospective transfer student can develop a course plan.

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August 11, 2017

Guest Blog: Stacy Smith Is Not Your Average Professor

Class starts at 12:00. She enters at 11:59:25 with a coffee in one hand, blazer sleeves rolled, glasses perfectly askew and staple hoops shimmering. With an anecdote about a candid phone conversation with a high-profile media outlet or a funny, animal-centered YouTube video, she’s off. Inexplicably, Stacy (That’s what she’ll ask you to call her. She’ll learn your name and you’ll learn hers) is knee-deep in a presentation of her team’s research by 12:04. Your pen furiously  scribbles across the page as Stacy, with her collar popped, insists that evidence for her arguments are “in the research.” Invested in the lecture, you fail to note that 200 of your peers are now looking at you in the back row as Stacy Smith, from 70 feet away, has briefly paused her lecture to inquire about your new haircut.

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August 3, 2017

Student Highlight: Brad Streicher, Transitioning Into the “Real World”

This month’s student blog comes courtesy of Brad Streicher, a recent graduate of the Annenberg School of Communication and Journalism. In addition to majoring in Broadcast and Digital Journalism and minoring in Cinematic Arts at USC, Brad worked as a tour guide for the Office of Admission and a reporter, anchor and executive producer for Annenberg Media. He also held internships at media outlets around the country, including CNBC, NBC Los Angeles and Business Insider. After graduating this past spring, Brad moved to Charleston, South Carolina to work as a reporter for CBS affiliate Live 5 News. In his blog, Brad highlights his transition from USC student to USC graduate and how he has utilized the resources and connections from his undergraduate experience to find and succeed in his current job.

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July 27, 2017

An Intro to Interviews

No time for a fun/lengthy/creative intro this week…we’ve got business to discuss! The sign up site for on campus interviews is up and running (and we will post opportunities for off campus interviews later this summer). Before you sign up for an interview, however, it’s a good idea to take a second to understand what USC admission interviews are and what they are not.

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July 13, 2017

GUEST BLOG: Hello from Taipei!

If you had asked me three years ago, Hey Alex-where do you think you’ll be July 2017?, I don’t think I would have even come close to saying Taipei.  It’s hard to even pick a place to start describing how unique and eye-opening this summer has been for me.

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July 6, 2017

Visit USC!

If you are considering USC and you plan to be in the Los Angeles area, we encourage you to come visit us on campus. We offer a number of programs and opportunities to tour and learn about USC. For starters, we offer admission tours Monday through Friday at our Admission Center in the Ronald Tutor Campus Center.

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June 29, 2017

GUEST BLOG: A Look Back on the Past Two Years

As many of you prepare to begin your college career in just a few short months, take some “cheesy” advice from an entering junior at USC. For those applying to college this year, consider Clare’s experiences when exploring different schools. She just finished her sophomore year and has some friendly words of wisdom.

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June 22, 2017

Conferences: A True Underdog Story

Each June, the USC Office of Undergraduate Admission turns up in full force to the Western Association for College Admission Counseling conference (affectionately known as WACAC) . In addition to networking with high school and college counselors and CRUSHING IT in the dodgeball tournament, my coworkers and I were able to attend a variety of informational sessions. We are excited to apply what we learned to our work as admission counselors and thought you might enjoy hearing a bit about the topics covered. Take a look at what we learned and, if you’d like to hear more about any of these subjects, let us know in the comments section!

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June 20, 2017

The Trojan Family: Legacy Students Applying to USC

While visiting high schools and attending college fairs, the USC admission counselors often connect with members of the Trojan Family who have a daughter or son who is considering USC. These parents may wonder, “how much does legacy status really impact a student’s application?”

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