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Category Archives: Applying to USC

September 27, 2016

Student Highlight: USC Student Body President, Edwin Saucedo

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It’s Natalie Guevara and I’m excited to start working with our blog. While coming up with topic ideas, I thought of common questions we get from prospective students and one of my favorites is always: what’s it like to be a student at USC? And although I’m an alumna of the university and had my own great experiences…I really want you to hear from current students with a bigger range of majors/involvement/background/etc. So rather than hear about all the cool things I have to say (many of you get enough of that), I’ll find current students to tell you about their experiences. For our first installment, we have Edwin Saucedo, the Student Body President for the Undergraduate Student Government. He is originally from South Gate, CA and is set to graduate this coming May 2017. Check out what he had to say.

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September 20, 2016

A Day in the Life of an Admission Counselor: Recruiting Students in NYC

johnny_blogQuestion: Have you seen that movie, Admission with Tina Fey? Is your job really like that?

Yes, I’ve seen that movie. In fact, I watched it on a Virgin America flight a few years ago on my way to NYC for one of my recruitment trips (How meta is that?) Tina Fey plays an admission counselor from a highly selective university, and there’s a scene of her doing high school visits that made me giggle a little too hard in my aisle seat (ok, fine…it was a middle seat). Tina does several vocal warm-ups and psychs herself up before reciting the same exact presentation about her school several times a day. This week starts my first recruitment trip of the season in New York City, and I’ll be visiting four to five high schools a day to chat about the USC experience. Our applicant pool is large and diverse and my applicants’ understanding of USC and the college admission process will vary dramatically. Following are some of the places where you’ll find me meeting students this fall in the Big Apple!

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September 8, 2016

What to Avoid When You’re Applying (or how to conquer your senior fall)

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Senior year is tough! You’re in your hardest classes to date, you’re taking on more and more responsibilities, you’re hitting a milestone almost every week…and then we ask you to apply to college. 12th grade may never be easy, but you can certainly make it less hard. Though each student’s college process is unique, there are a handful of behaviors/mind sets that I have seen cause unnecessary stress time and time again. Some call them the Four Horseman of the Common Appocalypse (and by some I mean me), but they are all avoidable if you know how to recognize the signs!

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September 2, 2016

Top 10 Signs You’re a Trojan at Heart

Move in dayHi everyone and welcome back!! Can you believe that another school year is upon us??? It seems like we were just wrapping up last year’s admission cycle and now we’re getting ready to head out on the road again to visit all of you! We hope you enjoyed summer and found some time to relax.

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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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