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Category Archives: Applying to USC

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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October 28, 2015

Mythbuster: I can take the SAT or ACT right before the admission deadline

With our December 1 deadline approaching, it is almost that time of year when our office is sent thousands and thousands of applications, transcripts, test scores and letters of recommendation. Honestly, it is amazing that everything gets placed into each and every student’s application file given the high volume of content we receive. It is important to know that it takes a significant amount of time for all application materials to be organized and downloaded into a student’s application file- especially test scores.

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October 21, 2015

Come Discover USC!

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During my last visit to the Metro DC area I worked at one of our Discover USC programs. We host these programs for prospective students throughout the world so that students and families gain helpful information about USC and our application process. Although we would love for everyone to visit USC, we realize it’s just not feasible, so we try our best to bring a bit of USC to you!

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October 16, 2015

Mythbuster: I need to show the admission counselors that USC is my top choice

Every late August/early September, there are 5 or so emails in my inbox every morning with the subject “Introduction to USC.” These emails usually have the same general format. “Hello Jessica- just wanted to let you know that I go to ABC High School, I play baseball and I can’t wait to apply to USC. I’ve always wanted to be a student in the Marshall School of Business.”

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October 14, 2015

5 Things to Expect at a College Visit

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So what exactly goes on during a college visit? You know that admission reps will be visiting your high school, but you have no clue what to expect. Not only do college visits allow us to meet with students and learn more about your high school, but students also get the opportunity to learn more about their prospective colleges. Find out what you can expect at these visits.

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September 3, 2015

Making the College Admission Process about You

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Greetings from sunny Southern California! My name is Jessica Frey (informally known as J Frey) and I am a Senior Assistant Director of Undergraduate Admission at USC. I grew up in Hollister, a tiny farm town in Northern California that has no affiliation whatsoever with the clothing store. I attended a large public high school with over 3,000 students and somehow found my way to USC to study theatre. My hope is that through sharing my own experiences, I can give you some advice and help you feel at ease when you approach the college admission process.

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May 12, 2015

What About Transfer Applicants!?!?!?

We know a lot of our transfer applicants are anxiously awaiting decisions and many have the same questions! We hear you and hope this FAQ will help as you wait to hear from us. When will I find out my decision? What does a spring grade request mean? When would I find out which classes will transfer? Financial Aid? Spring Admission? Keep reading to get the answers!

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