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Category Archives: On Campus

February 21, 2019

Somerville Place

At USC we value diversity. It’s in our mission statement, we believe that diverse experiences will increase the experience of all students in the classroom. But what happens outside of the classroom? How do students find community?

At USC our Residential Life Education program provides various special interest housing. Previously, I wrote about the Rainbow Floor. USC Residential Education and USC Housing is proud to offer students the opportunity to live in a variety of living-learning options, thematic residential colleges and gender inclusive housing.

One of our oldest special-interest housing options is Somerville Place. Somerville celebrated its 20th Anniversary in 2015, and the first residents moved in during the 1995 Fall semester. Since then, Somerville has served more than 500 students. The floor is named after John and Vada Somerville, who are the first black students to graduate from the USC Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry.

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February 14, 2019

Sign Me Up! Introducing Even More USC Clubs and Organizations

As a follow-up to a blog post that was published this past fall, the Office of Admission wanted to spotlight even more of the amazing clubs and organizations that comprise campus life here at USC. Check out these diverse on-campus opportunities along with many, many more that enable Trojans to get involved, develop leadership skills and make an impact on the USC community.

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January 17, 2019

USC Admission’s Multicultural Recruitment Team

USC has a strong commitment to welcoming students of every race, creed and background to campus. The Office of Admission takes into consideration all aspects of diversity in the application process and works closely with students to assist them.  In our efforts to promote diversity, we have two Associate Directors who lead multicultural efforts and work collaboratively with members of the Multicultural Recruitment Team. The team is currently led by Yamilet Medina Lopez who has been with the Undergraduate Admission Office for 9 years as one of the Associate Directors. This new year we welcomed Curtis Ferguson II as the second Associate Director for Multicultural Recruitment and we’re eager to introduce him to all of you!

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January 10, 2019

Counting Down to January 15th

You’re almost there! Just five more days for you to submit your application to USC!

Whether you’re currently tangled up in one of our short answer essays or are zenfully waiting for last minute inspiration/panic to arrive, we figured you could do with a little motivation! In honor of the last five days before our freshman application deadline, here are five reasons to apply to USC…

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December 20, 2018

USC’s QuestBridge Scholar Community

QuestBridge is a national scholarship organization for high-achieving, low-income high school students. The program offers two scholarships, one for high school juniors called the College Prep Scholars Program, and a senior scholarship called the National College Match Scholarship. While we match fewer than 10 students every year through the QuestBridge National College Match Scholarship, we have one of the largest QuestBridge Scholars Network because so many QuestBridge finalists are admitted through USC’s regular decision admission process. If you are not matched, you will still be eligible for USC’s institutional merit scholarships.

To give you a perspective of USC’s Questbridge Scholar Network, I recently spoke with current President Edgar Bustos and past President Vanni Le. Edgar is one of our few matched scholars on campus. Although Vanni was not matched, she interviewed for the Trustee Scholarship and ultimately decided to attend USC.

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December 13, 2018

Landing Your Dream Job: Resources from the USC Career Center

This week’s blog comes to us from the USC Career Center, which serves more than 47,000 undergraduate and graduate students that attend USC, along with our Trojan Family of nearly 350,000 alumni around the world. This blog will provide an overview of the many career-based services that are available to students of all majors and professional interests.

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December 7, 2018

Native American Student Experiences at USC

Although USC has been steadily developing more resources for recruiting and supporting Native American students on campus, there is actually a long history of Native students at USC. I recently sat down with Karras Wilson (Quechan/Cocopah), Director of Native American Students Outreach and Recruitment, and Vanessa Gomez Brake, Associate Dean of Religious Life and we spoke about that legacy and history on our campus. As an example, Karras mentioned one of our most notable Native alumni, Joseph Medicine Crow, who received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Barack Obama in 2009. Joseph Medicine Crow was an acclaimed Native American historian and last surviving war chief of Montana’s Crow Tribe. Mr. Medicine Crow received his Master’s Degree in Anthropology and an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from USC in 2003.

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November 29, 2018

A Day in the Life of an OT Major

If you follow us on Instagram (you should, we’re pretty awesome) @USCAdmission, then you may have seen some stories this week from students studying Occupational Therapy (OT) at USC.  What is OT you ask? Well, occupational therapists help people live meaningful, healthy and productive lives through both physical and emotional therapy.  USC offers an accelerated 5-year program for students interested in becoming occupational therapists.  Watch this video to hear from Megan, a student in the Accelerated Bachelor’s to Master’s degree program, share about her daily life in the occupational therapy major at USC.

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