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March 22, 2018

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times…”


“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times…”

As I reflect on my work as the dean of admission at a highly selective university, Dickens’ words frequently come to mind. The dual emotions of of joy and disappointment aren’t experienced only by our applicants, but by admission officers as well – more on that in bit.

We have completed our review of USC’s record-breaking 2018-19 first-year applicant pool. As I write this, our team is sorting decisions for mailing. Later today, tens of thousands of items will be loaded onto trucks to begin their journeys to every corner of the world.

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March 15, 2018

Making the Big Decision

Believe it or not, admission decision season is finally upon us. It’s time to rip/click open your admission decisions and figure out where you will be spending the next four years of your life. This will be a time of great excitement (and maybe some heartbreak), but it is just the beginning of the amazing journey you will soon embark on. That being said, you are likely to have some major decisions to make this coming month, so we at the USC Admission Office want to provide some factors that you might want to consider as you determine which school is the right fit for you and your academic, social, and professional aspirations! Good luck everyone!

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March 8, 2018

Keep Calm and Fight On: Mental Health and Emotional Wellness Resources

We all get stressed out from time to time, but as students take on increasingly rigorous coursework and time-consuming activities, mental health and wellness is definitely something schools need to address. Increasingly, the national conversation around higher education has included these issues, as well as the kinds of support colleges are able to provide their students. Whether our Trojans are dealing with homesickness, a bit of test anxiety, or more serious difficulties like depression and trauma, USC offers an array of counseling services and trainings to help our students.

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March 1, 2018

Major Mondays: Studying Gerontology

Yes, we know we are posting this on a Thursday–but what can we do?! “Major Thursdays” just doesn’t have the same ring. Below is a blog from Sarah Wong, a senior at the USC Leonard Davis School of Gerontology. Read on to learn more about one of our unique and beloved programs!

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February 15, 2018

Resources for Student Veterans at USC

Each year, the University of Southern California admits student veterans from all branches of the military to our incoming freshman and transfer classes. In order to best accommodate their transition to and success here on campus, the school and its campus partners provide a number of different resources to address the academic, financial, social, or professional needs of this important population of USC students.

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February 8, 2018

FAQs on Scholarship Decisions

A couple of weeks ago, USC sent out notifications about our merit scholarship decisions. We know that students and parents might have some questions about our process and possibilities moving forward, so I would like to take this opportunity to explain our decision-making process a bit more, answer some frequently asked questions, and discuss the next steps in your application process.

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February 1, 2018

Financial Aid at USC

Congrats, you have submitted your application for admission!

But now it’s time to start thinking about the Financial Aid process. In this blog, we’ll go over the process in detail and highlight some of the resources that will help you get everything in on time.

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January 25, 2018

GUEST BLOG: I am a Renaissance Scholar

This week we will hear from Kirsten, a senior at USC who is double majoring in English and Narrative Studies with a minor in Psychology and Law?  Sound cool?  Read more to find out about how she discovered all of these awesome subjects and what she’s been able to do with them.

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January 11, 2018

Welcome to the USC Admission Center!

Have you ever seen a Heisman Trophy in real life? Do you know the origin of “Fight On?” Have you ever met a current USC student? By the time you finish a campus tour at USC, you will be able to answer “yes” to all of these questions.

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