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June 21, 2018

GUEST BLOG: Summer Vacation is Upon Us!


From what I have been told, I am now a grownup, and with that, I no longer get the glorious 2 ½ month summer vacation I so much enjoyed when I was a teenager. Nevertheless, even for those of us who work in college admission, the summer months of June, July, and half of August provide some time to relax, reflect on the year that was, and start setting the table for what we hope is another fruitful admission cycle. And while we here at USC certainly admit that campus is a bit less exciting with all our students out and about for the summer, we would be lying if we said we didn’t enjoy the slightly shorter lines at the many eateries around campus, but that is beside the point.

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June 15, 2018

All’s Fair in College Fairs

College fairs. We know them. We love them. Almost every student will attend at least one fair before they graduate high school. But, the current college fair format has been around since the 1970s and really hasn’t changed so much. We wanted to ask ourselves – are college fairs still valuable? Now that so much information is available online, what can we do to get the most out of college fairs?

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May 17, 2018

The Skinny on Spring Grade Requests

Our notification deadline for transfer applicants is May 31st, and while most students will find out whether they have been admitted or not by that date, many applicants will receive spring grade requests. There’s a lot of speculation as to why we request spring grades (and let’s be honest, online forums are not the place to get accurate information), so let’s get to the heart of it. Why might we want to see how you did this semester?

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May 3, 2018

How to Get to Know the University of Southern California without Leaving Your Couch

One of the most challenging parts of the admission process for many students is determining which college or university they want to apply to during their senior year. With over 5,300 amazing institutions across the United States, it is impossible to visit every single one to get a sense of what it has to offer to a prospective student. To help make this process a bit easier for potential applicants, we have put together a list of different resources that students can use to begin to get to know our campus without leaving the comfort of their couch. We hope you enjoy!

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April 19, 2018

First in My Family

Hello everyone! My name is Angelica and I am an Admission Counselor here at the USC Office of Undergraduate Admission. I wanted to take a moment to write to you about first generation college student resources at USC. This is an important topic for me because I am a first generation college graduate. I was the first in my family to leave South Los Angeles and venture out-of-state for school and landed in upstate New York. I thought the transition to college would be easy because I was very independent in high school. As the oldest in my family, I had a part-time job, volunteered every weekend at the Santa Monica Pier Aquarium, participated in competitive cheerleading and was on the swim team. I graduated in the top of my class and thought I was unstoppable. However, when I got to college, I felt like small fish in an ocean. While I was excited about all the new opportunities available, I was also overwhelmed.

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April 12, 2018

Starting USC in the Spring

Hi there! My name is Delaney Brower and I am a sophomore from Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin. Currently, I am undeclared, yet I am minoring in Spanish. As a spring admit, I started at USC during the spring of 2017.

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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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