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Category Archives: prospective student

November 15, 2018

USC Helenes Watch Hecuba and Tommy

It’s Conquest week at USC, and the campus is gearing up for one of the most anticipated football games of the season! People are playing Tusk on repeat and getting ready for the big Conquest concert on Thursday!

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November 8, 2018

Discover USC!

We’re getting excited! Sunday, November 18th we will host our on-campus Discover USC program.  This open house is jam-packed with activities for prospective students and families to learn more about what USC has to offer and figure out if USC is a good fit for them. We offer everything from tours to student life panels and even more in between! This is your day to discover, however, and we want to make sure you’re able to maximize your time. Perhaps you would like to attend…

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November 2, 2018

Trojan Traditions

As USC’s admission counselors spend the fall travelling to college fairs and visits to your high schools all around the United States and all around the world, we regularly get questions about the history and traditions of USC. This is the perfect time to speak on this subject with Homecoming right around the corner (go Trojans, beat the Bears)!

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October 25, 2018

Celebrating Differences: Spotlight on the LGBTQ Resource Center and the Rainbow Floor

 

 

 

 

 

 
Hello prospective Trojans, my name is Angélica and I am an Assistant Director of Undergraduate Admission at USC. This is my second blog post in a series that focuses on USC resources for groups historically underrepresented in higher education. This week, to celebrate the end of LGBT History Month, I’ll be focusing on the LGBTQ Resource Center and the Rainbow Floor in Residential Life.

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October 18, 2018

Getting Involved: Spotlighting USC’s (Many, Many) Clubs and Organizations

USC is proud to have nearly 1000 student clubs and organizations across our campus, which encompass the school values of engagement, respect, inclusivity, leadership, and service. In this week’s blog, we will highlight a few of the organizations that USC students are passionate about and provide information about how new and current students can join clubs on campus or even start their own!

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October 12, 2018

Human Resources: How to Get in Touch with a USC Counselor

While applying to college requires students spend countless hours navigating university websites and inputting data in the Common App, it is still fundamentally a human process. While the bots might be up to all kinds of things these days, USC continues to employ a large group of humans to serve applicants as admission counselors. Responsible for everything from presenting at your high school to attending your transfer fair to reading your application, the people in our office are happy to meet you and help guide you through this process.

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September 27, 2018

What Does That Even Mean? USC’s Helpful Guide to Navigating the Lingo of the College Application Process

One of the hallmarks of the college application journey is the alphabet soup of acronyms and random terms that are casually thrown around to describe the various stages of the admissions process. Many of these concepts will be brand new to students and may add an extra layer of confusion to an already complex process. With that in mind, the USC Office of Admission has put together a handy glossary of terms to help any student feel like an expert when navigating their college applications!

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September 20, 2018

Rethinking the End Game

While the most obvious and logical goal of applying to college is being accepted to college, I would argue that it should not be your only goal. During the years I worked in a high school, I was amazed by the exponential emotional and social growth I saw in the senior class. Much of this development, I would argue, is supported (if not instigated) by the college process. My colleague Samantha Schreiber, Associate Director of College Counseling & Academic Planning at Milken Community Schools, and I sat down to discuss the ways that seniors grow (whether or not they are aware of it)! In her role as a college counselor, she not only has a “front row seat” but is able to actively encourage and support students as they grow in their maturity and self-knowledge. Our hope is that, by acknowledging these opportunities for development, those who are involved in the college application process (be they student, parent, counselor, or anyone else) can come to appreciate a broader view of what success is and how applicants can gain more from this process than just a place to spend the next four years. Here’s some of what Samantha and I have observed:

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September 6, 2018

If You Change Your Mind: Internal Only Majors

One of the first things prospective students learn when visiting the USC campus is that almost all of our admitted students are admitted directly into a specific major. We have over one hundred and fifty majors so there’s a lot of variety when it comes to picking one, and often students tell me they are a little overwhelmed with the options. It’s also totally normal for the average seventeen year old to feel uneasy about committing to one academic subject immediately upon entering college. Luckily, the commitment is not one that lasts a lifetime, or even a full academic year. Did you know that USC offers certain majors that aren’t available on the Common Application, because they are programs that students can only internally transfer into once they get here? Many of these programs are pretty focused and specific, so it’s more common to discover these interests while studying for another major at USC. For example….

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