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August 1, 2019

Know Yourself

I know what you’re doing right now. You told your parents that you were working on your college applications. You sat down at the computer, logged into commonapp.org, got a bit overwhelmed…and then promptly opened a new tab so you could distract yourself with an online quiz.

Luckily, there’s a way for you to honestly tell your parents you’re working on your college application AND take online quizzes!

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May 23, 2019

Re-Post: The Skinny on Spring Grade Requests

Our notification deadline for transfer applicants is May 31st, and while most students will find out whether or not they have been admitted 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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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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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 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 22, 2018

Let Us Give Thanks

All of my favorite activities happen on Thanksgiving: spending time with your nearest and dearest, eating more than would be considered decent or even civilized by most, pretending to actually like football so you can get out of doing dishes, and—most importantly—taking time to reflect on what you are thankful for.

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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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