Category Archives: Staff Bloggers
January 17, 2019
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!
January 10, 2019
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…
December 20, 2018
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.
December 7, 2018
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.
November 22, 2018
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.
November 2, 2018
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)!
October 25, 2018
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.
October 18, 2018
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!
October 12, 2018
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.
September 27, 2018
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!