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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…

Roski School of Art & Design: The Portfolio Forum

For high school seniors who will be applying for an art or design major at the Roski School of Art and Design.  It’s a great opportunity to meet some of our faculty and students and get some tips and critical feedback on the work in your portfolio.  Attendance is limited so we ask students to RSVP here.

Thornton School of Music: Am I Crazy? Pursuing Music in the 21st Century

A discussion with Brittany Jimenez of the Thornton School of Music exploring how to create a fulfilling and lifelong career in the music world.  This session will be beneficial for anyone who has been warned that a career in music is hard, has concerns about their future in music, or is a concerned parent/supporter/fan club member of someone pursuing a music career.  Spoiler alert!  You are not crazy for pursuing music!

Thornton School of Music: The Classical Experience

This session will feature a discussion and Q & A panel with faculty and current students about the rich traditions of our programs and how students pare the rigors of a traditional conservatory-style education with the benefits of studying at a leading research university.  This session will be especially helpful for anyone interested in applying to a program in Thornton’s Classical Performance and Composition Division and all attendees should come prepared with plenty of questions!

Thornton School of Music: The Contemporary Experience

A Q & A panel with faculty and current students about our contemporary programs and how they help students develop as artists and professionals.  This session will be especially beneficial for anyone interested in applying to a program in Thornton’s Contemporary Music Division and is a great opportunity to ask all your Contemporary Music questions!

Dornsife College of Letters, Arts, & Sciences: DiSCover USC Dornsife

A broad overview of opportunities and resources that Dornsife offers students. In this session, a staff member and a current student will speak about how honors programs, overseas studies, undergraduate research, service learning, and internships can be integrated into your four years at USC.

Dornsife College of Letters, Arts, & Sciences: Beyond the Classroom

If students have already visited campus and attended one of our general information sessions, Beyond the Classroom provides a deeper look into the role of experiential learning in the Dornsife experience. A professor and three current students will discuss their personal experiences with USC Dornsife programs that are available outside of the classroom, either tied to their coursework or to supplement it.

Students in the Problems without Passports Course, ENST 499: Tropical Coastal Zone Sustainability, are studying sustainability challenges in tropical coastal environments at the Cape Eleuthera Institute in the Bahamas. Here they are standing on the Glass Water Bridge. On the left are the deep blue waters of the Atlantic Ocean and on the right the bright turquoise of the Caribbean Sea.


Dornsife College of Letters, Arts, & Sciences: Pre-Health Panel

For students who have an interest in a health profession such as medicine, dentistry, pharmacy or physical therapy (to name just a few). A professor and four current students will explore the requirements and extracurricular activities that are involved with being a pre-health student as well as the resources and advising that are available to guide you through the process.

Viterbi School of Engineering: ViterbiEXPO

Presentations about all Viterbi programs and the opening of the ViterbiEXPO.  The EXPO includes lab tours, micro-seminars, a student organization fair, a photo booth, and awesome Viterbi Swag.  The EXPO is designed to give you the best look at USC Viterbi and help answer any questions you have about student life, entrepreneurship, undergraduate research, going abroad, getting a job, and student advisement.

Come find Neil Armstrong on USC’s campus. Armstrong graduated from Viterbi in 1970.

Glorya Kaufman School of Dance: Open House

Current and future applicants can benefit immensely from the many activities at the USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance’s Discover USC Open House. Information on the BFA program is readily available online and answers to your questions are only email away; however, there is no substitute for experiencing first-hand all that Kaufman and USC have to offer. In fact, the Open House is the last chance to take master classes from our world-renowned faculty this year. We are offering 13 master classes in different styles, tours of the Glorya Kaufman International Dance Center, information sessions, lecture/demonstrations on dance science and dance media, and opportunities to connect with current BFA students. We invite guardians to join us for many of these events, as well as our parent-to-parent chat, featuring a panel of current Kaufman parents. All of these activities will provide you with an insider’s perspective—one that will help you decide if Kaufman is the right fit for you. Think of it as an opportunity for you to audition us!

We hope to see you on Sunday, November 18th!  You can register in advance online.  Check-in begins at 9 AM with the last session starting at 3 pm.

Thanks to Penny Jones, Brittany Jimenez, Jonathan Wickremasinghe-Kuhn, Paul Ledesma, and Bella Allen (BFA Class of 2022) for their contributions

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