March 24, 2015
GUEST BLOG: I Love When A Plan Comes Together
Moments ago, we bid adieu to a truck full of admission decisions. They are officially mailed today! WOOHOO! To keep with our USC Admission Blog tradition, Dean of Admission Tim Brunold was kind enough to write a guest blog again this year. Read more as he reflects over the file review season and provides some data about our recently admitted first-year class.
Tens of thousands of packets and letters are beginning to make their way through the U.S. postal system.
We began reading on October 29th and just finished our last committee discussions less than twenty four hours ago. Believe me, we have needed and used every single minute over the last several months to select this class. More than 30,000 staff hours (the equivalent of fifteen years of full-time work for one person) have been spent reading, evaluating and discussing candidates.
Choosing students is equal parts art and science. While I am confident that the team here at USC has made the best decisions possible, I am certain that not everyone will agree with the outcome. Although we are thrilled to have identified the most impressive admitted class in USC’s history, we are also dismayed that so many incredible students were turned away; there just wasn’t enough room to take everyone we wanted. None of us takes joy or pride in disappointing thousands of eager prospective students. We are, however, somewhat consoled by the fact that our applicants have myriad options for higher education. The fact is that just about everyone will find a place that is right for them.
A few facts about this fall’s admitted freshman class:
- Approximately 52,000 first-year applicants for 2,770 places in our fall entering class
- 17.5% admission rate
- 3,200 different high schools represented from all 50 U.S. states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam and 77 other countries
- 44% from California
- Outside California, the most represented states are Texas, New York, Illinois, Washington, Florida, New Jersey and Arizona
- 14% are international students. The most represented places of origin are China, India, South Korea, Canada, Singapore and Taiwan
- 1-in-8 is the first in his or her family to attend college
- 64% are African American, Latino, Native American, Asian, Pacific Islander or multi-ethnic
- The average un-weighted GPA, on a 4-point scale, is 3.83
- 29% of admits have perfect un-weighted GPAs of 4.0
- 50% of admits enrolled in 8 or more AP courses while in high school
- 77% had standardized test scores in the 95th percentile or higher; nearly 3,500 had standardized test scores in the 99th percentile.
So what’s next?
If you have applied for financial aid, you’ll be hearing about that very soon. We are committed to getting this information to you quickly, since only 38 days remain until you must commit to enroll.
We will be hosting fifty events for admitted students, both on- and off-campus, over the next month. We really want to meet as many students and parents as possible. Check your admission packet or our website for further details – we’ll be waiting for you. And if you haven’t yet visited campus, now’s the time to do so.
Many years have passed since I helped to recruit my first class of USC students. A lot has changed here since 1989, but one thing has remained constant: the deep pride that our students, faculty, staff and alumni have for being members of the Trojan Family.
Thanks for reading and FIGHT ON!
Dean of Admission
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