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March 26, 2014

Mission Accomplished!

Moments ago, we bid adieu to a truck full of admission decisions. They are officially mailed today! So exciting! 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.



Not only did we receive record numbers—more than 51,700 applicants for the freshman class—but our admission committee enjoyed getting to know the finest, most interesting group of students it has ever had the privilege of reading.

Thanks for sticking with us over this past year. We have needed and used every single minute since our deadlines passed to select this class. More than 20,000 staff hours (the equivalent of ten years of full-time work for one person) have been spent reading, evaluating and discussing candidates. In fact, we finalized the last of our decisions just about eight hours ago.

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 our judgment. Although we are thrilled to have identified the most impressive admitted class in USC’s 134-year history, we are also dismayed that so many incredible students were turned away; there just wasn’t enough room. None of us takes joy or pride in this part of our work. We are, however, somewhat consoled by the fact that our applicants have myriad options for higher education. Past experience shows us that everyone will find a place that is right for them.






Now on to some facts about this fall’s admitted freshman class:

• 51,700 first-year applicants
• 17.8% admission rate
• 3,150 different high schools represented from all 50 U.S. states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam and 80 other countries
• 44% from California
• Outside California, the most represented states are Texas, New York, Illinois, Washington, Florida and New Jersey
• 17% are international students. The most represented places of origin are China, South Korea, India, Canada and Taiwan
• 1-in-8 is the first in their family to attend college
• 65% are African American, Latino, Native American, Asian, Pacific Islander or multi-ethnic
• The average un-weighted GPA, on a 4-point scale, is 3.82.
• 28% of admits have perfect un-weighted GPAs of 4.0
• 47% enrolled in 8 or more AP courses
• 75% had standardized test scores in the 95th percentile or higher. More than 3,300 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 35 days remain until you must commit to enroll.

We will be hosting forty-eight(!) events for admitted students, both on- and off-campus, over the next month. We sure would like 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!

Timothy Brunold
Dean of Admission


  1. Nannette O'Donnell says:

    Thanks for the summary of merits of the class of 2018. Sure hope my son will be one of the lucky ones!
    Fun to see the envelopes being mailed!

  2. Franny Rennie says:

    We are very proud parents of one of the lucky ones! USC has been his dream school since Kindergarten. He worked so hard for his dream and we thank you for choosing Evan as one of your next accomplished Trojans! We hope to meet you soon and Fight On! I plan to get involved in the parent organization as soon as possible. Franny Rennie PTSA President Beverly Hills High School

  3. Yishan Zheng says:

    I can not wait to come to my dream school USC at this fall! I hope there will be activities for freshman in Hong Kong soon!

  4. Well done. Excited you accepted my daughter and now have a legacy Trojan Ali Getz ’18. Fight on!

  5. katrina says:

    Hey do community college courses get factored into the admissions GPA for incoming freshmen?

    Thank you!

    • Kenley Turville says:

      If the courses do not count toward high school graduation, you can receive credit for them. For the most part, they won’t be considered in the GPA, but they’ll still be reviewed.

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