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Top 5 Things to Do After Applying to USC

January 14, 2020

Set up your USC portal

Soon after you apply, you’ll get an email confirming that you submitted your application. The subject line will read “USC Admission Has Received Your Application.” Please open this email! It has the PIN you’ll need to set up your USC portal. From there you can do important things like check on the status of your materials and, eventually, see your

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The Quest(Bridge) Continues!

December 6, 2019


This Monday, QuestBridge students across the country received the results of the National College Match. Through this program, students who qualify as QuestBridge Finalists apply to up to 12 of the partner colleges in the hopes of being matched with one. Through this program, USC admitted the first 5 Trojans to the class of 2024. As excited as

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Know Yourself

August 1, 2019

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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How I Talk to My Family About College

July 11, 2019

I’ve been working in the world of college admissions for about 5 years now (four years and eleven months exactly…but who’s counting?)  It’s a great start and the beginning of what I hope to be a long and flourishing career.  My family thinks I have a pretty cool and exciting job…especially my sister-in-law whose son is a junior in high school. My family members frequently ask me about how to get into college.  Many of them assume there is a determining factor in a student’s application that tips the scales in their favor.  Unfortunately, I can’t give them the “secret” to admission, because in reality, there is no precise pathway into a highly selective college.  What I can do is answer all of those terrifying “what if” questions with what I hope are some reassuring and calming truths.

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In My Day….Kelsey Bradshaw Edition

June 28, 2019

During spring break, my junior year of high school, I took a road trip to California to visit a bunch of colleges. We visited all sorts of different schools – big, small, urban, rural, public private, etc… I started to notice I would perk up when colleges mentioned certain topics, like involvement, student/faculty interactions, and opportunities outside the classroom. Being on a college campus, comparing totally different schools, and getting a better feel for what I was looking for was so valuable in helping me narrow my focus.

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Re-Post: The Skinny on Spring Grade Requests

May 23, 2019

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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Somerville Place

February 21, 2019

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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