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You’ve submitted your college applications… now what?

February 8, 2012

It’s an interesting time of year—all our first-year application deadlines have passed and we are continuing with our review of applications. If you’re on the other side as a first-year applicant, you may be looking forward to your last semester of high school, spring break, and hearing back from all the colleges. Hopefully, you’re not spending a large amount of time stressing out! Even if you are, here are some of my personal recommendations for Do’s and Don’ts now that you’ve submitted your college applications…

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Admission Decisions Part 1

February 3, 2012

Recently we sent out letters to applicants who submitted their applications prior to the December 1st merit-based scholarship consideration deadline. A small number of students were notified of their admission and invited to interview for Trustee and Presidential Scholarships, while everyone else was notified that they are still being considered for admission along with all of the students that met the final January 10th application deadline.

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Financial Aid

February 2, 2012

I know you are all anxiously awaiting your admission decision, but I would like to take some time to tell you about the financial aid process. Most students think they should wait until they receive their admission decision, but that is a big misconception. You should be working on completing your Financial Aid application after you apply for admission.

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Application Trends

January 18, 2012

It’s hard to believe that the holidays were just a few short weeks ago! I was fortunate enough to spend time at home in Chicago and even saw some snow. Many of my colleagues also traveled to other parts of California or the country during this break for some well-deserved time with family and friends.

When we weren’t enjoying the holidays, however, many of us continued to read applications. After reading over 800 applications, I’ve realized that while there are trends in applications every year, they tend to change from year to year.

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New Year’s Resolutions

January 10, 2012

We are excited to be back and have lots of ideas about things to share with you this spring in the USC Admission Blog. We want to continue to give you an “insider’s look” at our people, our process, and our university. There are over 35 admission staff members currently part of our review process and right now it feels like we are spending every waking moment reading your applications. But, we are also taking the time to think about the things we’d like to do or change in our own lives in the new year and want to share some of them with you. Maybe you’ll find some inspiration as you also work on your resolutions for 2012!

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Winter Break

December 19, 2011

We just finished finals week at USC, the week that most students look forward to all semester long. Well, it’s more like the week after finals that students are really looking forward to! Our students, staff, and faculty take a well-deserved break to celebrate the holidays and get ready for the spring semester.

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What’s Trending Now

December 14, 2011

Every year, it seems like there are certain recurring trends we see in the Quick Takes section of the application. Whether it’s a popular humanitarian issue or simply a favorite movie that seems to be every student’s favorite, it’s amazing the similarities we often find.

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The Early Life of an Application

December 7, 2011

Throughout the last week, we received thousands of applications and materials for our December 1 merit scholarship deadline. Curious about how all these materials magically show up in the appropriate file for me to read on a computer, I decided to do some investigating into our processing office. As a result, I bring you: The Early Life of an Application.

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Coming soon…

December 2, 2011

Yesterday was the December 1 deadline for merit scholarship consideration for first year applicants! It was a busy day of phone calls and receiving tons of application materials in the mail. Check back next week to see exactly what the deadline brought us and learn more about how we process applications.

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