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April 22, 2014

STUDENT BLOG: My Admission Story

     I had not expected it. My best friend texted me as I got home and asked,

“Did you get in?”

I instantly knew he was asking about my USC admission decision. I ran out of my house, past my mom who was wondering why I was running since I never do, to my mailbox 100 yards away. I got the mail and found the big envelope and knew what was inside would change my future.

     I was so excited I ran (yes I was that excited) back to my house yelling, “Mom! Mom! Look what came!” I handed her the rest of the mail that was completely irrelevant to me in that moment because all I cared about was that big envelope from the University of Southern California. My eyes welled up as I opened the package to see “Welcome to the Trojan Family” emblazoned on the front of the envelope with acceptance materials inside.

     I narrowed down my final two choices to USC, my mother’s alma mater, and my father’s alma mater. I visited both over spring break and visited USC first. Explore USC sealed the deal. My mother can attest to the fact that I did not stop smiling all day. I was home. I took a campus tour, heard the band play the fight song, learned about potential majors and involvement opportunities, indulged in dorm food at Parkside, and saw myself at this university. I left Parking Structure X that day knowing where I would be spending my next four years.

     I committed a few days later after visiting my father’s alma mater. I turned to him as I was driving home from the campus and broke the news, completely sure of my decision. The deposit was paid that night and showed my mother the confirmation. She embraced me and said,

“Welcome to the Trojan Family.”

     USC has given me three amazing years, and I have one more left. I have grown immensely since high school. I have added majors and minors, and dropped some too. I have gotten more A’s than C’s, though the C’s taught me more. I have built personal and professional relationships that have taught me so much. Professors have challenged me and supported me in my development as a student and person.

     Best of luck to all the newly admitted students on your decisions! Ask questions, learn about the campus, inquire about your field of study, and check out student involvement opportunities, so you know that when you commit you are 100% sure of the decision you are making. Then get ready to have four amazing years that will change and shape you to become a better person and student. As always, Fight On!


  1. Josh says:

    hello i am a transfer student from a California community college anxiously awaiting my decision in june. I was just curious if i have a chance at being admitted into sociology with a 3.28 and good letters of rec. Yes i know my gpa isn’t too great but i have reasons. If you could honestly answer this i’d be so totally grateful. I wish to get the same big package within the mail come june……but it seems so impossible with my gpa 🙁

    • Kenley Turville says:

      Hi Josh,

      Hopefully you’ve heard from USC by now. If you haven’t, contact our office so we can make sure you receive your decision. You can call 213-740-1111.


    • Luis Murguia says:

      Hey Josh,
      I was wondering if you were admitted to USC, I am applying to the Marshall school of business with a 3.3 gpa which is also below their avg. accepting requirement. I’d love to hear from you about your application/ admission process. Any info I’d greatly appreciate. Thanks in advance.

  2. Jessica Starnes says:

    I’ve been going back and forth trying to figure the best college career path for myself and my little family, I’m a single mother of two. I have a daughter and a son all under 6years, they are my motivation to strive for success, I’m currently attending ITT technical institute for Business Administration associate of applied science, i’d love to apply to a university such as USC being a Trojan fan myself! This story will be my push to submit my application!
    Jessica Starnes

  3. gabby says:

    I am a junior in high school and I’m Trying to get ahead at applying for colleges and USC is an option but my thing is that my GPA is also low so I’m asking should my GPA be my main thing I should stress about or is there other big things I should worry about

    • Sam Schreiber says:

      Hi Gabby,

      We do a holistic review of every file, meaning we look at grades and courses but do consider every aspect of an application. That being said, being academically prepared to succeed at USC is very important in the process. Thanks for reading!

  4. Neive says:

    Hi there,

    I’m an international student from Canada (class of 2016) hoping to be accepted to USC next fall. I was just wondering how the financial aspect of the application works – if I can’t produce financial statements that suggest I can afford my first year where does that leave me? Is there a chance of being denied admittance based on insufficient finances?

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