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April 26, 2012

Why USC? Part I

We recently asked over 700 current USC students why they ultimately chose to attend USC for their undergraduate education. We received an overwhelming response and wanted to highlight some of them here for you. As the May 1st National Candidates Reply Date approaches, we hope some of these students’ experiences and perspectives will help you make your decision. Who better to tell you why USC than our current students?

USC is the perfect balance of academics, fun, and access to the world right in LA and abroad. I chose USC because it’s a small enough community to know people as you’re walking to class or around a major city, but big enough to meet someone new whether on campus or abroad!
          Ruth, Junior majoring in Public Policy from Boston, Massachusetts

I chose USC because it was the only college that gave me the feeling of home and family. Being over 2,000 miles away from home, I felt comfortable from the start and now know the Trojan Family is always there for me through thick and thin. Fight on for life!
          Gavin, Freshman majoring in Business Administration from Chicago, IL

University of Southern California seemed like a socially active campus, which it proved to be, while still having higher academic standards. In my major of electrical engineering, I am given the choices of different specializations, whereas most other colleges I applied to are just core electrical engineering or electrical engineering with an emphasis in computer sciences.
          Stanley, Freshman majoring in Electrical Engineering from Dublin, CA

Why USC? Does winter in Massachusetts mean anything to anyone?
          Jamie, Sophomore majoring in Business Administration from Plymouth, MA

I was skeptical of large schools like USC at the start of my college search, but during my visits and research about the school, I realized that USC offers a vibrant community. USC truly enables any individual to find an engaging niche because there are scores of diverse opportunities across all fields.
          Shelby, Freshman majoring in Narrative Studies from Chattanooga, TN

I chose to attend USC because the professors are really great – not only do they pursue amazing things with their research, but they also genuinely care about your success and well-being. If you actively put in the effort to see them and get their help, they will respond and help you with understanding the material or with anything that is concerning you, be it school-related or not.
          Malina, Freshman majoring in Biological Sciences from San Diego, CA

USC truly offered the full range of undergraduate experiences in terms of academics, extracurricular activities, leadership, research, and networking. In particular, I was very excited to take advantage of the Progressive Degree Program, which allowed me to get my B.S. in BME and M.S. in BME in 4 years, and to take advantage of numerous research grants provided by USC to fund my research endeavors freshman through sophomore years. I could not have had a more well-rounded experience: being a Trojan has set me up well for my future career as a doctor, and I greatly appreciate all the opportunities I have had here that have prepared me to attend Stanford Medical School in the fall.
          Jasmine, Senior graduating with B.S., Biomedical Engineering and M.S., Biomedical
          Engineering from Austin, TX

I chose USC because I could tell that being here would make it possible to have in my life a great balance of fun, freedom, adventures through LA and California, academics, overall intellectual exploration, and crazy spirit. I was right!
          Laura, Freshman majoring in Environmental studies, born in Fort Wayne, IN, but came to
          USC from Tel Aviv, Israel

Diversity; diversity of people, interests, and opportunities. I love that I can go to a football game, work in a student organization building space-bound rockets, and sit down for a milkshake with friends from all over the world — all in one day.
          Andy, Freshman majoring in Astronautical Engineering from Plainview, NY

USC presents the best of all worlds: scholars, athletes, philanthropists, artists, you name it, they’re here. It’s a fantastic school with everything to offer.
          Casey, Sophomore double majoring in Neuroscience and Health Promotion and Disease
          Prevention from Leawood, KS

I chose USC because of the Trojan Family. It’s more than just cardinal and gold, more than just a football stadium, and more than just an alumni network. It’s a place to belong, even within a school of 17,000 undergrads. It’s an experience that never ends.
          Kristie, Freshman majoring in Business Administration from Arcadia, CA

USC was my ideal school because it encompasses everything I’ve imagined college to be: tons of school pride, a Trojan family/community, great academics, and amazing networking. USC provides so many different opportunities for growth, educational enrichment, and experiences that no other school could have done for me.
          Jennifer, Junior majoring in Policy, Planning, and Development (emphasis in Health
          Policy & Management) from Westminster, CA

I chose USC because it was the only school I looked at that really allowed me to be flexible with my studies. I love that I feel encouraged here to explore all my different areas of interest.
          Shannon, Sophomore majoring in Psychology with a double minor in Theatre and
          Cinematic Arts from Toronto, Canada

I decided to choose USC because of its strong dedication to promote undergraduate research, both domestically and internationally. USC honestly tries to guide its students into becoming active international leaders through research immersion, active learning, and by promoting a unique relationship with professors.
          Emily, Sophomore majoring in Health Promotion & Disease Prevention from Santa Rosa
          Valley, CA

Everyone is excited about what they’re doing, whether it’s a computer science project or a trip to Lemonade for macaroons!
          Maggie, Sophomore double majoring in Anthropology and Spanish from Hinsdale, IL

I chose to come to USC because the student body was not simply ethnically diverse, but diverse in academics and interests as well. It’s not uncommon to meet students majoring in two completely opposite studies or involved in multiple student organizations on campus. USC attracts students who are ambitious, curious, and amazingly intelligent, creating a unique community of students that you can’t help wanting to be a part of.
          Caitlin, Freshman majoring in Health & Humanity and Communication from San Jose, CA