I’ve lived in Los Angeles my whole life and yet I don’t ever recall meeting anyone famous, despite having Hollywood in my backyard. Nonetheless, thanks to USC, personally i think like we’ve become somewhat of the celebrity among America’s teenagers (well, not to ever the known level of Taylor Swift or Justin Bieber) because thousands of students want to fulfill me every fall. In so far as I’d like to think it’s me, high school seniors desire to make yes I comprehend their strong interest in USC. The effort is made by them to meet me personally at high college visits, at off-campus receptions, and during their campus visits. The target: to make sure I can put face up to a title for an application. I do not blame them. USC can be an extraordinary place where students can come to achieve their academic goals and prepare themselves for his or her future careers. But as it is possible to imagine, we meet tens of thousands of students during the fall semester and while i really take the time to remember as numerous students possible, I’m perhaps not getting any younger and my memory will not be the exact same.
My blog series ‘Do This, Not That’ is inspired by a guide given to me by my mom: Eat This, Not That (she thinks I require to drop a lbs that are few that’s maybe not going to happen. Los Angeles’ diverse cultures has me trying foods that are different time!) That said, I’m here to supply you with some advice on how to contact your admission counselor and make sure it is a meaningful experience for both parties. Every morning i will be greeted with more than 40 emails and immediately tell myself: ‘this is going to be a long time.’ But through them, I realize these emails are from prospective students who want to ‘introduce’ themselves to me as I filter. Turns out, only four e-mails have actually concerns that I need to answer. Three of them have quick easy responses (I’m happy we have this type of website that is thorough i refer to it when I do not keep in mind something). The past one, this one is special. A student asks me a question i do not know the answer to and I can’t discover the answer on the internet site. I’ll just take this challenge! My responsibility as admission counselor is to make sure my students are well informed applicants. I understand this process is confusing and hard to navigate but I will do my better to explain things for you. I will do my research and answer your question. I actually don’t have most of the answers so when student asks me one thing I don’t know, they’re sharpening my skills. We appreciate this sort of relationship with students because this lets me know they want to make sure USC is a good fit for them that they are taking this admission process very seriously and. So I challenge you to challenge your admission counselor and inquire further concerns for your leisure. We are ready!
1. You’ve got completed all necessary fields on the applying
This might seem like typical sense, however with so response that is many to complete, it’s quite easy to accidentally skip or disregard a concern. Be yes to respond to all or any applicable questions in order that you distribute a complete application.
2. No errors or typos
We recognize that senior year is just a time that is busy but undoubtedly leave time for you to proofread the application. Have friend or family member do the same for you. A credit card applicatoin that is riddled with errors demonstrates that you do not know how to write and/or don’t care enough to check your work, both of which are harmful.
3. You actually explain why you intend to attend USC, be specific
Most colleges will ask a relevant question similar to ‘Why do you want to attend our institution?’ Rather than being generic and stating you want an university with school spirit, in a city that is large where you can study biology, do your research and mention specific programs, research opportunities, or classes that interest you.
4. Academic summary and self-reported test that is supplemental
Even though your academic history and self-reported test ratings look as optional products, it is in your benefit to perform them regarding the application that is common. Sometimes test scores or transcripts can get lost within the mail, if you self-report the information as well so it helps. This way we can continue to gauge your file in the meantime while waiting for the formal documents to arrive.
5. That you truly hit the submit button…for both app that is common supplement
Every year you can find students who surprisingly forget to actually hit the submit button. Additionally sometimes, students hit submit for the app that is common but forget to submit the USC Supplement. It may be the simplest component for the application, but make sure you remember that last step.
*Deadlines are important so please bear in mind that you must submit by December 1st to be considered for merit scholarship. With that said, we realize some things are out of your control such as letters of suggestion and transcripts that are official. That is another reason it’s important to fill out your educational summary, once we wait for official documents to arrive as we can evaluate that in the meantime. Make an effort to have all documents in by December 1st, but we understand if some of those supplemental documents come in only a little after the deadline.