Since USC uses a holistic method of the admission procedure, we are committed to reading and re-reading every piece associated with the application. You know those short answer questions you responded to? We read those. That activity summary you completed? Yup, we read every activity, company, and experience you listed on there. I want to get to know you- your interests, your perspective, and most of all, hear your voice come through when I read an application. This process takes time and thought once we attempt to realize how your academic performance, test ratings, composing, involvements, and recommendations come together to paint a fuller picture of who you really are as a pupil and someone.
The admission office might seem want it runs like a well-oiled device on the outside—and it is—but it just runs because smoothly as it does through the usage of multiple checks and balances through the entire process. We contact students when a piece is being missed by us of the application and whenever we need additional information such as for example mid-year grades. We check with the scholastic departments throughout USC and consider their views on applicants and listen to their recommendations. First and foremost, we rely on a single another to help us see applicants in a way that is different recognise something we didn’t initially see. It is a process that is incredibly collaborative it will take time.
This is a difficult process for our office, as well at the end of the day. You can find many qualified applicants that we don’t have room for each year. It’s never simple making these tough decisions, but I find comfort knowing that our applicants has many amazing college options next year regardless.
I think We speak on behalf of our office that is entire when say we are pretty excited to finally be able to shout out towards the globe, here’s the incredible USC Class of 2017! As well as in just a couple quick weeks, we—and numerous of you—will find a way to do just that.
Grades, Guidance, and Goliath: Confessions of the Director Dad
The blog post below is from our very Director that is own of, Kirk Brennan. He shares with us the struggles to be a parent of a prospective scholar as well as having a leadership role in advanced schooling. Understandably, juggling these two roles is incredibly delicate. Thank you, Kirk, for sharing your insight into what our moms and dads undergo in this stressful time!
This Monday that is coming will the eighteenth anniversary regarding the time my wife (who you may remember) delivered our very first kid. This particular year — the one in which that child is applying to college — feels like my first day on the job though i have worked in admission for 22 years. What a strange way to look at my task: through the eyes, and from the house of a prospective student.
I had numerous disillusioning observations this year. I saw that tours of different schools sound the same, that college marketing materials look alike and even say the extremely same things, and what sort of few marketing businesses vendors appear to drive this procedure for most schools. I saw that a large amount of a pupil’s impression of my university is not controllable, and We ended up being particularly disheartened when my very own student, after experiencing proud to receive a mass-mailer from a college, quit reading any of them only days later, and even felt anger as she sifted through them. At USC as well as in the admission career in general, we strive to be helpful, however some full days I’m unsure how much we’re helping ( and I also welcome your suggestions at admdir@usc shmoop.pro.edu).
Just What strikes me more than any such thing could be the emotional roller coaster of the senior year. I ended up being saddened to watch mundane events of life magnified to be critical pieces of a puzzle that cause college; a grade regarding the tiniest test prompts a crisis, or an option to flake out one afternoon is observed as a prospective deal breaker for university admission, therefore career, then life time joy. Then there is record; therefore colleges that are many consider, will she love these schools, did she miss a much better fit, and can she even get in at all? Then completing the applications, especially the anxiety behind responding to the smallest amount of important questions on the application (we discussed ‘What’s my counselor’s task title?’). The temporary relief of completing them was soon replaced by confusion throughout the lack of communication as colleges read. Now the decisions are developing the grand finale with this ride — one day she gets in and feels great excitement for her future, another she is rejected and seems worthless, as if judged harshly by strangers. Learning and growing may be difficult, and many turns in life will be unpredictable, but clearly I cannot be the only real one ready for this ride to end.
From the ground i’ve watched this roller coaster several times, and such trips tend to end in the same way — with our children enrolling in a college they love. Yet we riders nevertheless scream, even feel terror that is real down the hill as if the safety pubs won’t assist; normal responses, if utterly irrational. We still love rollercoasters (Goliath is my favorite), and I think We shall love this particular ride. I’ve grown closer to my daughter, and we have all grown closer as a family. I have seen my younger daughter console her older sister. We all cherish the time that continues to be in this phase of our family life, we will share together while we avoid the question of how many more meals. You will find numerous hugs, tears, pats on the rear, and scoops of ice cream to soothe the pain sensation, yet great hope for the future. I look forward to this ride finishing, but I imagine when it ends, just like Goliath, I will be excited to get back in line to ride again today. I sure hope so, anyhow: my youngest is counting on it.