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The University of Southern California

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Tips mention: Interview (11), ACT/SAT (27), Grades (43), Sports/Extracurriculars (23), College Essay (14)
Nail your interview, everyone I talk to had aSep 24 2004Business - Management and Administration
Nail your interview, everyone I talk to had a great one. Also emphasize your leadership and applying out of state helps.
SAT: 1380 Female
My grades were spectacular in high school, I wasAug 27 2004Computer Engineering
My grades were spectacular in high school, I was an athlete, and I was hyper-involved in extracurricular activities. I published a local newspaper and was politically involved. Certainly, I was not an average student, but I think that the underlying message was that I was balanced: USC is big on balance.

And do well on your SATs.
SAT: 1460 Male

I applied under the Resident Honors ProgramAug 23 2004English
SAT: 1600 Female
Just do well on your SAT's and have aAug 20 2004Biology
Just do well on your SAT's and have a decent GPA (as long as it's over 3.0). Suck up to the interviewer too. Oh, and have a huge positive balance in your checking account...this is also a big admissions factor.
SAT: 1430 Male
I went to USC in the early 1980'sAug 05 2004Other
I went to USC in the early 1980's. I am sure the university is much changed today. I was from the east coast and at that time USC was trying to reach outside of California and diversify its student population from across the US and had many international students. I transferred from a junior college with better than average grades. My SAT was below 1000. I choose USC because of the music program I enrolled in. The progam was ok but I later switch to LAS.

USC has a lot of school spirit and will follow you after graduation. The majority of graduates are in California. So if you plan to leave after graduation the school name has less clout than in California. Overall the university has a good reputation and some of the schools are highly ranked. USC is an expensive school to attend and does have financial aid but you will graduated with some debt.

If USC is on your list I suggest only to attend if the program is well ranked in the field of study and is cost effective compared to other choices. In the end it is the education you receive, your grades and own ambition that will be you future. A particular stamped education will only take you so far.
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