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Tips mention: Interview (11), ACT/SAT (27), Grades (43), Sports/Extracurriculars (23), College Essay (14)
I didn't do anything special, but had a decentOct 05 2010Aerospace Engineering
I didn't do anything special, but had a decent GPA, pretty good SAT's and a few extracurriculars. USC is trying to expand its share of out-of-state students so I think it helps if you are from under-represented states like me (NC), AKA not from west coast.
Make sure you highlight your unique abilities and dedication towards a few activities. This helps show what you will bring to the USC community.
SAT: 2150 Male
Do everything: sports, volunteering, theater, academics, AAug 01 2010Chemical Engineering
Do everything: sports, volunteering, theater, academics, A.P classes, clubs ect. Never pass up an opportunity to brag on yourself either. Play up any volunteering you did. Don't focus on stuff you failed at. Don't try and explain the mishaps. Pretend they don't exist. Sell yourself. Put down everything on the app no matter how small.
ACT: 34 SAT: 1890 Female
-Take as many AP classes as you can to get inMar 18 2010Aerospace Engineering
-Take as many AP classes as you can to get in
-Don't only focus on good GPA/ACT/SAT... USC is a very well balanced school that looks for people who take initiative in things outside of academics
-Get good at writing if you want to get in Thematic Option honors GE program. I felt like I was one of the top writers at my large high school in Dallas and writing at USC is tough.
-I personally feel like the admissions essay is ridiculously important for getting in, but especially for scholarships to differentiate yourself from others who have good grades
-The section of the online application that has all those little "fun" questions like what you want to do for your career and what your favorite food is, etc. got me recognition for a scholarship. I was told this personally by my admissions counselor who read my essays/application. I put that I wanted to either be a CEO or a fiction author for my future career. She said this kind of stark diversity of interest is what really stood out and highlighted me as the type of person USC wanted. This really told me everything I needed to know about what USC looks for: brilliant, crisp, energetic people who want to be involved and make a difference in the world while leading diversified lifestyles.
ACT: 34 Male
I was not the best student in high school,Dec 28 2009Industrial Operations Engineering
I was not the best student in high school, but I improved every year in high school. I was also very involved in extra-curriculars, or as my high school viewed them, co-curriculars. These are two of USC's emphases, as they strive to have more than just normal students, they want people who are becoming better students and well-rounded people.
ACT: 30 SAT: 1970 Male
I visited the campus and wrote essays about howDec 27 2009Chemistry
I visited the campus and wrote essays about how I knew I would fit in. As the admissions people stated later, they can tell if you would be capable of doing well at USC and that is how they decide.
SAT: 1940 Female
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