Come Discover USC! During my visit that is last to Metro DC area

 we worked at one of our Discover USC programs. We host these programs for prospective students throughout the world to ensure students and families gain information that is helpful USC and our application process. Although we might love for everyone to see USC, we realize it’s not feasible, so we try our most useful to create a little bit of USC to you!

During Discover programs we hope to provide ourselves as organized and professional. That generally means we show up extra-early, run around like crazy people making certain the brochures we sent ahead of time have arrived, curse at non-functioning technology, and have now the hotel manager’s quantity on speed dial. Luckily we were ready to go before the first family arrived (there is always one that arrives at least a half hour early! for me, this time in D.C., there was no digging through offices and mail rooms to find our boxes of materials, our Power Point miraculously worked, and) We recognize that families invest a lot of the time information that is attending, touring campuses, and filling out applications, so we want to make certain we are supplying the most readily useful information in the most efficient way at all our occasions. We usually have some wonderful USC alums lend hand when they’re available. I always question my entire life choices when I pay attention to what our alums are up to. Law school at Georgetown…working for the CIA….no big deal.

I was scheduled to talk shortly at this program. A big part of my task is speaking in public; we give presentations to students in auditoriums, classrooms, and career centers all the time. So I have always been generally very comfortable talking up to a group. That stuff doesn’t faze me anymore. Nevertheless, put me in a hotel ball room aided by the Dean of Admission (my boss’s boss’s boss) and have me to speak, and I’ll feel a bit nervous ( just a tad!)

It was great to see a couple of familiar faces of students I had met at high schools that week. I talked with one family members that has driven about four hours to go to! That you have to make that sacrifice while we loved that the family was there, please don’t feel. Whenever we are not coming to a town towards you, please feel free to just let your admission counselor understand that you want more information but can’t attend a Discover program.

As soon as our presentation that is formal is there is to be able to inquire and hear from admission counselors from academic departments. Pupils can split into groups according to area of interest and have major questions that are related well. I heard from many families who were having their first experience with USC that evening. A few other parents provided with me personally that they had already been to USC, but they learned one thing brand new which somehow changed their perspective on the college application process or about USC. We additionally spoke with a parent who showed up to have some information that is outdated USC or had accumulated some information based on someone else’s experience. This is a great opportunity for moms and dads to refresh their knowledge and discover about present time USC.

Among the final, plus one of my personal favorite, comments I heard about the was ‘now I understand why everyone has so much college spirit! night’ A job well done on our component.

At Discover USC! Maybe you will learn something new…you never know if we are coming to a city near you, or if you will be in Los Angeles on November 22nd, please come visit us!

Mythbuster: I can take the SAT or ACT right before the admission deadline


The Myth: we can take the SAT or ACT prior to the admission due date also it shall be fine.

The Verdict: Not a great idea. The test might not ensure it is into your application in time for review.

With our December 1 deadline approaching, it is almost that time of year when our office is sent thousands and thousands of applications, transcripts, test scores and letters of recommendation. Honestly, it is amazing that everything gets placed into every single student’s application file given the high amount of content we receive.

It really is important to understand that it takes a significant timeframe for all application materials become organized and downloaded into a student’s application file- especially test scores. Think about this. SAT and ACT offer particular test times and dates. They then need certainly to score those tests, deliver you your rating, and then send the score to all the colleges on your list. This takes a ton of time on the end, also it takes weeks that are several our end to download and process the scores.

It can take up to two weeks from the moment the test is scored to be downloaded into your application file if you take a standardized test right before the admission deadline. That could be far too late. Our staff has from 1 until early January to review ALL the applications submitted by our December 1 merit scholarship deadline december. We shall accept ratings that are submitted after the deadline, but keep in mind we require formal test scores before we can review a student’s application.

You will also want to make sure you request all of your other application materials become sent on time. Your school is extremely busy at the moment of year as they send transcripts to hundreds of colleges. On top of grading tests and papers, your instructors are composing letters of recommendation for you personally on their own time. You will wish to offer everyone advance notice of admission deadlines when they need to submit materials in your behalf. Your teachers and counselors will appreciate it really! Them plenty of time, they will be able to get us your transcript in a timely manner and write thoughtful recommendations if you give.

You shall be able to check on the job materials through your portal. Just remember that we have been processing hundreds of 1000s of papers, so any application pieces you submit won’t appear on your own portal instantly. Please wait a business that is few before contacting us if it looks like something is missing.

Application processing is really a task that is huge a lot of moving parts. The ship will sail smoothly if students take care of their application materials in advance, and at the time that is same can get rocky and fall through the cracks if documents and materials are sent late. We thank you in advance for being courteous and submitting every one of the job materials on time!