The Waiting Game. The countdown to mailing final choices

 is on and I’m sure all our first-year applicants are wondering… what’s taking so long?! It takes a great deal of manpower and hours to see 47,000 applications and we desire to give every application a fair review in order to create the amazing, well-rounded, diverse, and successful Class of 2017. Let me pull back the curtain a bit and show you why it takes us months that are many finish this process…

Since USC uses an approach that is holistic the admission process, we have been committed to reading and re-reading every piece associated with the application. You understand those answer that is short you responded to? We read those. That activity summary you filled out? Yup, every activity is read by us, organization, 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 method takes time and thought you are as a student and a person as we try to understand how your academic performance, test scores, writing, involvements, and recommendations come together to paint a fuller picture of who.

The admission office may seem want it runs like a well-oiled machine on the outside—and it is—but it only runs as smoothly as it does through the use of multiple checks and balances through the procedure. We contact students when we have been missing a piece of the application and as soon as we need more information such as for instance mid-year grades. We check with the academic departments throughout USC and consider their views on candidates 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 pick up on something we didn’t initially see. It is an incredibly collaborative process and it takes time.

At the conclusion of the day, this really is a difficult process for our office, too. You will find many qualified applicants that we do not have room for each year. It’s never easy making these tough choices, but I find convenience realizing that our applicants has many college that is amazing the following year irrespective.

I think I speak on behalf of our entire office when I say we are pretty excited to finally find a way to shout out towards the globe, listed here is the incredible USC Class of 2017! As well as in only a couple weeks that are short we—and numerous of you—will be able to do just that.

Grades, Guidance, and Goliath: Confessions of the Director Dad

The post below is from our very Director that is own of, Kirk Brennan. He shares with us the struggles of being a parent of a college that is prospective in addition to having a leadership role in higher education. Understandably, juggling these two roles is incredibly delicate. Thank you, Kirk, for sharing your understanding of what our moms and dads go through in this time that is stressful!


This coming Monday will mark the eighteenth anniversary regarding the time my wife (whom you may remember) delivered our first son or daughter. 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. Just what a strange way to view my job: through the eyes, and from the home of a prospective student.

I had numerous observations that are disillusioning year. I saw that tours of completely different schools seem the same, that college marketing materials look alike and even say the very exact same things, and how a number that is small of businesses vendors seem to drive this technique for many schools. I saw that a good deal of the pupil’s impression of my university is maybe not controllable, and I ended up being especially disheartened when my own student, after experiencing proud to receive a mass-mailer from a college, quit reading some of them only days later on, and even felt anger as she sifted through them. At USC as well as in the admission occupation in general, we work hard to be helpful, many full days I’m uncertain how much we’re helping ( and I welcome your suggestions at

Exactly What strikes me more than any such thing could be the emotional roller coaster of the senior year. We had been saddened to watch mundane events of life magnified to become critical pieces of a puzzle that result in college; a grade in the quiz that is tiniest prompts a crisis, or an option to relax one afternoon sometimes appears as a prospective deal breaker for university admission, therefore career, then life time joy. Then there is record; therefore many colleges to consider, will she love these schools, did she miss a better fit, and certainly will she even get in at all? Then filling out the applications, especially the anxiety behind answering the smallest amount of questions that are important the application form (we discussed ‘What’s my therapist’s job title?’). The temporary relief of completing them was soon replaced by confusion over the lack of communication as colleges read. Now the decisions are developing the grand finale of this ride — 1 day she gets in and feels excitement that is great her future, another she is turned down and seems worthless, as if judged harshly by strangers. Learning and growing are hard, and turns that are many life will be unpredictable, but surely I cannot be the actual only real one ready with this ride to end.

Through the ground I have watched this roller coaster many times, and such trips tend to end up in the way that is same; with our children enrolling in a college they love. Yet we riders nevertheless scream, even feel terror that is real down the mountain as if the safety pubs won’t help; normal reactions, if utterly irrational. I nevertheless love rollercoasters (Goliath is my favorite), and I also think We will enjoy particularly this 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 remains in this phase of our family life, although we avoid the concern of how many more meals we are going to share together. You can find numerous hugs, tears, pats on the back, and scoops of ice cream to soothe the pain, yet great hope for the long run. 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 about it.

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