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Deferred from USC: Now What?

I just found out that I was deferred from USC, and I'm feeling a little bit disappointed. What should I do next? Are there any steps I can take to improve my chances of getting accepted in the regular decision round? Thanks for the advice!

7 months ago

I understand that being deferred can be disappointing, but don't lose hope! There are a few steps you can take to improve your chances during the regular decision round:

1. Reassess your application: Take a close look at your application and see if there's anything you can improve or update. This might involve refining your essays, adding new accomplishments, or strengthening your extracurricular involvement.

2. Send a letter of continued interest (LOCI): Write a letter expressing your ongoing interest in USC and updating them on any new achievements or activities since your initial application. Be specific about why you're still enthusiastic about attending the University and what you can contribute to their community.

3. Seek additional recommendations: If you have a new teacher, coach, or supervisor who can speak to your recent accomplishments or growth, ask them to write a supplementary recommendation letter if USC allows for additional recommendations.

4. Keep your grades up: Work hard to maintain or improve your academic performance in your senior year. Colleges will still look at your final transcript, so doing well in your classes can make a positive impact.

5. Consider visiting the campus: If you haven't already, visiting the campus and attending an information session can demonstrate your genuine interest in the school. You can mention your visit in your LOCI and discuss any specific experiences or aspects of the campus that resonated with you.

6. Stay involved and active: Continue to pursue your passions outside of the classroom and seek opportunities for growth and leadership in your extracurricular activities.

Remember, being deferred doesn't necessarily mean that you won't get accepted during the regular decision round. Make the most of this opportunity to show USC that you're still passionate and committed to joining their community. Good luck!

7 months ago

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