How to Get Into USC

Recorded Thursday, December 10 at 12:00 AM

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University of Southern California | USC

Los Angeles, CA

Learn more about the University of Southern California and how to maximize your chances of getting in.

Join us for an informative discussion about USC's campus, housing, application requirements and admissions statistics. From learning about which supplemental essay prompts you should expect to what your dorm options are, we've got you covered.

Finally, we'll open up the floor for a Q&A session, where we'll answer any and all questions about applying to USC and talk about how to set yourself apart with your application.

School information

University of Southern California | USC

Los Angeles, CA
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Undergrad College: Harvard University '17

Major: Music

Graduate College: University of Michigan, M.M.

Work Experience: Now in my fourth year at CollegeVine, I have helped dozens of students gain acceptance to their top-choice schools and have also advised and mentored thousands more through my livestreams. Apart from my work at CV, I am also a professional conductor and a multi-instrumentalist. I currently serve as the music director of the Apollo Ensemble of Boston, and I have led symphonic concerts and operatic productions throughout the United States.

My Admissions Story: Initially interested in pursuing a career as a performing cellist, I applied almost exclusively to music schools with dual and double degree options and ultimately enrolled in the Tufts University/New England Conservatory Dual Degree Program. Unhappy with the combined program and worried I'd never feel like I was fully a student at either school, I logged back into in October of my freshman year. I can't say I went about the transfer process in the smartest way (I only applied to two schools!), but Harvard miraculously accepted me (or 'excepted me' as I wrote in a celebratory Facebook post that day - no one ever let me live that one down), and the rest was history.

Audience questions

These are questions from the audience that we had time to answer during the live session. If you have any other questions, you can request an answer from Elias and other CollegeVine experts in an upcoming livestream or on the Q&A Forum anytime.
34:43@anonymous:how is gpa is calculated for international students from india
35:51@anonymous:Do you know anything about the submission of a portfolio for the Film and Television major or just any art related majors?
37:40@anonymous:When would you recommend a student to start writing their USC Essay? (Which grade level?)
38:42@tioluwani:how many ap, IB, or dual enrollment courses would you consider rigorous enough?
39:59@anonymous:When USC will start to notify applicant about interviews for advancing to next round for scholarships (these who applied by Priority Date)
40:32@anonymous:Ever since the recent incident in regard to the application process and Lori Loughlin, what are the extra precautions USC is taking
41:42@anonymous:Since the December 1st deadline passed, do you know if there are other good scholarships that USC offers?


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