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 around the world making sure that students and families gain information that is helpful USC and our application process. Although we would love for everyone to check out USC, we realize it’s just not feasible, so we try our most readily useful to bring a bit of USC to you!

During Discover programs we hope presenting ourselves as organized and professional. That generally means we show up extra-early, run around like crazy people making sure the brochures we sent in advance have arrived, curse at non-functioning technology, and now have the resort manager’s number on speed dial. Luckily for me personally, this amount of time in D.C., there was no digging through offices and mail rooms discover our boxes of materials, our energy Point miraculously worked, and we were ready to go prior to the first family arrived (there is constantly one that arrives at least a half hour early!) We recognize that families spend a lot of time attending information sessions, touring campuses, and filling out applications, so we want to make sure we are providing the most readily useful information within the most efficient way at all our activities. We usually also have some wonderful USC alums provide hand when they are available. I always question my entire life choices when I listen to just what our alums are up to. Law school at Georgetown…working for the CIA….no big deal.

I was scheduled to talk briefly at this system. A big section of my work is public speaking; we give presentations to students in auditoriums, classrooms, and career centers all the time. So I have always been generally very comfortable talking to a group. That stuff doesn’t faze me anymore. Nonetheless, put me in a hotel ball room because of the Dean of Admission (my boss’s boss’s employer) and have me to speak, and I’ll feel a bit stressed ( only 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 city in your area, please feel free to just let your admission counselor know that you need more information but can’t attend a Discover system.

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 specialized niche and ask major questions that are related well. I heard from numerous families who were having their first experience with USC that evening. Several other parents shared they had already been to USC, but they learned something new which somehow changed their perspective on the college application process or about USC with me that. We also talked with a parent who appeared to have some outdated information about USC or had accumulated some information based on somebody else’s experience. This is a great opportunity for moms and dads to refresh their knowledge and discover about present time USC.

One of many final, and something of my personal favorite, comments I heard of the was ‘now I understand why we have all so much college spirit! night’ A job well done on our part.

If we are arriving at a town towards you, or if you’ll be in Los Angeles on November 22nd, please come visit us at Discover USC! Maybe you may learn something new…you never know!

Mythbuster: the SAT can be taken by me or ACT right before the admission due date


The Myth: I can take the SAT or ACT right before the admission deadline and it shall be fine.

The Verdict: Not an idea that is great. The test might not allow it to be into your application over time for review.

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

It is crucial to understand that it takes an amount that is significant of for all application materials to be organized and downloaded as a student’s application file- especially test scores. Think about any of it. SAT and ACT offer particular test times and times. Then they have to score those tests, deliver you your score, and then send the score to all the colleges on your list. This takes a ton of time on their end, and 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 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 need official test scores before we could review a student’s application.

You shall also want to ensure that you arrange for all of one’s other application materials to be sent on time. Your school is quite busy at the moment of year while they deliver transcripts to hundreds of colleges. On top of grading tests and papers, your instructors are composing letters of suggestion for you on their own time. You shall wish to offer everyone else advance notice of admission deadlines when they have to submit materials on your behalf. Your instructors and counselors will appreciate it really! If you let them have enough time, they will be able to get us your transcript in a timely manner and write thoughtful tips.

You will have the ability to always check on the job materials during your portal. Remember that we have been processing hundreds of 1000s of documents, so any application pieces you submit won’t show up on your own portal instantly. Please wait a few business days before contacting us if it appears like something is missing.

Application processing is just a task that is huge a lot of moving parts. The ship will sail efficiently if students take care of their application materials beforehand, 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 each of the application materials on time!