I'm a freshman majoring in International Relations at a large state school, hoping to transfer to USC for my sophomore year. My high school GPA was so-so -- about a 96 UW with only about 1 or 2 non-advanced classes, and my test scores were okay but not up to USC's standards. Unfortunately my high school sends test scores along with the transcript, so I guess I can't hide them from USC...
I took dual enrollment classes in high school and got A's in them, but USC won't accept them. Right now my GPA is a 4.0 and I'm currently taking 18 credits. My current classes:
Japanese I (it doesn't say whether or not it'll transfer on the articulation agreement, but my admissions officer said they'll evaluate it when they receive my transcript)
History (transferable elective)
Intro to IR (transferable for my major, but USC won't accept it until they evaluate my syllabus if I'm accepted)
Music (transferable elective, online)
College Algebra (transferable, math requirement)
Cultural Anthropology (transferable, USC GE)
I think I might be able to get at least a 3.8 in my transferable classes. Keeping my fingers crossed!
Spring semester I'll be taking 18 more credits -- 15 transferable, including the writing requirement and another USC GE course (my school only has 3 total classes that count as USC GEs).
I'm also applying to LMU as a backup. If I don't get into USC, I'm definitely applying again next year.