FAQ for USC Admissions

<p>I've been seeing several similar questions recently on the USC board. I wanted to offer some quick answers for those applying to USC. Please feel free to add to this list of questions and answers, everyone!</p>

<p>What is my barcode number? Where do I get the sticker? </p>

<p>Your bar code number is your USC ID number. It usually comes with your application in the mail on stickers. You can get these stickers in the mail even if you didn't do the part 1 application. If you do not have stickers, you can either call the admissions office to ask what your number is, then write it in the sections, or write your birthday or SID. </p>

<p>What is the scholarship deadline, and do I need to fill our anything special for it?</p>

<p>The scholarship deadline is December 10th. All you need to do to be considered for a scholarship is submit your application by the deadline. There are no additional forms.</p>

<p>Can I print out the online application?</p>

<p>No, at least not conventionally. You can copy and paste all of your answers into a document and then print that.</p>

<p>How does admission at a specific school affect my admission to USC?</p>

<p>If you do not get admitted to a major such as Production or Business, you will be automatically considered as an undeclared student. Thus, your chances of getting into USC don't decrease because you applied to a specific school.</p>

<p>Will you tell me my chances of getting in to USC?</p>

<p>No. At least, I Nikara won't. But other people here will. Wait at least a day before bumping your request, please, especially on weekends. </p>

<p>Why is no one replying to my post?</p>

<p>Not every major is represented here on the USC boards. If your question is getting no responses, it is probably because no one is in that major. Sometimes statistics on certain topics, unfortunately don't exist. Also, students can get busy at certain times of the year, and will stop replying to questions. Study for finals begins on December 8th. Realize that students on the board will be worried about their final tests on this time. However, many of us will want to procrastinate as well, so you should still get responses!</p>

<p>How many teacher/counselor recommendation letters should I send?</p>

<p>You only need to send one. Send some others if you feel that they are excellent, or add another dimension to your application.</p>

<p>Do you enjoy going to USC?</p>

<p>Yes! I've had an awesome time here. I've studied abroad, experienced incredible teachers, done fun labs, made great friends, and had an awesome time at football games. Fight on!</p>

<p>If you want to ask any questions or add anything else, please do!</p>

<p>About sending test scores-</p>

<p>Send official SAT scores to USC through College Board.<br>
<a href="https://ecl.collegeboard.com/account/login.jsp?applicationId=124&destinationpage=https%3A%2F%2Fviewscore.collegeboard.com%2Fviewscore%2Fmyscores.jsp%5B/url%5D"&gt;https://ecl.collegeboard.com/account/login.jsp?applicationId=124&destinationpage=https%3A%2F%2Fviewscore.collegeboard.com%2Fviewscore%2Fmyscores.jsp&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/p>

<p>It is not imperative that scores be received by USC by the deadline but should be there within a week or two of the deadline. </p>

<p>If you want to make sure that USC receives your scores close to the application deadline, you can send a copy of your scores to USC with form 5. You can print a copy of the online report. You will still need to make sure they will receive an official copy from College Board.</p>

<p>Admissions will not tell you if they have received your scores until after they receive your application.</p>

<p>Chances/Will I get in?</p>

-your unweighted GPA is very close to 3.8<em>, and
-your SAT is at least 1960</em>, or
-your ACT is at least 29*, and
-you have taken mostly honors, AP, or IB classes, or most that your school has to offer, and
-you have solid ec's in community service and leadership,
-you write some great essays that show your passions,</p>


<p>Check Fall 2007 stats to compare to your own-
<a href="http://talk.collegeconfidential.com/university-southern-california/294755-official-usc-class-2011-decisions-thread.html?highlight=Official+decisions%5B/url%5D"&gt;http://talk.collegeconfidential.com/university-southern-california/294755-official-usc-class-2011-decisions-thread.html?highlight=Official+decisions&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/p>

<p>*these stats are found here-
<a href="http://www.usc.edu/admission/undergraduate/private/docs/admission/Freshman_Profile_2007.pdf%5B/url%5D"&gt;http://www.usc.edu/admission/undergraduate/private/docs/admission/Freshman_Profile_2007.pdf&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/p>


<p>OK- I made a call to USC Admissions for the Official Word on the mailing addresses-</p>

<p>Paper applications go to-
USC Office of Admission
File No. 51158
Los Angeles, California 90074-1158</p>

<p>Teacher/Counselor Report and any other form other than the app-
USC Office of Admission
John Hubbard Hall
700 Childs Way
Los Angeles, California 90089-0911</p>

<p>Express Mail INCLUDING DHL-
USC Office of Admission
3601 South Flower
Tyler 1
Los Angeles, CA 90089-0911</p>

<p>However, the adcom told me that it would also work to put the address from the app and that would arrive there also-
University of Southern California
Office of Admission
University Park Campus
Los Angeles, CA 90089–0911</p>

<p>Posted originally by JBUSC:</p>

<p>Ok, a couple of things:</p>

<li><p>RHP is different from regular admissions. Make sure you know the right deadlines and rules for each.</p></li>
<li><p>I have no clue how selective RHP is. But keep in mind that it's a fairly self selected group that apply. Since a dean's scholarship is included, I would imagine it is at the very least as selective as is regular admissions with dean's or higher.</p></li>
<li><p>USC doesn't do rolling admissions. Either you apply by the scholarship deadline and are eligible for scholarships, or you apply by the regular deadline and you aren't.</p></li>

<p>Do you know anything about the Health Promotion and Disease Prevention major? For example, is it an impacted major? Is it a hard program to get excepted into? Do you know how many students are part of the HPDP program?
Thank you

<p>Transcript and self score report...
Can i just send the transcript without the form? Is the self score report really necessary?</p>

<p>-Yes, you can send the transcript without the form. </p>

<p>-You only need to self-report if you think there will be a delay in the transcript being received by USC. It should be there close to the due date of the application, but it is OK if it is a little late.</p>

<p>I'm pulling this up for the next wave of applicants. Congratulations to everyone who finished their application by the scholarship deadline. In February, I'll add some info about scholarship interviews...</p>

<p>I assume you're notified in February for scholarship interviews then? Also, do you find out if you're admitted then too?</p>

<p>This is the GENERAL mailing of USC letters:</p>

<p>-End of January through February: Acceptances for those who will receive merit scholarships. Letters/invitations for merit scholarship interviews.
-End of February: Letters for other merit scholarships.
-Beginning of March through the beginning of April: Acceptances for all others.
-1st or 2nd week in April: Rejections :(</p>

<p>So if you get a scholarship, it's a safe bet you'll be accepted? Or do you get a scholarship plus admission at the same time? If you're offered an interview, are you required to go?</p>

<p>All I can guarantee knowledge about is the Trustee/Presidential scholarships. You get your admission letter on the same day or before you get your scholarship letter. The scholarship letter invites you to interview. You are required to go to that interview, but USC helps to pay for it.</p>

<p>How many letters of recommendation do I need?</p>

<p>You only need one letter, either from a teacher or from your counselor. Remember that whoever writes the recommendation also has to fill out the form.</p>

<p>Should I/(can I) turn in more than one letter of recommendation?</p>

<p>Only if it is excellent.</p>

<p>Is it generally a sign that admission is leaning toward a yes or a no when they ask for a senior year grade report?</p>


<p>Most applicants are asked for senior mid-term grades. Applicants will receive a standard form letter or email asking for these grades to be sent as soon as they are available. Most decisions will be pending based on arrival of these grades.</p>

USC</a> Undergraduate Admission: Counselors: Preparing for USC: Twelfth Grade</p>

<p>thank you for responding!</p>

<p>let me make my question a little bit more clear. i knew that they ask for "most" peoples grades. but they dont ask for everyones. my question is why/what determines who is asked? if they havent asked you, is it because they dont care, (because theyve already decided you arent in) OR is it becase they are definitely accepting you and trust youre doing fine.</p>

<p>They usually don't ask for grades of those who are invited for scholarship interviews because those invitations usually go out before mid-term grades are available. Last year, they seemed to ask everyone else (at least that what we surmised here on CC.)</p>

<p>seems logical. thank you!!</p>

<p>Will I be fine if it mailed my teacher/counselor recs to the following address??:</p>

<p>Paper applications go to-
USC Office of Admission
File No. 51158
Los Angeles, California 90074-1158</p>

<p>and also, Will I be fine if I left the barcode spot empty?</p>

<p>Your reply will be much appreciated.</p>