USC Admissions

<p>I'm a senior interested in USC, and on my high school's website where they have info on colleges/ stats of students from my high school that got accepted it says </p>

<p>Campus Visit: Recommended</p>

<p>SAT Subject tests: Recommended</p>

<p>I live in Illinois, and we take the ACT 'round these parts so the SAT Subject tests are not very common, and I have not and do not plan on taking any. Also, due to my very far proximity from LA I cannot visit the campus that easily. Does anyone know if</p>

<p>a) I must do these things to get in, because sometimes "recommended" means "you better do it if you want any chance" </p>

<p>or</p>

<p>b) It doesnt matter if I do this or not, theyre just trying to lure me to LA by making me visit/ take unnecessary tests</p>

<p>Thanks</p>

<p>Campus visit is definitely not necessary to get in..but i do recommend it when making a decision (if you're on the fence about going there vs. somewhere else). Also, some people's visits gives them more motivation to finish strong, do well on tests, essays, etc.</p>

<p>SAT subject tests--iffy topic. If you can get a good score on them along with your ACT, they will show consistency and certainly help. I think it's one of those things where, like the essays, it really differs for everyone on whether it makes that much of a difference. I've always had the attitude of "Better safe than sorry," though, so I'd take them if you're serious about USC.</p>

<p>I will definitely visit if I get accepted, no doubt about that. I'm not enrolling in a school without visiting it first.</p>

<p>For the SAT Subject tests, no other school I am looking at requires them, and with a 34 ACT 4.3/3.8 GPA I kinda think my scores are competitive enough, so I dont really want to take them.</p>

<p>mclax8: I would check with USC's department for you major on whether you should take the SAT Subject tests. We are also from Illinois. My son will be a soph this fall but last year he took the ACT and they recommended the SAT Subject tests. He took them just to be safe. His stats: 31 ACT with 4.93 GPA UW and 5.4 Weighted.</p>

<p>Unweighted GPAs don't go to 4.93.</p>

<p>Definitely contact your department and ask them about the subject tests, and the SAT in general as well.</p>

<p>They do if you're on a 5-point Grading Scale, Hawkwings.</p>

<p>I'm an entering Freshman from Illinois and I got in without any subject tests. I had a 31 ACT and 3.98/4.33 GPA. I really expected to get rejected because I didn't take the subject tests though.</p>