Hi! I really need some advice-I’ve been wanting to go to USC Film School ever since I can remember and I have been working on my application to apply this fall. However, I got back my ACT score and it was BAD, way below USC’s range. I am planning on taking it twice more this fall, but I wanted to know what would happen if I decided not to submit my scores? Would I have any chance going test-optional with the acceptance rate being less than 5 percent? Here is an overview of my application:
I attend a private school in Virginia (not sure how that will weigh in)
I have around a 3.9 GPA unweighted and a 4.3 weighted. I’ve taken a good amount of APs and Honors classes.
There is a class rank, but I’m not sure where I fall. We only have 39 people in my grade so it’s competitive.
I received a 3 on AP Euro, and 4s on AP Lit. and AP U.S. History. I’m planning on taking AP Art History and AP Studio Art senior year.
I have some really strong extra circulars:
-I started my own service project called Movie Making For Military Kids where I have traveled to different military bases in VA teaching kids how to make movies to send to their parents overseas (I used to be a military kid, my dad retired recently). I have over 70 volunteer hours in this and I think it’s pretty unique idea so this is probably my strongest circular. I transferred the class to zoom during quarantine to keep it going and I did an outdoor summer camp this past month.
-I’ve danced intensively as a ballerina since I was six years old, performing on-stage and doing some competitions
-I’ve participated in lots of theater productions both school and non-school related, and have written some plays for my school.
-I’ve won some Shakespeare monologue competitions at my school, as well as essay/poetry competitions and art competitions (first and second places)
I think my essays are pretty strong, I’ve always been a good writer/storyteller
I don’t think I have many hooks, I’m not a minority or a legacy. I also haven’t received any film awards for my work so I’m not sure if that will hurt my application or not.
I would really appreciate it if anyone could give me their thoughts on this. Thank you!