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  • cheetah8cheetah8 Registered User Posts: 4 New Member
    Decision: Accepted

    Date applied: November 25th

    Date decision postmarked: Not sure, received Jan 28th and I currently am getting my mail forwarded, so it probably took a few extra days :)

    Accepted at which school/major at USC: Dornsife, Undecided


    SAT Total: 2250 superscored 760 WR, 750 M, 740 CR
    ACT: 34 (with writing)
    SAT Subject Tests: 750 Math II, 710 Literature
    GPA-UW/W: 4.0 UW, 5.0 W (I'm in a full IB, so every class is weighted like AP)
    Rank: N/A, probably top 10%?
    AP/IB classes: Full IB, --- HL Math, HL English, HL Psych, HL Visual Art, SL French, SL Environmental


    Essays: My CommonApp one was okay, but I think I shone on the USC Supplements, I really worked the Undecided card and made it positive and specific to USC.
    Teacher Recs: Fairly good I think, wasn't allowed to read them at my school :(
    Counselor Rec: I'm on really good terms with him, so hopefully good!
    EC highlights: Varsity Swim Team Captain, Varsity Water Polo, National Honor Society President, French Honor Society VP, a bunch others, and I wrote/published a children's book and really milked that haha


    State or Country: Hawaii
    School Type: Small Private
    Ethnicity: White
    Gender: Female

    Other Factors, hook?: I interviewed with someone from admissions and I think it went pretty well, though I feel like I seemed a bit ditzy! Also I really think my book helped me get in, I'm very lucky

    General Comments, scholarship chances, status info, going to USC...?: Awarded Dean's 1/4 tuition scholarship, but not a finalist for any of the big guys. I was so shocked to get in!! I cried when open the packet, I had no idea it was going to be my letter I thought it was just more pamphlets! So SO SO grateful
  • actstudentactstudent Registered User Posts: 245 Junior Member
    quick question for those of you who had a scholarship interview: My stauts is back to "the committee has acted on your application, and we have mailed notice of the decision…." Does this mean my info regardings scholarship is coming in the mail or is this jus the leak that happened before for info about getting the scholarship interview?
  • Lakerfan123Lakerfan123 Registered User Posts: 73 Junior Member
    Decision: Accepted

    Date applied: November 20ish

    Date decision postmarked/received: Jan. 21

    Accepted at which school/major at USC: Dornsife, Undecided


    SAT Total: N/A
    ACT: 33
    SAT Subject Tests: N/A
    GPA-UW/W: 3.7/4.4
    Rank: Top 10%
    AP/IB classes: 8 AP (including senior year) AP Scholar Award


    Essays: Common App - Decent, Supplement - Decent
    Teacher Recs: I'm assuming great, I was the only student to get a 5 on that AP exam that year
    Counselor Rec: Above average, I go to a pretty big school
    EC highlights: HOSA, MUN, Volunteer (~150 - 200 hours), Hospital internship (6 weeks), NHS, Red Cross Club, FBLA, DECA, etc.


    State or Country: CO
    School Type: Public
    Gender: Male

    Other Factors, hook?: Dad worked there for 15 years?

    General Comments, scholarship chances, status info, going to USC...?: Presidential Finalist, but I will not be attending USC. My top program/school was my state's BA/BS-MD program , and I got accepted there so I will be going this fall. Congrats to everyone accepted, and good luck for the rest! Don't be bound to one school; any school would be lucky to have you!
  • sweetsourcherrysweetsourcherry Registered User Posts: 4 New Member
    edited March 2014
    Decision: Accepted!

    Date applied: Nov. 30

    Date decision postmarked/received: Jan. 27

    Accepted at which school/major at USC: Viterbi School of Engineering, Undecided


    SAT Total: 2280 superscore, M: 720 CR: 760 W: 800
    ACT: N/A
    SAT Subject Tests: {Math II 790 Physics 760} World History 690 Literature 690 (lol at my humanities)
    GPA-UW/W: 3.9/4.7
    Rank: My school doesn't rank, but class size is 575
    AP/IB classes: 10 APs (including senior year), AP Scholar Award


    Essays: I thought my CA was solid
    Supplement: I'm assuming they were good
    Teacher Recs: My AP Lang, AP Govt, and AP Physics teacher. Did very well in all classes, so probably great
    Counselor Rec: He knows me pretty well, so I think it was good
    EC highlights: 350+ hours of community service, Optometry internship, NHS, VP of NAHS, SNHS, MHS, Leader of FCA, Debate Team (county finalist, 4 years), Varsity Tennis (State and Country champions at 2nd doubles), Junior Tennis Instructor, Tutoring, many art awards, etc.


    State or Country: MD
    School Type: Public
    Ethnicity: Asian (Chinese)
    Gender: Female

    Other Factors, hook?: Did an interview and brought my art portfolio... Interviewer was so impressed he asked to keep all my pieces!

    General Comments, scholarship chances, status info, going to USC...?: Interviewed for and received the Trustee Scholarship! Super excited to be going to USC next year!
  • AmaranthineDAmaranthineD Registered User Posts: 827 Member
    edited March 2014
    Decision: Rejected
    • SAT I (breakdown): 740M/750CR/770W 2260 Composite
    • SAT II: 780 Math II, 800 Lit, 720 Chem
    • Unweighted GPA (out of 4.0): 4.0
    • Rank (percentile if rank is unavailable): 10/1070
    • AP (place score in parenthesis): Chem:4, USH:5, Lang 5
    • Senior Year Course Load: AP Lit, AP Calc, AP Physics, AP Stats, AP Gov, AP Econ
    • Major Awards (USAMO, Intel etc.): Girl Scout Gold Award, Presidential Volunteer Service Award, Scholastic Art and Writing Honorable Mention
    • Extracurriculars (place leadership in parenthesis): Girl Scouts(President), Piano, Piano teacher, research intern at UCI Medical Center Neuropsychiatry Ward, church band, church children's ministry
    • Job/Work Experience: Piano teacher(6+ students)
    • Volunteer/Community service: See above
    • Summer Activities:E2@MIT
    • Essays: CA-about being online schooled, supplements research from website, Nerd/Geek essay I also used for Stanford ://// super dubious about that now XD.
    • Teacher Recommendation: IDK, good?
    • Counselor Rec: Doesn't know me XD
    • Additional Rec:GS leader
    • Interview: None
    • State (if domestic applicant): CA
    • Country (if international applicant):
    • School Type: Online public charter
    • Ethnicity: Asian(Chinese)
    • Gender:F
    • Income Bracket: 100,000+
    • Hooks (URM, first generation college, etc.):
    • Strengths:E2, strong academic record
    • Weaknesses: No amazing ECs or awards
    • Why you think you were accepted/waitlisted/rejected: Not enough interest, didn't interview, barely mentioned USC in "Why USC" essay oops
    • Where else were you accepted/waitlisted/rejected: UCI w/Regents, UC Berkeley, Carnegie Mellon, Rochester, Rose-Hulman. Waitlisted: Harvey Mudd, Rice, Cornell, Lehigh, Rejected: MIT, USC(LO-FREAKING-L)

    General Comments:
    • -____- Really now XD. My USC supplements did suck, but yay, out of the 12 schools that I applied to, only rejections from MIT, (presumably) Stanford, and freaking USC. XD
    Post edited by AmaranthineD on
  • jbournejbourne Registered User Posts: 573 Member
    Accepted: RD Dornsife, Earth Sciences (major did show on FA page earlier this week)

    Objective - ACT 33
    GPA 3.95 UW/4.1 W
    no school ranking, but competitive CA high school, probably top 20%
    1 AP, 2 honors (weak spot on resume)
    Subjective - Essays - ok, hard to say
    Teacher Recs - didn't see but expect they were very good
    ECs - part time job, 3 sports x 4 years, 300+ community service
    2 clubs, one officer position (not a collegiate athlete)
    Other - Caucasian female, will be touring over spring break to USC as well as UCSB and
    Cal Poly. Rejected at UCLA and UCSD
  • wrenfromtroywrenfromtroy Registered User Posts: 2 New Member
    This is for the kids with the low scores! We all have a chance to be Trojans!

    Decision: Accepted

    Date applied: November 26

    Date decision postmarked/received: Received 3/27

    Accepted at which school/major at USC: Annenberg, Public Relations


    SAT Total: 1760 (superscore) M: 500, CR: 590, WR: 620
    ACT: 29
    SAT Subject Tests: US History 760, Math 2 570, World History 600
    GPA-UW/W: 3.8/4.21
    Rank: 29/570
    AP/IB classes: Full IB diploma


    Essays: Probably the strongest part of my application, because as you can see, my scores and grades are not the best. I wrote about the thrift store being the place where I was most at peace for my common app essay, and my supplements showed how passionate I was about PR and USC's Annenberg.

    Teacher Recs: 2 teacher recs, both I didn't read, but they were teachers that really enjoyed me, I hope. One of them was my journalism adviser, which probably helped me get into Annenberg.

    Counselor Rec: My counselor is an angel, and we are very close. Her husband also works at USC.

    EC highlights: award winning newspaper editor-in-chief, literary magazine editor-in-chief, co-founder and president of tutoring program that uses Skype to teach foreign students English, elected as co-public relations student government, co-public relations of link crew, in a signed band woth my sister, 2 sports freshman year

    Location/Person: SoCal

    State or Country: California
    School Type: large competitive IB school with over 80 diploma candidates. About 2500 students.
    Ethnicity: African-American
    Gender: Female

    Other Factors, hook: I interviewed with them and handed them my portfolio. Maybe because I'm in a signed band with my twin sister, also. I can't really think of what made me stand out, if at all.

    General Comments, scholarship chances, status info, going to USC...?: USC has been the dream for a long time, and I was so shocked, happily shocked of course. I cried for two hours, especially because both my twin and I got in, which we were afraid would not happen (she has a higher GPA and rank than me an I have a higher test score), but we are so grateful they took us both! I got into some great schools (UCSB, UC Berkeley, and Boston University) but USC is defnitely a dream come true. I hope I get some financial aid, I am planning to attend in the fall.

    I thought I had no chance, because UCLA rejected me and UCSD waitlisted me, but always have faith in yourself!
  • geomomgeomom Registered User Posts: 742 Member

    ACCEPTED to School of Cinematic Arts, Interactive Entertainment (major did show on FA page earlier this week)

    SAT Total: 2390 M: 800, CR: 800, WR: 790
    SAT Subject Tests: Physics 790; US History 790; Math 2, 800
    GPA-UW/W: ~3.8/~4.3
    AP/IB tests/classes: CS 5; Calc BC 5, US History 5; Micro 4; Macro 5; Senior year: Eng Lang, US Gov't, Physics C Mech, Physics C E&M
    College and specialized computer classes: Computer Graphics, Artificial Intelligence, Parallel Computing, Robotics, Digital Electronics, Engendering Compassion through Interactive Media, Computing Research Lab

    Essays: main essay OK, supplements showed depth of interest
    Teacher Recs: English teacher wrote 2 enthusiastic pages, computer science teacher probably very good
    Counselor Rec: probably good
    EC highlights: creating, moderating and managing game server; writing a blog; making & editing videos; computer science club; fiction writing club; making game levels; summer employment as a programmer.

    State or Country: Virginia
    School Type: public magnet
    Ethnicity: White
    Gender: Male

    Other Factors, hook?: Grandfather attended USC?

    General Comments:
    Scholarship: National Merit Finalist
    Going to USC? Yes, yes, oh yes.
  • Dave_NDave_N Registered User Posts: 717 Member
    Decision: Accepted
    Accepted into Dornsife, Arts and Sciences, Neuroscience. (Glitch did show major)

    • SAT I (breakdown):
    • ACT: 35 (M36 R36 S36 E32) 10 Essay (Superscore 36 with E34 on 2nd try)
    • SAT II: Math II 790, Physics 740
    • Unweighted GPA (out of 4.0): 4.0
    • Weighted GPA (out of 4.0): 4.73
    • Rank (percentile if rank is unavailable): Doesn’t Rank. Pseudo-rank top 1-2% of 950
    • AP (place score in parenthesis): Euro Hist (5), Physics B (5), English Lang (5), Calc BC (5), US History (5), Biology (5), Spanish Lang (5)
    • IB (place score in parenthesis):
    • Senior Year Course Load: AP Stats, AP English Lit, AP Psych, AP Macro, AP Gov, AP Chem
    • Major Awards (USAMO, Intel etc.): National Merit Commended
    • Extracurriculars (place leadership in parenthesis): Varsity Football, intramural sports, volunteer clubs
    • Job/Work Experience: None at time of application
    • Volunteer/Community service: NHS, School Orgs for 200+ hours, tutoring
    • Summer Activities: Football camp
    • Essays: Good
    • Teacher Recommendation: AP Calc Teacher, good. AP Lang Teacher, good.
    • Counselor Rec: Good (but responsible for 100+ seniors, 400+ students)
    • Additional Rec: None
    • Interview: No
    • State (if domestic applicant): IL
    • Country (if international applicant):
    • School Type: Public, 3500+ students
    • Ethnicity: White
    • Gender: Male
    • Income Bracket:
    • Hooks (URM, first generation college, etc.): None
    • Strengths: Stats (Curriculum, GPA, Test scores, AP scores)
    • Weaknesses: Leadership in ECs
    • Why you think you were accepted/waitlisted/rejected: Stats
    • Where else were you accepted/waitlisted/rejected: Accepted: University of Minnesota, University of Pittsburgh, University of Illinois, Miami University - Ohio, University of Virginia/ Waitlisted: University of Chicago Rejected: Duke Stanford, Princeton
    General Comments:
    Congratulations to all accepted! Best wishes to all others, too.
    Probably a financial rejection. No sign of merit aid and we can't afford our full EFC.
  • UnderstatedUnderstated Registered User Posts: 33 Junior Member
    edited March 2014
    Decision: Accepted
    School of Cinematic Arts: Media Arts + Practices (2nd choice, but after making my peace I am happy)

    Date applied: 12/1/13

    Date decision postmarked/received: 3/28/14

    Accepted at which school/major at USC: School of Cinematic Arts: Media Arts + Practices (2nd choice, but after making my peace I am happy)


    SAT Total: 2020 M: 690, CR: 660, WR: 670,
    ACT: N/A

    GPA-UW/W: 3.82/N/A

    Rank: 42/410

    AP/IB classes: AP Chem, APUSH, AP Econ, AP Calc


    Essays: CA: was really good had someone check over it and work with me on it, SCA supplements for Media Arts were pretty good as well (talked about my switch from engineering to film)

    Teacher Recs: Excellent due to how I interacted with the teachers, but I opted to not read

    Counselor Rec: good, lots of students but I made the time to get to know her

    EC highlights: Fencing, NHS, Model UN, various charity clubs - Drum Captain for High school marching band - 2 years, CHS live(student run news cast), various short films as well

    Location/Person: Concord

    State or Country: NH

    School Type: Public

    Ethnicity: Asian/Caucasian/various other ethnicity

    Gender: Male
    Other Factors, hook?: I am not sure, a little surprised to be admitted to this major (not much information on it), I guess it helped that I had a really good interview with the production office reviewing that application - maybe she said something

    General Comments, scholarship chances, status info, going to USC...?: No scholarships so far - but hoping for TE. Not sure if I am going, due to the major not being my first choice, but most likely i will, also due to the opportunities in SCA.
  • MinnymomMinnymom Registered User Posts: 687 Member
    Decision: Accepted

    Date applied: November, 2013

    Date decision postmarked/received: 3/28/14

    Accepted at which school/major at USC: Viterbi/ Mech E


    SAT Total: 2090 M: 740, CR: 630, WR: 720,

    SAT Subject Tests: Math 2-740
    GPA-UW/W: 3.98/4.40
    Rank: 5th out of 650
    AP/IB classes: 8 AP classes


    Essays: Very strong
    Teacher Recs: Average
    Counselor Rec: Good
    EC highlights: Varsity Golfer, Volunteer Golf Instructor, summer leadership and engineering academies, Teacher Aide at summer school for disadvantaged youth

    State or Country: Northern California
    School Type: Large Public HS
    Ethnicity: African American

    Other Factors, hook?: Sibling currently enrolled- Viterbi

    •Where else were you accepted/waitlisted/rejected:
    Waitlisted: UC BERKELEY
    Rejected: Cal Poly SLO

    General Comments: I love USC, but since my brother attends I kind of want to carve out my own identity and have my own experience, so probably will attend UCLA. ;-)
    Congratulations to all accepted! Best wishes to all others, too.
  • sfnmjrmsfnmjrm Registered User Posts: 24 New Member
    edited March 2014
    Decision: Accepted

    Date applied: 12/1/13

    Date decision postmarked/received: 3/28/14

    Accepted at which school/major at USC: School of Dramatic Arts: Acting BFA (1st choice), Acting BA (2nd choice)


    SAT Total: 2120 M: 700, CR:720, WR: 700,
    ACT: 32

    GPA-UW/W: 3.74 UW

    Rank: No Rank (small prep school)

    AP/IB classes: AP Calc, Honors English and History


    Essays: CA: was excellent, very personal and reviewed by 2 teachers and college counselor

    Teacher Recs: Excellent due to engagement in classroom and out of the box thinking

    Counselor Rec: Very good, one of 16 she wrote, we answered a questionnaire to assist her.

    EC highlights: V Basketball, V Soccer, V Tennis, Social Activism Club Leader, Community Service Lead. Performed in all high school plays and musicals. Attended performing arts programs during sophomore and junior year summers (US Performing Arts- Stanford U and Georgetown U, Neighborhood Playhouse in NYC)

    Location/Person: Santa Fe

    State or Country: NM

    School Type: Private

    Ethnicity: Hispanic

    Gender: Male

    Other Factors: Audition went well in San Francisco in early February

    Where else were you accepted/waitlisted/rejected/still waiting:
    Accepted: CALArts (Acting), Sarah Lawrence. Waitlisted: Boston University (BFA Acting), American University. Rejected: Yale, Carnegie Mellon (BFA Acting). Have not heard from Harvard, SUNY Purchase (BFA Acting), Wesleyan.

    General Comments; Did not receive scholarship offer in acceptance mailing (should we have?). As a National Merit Finalist, I heard during our site visit information session that National Merit Finalists get a Presidential Scholarship automatically (no interview). We just sent an email asking for confirmation on this for my S.
  • lanawinterslanawinters Registered User Posts: 64 Junior Member
    edited March 2014
    Decision: Accepted

    Date applied: December 1st
    Date decision postmarked/received: Postmarked March 26th, received March 28th.

    Accepted at which school/major at USC: Viterbi, Industrial and Systems Engineering

    •SAT I (breakdown): x
    •ACT: 33 (36E, 30M, 31R, 34S)
    •SAT II: x
    •Unweighted GPA (out of 4.0): 3.99UW
    •Rank (percentile if rank is unavailable): 8 (unweighted)
    •AP (place score in parenthesis): U.S. History (5), Biology (4), World History (5), Chemistry (4), Language and Composition (3).
    •IB (place score in parenthesis): x
    •Senior Year Course Load: French 5, Concert Choir. Also all AP: Literature, Psychology, Calculus BC, Physics B, Physics C (Mechanics), U.S. Government, and Macroeconomics.
    •Major Awards (USAMO, Intel etc.): AP Scholar with Distinction? Otherwise none.

    •Extracurriculars (place leadership in parenthesis):
    -Theatre; 14 shows through senior year (several leads, student director) [9th - 12th]
    -Choir; member of both top ensembles, one co-curricular the other extracurricular. Also sing in church choir once a week. [top choirs 11th - 12th]
    -NHS (Officer) [11th - 12th]
    -Student Council (Secretary) [10th - 12th]
    -Speech team [11th - 12th]

    •Job/Work Experience: Part-time job at ice cream shop about 6 hours a week during school year. [10th - 12th]
    •Volunteer/Community service:
    -Regular volunteer at Animal Humane Society (3 hours a week) [10th - 12th]
    -50+ NHS volunteer hours
    •Summer Activities: Chosen from top students in my school to participate in an exchange trip to Japan [summer after 11th]. Otherwise just work and theatre.

    -Common App: 6-10/10? Really not sure if it's good or not. Too personal to be comfortable letting anyone read. From my own judgement I'd say it's fairly well written and compelling.
    -Supplement: 9 or 10/10. Not going to lie, I was very proud of my supplemental essays. Put a lot of thought and time into them (and I think it payed off!).

    •Teacher Recommendation:
    [Didn't read either]
    -Chem teacher: 10/10 (said it was one of the best he's ever written)
    -English teacher: probably 8/10-ish (she says she writes very good recs)

    •Counselor Rec: probably 7/10, don't have a personal relationship. Probably all positive but generic.
    •Additional Rec: x
    •Interview: x

    •State (if domestic applicant): Minnesota
    •Country (if international applicant): x
    •School Type: I don't know how to judge competitiveness. I'd say a fairly average public high school. Not particularly affluent nor impoverished. Rated in the top 15 of MN high schools if that means anything? Offers an above average amount of AP courses.
    •Ethnicity: White
    •Gender: Male
    •Hooks (URM, first generation college, etc.): none

    •Strengths: Dedication to ECs, leadership positions, GPA, course rigor.
    •Weaknesses: ACT math score, lack of subject tests, AP scores(?), not enough volunteering(?), white male, no major awards or lab/intern work.
    •Why you think you were accepted/waitlisted/rejected: I think my numbers were good enough to be considered for admission and my extracurriculars and particularly my essays pushed me over the edge. I knew USC was a good fit for me and did my best to show that in my supplement.
    •Where else were you accepted/waitlisted/rejected: Accepted: U of M--Twin Cities (College of Science and Engineering). Rejected: Northwestern (McCormick), Stanford.
    Waiting: Nowhere else, thank God.

    General Comments, scholarship chances, status info, going to USC...?: It's been a long and sometimes agonizing wait, and I'm relieved that I can finally say it's been worth it. Over the last several months USC has become my top choice, and I am so honored to be granted admission. My 30 on ACT math and lack of subject tests had me worried, but I'm thankful USC was able to look past small weaknesses and truly look at me holistically. My fingers are crossed that financial aid works out and I'll be able to call myself a Trojan this fall! Fight on!
  • YungCostcoYungCostco Registered User Posts: 10 New Member
    Decision: Accepted

    Date applied: Before Dec 1.

    Accepted at which school/major at USC: Unspecified Business


    SAT Total: Didn't send
    ACT: 33
    SAT Subject Tests: Didn't take
    GPA-UW/W: 4.38 W
    Rank: Top 10% but didn't send rank
    AP/IB classes: 8 AP


    Essays: Very risky, edgy essay that made me look like a fool, but a likable fool.
    Teacher Recs: One from my BC Calc teacher: said I was one of the best students, but it was a pretty dry rec–he's terrible at writing... One from my APUSH teacher: not sure how good it was.
    Counselor Rec: Probably alright
    EC highlights: Varsity Orchestra Officer, Worked at a non-profit farm, VP of a charity, NHS, Varsity Crew, Part time jobs, One summer research program


    State or Country: Texas
    School Type: Magnet, very competitive nationally recognized school.
    Ethnicity: Asian and white
    Gender: Male

    General Comments, scholarship chances, status info, going to USC...?: Waiting to see if I got some merit aid... fingers crossed! Just glad to get in after being rejected from Duke, Stanford, Rice, Brown, Tufts and waitlisted Vandy, WUSTL, and Tulane.
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