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USC Fall 2017 Transfer Students (STATS & DECISIONS ONLY)

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Only for 2017 fall Transfer students, no first year students and STATS/DECISIONS ONLY. Thank you

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[ size=4][ color=green][ b]Decision: Accepted[/b][/color][/size]
[ size=4][ color=orange][ b]Decision: Deferred[/b][/color][/size]
[ size=4][ color=red][ b]Decision: Rejected[/b][/color][/size]

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  • pianoritepianorite 67 replies0 threads Junior Member
    edited April 2017
    Decision: Accepted ALSO I'M NOT ON TTP

    Date applied: 11/20-something. I don't remember exactly but it was definitely during the last week of November since my major's application deadline is 12/1

    Date decision postmarked/received: My portal says 3/31 was when it was posted, but this was not actually available to me until today, 4/3, when my admission package came in the mail

    Which school/major at USC: Thornton/Piano

    Scholarships: lol no academic ones offered by USC :( that I know of (unless I get a music scholarship in my financial aid package?) and I regretfully did not apply for outside scholarships because I thought it was too competitive and therefore pointless... but like if any of you know of scholarships still open for applications lol hmu

    Stats:
    • College transferring from: Cascadia College (Washington community college)
    • Entering as: idk lol. I was in a dual-enrollment program during junior/senior year of high school called Running Start where you can be a full-time community college student tuition-free (just pay for textbooks and some fees). I graduated HS in June of 2016 with 80 quarterly credits. However, USC does not accept college credits earned prior to graduation that contributed to HS graduation requirements, so many of those 80 credits earned in HS likely may not transfer. Therefore, I took two additional quarters after graduation to complete my AA degree and then take other GEs that I either didn't have or had but wouldn't transfer over. I calculated and based off of my estimates, if the credits that I think will transfer over do transfer over, I will probably enter as a sophomore standing. But, I want to double major so I may take four years :/ it's okay though because age-wise, I should be a HS senior right now lol
    • GPA: CC GPA: 3.95, HS unweighted GPA: around 3.83
    • Units completed: In total, I've completed 110 quarterly credits so the semester equivalent would be around around 73 credits. But like I said, who knows how many of those will actually be accepted by USC since I have not done the transfer credit report yet.
    • Units in progress: none lol I'm done with community college, been there too long
    • Pre-reqs completed: my major does not have any other than to perform a strong audition
    • GEs completed: I should have completed them all except the arts (because my first major is the arts, I figured I might as well wait till USC lol) and either of the global perspective ones because my CC, being out of state, does not have an articulation agreement and I'm assuming none of the classes I was able to take covered this. But who knows, maybe I had some overlap?
    Subjective:
    • ECs listed on app: Well, naturally, I'm very active in piano-related activities and that's also a key element of my major so idk if this counts but if it does, then yeah, I think I listed piano
    • Job/Work Experience: Japanese language tutor since 1/2016, worked at a sushi restaurant, and I think I mentioned my retail experience lol (but none of this is really necessary. Just thought it could show that I don't just sit around doing nothing all day)
    • Essays (subject and responses): subject and responses? uh well for "Describe something outside of your intended academic focus about which you are interested in learning." I wrote about my interest in learning languages and linguistics. I described how I've done well in all my language classes and would consider taking many more at USC. I mentioned how USC being a very diverse campus would help, also its many clubs. Something along those lines

      "Describe how you plan to pursue your academic interests at USC. Please feel free to address your first- and second-choice major selections." I basically described why USC's prestigious Thornton School of Music was the perfect fit for me. I'm sure most of us wrote something like that in relation to their intended major

      And then my personal statement basically just explained my unusual/unique academic career, why I didn't apply to any colleges senior year, and my growth in self-confidence lol yes kinda cheesy, but it was really significant in the past two years and played a big role in everything.
    • Letters of Recommendation: I had three: One from my environmental science teacher. I got to know her really well during fall quarter of 2016. Her classes are notoriously challenging (as further supported by her dismal score on Rate My Professor score) so by going to office hours frequently, actively participating in class lecture/discussion, and making thorough communication by asking questions at any time really, (I like to think) I gave her a good impression of the kind of student I was so I think she wrote a very effective and helpful recommendation; not to mention environmental science ended up being the major I last-minute changed my second-choice major to (originally was linguistics). The other two letters of recommendation were from my current and previous piano teachers.
    Other: Well I am a music major so therefore my application process was a little more "involved" than most transfer applicants (maybe besides SCA applicants). In the application process for music majors to most top music schools, we have to submit a pre-screening recording audition of whatever instrument we play. This serves as a way to sort of cut any applicants who are below the level to be pursuing music or expectations of the particular school (that sounds kinda harsh but it's true). If we pass, we get to move onto a final audition. So I had my final audition and it went really well. Another significant thing is, I have a lot of friends who are music majors at USC. They introduced me to my prospective piano teacher who they thought would be a good fit for me (bc there are like 10 at USC) and basically i had a lesson with her in September of 2016 when I first visited USC for Transfer Day. It went really well and she seemed to have liked me. After this initial meeting, we remained in contact for the following months/throughout my application process. She has helped answer many questions and has been extremely helpful overall. Anyways, after my audition, I was later told that I made it into the music school and that as long as my GPA remained in USC's range, I shouldn't worry about being rejected. So yeah, I did have good grades but I definitely think my successful audition was a big role in not only my acceptance, but getting a decision so fast.
    • Other schools applied to: University of Washington (backup) and Oberlin Conservatory
    • Comments: sorry this was really long but I thought it could be useful to anyone curious. ALSO, a word of advice. Idk if this applies to everyone but it certainly seemed to have helped me. When sending things like final transcripts, it may be better to actually send it to your major/(school within USC)'s admission office. The reason being, rather than sending your transcript or whatever to USC office of admission, which, think about it, is receiving thousands of papers as well, if you send it to your major's office, it may be reviewed sooner because that way it's not sitting in USC admissions for a few days vs going straight to your major's office. However, I can see how this still may not be so efficient in the case of transfer applicants who are applying to the more popular schools like Marshall or Viterbi. BUT, please contact your major's admission director first and ask them if this is okay. I say this only because I have been in contact with Thornton's undergrad admission director (who's been extremely helpful btw) and she advised me to send my final transcript to Thornton Admissions instead, that way they can review it faster. So yeah, I really emphasize strong communications between your advisors and major's admission directors, if possible.








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  • pianoritepianorite 67 replies0 threads Junior Member
    edited April 2017
    Also @pomeranian4rich , I used @1mHello1m 's post format from the 2015 thread. You should maybe add his stuff to yours as I think the info could be really helpful to other CCers!

    Here's his old thread:
    http://talk.collegeconfidential.com/transfer-students/1772049-usc-transfer-decisions-thread-2015.html
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  • pomeranian4richpomeranian4rich 756 replies5 threads Member
    credit to @1mHello1m
    Use the format below. Copy and paste, then take out the spaces

    Copy and Paste the following into your post. Choose one from the top three (accepted, rejected, SGR). Take out the space after each bracket!


    [ color=green][ b]Accepted - SCHOOL/MAJOR[ /b][ /color]
    [ color=orange][ b]Spring Grade Request - SCHOOL/MAJOR[ /b][ /color]
    [ color=red][ b]Rejected - SCHOOL/MAJOR[ /b][ /color]

    [ color=blue][ b]Decision Date & Time: (FILL IN THE BLANK)[/b][/color]

    [ b]Stats:[ /b]
    [ list]
    [ *] College transferring from:
    [ *] Entering as:
    [ *] GPA:
    [ *] Units completed:
    [ *] Units in progress:
    [ *] Pre-reqs completed:
    [ *] GEs completed:
    [ /list][ b]Subjective:[ /b]
    [ list]
    [ *] ECs listed on app:
    [ *] Job/Work Experience:
    [ *] Essays (subject and responses):
    [ *] Letters of Recommendation:
    [ /list][ b]Other:[ /b]
    [ list]
    [ *] Other schools applied to:
    [ *] Comments:
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  • xtx237xtx237 19 replies0 threads New Member
    Any film production transfers?
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  • Mikeysky96Mikeysky96 16 replies1 threads Junior Member
    I applied to transfer to film production. Have you heard anything yet? @xtx237
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  • xtx237xtx237 19 replies0 threads New Member
    edited April 2017
    oh no, I'm a hs senior going to cc then plan on applying for fall 2018 just lurking to gather information sorry.Also, may I ask what your stats and your portfolio if it's on youtube.@Mikeysky96
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  • pomeranian4richpomeranian4rich 756 replies5 threads Member
    Those admitted to Fall 2017 here is the facebook group: https://www. facebook. com/groups/538227046565035/
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  • RH3224RH3224 8 replies0 threads New Member
    Accepted - Marshall School Of Business


    [ color=blue][ b]Decision Date & Time: March 24th( Sorry just saw this thread) Package Date March 23

    [ b]Stats:[ /b]
    [ list]
    [ *] College transferring from: San Diego State University
    Trojan Transfer Plan (TTP): YES
    [ *] Entering as: Sophomore
    [ *] GPA: 3.88
    [ *] Units completed:30
    [ *] Units in progress:16
    [ *] ECs listed on app: Community Service, Captain of Intramural Sports
    [ *] Job/Work Experience: Helped out in the Math Learning Center a few hours a week
    [ *] Essays (subject and responses): Talked about a Family connection and the benefits of USC and how it is very good for people who want to work in the business field, and especially for me because I would like to stay in LA for a while
    [ *] Letters of Recommendation:NA
    [ /list][ b]Other:[ /b]
    [ list]
    [ *] Other schools applied to:
    [ *] Comments: Sorry for the brevity, @pomeranian4rich summed up excellent advice above me
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  • pianoritepianorite 67 replies0 threads Junior Member
    Hey @pomeranian4rich congrats on your admission! It looks like you made an official transfer admit FB group but just wanted to let you know that you'll also soon get an email from USC with a link to join USC's official 2017 transfer admits page. The page is pretty quiet at the moment for obvious but I'm sure it will pick up in the coming weeks as the majority of decisions start coming in. RN, people will occasional post their housing seeking roommates etc. tbh, I think I can probably invite you to the group earlier if you want. just let me know!
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  • Amaryllis85Amaryllis85 55 replies0 threads Junior Member
    Accepted - Dornsife / Physics

    Decision Date & Time: Received package on 4/29; letter dated 4/28. Portal looks to have been updated within the past day or so.

    Stats:
    • College transferring from: City Colleges of Chicago
    • Entering as: Junior
    • GPA: 4.0
    • Units completed: 100+. (I have a prior bachelor's degree.)
    • Units in progress: 3
    • Pre-reqs completed: All those required/recommended for the physics major. This includes Calculus I, I, and III; General Chemistry I and II; Physics I (Mechanics), Physics II (Electricity and Magnetism), and Physics III (Optics, Modern Physics). I've also taken Differential Equations and Linear Algebra.
    • GEs completed: Prior degree took care of most (likely all) of my GEs. Will confirm with my academic advisor.
    Subjective:
    • ECs listed on app: STEM Club (vice-president); Phi Theta Kappa (honor society for two-year colleges); High-Altitude Ballooning Club; volunteering at the local planetarium. I've also done a fair amount of (paid) research. I'll discuss that under "Work Experience."
    • Job/Work Experience: I spent a year working as a tutor (mainly math/physics, although they had me do writing occasionally) at my community college. I also served as an embedded Learning Assistant for a calculus-based E&M class. Apart from that, I completed an REU (NSF-funded Research Experience for Undergraduates) in particle astrophysics at an out-of-state university, and I also did some research at my home institution through their "Independent Research in Physics" course. Between those two projects, I've presented a poster at five national conferences.
    • Letters of Recommendation: 3. One from a professor (describes my strengths as a student), one from my REU mentor (describes my strengths as a researcher), and one from the Transfer Director at my college (describes me as a human being).
    Other:
    • Other schools applied to: None. It was a calculated risk. I relocated to southern CA in December for personal reasons, but most other schools in the area do not accept applications from students seeking their second bachelor's (that includes all of the UCs and CSUs, as well as some of the private institutions). Applying directly to a graduate program in physics was not a viable option as I have completed none of the upper-division coursework -- my prior degree is in a non-STEM field. If I hadn't been accepted to USC, I would have applied for a yearlong research internship.
    • Comments: I had no contact with my admissions counselor throughout the application/review process, except to confirm that my transcript had been received after I got a "missing materials" e-mail in March. I did, however, reach out to faculty in the physics department. Two of them invited me to attend a lab meeting, and I was even able to sit in on a class. I mentioned this in my essay.
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  • KevinzzzKevinzzz 30 replies0 threads Junior Member
    Accepted - Marshall/Business Administration(Non TTP)

    Decision Date & Time: (04/28/2017) Portal updated first, live in bay area

    Stats:
    • College transferring from: De Anza College
    • Entering as: Junior
    • GPA: 3.93 (Including non-transferrable)
    • Units completed: 109.5 (transferrable)
    • Units in progress: 12 (Calculus III, Spanish 2, Piano, PE. I really don't have classes to take, lol.)
    • Pre-reqs completed: All
    • GEs completed: All
    Subjective:
    • ECs listed on app: Accounting and Economics Tutor, Volunteered at a Senior House
    • Job/Work Experience: Teacher Assistant (EF-KIDS), Sales at a start-up in China, Co-founder of an e-commerce company in China.
    • Letters of Recommendation: Two recommendations. One from my accounting professor, which I think it's mediocre since the professor doesn't know me so well. Another is from my supervisor of my tutoring center, she knows me pretty well, and we had a lot good conversations.
      • Other schools applied to: UC Berkeley(ECON), UCLA(BUS ECON), UCSD(ECON), UCSB(ACCT & ECON), UCI(BUS ADMIN), NYU(BUS ADMIN), Boston University(BUS ADMIN), Babson College(BUS ADMIN)
      • Schools accepted: UC Berkeley, UCSD, UCSB, UCI, USC
      • Schools rejected: UCLA
      • Pending schools: NYU, Boston University, Babson College
      • Comments: I wish you guys best of luck in your decisions. If you have any questions, feel free to let me know. I would love to help. Fight on!
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  • user98user98 28 replies0 threads Junior Member
    @Amaryllis85 Congrats on your acceptance! What I found remarkable in your app was how you reached out to some of the faculty members at USC (prior to your acceptance) and they invited you to interact with them on campus! If you don't mind, can you please go into more detail about your experience in how you were able to receive that remarkable offer? Thanks!
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  • Amaryllis85Amaryllis85 55 replies0 threads Junior Member
    @user98 All I did was e-mail the department chair and the Director of Undergraduate Studies and ask if I could come in for a visit. (I figured the worst they could tell me was to wait until I got admitted.) They passed my name along to a couple of professors, and encouraged me to contact those professors directly.

    Everyone was really chill about the whole thing.
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  • jieunhjieunh 6 replies0 threads New Member

    ACCEPTED-- MARSHALL/ Business Administration (Non TTP)
    Decision Date & Time: (May 2nd, 2017) / Heard back via my financial aid summary first
    Letter was sent out April 29th

    Stats:
    College transferring from: Chapman University
    Entering as: Junior
    GPA: 3.86
    Units completed: 45
    Units in progress: 15
    Pre-reqs completed: Business Calc. | Financial Accounting | Managerial Accounting
    GEs Completed: All (besides the required two's)

    Subjective:
    ECs listed on app: A lot of writing + volunteer experiences
    Job/Work Experience: Two marketing/ communication internships in the summer
    Essays (subject and responses): It was really focused on how I valued the entrepreneurship side of USC + the hands on approach offered at the school
    Letters of Recommendation: One from my Spanish professor

    Other schools applied to: None
    Comments: Check your financial aid. It may be an indication that you got accepted before you receive your letter.
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  • user98user98 28 replies0 threads Junior Member
    @jieunh hello! In the "GEs completed" section, by completing "all besides the required two's" are you implying that you completed 6/8 USC GE categories? Or did you complete all 8 GEs and must take 2 at USC (taking 2 GEs at USC is a requirement for transfer admits)
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  • jieunhjieunh 6 replies0 threads New Member
    edited May 2017
    @user98 Hi! I finished 6 out of the 8 GE's required. If you have that, you should be good.
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  • user98user98 28 replies0 threads Junior Member
    edited May 2017
    @jieunh thanks for the reply! if you don't mind me asking, what two categories do you have left to complete (at USC)? :)
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