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USC class of 2023 Applicants Thread

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  • MissBagLadyMissBagLady 14 replies10 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    @sunnyschool same for me. If you're worried though, you can check on the FERPA section on Common app, it shows the status of your recs and whether or not USC "Downloaded" them
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  • romns116romns116 606 replies32 threadsRegistered User Member
    edited January 6
    @sunnyschool

    DS had recs attached to his QB/CA app, and separate recs for his SCA supplement. None show in the portal.
    edited January 6
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  • Wishmeluck18Wishmeluck18 17 replies2 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    edited January 7
    @romns116

    So I am assuming that this white box with the merit scholarships packet also serves as the "acceptance letter"? And how many people (percent or number) normally get notified from this early release?
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  • CADREAMINCADREAMIN 5459 replies102 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    edited January 7
    @Wishmeluck18

    About 40,000 students apply in time to be considered for USC merit scholarships. Around January 23ish they will offer admission to approximately 1,200 students who will proceed to the next phase of consideration for the top awards: the Mork Family (10), Stamps (5), Trustee (100), and Presidential (200) scholarships.

    MERIT v FINANCIAL AID AWARDS - Just to be clear, Nearly all of the merit recipients (which is mostly interview invitations, with some Deans (1/4) being outright scholarship with no interview) will be at end of this month. (Some smaller departmental will be given in March and some Deans MAY be given in March. If and number of Dean's in March depends on how things play out for them in main scholarship round.)

    Financial Aid does not come out till around April 1st, usually within a week or so of regular decisions. Financial Aid is not with your acceptance package in January or March, so some will be very excited to get in then have the big downer when they find they can't attend because they don't get the aid they thought they would.

    So even if you are accepted with merit in January, and you interview for let's say, the Presidential, you will not know until mid/end March IF you get that scholarship (yay), and you will not know until April what your FA award is (if you applied for FA). So this process is complex, and final answers about merit $$ vs FA won't come through until then.

    Hang on folks, it is a long ride for most.
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  • Wishmeluck18Wishmeluck18 17 replies2 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    @CADREAMIN

    I really appreciated your answer! That definitely helps me to understand the process a lot better! Thanks!
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  • CADREAMINCADREAMIN 5459 replies102 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    Best of luck to you - try to keep busy, this site will make you crazy! It's great and maddening at the same time. Pace yourself with all your results. What will be will be!
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  • romns116romns116 606 replies32 threadsRegistered User Member
    Financial Aid does not come out till around April 1st, usually within a week or so of regular decisions. Financial Aid is not with your acceptance package in January or March,
    Thanks for correcting that! @CADREAMIN
    so some will be very excited to get in then have the big downer when they find they can't attend because they don't get the aid they thought they would....and you will not know until April what your FA award is
    So true. I remind my son (and myself!) often that Jan-March is exciting, but April is what were waiting for.
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  • CADREAMINCADREAMIN 5459 replies102 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    edited January 7
    @romns116 You're welcome - good luck to your son (and you)! Went through this 4 times (I color my hair to cover the evidence of that) with all admitted, and three that attended USC (two recent grads and one still there). The majors include four different schools within USC, so been through a lot of variation there. It can be an exciting and fun time, but also a crazy and exhausting process.
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  • DolemiteDolemite 2111 replies34 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    This most likely doesn't apply to anyone but just in case there are any applicants that qualify for Tuition Exchange if you get acceptance notification at the end of January you should receive your Tuition Exchange acceptance about a week after.
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  • SlimJim005SlimJim005 258 replies2 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    If you don't get notified of any Merit Aid on or around Jan 23rd, does that mean you definitely won't be accepted or just that you didn't get any Merit Aid?
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  • mamavomamavo 8 replies1 threadsRegistered User New Member
    just not get Merit Aid.
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  • collegemomjamcollegemomjam 1881 replies1 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    My daughter got in a few years ago and got no kind of merit aid letter (and therefore no merit aid).
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  • CADREAMINCADREAMIN 5459 replies102 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    Only about 1200 will get merit notification in a couple weeks. This also means they are accepted. The rest (and large majority) will get their acceptances about the third week of March.
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  • musioheadmusiohead 6 replies1 threadsRegistered User New Member
    Is it you either get the scholarship and get in, or you get to interview for the scholarship and also get accepted?
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  • WWWardWWWard 2693 replies15 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    Questions about USC's merit acceptance process? What the January decisions mean and do not mean, etc.? The what, when and how...? There's a complete recap of all the Info you need listed here via @CADREAMIN ...

    https://talk.collegeconfidential.com/university-southern-california/2120819-usc-merit-acceptance-in-january-what-when-how.html#latest
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  • maxhennmaxhenn 1 replies0 threadsRegistered User New Member
    Does anyone know if you have to have applied before December 1 for merit scholarship? I applied on December 1 and have received no email regarding an admissions status account.
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  • jellybean5jellybean5 218 replies0 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    I'm joining this thread although I'm kind of hoping my D does not get accepted at USC, that would make things a lot easier. Question, do we have to submit the CSS Profile before a certain date? My DH does not want to submit that, only if D gets accepted. Because D will only get to attend USC if accepted, if given merit/scholarship money.
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  • collegemom111111collegemom111111 330 replies1 threadsRegistered User Member
    @CADREAMIN Do you know how much being a SCion helps with admissions, and if being a SCion is a yes/no type thing, or if the more family connections you have the better? For example is it just as helpful to have one grandparent who graduated vs. a sibling currently attending and both parents are alums? In other words, are there degrees of SCion-ness, or simply either you are or are not one.Thank you!
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  • queend98queend98 5 replies3 threadsRegistered User New Member
    If you get a notification for merit aid at the end of january, does that mean you got accepted into your first choice major? Or is it possible that they accepted you for your second choice but still offered an interview/scholarship? Thanks
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  • jellybean5jellybean5 218 replies0 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    @collegemom111111 that is a good question. My D is a "legacy", my MIL earned at least one if not two degrees from USC. SIL also earned degrees there, but she didn't seem to matter when D was filling out the application.
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