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Is it really that hard to get into USC?

sfboy987sfboy987 Registered User Posts: 389 Member
edited March 2010 in What Are My Chances?
Well I've read on fastweb.com that it's extremely hard to get into USC, and then I heard from my friends that it's not that hard. Well anyways, what do you guys think about my chances? Here are my stats...again

GPA: 3.9W, 3.6UW
SAT I: 1910
SAT II: 1950
Latino student attending a Catholic private school
Spanish Club
Volunteer group
X Country
Editor on the school newspaper
About 100 hours of community service
Some work experience
Thinking of majoring in engineering

SO what you guys think?
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Replies to: Is it really that hard to get into USC?

  • 8888888888888888 Registered User Posts: 4,466 Senior Member
    It's not extremely hard, but with those Stats your at a reach. SAT scores up to 2000.
  • sfboy987sfboy987 Registered User Posts: 389 Member
    anybody else have any advice?
  • darkhopedarkhope Registered User Posts: 1,299 Senior Member
    assuming ur fully weighted gpa is higher you should be able to get in but w/ no scholarships =(
  • MorsVenitMorsVenit Registered User Posts: 473 Member
    Since you are a URM your chances will be increased.
  • sfboy987sfboy987 Registered User Posts: 389 Member
    What's a URM?
  • glucose101glucose101 Registered User Posts: 5,264 Senior Member
    Under-represented minority

    USC has a lot of Latinos though, because it's in California, so you aren't going to get much of an extra-advantage.
  • jesper909jesper909 Registered User Posts: 4 New Member
    hey i just graduated high school and i have a few quetions about going to usc.

    1. does usc have any nursing program?

    2.im going to a community college in california and what classes should i take that i would need to get into usc?

    3. what is the minimum of the GPA i can get to get accepted into usc?
  • CalcruzerCalcruzer Registered User Posts: 4,832 Senior Member
    (1) No, they have no nursing program--they do have a school of dentistry, a school of preventative medicine, and a program on geronotology, however.

    (2) You need to take courses in 4 general ed areas (there are six areas, but two of these courses have to be taken at USC) and an english writing course (this is in addition to any english composition course). Also, some schools have their own prerequisites--like for business, you have to take two econ, one calculus, one statistics, and one accounting course

    (3) Average GPA for acceptance at USC last year as a transfer was 3.7. I'm guessing it was about the same this year. Since all programs there are competitive, the GPA is almost the same for all programs.

    As far as the original poster's chances:

    You are borderline or slightly below borderline (note the average acceptance of transfers is above your UW GPA--and they are taking college courses), but your hispanic background and good extracurriculars might get you in. Engineering is probably one of the two toughest schools to get into, however (the other being Cinema-TV production), and if you apply for that major I would not expect you would not be admitted unless you could write a great essay, have wonderful (even magnificent) recommendations, and can show some leadership potential by getting elected to some top positions in student government or your clubs--or do something dramatic this summer to show your potential.

    Good luck to both of you. (jesper909 and sfboy987)
  • WishWashWishWash Registered User Posts: 658 Member
    It's easy dude: Just take a look at the application they use: usc_application_955.JPG (image)
  • WishWashWishWash Registered User Posts: 658 Member
    ^^^ Just kidding. I think you have an OK chance. 35%ish. It's getting harder every year though, as most places are.
  • kms123kms123 Registered User Posts: 11 New Member
    i love the application
  • jesper909jesper909 Registered User Posts: 4 New Member
    im trying to major in biochemistry.... but im not looking to deep into that i just wanna get accepted into usc first, because that has been my dream school and i have family members that attend ucla and i just wanna take a different direction....

    thank you Calcruzer
  • dchhuganidchhugani Registered User Posts: 5 New Member
    Hey, i really need you guys' help. I'm an Indian student who grew up in Ecuador, South America. I'm in my senior year and applying to colleges right now and USC is a school i really want to go to. I screwed up my grades in 9th and 10th grade and got like a 2.77 GPA for those two years. My GPA for 11th and 12th grade is 3.8 and will probably increase more with this semester's grades. My cumulative GPA comes out to like 3.1 or a bit more.
    My SAT I: 2000
    Subject tests i haven't recieved my scores but i'm sure to get an 800 in the SPanish language and I'm pretty sure I'll do well on the Math 1 subject test. I also skipped 7th grade and all these details would be included in my application to USC. I'm not looking for a scholarship, I just want to go to USC. Please be honest with me I don't care if it's too harsh... Do I have any chance of getting in? (My GPa is my biggest concern)
  • Stoneman23Stoneman23 Registered User Posts: 2 New Member
    Hey guys i know im a lil" young for this web site but iv always wanted to go to USC all my life and im only 13 but i go to the Rose Bowl a lot to go see them play. I was wondering what I need to do to get into my favorite collge USC. Please help!!!!!
  • Stoneman23Stoneman23 Registered User Posts: 2 New Member
    Also iv had family members that have gone to USC with a 4.0
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