|Students who got into USC say:|
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I did not have much trouble getting into USC. The grades and the SAT scores did the work for me (I didn't even have to do an interview). However, if you're really going to do engineering, make sure you apply to the engineering school. You have a better shot at scholarships that way. Also, if you do get in, and you're wondering what to do during the summer, one word: internships.
| Chemical Engineering|
| Jun 01 2009 | You send a resume list (do NOT lie! Even little white lies because they can tell). I didn't lie on mine but I was shocked at how extensively they ask you about each and everything on your list of works. I felt and could tell they were testing whether or not I had actually done everything listed which was cool, but somewhat sheisty. But I also could tell they were sincerely just interested to find out everything about you.
Just be passionate and relay that to them. It helps you INCREDIBLY to go to the undergrad "pre-interview" that they hold in different regions near your home for students who are interested in the program. This is YOUR CHANCE! Meet and make a good impression because the person you are meeting with / talking to is going to be one of the people who later decide whether you get in! (This is also the secret to bettering your chances at getting one of the coveted Scholarships either Presidential or Trustee). I, myself was a Trustee recipient so I didn't have to pay a cent of tuition; ever.
You will meet snobs, back stabbers, and all sorts of evil people at 'SC and you will work into the AM on several occasions and feel overwhelmed very often.
But if you make it through, you will graduate with a diploma literally worth it's weight in gold. Everywhere you go in the country people will see that you went to 'SC film school and they will respect you almost instantly (just make sure you keep it all fresh in your mind by practice-practice-practice!)
You will see films, meet people, and read books that will inspire you to your core. Fight On (^o^)/
Here's my profile when I got into USC in 2004:
| History/Histories (art history/etc.)|| Apr 02 2008 |
Type of HS: Elite Private, Boarding School, Out-of-State
SAT: V730 M640
Extracurriculars: Quiz Bowl, Chess Club, Fencing Club, JV Soccer, JV Track
I did an interview before attending and I think it went very well. I got very good financial aid and turned down offers from New York University and the University of Michigan to attend.
Most students come in with 3.7-4.0 GPA range. The school has become much more selective in the past few years and seems to be a "trendy" school (like NYU for instance). I just heard that the acceptance rate for this year has reached an all-time low of 21%!
Keeping a high GPA is obviously the most important thing. If you are a stellar athlete, of course, you'll have a great chance of being admitted (despite a low GPA) if you make contact with coaches early and impress them.
Do well in all of your classes, not just science or math. They emphasize good writing/communication skills here, which are vital to become a great leader. I used to interview students for scholarships, and a big thing they look for is the potential to become a Renaissance Scholar (major/minor in two very different fields of study). They want people who are able to work in different spheres of influence and bridge the gaps between them. Show them you can do that or have the potential to do that and you will like you more.