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Admission-Past, Present, Future: The Present

“When I stepped on this campus, I was surprised by the warmth I felt. I immediately felt like I was more than just a number, and that was important to me.” -Karl Reid

It’s no secret in the trojan family that USC has first-rate academic, professional and extracurricular programs. And now that the university has become one of America’s top-ranked institutions of higher education, it seems everyone is on to us.

USC has long attracted a strong faculty and continued community support, but today more students than ever are clamoring to get in. As a result, the university is bringing together some of the best and brightest students from around the world. They, in turn, are driving up admission standards and enhancing the academic experience at USC for everyone.

“I feel like I’m working with the smartest students in the world at USC,” says Karl Reid, a sophomore majoring in cinema-television. “We’re learning from each otherand supporting each other in an environment I would have never thought could be possible. But that’s what makes USC unique.”

In the quest to educate the best minds, the national profile of the university has increased along with test scores and academic grades. Last year’s incoming freshman class maintained an average 3.7 grade point average in high school while achieving an average score of 1243 on the SAT. Those numbers are bound to rise as the caliber of students being admitted to USC continues to increase.

It’s true USC has changed over the years. And while all this attention could make the school seem too big, the administration wants to keep the feel of a small liberal arts college amid a large research institution because that’s what makes so many people want to come here. The student-to-faculty ratio is about 14-to-1, while the average class size is just 26 students.


-Ido Dotan

“USC provides a great learning environment because the students who come here have good GPAs and make it easier for professors to take classes toanother level,” says Ido Dotan, a junior majoring in business and minoring in international relations. “The students who are here don’t just come to get a degree and get out. They come to get involved. It makes USC an exciting place to be.”

Many students are drawn to the university because USC provides an environment that ensures success for its students. USC graduates obtain competitive jobs and attend the best graduate and professional schools in the country. The Trojan Family is a genuinely supportive community. Alumni, trustees, volunteers and friends of USC assist students at every turn, both inside and outside the university.

“I’ve heard from so many people that once you get into the business world it’s not only what you know, it’s who you know,” says Dotan.

“USC alumni are always providing resources and helping students and that was very appealing to me.”

USC officials want students to feel like they are part of the Trojan Family from the moment they arrive.

“When I stepped on this campus, I was surprised by the warmth I felt,” says Reid. “I immediately felt like I was more than just a number, and that was important to me.”

Getting into the university has become more difficult. But if you do get in, you still have to figure out how to pay for it. Though its rivals may contend that USC is the “University of Spoiled Children,” the truth of the matter is that we have the world’s largest financial aid budget. More than 60 percent of USC students receive assistance, which is another reason why so many people come here.


– Xochitl Medina

“Once I got in, I thought I would have a hard time paying to go to school here,” says Xochitl Medina, a senior majoring in international relations and minoring in business. “But USC has been more receptive to giving financial aid and made the process easier than anyplace else.

“USC has always been accessible to people from a broad range of backgrounds. Sure, it may be tougher to gain admission, but we’ve just raised the bar – we haven’t put it out of reach.

“USC is a diverse place where students are open-minded and are learning to adapt to a diverse world,” says Medina. “USC’s diversity gives us the ability to adapt to the world beyond it.”

Admission-Past, Present, Future: The Present

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