The Waiting Game. The countdown to mailing last decisions

The Waiting Game. The countdown to mailing last decisions is on and I’m sure all our first-year applicants are wondering… what’s taking so long?! It takes a whole lot of manpower and hours to see 47,000 applications and we wish to give every application a review that is fair order to create the amazing, well-rounded, diverse, and successful Class of 2017. Let me pull right back the curtain a little and explain to you why it takes us many months to complete this process…

Since USC utilizes a holistic method of the admission process, we have been committed to reading and re-reading every piece of the application. You know those short respond to questions you responded to? We read those. That task summary you completed? Yup, we read every activity, company, and experience you listed on there. When I read an application, i do want to get to know you- your interests, your perspective, and a lot of of all, hear your voice come through. This method takes time and thought you are as a student and a person as we try to understand how your academic performance, test scores, writing, involvements, and recommendations come together to paint a fuller picture of who.

The admission office might seem is—but it only runs as smoothly as it does through the use of multiple checks and balances throughout the process like it runs like a well-oiled machine on the outside—and it. We contact pupils when a piece is being missed by us of the applying and as soon as we need more information such as for example mid-year grades. We consult with the departments that are academic USC and consider their views on applicants and listen to their recommendations. First and foremost, we rely on a single another to aid us see applicants in a different way or recognise something we didn’t initially see. It is an incredibly collaborative process and it takes time.

This is a difficult process for our office, as well at the end of the day. There are many qualified applicants that we don’t have room for every year. It’s never effortless making these tough choices, but I find comfort realizing that our applicants need many amazing college options next year irrespective.

I think We talk on behalf of our entire office when We say we are pretty excited to finally have the ability to shout out towards the globe, here’s the incredible USC Class of 2017! Plus in just a couple weeks that are short we—and numerous of you—will find a way to do exactly that.

Grades, Guidance, and Goliath: Confessions of a Director Dad

The post below is from our very own Director of Admission, Kirk Brennan. He shares with us the struggles to be a parent of a prospective college student as well as having a leadership role in degree. Understandably, juggling these two functions is incredibly delicate. Thank you, Kirk, for sharing your insight into what our parents go through during this time that is stressful!


This coming Monday will mark the eighteenth anniversary of this day my wife (who you may remember) delivered our very first youngster. Though I have worked in admission for 22 years, this specific 12 months — the main one in which that son or daughter is signing up to university — is like my first day at work. What a strange way to look at my work: through the eyes, and through the home of a prospective pupil.

I had numerous disillusioning observations this year. I saw that tours of very different schools seem the same, that college marketing materials look alike and even say the extremely same things, and what sort of number that is small of businesses vendors seem to drive this process for many schools. I saw that a good deal of a pupil’s impression of my university is perhaps not controllable, and We had been particularly disheartened whenever my own student, after experiencing proud to get a mass-mailer from a college, quit reading any one of them only days later on, and even felt anger as she sifted through them. At USC and in the admission occupation in general, we strive to be helpful, however some full days I’m unsure how much we’re helping ( and I also welcome your suggestions at

What strikes me more than any such thing is the psychological roller coaster of the year that is senior. We had been saddened to watch mundane events of life magnified to be critical pieces of a puzzle that result in college; a grade on the tiniest test prompts a crisis, or an option to relax one afternoon is observed as a prospective deal breaker for college admission, therefore career, then lifetime happiness. Then there is record; therefore colleges that are many consider, will she love these schools, did she miss an improved fit, and certainly will she even get in at all? Then completing the applications, especially the anxiety behind answering the smallest amount of important questions on the application form (we discussed ‘What’s my therapist’s job title?’). The relief that is temporary of them was soon replaced by confusion over the lack of communication as colleges read. Now the decisions are coming out the grand finale with this trip — one day she gets in and seems excitement that is great her future, another she actually is rejected and feels useless, as if judged harshly by strangers. Learning and growing can be hard, and many turns in life will be unpredictable, but surely I can’t be the sole one ready for this ride to end.

Through the ground I have watched this roller coaster often times, and such rides tend to end in the in an identical way — with our children enrolling in a college they love. Yet we riders still scream, even feel real terror going down the mountain as in the event that safety pubs won’t assist; normal responses, if utterly irrational. We still love rollercoasters (Goliath is the best), and I also think I will enjoy this ride. I have grown closer to my daughter, and now we have all grown closer as a family. I’ve seen my younger daughter console her older sister. We all cherish the time that remains in this phase of our family life, while we avoid the concern of how many others dishes we are going to share together. You can find numerous hugs, tears, pats on the rear, and scoops of ice cream to soothe the pain sensation, yet great hope for the long term. I look forward to this ride finishing, but I imagine when it ends, just like Goliath, I will be excited to get back in line to ride again today. I sure hope so, anyhow: my youngest is counting about it.

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