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1 LVUSD College Night of Workshops, 2010 Joe Beltran 213-740-6611

2 Imagine Yourself Here The USC Admission Process Paying for College

3 Imagine Yourself at USC A private research university A learner-centered institution Los Angeles Vibrant campus life

4 A Private Research University Everyone is in the business of learning Faculty are creating and discovering knowledge World-class research Undergraduates participate in intellectual discovery

5 A Learner-Centered Institution A commitment to undergraduate education Breadth with depth Learning outside the classroom

6 Los Angeles Capital city of the 21 st century Most diverse city in the world A real-time learning laboratory

7 Vibrant Campus Life A university with a conscience A residential campus Performances, noted speakers, literary magazines Hundreds of student organizations Greek life Division I athletics

8 What’s New and Notable at USC? Visions & Voices Arts and Humanities Initiative Global Scholars and Discovery Scholars New campus center New cinematic arts complex Progressive degree programs New Middle East Studies major

9 The Trojan Family More Than a Phrase Global network made up of hundreds of thousands Inclusive, supportive and accessible Members of Our Family Diverse student body committed to academic excellence World-renowned faculty pushing knowledge boundaries Alumni leaders in business, the arts, the sciences, public service and sports

10 Our Admission Philosophy We take the responsibility of reviewing each applicant’s candidacy very seriously; we read all materials and carefully consider a variety of factors. Our decisions are not based on formulas. Our process is very complex and nuanced, involving both spirited debate and exceptional attention to the personal circumstances of every applicant.

11 Deadlines and Important Dates October 15 Part 1 Application deadline December 1 Part 2 Application deadline for scholarship applicants January 10 Final freshman application deadline February 2 FAFSA and PROFILE priority filing date March 2 Parent and Student 2008 Federal Tax Return May 2 National Candidates’ Reply date

12 Components of a Complete Application Part 1 Application (optional) Part 2 Application Official high school transcripts SAT or ACT (with writing) Essay and responses to short answer topics Activities list Counselor/teacher form and letter Supplemental materials (certain majors) Audition/Portfolio (certain majors) Interview (optional)

13 Fall 2010 Freshman Class Applications 35,800 Admission Offers 8,700 Admission Rate 24% Enrolled 2,970 Fall 2010 Enrolled Class GPA (un-weighted)3.7 Middle 50% SAT Critical Reasoning 620-720 Middle 50% SAT Math 650-750 Middle 50% SAT Writing 640-740 Middle 50% SAT Best Combined 1950-2170 Middle 50% ACT Composite 29-33

14 Fall 2010 Freshman Class National Merit Scholars 245 Top 10% of class 85% First generation college goers 12% From California 53% From other U.S. states 35% From abroad 12% African American 7% Latino / Hispanic 13% Native American / Pacific Islander 2% Asian / Asian American 25% Caucasian 42% Other / Not Indicated 11%

15 Paying For College Philosophy of aid at USC Types of financial aid Merit scholarships Need-based aid How to apply Special circumstances


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