The Waiting Game. The countdown to mailing final decisions

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

Since USC uses a holistic method of the admission process, we’re committed to reading and re-reading every piece of the application. You understand those answer that is short you responded to? We read those. That task summary you completed? Yup, every activity is read by us, organization, and experience you listed on there. I want to get to know you- your interests, your perspective, and most of all, hear your voice come through when I read an application. This process 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 once we need extra information such as mid-year grades. We talk to the educational departments throughout USC and consider their views on applicants and listen to their recommendations. Most of all, we rely using one another to help us see applicants in a way that is different detect something we didn’t initially see. It is an incredibly collaborative process and it requires time.

At the conclusion of the day, this really is a hard process for the office, also. You can find many applicants that are qualified we do not have room for every year. It’s never effortless making these tough choices, but I find comfort knowing that our applicants need many college that is amazing the following year irrespective.

I think We speak on behalf of our office that is entire when say we are pretty excited to finally have the ability to shout out towards the globe, here is the amazing USC Class of 2017! As well as in merely a couple short weeks, we—and numerous of you—will find a way to do exactly that.

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

The blog post below is from our very own Director of Admission, Kirk Brennan. He shares with us the struggles to be a parent of the college that is prospective in addition to having a leadership role in higher education. Understandably, juggling these two functions is very delicate. Thank you, Kirk, for sharing your understanding of what our parents proceed through in 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 kid. This particular year — the one in which that child is applying to college — feels like my first day on the job though i have worked in admission for 22 years. Exactly what a strange way to look at my work: through the eyes, and from the house of a prospective student.

I had many disillusioning observations this year. I saw that tours of very different schools sound the same, that college marketing materials look alike and even say the extremely exact same things, and what sort of small number of marketing companies vendors seem to drive this method for all schools. I saw that a whole lot of a pupil’s impression of my university is not controllable, and I was specially disheartened when my own student, after experiencing proud to receive 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 career in general, we work hard to be helpful, many full days I’m uncertain how much we’re helping ( and I also welcome your suggestions at [email protected]).

What strikes me more than any such thing may be the emotional roller coaster of the year that is senior. We was saddened to view mundane events of life magnified to be critical pieces of a puzzle that cause college; a grade on the quiz that is tiniest prompts a crisis, or an option to relax one afternoon is seen as a possible deal breaker for college admission, therefore career, then lifetime pleasure. Then there’s the list; so many colleges to consider, will she love these schools, did she miss a much better fit, and may she even get in at all? Then filling in the applications, especially the anxiety behind answering the smallest amount of questions that are important the applying (we discussed ‘What’s my counselor’s work title?’). The relief that is temporary of them was soon replaced by confusion throughout the lack of communication as colleges read. Now the decisions are developing the grand finale with this trip — 1 day she gets in and seems great excitement for her future, another this woman is rejected and feels worthless, as if judged harshly by strangers. Learning and growing may be hard, and many turns in life will be unpredictable, but certainly I can not be the sole one ready with this ride to end.

From the ground i’ve watched this roller coaster several times, and such rides tend to end up in the in an identical way — with our children enrolling in a college they love. Yet we riders nevertheless scream, also feel genuine terror going down the mountain as if the safety bars won’t assist; normal responses, if utterly irrational. I nevertheless 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 have seen my younger daughter console her older sister. We all cherish the time that remains in this phase of our family life, we will share together while we avoid the question of how many more meals. There are numerous hugs, tears, pats on the rear, and scoops of ice cream to soothe the pain, yet great hope for the long run. Today I look forward to this ride finishing, but we imagine when it ends, just like Goliath, I will be excited to obtain back in line to ride once again. I sure hope so, anyway: my youngest is counting onto it.

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