The Waiting Game. The countdown to mailing last decisions

December 2nd, 2019 by michelle

 is on and I’m sure all our first-year applicants are wondering… what’s taking so long?! It takes a great deal of manpower and hours to read 47,000 applications and we want to give every application a reasonable review in order to produce 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 will take us many months to complete this process…

Since USC utilizes a holistic method of the admission process, we’re committed to reading and re-reading every piece associated with application. You know those answer that is short you responded to? We read those. That task summary you completed? Yup, we read every activity, company, 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 procedure takes some time 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 may seem enjoy it runs like a well-oiled machine on the outside—and it is—but it only runs since smoothly as it does through the usage of multiple checks and balances throughout the procedure. We contact pupils when we have been missing an item of the application and whenever we need additional information such as for instance mid-year grades. We talk to the departments that are academic USC and consider their views on candidates and listen to their recommendations. First and foremost, we rely on one another to greatly help us see applicants in a different way or detect something we didn’t initially see. It is an incredibly collaborative procedure and it requires time.

By the end of the day, this might be a difficult process for our office, also. You can find many qualified applicants that we don’t have room for each year. It’s never simple making these tough choices, but I find convenience knowing that our applicants could have many amazing college options the following year regardless.

I think I talk on behalf of our entire office when I say we are pretty excited to finally have the ability to shout out to the globe, here’s the incredible USC Class of 2017! Plus in merely a couple brief weeks, we—and many of you—will be able to do just that.

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

The blog post below is from our very own Director of Admission, Kirk Brennan. He shares with us the struggles of being a parent of a prospective scholar along with having a leadership role in degree. Understandably, juggling these two functions is incredibly delicate. Thank you, Kirk, for sharing your insight into what our moms and dads undergo during this time that is stressful!


This coming Monday will mark the eighteenth anniversary for the day my wife (whom you may remember) delivered our very first son or daughter. 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 view my work: through the eyes, and from the house of a student that is prospective.

I had numerous observations that are disillusioning year. I saw that tours of different schools seem the same, that college marketing materials look alike and even say the very same things, and how a number that is small of companies vendors seem to drive this procedure for several schools. I saw that a tremendous amount of a pupil’s impression of my university is maybe not controllable, and I had been especially disheartened when my own student, after feeling proud to get a mass-mailer from a college, quit reading any of them only days later on, and even felt anger as she sifted through them. At USC and in the admission profession in general, we work hard to be helpful, but some days I’m unsure how much we’re helping ( and I also welcome your suggestions at [email protected]).

What strikes me more than such a thing may be the psychological roller coaster of the year that is senior. We was saddened to view mundane events of life magnified to become critical pieces of a puzzle that lead to college; a grade on the tiniest test prompts a crisis, or a choice to flake out one afternoon is seen as a possible deal breaker for university admission, consequently career, then life time pleasure. Then there’s the list; therefore many colleges to consider, will she love these schools, did she miss an improved fit, and can she also get in at all? Then completing the applications, especially the anxiety behind answering the least questions that are important the application (we discussed ‘What’s my counselor’s task title?’). The short term relief of completing them was soon replaced by confusion on the lack of communication as colleges read. Now the decisions are developing the grand finale with this ride — one day she gets in and seems excitement that is great her future, another she is refused and seems useless, as if judged harshly by strangers. Learning and growing are difficult, and numerous turns in life will be unpredictable, but certainly I can not be the only real one ready because of this ride to end.

From the ground I have watched this roller coaster often times, and such rides tend to result in the way that is same; with our children enrolling in a college they love. Yet we riders still scream, also feel terror that is real down the hill as in the event that safety bars won’t help; normal reactions, if utterly irrational. I still love rollercoasters (Goliath is my personal favorite), and I think I shall enjoy this ride. I have grown nearer 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, we will share together while we avoid the question of how many more meals. There are many hugs, tears, pats on the rear, and scoops of ice cream to soothe the pain, yet great hope for the near future. 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 on it.

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