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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 great deal of manpower and hours to read 47,000 applications and we want 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 straight back the curtain a bit and demonstrate why it requires 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 this application. You know those answer that is short you reacted to? We read those. That activity summary you completed? Yup, every activity is read by us, organization, and experience you listed on there. Once I read a credit card applicatoin, i do want to get to know you- your interests, your perspective, & most of all, hear your voice come through. This procedure takes time and thought once we make an effort to understand exactly how your academic performance, test ratings, writing, involvements, and recommendations get together to paint a fuller picture of who you really are as a student and a person.

The admission office may 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 students when our company is missing a bit of the application and when we need additional information such as for instance mid-year grades. We talk to the academic departments throughout USC and consider their views on candidates and pay attention to their recommendations. First and foremost, 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 a process that is incredibly collaborative it requires time.

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

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

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

The article below is from our very own Director of Admission, Kirk Brennan. He shares with us the struggles of being a parent of the prospective college student along with having a leadership role in higher education. Understandably, juggling these two roles is incredibly delicate. Thank you, Kirk, for sharing your insight into what our moms and dads go through during this time that is stressful!


This Monday that is coming will the eighteenth anniversary regarding the time my wife (who 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. Just what a strange way to view my work: through the eyes, and through the home of a student that is prospective.

I had numerous observations that are disillusioning year. I saw that tours of different schools sound the same, that college marketing materials look alike and even say the very exact same things, and what sort of small number of marketing organizations vendors appear to drive this procedure for all schools. I saw that a lot of the pupil’s impression of my university is not controllable, and We ended up being specially 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 as well as in the admission profession in general, we strive to be helpful, but some times I’m not sure how much we’re helping ( and I also welcome your suggestions at

Exactly What strikes me more than any such thing is the psychological roller coaster of the year that is senior. We ended up being saddened to look at mundane events of life magnified to be critical pieces of a puzzle that cause college; a grade on the tiniest quiz prompts a crisis, or an option to relax one afternoon sometimes appears as a potential deal breaker for college admission, consequently career, then lifetime happiness. Then there is the list; so colleges that are many consider, will she love these schools, did she miss an improved fit, and certainly will she also get in at all? Then completing the applications, especially the anxiety behind responding to the least important questions on the applying (we discussed ‘What’s my counselor’s work title?’). The relief that is temporary of them was soon replaced by confusion within the lack of communication as colleges read. Now the decisions are coming out the grand finale of this trip — 1 day she gets in and feels great excitement for her future, another she’s rejected and seems worthless, as if judged harshly by strangers. Learning and growing can be hard, and many turns in life will be unpredictable, but clearly I can not be the sole one ready for this ride to end.

Through the ground i’ve watched this roller coaster several times, and such rides tend to end in the same manner — with our children enrolling in a college they love. Yet we riders nevertheless scream, even feel genuine terror going down the hill as in the event that safety pubs won’t help; normal reactions, if utterly irrational. I still love rollercoasters (Goliath is the best), and I think We will love this particular 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 continues to be in this phase of our family life, while we avoid the concern of how a lot more meals we’ll share together. There are numerous hugs, tears, pats on the back, and scoops of ice cream to soothe the pain, yet great hope for the 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, anyway: my youngest is counting onto it.

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