Curriculum Strength and Advanced Testing: Do They Matter?

I happened to be talking with a mom of the prospective pupil recently. She brought up concerns regarding our evaluation of rigor and AP/IB/SAT tests that are subject. These questions have recently appear more frequently therefore I thought it might be suitable to address it in a web log. Perhaps it’s because AP tests are approaching quickly and students are beginning to question it to take the tests if it is worth.

First, let’s address rigor. The general inquiry seems to basically boil down to this:

Are admission counselors able to objectively and fairly evaluate the curriculum energy of every student?

In an expressed term, YES. At USC, we now have among the greatest, if perhaps not the admission staff that is largest of any private university in the nation. Each user is assigned to a domestic or region that is international or both. We take pride in taking care of our territories. Relationships are forged and maintained with high school counselors, parents and students that are prospective. The aim is to have a comprehensive and understanding that is detailed of territory. We have become alert to what an application that is competitive like within its appropriate context. Fundamentally, you are able to think about us as context specialists. Context is specially crucial in our process. We understand that rigor looks greatly unique and different for every school. Access to scholastic and extracurricular tasks in each high school, town, and region will vary.

We get it…rigor and context are crucial. Makes sense. Therefore given that I’ve taken all these advanced level courses, is it actually beneficial to simply take the tests?

In another term, well the word that is same YES. You have devote so work that is much the higher level product all 12 months. Why maybe not just just take the test?! There are various other benefits that are potential the apparent financial savings you could have if you had been to pass through these tests. In essence, you could find yourself freeing some devices to simply simply take on another minor or even a double major. Believe me, if you put in the work now, the benefits will outweigh the expense a lot more.

Generally, if you get at the least a 4 on any AP exam, or at the very least a 5 on any high level IB Exam; then you will end up able to transfer some credits into USC. To find out more, please go to the USC Articulation internet site.

Finally, SAT topic Tests, exactly what about those? Well, in short, they have been not necessary to submit an application for almost any program that is undergraduate USC. But, in the event that you occur to be using them for the next college and you also receive a great score, then go ahead and submit those scores to us. We will undoubtedly let them have a look.

Best of luck on everybody taking the AP and IB exams approaching. we hope this offers a few of you a bit that is little inspiration!

Mission Accomplished!

Moments ago, we bid adieu to a vehicle complete of admission choices. Today they are officially mailed! So exciting! To keep with this USC Admission Blog tradition, Dean of Admission Tim Brunold had been sort sufficient to create a guest blog once again in 2010. Read more as he reflects over the file review season and provides some data about our recently admitted first-year class.


Not only did we receive record numbers—more than 51,700 candidates for the freshman class—but our admission committee enjoyed getting to understand the finest, most group that is interesting of it offers ever endured the privilege of reading.

Thanks for keeping us over this previous year. We now have needed and utilized every single minute since our due dates passed to pick this course. A lot more than 20,000 staff hours (the same as 10 years of full-time work for starters person) have already been spent reading, assessing and candidates that are discussing. In fact, we finalized the final of our decisions just about eight hours ago.

Choosing students is equal parts art and science. I am certain that not everyone will agree with our judgment while I am confident that the team here at USC has made the best decisions possible. We are also dismayed that so many incredible students were turned away; there just wasn’t enough room although we are thrilled to have identified the most impressive admitted class in USC’s 134-year history. None of us takes joy or pride in this right section of our work. Our company is, however, significantly consoled by the fact that our applicants have actually myriad alternatives for degree. Past experience shows us that everybody else will find spot that’s right for them.



Now on with a details about this fall’s admitted class that is freshman

• 51,700 first-year applicants
• 17.8% admission rate
• 3,150 different high schools represented from all 50 U.S. states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin isles, Guam and 80 other countries
• 44% from California
• Outside California, probably the most represented states are Texas, New York, Illinois, Washington, Florida and brand New Jersey
• 17% are international students. Probably the most represented places of beginning are China, Southern Korea, India, Canada and Taiwan
• 1-in-8 is the first in their family to wait college
• 65% are African US, Latino, Native American, Asian, Pacific Islander or multi-ethnic
• The common un-weighted GPA, for a 4-point scale, is 3.82.
• 28% of admits have perfect un-weighted GPAs of 4.0
• 47% enrolled in 8 or even more AP courses
• 75% had standardized test ratings within the 95th percentile or higher. More than 3,300 had standardized test scores into the 99th percentile.


So what’s next?

in the event that you have used for educational funding, you are going to be hearing about that very soon. We’re devoted to getting this information to you quickly, since just 35 days stay before you need to agree to enroll.

We will be hosting forty-eight(!) events for admitted pupils, both on- and off-campus, throughout the next thirty days. We sure would prefer to satisfy as numerous students and parents as possible. Always check your admission packet or our website for further details we’ll be waiting for you. And when you have not yet visited campus, now’s the right time and energy to do therefore.

Many years have passed since we aided to recruit my high grade of USC students. a lot has changed here since 1989, but one thing has remained constant: the deep pride that our pupils, faculty, staff and alumni have for being people for the Trojan Family.

Thanks for reading and FIGHT ON!

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