Preparing by Grade
Because each individual is unique, there is no one, perfect way to prepare for USC. The following recommendations will make you better prepared and a more competitive candidate when it is time to apply to USC.
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meet with your school counselor to plan a college preparatory track.
Strive for A’s in all your classes; do at least one hour of homework every night.
- Your report cards,
- A list of awards and honors you receive;
- A list of all school and community activities you take part in;
- A list of offices you hold in these organizations; and
- A list of volunteer or paid jobs you hold.
- Update this file every semester.
- Take part in academic enrichment programs and special summer workshops or camps for subjects that interest you. (Many of these are held on college campuses.)
- Alternatively, retake a class in which you received a grade you weren’t satisfied with, or take a new class in summer school.
- Participate in academic enrichment programs and special summer workshops or camps; or
- Register for a community college course; and/or
- Volunteer in your community.
Work to improve your favorite skill, and seek out people or programs to help you.
- Prepare for the SAT or ACT.
- Apply to any summer programs, workshops, internships and camps in your community that interest you.
- Complete any audition tapes, art portfolios or special materials required for admission to programs such as fine arts, music and theatre.
- To apply, visit usc.edu/commonapp to complete the Common Application and the USC Supplement.
- Keep copies of all the forms and materials you submit to USC.
- In December, make sure your recommendation letters and transcripts have been sent.
- Plan to attend Explore USC or Preview USC in the spring.
- Submit your Commitment Deposit online by May 1. Inform other colleges that you were admitted to that you will be attending USC.
- Be sure your final high school transcript has been sent to USC by July.
- Apply for housing and participate in First-Year Orientation at USC.