Curriculum Strength and Advanced Testing: Do They Matter?

I happened to be talking with a mom of a student that is prospective. She mentioned questions about our assessment of rigor and AP/IB/SAT topic tests. These questions have recently come up more regularly in a blog so I thought it would be fitting to address it. Possibly it is because AP tests are approaching quickly and pupils are beginning to question it to take the tests if it is worth.

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

Are admission counselors in a position to objectively and fairly evaluate the curriculum energy of each and every student?

In term, YES. At USC, we have one of the largest, if perhaps not the largest admission staff of any personal university in the nation. Each user is assigned up to a domestic or region that is international or both. We take pride in looking after our territories. Relationships are forged and maintained with high school counselors, parents and prospective pupils. The target is to have comprehensive and step-by-step understanding of our territory. We are extremely conscious of just what an application that is competitive like within its appropriate context. Eventually, you’ll give consideration to us as context specialists. Context is specially crucial in our process. We recognize that rigor appears vastly unique and different for every school. Usage of educational and extracurricular tasks in each high school, town, and area will vary.

It is got by me…rigor and context are crucial. Is practical. So now that i have taken all these advanced courses, is it actually worth it to just take the tests?

In another term, well the same word, YES. You have invest so work that is much the advanced product all year. Why not simply take the test?! There are some other possible benefits besides the apparent monetary savings you might have if you’re to pass these tests. In essence, you could become freeing some devices to simply simply take in another minor or even a double major. Trust in me, if you put in the work now, the huge benefits will outweigh the expense a lot more.

Generally speaking, if you receive at the least a 4 on any AP exam, or at the very least a 5 on any advanced IB Exam; then you’ll be able to transfer some credits into USC. To find out more, please go right to the USC Articulation site.

Finally, SAT Subject Tests, what about those? Well, in short, these are typically not necessary to make an application for almost any undergraduate program at USC. But, in the event that you happen to be using them for another school and also you get a great score, then go ahead and submit those scores to us. We shall undoubtedly let them have a look.

All the best on everybody using the AP and IB exams approaching. I wish this gives some of you a small bit more motivation!

Mission Accomplished!

Moments ago, we bid adieu up to a vehicle complete of admission choices. Today they are officially mailed! Therefore exciting! To keep with your USC Admission Blog tradition, Dean of Admission Tim Brunold had been type enough to create a visitor weblog again in 2010. Read more as he reflects over the file review season and provides some data about our recently admitted first-year course.


Not just did we get record numbers—more than 51,700 applicants for the freshman class—but our admission committee enjoyed getting to know the finest, most group that is interesting of it offers ever had the privilege of reading.

Thanks for sticking with us over this year that is past. We now have needed and utilized every solitary minute since our deadlines passed to pick this class. A lot more than 20,000 staff hours (the same as 10 years of full-time work for one individual) happen invested reading, assessing and candidates that are discussing. In fact, we finalized the final of our decisions pretty much eight hours ago.

Choosing students is parts that are equal and technology. While we am confident that the group only at USC has made the very best decisions possible, I have always been sure that not everybody else will trust our judgment. 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. We have been, nevertheless, notably consoled by the fact that our applicants have actually myriad choices for higher education. Past experience shows us that everyone else will find spot that’s right for them.



Now on for some factual statements 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 Ca, many represented states are Texas, New York, Illinois, Washington, Florida and New Jersey
• 17% are worldwide pupils. Probably the most represented places of origin are China, Southern Korea, India, Canada and Taiwan
• 1-in-8 may be the very first in their family to attend college
• 65% are African American, Latino, Native American, Asian, Pacific Islander or multi-ethnic
• The common un-weighted GPA, on 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 scores into the percentile that is 95th higher. More than 3,300 had standardised test scores within the percentile that is 99th.


What exactly’s next?

When you have used for educational funding, you are going to be hearing about this soon. Our company is committed to getting this given information for your requirements quickly, since only 35 days stay until you must commit to sign up.

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

Years have passed away since we aided to recruit my class that is first of pupils. a great deal changed here since 1989, but one thing has remained constant: the deep pride that our pupils, faculty, staff and alumni have if you are users of this Trojan Family.

Many Thanks for reading and FIGHT ON!