University of Southern California

Los Angeles, California
www.usc.edu/ University Park, Los Angeles, CA, 90089
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University of Southern California Admissions

Acceptance Rate 11.42%
Acceptance Deadline January 15
Students Receiving Financial Aid 69.05%

University of Southern California Cost

Net Price* $37,521
Average Total Aid Awarded $6,014
Students Receiving Financial Aid 69.05%
*Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.

University of Southern California Academics

Student Faculty Ratio 9:1

University of Southern California Majors

Most Popular Majors
  • Business
  • Communications
  • Biology
  • Accounting
  • International Relations
  • Computer Science
  • Economics
  • Psychology
  • Political Science and Government
  • Film and Video Studies

University of Southern California Online

Offers Online Courses Yes

University of Southern California Students

Full-Time Undergrad Enrollment 19,194
Part-Time Undergraduates 713

University of Southern California Advisors

Our advisors graduated from the nation’s best universities, so they know first-hand what it takes to stand out in the admissions process. CollegeAdvisor.com's advisors include Marshall Scholars, Fulbright recipients, first-generation college students, professional actors and musicians, startup founders, doctors, teachers and more - all rigorously screened and trained to support students and families on their college journeys.

Kevin Kim
Northwestern University
Hi everyone! My name's Kevin, and I plan on double majoring in political science and economics at Northwestern University. Even without super unique extracurriculars or experiences (finding the cure to cancer or starting a million dollar business at the age of two), I know that each applicant has the potential to present a unique story to the admission officers! As your advisor, I will work to help highlight the unique parts of your application in your essays. I'm excited to share the tips and tricks of the college process that I learned while applying for colleges and advising other students. I can't wait to help make these polar opposite terms (fun and the college process) seem like synonyms :)

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Dovie Siaway
University of California – Berkeley
Hi everyone! My name is Dovie! I'm originally from Alabama but I grew up in the Bay Area. I graduated from the University of California, Berkeley in 2017 with a Bachelors of Arts Degree in American Studies with an emphasis in Education. (Go Bears!) While at Cal, I served as the Assistant Director of Recruitment for the Black Recruitment and Retention Center and joined Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated. I have worked in education for over 10 years from tutoring/advising jobs to recruitment work for Cal to managing an Education & Careers department at a nonprofit. I love advising high school students and what I've learned over the years is that there are many pathways for students to achieve their academic goals. As an advisor, I enjoy helping students paint the full picture of themselves through their essays and assisting with career/major exploration. In my every day life I enjoy listening to music, watching movies, and reading. My latest read was "All About Love" by bell hooks which I highly recommend! I look forward to working with you to achieve your college goals!

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David Querusio
Boston College
Hi there! I have been working as an admissions counselor at NYU for the past four years. While at NYU, I also earned my master's degree in Higher Education and Student Affairs. As a first-generation student, I was excited but also very intimidated by the college application process. I ended up staying close to home at Boston College and loved it. So much of being successful in the application process depends on knowing how to navigate the requirements and expectations of universities, and I am happy to help you every step of the way!

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Corbin Chu
Williams College
College advisor with 10 years of experience supporting students from all walks of life pursuing top US universities and liberal arts colleges in various subjects, especially STEM, business, and undecided majors.

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Cedric Jones
University of California – Berkeley
My love for college advising began at UC Berkeley where I studied Landscape Architecture and also was the Executive Director of a recruitment and retention center in partnership with Cal's Office of Admissions. Over the last 7 years, I've served in the capacity of a STEM Teacher and Principal, supporting hundreds of students with their college applications through High School & College Options programming of which I have instituted at multiple school sites in the San Francisco Bay Area. I look forward to aiding youth in their pursuits of higher education!

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Arshia Malek, M.Ed.
University of Southern California
Thank you for visiting my profile! My name is Arshia, and I'm an Advising Manager and Senior Consultant for CollegeAdvisor.com. I hold a B.A. in Sociology and M.Ed. in Educational Counseling from University of Southern California and a Certificate in College Admission Consulting from UC Berkeley. I look forward to partnering with you and assisting you in your college admissions journey. Key experiences: admission and advisement at USC, QuestBridge, and University of California system. Expertise: college admissions and planning, academic and career counseling, major exploration, transfer, resume and cover letter review, interview preparation, and pre-health advisement.

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Angelique Singh
University of Southern California
Hi everyone! I am a doctoral candidate at USC and an educator. I have worked as a college/ school faculty counselor with students from elementary to post-secondary settings while teaching college courses and working in Special Education. I am a California Native and have earned multiple degrees from USC. I look forward to helping you find your fit. Fight on!

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Angel Hsu
University of California – Berkeley
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Alejandra Esparza Young
Stanford University
Hello! My name is Alejandra, and I graduated from Stanford University in June 2020 with a degree in Chemistry. I am currently applying to medical school, so I have recently been through the process of writing essays and filling out applications, myself. I know it's a long process, and I am really excited to help you through it in any way that I can! In my free time, I like to knit, play ukulele, read fiction novels, and play video games.

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Aaron Brown
University of Southern California
I have worked in higher education for 14 years across highly selective admissions (at both public and private colleges) and recently transitioned to college counseling. Over that time I have read thousands of essays, conducted hundreds of interviews, and have enjoyed every moment in which I have been able to help students and their parents navigate the college search and admission process.

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Feiyang Liu
University of California – Los Angeles
Greetings! My name is Feiyang, and I am thrilled to work with you! I am a recent graduate of UCLA's Class of 2017 - obtaining my B.A. in Political Science and minoring in Global Studies. I have worked in higher education for a number of years - most recently as an External Admission Reader for UC Berkeley's Office of Undergraduate Admissions. That was such an insightful experience and I am eager to advise you through the admissions reader perspective. In addition, I possess native-level fluency in Mandarin Chinese and am happy to use those skills to supplement communications with both you and your admissions support system! In my free time I enjoy reading, playing guitar, discovering new music and attending festivals, running/working out, watching anime and, in general, challenging myself to grow by venturing out of my comfort zone in new and exciting ways. My goals include helping you: develop a personal vision for what admissions "success" looks like, manage stress/anxiety throughout the process and make it so maybe - just maybe - you have some fun too! With that said, I sincerely appreciate the trust you have given me and look forward to serving you - let's get started!

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Josie Pearce
Dartmouth College
Josie graduated cum laude from Dartmouth College in 2020. At Dartmouth, she majored in Government, minored in Spanish, and was an editor at the Dartmouth Law Journal. She works as a PR Assistant at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP in their Boston office. Josie is pursuing a JD/MD joint degree and is attending Harvard for her pre-medical post-bacc. She is an admissions interviewer for Dartmouth College and has ample experience with the college interview process and essay writing.

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Angela Park-Pennington
University of California – Berkeley
Angela is an experienced admissions counselor based in Los Angeles, California who most recently served as an Associate Director of Admissions at the Marshall School of Business at USC. She has evaluated thousands of applications, from highly selective scholarship organizations like Questbridge and the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation to renowned universities like USC and UC Berkeley. She brings years of insight to students who seek to make their application stand out from the rest.

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Sarah Sculco
Duke University
I recently graduated cum laude with Highest Distinction from Duke University. I have a background in philosophy, public policy, ethics, science, and law. While in college, I interned in the Law and Policy section of the Environment and Natural Resource Division at the US Department of Justice. I also conducted research on political polarization. In 2019, I applied to philosophy PhD programs and law school; I was admitted to Harvard Law School, Columbia Law School, Duke Law School, Georgetown Law School, Cornell Law School, and Michigan Law School as a Darrow Scholar (full-tuition scholarship). I will be pursuing a fully-funded joint JD-PhD in philosophy at the University of Michigan. I specialize in pre-law tracks and programs, and I am able to advise those with the ultimate goal of attending law school. I also specialize in advising students interested in the humanities more generally. I'm passionate about helping students identify which colleges are a good fit and developing essay ideas, while guiding them through the tricky application and financial aid process.

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Jeffrey Cho
University of Southern California
Hi everyone! I am a first-generation, low-income college student born and raised in Los Angeles, CA. I attended the University of Southern California for my undergrad through QuestBridge's regular decision program. I majored in linguistics with a minor in education. I am happy to assist students and families navigate selecting colleges, identifying career interests, choosing extracurricular activities, and applying for financial aid

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Samantha Cachila
University of Southern California
My name is Sam and I have been an Admissions Advisor, for both undergraduate and graduate students, for one year. Throughout my career, I have specialized in Education/Teaching and Nursing. My degrees in Social Work (BSW, Loyola University Chicago '19) and Postsecondary Administration & Student Affairs (M.Ed., University of Southern California '20) has served me well in building meaningful relationships with students, as well finding what their passion is. Besides my academic and professional backgrounds, I am located in Chicago, IL and have an adorable merle goldendoodle named, Raja.

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Katie Chiou
Brown University
Hi! My name is Katie and I'm a rising senior in Brown's Program in Liberal Medical Education (PLME) concentrating in medical anthropology. I've worked for over three years in college advising, with experience in essay editing and extracurricular advising. I specialize in BS/MD applications and interview prep.

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Clay Phillips
Vanderbilt University
Hi! I'm a current graduate student at SMU pursuing a Master's degree in Business Analytics. I recently graduated from Vanderbilt University with a BS in Engineering Science and minors in Engineering Management and Economics. During undergrad, I was involved with several community service organizations and was fortunate enough to study abroad in Madrid, Spain, and secure a consulting internship in Cape Town, South Africa. Having worked as an admissions advisor for more than two years now, I'm extremely knowledgeable about the application process and passionate about helping students craft applications that highlight their stories in the best way possible. I'm excited to help you turn your dreams into a reality!

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Shruthi Bharadwaj
Princeton University
I'm a currently undecided student at Princeton University, thinking of majoring in Public Policy/Health or Neuroscience! I have years of English tutoring experience, love to write, and love working with college applicants. I want to help you tell your story in a way that's authentic, stress-free for you, and in a way that will make admissions officers want you on campus ASAP! In my free time, I love TV, cooking, stand-up comedy and a good book.

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Ramona Park
Harvard University
Hi there! I'm a junior majoring in Art, Film, and Visual Studies at Harvard University and taking additional coursework in creative writing. I am a Korean heritage student and also pursuing a language citation in Japanese! As a FGLI (First Generation-Low Income) student, I have much experience navigating financial aid, scholarships, fly-in programs, and other related resources. In addition, I had a rollercoaster of a ride being admitted ED to UPenn but then withdrawing, and also switching majors from computer science to art, so I feel equipped to help you with any and every existential crisis. In high school I had a heavy focus on journalism and model UN, however now at Harvard most of my extracurricular activities consist of dance, performing arts, and international relations programs. In my free time, I enjoy illustrating my webtoon and watching 90 Day fiance!

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Kaveh Badrei
Princeton University
Hello! I’m Kaveh, a recent Princeton University graduate who majored in the School of Public and International Affairs with minors in French and the History & Practice of Diplomacy, focusing on public policy, international relations, and human rights. Over the course of my four years at Princeton, I wrote for the campus newspaper and participated in multiple organizations devoted to community service, civic engagement, and diplomacy. I was also an active member of the performing arts scene on campus. Outside the classroom, I have had the chance to work in the fields of public policy and global affairs at non-profit advocacy organizations, international institutions, and local government bodies both inside the US and around the world. I can’t wait to use my skills and experiences to help students achieve their goals on this exciting path to college!

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Isha Kalia
Stanford University
Hey! My name is Isha and I am part of the Stanford Class of 2024!! I am planning on studying Economics and Sustainability. I was lucky to be offered admission to every college I applied to, and I would love to help you do the same! Some of my passions include climate action as well as food justice. In high school I was involved in Sunrise Movement, Future Business Leaders of America, Key Club, and more. I know the college process and be overwhelming and that is why I am excited to work with Bullseye to help other students like you get into their dream schools!

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Genevieve Lefevre
Harvard University
Hi! I just graduated from Harvard with a degree in Theater, Dance & Media, and a secondary (minor) in Sociology. I'm passionate about the arts, and while on campus I was involved in theater, music, and dance groups. I also worked as an official tour guide and a sales associate, so I interacted with a lot of prospective students visiting campus. I remember how stressful applying to college was, and I'm here to help you through it. I'm looking forward to hearing about you and helping you craft a killer application!

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Caroline Hutton
University of Chicago
Hello! I'm Caroline, a lifelong Midwesterner and 2018 graduate of the University of Chicago. Most of my four years at UChicago were spent reading in campus coffee shops, running civic engagement programming at the Institute of Politics, and (weather permitting) enjoying time along the shores of Lake Michigan with my friends. After college, I spent an amazing year teaching English on a Fulbright scholarship in Madrid, Spain. This past year, I had the incredible privilege of organizing for Elizabeth Warren's campaign in Iowa and Arkansas. I know how confusing and anxiety-inducing the college application process can be, and I'm here to tell you: it's all going to turn out okay, I promise. I'm so excited to help you find your dream school!

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Bryan Aldana
Stanford University
Hello there! My name is Bryan, and I am a recent graduate from Stanford! I graduated with a Bachelor’s in Bioengineering and a minor in Education. I spent most of my time working in labs as a Research Assistant studying cardiomyocytes or in a class as a Classroom Director leading fun and educative activities. I am excited by the endless possibilities STEM can provide to create positive change to the world, and I am incredibly passionate about making sure that everyone has an opportunity to be part of that change. In my free time, I enjoy making and creating with my friends through all kinds of arts including music and painting, diversifying my thoughts and skills. Applying to colleges as a pure physics major, I understand that not all paths are as direct as we would first like to imagine, and I can’t wait to help you on your journey to find your own path!

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Bradley Hu
Stanford University
Hi there! I’m a student at Stanford University studying Economics and Computer Science. I’m a writer, musician, literary enthusiast, and someone who was recently in your exact position! The college process can be stressful, but I'm determined to share with you everything I’ve learned—from building the perfect college list to waitlist correspondence—to make your college journey a smooth one. Let’s work together and turn your college dreams into reality!

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Austin Bennett
Stanford University
Hi there! My name's Austin, and I'm a Computer Science major at Stanford University -- go, card! As a relatively typical applicant (i.e. one who didn't cure cancer by age 5), the prospect of attending a top school didn't seem like even a remote possibility for me. After hours-upon-hours of work, however, I discovered that with a little bit of editing, my relatively-simple extracurriculars could actually be worth talking about. I've been in your shoes, and I want to help you turn daily life into extraordinary essays; because, frankly, you're a lot more interesting than you may realize!

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University of California - Berkeley

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Hiya Shah
Stanford University

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Jonathan Wu
University of Pennsylvania

My advisor (Phillip) was very responsive and always gave me great tips about my essays and application strategies. Moreover, the access to the whole advisor network was a game changer, as I was able to talk to an alumni of my dream school, University of Pennsylvania, which I believe was a big factor of my acceptance to the school during the regular decision round!

Avery Medina

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