Usc Columbia Application Essays Samples

With so many options at USC, it might be a little overwhelming to choose a major let alone know how to pursue it. CollegeVine is here to help you narrow down your interests and find ways to express them at USC.

 

Before we dive in, here are a few facts about USC that will help you get started:

 

  1. USC is located in metropolitan L.A., the home of many large companies such as Deloitte, Bank of America, and Paul Hastings.
  2. USC has its own medical school, the Keck School of Medicine.
  3. USC has its own buisness school — the Marshall School of Business — that offers programs for undergraduates.

 

To approach this prompt, you should first evaluate your academic interests and your selected major. Next, you should ask yourself, “Why USC?” What does USC offer in your major that no other college offers? If you are interested in medicine, you might discuss the practical experience that the Keck School of Medicine can provide you. Perhaps you have a strong interest in stem cells, and will pursue this by conducting medical research at Keck. Or maybe you are more interested in clinical experience and are hoping to shadow doctors at the medical school’s hospital.

 

If you are interested in business economics, you can analyze USC’s optimal location in downtown Los Angeles, discussing how the school’s geography gives you access to internships with the nation’s top corporations. You can include a brief paragraph on the strengths of USC’s Marshall School of Business, raving about how an education there will provide you with the necessary leadership skills to succeed in business.

 

Avoid vague and cliché answers such as “USC has a good business school,” or “USC is prestigious and highly ranked.” These types of responses don’t particularly answer the question, nor do they show that you have done your research on the school.

 

No matter what subject you intend to pursue, the most important thing is to show the school what you will do at USC if you are accepted.Which professors do you look forward to working with? What special curriculum path do you hope to head down? What resource do you plan to take advantage of? There is no right or wrong answer; USC just wants to understand the academic path you intend to follow. You don’t have to be too creative or try to think of an outside-the-box answer. For this prompt, simple and straightforward is better.

‘Tis the Season

I love and hate this time of year and not for reasons you’d assume. I love that December is all about releasing Early Answer decisions. Getting caught up in the holiday rush? Not so much.

With the December 1 priority deadline behind us and our largest freshman applicant pool to date, the hard work is just beginning. I take solace in the fact that we have many happy future Gamecocks celebrating their recent acceptances over the holidays. We love seeing the excitement posted to social media via #UofSCYes.

I also feel for those worried about having an application in limbo. Applying to college is a stressful process. Your concerns are not unwarranted. We are often asked if there is rhyme or reason why we release decisions, what they mean and when they will arrive. I’ll hit the highlights by addressing the biggest FAQ’s here.

Q: Friends are getting their #UofSCYes packet. I haven’t. Why does it take so long?

A: This is because we rely on the US Postal Service to deliver the news. Delivery could take longer depending on where you live. To the casual observer, it probably looks like we’re doing it this way:

Q: I applied EA. I haven’t heard anything yet. Did my letter get lost in the mail or is that your way of telling me I’m denied?

A: The promise of EA is, “You will receive a decision no later than the WEEK of December 12.” It’s been a record year for applications, and we release decisions in batches. Everyone should hear by the end of the December decision week. It’s still decision week as I write this post, which means more decisions are coming.

Q: Will I be able to check my admissions status online?

A: Admissions decisions are not posted online. We mail decisions to the permanent address listed on your application. We will not release your admissions decision by phone, email or LiveChat.

Q: I received a letter saying my application was selected for a “second review.” Is that bad?

A: No, it’s not bad. Better than being denied!

Right now we are admitting students who meet our highest admissions criteria based on grades and official test scores. The second review just means we need a little more time to read your application again relative to the rest of the entire applicant pool. Second review is totally normal and should not be cause for alarm. Lots of students in second review are ultimately admitted.

Q: I’m in second review. What can I do now?

A: If you haven’t submitted all of your test scores, send them all before the February 1st credentials deadline. December test dates are the last ones that can get to us by February 1. January scores will not arrive on time.

Q: I can round up some awesome recommendation letters. Would that help?

A: Nope. Please do not send letters of recommendation, mid-semester grades, progress reports, etc. unless we specifically ask for them. Ninety-nine times out of 100, everything we need to make a decision is on your application, your score reports, and your initial transcript. If we need additional info from you, we will post it to your online admissions portal.

Q: You’re killing me.  When will I know for sure?

A: Patience. Your final admissions decision will be mailed no later than the week of March 13th. This is way before the national May 1 enrollment deposit day, so you will have plenty of time to make your college plans.

Q: I applied for the Honors College. When will I receive an admissions decision? When will I hear about Honors College Admission?

A: If you applied to the Honors College and your file was complete by Nov. 15, you will get a decision before the holiday break. Decisions for Honors College admission are separate from general university admission. We release them on a rolling basis between late December and the end of February.

Q: My friend received an admissions decision with a scholarship letter and I didn’t. Does that mean I will not be offered a scholarship?

A: Everyone who applied by December 1st will be considered for merit-based scholarships. Highly qualified students may hear sooner. Keep in mind we have a bunch of other students to consider for scholarships, because we accept official test scores through February 1.

Q: How are merit-based scholarship awards determined?

A: Scholarships are awarded based on official test scores and your weighted GPA, which we recalculate for all applicants. We work with a finite pool of resources, so we have to look at everyone before awarding the majority of our scholarships. We strive to award as many scholarships as possible, but keep in mind they are competitive and criteria can vary from year to year depending on the strength of the applicant pool. We cannot provide assurances of scholarship eligibility or tell you which award you will receive. Not yet.

Q: When will scholarship letters be sent?

A: We will release scholarship notifications no later than mid-March. The letter will include the value of the award, as well.

Q: Nice try, Dr. Mary. I still have questions. Who do I contact about the ones you haven’t answered?

A: We’ve got your back. Feel free to contact your admissions representative directly, give us a call at (803) 777-7700, email us at admissions-ugrad@sc.edu, or LiveChat with us at www.sc.edu/admissions.

–Dr. Mary

@UofSCDrMary

I Took the SAT for the First Time in almost 30 Years…and it Didn’t Kill Me!

Do you know anyone who took the redesigned SAT this month? When College Board announced they were overhauling the test, students and educators have speculated about the impact of the new assessment. When you start fiddling with something so crucial to the college admissions process, it’s going to get attention. This test has the power to turn the admissions industry on its head, so much so that counselors and pundits have been telling students to avoid it all together. I’m not sure I agree.

I recently took the SAT for the first time in nearly 30 years and lived to tell the story. 

On the eve of the newly redesigned SAT, I decided that I, too, would spend my Saturday morning taking the new SAT. Why? Call it a show of support, solidarity and down right curiosity. I’m a glutton for punishment. I actually want to FEEL YOUR PAIN. (Really, I do!) My staff didn’t believe me when I told them I was going to do this. What could be more perfect than taking the new SAT on the SAME day as 460,0000 others- enduring similar torture? I wanted to understand the types of questions being asked, get a feel for how the new SAT will be scored and how to use the technology that goes along with prepping the for the SAT. There are several practice tests available at collegeboard.org, and so I took a gander and prepped for taking the redesigned SAT.

Here is how it all went down:

On Friday night, I was anxious. Nervous. Skittish. Like any student on the eve of taking the SAT, I was filled with dread. Now, hear me out. Did I mention it’s been nearly 30 years since I took the SAT? And it was the old-codger version. I was going in cold and with no prep. I convinced myself that my results will likely disappoint me just so I can say, “I told ya so” later. You high schools students have one thing I don’t: Recent math instruction. It’s been a while since I’ve covered basic functions, algebra and geometry in a classroom. I dismissed my worry at the time knowing that my scores wouldn’t count. Still, I felt antsy. There’s gotta be something I can do to get my mind off what’s coming. No amount of last minute studying will help me now. 

The night before the SAT, I was so nervous I colored. Yes, you read that right. Moments before entering the new Michaels store, I jumped on the “adult coloring book” bandwagon. A collection of books and fancy pencils were presented front-and-center, just a few steps from the entrance. Before I knew it, I laid out nearly $30 on a new coloring book and self-sharpening crayons. I would create works of art so masterful that no standardized test could bring me down! What I was really trying to do was distract myself from the three hours of self-imposed torture I’d committed myself to the following day. Feeling depressed about how I chose to spend the next day, I knew my Saturday morning was on the verge of spinning out of control. And so I clung to the memories of my youth, recalling that coloring always brought a calm sense of satisfaction. I prized myself on staying within the lines. I felt especially proud of doing so that night, too. See here? Pretty awesome. I know.

By Saturday morning, I wasn’t headed to a nearby test center along with my high school comrades. However, I did want to create an environment free from interruptions. I made every effort to clear my space, get my husband out of the house and feed the dog copious amounts of food so she’d settle in for a long nap. Aside from the fridge being within two paces of the kitchen island - where I positioned my test materials - I felt like this was as good as it would get. I grabbed my answer sheets, a practice test booklet, a calculator and a #2 pencil. Powering up the countdown clock on my phone, I set a timer for the first section of the test. I plowed through the evidence-based reading and writing sections, as well as math. Three hours later, I felt exhausted. I also felt exhilarated. I was ready to leave the house as fast as I could, but before I did, I scored my test.

And let’s just say the coolest part of taking a practice SAT is scoring it. Did you know you are able to download an app that will provide you with daily practice questions? Not only can you recieve daily questions, but it will also SCORE YOUR PRACTICE SAT JUST BY TAKING A PICTURE OF YOUR ANSWER SHEET! Intrigued, I couldn’t wait any longer to see how I did. I whipped out my phone and set the app in motion, taking pictures of the answer sheet. I was amazed by the prospect of getting a score without having to do any more math. Within 30 seconds of snapping pictures, I had my score. A perfect 1600. I’ve still got it. 

KIDDING. 

But let’s just say I did better than I thought I would. (No, I won’t tell you my score.)

Unlike taking the SAT 30 years ago, the redesigned SAT links to tools that help you figure out what you need to do next. Using the camera on my phone and the College Board app, I could quickly and inexpensively focus on what I missed. I could link my score results to free test prep tools through Khan Academy and drill down on what I need to improve, rather than sweat the entire test.

And while my test-taking skills could use a refresher, I felt like everything on the test was something I used to be good at when I was in high school. The reading passages were reasonable. No more “SAT words” or sentence completions. There was also some math I vaguely recall being exposed to in high school. And my favorite? No penalty for guessing. While guessing is not possible for every type of question (i.e., math problems where you have to find the answer), you can guess strategically without losing points. 

The jury is still out on what old SAT scores will look like in the redesigned SAT. We don’t know if a 500 on the old math section will be a 500 on the redesigned math section, but I’m more excited to find out. Those concordance tables are coming in May 2016. While taking the SAT is no picnic, the new SAT appears to cover what the College Board said they would cover. They’ve been proactive and forthcoming about the test specs, which they’ve posted online. On the whole, the test I took avoided obscure stuff that high school students haven’t seen before. Isn’t that what the College Board has been trying to tell us all along—that the test will better reflect what you’re actually learning in school? The promise to link your results to free, world-class test prep holds true. This should be comforting if you feel that you need help brushing up on certain parts of the test. Improvement feels entirely possible.

I’m not applying to college next year, yet I can understand why this is so nerve wracking. I feel your pain. As the director of admission at the largest institution in South Carolina, I realize there’s a lot a stake for our students. Change is inevitable, but growth - guided growth - is optional. If you haven’t visited collegeboard.org recently, you should. There are many resources there. It may seem a bit overwhelming, but the first step in facing your fear is to…ahem…face it. While the test is changing, that change may actually be “good,” especially if it does a better job measuring what students learn in school. You won’t know until you give it a try.

For those of you who have taken redesigned SAT (or are about to), we are ready to receive your scores. South Carolina’s code is 5818. Send them to us. We will hold on to them until you apply. For the Fall 2017 freshman application cycle, our cutover year, we’re still taking “old” and “new” scores. Send them all. We’ll be sure to use the scores that give you the best advantage in the admissions process. For more information about our score policies, visit our “Redesigned SAT Scores” website. We’ll be updating this page throughout the summer as we learn more from the College Board.  

I wish you luck and encourage you to get out there. If I can do it, you can, too. Practice and make the most of these new tests. You may be pleasantly surprised by the outcome.

Mary

Is that all there is?

(Short answer: “No.“)

Our October Early Answer (EA) deadline has come and gone, but we’re a tad ahead of the game. Some decisions were mailed over the weekend, which will likely prompt the question, “Is that all there is?”

Many more EA decisions will be released by our publicly stated mid-December deadline. That means we’re not done. Read on to get answers to those questions running through your head!

Q. If I applied EA, why are some people hearing earlier than others?

A. It’s another record year for applications. We’re running ahead on our evaluations, even with the recent score report delays at SAT and ACT. Most of the delayed scores have been delivered, which puts us in a good position to notify some of our earliest applicants sooner than expected.

Q. If I haven’t heard yet, does that mean I’m not getting in?

A. No, we have many more evaluations to go. All students who applied EA and submitted the required credentials by established deadlines will hear from us no later than the week of December 14.  As promised.

Q. How do you notify EA applicants? Letter? Online only?

A. Please note that all EA decisions are mailed to the permanent address listed on the student’s application. EA notification includes yes, no, or delay.  It’s important to note that a delay is not a denial. It just means we need a bit more time to evaluate your application relative to the rest of application pool. This is a totally normal part of our evaluation cycle. Many students who are delayed until the March notification are ultimately admitted. If you are delayed, you are welcome to submit updated test scores by February 1. Please do not send unsolicited information like recommendations, resumes or portfolios. We will not add them to your file.

Q. I don’t think you understand. I’m dying to know if I got in. Can I get an answer over the phone?

A. We do not release decisions over the phone. If you call us to beg for verbal assurances of admission, you won’t get it. Sorry. Patience is a virtue, right?

Q. My September/October test scores were delayed due to reporting issues at ACT/SAT. Am I out of the running for EA notification?

A. No. If you applied EA, we will use your delayed scores provided that USC-Columbia was listed as a recipient at the time you took the test. While some EA applicants were missing scores as recently as last week, for most it was due to reporting delays. As of this past week, we have received nearly all of the delayed score reports to date and we’ll continue evaluating EA applicants now that we have them. You can check your status of credentials received online.

Q. My latest scores are not my best ones. Does that affect my chances of admission or a scholarship?

A. Because we require score reports from all test attempts, we can determine which score gives you the greatest advantage in the admissions process. The same goes for scholarship consideration. If you plan to retake the SAT or ACT, do so no later than December. That’s the last month in which you can submit scores by our February 1 credential deadline. All scores received by this date will be considered for admission and scholarship purposes.

Q. I was in the process of applying to the Honors College, the deadline for which is November 15. You’re already releasing decisions. Will I still receive a decisions no later than the December 14 EA notification week?

A. Yes. All honors applicants with complete files are evaluated in time to receive an EA decision. Please note that the decision will be for general university admission. Decisions about admission to the South Carolina Honors College will be released on a rolling basis between late December and the end of February.

Q. My friend received an admissions decision with a scholarship offer. I did not. Does that mean I’m not getting a scholarship?

A. All students who apply by December 1 will be evaluated for merit-based scholarships. However, a few highly-qualified students may hear about initial scholarships sooner. We are not done evaluating students for scholarships. Be sure your best scores are sent to us by February 1 to maximize your chances of earning a scholarship.

Q. When will all scholarship offers be sent?

A. We release all offers by mid-March. Scores received by February 1 will be considered when making these awards.

Q. What factors are considered when offering merit awards?

A. USC defines merit as a combination of grades and test scores. Students with very high grades and very good test scores stand the greatest chance of earning an award. Note that each class competes with itself for merit aid. With a finite pool of scholarship resources, we make every attempt to award as many scholarships as we can. However, criteria for these awards can change depending on how strong the applicant pool is in a given year.

Thanks for reading. If you have questions we haven’t considered, feel free to ask them here. We’ll update this blog as questions come in. Good luck.

– Dr. Mary (@UofSCDrMary)

Anonymous:

Check out a list here: http://sc.edu/about/offices_and_divisions/undergraduate_admissions/tuition_scholarships/scholarships/nonresidents/index.php

These are admissions awards given to qualified incoming freshmen for fall term only. Each year the class competes with itself so the stats here are merely guidelines. Good luck!

Anonymous:

Some departments may offer scholarships for particular majors, but many reserve them for continuing students. Check directly with department to see if they award scholarships to incoming students. Good luck!

Anonymous:

If you’re done with your app, submit now. Send scores when available. We’ll match them up assuming they arrive by deadline. If your current scores don’t prompt you to apply to honors, you are welcome to submit honors supplement once you know your scores.

When it rains, it pours.

Yes, Columbia has experienced record rainfall this past weekend, and the campus is closed on Monday due to flooding in the area. I never cease to be amazed by how wonderful my USC colleagues are. They are hardest working bunch I’ve ever known. Everyone is working tirelessly to make sure students in the USC community are safe and comfortable during this historic weather event.

And even with the weather, we’ve received a flood of emails and calls this past week. The Early Answer deadline is right around the corner, and the questions keep coming. Let’s hit the top three: 

  1. What are the requirements for the transcript upload process?
  2. Can I use October test scores for Early Answer (EA)?
  3. Should I apply EA if I’m also applying to the Honors College?

OK, about the transcript uploader…

This requirement is part of our self-reported academic record (SRAR), which is intended to help students take greater ownership of the timing associated with the application process. A big benefit of this approach is quicker turnaround on your evaluation. 

All applicants must UPLOAD a copy of their high school transcript before submitting the application. We ask that the copy include some sort of high school insignia, seal, logo, or a signature from a school official so that we can see that it is, indeed, a copy of your transcript. This advice has led some to believe that the document must be “official.” We understand that some schools may have policies prohibiting distribution of the “official” to the student. The document can say “copy” or “unofficial” on it. Our goal is to look at all courses taken just as the high school lists them on the record. The unofficial transcript will be used for your preliminary evaluation, and if admitted, we will ask you to submit your “official” transcript after you graduate from high school. The official document will be used to verify what was submitted in the initial evaluation round.  

No scanner?  No worries. We occasionally hear that students don’t have access to a scanner or electronic copies of their unofficial transcript. However, most students have a smart phone. Simply take a picture of the document and upload that image instead. Make sure the picture is clear and legible. If we have questions about the document you uploaded, we’ll reach out to you about submitting an official transcript. You will only be asked to submit an official transcript if we need to clarify anything related to your document upload. Please tell your counselor a duplicate copy is unnecessary. Copies sent by mail or other electornic means will increase the amount of time it takes to append documents to your file, which slows the process down for everyone. Slower processes lead to slower decisions, and no one wants that. So, no duplicates, please!

Scores, Sch-mores…

YES, you can use October SAT and ACT scores, provided that you list USC as a recipient of your scores at the time you take the test. If you choose to review your scores before sending them to us, that will result in delays. We may not get them in time for EA consideration. We require all scores from all test attempts, so it makes no sense to hold them back and miss consideration for EA. Take advantage your free score reports by listing USC now. Our SAT code is 5818. Our ACT code is 3880.

If you were scheduled to take the October 3 SAT and had your test date postponed due to inclement weather and flooding, we will accept the scores from the rescheduled October test date, provided that you take the SAT in October and list us as a score recipient at the outset. 

Can’t hardly wait…

We love that you’re excited and interested in applying to USC as soon as possible, but if you’ve been prompted to complete the South Carolina Honors College (SCHC) application, you have until November 15 to submit your application and scores. Use that extra time to check in with your recommenders and work on your essays, if you need the extra time. All SCHC applicants will be evaluated in the EA round and receive a general university admissions decision before we close for the winter holidays–just like the EA applicants. Honors decisions will be mailed apart from the general admissions decision. In fact, we mail these between end of December and early March. You’ll hear about the status of your SCHC application, either way, by mail no later than early March.  

Now, do your thing.

Good luck on your EA and honors application. We look forward to reviewing them in the coming weeks. We’ll be here on campus keeping our heads above water and looking out for YOU!

–Dr. Mary (@UofSCDrMary)

I’m ready. Are you?

It’s summer time, and while we assume all high school students are taking a break from school, students are telling us, “I’m ready. Are you?” There’s a lot of interest in applying to USC’s Fall 2016 freshman class. Our application will open no later than mid-August. If you are especially eager to get started on your application, please follow us (or me!) on Facebook and Twitter for notifications about deadlines and helpful hints throughout the application process.

If you are a parent of a past USC applicant or school counselor reading this, you’ll be glad to hear we are making some big changes this year, changes that should smooth the process of applying. We frequently solicit feedback from prior applicants, parents, and school counselors to help us revise our application each year. Thank you for speaking up because your comments are extremely helpful.

So, for those somewhat familiar with what we’ve done before, you’ll notice adjustments in the self-reported academic record process and changes to the South Carolina Honors College application (Hint: no more lists, fewer essays!). If you are new to USC’s application process, you won’t see changes but you will benefit from them. This overview should be helpful as you prepare to apply.

Here’s what you can expect:

1. Like last year, we are asking students to upload an unofficial copy of the high school transcript. This document will be used for the initial admissions evaluation. Be sure your transcript lists all coursework attempted and earned through the end of your junior year.  Don’t have a copy of your transcript yet? Check with your school counselor for a copy. You will not be able to submit your app without it. If you are later admitted and decide to attend USC, a final official high school transcript is required after you graduate from high school.

2. The self-reported academic record will require you to list high school level courses you’ve taken in middle school (if any) as well as your senior schedule. If you are taking coursework through dual-enrollment at another college during your senior year, you’ll need to list it in your senior schedule, even if your schedule is listed on your uploaded transcript. You will not be required to enter every grade and course from grades 9-11. This is a change from last year. This information will be accounted for in your uploaded transcript.

3. About senior grades, we are often asked about sending these, especially when a student’s grades improve. Only grades for whole units of credit are evaluated for admissions purposes. That means for most students, the academic portion of your evaluation will include credits earned through your junior year. In progress courses or mid-year grades are not averaged into your admissions GPA, so don’t hold off on applying simply because you’re waiting to see how your senior year is going. You’re likely to miss the application deadline if you wait.

4. Counselor evaluations are not required in our admissions process, but we do have a mechanism in place for students to request one if they want it. If you fall into the “Gotta have it!” camp, have your counselor’s name and email address handy before you get started if you want his/her to do a recommendation for you. Within the application, you can send him/her a link to an online evaluation, which can be completed and submitted electronically. Your application will not be held up due to a missing recommendation. The vast majority of our decisions are based on academic measures, test scores and the content of the application a student submits.

5. Related to item 4: “More” isn’t “More.” We discourage applicants from submitting any supplemental materials that are not required. This includes portfolios, writing samples, additional recommendations, etc. You don’t need more stuff if your application is thoroughly completed. We go to great lengths to ask for only those items needed to make a decision, and the overwhelming majority of these items are on the application and your transcript! At this point, you can’t change the grades and classes on your transcript, but you can control how thorough your application is. The application is your opportunity to tell your story, which includes your participation in activities, leadership roles, research, and work experiences. The personal statement is your chance to tell us something about you in your own voice. The application helps you help us. Without it, we have a hard time knowing if you are a good fit for USC, so use it!

6. As you consider our advice on recommendations, here’s an exception: Two recommendations are required for students applying to the South Carolina Honors College. Also, there is no separate form to apply to the Honors College, but there is a supplement that you may be invited to complete if you appear minimally competitive for consideration. As you complete the general freshman admissions application, you’ll be asked to self-report your standardized test scores (SAT and/or ACT). If your scores are competitive for consideration, you will be prompted to complete the Honors supplement before you hit “submit.“ When asked if you want to apply to the Honors College say, "YES!” Later you will be asked to provide the name and email addresses of two recommenders. The recommendation process can be completed electronically and does not require a hard copy of the letter by mail. Sending duplicates by snail mail slows down things on our end. It delays processing of all applications—including yours, so please have your recommender do one or the other. Not both. (Please.)

7. Students have cried and we have listened. The Honors College application will differ from previous iterations. Only two essays are required (down from 5!) and students can now upload a copy of their resume to highlight their academic, leadership, extracurricular, and/or research achievements. Can I get a "hallelujah?!?”

8. All deadlines remain unchanged.

  • October 15 is our nonbinding Early Answer deadline. Those who apply and submit scores by this date will receive a decision no later than the week of December 15. That answer could be yes, no, or maybe. If it’s a maybe, then the final decision will be released no later than mid-March.
  • November 15 is the Top Scholars/Honors College deadline. Students who are prompted to complete the Honors application (and choose to do so) will have until November 15 to submit their applications and scores. Among eligible Honors applicants, general university admissions decisions will be released on the same timetable as Early Answer applicants, so there is no need to rush to apply by October 15 if you are an eligible Honors applicant. All Honors applicants are also considered for our Top Scholar awards (Carolina, Stamps Carolina, McNair and Alumni Scholars). If you do not qualify for one of these awards, you will be considered for other university merit scholarships noted here.
  • December 1 is the priority application deadline. Students who apply by this date and submit all supporting credentials by February 1 will receive a decision no later than mid-March. Meet these two deadlines and you’re automatically considered for all other merit scholarships awarded by Undergraduate Admissions. ACT and SAT scores from January and February administrations will not be considered because they will not arrive by February 1. December is the last month in which you can take the SAT/ACT and have scores arrive on time.

9.  Honors College decisions are separate from general university admissions decisions and are released on a rolling basis between mid-December and mid-February. Honors admit or not, we will let you know where you stand in the honors application process before March 1.

10. We need a 10th item to round out the list, so this is it. Our handy “How to Apply” guide is forthcoming. It includes screenshots of the application and helpful tips to consider while filling it out. We’ll be releasing information about this via email, our website, and social media. Keep an eye out for it.

We thank you for your patience as we put the finishing touches on our application. We’re almost there and we know you’re raring to go! We appreciate your enthusiasm and look forward to considering your application!

—Dr. Mary

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