The Ivy Coach Daily

April 18, 2018

University of Southern California Class of 2022

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Congratulations to all students who earned admission to the USC Class of 2022 (photo credit: Padsquad19).

Admissions decisions have been released by the University of Southern California. Applicants to the USC Class of 2022 now know their fates. So what went down in the year in admissions at the alma mater of Elijah Stewart, the USC men’s basketball all-time leader in three-pointers made and games played? Go Eli! Well, 2018 marked the most selective year in USC’s history. In all, 64,256 students applied in the hope of earning a spot in Troy. This figure marked the largest one-year jump in applicants at USC in two decades — quite the feat indeed. Of these applicants, 8,258 earned admission. This marked an acceptance rate of 13%, the lowest in school history. Just last year, for the Class of 2021, USC’s admit rate stood at 16%. So what a year it was for the Trojans…in the admissions office.

Breakdown of the USC Class of 2022

As reports Eileen Toh in a piece for “The Daily Trojan” entitled “USC acceptance rate drops by three percentage points,” “Of those admitted this year, the average high school unweighted GPA is 3.84 on a 4-point scale, with 34 percent of admits having a 4.0 GPA. Approximately 85 percent of admits scored in the 95th percentile or higher on standardized tests, while 60 percent scored in the 99th…According to the USC admissions blog, nearly 3,300 different high schools were represented from more than 87 countries in the incoming class of 2022. Sixteen percent of admits are international students, while 26 percent are from underrepresented minority groups. Additionally, one in seven admits will be the first in their family to attend college. In the USC News release, [Timothy Brunold, USC’s dean of admission] attributed this record increase in applicants to high interest in new degree programs at several schools, as well as “the draw of student life enhancements like the massive USC Village.”

USC is a university that continues to attract high numbers of international students as the 87 countries figure makes clear. It would’ve been nice to see the number of states represented in the incoming class. When that figure isn’t present in a university’s press release about their incoming class but so many data points are spelled out, it makes you think the school didn’t secure students from several states…but who knows. We do like that USC included the percentage of students who will be the first in their families to attend college. 14% is a decent figure indeed and it’s important that every college include this figure in their press releases. Admission to America’s most highly selective universities can be a way for a family to climb a rung (or three!) on the path toward the American Dream. What number would better articulate this path toward the American Dream than the percentage of students who will be the first in their families to attend college? …Bueller. Bueller.

Congratulations to all students who earned admission to the USC Class of 2022. Fight on!

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