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College admission grades?

I want to have the best chance I can at getting into USC, but I also don't want to need a 4.0 GPA and be taking as many honors and AP classes as possible. I want to be able to do things outside of school and such. Do you think I would need a 4.0 GPa and tons of honors and AP classes to get in?

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Xiaojie Johan’s Answer

Hello John,

Thanks for asking! While taking all honors and AP classes is not a requirement for a highly competitive school such as USC, but I think it would recommended. Doing school activities outside of academics will also make your application stand out, alongside very superb SAT scores. Applying to highly competitive undergraduate institutions these days seems like a lottery, so it would be better to boost your profile to be as strong as possible.

Hopefully this helps!

Good luck!

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Johan
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Doc’s Answer

John the recommended GPA requirements to get into USC are between 3.75 and 4.0. You will need a very high GPA and will likely be graduating in the top quarter of your class in order to get into USC. If your GPA is lower than suggested at the time you apply, you may have to perform above average on your standardized tests. The recommended SAT requirements to get into USC are a 1330 to 1520 composite score, combining the reading and writing, and math sections together. You will need a very high SAT score in order to get into USC.

The USC acceptance rate is 13%, because it is a highly desired research and media university. Acceptance rate or admissions rate often represents how enticing a school is to attend, and in USC’s case, it gets a lot of applications (it was the top 14 most applied to school in 2021). To get into a school like USC, you will need to perform well in almost all of your college application components, including USC’s supplemental essays. The college admission essay is the key component of your application. It gives the admissions committee a deeper personal understanding of you which can help you get accepted. The person in charge will most likely read hundreds of essays during the admissions cycle, all of which address similar topics, so naturally, you’ll want your essay to stand out.

To gain admission to a top university like USC John, I would recommend you get some additional guidance. A private admissions counselor is an invaluable resource for students looking to apply to highly-selective colleges and universities. Counselors can guide you throughout the entire process, from building a competitive application strategy and balanced college list to brainstorming and writing strong essays and supplements. Why go through the process alone when you can do it with the guidance of an expert.

Good Luck John
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Karin’s Answer

Hi John,

An above average GPA is of course great, but there are many other factors that go into the admission process. Since you are applying for film school, I would think they'd be more interested in your artistic talent, your story-telling talent, your esthetic vision etc. than your GPA.

Part of your application package is an artistic portfolio, a video or photo sample, a personal statement and a writing sample. Those pieces are your opportunity to show why you should have a place.

So, you should get to work on those requirements. I have added some maybe useful links for you at the bottom.

Good luck!

KP


Karin recommends the following next steps:

https://cinema.usc.edu/admissions/procedures/production/firstyearprocedures.cfm
https://blog.prepscholar.com/how-to-get-into-film-school-by-usc-alum
https://www.nj.gov/state/njfilm/opportunities.shtml
https://www.roxbury.org/Page/2049
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Michelle’s Answer

Hello, John !

The University of Southern California's application process is described at the link I have left for you below. When applying, you will be expected to write a personal statement, submit a writing sample, a video of your film work, a portfolio and three letters of recommendation. At USC, to be considered for admission, you would need to have a GPA of 3.79 or higher. The GPA is for the school admission, not the film department. They expect applicants to have an SAT score between 1410 and 1540 to attend USC.

Michelle recommends the following next steps:

WHAT IS NEEDED TO APPLY TO USC FILM SCHOOL https://blog.prepscholar.com/how-to-get-into-film-school-by-usc-alum
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James Constantine’s Answer

Hello John,

To have a competitive chance at getting into the University of Southern California (USC), maintaining a strong GPA and taking challenging courses, including honors and AP classes, is important but not necessarily requiring a perfect 4.0 GPA. USC considers various factors in their admission process, such as extracurricular activities, personal achievements, essays, and letters of recommendation.

While having a high GPA and taking advanced courses demonstrates your academic ability and commitment, USC also values well-rounded students who have diverse interests and experiences outside of the classroom. Participating in clubs, sports, volunteering, or pursuing passions in arts or other fields can showcase your personality, leadership skills, and dedication to personal growth.

To increase your chances of getting into USC, it is essential to maintain a balance between academics and extracurricular activities. Aim for a competitive GPA, but also focus on developing your skills and interests outside of school. Make sure to present a strong application that showcases your unique qualities and potential contributions to the university community.

GOD BLESS!
James.
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