USC Fall 2009

LA Filmmaker

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Hey Everyone -

I've been checking out this site for a long time, and thought I would finally make a profile so I could post. This is my first post. I wanted to start a subject for USC Fall 2009 applicants.

Only about 2 months until notification comes out. Hopefully we can use this area to keep informed about letters sent out.

Good Luck to everyone.

By the way.. the GRE SUCKS!
Hey there LA. I totally agree with your assessment of the GRE. I never want to take another standardized test again, lol.
Great idea to get this thread started, LA. Good luck to everyone who applied.

@Jbomb11: I see you're from Indianapolis, I grew up there. Go Hoosiers :)
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I know how you all feel. I'm thinking about the reason why I may not get in rather than the reason why I would.

I even thought about how an acceptance letter usually comes in a larger envelope and rejection in a smaller one... so although we are still about a month away, I get nervous about finding a "small" envelope from USC...

What program did you all apply to? I applied to the Stark program.
hey guys,

good luck to all of you prospective students. i'm just writing to let you know two things. 1. the acceptance letter is in a small envelope. 2. some of you will get phone interviews in the next few weeks and some of you won't. that doesn't mean anything about your chances necessarily. so don't freak out.

best of luck,

Another thing:

You may get a huge envelope before you get the small one, requesting additional financial aid stuff. This does not mean you are in.

Ganz, my SCA letter was in a small one, but the USC Graduate School one was in a shiny biggun.

And I think I saw you today, with tomsundies.

Waitlists come in small envelopes too, and are not a rejection. In my semester alone, I know a dozen waitlisters, production and screenwriting. (I'm proud to say I'm one of the bumped ones.)

Keep calm folks...and best of luck.
you're right jayimess. big University letter, small SCA letter.

how have we gone this long at school and not seen each other yet? there is a conspiracy afoot.


ps - any feelings on the new building you'd like to share? facebook all vents, so as not to disillusion the kids. =)
I applied for screenwriting.

i was under the impression that USC didn't do phone interviews. i thought i saw that on another thread.

they do them occasionally in production and I believe they are mandatory (?) for Stark.

Not for screenwriting that I've ever heard.

Thanks to Jayimess and Ganz. It's nice to know not to dread the small envelope.

I applied to Stark and the interviews are not required, but I've heard they do call many of the Stark applicants during this time. I have not gotten any call yet.

From what I've read on this forum and others, the letters usually come out around March 10-20. Is that about right?
don't know if stark has a seperate timeline. i got my phone interview in early april, and my letter on april 23rd. but i'm a production major.

Ok, so I have been digging DEEP in these forums for about 2 hours, and here is what I found... just to help out with the waiting, which is still sooo long...

From looking at last year's posts, it looks like the Screenwriting and Production people find out around April 10 (give or take a few days), which fits with Ganz and Jayimess's comments...

I have not found anyone on these boards that was accepted to Stark, so I have no idea when that program sends it's letters out. Some people talk about that program, but most do not post whether or not they got in or when they got their letters. So, if you are reading this and you got into Stark last year, let me know...

Overall, it looks like it will be a little longer wait than I originally thought.

Keep up the spirits!

Oh and since this will probably come up at some point, I also researched the "phone interview" issue, and it sounds like most of the time they only call a few people, and it is professional, but not like a test. IF you don't get a call it DOES NOT mean you were rejected, and if you do get a call IT DOES NOT mean you were accepted, so the calls seem pretty arbitrary.

Hey Ganz - shouldn't you change your location to say "at USC", instead of "soon to be"?
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