I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but I think, at this point, that being realistic is best:
If you haven't heard back by now, you've probably been rejected. And I say this as someone who hasn't heard back yet.
Looking at the threads from previous years, the pattern is always the same: interviews late Sept/early Oct, acceptances mid Oct, waitlists on or around Nov 1st, and rejections after that. I really don't see why this year would be any different. The only thing currently tripping me up is that the Facebook Group for admits has been stuck at 16 members for a long time now. USC typically accepts 60-70 applicants per cohort. Obviously not all admits are going to find/join the Fb group, but 16 still seems like a small number @sharkb8 , @Nidhi , any insider scoop there from the FB group?
In any case, what I would encourage everyone who hasn't heard back yet to do is to get ready like NOW to re-apply for Fall 2019 (deadline: Nov 15). There's basically no reason not to:
You may have new material to submit.
There are two new questions on the app. ==> two more ways to showcase how dope you are.
(To be confirmed): as far as I understand it, applications are reviewed by different people every time. So why not just try your luck again in case your application lands in a more sympathetic lap?
As an addendum, I just got off the phone with admissions, who said that, if you are a Spring 2019 applicant who hasn't heard back yet and plans to re-apply, you can email firstname.lastname@example.org and they'll do what they can to help transfer materials in slideroom so that you don't have to redo everything.
Hope this helps everyone who's still waiting. The dream lives on!
The only thing currently tripping me up is that the Facebook Group for admits has been stuck at 16 members for a long time now. USC typically accepts 60-70 applicants per cohort. Obviously not all admits are going to find/join the Fb group, but 16 still seems like a small number @sharkb8, any insider scoop there from the FB group?
I don’t think the Facebook group is USC sanctioned. It’s just a group Nidhi created to try to meet other people from this class. Nobody has been added to it in the time I’ve been in it. I still don’t know how many people will be in my class or if USC plans on giving us an official Facebook page or group of some sort.
I believe what probably happened for applicants this time around is that the Fall 2018 class likely had a lot of people be waitlisted, which guarantees admission in Spring 2019. So if a lot of Spring slots were already filled by waitlisted Fall applicants, they probably didn’t have many available slots for regular Spring applicants. That would explain why nobody got in. I’m not certain if that’s the case, but it would make sense.
Also, for those of you applying again for Fall, I wish you the best of luck and I’ll be rooting for you guys! If you’d like someone to take a look at your application materials I’m happy to do so. Go ahead and PM me and I’ll offer any thoughts I can .
Hey guys, I haven't visited this forum for a while. I got my USC offer in late October and I accepted it. I got rejected last year and this was my second time applying. To those who will apply next year, don't give up, wish you guys good luck!!!!!!!