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New Holistic Admissions Process

Dr. Kristin Nxumalo

by Dr. Kristin Nxumalo
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I’m really excited to share that the Admissions Team has updated our holistic admissions process! A holistic review evaluates applicants based on cognitive and non-cognitive traits, which will ensure that more than one factor will contribute to admissions decisions. To do this, the Admissions Team has created five-key criteria on which we will evaluate each applicant equally. Those criteria are:

  • GPA
  • Graduate Record Exam (GRE) results
  • Letters of Recommendation
  • USC Personal Statement
  • OTCAS required statements

We are also introducing a Phase II to our application cycle. Meaning that the top applicants who are evaluated on the above criteria will be invited to Phase II. In Phase II, applicants will be required to submit a brief video statement. Details regarding this phase will be provided to those who are invited.

Please see our website for more details regarding the holistic admissions process.

We are excited to launch this new chapter of holistic admissions, and as always, our Admissions Team is here to answer any questions you might have!

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