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Increased visits pay off for admissions

first_imgThe push by USC Admissions to increase its number of visits to high schools around the world has led to a record number of freshman applications and a stronger applicant pool.Daily Trojan | Vicki YangIn the tough economy, many universities chose to cut their admissions travel budgets, decreasing visits to high schools. USC, meanwhile, set out to increase visits by 50 percent, aiming to attract more students from a wider variety of backgrounds. The return was about a 3 percent increase in freshman applications.The Office of Admissions far exceeded its goal, visiting about 1,350 high schools, a 67 percent jump from last year. Though these 1,350 schools are only a few of the 30,000 high schools in the United States, Tim Brunold, associate dean and director of undergraduate admission, said the visits were integral in drawing a greater number of strong applicants to USC.“We want to keep up the trend of delivering a freshman class that is more distinguished than the one before it,” Brunold said. “High school recruiting visits are one of the best ways to provide more high quality applicants.”Brunold said the “volume and scope” of USC’s visits were “definitely beyond” those of other universities. USC spent $200,000 on travel for recruitment, which is less than they had originally budgeted.Aside from campus tours, surveys show that high school outreach visits have the greatest impact on generating applications, Brunold said. Applications from a particular school can as much as double after USC visits for the first time.Wayne Thompson, a junior majoring in business administration, said colleges visiting his high school gave him a good picture of the university.“It’s a tangible effect to be able to shake someone’s hand,” he said. “To converse in face just generates excitement.”While USC visited the same number of California high schools as 2008, it increased its presence in the Southeast and Northeast, especially in highly populated states like Texas, Florida, Georgia, New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. USC drew 6.8 percent and 4.3 percent more applicants from the Southeast and Northeast, respectively.When determining which schools to visit, USC seeks the most return on resources spent by finding schools with achievement scores that match its target and that also have a large number of students that would be interested in coming to USC.That approach seemed to work this year, as preliminary figures show that the average SAT score of this year’s applicants was 20 points higher than last year.Kate Durkee, an undeclared freshman, said USC mailings and a desire to move West were enough to persuade her to apply. But she said she would have liked to see USC make an effort to visit her Maryland high school. Nonetheless, she applauded this year’s increased visits.“It makes the school more competitive,” she said. “Our reputation has already gone up, and this will create only more opportunities for all of us.”Jordan Roberts, a freshman majoring in architecture, said about 50 students attended a USC information session at his school, six of whom went on to enroll.“The visit did not make me want to apply anymore than I already did, but I was happy to have my financial aid questions answered directly,” he said.A visit encouraged Stephanie Tong, a junior majoring in business administration, to apply not only because the recruiter sold the city and debunked the stigma associated with USC but also because of his attire.“The USC officer wore a suit, and it showed that he really cared about his and the school’s persona,” she said. “It brought a level of professionalism when other schools had people come looking casual.”Similar was the experience of Kevin Song, a junior majoring in business administration.“It was good to hear all the benefits from one person traveling to us, instead of 50 of us going down to Los Angeles,” he said.On the international level, USC reached 15 more schools this year. There was a 60 percent increase in applications from China and 10 percent increase from South Korea.Although Brunold added two recruiters this year specifically for international visits, he said that number should increase as USC makes a push into India, Latin America and Canada, areas where the number of applicants did not change.Despite the increase in applications, Brunold says the enrollment target remains 2,600 freshman, which will lower the admittance rate from 24 percent. As for next year, Brunold said he expects to keep being aggressive with a goal of “meeting every student that is a match for USC.”last_img read more

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BLACK STARS SQUAD UPDATE: Accam, Boakye-Yiadom get late call ups

first_imgMajor League Soccer club Chicago Fire have released forward David Accam to join the Ghana national team camp after receiving a late invitation.Accam only made his official debut for the Men in Red in a substitute appearance away to San Jose Earthquakes last Sunday after recovering from an injury he suffered during training the previous month.He had initially been rested by Ghana coach Avram Grant but an injury to striker Mahatma Otoo has made his call necessary. Accam will therefore miss Fire’s MLS home match against the Philadelphia Union on Sunday, March 29Otoo is reported to have picked up his injury during pre-season with his Norwegian club Sogndal IF.Accam flew out of the United States on Tuesday evening for France and becomes the second player after Atalanta’s Richmond Boakye-Yiadom, to be handed late calls for the upcoming international friendlies against Senegal and Mali.Boakye has replaced injured FC Sion forward Ebenezer Assifuah but head coach Avram Grant refused to find replacement for Augsburg left-back Baba Abdul Rahman who will not be available due to a reported injury to his toe. The Black Stars face Senegal on March 28 at Stade Océane in Le Havre before the March 31 game against Mali at Stade Sébastien Charléty in Paris.Updated Ghana squadGoalkeepers: Razak Braimah (Mirandes, Spain), Fatau Dauda (AshGold)Defenders: Harrison Afful (Esperance, Tunisia), John Boye (Erciyesspor, Turkey), Jonathan Mensah (Evian, France), Jeffery Schlupp (Leicester City, England), Baba Rahman (Augsburg, Germany), Gyimah Edwin (Mpumalanga Black Aces, South Africa), Daniel Amartey, (FC Copenhagen, Denmark)Midfielders: Rabiu Mohammed (Krasnodar, Russia), Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu (Udinese, Italy), Afriyie Acquah (Sampdoria, Italy), Solomon Asante (T.P. Mazembe, DR Congo), Christian Atsu (Everton, England), Mubarak Wakaso (Celtic, Scotland), Andre Ayew (Olympique Marseille, France), Frank Acheampong (Anderlecht, Belgium), Seidu Salifu (Club Africaine, Tunisia) Forwards: Jordan Ayew (Lorient, France), Kwesi Appiah (Crystal Palace, England), Richmond Boakye-Yiadom (Atalanta, Italy), David Accam (Chicago Fire, U.S.A)–last_img read more

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BOOTS ARE ON AGAIN AS DONEGAL HEROES PREPARE TO ‘JUST TRY IT’

first_imgWith Active Donegal month now in full swing some of the county’s sports stars from days gone by are determined to ‘Just Try It’ once again when the heroes of Donegal’s All-Ireland winning team from 1992 pull on the boots to face a Finn Harps legends side in Finn Park, Ballybofey at 7.30pm on June 27th. Three local charities – Meningitis Trust, Donegal Hospice and the Donegal Branch of the Alzheimer’s Association – will benefit from the proceeds of the night that will include a reception in the Finn Valley Sports Centre after the game.And there is no doubt that the battle of the sporting greats is sure to attract a huge crowd eager to see how Donegal stars like Martin McHugh and Manus Boyle will fare against Harps stars like Declan Boyle and Paul Hegarty.Indeed both managers – Declan Bonner for the Donegal ’92 side and Sean McGowan for Finn Harps – have assembled strong squads and are anticipating a great game.Both team managers are likely to feature for their own sides in a player-manager capacity with Sean McGowan confirming he has secured the services of key players already for all areas of the pitch. Harps and Fanad legend Bosco Gallagher will feature in goal for the Harps men with Declan Boyle and John Quigg to feature in defence, Paul Hegarty and Kenny Harkin confirmed for the engine room of midfield and legendary goalscorer Con McLaughlin geared up to lead the Harps attack.The Donegal side meanwhile will have both their 92 keepers, Gary Walsh and Paul Callaghan available for selection while Barry McGowan, John Cunningham, Charlie Mulgrew, Martin McHugh, Manus Boyle, Tony Boyle and Joyce McMullan also set to take to the field for the green and gold of Donegal.The game is just one of many events being organized across Donegal as part of Active Donegal month and Donegal Sports Partnership Coordinator Myles Sweeney said he was delighted that these sporting legends had agreed to take part in the game.“We know how passionate the people of Donegal have always been about their sport and the supporters who have followed Donegal and Finn Harps have been treated to some magnificent performances from the players who have lined out for both teams over the years.”But, he added, it will be extra special to be able to have members of the county’s only ever all-Ireland winning team pull on the boots again – albeit in a different sport – twenty years after that magnificent day in Croke Park.“These players have earned the right to have legendary status in the county and it is fantastic that they are still prepared to pull on the boots and get active to help these very worthy charities,” he added.The charity game will be followed by a function in the Finn Valley Centre that will include a 90s sports quiz and there will be autographed jerseys among the prizes. Meanwhile for a full list of all the activities across the county for Active Donegal month, check out the website – www.activedonegal.comFurther information from Donegal Sports Partnership 074 9116078 or email [email protected] ARE ON AGAIN AS DONEGAL HEROES PREPARE TO ‘JUST TRY IT’ was last modified: June 15th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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