Wherever you end up going to school, congratulations on choosing to pursue higher education! You are making an investment that will pay dividends for the rest of your life. That being said, it is important that you keep college sailing in perspective to your education. Remember, you are going to school for an education, first and foremost. Here are some hard facts. USC demands the highest caliber student for admittance and our sailing team expects the same. A degree from USC indicates to employers that you are serious about making your mark on the future. We receive over 30,000 applications for less than 3,000 spots in the incoming freshman class. The grade point averages and standardized test scores continue to rise (Current median GPA is over 4.0 & SAT over 1350). Acceptance to USC is in high demand, and for good reason.
The resources of USC available to students are vast. Professors, corporate executives, industry leaders, libraries, technology resources, think tanks, and a multitude of services, all designed to assist students in becoming the best candidates for future success (visit http://www.usc.edu/student_life/careers/ for more info). And, most importantly (to parents), there is funding available (visit www.usc.edu/finaid for more info.). Most financial aid comes in the way of scholastic scholarships and need based aid or loans. There are no sailing scholarships available at any school in the country. To make sure college sailing cultivates the best quality of sailing possible everywhere, sailors may not be funded to attend college based on sailing ability (see the ICSA Procedural Rules at http://www.collegesailing.org/archive/2009-2012_PR_And_2009_CDCR.pdf). In order to be accepted to USC, you must put scholastics at the top of your list of priorities. A common occurrence in college sailing is to find conflict between tests and major regattas on the sailing schedule. At USC, this is rarely the case. Our academic schedule meshes well with the rigorous demands of college sailing. It is extremely rare that you would need to take tests during the district championships or nationals, but many other schools are completing their finals during these events. We have worked hard to ensure the only obstacles left between you and victory are those on the water. Seeing IS believing, if you feel that USC would be a good match for you come visit the campus, our sailing facility and the team. Please fill out the recruiting form and return it to us. Explore the USC website at www.usc.edu, plan a campus tour, and contact Mike Segerblom Head Coach/Program Director to arrange a meeting with the team. When you visit, we can help organize housing, practice with the team (the team sails Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 1:00pm – 6:00pm every week except during major testing periods, holidays and travel), and class visits so you can better understand what it means to be a Trojan sailor. To take part in a regular campus tour, please visit http://www.usc.edu/admission/undergraduate/visit/ or call (213) 740-6605 for schedules and reservations. We also encourage you to talk with current and former members of the team to really find out what it is like to be a member of the Trojan Family!
Benefits of USC and going to school in LA:
- The Trojan Family, a global network of alumni and resources for students
- Downtown LA, the heart of business and commerce on the West Coast and a gateway to the Pacific Rim
- Hollywood, the heart of culture and style on the West Coast and world-renown movie capital
- The Getty Museum, among numerous other museums
- Walt Disney Concert Hall, and other theaters
- Snow Summit and Mammoth Mountain, world class skiing within hours of campus
- Manhattan Beach, Santa Monica and Venice Beach, interesting beach communities
- Rodeo Drive, Beverly Hills and Sunset Blvd.
- Disneyland, Knott’s Berry Farm, California Adventure, Magic Mountain, and numerous other tourist attractions
- Incredibly varied dining and shopping opportunities
- Average temperatures of 65 to 80 degrees, no humidity
- Year round sailing in shorts and t-shirts
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