Should I Reapply to A College That Has Already Denied Me Twice?


I have applied to my dream school every year for the past two years (USC film school). I've been working on films and entering film festivals every year since twelfth grade and also working. I chose not to go to my safety school (DePaul) because I'd rather just keep trying for USC. After being rejected again this year, I'm wondering whether I'm hurting my chances of getting in by reapplying. I originally thought it would help me because it shows commitment to USC but now I'm questioning whether or not to reapply next year.

It is very unusual for a student, who was denied by a highly selective college as a senior, to be accepted the following year UNLESS that student has accomplished something quite exceptional during the time away. In addition, the student's academic statistics (high school GPA and ACT/SAT scores, where required) have to be within the college's typical admitted-student range as well, since they won't change during a gap year. Gap year achievements, no matter how impressive, rarely make up for deficiencies in an academic record.

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