I wrote in to USC Admissions the moment I received my rejection notice:
Thanks for your email.
Was there any particular reason why my application was rejected? I hope all the documents were received.
They replied to me just now.
We had a total of 210 highly qualified applicants. We admitted a
total of 10 candidates for fall 2003. Competition was very fierce this
I feel … vindicated. And I don’t feel so stupid anymore.