Ryan Patel

Assistant Director

B.S. Public Health
Syracuse University

B.A. Biology
Syracuse University

I’m a third generation Angeleno who loves food, fitness, and fashion, and I’m so stoked to be working for USC Admission! As a native of Manhattan Beach, CA, I ventured off for college into the frozen tundra that is Upstate New York. There, at Syracuse University, I interned in the Admissions Office, met some wonderful people, and developed a love for college admissions. After graduating, I moved back home to the best city in the world, Los Angeles, to be closer to family and pursue more opportunities. Now I’m soaking up the Southern California sunshine and living my best life. When I’m not helping to admit the next class of Trojans, you can find me running or doing yoga at the beach, working out, shopping, or trying new foods with my friends.

Why USC?
USC Trojans have educational experiences unlike any other. We are at a premier institution in the heart of one of the world’s largest economies and cultural hubs. With some of the country’s most respected leaders and innovators serving as our professors and deans, to Fortune 500 companies recruiting right on campus, the kinds of opportunities available here astound me every day. Utilizing Hollywood and Silicon Beach as our playground, and Downtown LA as our backyard, we are truly blessed to have it all here at USC.

Admission Advice:
This is a super stressful time in your life! I get that. Take a breather every so often. Go for a run, spend time with friends, eat ice cream, and binge Netflix once in a while. Make sure that people in your life (friends, counselors, parents) are respecting your boundaries. Go through this college application process at a pace that suits you.

Food: Chicken tikka masala, samosas, or literally anything from a taco truck
Quote: “In the midst of movement and chaos, keep stillness inside of you.” -Deepak Chopra
Musical Artists: Drake, Travis Scott, J. Cole, Beyoncé
TV Shows: The Office, Parks and Rec, and SpongeBob (but only the classics)