About USC

Student Life

The Student Affairs Division has as its fundamental purpose the provision of services and resources to students which will assist them in their total development: physical, social, emotional, cultural, moral and intellectual. As such, the division complements and serves the educational, research and service objectives of faculty and students by designing programs that are an extension of the academic experience. Consistent with this charge, the division has adopted the following statement that informs and guides its policies and actions regarding the USC community.

Principles of Community

The University of Southern California’s Division of Student Affairs bears a central responsibility for providing students services and resources that will assist in all aspects of their development. We further seek to foster a scholarly community in which an individual’s participation in academic dialogue will be considered on its merits — and not denigrated or disregarded based on personal characteristics or group identity. Consistent with this charge, the division has adopted the following statement of guiding principles:

USC is a multicultural community of scholars from diverse racial, ethnic and class backgrounds, national origins, religious and political beliefs, physical abilities and sexual orientations. This diversity enriches all of our activities and everyday interactions, and we strive to learn from each other in an atmos-phere of positive engagement and mutual respect. As a scholarly community, we aspire to create an environment in which racism, sexism, ageism, xenophobia and homophobia do not go unchallenged.

All who work, live, study and teach in the USC community are here by choice. As part of that choice, we share a commitment to these principles as an integral part of USC’s mission.

Student Affairs Academic Support

As the university admits a student body increasingly qualified and motivated academically, Student Affairs is providing increased levels of support for the coordination of honors programs, development of residential hall study space, tutorial support, linkage of career guidance with academic advising, and involvement of faculty in student residence halls and all campus community activities. Such programs are described in the sections which follow. The thematic nature of the individual programs is captured by the guiding principle of “academic community.”

Career Center

The USC Career Center provides information and counseling to help students explore career options including internships, full-time employment and networking opportunities. The Career Center offers assistance in resume writing, interviewing techniques and sponsors such programs as the Career Fair, Internship Week, Career Fest, numerous “diversity in the workplace” events, the Global Fellows and Dream Dollars programs and the Trojan Network. In addition, the center offers comprehensive career assessments. The Career Center is located on the first floor of the Student Union Building, Room 110, and is open Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call (213) 740-9111 or visit careers.usc.edu.

Job Opportunities

Through connectSC, the Career Center lists internships and job postings for USC students and alumni. The listings include part- and full-time positions, on- and off-campus opportunities, as well as Work Study positions. Students can also use connectSC to participate in on-campus recruiting. Students interested in obtaining a job or internship should access the online job listing service, available 24 hours a day, by visiting the Career Center Website and registering for connectSC at careers.usc.edu.

Center for Academic Support

The Center for Academic Support (CAS) is the location of the central resource and referral agency for learning enrichment at USC. CAS staff work with USC faculty, staff and students to complement and enhance optimal use of the educational resources of the university. The goals of this program are to facilitate independent learning, critical thinking, integrative understanding and responsible action.

CAS contributes to a collaborative approach to learning in USC’s academic community. The staff at CAS works to meet individual student needs as they relate to learning enrichment. Services available include: tutoring and assistance in learning strategies and study skills. CAS offers weekly learning enrichment workshops in goal setting, time management, study skills and concentration and memory, writing skills, test-taking anxiety and note taking. Students can also schedule private workshops for small groups. Services are free to all USC students. A list of learning enrichment workshops is available in the Schedule of Classes.

CAS is located on the third floor of the Student Union Building, Room 301, (213) 740-0776. The center’s email address is study@usc.edu. The hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Cultural Centers

USC is strongly committed to enhancing the quality of life for all students attending the university. Multifaceted resources and support are available to build on the cultural diversity present in our student body. These efforts are coordinated through the cultural centers within the Division of Student Affairs. Their focus provides opportunities for cross-cultural learning experiences for all students and a broad range of support services and educational programs for students of color. The cultural centers provide academic and personal support and identity and leadership development programs to support our diverse students.

El Centro Chicano

A department within Student Affairs, El Centro Chicano (El Centro) serves as a resource center for all Latina/o and USC students. Founded in 1972, the center fosters a community of critically thinking, socially conscious Chicana/o and Latina/o leaders, providing personal, social and academic support through graduation and beyond. El Centro Chicano also provides social and cultural programming, student advocacy, assistance for Latina/o student groups, transitional/beyond USC programming and community outreach that fosters and promotes the academic and personal success of Latina/o students. In addition, they strive to educate the campus about Latina/o issues and the ethnic diversity represented within the community (i.e., Central and South America, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Mexico and Puerto Rico) by serving as a resource to the entire USC family.

Through the Latino Resource Handbook, handed out to all new Latina/o students, and the weekly El Centro E-newsletter, they inform students about information such as scholarship opportunities, internships, cultural events and student organizations that will help improve their university experience. (See here.) El Centro serves as headquarters for approximately 21 Chicano/Latino student organizations as well as the Latino Parent Association. All students, including commuter, transfer and graduate students, are welcome to use the student lounge, kitchenette and study room.

Programs and services offered include the Unity Through Community: Latino New Student Symposium, Latino Floors (special interest housing program for first-year students), Class Reunions (academic and personal support program), Project ReMix: Exploring the Mixed Race Generation, L.A. Power Trips, Latino Speaker Series, Latino Student Empowerment Conference, Black and Latino Overnight Experience, Latino Honor Society, La Posada: Celebrating Latin American Holiday Traditions and Giving Back, Latino Parent Association and the Chicano/Latino Graduate Celebration. Programs and services consider gender, class, religion/spirituality, bi/monolingual, continuing generations, sexual orientation, disabilities and biracial/ethnic identities.

El Centro Chicano is located on the third floor of the United University Church (UUC). For more information, contact (213) 740‑1480 or visit usc.edu/elcentro.

Asian Pacific American Student Services

The Asian Pacific American Student Services (APASS) department is a multifaceted unit focused on the education, engagement and empowerment of students.

APASS has a two-fold mission: facilitating Asian Pacific American participation, dialogue, community-building and empowerment, while at the same time serving as a source of cross-cultural educational programming for the entire campus.

APASS programs include orientation, leadership development, service-learning and community immersion, career and peer mentoring, cross-cultural and educational programs, academic collaborations, and individual and collective advocacy.

APASS is located in the Student Union Building, Room 410, (213) 740-4999. For more information, email apass@usc.edu or visit usc.edu/apass.

Center for Black Cultural and Student Affairs

The mission of the Center for Black Cultural and Student Affairs (CBCSA) is to create an afro-centric, holistic learning environment for academic, social and professional development, as well as to provide civic engagement opportunities for all members of the USC community.

CBCSA meets its goal by targeting five major areas of focus: cultural and community development, leadership, professional development, retention and social enrichment. All CBCSA services and programs are initiated in accordance with the Division of Student Affairs’ five strategic initiatives.

CBCSA, the Black Student Assembly and almost 40 black student organizations partner to offer a variety of informative academic and personal development programs, social activities and cultural events. These programs and events promote academic excellence and encourage unity among students, staff, faculty and the surrounding USC community. CBCSA provides many opportunities for students to become leaders both on and off campus. It continues to make a difference by exploring the diverse spectrum of our cultural community and encouraging students to do the same.

CBCSA is located in the Student Union Building, Room 415, (213) 740-8257. For more information, email cbcsa@usc.edu or visit usc.edu/cbcsa.

International Services

The Office of International Services (OIS), located in the Student Union Building, Room 300, assists more than 7,000 non-immigrant students, scholars, faculty and staff associated with USC in achieving their educational, professional and personal objectives. In addition, academic departments and research units receive assistance from OIS in completing the immigration formalities for hiring foreign nationals for both short-term and career appointments. OIS recognizes the many benefits of international educational exchange, and promotes these benefits both within the university and throughout the local community. On campus, OIS aims to provide opportunities for interaction among international and domestic students, scholars, faculty and staff through programs and activities with an international and intercultural focus.

These programs include:

LA Today – several outings each semester to places in Los Angeles not included on the typical tourist path

English Language Program – English language instruction, field trips and social activities for spouses and scholars of the USC international community

Living in the US – a series of educational workshops given each semester that address issues of cultural adjustment and navigating life in the United States

Thanksgiving Match-up – host families invite international students into their homes to celebrate Thanksgiving and help students learn more about American culture in general

International Graduation Reception – a reception and awards ceremony for all graduating international students

For more information about any of OIS’ services or programs, refer to the Website usc.edu/ois.

Parking and Transportation


USC Transportation is committed to creating the best USC experience for all students, faculty, staff and campus guests by offering affordable and convenient parking and transportation options to the campus community. USC Transportation maintains more than 7,600 on-campus parking spaces and approximately 1,300 off-campus spaces at the University Park Campus. In addition, there are approximately 1,600 parking spaces available at the Health Sciences Campus. If driving to and from campus is not an option, USC Transportation offers numerous alternate rideshare programs, most of which are subsidized by the university. Alternate rideshare programs offered include vanpools, carpools and carpool matching through Zimride, car sharing via Zipcar rentals, and mass transit ticket sales. USC Transportation also hosts a full-service Enterprise Rental Car kiosk inside its sales office for short- and long-term rentals (including students 18 years and older). For intercampus transportation, free tram shuttles and free Campus Cruiser services are available after hours and on weekends.

For more information, contact: USC Transportation Office, 620 W. 35th Street (PSX), usc.edu/parking, UPC phone number: (213) 740-3575, HSC phone number: (323) 442-1201, Toll-free: (888) SC4-TRAN.

Recreational Sports

Recreational Sports (a.k.a. Rec Sports) welcomes the university community to participate in its extensive services and sports programs. The office provides students, faculty, staff and guests with numerous opportunities for sports and recreational activities. Rec Sports educates individuals in the meaningful use of leisure time through its various programs and services.

Recreational Facilities

The University Park Campus offers recreational facility choices including: the Lyon University Center, McDonalds Swim Stadium, Cromwell Field, Loker Track Stadium, Marks Tennis Stadium, a student tennis court complex, and the Physical Education Building, which houses an indoor swimming pool, basketball court and aerobic/dance studios.

The Lyon University Center, the largest recreational facility on campus, includes the McDonalds Swim Stadium, sauna and jacuzzi; group exercise fitness studio; the newly renovated second-floor fitness area and the Robinson Exercise Room, Klug Family fitness center (weight room); gymnasium space for basketball and volleyball, racquetball and squash courts; climbing wall; and a cardiovascular center equipped with new audiovisual equipment. The equipment includes stationary bicycles, stair climbers, elliptical machines, rowing machines, and cross training equipment. There is no fee for currently registered students. However, before they can use the facility, all students must complete a general recreational facility waiver available online at usc.edu/recsports. A summer student membership is available.

The new HSC Fitness Center is a highlight on the Health Sciences Campus. Located in the 2001 Soto Street Building, the 10,000-square-foot HSC Fitness Center houses a variety of cardiovascular and fitness equipment, weights, two group exercise rooms, restrooms, showers and day-use-only lockers.

Adjacent to the fitness center, a lighted basketball court and multipurpose area (with amphitheatre) is available for drop-in, intramural programs and reservations. The HSC Fitness Center is one of the newest additions to the university’s enhancement of the quality of campus life.


The staff directs more than 100 sporting programs that attract 9,800 students, staff and faculty participants and 900 club sport members. Intramural Sports offers a wide array of activities including flag football, basketball, soccer, volleyball, racquet sports and softball. More than 56 club sports are hosted by the department, including teams such as badminton, lacrosse, soccer, golf, ice hockey, cricket, dance, ultimate Frisbee, crew, surfing and water skiing.


Fitness classes and wellness programs such as group exercise, pilates mat, yoga, martial arts, personal training, health and wellness sessions, Masters Swim, and massage therapy are available. Locker rental and towel service are provided for a fee. Guests, alumni and emeriti faculty are welcome to become members of the center and participate in its programs. The Pro Shop in the Lyon Center provides limited equipment rental and sales of sports items. Outdoor Adventure Rental (OAR) is a new service that provides outdoor equipment such as tents, lanterns and sleeping bags for a rental fee.

For information regarding student employment and volunteer opportunities, guest policies, conferences, recreational services, summer youth sports programs and facility reservations, call (213) 740-5127 or visit the recreational sports Website at usc.edu/recsports.

Residential Choices

USC provides attractive residence opportunities which complement its educational objectives. The university believes that the living experiences in residential colleges and university apartments offer a desirable and important part of the total educational experience. University housing provides the setting for students, faculty and staff to come together and create an academic residential community. The goal is to combine a high degree of informal contact and a strong desire to explore the world of ideas in the development of an intellectually stimulating environment. USC recommends that students consider the advantages of these programs and live in USC Housing in one of these facilities for at least a portion of the time in which they are enrolled.

USC Housing

The goal of the university is to offer applicants housing in a variety of living alternatives. USC houses more than 6,500 students in over 45 university-owned housing facilities. Freshmen live primarily on campus in residence halls and suites. All of these buildings haven been converted to residential colleges for fall 2012. Residential colleges add the additional element of faculty-in-residence, who contribute to the educational environment in housing. All rooms in USC Housing are furnished and are designed to accommodate two students each. In those residential colleges that exist in traditional residence halls, bathrooms are usually communal and dining services are in close proximity. Three residential colleges exist in large suite-style buildings that bring five to eight students together in double and single occupancy rooms around shared facilities, such as bathrooms and, in some cases, small common areas. Upperclassmen and graduates reside in apartment buildings on or near campus, and the apartment-style living requires more independence. The apartment units are furnished, with most having standard kitchens, bathroom facilities and living areas. Units are designed to house two, three, four or five students per apartment, depending on the number and size of bedrooms. A limited number of furnished apartments for students with families is also available.

First-year students who apply by the freshman housing application deadline are assured of receiving university housing during their first two years at USC. There is also typically enough housing to meet the needs of most juniors and seniors, but space limitations restrict from guaranteeing the entire class housing during those years. Freshmen who apply after the deadline will be housed as space permits, but everything possible is done to provide them with university housing.

Once students are in university housing, they may continue in housing by participating in the USC Housing Renewal (UHR) process each winter. This process varies considerably from how one applies for housing as a recently admitted freshmen, so it is important to follow the process and meet deadlines. Incoming fall 2012 freshmen who participate in the renewal process are guaranteed housing for their sophomore year. Selection of student housing assignments will be based on a lottery process.

Housing assignments for incoming non-freshman students for the fall semester are made throughout the summer. Assignments are made on a first-come, first-served basis and subject to space availability.

Housing Services Office

USC Housing Services is responsible for processing the housing applications for students for the academic year and summer sessions. The Housing Services Office makes assignments, issues housing contracts and reassignments, and handles all billing.

New students may apply for housing once they have been admitted to the university and are urged to take advantage of the simple and convenient online application available at housing.usc.edu. Those who wish to submit a paper application will find a form on the Website that can be printed out, completed and mailed in. Applicants may request roommates on their applications; those using the online application system may take advantage of a roommate matching feature, which sorts potential roommates based on living preferences and offers them the chance to exchange email prior to formally requesting each other. Housing assignments occur based on application date, so students are encouraged to apply early.

Questions may be directed to USC Housing, Parking Structure X, (213) 740-2546 or (800) 872-4632; fax (213) 740-8488, email housing@usc.edu. Or visit the housing Website at housing.usc.edu.

Residential Education

Residential Education supervises the overall student experience through live-in staff and faculty in the USC housing system. All special-interest housing and programs that support faculty-student interaction, including residential colleges, are coordinated by this office.

Residential Colleges

USC established its first comprehensive residential college in 1987 and will open in fall 2012 with all on-campus facilities and one off-campus apartment building functioning as residential colleges. The university’s stated goal is to provide the residential college experience to all incoming freshmen.

North Residential College and New Residential College provide faculty interaction and close proximity to classrooms. Home to the wellness and cinema special interest floors, New and North house mostly freshmen.

The International Residential College at Parkside provides a venue where undergraduate students and live-in USC faculty and visiting professors come together to promote stimulating cultural and intellectual exchanges among individuals from many countries residing alongside American students. This prepares students for a future that has taken on more and more the sense of a global community.

The Arts and Humanities Residential College at Parkside, which opened in fall 2007, connects students to the cultural offerings of USC and Los Angeles and features special interest floors that focus on the arts and creative endeavors of all types including architecture, creative writing, dance, drama and music.

The University Residential College at Birnkrant opened in fall 2011. Each year, invitations to this program are offered to USC’s trustee and presidential scholars. Diverse programming, cultural opportunities and faculty-led trips are a regular part of the Birnkrant experience.

Beginning in fall 2012, Marks Tower, Pardee Tower, Marks Hall, Trojan Hall, Webb Tower and Fluor Tower will open as residential colleges. At press time, some of USC’s most prestigious faculty have submitted applications to serve as residents of these communities.

Special Interest Housing

Other residential faculty programs include Annenberg House, Honors House, Hillview, Founders and Sierra apartments, which bring together highly motivated upperclassmen and interested faculty to increase faculty-student interaction.

Programs that bring together students with a special common interest include: the Wellness Floor, SChalom (Jewish religion and culture) Housing, Great Outdoor Floors, Law Program (first year law students only), Occupational Therapy Program (majors only), Chemistry (first year Ph.D. students only), and the Muslim, Latino, African-American, Business, Women in Science and Engineering, Rainbow (LGBT), Trojan Academy honors program, Music, Arts and Architecture, Dance and Drama, Creative Writing and Cinema floors. Information on these special interest housing programs is available in the Living at USC brochure, which students receive with their acceptance packet, and the housing Website at housing.usc.edu/HousingOptions/SpecialInterest.aspx. Call Residential Education at (213) 740-2080 for details about these programs.

A supplemental application is required for acceptance into many of these programs. Supplemental applications are available online at housing.usc.edu/HousingOptions/SpecialInterest.aspx.


Residential Education is located in the Student Union, Suite 200. Call (213) 740-2080 or visit the Website at usc.edu/student-affairs/ResEd.

Fraternities and Sororities

Fraternities and sororities also offer a residential experience for student members. USC fraternity and sorority chapter houses are primarily located on or near 28th Street, “The Row.” The cost to members living in one of these houses is comparable to the cost of living in the residence halls. Those members not living in the fraternity or sorority chapter house pay dues that provide them with most membership privileges other than housing. Housing in most fraternities and sororities is limited; students who plan to participate in Rush (membership recruitment) should not plan on immediate occupancy in the house. Please note: Joining a fraternity or sorority is not sufficient reason to be released from a university housing contract. Further information regarding housing and activities in fraternities or sororities may be obtained from the Office for Fraternity and Sorority Leadership Development, Student Union Building, Room 200, (213) 740-2080, usc.edu/student-affairs/greeklife.

Family Housing

Students with families who would like university housing should apply to the Housing Services Office, Parking Structure X, (213) 740-2546. Family housing is located north of campus and has furnished one-bedroom and a very limited number of two-bedroom apartments.

Child Care

Students with families can apply to enroll their children in the Anna Bing Arnold Child Care Centers. The program operates in two sites on the Health Sciences and University Park Campuses. Programs for infants, toddlers and pre-school children are offered at both sites. University Park Campus also offers a Transitional-Kindergarten program. The focus is on personal and social growth, developing motor coordination and positive self-image and providing a good first school experience. Full- and part-time enrollment is available and a monthly fee is charged.

Student Athlete Academic Services

The SAAS program was established to provide student athletes with the academic support necessary for them to achieve their goal of a USC degree. By providing services through the Athletic Department such as general counseling, advisement and problem solving along with orientation, registration assistance, grade monitoring, study table and tutoring, SAAS helps student athletes fulfill the university’s academic expectations for them and also helps each of them to achieve their own personal academic goals.

Student Judicial Affairs and Community Standards

Procedural and advisory matters, as well as the integrity of the student conduct system, are the responsibility of the Office of Student Judicial Affairs and Community Standards.

The Office of Student Judicial Affairs and Community Standards reviews student conduct and academic integrity matters. A complete description of the student conduct system is printed in SCampus, USC’s student guidebook. Additional information can also be found on the Website at usc.edu/student-affairs/SJACS.

Students with Disabilities

Disability Services and Programs (DSP) is dedicated to maintaining an environment that ensures all students with documented disabilities at USC equal access to its educational programs, activities and facilities. Accommodations are designed to level the playing field for students with disabilities, while maintaining the integrity and standards of each of our academic programs.

Accommodations are determined on a case-by-case basis, but some examples of typical accommodations include: assistance in providing note-takers, sign language interpreters, readers, scribes, advocacy with faculty, exam proctoring, assistance with architectural barriers, accessible seating at USC sporting events, alternative text formats, adaptive technology, referrals to community resources, support groups and other support services for individual needs that are unique to a student’s disability.

The office is located in Student Union Building, Room 301, and is open Monday through Friday; 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., (213) 740-0776 (voice) or email ability@usc.edu.

Kortschak Center for Learning and Creativity

The USC Kortschak Center for Learning and Creativity (KCLC) is for students who learn “differently” and wish to receive academic support. Students who have disability-related learning challenges are encouraged to use the KCLC. At the KCLC, students are paired with a learning assistant and/or tutor, have access to assistive technology, can study in a quiet environment and receive guidance to their preferred way of learning.

The KCLC is located in Student Union 311 and can be reached at (213) 740-7884 (voice), (213) 740-7952 (fax) or email kmalvara@usc.edu.

Student Health and Counseling Centers

At USC every effort is made to help students achieve and maintain good physical, mental and social health. The University Park Health Center (UPHC) offers direct medical care and psychological counseling, as well as prevention programs to assist students in assuming responsibility for their personal well-being. For more information, contact the center at (213) 740-8742 or consult the center’s Website (usc.edu/uphc).

University Park Health Center Medical Services is located at 849 West 34th Street. During the fall semester, the center is open Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Wednesday from 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday (urgent care only) 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Please note that hours of operation are subject to change. All changes will be posted one week in advance. You may also call (213) 740-8742 for current hours.

The University Park Health Center will be moving in January 2013 to the new Engemann Student Health Center.

Eligibility for Services

All domestic students carrying 6 units or more during the fall and spring semesters are automatically assessed the student health fee. Students with less than 6 units may choose to purchase the health fee and receive services at the health center on their campus. All international students and Health Sciences students are automatically assessed the student health fee regardless of the number of units taken. Students enrolled in the USC student health insurance plan are required to pay the student health fee. Most services are covered by the student health fee. However, there may be moderate charges for selected services such as laboratory tests, prescriptions, orthopedic appliances, copies of X-rays and medical records. These will be explained at the time of the visit. Students may use the services of the University Park Health Center throughout the semester, as well as during breaks between academic sessions, as long as they are continuing students and are registered for the following semester.

During the summer months, students may use the services of the University Park Health Center if they are continuing students and pay the summer fee.

Note: Students enrolled in classes on the University Park Campus will receive their health care service at the University Park Student Health Center. Students enrolled in classes on the Health Sciences Campus will receive their health care service at the Eric Cohen Student Health Center on the Health Sciences Campus.

Primary Care

For the treatment of most acute illnesses and injuries, a primary care appointment can be scheduled Monday through Friday. Students can schedule appointments online at usc.edu/myshr, by calling (213) 740-2778 or in person at the University Park Health Center.

Specialty Care

Dermatology, allergy, nutrition, internal medicine, orthopedics, acupuncture, chiropractic services and physical therapy appointments are made by a referral from a primary care practitioner only. Routine gynecology appointments may be made without a referral.

Urgent and Emergency Services

For students who have an illness or injury, which requires urgent medical attention, the University Park Health Center Acute Care Clinic is open during regular clinic hours. If a student’s medical condition requires attention during the hours the University Park Health Center is closed, they may call (213) 740-9355 and follow the recorded instructions to speak with a registered nurse. In the event of a life-threatening medical emergency, on or near the USC campus, call the USC Department of Public Safety at (213) 740-4321. For off-campus emergencies, contact emergency services by dialing 911.

Ancillary Services

A clinical laboratory and a digital radiology unit support the practitioners’ services. Students must pay any charges incurred for diagnostic tests and occasionally may be referred to outside facilities.

Prescriptions may be filled, for a charge, at the campus pharmacy located in the Student Union Building on the University Park Campus.

Office for Wellness and Health Promotion (OWHP)

The mission of the Office for Wellness and Health Promotion (OWHP) is to support USC’s University Park Campus with health promotion that advances wellness, student learning and the unique USC student experience. OWHP assesses student health behaviors, collaborates with campus partners and delivers best practice prevention initiatives.

Participation in OWHP initiatives can promote individual health and the development of a healthy and supportive campus community. OWHP offers one-on-one consultations, as well as skills-based workshops with student groups on campus, including student organizations, athletic teams, greek organizations and residence halls. On- and off-campus resources and referrals are also available. Issues addressed include stress management, healthy relationships, alcohol and other drug use, nutrition, sexual health, sleep and sexual assault prevention.

OWHP houses a resource room in the Student Health Center, Room 206, which provides a place for students to study, read, pick up safer sex supplies and other free self-care resources, check out books and pamphlets, or just sit and relax. Peer Health Educators are available to talk or answer questions. Anonymous HIV testing, with pre- and post-test counseling, is also available to USC students for a small fee.

For more information, call (213) 740-4777 or visit usc.edu/owhp.


The USC University Park Health Center strongly recommends that all incoming freshmen receive the meningococcal meningitis vaccination before coming to campus, or as soon as possible after arrival.

Meningococcal meningitis is a serious illness that can lead to brain damage, disability and death. College freshmen, particularly those who live in residence halls, have a modestly increased risk of getting this disease. Presently, two vaccines are available in the U.S. that provide protection against four of the five most common strains. For more information, refer to usc.edu/uphc.

Student Counseling Services

Counseling services are available on the University Park Campus at the Student Counseling Center located in Hazel and Stanley Hall, 851 Downey Way, 3rd Floor.

Services are provided to help enhance students’ skills and attitudes in adapting to college life, creatively handling stresses and challenges, relating to new and different people and making their USC experience satisfying and productive. Eligible students may be seen in a group, as a couple or individually, and all personal information discussed in counseling is kept confidential.

The professional staff of the Counseling Center is an ethnically and educationally diverse group which includes psychologists, social workers and staff psychiatrists. They are highly trained and experienced in helping students successfully cope with a variety of issues and concerns that are common during their college experience. Additionally, advanced graduate interns in clinical and counseling psychology and social work trainees provide a variety of services to students.

Further information is available by calling (213) 740-7711 or by visiting the Student Counseling Services’ Website at usc.edu/scs. For evening or weekend emergencies, please call (213) 740-7711 and follow the recorded directions for after-hour assistance.

Student Involvement

USC offers broad and diverse opportunities for student involvement and leadership development, ranging from formal and highly organized elective offices to very informal sharing of common interests and enthusiasms. For more information, visit the Website at usc.edu/ca.

Undergraduate Student Government

The campus-wide Undergraduate Student Government consists of legislative, programming, judicial and executive branches, whose collective purpose is to provide comprehensive representation that fosters maximum student participation. It exists to represent the interests of the students to the administration on campus issues through an extensive programming and committee structure.

Opportunities for involvement and leadership can be found in several committees such as campus affairs, community affairs, minority affairs and academic affairs, to name a few. Offices are located in the Ronald Tutor Campus Center, room 224. Or visit the Website at usg.usc.edu.

Program Board

Major student events and activities at USC are sponsored by the Program Board, which represents a diverse group of student interests and organizations. The assemblies and programming committees are student-run groups that promote diversity and entertainment through progressive and innovative event programming. The student programming fee allows Program Board to plan a multitude of social, political and educational events for the USC community. These events include concerts, speakers, cultural events and various other activities. Offices are located in the Ronald Tutor Campus Center, room 224. Or visit the Website at uscprogramboard.com.

Recreation Club Council

The Recreation Club Council (RCC) is a collective organization of more than 50 club teams recognized by the Office of Campus Activities. The RCC provides organizational development, leadership opportunities, program coordination and administrative support by offering sport opportunities not necessarily met through existing academic, recreational, intramural or varsity programming. Club lists and additional RCC information is available online at usc.edu/recsports.

Graduate Student Government

The Graduate Student Government (GSG) is recognized as the official voice of the graduate student body. Representatives to the senate are elected by their peers according to academic departments and meet regularly to address the issues and concerns of the graduate student population. GSG allocates graduate student programming fee monies to academic-based student organizations as well as to students traveling to present papers at professional conferences. GSG appoints graduate and professional students to university committees, and maintains three funding boards to encourage cross-disciplinary programs, social and recreational activities and community service.

An executive committee oversees the daily operations of the senate and offers graduate students an opportunity to become involved in the university community outside their academic discipline. Graduate and professional students wishing to become involved should call (213) 740-5649 or visit gsg.‌usc.‌edu for more information.

Student Organizations

More than 750 clubs and organizations exist with new ones added each year. Participation affords new experiences, new friendships and the opportunity to pursue an interest to higher levels of understanding and accomplishment. These organizations address a wide range of political, academic, religious, social service and recreational interests. For more information, visit usc.edu/stuorgs.

Honor Societies

Most departments and schools have an academic organization oriented toward a specific discipline. Honor societies have a selective membership process that is usually based on one or more of the following requirements: area of study, grade point average, university involvement, leadership and community service. A comprehensive list of academic honor societies is included in SCampus.


USC Spectrum, a program of the Division of Student Affairs, presents an annual season of the finest in arts and entertainment by nationally and internationally known attractions for the education and enjoyment of the USC community and its neighbors in Los Angeles.

Over the past 15 years, renowned performers including Yo-Yo Ma, Itzhak Perlman, Wayne Shorter, Rufus Wainwright, Andrew Bird and Esperanza Spalding, as well as distinguished guests Deepak Chopra, Tom Brokaw, Ted Turner, Sherman Alexie, David Gergen and many more, have appeared at USC, presented by USC Spectrum.

Visit usc.edu/spectrum for a list of current events and programs.


Student programs at USC are accommodated by a number of indoor and outdoor facilities including Bovard Auditorium, Ground Zero Performance Café, academic classrooms, Hahn Plaza, Alumni Park, Founders Park, Associates Park, E.F. Hutton Park, McCarthy Quad, and the Tutor Campus Center featuring meeting rooms, a multipurpose ballroom and Tommy’s Place.

Immediately adjoining the campus is Exposition Park with its extensive complex of museums, gardens and athletic facilities. Each represents an important educational and recreational adjunct to the campus itself. The Los Angeles Coliseum is home to Trojan football, as is the Sports Arena to basketball. The grounds of Exposition Park are used by students for picnics, games and other informal events.

USC Volunteer Center (UVC)

The Volunteer Center organizes several community service projects, identifies volunteer opportunities for USC students, faculty and staff, and houses an extensive database of over 100 entries of service agencies that provide volunteer opportunities to the USC family. Programs include Jumpstart, Friends and Neighbors Service Days, Alternative Break programs during winter and spring breaks, mentoring opportunities and more. Individuals wishing to volunteer may visit the USC Volunteer Center, Monday through Friday, Ronald Tutor Campus Center 425, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. or call (213) 740-7012. For more information, visit usc.edu/volunteer or email volctr@usc.edu.

Student Media Organizations

A number of on-campus media facilities are operated by students, allowing them to develop their journalistic talents and air their opinions while providing a service to the campus community.

Campus Newspaper

The Daily Trojan is the official student campus newspaper. Its coverage includes campus news, editorials, sports, features about campus activities and events, an entertainment section, and letters to the editor. Published Monday through Friday, the paper is distributed free in kiosks located in various parts of the campus and in the Student Publications Office, Student Union Building, Room 404, (213) 740-2707.

USC Yearbook

El Rodeo, USC’s yearbook, highlights events of the year. Students may pre-order copies of El Rodeo during the fall semester by visiting uscelrodeo.com. The yearbook is distributed in the late spring. The El Rodeo office is located in the Student Union Building, Room 405, (213) 740-2707.

Radio Station

KXSC Radio is the official campus student radio station broadcasting live at 1560 AM. KXSC is also available live via the Internet and can be accessed at kxsc.org. It is the student source for music, news, sports and campus information. Located in the basement of the Ronald Tutor Campus Center, the station broadcasts seven days a week. Students may work in sales, engineering, public relations and programming. Call (213) 740-1483 for music requests and additional information.

Trojan Marching Band

At 325 members strong, the Trojan Marching Band is the largest student spirit group on campus and a highly visible ambassador representing USC in the local community, the nation and the world. The band’s history dates back to 1881. Since that time, the band has developed into one of the most innovative marching bands in the country.

Nicknamed The Spirit of Troy, the band presents a new, energetic halftime show at every home football game and sends a portion of the band to each away football game — with the full band traveling annually to the Bay Area and biennially to South Bend, Indiana for the game against Notre Dame.

The Spirit of Troy is busy year-round supporting the USC athletic teams as well as appearing in movies, on television and at special events throughout the world. In 2003, the band was the first marching band from the United States to appear at the internationally-televised Chinese New Year Parade in Hong Kong. The band has also performed at Super Bowls, the World Series, the World Cup and the Olympics.

The band is also frequently referred to as “Hollywood’s Band” because of its many appearances on the silver and small screens. The Spirit of Troy has appeared in such feature films as Forrest Gump and The Naked Gun and has performed at three Academy Awards telecasts, two Grammy Awards, and on Glee, American Idol, Dancing With the Stars and The Tonight Show.

The Trojan Marching Band is the only collegiate marching band to possess two platinum albums for its collaboration with the rock group Fleetwood Mac on the hit single “Tusk.” In 2010, the band also performed at the Coachella music festival with the metal group Coheed and Cambria. The Spirit of Troy has traveled to 17 countries on six continents for such events as the 50th Anniversary of D-Day in Normandy and World Expositions in Australia, Spain, Portugal, Japan and China. For more information about the Trojan Marching Band, visit its Website at uscband.com.

Travel Service

STA Travel is USC’s designated student travel agency. STA is located in University Gateway and provides a complete range of travel services to the entire USC community, particularly to the cost-conscious student consumer.

For family and friends visiting the campus for special events such as graduation, orientation and Trojan Family weekend, STA Travel offers discounted airfare rates, discounted rental cars and special rates at nearby hotels.

STA Travel is involved in developing a wide variety of travel products for students traveling, studying and/or working abroad. STA Travel works closely with USC’s Overseas Study program and can coordinate travel arrangements for those planning to study abroad.

STA Travel is the world’s largest student travel agency, operating more than 200 travel agencies on or near university campuses around the world. Visit STA Travel in University Gateway (next door to Subway) or call (213) 254-2662. STA Travel is open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m., and Wednesday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Further information is available at statravel.com.