Office of Admission & Student Success
Fall 2023 Upcoming Deadline
November 1 (Early Action)

Advising



USC is full of opportunities and resources. While the sheer volume of what we offer students is exciting, we know that it can also seem a little overwhelming. Rest assured that there is a community of advisors within Dornsife who will help you navigate college life and design your ideal academic experience. There are several helpful and important layers of support that will partner with you to make the most of your experience once you’re officially a USC Dornsife student. As a prospective student, please connect with our staff in the USC Dornsife Office of Admission and Student Success for any questions throughout your college search and application process, and prior to enrollment.

Academic Advising




Our academic advisors are full-time professional staff members who meet with you prior to registering for classes each semester to partner with you as you navigate your degree requirements. Academic advisors are assigned to you based on your major, so if you decide to take on a double major or major/minor combination, you will have multiple advisors who will make sure you are staying on track to graduate. Advisors also often provide assistance in learning more about research and/or internship opportunities associated with your major(s) or minor(s).
  • Pre-Health
  • Pre-Law
  • Pre-graduate school

Pre-Professional Advising

USC Dornsife’s Office of Pre-Health Advisement works with students of any major who are interested in pursuing a career in the healthcare professions. Because there are specific courses that are required for many of the graduate programs that our pre-health students intend to pursue, pre-health advisors work with students and their academic advisors to ensure that all pre-health prerequisites are met. In addition to curriculum planning, pre-health advisors assist students in finding clinical, research, and health-related volunteer opportunities, organize helpful workshops, panels, and events, and work individually with students immersed in the graduate school application process.
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Pre-professional advising

Pre-law advisors specialize in assisting students with crafting an undergraduate academic program designed to lead to admission to a U.S. law school. They meet individually with students, reviewing personal statements and resumes, and organize events and workshops on various components of the law school application process. Pre-law advisors also sponsor an annual law school fair, bringing a wide range of law school representatives to the USC campus.
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Pre-professional advising

Pre-graduate school advisors guide students interested in earning a Ph.D. or master’s-level graduate degree. Advisors meet one-on-one with students and organize workshops on admission and application requirements and components. They also offer GRE and GMAT practice exams and organize an annual graduate school fair, which features over 100 graduate schools.
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Career Advising




What types of job opportunities are available to USC Neuroscience majors? If I want to work for the U.S. State Department, what would be the best major for me?



In addition to working with the USC Career Center, USC Dornsife students have access to a specialized team of career advisors in our Dornsife Career Pathways office. Dornsife Career Pathways collaborates with academic advisors, other career counselors, faculty, and alumni to provide a network of resources to address students’ professional aspirations. Our advisors work to align your academic interests with career paths by helping you explore and engage in co-curricular opportunities such as internships. One hallmark of USC Career Pathways is the Gateway Internship Program. This program prepares students for life after college by providing opportunities to explore a career through a paid summer internship experience with mentorship by a distinguished professional. Internship opportunities like these can serve as a pipeline for permanent positions.