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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.

Non-Discrimination Policy

University of Southern California does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, national origin, gender, age, Vietnam veteran status, disability, sexual orientation or any other characteristics which may be specified by federal, state or local law. The University of Southern California complies with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 which respectively prohibit discrimination. Students who wish to file a complaint or have an inquiry regarding these issues may contact the Equity and Diversity Office, Figueroa Building, Room 202, (213) 740-5086. The university’s Title IX coordinator is the Director of the Office of Equity and Diversity. Students who wish to inquire about these issues may also contact the Office of the Vice President, Student Affairs, Student Union 201, (213) 740-2421.

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 Planning and Placement Center

The USC Career Planning and Placement Center (CPPC) provides information and advising to help students explore career options including internships, full-time employment and networking opportunities. The CPPC 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 CPPC 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

Job Opportunities
Through connectSC, the Career Planning and Placement 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 CPPC Web site and registering for connectSC at

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 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 (please see Web site). El Centro serves as headquarters for approximately 20 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: Black and 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, 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

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 or visit

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 or visit

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:

State of the World Seminars – held once each semester featuring panels of international students and faculty experts speaking on topics of current world political, social and economic interest.

International Diners’ Club – monthly excursions to a wide variety of Los Angeles ethnic restaurants.

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.

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 Web site

Parking and Transportation

USC Transportation is committed to creating the best USC experience for all students, faculty, staff and campus guests. 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. USC Transportation also offers numerous alternate rideshare programs such as vanpool, carpool and carpool matching through Zimride, Zipcar rentals around campus, mass transit subsidies, and various off-campus tram stops to help cut transportation expenses for commuters. For intercampus transportation, USC Transportation offers free tram shuttles and free Campus Cruiser services after hours and on weekends.

For more information, contact: USC Transportation Office, 620 W. 35th Street (PSX),, 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, intramural field, 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 A summer student membership is available.

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, hiking, dance, ultimate Frisbee, crew, surfing and water skiing.

Fitness classes and wellness programs such as aerobics, pilates, yoga, martial arts, personal trainers, 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 Web site at

Residential Choices

USC provides attractive residence opportunities which complement its educational objectives. The university believes that the living experiences in residential colleges, residence halls 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 on campus 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 over 6,500 students in over 45 university-owned housing facilities. Freshmen live primarily on campus in residence halls and suites. Upperclassmen and graduates reside in apartment buildings on or near campus. The rooms are furnished and are designed to accommodate two students each. In residence halls, bathrooms are usually communal and dining services are in close proximity. Three large suite-style buildings 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. The apartment style of 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. Freshmen who apply after the deadline will be housed as space permits, but everything possible is done to provide them with university housing.

Once a student is in university housing, he or she may continue in housing by participating in the USC Housing Renewal (UHR) process each winter. Incoming fall 2010 freshmen who participate in the renewal process are guaranteed housing for their sophomore year. After that, 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 handles reassignments.

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 Those who wish to submit a paper application will find a form on the Web site 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.

Questions may be directed to USC Housing, Parking Structure X, (213) 740-2546 or (800) 872-4632; Fax (213) 740-8488, email Or visit the housing Web site at

Residential Education
Residential Education supervises the university programs and live-in staff in the USC housing system. Special interest housing and faculty-student programs, including residential colleges, are coordinated by this office.

Residential Colleges
USC established its first comprehensive residential college in 1987 and currently offers five such programs on campus. Being a part of the community of students, scholars and faculty at Birnkrant Residential College is available to freshman and returning residents.

North Residential College and New Residential College are especially attractive to students with an interest in business, multicultural interaction and cinema. Like Birnkrant Residential College, New and North Residential College are available to freshmen and returning students.

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.

The Arts and Humanities Residential College at Parkside, which opened in fall 2007, connects students to the cultural offerings of USC and Los Angeles.

Special Interest Housing
Other residential faculty programs include Deans’ Hall, Annenberg House, Honors House, Hillview, Founders and Sierra apartments, which bring together highly motivated students and interested faculty to increase faculty-student interaction.

Other programs bring together students with a special common interest. These include the Wellness Floor, SChalom (Jewish religion and culture) Housing, Quiet Community Floor, Great Outdoor Floors, Civic Engagement, Law Program (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, and Cinema floors. USC’s latest program is the leadership floor in Trojan Hall, which opens fall 2010. 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 Web site. 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

Residential Education is located in the Student Union, Suite 200. Call (213) 740-2080 or visit the Web site at

Fraternities and Sororities
Fraternities and sororities also offer a residential experience for student members. The majority of USC fraternities and sororities have houses 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 houses pay a fee which provides them with most privileges other than rooms. 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 Fraternity and Sorority Leadership Development Office, Student Union Building, Room 200, (213) 740-2080,

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 Center. The program operates in three sites located on the University Park and Health Sciences campuses. There are programs for infants, toddlers, pre-school and after school care. 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 Web site at

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), (213) 740-6948 (TDD only) or email

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 (UPHC) or consult the center’s Web site (

University Park Health Center Medical Services is located at 849 West 34th Street. During the fall and spring semesters, 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. The health center is closed Monday – Thursday in the evenings (5 p.m. to 7 p.m.) during university recess periods. 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 (UPHC) for current hours.

Eligibility for Services
All students taking six or more units during fall or spring semester pay the student health fee and are eligible for services. Students with less than six units and spouses of students may choose to pay the fee and receive services. Students enrolled in the USC student health insurance plan are required to pay the student health fee. Most services are available at no additional charge. Moderate fees are charged for selected services such as laboratory tests, prescriptions, orthopedic appliances, copies of X-rays and medical records. 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 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 call (213) 740-2778 (APPT) or come to the Health Center and make an appointment to see the practitioner of their choice.

Specialty Care
Dermatology, allergy, 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. A specialty appointment may be scheduled by calling (213) 740-2778 (APPT).

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, he or she may speak to a registered nurse by calling (213) 740-9355 and following the recorded instructions. 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 an off-campus emergency, 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.

Health Promotion and Prevention Services
Part of the mission of the Health Center is to promote health and prevent disease. By participating in the programs Health Promotion and Prevention Services (HPPS) offers, students can get involved in the maintenance of their health and work to create an environment to support a healthy lifestyle.

Alcohol and drug education programs are a multifaceted effort to provide educational programs, referral and information about alcohol and other drugs to the campus community. The focus is on informed choice, positive peer influence and early intervention. The Drug Education Course provides basic information to students experiencing trouble.

Health Promotion and Prevention Services offers a health resource room that provides students a place to work on a paper, speech, find personal health information, check out books and pamphlets, access online health Web sites, screen a video, take a computerized health risk assessment or pick up condoms. The resource room is located in Room 206 of the University Park Health Center.

Sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV, can be prevented. Outreach programs and workshops focus on stopping the transmission. An anonymous HIV antibody testing program with pre- and post-test counseling is available for a small fee.

The HPPS department is available to schedule a healthy lifestyle workshop presentation in residence halls, Greek houses or student organizations on a wide variety of topics such as low risk drinking, stress, choosing contraception, nutrition and HIV disease. For information on these services call (213) 740-4777 (HPPS) or visit the Health Promotion and Prevention Services’ Web site at

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, there are two vaccines available in the U.S. that provide protection against four of the five most common strains. For more information on this disease, refer to

Student Counseling Services
Counseling services are available on the University Park campus at the Student Counseling Center located in the YWCA Building.

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’ Web site at 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 Web site at

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 Web site at

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 Web site at

Recreation Club Council
The Recreation Club Council (RCC) is a collective organization of more than 50 club teams recognized by Recreational Sports and 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 RCC information is available online at

Graduate and Professional Student Senate
The Graduate and Professional Student Senate (GPSS) 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. GPSS allocates graduate student programming fee monies to academic-based student organizations as well as to students traveling to present papers at professional conferences. GPSS 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 for more information.

Student Organizations
More than 700 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

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 arts and lecture programs by nationally and internationally known attractions for the education and entertainment of the USC community and its neighbors in Los Angeles.

Spectrum also co-produces the annual College of Letters, Arts and Sciences Lecture Series and the President’s Distinguished Artist and Lecture Series.

For more information about Spectrum, please visit or call (213) 740-2167.

Student programs at USC are accommodated by a number of indoor and outdoor facilities including Bovard Auditorium, GroundZero Performance Café, academic classrooms, Hahn Plaza, Alumni Park, Founders Park, Associates Park, E.F. Hutton Park, McCarthy Quad, Norris and Bing theatres.

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 CAST (Community Action Short-term Team), 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 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. or call 740-7012. For more information, please visit or email

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 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
KSCRadio is the official campus radio station broadcasting live at 1560 AM. KSCR is also available live via the Internet and can be accessed at It is the student source for music, news, sports and information. Located on the first floor of Marks Hall, the station broadcasts seven days a week. Students may work in sales, engineering, public relations and programming. Call 740-KSCR (740-5727) for music requests and additional information.

Trojan Marching Band

At 300 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 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 screen. The Spirit of Troy has appeared in such feature films as Forrest Gump and The Naked Gun and has performed at two Academy Awards telecasts and at the 2004 Grammy Awards.

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.” The band also recorded the single “Hit That” for the punk band The Offspring in 2003. The Spirit of Troy has traveled to five continents for such events as the 50th Anniversary of D-Day in Normandy and the World Expositions in Australia, Spain, Portugal and Japan. For more information about the Trojan Marching Band, please visit its Web site

Travel Service

STA Travel is USC’s designated student travel agency. STA is located in the University Village 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 offers discounted airfare rates, discounted rental cars and special rates at nearby hotels.

STA is involved in developing a wide variety of travel products for students traveling, studying and/or working abroad. STA 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 the University Village (across from Burger King and near Gate #1) or call (213) 743-4782 (4STA). 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