Make the most out of your freshman year by participating in the Dornsife First-Year Experience Program (FYE)!


Dornsife FYE is a series of programs put on by First-Year Advising to supplement the academic advising experience. FYE programming is designed to: support first-year’s individual and diverse needs; empower students to explore academic, personal, and career goals; connect students with campus resources and each other; and prepare students to thrive at USC from their first year through graduation and beyond.

Open to all Dornsife freshmen, the program launches with the FYE Kickoff Social, and culminates in our Freshman Finale event at the end of the year!

Track Your Progress: Students who participate in four or more events each semester win a special prize! Students can track their progress and event attendance for Spring 2024 semester on EngageSC

Upcoming Events


Freshman Finale  

Thursday, April 11th, from 3:30-5:30PM at McCarthy Quad

Come and celebrate the end of your first-year at our Freshman Finale fair! Discover Dornsife resources, connect with faculty in your Department and your new academic advisor, enjoy            In-N-Out burgers, and Kettle Popcorn! Collect your Freshman Finale t-shirt and a enter to win raffle prizes! We hope to see you there!

→RSVP HERE for Freshman Finale←

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Past Events

Midterm Toolkit: Study & Success Strategies

Looking for tips on managing midterm season stress? Want skills in studying, test-taking, time management, and self-care? Join us and the USC Kortschak Center to learn essential study and success strategies!


“Meet Your Major” Social 

Connect with other Dornsife first-year students in closely-related majors and upperclassmen in your major cluster. Meet students with shared interests, collect Dornsife swag, participate in games, and enjoy free food and snacks while supplies last!


Thriving Through Your First Year

Feeling a little overwhelmed with your upcoming finals? Come join us to learn about the various offices at USC that support and help students thrive during their journey at USC. You will have the opportunity to take part in a session led by Dr. E from YOGA USC (3:15pm), enjoy some INSOMNIA COOKIES, visit each campus partner booth to pick up supplies & build a FINALS WEEK CARE PACKAGE (3-5pm), and destress with BB, the THERAPY DOG. All attendees will be eligible to enter a RAFFLE, which includes 2 USC vs. UCLA Football Tickets and various USC gear from the USC Bookstore. Hope to see you there!


Career 101: Career Preparation for Freshmen

The career exploration and preparation process begins long before searching for that first internship or full-time job, but many students don’t know where to start! Join us to learn about steps you can take in your first year! This info session will cover: important steps in the career preparation process; resume building; career exploration resources; tools for searching for internships/jobs; and ways to maximize your first summer as a college student.


Pre-Registration Info Session 

Prepare for pre-registration advising with this information session! Some of the topics that will be covered during the information session are how to read a STARS report, how to find your registration date and time, how to look for classes and identify if departmental clearance was required, among other topics. The presentation will follow up with a Q&A session.


Exploring Majors & Minors 

This info session will prepare students who are exploring their primary major, a second major, or a minor for the Dornsife Major/Minor Fair. Topics that will be discussed include the process of changing your major, policies related to double majors/2nd bachelor’s minors, how to incorporate a program into your academic plan, and questions to ask at the fair. Light snacks will be provided at the session.


FYE Kickoff Social

Connect with other Dornsife first-year students and your first-year advisor,  compete in trivia to win prizes, collect Dornsife swag, and enjoy free snacks from Rock and Reilly’s (while supplies last)!





Career 101: Career Preparation for Freshman
Exploring Majors and Minors
The Dornsife Experience: Degree Overview

Career 101: Career Preparation for Freshman

Exploring Majors and Minors

The Dornsife Experience: Degree Overview