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!

Upcoming Events


Thriving Through Your First Year

Thursday, November 16th, from 3-5 PM at Mudd Hall of Philosophy (MHP) 203

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!

RSVP HERE for Thriving Through Your First Year





Want to score bonus points?

Attend an event hosted by another office on campus and take a picture (or selfie) at the event.

Upload your photo here by November 19th to earn credit towards your First-Year Experience participation.


Examples of other offices/programs with events you may want to attend include:

Dornsife Career Pathways

Dornsife Office of Pre-Health Advising

Office of Overseas Studies

USC Kortschak Center for Learning and Creativity

Mindful USC

Office of Religious and Spiritual Life

USC Counseling and Mental Health Services

USC Libraries 

Office of International Services

Student Equity and Inclusion Programs 

Dornsife Academic Departments

Need help finding an event? Check out the Dornsife First-Year Advising Newsletter that is sent out monthly for a selection of upcoming events across campus!


Mark your Calendars!..

Past Events

Career 101: Career Preparation for Freshmen

Monday, October 23rd, from 4-5 PM at Mudd Hall of Philosophy (MHP) 203


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 

Monday, October 9th, from 6-7 PM via Zoom (Zoom link on EngageSC)

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 

Wednesday, September 27th, from 5-6 PM at Stauffer Science Lecture Hall (SLH) 200

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

Wednesday, August 30th, from 4-6 PM at Tommy’s Place

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)!