How does advising work?

Dornsife First-Year Advising (FYA) provides academic advising for entering freshman students in most Dornsife majors. All first-time freshmen will start their Dornsife career working directly with someone from the First Year Advising team based on the declared major and will transition to their major department at the completion of their first full year of study at USC. More information about First-Year Advising can be found here.


All incoming transfer students and continuing students, U2 through graduation, are advised in their major department, also known as Departmental Advising. Students are assigned an advisor based on their declared major. In departments where there is more than one advisor, students will be assigned their advisor based on their last name. More information about Dornsife Advising can be found here.


Follow along with our to-do list to ensure you’ve completed the necessary steps. Detailed information about each step can be found in the Dornsife folder on Blackboard.


☑️Check your USC email. Dornsife Advising and Orientation Programs will send important information to your account. Be sure to check it regularly!

☑️Sign up for your Welcome Trojans registration date with USC Orientation Programs. This date determines your Welcome Trojans week. USC has provided various dates and times on Wednesdays and Thursdays to help match your schedule.

☑️Submit your Pre-Advisement Worksheet on Blackboard. You will receive a first-semester course plan detailing recommended courses based on your major, placement exam results, Transfer Credit Report, and the information you entered in your Pre-Advisement Worksheet.

☑️Take your math and chemistry placement exams, if required. These online exams, accessible on Blackboard, should be taken at least 10 business days prior to your Welcome Trojans week.

☑️Request your foreign language placement. If you plan to continue a language at USC to satisfy your Dornsife Foreign Language requirement, you will need to request placement from the USC Language Center. Some languages will require a placement exam.

☑️Attend the Dornsife Experience webinar. For Freshmen: Your webinar recording will be available on Blackboard. A live session will follow on Wednesday, December 6, 2023. For Transfers: Your live session will occur on Monday, December 11, 2023.

☑️Attend your group advising session. Your group advising session will occur between Monday-Wednesday of your Welcome Trojans week. Attending the advising session is mandatory prior to your registration date. You will meet your academic advisor, receive your fall course plan, and review your major’s course requirements.

☑️Register for classes! Your registration date is the session you sign up for with USC Orientation  Programs. This date will be on Wednesday or Thursday of your Welcome Trojans week. You will register in a virtual group session with your academic advisor and other students in your major.


Dornsife Freshman: Welcome Trojans Week Schedule 

Dornsife Transfer: Welcome Trojans Week Schedule