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Undergraduate Diversity

We support the full inclusion of all of our undergraduate student populations and develop programs aimed at ensuring that each student takes full advantage of opportunities to be successful at USC and beyond.  We have created specific programs to target our first generation college population and strategies to support our under-represented minority students in USC Dornsife.


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USC 2015 Salutatorian: Carrie Moore

USC Salutatorian, Carrie Moore, talks about majoring in creative writing and the various mentors she worked with at USC Dornsife.

Video by Matt Meindl and Mira Zimet

First-Generation College Student Panel

Parents of first-generation college students attend a panel to get insights into how to best support their children. Watch the full version on YouTube.

Video by Mira Zimet

America in Japan

USC Dornsife students travel to Japan as part of the Norman Topping student program.

Video by Mira Zimet

Summer Undergraduate Research Fund (SURF)

Dornsife students talk about how they used their SURF funds to conduct their various research projects. Video by: Mira Zimet

Video by Mira Zimet

Student Opportunities for Academic Research (SOAR)

Dornsife students describe how they use their SOAR (Student Opportunities for Academic Research) funds to assist faculty research or to support their own research project.

Video by Mira Zimet

Jasmine Torres

Video by Mira Zimet

First-Year Investigations

Freshmen and transfer students talk about their experiences in the First-Year Investigations program.

Video by Mira Zimet

Students Mentoring Students

USC Students mentor local high school students as part of the partnership between the Neighborhood Academic Initiative (NAI) and JEP.

Video by Mira Zimet

The Writer in the Community

Professors Aimee Bender and Cecilia Woloch in the English department teach a "Writer in the Community' course where undergrads go into community schools to teach students poetry and fiction.

Video by Mira Zimet

Joint Educational Project

Each year JEP places approximately 2000 students from Dornsife courses into the neighborhood as mentors, mini-course instructors, translators, and assistants to teachers and other…

Video by Mira Zimet

Undergraduate Programs

At USC Dornsife we have a variety of initiatives and programs that are geared to supporting a diverse undergraduate student population.

Undergraduate Research

A number of opportunities are available in USC Dornsife to conduct research and obtain research skills to further your educational development.

Summer Research Opportunities

Find the summer research experience right for you!

Sophomore Seminar Career Pathways Class

Pathways for Career Success for First Generation College Students

This class is being offered in Fall 2016 and is designed to help students explore the connection between potential careers and academic programs in the liberal arts and sciences.

Students will also be eligible for Summer internship funding.

First Generation Sophomores, rising Sophomores and Juniors encouraged to apply!

For more information download the flyer here.

Upcoming Deadlines

Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship

Applications for the 2016-2017 cohort are now closed.

Application deadline: February 17, 2016 by 4:30pm

Please download application by following the link:

USC McNair/Gateway Scholars Program

The USC Research Gateway Scholars Program is recruiting students for the 2015-2016 Cohort.  

Learn more about the program here:

Application now closed.

Featured News

USC Latino Alumni Association honors USC Dornsife first-generation students

Biological sciences major and Hubbard Award winner Stephanie Brito talks about the influence of her grandfather, who dreamed of a world where every Latino has access to medical treatment.

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The Man

A musical star with a social conscience, alumnus Aloe Blacc is determined to use his celebrity and creative talents to inspire positive change.

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Hurricane Force

After weathering Superstorm Sandy, Brooklyn-born Luis Hernandez arrives at USC Dornsife as a freshman in the close-knit USC Posse Scholars Program.



Labors of Love for America Ferrera

As an international relations major at the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, Golden Globe winner America Ferrera had a worldly perspective when she recently embarked on several lengthy discussions with Helen Chávez.