The Freshmen Academy is a fall semester class for first-year Viterbi students to introduce them to the field of engineering.
The class is taught by experienced, enthusiastic professors, along with upperclassmen engineering student mentors, known as Academy Coaches. In addition to building community within the Academy classes, upperclassmen coaches are there to answer any questions about the course, the Viterbi School of Engineering, USC and any other issues or challenges that students face during their first year. Coaches are to be friendly, proactive, responsible and organized, with the expectation to to act as role models and reach out to freshmen students during their college transition. Other Academy coach responsibilities include: