We approach academic advising a little differently at Viterbi.

For us, advisement is more than just course scheduling and policies. As specialists in student development and engagement, we view student success through the cumulative outcome of academics and personal growth.  At the end of your undergraduate Viterbi journey, our goal is that students not only excelled in their academic pursuits but also challenged themselves as leaders and mentors as well as fostered an engaged community of their peers, faculty and advisors.

Our first-year advising team is the first stop on this journey as you begin to explore your Viterbi identity.

Due to the USC Provost Memo regarding COVID-19, all in-person advising appointments have moved to Phone or Video Conference advising appointments and we are still available to answer questions via email. In addition, students can utilize online resources such as their STARS report (on OASIS), their most recent course plan (the Undergraduate Advisement widget on myUSC), and our website. Your health and well being are important to us, and we are here to support you as we adapt to this unprecedented and continually-evolving situation. We appreciate your patience and flexibility.  
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  How does advising work?

As a first-year student, you will work with a First-Year Advisor. Your First-Year advisor will work with you from orientation all the way through your first two semesters in Viterbi. Your advisor will help you get setup in your first semester of classes, find student organizations to join, navigate the policies and guidelines of USC, and everything else that comes with getting acclimated to campus!

As a sophomore, you will begin working directly with your major department. You will work with your department advisor to stay on track to graduation as you dive deeper into your respective major.

Viterbi students meet with an advisor every semester to check-in, update course plans, and continue to stay connected to resources. In addition to Mandatory Advisement, students are welcome to visit their advisor during drop-in hours for quick questions.

The Advisement Timeline

This timeline reflects the typical advisement schedule for a semester. However, if you have a question, know that we are always here to support you! Feel free to reach out to your advisor at any time.

Beginning of the semester

We are here to help with short term questions you may have before the add/drop deadline. Come to drop-in advising or send an email to your advisor for help switching your classes or other short term planning questions.

Drop-in Hours

Mandatory Advisement

Your advisor will send you an email when it’s time to sign up for your mandatory advisement appointment. You must meet with an advisor before registering for classes.

Schedule an Appointment


Once registration begins, your advisor is focused on making sure we help you get all of your classes for the following semester. Come to drop-in advising or send your advisor an email for any help switching your classes or arranging your schedule.

Registration Calendar
End of Semester

After you’ve registered for classes, your advisor is still available to talk with you about any questions you may have. Come to drop-ins or send us an email to setup an appointment.


Email your Advisor

  Registration Questions?

Students can find their registration time in MyUSC under OASIS.

  Dean’s List

Congratulations to the students who earned a 3.5 GPA or higher in the previous semester! Your hard work does not go unnoticed. Checkout the students who made the Dean’s list for fall 2019:

Last Name (A-F)

Last Name (G-L)

Last Name (M-R)

Last Name (S-Z)

Stay Updated

From left to right, Zoe Ashmead, Sheryl Koutsis, Taylor Relich, Monica Prado Garcia

Drop-in hours for first-year advisors are Monday – Friday from 3:00 PM – 4:00PM. Stop by RTH 110 with your questions! For appointments outside of the mandatory advising period, email your advisor to setup a time.

Department Advising Specialists

No longer a freshman? We hope you had a great first year experience! Now you will transition to a departmental advising specialist for your declared major who will guide you through to graduation.


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