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First Year Excellence


First Year Excellence

First Year Excellence (FYE) is designed to support student success and to help ensure a smooth transition to USC and Viterbi. Through a variety of different programs and services, first year students are able to:
  • Engage with Viterbi faculty, students and staff
  • Explore and further define their academic and other interests
  • Get connected within the USC and Viterbi communities

Through the following components of FYE, students are able to accomplish the above goals and have a positive transition into USC and Viterbi.

New Student Welcome

The Viterbi School of Engineering invites all new undergraduate engineering students to its annual New Student Welcome, part of the University Welcome Week activities.  Join faculty, staff, and current Viterbi students as we enjoy some food and fun! You will connect with current student leaders, learn about getting involved in Viterbi student organization, interact with faculty from each engineering separtment, and be in the class photo! For more information about the New Student Welcome, click here!

First-Year Advising

The Viterbi Admission and Student Affairs Division offers a variety of advising and student support programs for engineering students.  All freshmen are assigned, based on their major, to a first-year advisor who will help guide and facilitate their transition into Viterbi.  In addition to helping students select courses, the first-year advisor will also introduce students to the various resources that Viterbi has to offer.

Engineering Courses

As part of the engineering curriculum, every freshman Viterbi student will take an introductory course during their first year.  Through these courses, student will gain exposure to the engineering field that they have chosen and also get their first opportunity to get to know a faculty member in that field.

The Engineering Freshmen Academy (ENGR 102) approaches engineering from a different perspective.  It provides a macro-level view of the engineering profession by addressing the ethical, societal, and political impact of engineering. The class is not discipline specific so student will be able to work with student sfrom all fields of engineering.  Additionally, each Academy section is assigned "Academy Coaches," upper division Viterbi students who serve as resources and mentors to first year students. For more information on the Freshmen Academy, click here.

Academic Workshops & Programs

Throughout the year, Viterbi Student Support Programs and Academic Services will hold several academic workshops and events.  These events are designed to assist students with their academic endeavors and introduce them to resources that will help them achieve their academic goals.

Programs include:

  • Time Management and Test-Taking Workshops
  • Get Connected, a student activities fair
  • Go Global, an overseas studies fair
  • Minors and and overseas studies workshops
  • Spotlight Programs
For more information on these programs, visit Advisement & Academic Services.