USC Student Centers

On-Campus Resources:

  • Asian Pacific American Student Services (APASS): APASS, founded in 1982, seeks to educate, engage, and empower the Asian Pacific American community & the USC Trojan Family through active participation, dialogue, and community-building. APASS advocates for all members of the Asian Pacific American community.
  • Center for Black Cultural & Student Affairs (CBCSA): The Center for Black Cultural and Student Affairs (CBCSA) provides intentional, holistic, scholarly and co-curricular programming designed to strengthen the understanding of Black diasporic heritage. It enhances the academic, cultural, leadership and social development of the entire USC community.
  • Office of Student Accessibility Services (OSAS): The OSAS team is committed to serving the USC community through: ensuring equal access, removing disability-related obstacles, supporting civil rights, and increasing education and awareness on behalf of students with disabilities. OSAS provides support services and accommodations necessary to enable students with disabilities to develop their maximum academic potential by making their education accessible, while having the dignity to work independently.
  • First Generation Plus Success Center (FG+SC): The First Generation Plus Success Center at USC (FG+SC) USC (FG+SC) serves as a resource hub for current first-generation, undocumented, transfer, and former foster youth students as they navigate campus. Our mission is to foster a sense of belonging and a culture of holistic well-being through intentional mentorship, supportive services, and leadership opportunities.
  • IDEAS at USC (Improving Dreams, Equality, Access, and Success): USC IDEAS was founded in Spring 2011 in order to create a safe space and positive dialogue among undocumented students (DREAMers) and allies. If you are interested in becoming involved in assuring that all students at USC are fairly considered for any form of financial assistance and scholarship opportunities and grants, please contact our very own student organization focused on the needs and concerns of the immigrant and undocumented student communities.
    • Email: ideasusc@usc.edu
    • Facebook: facebook.com/IDEASUSC
    • Instagram: @ideasusc
      • You can also connect with Vanessa Gomez Brake, the Associate Dean of Religious Life at USC and the point of contact for coordinating efforts and opportunities across campus that support immigrant and international students. She can connect you with resources regarding financial aid, academic and housing issues, and confidential advising.
    • Legal Resources:
      • Immigrants and Global Migration Initiative (IGMI): IGMI, through existing projects on campus, will provide direct services to immigrant communities and neighbors of the university’s campuses. As a result, USC students and staff, and members of the community will directly benefit from the research, policy advocacy, and direct services provided. Ultimately, IGMI strives to become the premier location in the nation for intellectual discussion, debate, and insight with regards to immigration, migration, and immigrant populations.
      • The Gould School of Law Immigration Clinic is staffed by law students, faculty, and staff and provides free legal representation to adults and children from all over the world, including Mexico, Central and South America, and Africa. The Immigration Clinic’s two direct service projects are the USC Gould Immigrant Legal Assistance Center (ILAC) and the USC Citizenship Initiative. All legal services provided by the Immigration Clinic are free of charge.
      • Each year, GSG and USG provide free legal advising to the student population at USC. Legal advising is every Monday ( 3:00-9:00 pm) and each appointment is 30 minutes. Fill out this form to request an appointment.
  • La CASA – Latinx Chicanx Center for Advocacy and Student Affairs: La CASA strives to foster a community of critically thinking, socially conscious Chicanx and Latinx leaders: providing personal, social and academic support through graduation and beyond. La CASA also offers student advocacy, personal support, assistance for Latinx student groups, and transitional/beyond USC programming. La CASA programs range from new student symposiums fostering a smooth transition to USC life, to the annual Chicano/Latino Graduate Celebration giving students a cultural and unique way to graduate from USC.
  • LGBTQ+Student Center (LGBTQ+SC): The LGBTQ+ Student Center (LGBTQ+SC; est. 2005 as the LGBT Resource Center) is one of seven identity-based centers housed under Student Equity & Inclusion Programs (SEIP) in the Division of Student Affairs. The mission of the LGBTQ+SC is to provide support, education, advocacy, and community for all undergraduate and graduate students at the University of Southern California with an emphasis on students across the spectra of gender and sexuality
  • Student Basic Needs The vision of Student Basic Needs is to ensure student well-being through food, housing, and economic justice. Through their website, students will find resources and services on- and off-campus that you may utilize.
    • Campus Support & Intervention – Basic Needs It can be difficult to focus on academics and other educational endeavors when a student is struggling with basic needs. Through the Office of Campus Support & Intervention, students can access resources to the various basic needs available to students at USC.
  • Student Equity and Inclusion Programs – Undocumented Students: USC offers a myriad of assistance and support services to undocumented students, or students who do not have legal U.S. immigration status. From scholarships to legal assistance, SEIP seeks to provide access to resources to undocumented students to make certain every student’s needs are met regardless of income, cultural background, or residency.
  • The Undocumented Trojans Online Resource Center: This online resource offers various Campus Resources and Programs for Undocumented, DACAmented, TPS, and Immigrant Students, Faculty, Staff and the Community.
  • Veterans Resource Center (VRC):  The VRC is committed in supporting the veteran community in the areas of higher education in outreach/admission, GI Bill benefits, academic success, graduation, well-being, and career development.