Diversity in Engineering

Unique Qualities, Similar Strengths

We Did It First

Over 35 years ago, USC was the first private university in California to support its own Center for Engineering Diversity, and since then we have stayed committed to promoting diversity of backgrounds in our engineering programs.

Your unique qualities plus our similar strengths create powerful collaborations. We know you are a student who wants a challenge, you want hard work, and you always strive for success. Most importantly, you want an environment that reflects who you are.

Underrepresented students in our 2019 incoming class.

We are committed to diversity in our undergraduate student body.  19% of our engineering students are African American, Latino, or Native American, which is above the national average of only 14%.

Organizations make up the Center for Engineering Diversity

The student chapters of the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), Queers in Engineering, Science and Technology (QuEST), the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE), the Society of Women Engineers (SWE), and an Engineering Graduate Association (MEGA) are the main parts of CED.

Square feet of dedicated space for CED

CED is a dedicated space on campus for you to interact with your peers, study, or just hang out.  We also offer a computer lab, printers, study tables, office supplies, and more to facilitate academic excellence, and you can talk to a number of CED advisors here as well.

Supporting Diversity in Engineering

It Starts with Family

The center is focused on you and your family of peers, faculty, staff, and industry partners with whom you can live, work, study, research, and play.

In your first semester we will place you in a CED Circle.  Your circle is your first group of family members here at the Viterbi School led by an upperclass engineering student. You and your circle will form study groups, explore Los Angeles, and begin to establish your foundation towards a successful future, both in college and beyond.

As family, we want you to not only work hard, but have a place you can call home.  You will be given 24-hour access to the Center for late night study sessions as well as access to printing and collaboration spaces.

Your Path to Success

Our job is to help move you to the next step.  We are available to assist students with academic-related issues and to provide advice on engineering trends, research opportunities, career options, and graduate education.

The Viterbi Career Connections office sponsors events and programs designed to connect our outstanding students with top employers.  VCC helps to prepare students for life after graduation by holding engineering career fairs, resume reviews, job and internship search strategy workshops, and sponsoring the Engineering Career Conference.  Additionally, students have access to the Viterbi Academic Resource Center (VARC).  VARC provides free peer tutoring and supplemental instruction as well as organized review sessions in chemistry, math, physics, and many other engineering courses.

Student Life

In addition to the vast number of co-curricular opportunities at USC, CED students actively participate in a number of engineering related organizations and events. The National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE), the Society of Women Engineers (SWE), and the Engineering Graduate Association (MEGA) regularly tutor local high school students in math and science, sponsor mentor programs which bring local students to campus, hold corporate luncheons to bring students and industry representatives together, plan beach and ski trips, organize barbecues before football games, and host an annual banquet to celebrate the accomplishments of students involved in CED.

Corporate Connections

We actively develop industry relationships, funding, and the sharing of technical expertise for your personal and professional development.  Representatives from Microsoft, Boeing, Xerox, Raytheon, Intel, Cisco Systems, Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, and others are some of our most active members of the CED Industry Advisory Board (IAB).

IAB members work with student leaders, serve as guest speakers, offer summer internships, and provide networking opportunities to CED student. Our industry partners also provide scholarships for a number of our students each year. Eligibility for scholarships is based on a variety of factors such as the applicant’s participation with CED or affiliated student organizations, academic progress, and leadership potential.

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