Diversity in Engineering
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.
We are committed to diversity in our undergraduate student body. 23% of our engineering students are African American, Latino, or Native American, which is above the national average of only 14%.
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.
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.