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We often get different versions of the question:

“Why Should I Go to USC?”

“What makes USC stand apart from other schools?”

“What’s so special about USC?”

… and a million other versions.

So – I asked our Viterbi Student Ambassadors to answer in their own words. Why did they choose USC? Each of them has written a blog topic about it, and I know I have enjoyed reading about how they made the choice.

Check out their blogs over at Viterbi Voices to learn about each of them.

Here are a few highlights:



Yakshita loved being able to get her “Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in 5 years”



Nitasha enjoyed “taking a disparate selection of classes to decide (her) major and minor.”



Scott wanted an Astronautical Engineering degree at a place with “D1 sports, nightlife, academics, research, study abroad opportunities, network, concerts, food, beach, and other experiences USC and LA have to offer!”



Kristen has been doing ballet for 17 years, and wanted to make sure she still had the “ability to keep dancing.”



Lisa is from Seattle – and in addition to a long list, “coming from Seattle rain to LA sun was definitely a plus!”

But, don’t take our word for it – go over to Viterbi Voices and read them all. Want to know more, email any of them at viterbi.student(AT)usc(DOT)edu.

Paul Ledesma

As Executive Director, Paul oversees Undergraduate Admission for all programs at the USC Viterbi School of Engineering. He was born and raised in southern California and is a lifetime Dodgers fan. He enjoys traveling (Italy may be a second home), discovering new restaurants in LA (tacos anyone?), and while he may not qualify as a bonafide movie-buff, he loves movies (especially comic book movies). He studied Psychology for his bachelor's degree, minored in Public Management, and was active in leadership for community service groups Troy Camp and Dance Marathon while attending USC. When he's not working he enjoys spending time with his wife, daughter, and rescued pup and kitty in Redondo Beach, CA. (well, maybe not the cat so much) Preferred Pronouns: he/him/his


  • Andre Toure says:

    I’m debating USC and Cal Poly San Luis Obispo for engineering and I know SLO offers very hands on experience within the classroom setting, not just with clubs. My question is does USC offer a lot of hands on work for engineering or is it mostly theory and lecture study.

  • Paul Ledesma says:

    You can count on a lot of hands-on experience in addition to theoretical work throughout your four years. Our industry advisory board and recruiters help shape our curriculum for what they want – and that is a strong background in both. All theory, or all hands-on could leave you missing something crucial…. all theory, no experience with real-world applications… all hands-on, no experience in designing something different, new, and/or better. Feel free to call me at (213) 740-4530 to discuss it further.

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