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Viterbi Faculty weigh in on “Why USC?”

By April 15, 2014No Comments

As our #ViterbiAdmit students are grappling with their final days of the decision process, we are hearing very similar questions:

USC vs. UC Berkeley?  USC vs. UIUC?  USC vs. Stanford?  USC vs. UCLA?  USC vs. MIT? USC vs. Cornell?  USC vs. CarnegieMellon? USC vs. CalTech?

The list of schools you all have been admitted to is, quite literally, a “who’s-who” of top engineering programs.  The simple fact of the matter is that you can’t make a wrong choice.  These are all great schools…. great engineering programs…. great possibilities for success!

In order to help give you more information to chew on – we asked our faculty the same question: Why USC Viterbi?  They all had attended these institutions, yet still chose to work, conduct research and teach at USC.  Why?

Join Dean Yannis Yortsos and a few of our faculty as they explain why USC Viterbi was the place they wanted to spend their time:

In addition to this video – be sure to watch the recording of my live chat with Alumni last week as we discussed why they chose USC and what they are doing now.  And of course, check out the blogs at Viterbi Voices to see why our current students chose USC.

One LAST CHANCE to Visit Campus

As you work through your final decision, realize that we are here to help.  If you have any further questions, or need additional information, please feel free to contact us.  Also, you have ONE MORE CHANCE to visit campus and learn directly about our programs.  Saturday, April 26, 2014 is our LAST CAMPUS VISIT PROGRAM for admitted students – The Admitted Students’ Open House will be a great day – RSVP at  We will all be there along with faculty, current students, and alumni….. come on by!

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