Announcing the USC Leonard D. Schaeffer Institute for Public Policy & Government Service

February 8, 2024 Dear Trojan community, There are times in the life of a university when a vision and an opportunity align to become a powerful force to serve the public good. Our longtime trustee Leonard D. Schaeffer and his late wife, Pamela, have given USC that opportunity with a transformational $59 million gift to…

Announcing the inaugural director of the USC School of Advanced Computing

February 1, 2024 Today, I am excited to announce that Dr. Gaurav Sukhatme has been appointed the inaugural director of USC’s new School of Advanced Computing. This vibrant new hub is central to USC’s $1B-plus, 10-year Frontiers of Computing presidential moonshot.  Gaurav is executive vice dean of engineering and Fletcher Jones Foundation Endowed Chair in…

Your voice matters. Take the USC Culture Survey.

January 18, 2024 Dear fellow Trojan, Our spring semester is now well underway, and I have never been more appreciative to be part of this institution. At USC, we have an inspiring mission that affords us the opportunity to shape the world’s future through our contributions in every field imaginable. With opportunities come responsibilities, and…

New Student Convocation: Spring 2024

January 5, 2024 Hello and welcome to the 2024 New Student Convocation at the University of Southern California! This beautiful morning, we’re celebrating 2,390 outstanding incoming undergraduate, graduate, and professional students. Congratulations! You’re a beautiful sight. We’re honored you’ve chosen to continue your education at USC. This is an exciting moment. Take a deep breath.…

President Folt’s spring semester welcome

Welcome back, Trojans! Hope you’ll check this video out and enjoy some highlights of the term ahead. Fight on! – President Folt

Season’s Greetings from President Folt

Embrace the spirit of love as we unite in joy and kindness during this festive season. Enjoy this video with a special performance by the USC Thornton Chamber Singers, accompanied by a heartfelt message from President Carol Folt.

Western Region Summit on Antisemitism in Higher Education

November 6, 2023 Thank you – and welcome, everyone. It’s a privilege to greet you on behalf of USC to the Western Region Summit on Antisemitism in Higher Education. Tomorrow marks one month since the horrific October 7 terrorist attacks by Hamas in Israel. I ask that we take a moment to remember family and…

Update on Campus Hate Speech and New Government Actions Regarding Antisemitism and Islamophobia

October 31, 2023 Dear Faculty, Students, and Staff, Over the past three weeks, we’ve been in conversation with many faculty, students, staff, alumni, and parents who have been personally and profoundly impacted by the violence in Israel and Gaza. Yesterday, the federal government announced new actions to address antisemitism and Islamophobia on college campuses. The…

2023 Winter Recess update

October 26, 2023 Dear Trojans, One of the great joys of working at USC is being surrounded every day by faculty and staff who bring amazing talent and dedication to support the university’s mission. We see firsthand the impact you make through your teaching, research, artistic expression, professional practice, and community service. Your investment in…

President Folt’s statement regarding situation in Israel and Gaza (10/10 update)

October 10, 2023 Over the past several days, I have been in touch with many members of the Trojan Family who voiced their pain and despair in the wake of the unprecedented terrorist attacks in Israel. We mourn the shocking loss of life. We condemn the terrorist attacks by Hamas and their brutal threats to…