Academic Advisement

The Computer Science Student Affairs team of thirteen professional academic advisors serves over 5,000 students across 25 academic programs in computer science and data science. 

Important information and other resources for current students can be found by using the sidebar navigation. This appears to the right on desktop browsers and as an "Explore Student Resources" button on the upper right of the page on mobile browsers.

Attention Applicants
Please note that our academic advisors do not review admissions applications and will not be able to tell you your admission status.

MS applicants may contact Viterbi Graduate Admissions via the Viterbi Graduate Admissions Contact Form.
BS applicants may log in to the application portal to check their status.

We will be using Zoom to host virtual advisement sessions. Appointments must be scheduled through the appropriate online portals ( for undergraduates and for graduates).  You will be emailed an invite to your virtual advisement session.

A student will be considered a no show if they are 5 minutes late to the appointment.

Email is the most efficient form of communication for academic advisement, please allow up to 2-3 business days for a response.

Current M.S. Computer Science students should email for assistance.

In-person appointments are available by contacting the advisement team directly with your availability for an in person appointment. To mitigate the spread of COVID-19, we encourage you to utilize virtual advisement. As we are a busy department with periods of high traffic, if you visit the office in-person, we kindly ask you to wear a mask to maximize protection of our community.

Taking Care of Yourself
Please remember to take care of yourself, and use common sense hygiene practices. Please stay home if you are sick, wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, cover your cough with your elbow or a tissue, and avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.

Practice social distancing and reduce your in-person interaction with others. By all of us doing our part, we can reduce the spread of the disease. Public health authorities have stated that social distancing is the most effective measure we can take to help keep our vulnerable community members safe and our health care system functioning.

If you have been notified by public health authorities or others that they may have had exposure to COVID-19 you must follow appropriate self-isolation instructions and notify the university by calling the COVID-19 hotline at 213-740-6291 or by emailing

For students who are ill and feel they need medical care, please call or schedule an appointment online with the USC Engemann Student Health Center at, an advice nurse is available 24/7 by calling 213-740-9355 (WELL).

Helpful Links

Email Etiquette Reminder: Include your full name, USC ID#, and degree program. Please be patient and allow at least 2 business days for us to respond to your inquiry.  Advisors do not review or answer email in the evenings or weekends.  It is not necessary to contact all advisors in the department. Thank you!

CS Advisor Information

Published on June 13th, 2016

Last updated on April 26th, 2024