Student Life

Large University Benefits, Small School Atmosphere

As a student at the Suzanne Dwork-Peck School of Social Work, you'll be part of a close-knit community, but still have access to all the resources of USC.

Academic Support

The Social Work Center, Montgomery Ross Fisher and downtown City Center buildings offer updated smart classrooms, beautiful views, and accessible faculty and staff. You'll have access to a dedicated computer lab with printers just for social work students.

  • Academic Advisors

From the first day of classes until graduation, you can stop by your advisor’s office. They are there to provide you with academic support, identify resources and develop plans of study to pursue your passions.

  • Field Placement Faculty

Our field faculty work closely with each student to align your interests with placements to maximize your learning experience. Your assigned field faculty member teaches your Field Seminar course and will coach and support you throughout your internship.

  • Admissions Counselors

Your dedicated admissions team is available to answer questions about this exciting and diverse profession. Schedule an individual appointment, or attend an information session to learn more details about the program, application process and making a plan to pay for your education.

Groups

Become a leader in student government and help plan school-wide events and town hall meetings. 

We offer professional and social programming based on identities, including the Black, Latinx, Queer Alliance and Jewish Social Work Caucus.

Student groups also offer networking and events based on shared interests, such as the Unchained Scholars, Clinical, Disaster Response, Forensic and Military Social Work Caucuses.

USC Services

Many services of the University are available to Suzanne Dwork Peck School of Social Work students.

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Accessibility

Find resources for any accomodations you need at USC's Office of Student Accessibility Services.

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Housing

USC offers graduate housing and family housing options. Many students choose to live off-campus as well, and there are lots of apartment complexes near campus. 

USC Homelessness Initiative--Info For Students

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Dining

Of course, the city of Los Angeles is a culinary dream. Some of the best restaurants in the world are here, and you'll find any type of cuisine you're looking for. If you want to stay close to campus, you can check out the campus dining options at USC

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Wellness

The larger university offers many health and wellness resources that you'll have full access to as a Social Work student. Resources include: 

  • Medical care and mental health services through USC Student Health
  • Wellness events and guides from USC Student Affairs
  • The Village Fitness Center offers three state of the art fitness studios, a weight room featuring Hammer Strength benches & racks, and an extensive selection of ellipticals, bikes and treadmills.  
  • A public safety app that lets you immediately connnect with emergency responders on campus.
Los Angeles

Learning in Los Angeles

Our city is our classroom, and our learning environment is truly one-of-a-kind. Students connect with and learn from our diverse communities with experiences that aren't available anywhere else.

 

Our Community

Testimonial

Sophay Duch

Sophay Duch

 MSW ’17

Sophay Duch is a first-generation college and graduate student. As the child of refugees and an immigrant herself, Duch has a unique outlook on the social work profession. When her family arrived in the United States, they suffered from a lack of resources, and the experience of displacement influenced her passion for social justice work. Duch wants to be part of the next generation of Cambodian-Americans to help heal the community. She is now a medical social worker who coordinates and integrates care for seniors to remain in their homes.