Academic Exploration Advising

COVID-19 Services Update

In accordance with USC operating procedures, Academic Exploration Advising (AEA) is providing many advising services online. Advisors can be reached by email, or by scheduling an available appointment through myUSC.

Additional information about the University Roadmap to Return can be found on the website.

Exploratory and Students-In-Transition Advising

Academic Exploration Advising (AEA) is the designated advising office for students who are Exploratory, Undecided or Undeclared, and Students-In-Transition.  Choosing an academic home at USC is a process, and the AEA academic advisors are here to assist you each step of the way.  Most students experience some academic uncertainty during their time at USC.  Additional information on the different academic programs at USC is available under Academic Programs of Study, including How to Choose a Major and Choosing a Minor.

AEA advisors collaborate closely with other campus partners including, but not limited to, academic departments and faculty, Academic Review and Retention, Degree Progress, Office of Student Accessibility Services, Financial Aid, and the Kortschak Center for Learning and Creativity.  For additional information on learning support services, please visit Academic Resources.

If you are an Exploratory, Undecided or Undeclared student, you will meet with your assigned AEA advisor each semester until you officially declare a major.  If you are not currently Exploratory, Undecided or Undeclared but would like to meet with an AEA advisor to change your major, please email us at


Meet the AEA Advising Team!


Schedule an Appointment

To schedule an appointment with an advisor, go to myUSC and click on Undergraduate Advisement. There you will find contact information for your advisor along with their appointment scheduling link. If you are not currently in an AEA program (Exploratory, Undecided, Undeclared, Undergraduate Success Program, etc.) please email to request an appointment.

Drop-In Advising

AEA advisors offer virtual drop-in advising the first three weeks of the semester and on other registration deadline days. Advisors are available from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. Students are sent an email with the sign-in link, or they can navigate to the Undergraduate Advisement icon on myUSC to find the sign-in link posted there.

Drop-in advising offers space for students to address questions about their current semester enrollment and plans. Students who would like to make longer term plans for future semesters are encouraged to set up an advising appointment for after the first three weeks of the semester.

Mandatory Advising

A one-on-one meeting is required at least once each semester for all students who are currently Exploratory, Undecided or Undeclared, and is recommended for students who have been referred to AEA for major exploration. Advisors are available for both appointment and drop-ins during mandatory advising.

The advising calendar for AEA is here: Fall 2022 Mandatory Advising Calendar

**REVISED** Due to external issues, the Fall 2022 Schedule of Classes and Web Registration will be available on March 10, 2022. Student Registration Appointment times will still be updated on March 7, 2022.

Campus Resources

The Campus Resources Handout lists a variety of resources that all USC students have access to. We encourage students to review and become familiar with all of them.

AEA Campus Resource Sheet_Fall2021 (PDF)