The Undergraduate Success Program is dedicated to supporting students who have graduated from the University of Southern California’s Neighborhood Academic Initiative (NAI) program and have been admitted to the university as an NAI Scholar.
The Undergraduate Success Program (USP) provides academic support to students who have successfully completed the NAI program and have been admitted to the University of Southern California with a nine-semester scholarship. This group, composed primarily of first-generation college students, was admitted to the University after completing a rigorous course of study throughout their middle and high school years in the NAI program which is offered to students in USC’s surrounding community. The program includes college enrichment courses and an intensive Saturday Academy held at USC focusing on writing and math.
Upon their admission to the University, NAI Scholars become part of the Undergraduate Success Program. USP offers a network of support for the continued educational, emotional, and social needs of this select group of talented students throughout their tenure at USC. Support services include regular meetings with academic counselors to discuss academic progress and performance, intervention strategies to assist students with the successful completion of their courses and degree programs, and workshops designed to facilitate student transition from high school to college. USP advisors provide students with information on a variety of topics including choosing an academic program, course planning, time management, financial aid, and career options.
Serving as a crucial link between the NAI scholars and the USC community, USP also provides individual referrals to faculty and other university resources that offer specialized assistance. Additionally, students may participate in the USP mentoring program, which pairs incoming NAI Scholars with advanced NAI Scholars. These upperclassmen can assist with issues related to the transition to college and guide students with the insights they have gained through their experiences and successes at USC. Through these various services, the Undergraduate Success Program is committed to assisting the NAI Scholars as they pursue their career goals.