OSP is a federally funded TRIO program which is part of the Student Support Services. OSP is designed to enhance the educational experience of USC Union's first generation college students. We provide academic and cultural support services designed to help make the adjustment to college life easier for our students.
can we do for you?
We offer several services including:
Developmental assistance for those who need assistance in the areas of math, reading and english (this is done through computer based training),
A formal introduction and orientation to the campus,
Scholarship and financial aid information,
Personal, career and academic counseling and assessments,
Supplemental instruction in English for those students that need specialized attention.
Individualized or small group tutoring is available in English, Science, Math, Social Sciences, Spanish and Computer Science,
Workshops on various topics,
Exposure to cultural enrichment activities, community service opportunities, and educational opportunities,
Transferring assistance, and
Networking opportunities through mentoring.
The requirements to take advantage of OSP services are two fold. You must be either first generation, limited-income or have a disability. The second criteria is that of academic need. First generation students are those whose parents have not completed a four-year college degree. Limited income is determined by calculating 150% of the current poverty level. Medical conditions that require long-term treatment are considered disabilities. Academic need can be low SAT’s, low ACT’s, low diagnostic testing, low high school grades, low class grades or students who have been out of school for more than 5 years. You must also be a US citizen and be enrolled for classes at USC Union.