Resources and Opportunities

This module contains information on various resources offered by USC to support you during your studies. This module also describes opportunities to consider through the Thornton Community Engagement Program (TCEP).

Thornton Student Portal

The Thornton Student Portal is a comprehensive portal containing links and resources for all USC Thornton students, including details regarding Academic Advisement and Registration, the DMA Student Portal, Career Resources, and Health & Wellness links.

Musician’s Health and Wellness

The physical, mental, and emotional health of any music professional is a critical ingredient to success. USC Thornton is committed to supporting the health and wellness of our students through information and support. Be sure to visit the Health & Wellness section of our Thornton Student Portal for links to resources to assist you.

Please review the video message from Professor William Kanengiser, Associate Professor of Classical Guitar and Chair of the Thornton Wellness Committee:

Mini Wellness Tips Videos – This playlist contains videos curated by the Thornton Wellness Committee. Be sure to check this playlist regularly throughout the academic year for new videos and tips.

Thornton Music Operations & Technology

The Thornton Music Operations office is responsible for managing access and services for Thornton facilities. Services include information technology, piano maintenance, student performance and practice resources, facilities, classroom and performance scheduling, instrument and asset management, and event production.

Thornton students must register annually with Music Operations to gain access to Thornton spaces (including practice rooms) and services. Music Operations will be emailing students in mid-August with instructions on how to sign up for services and access. For more information about Music Operations and Technology, visit the Operations section of the Thornton website.

Thornton Community Engagement Program (TCEP)

The USC Thornton Community Engagement Program is a diverse and extensive music education-oriented program that provides unique learning opportunities for children in the local community, as well as significant service-learning opportunities for Thornton students.
Some examples of TCEP programs include:

For more information about TCEP, visit the TCEP section of the Thornton website.

USC Student Health Insurance

USC requires all students to have comprehensive health insurance as well as compliance with immunization and screening requirements. Please review the details described below about this requirement for domestic students and international students.

Student Health Insurance Plan

For domestic students:
Per the USC Catalogue, all domestic students enrolled in 6 or more units will automatically be enrolled in the USC student health insurance plan. If your enrollment for the semester is less than 6 units (such as GCRT in Performance 4-unit course), you must enroll in the student health insurance plan by Friday, September 13, 2024. Visit this page for information on insurance plan enrollment.

If you have your own health insurance, you can request a waiver of the Student Health Insurance Plan. Please visit this page for information about this process. The deadline to request a waiver is Friday, September 13, 2024.

Regardless of enrollment in the Student Health Insurance Plan or your own personal plan, a Student Health Fee will be automatically assessed to student accounts.

For international students:
All international students will automatically be enrolled in the USC Student Health Insurance plan upon course registration.

For all students (domestic or international), if you need more information, please visit the USC Student Health website.

USC Department of Public Safety (DPS)

DPS is responsible for the safety of the USC community, both on campus and in the surrounding neighborhood.
Emergency line: (213) 740-4321
Non-emergency line: (213) 740-6000

USC Lyft Rides Program

The USC Lyft Rides Program allows for safe transportation within the vicinity of the USC campus. Current USC students, faculty and staff have access to free rides provided by Lyft. The rides must be within either the UPC or HSC geofence and be requested within a qualifying time frame.  For more information, visit:

LiveSafe App

The LiveSafe App provides a convenient way to contact DPS and access other safety resources through an app for your smartphone. All USC students are strongly encouraged to download the app and utilize it regularly. More information available at


The TrojansAlert system is a text-based notification system that will send a text message to your phone number in case of any emergency or incident of concern. The alerts can inform you of areas to avoid or certain safety measures to take as needed. All USC students are strongly encouraged to register for the TrojansAlert system. More information available at

USC Student Handbook

The USC Student Handbook, which provides guidance on the policies and procedures that govern the relationship between USC students and the university. This includes guidelines for academic integrity and community standards. It is also a source of information about the programs and services available to you during your time at USC. The USC Student Handbook is viewable here:

Once you have reviewed this content in this module, please return to the USC Thornton Graduate Orientation home page and review the next module.