REACH Graduate Engineering Preview

PROGRAM DATES: April 19 – April 20, 2018

About the program:

REACH is a graduate engineering preview program that takes place at USC’s University Park Campus near downtown Los Angeles. Round-trip transportation, lodging and meals for REACH participants will be paid for by the USC Viterbi School. Attendees who later apply to the USC Viterbi School of Engineering for graduate study will also have their graduate application fee waived.

In fulfilling our mission, the Viterbi School actively seeks engineering achievers from all backgrounds into its graduate degree programs, particularly students historically under-represented in the field of engineering, including African-Americans, Latinos, Native Americans, and women. Through REACH, under-represented engineering achievers get firsthand exposure to exciting research opportunities, world-class faculty, rich academic programs, and stellar student services and mentoring resources.

Program Highlights:

Selected participants will have the opportunity to:

  • learn about Viterbi School of Engineering Master’s and PhD programs of study
  • gain insight on the graduate application, admission and fellowship processes at USC
  • interact with current graduate students, faculty, and staff in the Viterbi School
  • find out about summer research opportunities in the Viterbi School
  • benefit from special presentations and workshops by faculty and staff
  • participate in tours of the USC campus, research labs and departmental facilities
  • experience USC campus life and explore the greater Los Angeles area

REACH 2016

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  • Strong academic background in undergraduate studies with recommended 3.0 GPA, majoring in engineering, computer science, applied mathematics, or physical sciences (biology, chemistry, physics)
  • Sophomore (2nd year) or junior (3rd year) standing at time of application and will be beginning final year of undergraduate program in fall 2018 or later
  • Applications are particularly encouraged from students who are female and/or are Black/African Americans, Latino/Chicano Americans, Native Americans, and Pacific Islanders

Required application materials:

  • Online REACH application form (below), including a 1-page personal statement (pdf)
  • University-issued academic transcript (pdf)
  • Current CV or résumé (pdf)


February 15, 2018 by 11:59pm Pacific Time (Selected participants will be notified in mid March 2018)


The USC Viterbi School of Engineering takes pride as a preeminent engineering institution in sharing the responsibility of producing high-quality and diverse graduates fully reflective of our pluralistic society to fulfill the 21st century technical workforce needs of this country and the global community at large. Through our world-class faculty, rich academic programs, and stellar student services and mentoring resources, we are committed to attracting, retaining, training, graduating and placing outstanding men and women students from all backgrounds and demographic sectors of our multi-cultural, diverse world. Engineering professionals that are life-long learners and equipped with a diversified skill set are best suited to discover, integrate, and adapt to new knowledge and experiences dynamically and effectively as the technology, culture, and needs of the global society continue to evolve. The Viterbi School strives to be a national and international leader in their quest.

REACH Application

The REACH application is now closed. Consider joining one of our other Doctoral Preview Days or an online information session. Details can be found on our Events page.