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USC Helps Students Graduate On Time By Pinpointing What’s Holding Them Back

When Sharon Sin enrolled at USC three years ago, she didn’t sign up for a foreign language course because it wasn’t a requirement for her engineering major. But her sophomore year, Sin switched her focus to social sciences, which has a mandatory three-semester language component.

She put off the requirement, thinking that maybe she could pass a placement test that would get her out of taking the classes. Then she received an email notice from USC administrators telling her she had to meet with an academic advisor to discuss the foreign language mandate. After the meeting, Sin decided to take an introductory Korean course last spring and is enrolled in two more Korean classes this year, putting her on pace to graduate this spring.