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More than 400 New USC Students Are the First College-Goers in their Families

The university has boosted efforts over the years to help students navigate the culture shock of joining such an environment. There are crash courses on how to use the many resources at the library, sessions on fellowship opportunities and tutoring centers. Seminars to help students think about what steps they need to take toward graduate school and future careers — because as the first in their families to go to college, they will also be the first to figure out what to do with an undergraduate degree.