Intellectual Wellness

Intellectual wellness is having a curiosity and strong desire to learn. It is a lifelong process of creating and reflecting upon experience, staying stimulated with new ideas and sharing. It is discovering challenges, overcoming barriers and integrating opportunities to grow, make plans, develop strategies and solve problems in an academic community dedicated to leadership in service to others. It is the ability to engage in clear thinking and recall, and to think independently, creatively and critically.*


  • Engaging in lifetime learning
  • Using your mind
  • Learning and thinking creatively
  • Exploring new areas**

USC Resources for Improving Your Intellectual Wellness:

Academic Centers for Excellence (ACE)
Offers all students the opportunity to learn and apply the skills needed to succeed in college. ACE provides free academic success coaching, writing consultations, math tutoring and a variety of other resources to help students reach academic goals.

Career Center
Talk to a staff member about your major or career goals. Need help with your resume or cover letter? Considering graduate school? Looking for a job or internship? Drop by the Career Center for 10-minute, on-call services. No appointment is needed. (Hours vary during summers, exams periods and holidays.)

Student Success Center
This office exists to help students develop a roadmap for success as they pursue personal and academic goals. Visit the website as updates are frequent.

Leadership Programs
Cultivates an environment that enables students to create positive social change and live with integrity. Through mutually-beneficial relationships with students, leadership training and development opportunities, student leader recognition and the resource center, students are empowered to seek their full potential.

Living and Learning Communities
An integral part of the university experience, providing students with the opportunity to live in an environment that promotes diversity, embraces excellence, encourages insightful faculty-student interaction and works to develop a strong sense of community. Communities focus on specific interests, student populations and career plans.

Math Lab
Offers free tutoring to USC students. It is staffed with talented undergraduate and graduate students who will answer questions about MATH 111, 115, 122, 141, 142, 170, 221, 222 and 241. No appointment is necessary – just stop by during any of the hours listed on the website.

Parents Programs
In recognition of the critical role that parents play in their students’ college success, the Office of Parents Programs partners with parents and families to educate them about the resources available to support their students’ growth and success.

Office of Pre-Professional Advising (OPPA)
Established with the goal of providing USC undergraduates with a competitive edge in gaining admission into law school, medical school and other health related institutions. Helps students prepare for the complex application process to professional schools and provides information on various community service projects. 

Supplemental Instruction
A learning enhancement program consisting of a series of weekly review sessions for students enrolled in historically difficult courses. Sessions are open to all students who want to improve their understanding of the course material, as well as their grades. Attendance is voluntary.

Carolina Judicial Council
A unique student organization, Carolina Judicial Council is a recognized honors society that attracts some of the university's elite students. The Council serves as campus role models and as a peer conduct review board acting with the Office of Student Conduct and Academic Integrity.

Writing Center
Assists USC students, faculty and members with writing projects at any stage of development. Consultations are given in 25 and 50 minute increments. A Writer’s Hotline is also available during operating hours for quick answers for specific questions about grammar, style, mechanics or citation and documentation.