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Welcome to APASS!

APASS provides programs and services for students of Asian descent and educational opportunities for the entire campus.  Our mission is to educate, engage and empower students through our mentoring programs, service-learning opportunities, community-based internship program, social justice leadership course and cross-cultural discussions. 

The specific ethnic breakdown is 33% Chinese, 18% Korean, 12% Indian, 7% Japanese, 8% Filipino, 7% Vietnamese, 2% Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander and 18% other Asian. There are 27% who categorize as multiracial or multiethnic. The AAPI population is diverse here at USC. You come from diverse ethnic backgrounds, hometowns, academic majors and interest. Our department will allow you to explore various aspects of your identity and interest. The incoming Asian American Pacific Islander population is 23% of the incoming class.

The department is here to support you during your time at USC. We want to be your home away from home. Please come and visit us in the Student Union 410. Have a wonderful year!

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