Derek DuBose

Senior Associate Director

B.A. Communication
The University of Toledo


California – Crossroads School, The Archer School for Girls, Brentwood School, Webb School, Santa Monica HS
Washington D.C.


I was born and raised in the football capital of America…Canton, OH!  Growing up just minutes from the Pro Football Hall of Fame met much of my life would be rooted in spirit and tradition, which has made working on a college campus and helping student’s navigate the college search, a perfect fit.  I have worked in college admissions for nearly thirteen years including Miami University, George Mason, and most recently at The Ohio State University. Outside of the office, you will find me giving back to my professional community as a Board Director for the National Association for College Admissions Counseling, and as a former college cheerleader, judging and coaching the next generation of competitive cheerleaders.
It is clear to see that I have a variety of interests and from an early age my parents encouraged me to explore all of my talents and to be open to the opportunities that come along the way. Just like your time at USC, I hope that you will do just the same.

Why USC?
USC is such a special place that allows you to explore your academic curiosities, while being creative and having a deeper understanding for your personal passions and future aspirations. We will challenge you to be your very best, prepare you for life’s adventures, and support you every step of the way. Fight On!

Admissions Advice:
Keep it real.  As you navigate this process you may find yourself at an impasse where you question your worth, or if you have done enough. Just know that we are all cheering for you and want to celebrate you for who you are, and what you will bring to the Trojan family.

Movie: Home Alone
Food: Cheryl’s Cookies, Red Velvet Cupcakes
Role Model: My parents
Book: The Audacity of Hope