Isabella Ordaz

Assistant Director

B.A. Political Science
Pepperdine University

Master of Social Science
University of California, Los Angeles

I am deeply passionate about education. I firmly believe in the transformative role it plays in a person’s life. When I was a student at Pepperdine University, my coursework and extracurriculars informed my perspective that higher education is a powerful laboratory for engagement with diversity. I continued my education at UCLA and achieved a Master of Social Science in 2020.

My previous work in admissions in the San Francisco Bay Area, my home, taught me a love for helping students as they work toward their college aspirations. At USC, I am thrilled to support prospective students embarking on the admission process.

Why USC?
If you’re anything like me, you love intellectual exchange and play with ideas. USC is the place to imagine new possibilities for yourself, your community, and our global society. USC maintains over 170 major and 170 minor programs, allowing students to expand their perspectives through interdisciplinary learning opportunities. You will get the academic breadth and depth you are looking for at USC.

Admission Advice:
Take care of yourself throughout this process. Exercise self-compassion and try not to compare yourself to others. I understand this is easier said than done. Own your journey and take charge of your narrative—no one else can do it for you.

Food: Korean BBQ
Book: The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros
Movie: Higher Learning directed by the late John Singleton
Quote: ”My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor and some style.” Maya Angelou