Risa Tewksbury

Associate Director

B.S. Business Administration
University of Southern California


I grew up in Southern California. Met my husband at USC, where I have worked in admission, financial aid and the Viterbi School of Engineering. We have two children and have been through the college application process with them, so I know how it feels to be on the other side.

Why USC?

All the benefits of a great private education, in a major urban setting with a warm climate. What’s not to like?

Admission Advice:

There is not one perfect school for each student. Keep your options open, think broadly about where you will thrive for four years, and be yourself and share yourself in your application so that we can get to know you!

Food: Dark chocolate.
Quote:Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.” — Mahatma Gandhi
Role Model: Yoda
Book: Too many to pick one favorite, but I’ll recommend a couple favorites written by our faculty: Tortilla Curtain by T.C. Boyle and The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen.