FAQs


General Spring Admission
Is there a chance I could enroll in the fall?

We understand that you expected to begin your studies in the fall semester. It may be possible if space becomes available. Availability varies from year to year. These decisions will be made in mid-May and will be based on the enrollment needs of the university, not on rankings or level of interest. Please do not send any supplementary information or petition. You will be considered for any fall openings by submitting your Intent to Enroll online, by May 1.

Will I be the only one starting in the spring?

We expect to enroll 400 to 500 first-year students in the spring.

Fall Options
What should I do in the fall?

Your choices for the fall are as broad as your imagination. You could enroll in college or even study abroad to stay on pace to finish your degree in four years. You could also take time off to work, explore new cultures, or simply take a break. It is completely up to you! Please visit the Fall Opportunities section of our website to learn more.

What can I expect from USC during my time away from the university?

Jessica Frey, Senior Assistant Director of Spring Admission Program, will be your designated point of contact during your time away from the university. We will email you important information and reminders throughout the summer and fall.

Will I able to participate in any USC organizations during the fall?

Spring admits will receive an invitation to purchase a USC Football student ticket in August. Involvement in other organizations depends on the program. Many programs and resources are available only to currently enrolled students paying university tuition and fees. In most cases, students should not expect to become involved in student organizations before enrolling at USC. Please contact USC Student Affairs at (213) 740-2421 or visit the USC Student Affairs website for more information.

Next Steps
How do I reserve my place in the spring class?

Visit you.usc.edu to submit an Intent to Enroll by May 1. By August 1, you will need to submit a $300 Commitment Deposit. The Commitment Deposit will reserve your place in the incoming class and will be applied to your first semester’s tuition and fees.

When do I apply for housing?

Spring housing applications will be accepted beginning June 30 and will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis. See the “Housing” section below for more details.

When do I attend New Student Orientation?

On-Campus Winter Orientation will take place December 5, 2017, and January 3, 2018. We will also offer a Europe Orientation for study abroad students on November 18, 2017. Students should plan to attend one Orientation program. Guests are invited to attend on-campus programs as well. Students will be able to make reservations at orientation.usc.edu after they’ve submitted their Commitment Deposit and signed up for a USC NetID Account.

Housing
Will I be able to live in university housing?

We guarantee USC housing for all first-year students starting in the spring semester, although not always in on-campus facilities. We typically try to place incoming spring students together in the same unit, near other units with new students.

When will I be notified of my housing placement?

USC Housing plans to notify spring students of their assignments by December. A full application and assignment timeline is available on the USC Housing website.

Can I purchase a meal plan?

Spring students will be able to purchase a meal plan for the spring 2018 semester. Visit the USC Hospitality website for more information about meal plan options.

Course Planning for Fall Semester
How do I select transferrable courses for the fall semester?

The tools you use to plan your courses will vary depending on the institution you pick for the fall. Visit our Fall Opportunities web page for more information.

What types of classes should I be taking in the fall?

Students should make progress toward USC General Education requirements, and if possible, take the equivalent of USC’s Writing 150. Some majors may have additional, lower-division coursework students can take. All engineering spring admits should refer to the Viterbi School of Engineering Spring Admit website for help planning their coursework.

I'm in the Marshall School of Business or I'm thinking of transferring into business administration. What courses should I take?

In addition to USC General Education requirements and the equivalent of Writing 150, Marshall students or prospective Marshall students should take the equivalent of USC’s Math 118 (Fundamental Principles of the Calculus) or Math 125 (Calculus I).

Will I receive college credit for having taken AP, IB or A-Level exams?

In most cases, USC will award elective credit for exam scores that indicate a high level of achievement. Some exams can earn USC course equivalence or fulfill General Education requirements. Visit the Undergraduate Transfer Credit Office’s Exam Credit website for more information.

What steps do I need to take to enroll at a community college?

Visit the website of the community college you plan to attend and submit an application. Most community colleges notify students of their admission soon after an application is received. You may be required to take placement tests and meet with a community college counselor in person or online.

Study Abroad
I’m interested in studying abroad at one of USC’s agreement schools. What do I do?

Study abroad at one of our agreement schools is available only to first-year students admitted to USC for the spring semester. Transfer students are not eligible for these programs. Each school has a brief application form on their website. You can find more information and applications on our Fall Opportunities web page.

When will I find out if I’m accepted to a study abroad school?

Agreement schools typically send students an admission decision within one week of receiving their application. From there, students will work with the agreement school to complete the enrollment and student visa process.

What services will USC provide for my study abroad experience?

Prior to students leaving the country, we will host three pre-departure programs. We strongly encourage you to attend one of these programs if your summer schedule allows:

  • June 21: USC Campus
  • June 24: New York City
  • June 28: San Francisco Bay Area
You can register for a pre-departure program on your you.usc.edu portal starting in May.

In addition, we will host a USC Europe Orientation on November 18, 2017. This will be your opportunity to register for your spring 2018 USC classes. You will be able to register for Europe Orientation once you submit your USC Enrollment Commitment Deposit. More information can be found on the Orientation Programs website.

Jessica Frey will be your USC point of contact while you’re overseas.

Transfer Credit
How does my fall GPA impact my USC GPA?

At USC, students who have completed transfer coursework will have two separate GPAs: a transfer GPA and a USC GPA. USC does not combine the two until it is time to determine academic honors at graduation. Your USC transcript will not include the actual course grades, but will show the units attempted, units earned, grade points and transfer GPA. If you apply to graduate school, medical school or law school at some point, the institutions to which you apply may request a transcript directly from the institution you attended in the fall.

How will my courses transfer to USC?

A transfer credit evaluation will be conducted after your official transcripts have been submitted. In addition to elective units, subject credit such as GE requirements, foreign language and USC course equivalence may be awarded for courses taken at regionally accredited institutions in the United States and at overseas institutions with U.S. regional accreditation. Visit the Undergraduate Transfer Credit website for more information.

Transition to USC
If I’m starting in the spring, will it be difficult to transition to student life?

We make every effort to provide a smooth transition for students starting in the spring. When you arrive on campus in January, our Spring Welcome Week activities will ensure you have plenty of opportunities to meet students, faculty and staff and get involved with student organizations. For more information, please visit the Welcome Week website.