Campus Tours

Prospective Student Tours


2 hours


Monday – Friday
Reservations are required.

Unfortunately, we will not be offering Campus Tours on the following dates due to university holidays. If you plan to visit campus when we are unable to offer a tour, please utilize our Self-Guided Tour brochure.

Monday, September 4, 2017
Thursday, November 23, 2017
Friday, November 24, 2017

On Saturday, October 21, 2017, we will offer three campus tour options to accommodate more visitors during this peak visit time.

In observance of the holiday season, all Office of Admission presentations and campus tours will be suspended starting Monday, December 25th and will resume on Tuesday, January 2nd.

*January - March reservations will be available Tuesday, November 7, 2017.

  • Optional Admission Presentation for First-Year Students (30 minutes)
  • Campus Tour (90 minutes)

Campus walking tours give prospective students and their families a look into the life of USC students, including academics, campus resources, residential life, athletics and much more. Tours are led by current undergraduate students who share their stories while presenting an overview of the university.

Each campus tour is preceded by an optional, half-hour presentation from one of our admission counselors, covering undergraduate admission and financial aid at USC. This program is ideal for prospective students with parties no larger than five (5) total guests. Parties with more than seven (7) total guests should request a group tour described below.

Transfer applicants who wish to listen to an admission presentation are encouraged to sign up for our weekly Transfer Information Sessions.

Tours are not offered on Saturdays and Sundays. If you would like to visit campus on these days, please call (213) 740-6605 to have a self-guided tour map mailed to you, or download the Self-Guided Tour.


School Group Tours


45 minutes


Four tours per day on a first-come, first-served basis. Tours are available Monday–Friday. Reservations are required and can be made by calling our Tour Guides at (213) 740-6605.

  • Campus Tour (45 minutes)

USC welcomes groups and other organizations to visit the campus and learn more about the university. Groups will be led on a 45-minute walking tour by a student tour guide. Tours cover USC academics, student life, athletics, history and more. Optional presentations may be offered based on availability of classrooms and presenters.


Policies and Exceptions:

Tours are not typically offered on Saturdays and Sundays. If you would like to visit campus on these days, please call (213) 740-6605 to have a self-guided tour map mailed to you, or download the Self-Guided Tour.

Effective October 2015, priority reservations are given to students in ninth grade or above. To learn more about alternative visit programs for younger students, please contact us at 213-740-6605.

Group Tour Policies:

We can accommodate a maximum of 70 guests per group. For every 35 people on a tour, we must allocate one tour guide. Therefore, groups larger than 35 will be split into smaller groups. Group Tours are provided in the English language. Please let us know if a specific language is preferred, and we will do our best to match an available tour guide with your group. Otherwise, please provide a translator throughout your visit.

All group tours will be reduced throughout March and April to accommodate other campus visit programs.

Dining on Campus:

Groups are welcome to bring their own lunches or purchase food from one of our on-campus eateries.

Passenger Unloading and Bus Parking:

Details and a campus map will be provided via a confirmation email. 

USC does not allow buses to park on campus. Buses must enter through the Downey Way Entrance/formerly Gate 6 (located at Vermont Avenue and 36th Place), proceed down 36th Place/Downey Way until you reach Watt Way. Make a right on Watt Way and unload your bus in front of Vivian Hall on the southwest corner of the intersection.

After you have unloaded, the bus driver should travel south on Watt Way, make a right on West 37th Place, make a right on McClintock Ave and finally a left on Downey way to exit campus the same way through the Downey Way Entrance. Make a left onto Vermont Ave, make a left onto Exposition Blvd and finally a right on Figueroa Street to reach bus parking at Exposition Park (enter at Figueroa Street and 39th Street). Parking costs $30 per day, or $12 per day if your group is also visiting the California Science Center.

Housing Tour Information

Please note that we are unable to offer visits to our housing facilities during these tours. To maintain our students’ safety and security, access to residence halls is electronically monitored and restricted to current residents and their registered guests. While we understand this may be disappointing – we know residence hall life is an important part of the undergraduate experience – we hope you will respect our students’ privacy and safety. We believe families appreciate knowing this same protection would be extended to their own students. For more information, and to explore our housing options, please visit the USC Housing website.