You’ve been admitted to spring, but what will you do in the fall? It’s up to you! Your admission to USC is secure for the spring term, so your choices are as broad as your imagination. Read below to discover them.
Most spring admits will graduate with their peers who started in fall. One way you can ensure on-time graduation is to take courses in the fall that will count toward USC degree requirements. We can help you select courses to make sure you stay on track. Choose a community college, or enroll as a non-degree-seeking student at a local university (look for visitor status, continuing education, or extension/professional studies programs). You might even explore study abroad opportunities such as those listed below.
Before you enroll:
First, familiarize yourself with USC’s transfer policies and practices, found in the Transferring to USC brochure. Be sure to review:
- The requirements for your intended USC degree (pp. 12-15). Pay close attention to lower-division courses you can complete during fall. Check with the admission offices in the Dornsife College (science majors, take note) or Viterbi School of Engineering if you intend to pursue a course of study in these schools. Some schools, including our study abroad partners, may not be a good fit for your major.
- USC transfer credit policies (pp. 16-17).
- USC GE: Core Literacies requirements (pp. 10-11).
Next, refer to the Undergraduate Transfer Credit Office page for spring admits, which has many resources to help you. You can see if your courses have already been evaluated for transfer credit, request pre-approval for any courses we have not previously reviewed, or find out which standardized exams fulfill GE Core Literacies or major-related requirements.
Consider these enrollment options:
USC has established agreements with these four American institutions in Europe. Each is US-accredited, and instruction is in English. Space may be limited, so apply soon. Students will stay connected as a USC-bound cohort so you will have an instant network of friends upon arriving in Los Angeles.
Most first-year spring admits choose to enroll in community college during the fall, close to their home. Community colleges local to USC encourage you to apply right away to allow ample time for placement testing and academic advisement. Some schools near USC include Santa Monica College, El Camino College, Pasadena City College, or West Los Angeles College. USC does not prefer one college over another, so choose a school that is convenient for you.
Do not enroll in a four-year college under the false pretense of finishing your degree there. Doing so may take up a valuable space for someone else. Enroll in a non-degree or continuing education program.
“I studied abroad at the American University of Paris, where I traveled to seven different countries that I had never been to before, and it ended up being the best experience of my entire life. Looking back, I wouldn't trade those four months for anything else.”
“I will always be grateful to Richmond University for helping make my USC experience so special. The ability to spend a semester traveling, making friends with USC students and others, and having unforgettable experiences every day will definitely be a highlight of my time at USC. ”
“I knew I wanted to use the time for an international experience. The university in Lugano was small, and there were 20 other USC students, along with over 100 students from other American universities, which helped. The central location made it easy to travel every weekend to different places all over Europe. I made some great friends – two of whom I will be rooming with at USC.”
Taking a break between high school and college is a common choice around the world, and it is becoming increasingly popular in the U.S. Although USC does not maintain formal partnerships with these programs, here is a sampling of some opportunities for travel, volunteering or exploring in the U.S. and abroad.
Embark on a new adventure, encounter new cultures, and help make the world a better place for everyone.
Make friends, develop leadership skills and spend a gap semester in Asia, Africa or Latin America.
Choose from international internship, volunteer or study abroad programs around the world.
USA Gap Year Fair
This national circuit of events will introduce you to the variety of gap year programs available.
Offered throughout Asia and Southeast Asia, Australia and New Zealand, and Central and South America, these programs emphasize leadership development, outdoor and wilderness education, volunteer and service learning opportunities, and sustainability.
Art History Abroad
Explore the connections between art, music, literature, history and philosophy while traveling throughout Italy.
Carpe Diem Education
Carpe Diem provides three-month and yearlong gap programs focused on community, cultural immersion, service learning and adventure.
National Outdoor Leadership School
A leader in outdoor education, NOLS leads students on wilderness expeditions to teach them technical outdoor skills, leadership and environmental ethics.
Work and Internships
Many students also choose to gain valuable hands-on experience and professional skills through internships and paid work. Community colleges may allow you to complete an internship for academic credit. Check with their advising or career office for more information. Check with local employers for job opportunities.
“My admission counselor helped me identify classes at Santa Ana College, where I got 12 units and a great start on my college GPA. I also had time to volunteer at a nonprofit that helps unemployed women become job-ready. I got valuable business experience working in their store, and learned to use some new technology that has added to my technical skills.”
Spring admits may purchase USC football student season tickets. During the summer, the USC Ticket Office will email the details to those who have submitted the Enrollment Commitment Deposit. You will need to obtain your USCard and purchase your tickets in early August. Refer to this FAQ for details.
Facebook Group for Spring Admits
Connect with other spring admits on Facebook. Visit you.usc.edu for a link to the private group especially for spring admits. It’s a great way to “meet” other students before you arrive on campus.
“I enrolled in Santa Monica College, where I met two spring admits the first day in my chemistry class. I work flexible hours as a paid intern for up to 30 hours a week, so I have enough money to get out to see and do things. I live with some fellow students in housing right across from USC… We schedule regular events like beach days and tailgate parties. As a big sports fan, it was huge for me to get season tickets and attend the football games.”