Admitted Students: Undergraduate FAQ

Are you still hosting admitted student programs, such as Admitted Student Day?

We are excited to offer a number of virtual activities designed to provide students with the information they need to make their college choices.

These virtual programs will give you the opportunity to engage with USC in a variety of ways.  You will meet current students, other newly admitted students and USC staff or faculty. You will learn about academic opportunities and campus life and take a virtual campus tour, among other things. More information about the full slate of events can be found on our First-Year Admitted Students page. Reservations for these events can be made via our online applicant portal.

Will the deadline for commitment be extended?

In order to reserve a space in the entering class, first-year students admitted to the fall semester should submit their enrollment commitment to USC via our online applicant portal by May 1.

In the event of special circumstances, we will consider extensions on a case-by-case basis. Please contact your USC admission officer or email the director’s office at if you require more information.

Will I still be able to receive AP, IB and A-Level Exam Credit?

Yes. USC’s AP, IB and A-Level exam credit policies are thoroughly documented on our Registrar’s website. For fall 2020, please note the following, as it relates to temporary measures put into place by the various testing organizations:

  • The university’s AP credit-granting policy remains unchanged, since students will be able to sit for exams.
  • Because A-level exams will not be offered, USC will award credit based on the “calculated grades” awarded by the student’s school.
  • Although IB exams will not be administered this year, the IB Organization has announced that it will centrally score IB subjects and Diplomas (using the same scale as the IB examinations). USC will grant credit based on these scores, as outlined in our existing credit policies.

What about final transcripts?

One of the conditions of admission for every USC first-year student is that they must provide final official high school transcripts showing proof of graduation. We typically require this documentation before students may begin at the university. Students enrolling in fall 2020 will have until the end of the fall semester to satisfy this requirement.

How will I register for classes if I cannot travel to campus for summer orientation?

We are developing a virtual orientation, academic advisement and course registration for new students in the event that in-person events are not possible for some or all students. We will keep students informed as more details are available. Also, feel free to visit our Office of Orientation Programs website for up-to-date information on summer orientation programming.


Will I still be able to get my I-20 and have support for the visa process?

We typically issue I-20s after May 1 to new undergraduates who have committed to enroll. Although USC is not currently mailing I-20s, we will begin to send them out again soon.

In the meantime, we will email committed students their SEVIS ID so that they may start the visa application process right away, while awaiting the arrival of a hard copy I-20 and the resumption of U.S. Visa services abroad.

For more I-20 and visa information and support, please visit our website.