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 2021, 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 2021 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?

All Orientation Course registration events for students entering USC for fall 2021 will be held virtually. Please visit our Office of Orientation Programs website for up-to-date information on summer orientation programming.

Will classes be in-person or online in the fall?

We are working with public health officials to ensure the safety of our students, faculty, and staff. As soon as a plan is in place it will be shared with the USC community. The university will be posting updates on


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

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, USC I-20 Processing has been unable to print and mail out I-20s in significant quantities. However, the Department of Homeland Security has announced that schools will be permitted to electronically send out I-20 certificates that have been digitally signed. International students who have been admitted, submitted their statement of intent, and paid their commitment deposit (if applicable) will receive digital I-20s.

 Please keep an eye on your USC email for more information about receiving your electronic I-20. For more I-20 and visa information and support, please visit our website.