Admitted Students: First-Year Admits

Congratulations on your admission to USC! You are part of a very select group of diverse, talented and highly motivated students chosen to join the Trojan Family. As a high-achieving student, you probably have many options available to you: small, private colleges; Ivy League schools; public universities. Only at USC, however, will you gain the advantages found at all three — in addition to opportunities unmatched at any other institution. Below are the next steps you need to take to accept our offer and become part of our family.

Fall Admits Next Steps

Here are the steps you need to take to accept our offer of admission and enroll at USC:

1. Attend an Admitted Student Event: ASAP

  • Visit you.usc.edu to learn more about our campus visit programs and to sign up for an event.

2. Enrollment Commitment Deposit and Form: By May 1

  • Visit you.usc.edu to complete the Enrollment Commitment form and submit your nonrefundable $300 deposit.
  • Your deposit will be credited toward your tuition when you register for classes.

3. Apply for Financial Aid: ASAP

Make sure you have completed all the steps necessary to apply for financial aid. You must submit.

Visit financialaid.usc.edu for more information about the application process.

4. Apply for Housing: By May 1

  • Visit USC Housing to apply or to find more information.
  • Even if you have not yet decided to attend USC, we encourage you to apply for housing as soon as possible.


5. Sign Up For First-Year Orientation: Beginning April 3

Visit the Orientation Programs website to make your reservation.*
By attending Orientation, you can:

  • Familiarize yourself with campus and student life;
  • Meet faculty members; and
  • Receive academic advisement and register for your first semester of classes.

*Reservations for our Orientation programs will be available five to seven business days after we receive your commitment deposit.

6. Submit Transcripts and Exam Scores: By July 1

  • Submit your final high school transcripts to the Office of Admission as soon as they become available. Transcripts must show your date of graduation.
  • Mail official AP, IB and A-Level results to the Undergraduate Transfer Credit Services office.

 
Please visit the Undergraduate Transfer Credit page for more information.

International Coursework
First-year students must provide one official copy of all records of academic coursework, in their native language. Records must be sent directly from the school and be accompanied by a certified English translation.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact the Office of Admission at (213) 740–1111.


“Only at USC would you find students who not only excel academically, but ones who truly involve themselves in the community... Each and every student has a positive impact on this campus.”

—Paul Breslin, Newport Beach, California

Spring Admits Next Steps

Here are the steps you need to take to accept our offer of admission and enroll at USC:

1. Attend an Admitted Student Event: ASAP

Visit you.usc.edu to learn more about our campus visit programs and to sign up for an event.

2. Submit Intent to Enroll: By May 1

Visit you.usc.edu to indicate your Intent to Enroll. This will allow us to reserve your space in the incoming class.

3. Submit Commitment Deposit: By August 1

Submit the nonrefundable $300 Commitment Deposit at you.usc.edu. It will be applied to your first-semester charges after you register for classes.

4. Apply for Financial Aid: ASAP

Make sure you have completed all the steps necessary to apply for financial aid. You must submit:

 

5. Submit Transcripts and Official Exam Results: By July 1

  • Submit your final high school transcripts to the Office of Admission as soon as they become available. Transcripts must show your date of graduation.
  • Mail official AP, IB and A-Level results to the Undergraduate Transfer Credit Services office.

 
Please visit the Undergraduate Transfer Credit page for more information.

International Coursework
First-year students must provide one official copy of all records of academic coursework, in their native language. Records must be sent directly from the school and be accompanied by a certified English translation.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact the Office of Admission at (213) 740–1111.

6. Apply for Housing: Beginning July 2

  • Visit USC Housing to apply or to find more information.
  • Students admitted to the spring semester should wait until July 2 to submit their housing application.

 

7. Sign Up For First-Year Orientation: Beginning April 3

Attending Orientation is the best way to acclimate to life at USC. You will also be able to register for your first semester of classes and meet other newly admitted students. Once you have submitted your Commitment Deposit for the spring semester, you will receive an invitation to register for Orientation. Please visit orientation.usc.edu for event information or to reserve your space.

7. Move-In Day: January 4

This is the first day you can move into your residence hall or apartment. Students, alumni, parents and staff will be on-hand to assist and to welcome you to the Trojan Family.

8. Attend Spring Welcome Week: January 4-11

Welcome Week is your chance to discover all the ways to get involved in student life at USC.

9. Begin Classes: January 8

If you have any questions, feel free to contact the Office of Admission at (213) 740–1111.


“At USC, I am a student, scholar, researcher, dancer, intern, ambassador, photographer, blogger, content creator and goofball. USC allows me to be all of these things without exception and without compromise.”

—Joy Ofodu, San Ramon, California

Fall Opportunities for Spring Admits

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.

You could enroll in college — even study abroad — to stay on pace to finish your degree in four years. You could take time off to work, explore new cultures or participate in a service learning opportunity to make the world a better place. We have created a special page to help guide you through your options. See it here.