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.

Virtual Admitted
Student Events

While we are disappointed we will not be able to meet newly admitted students and their families in person this April, we are still so excited to welcome our newest students to the Trojan Family! We are offering a variety of online options to help you explore USC from a distance.

These virtual events may not be able to capture the magic of the USC marching band or sunny California skies, but we hope they will give you a sense of what it’s like to be part of the Trojan Family and help you get your questions answered about life at USC.

We have created a variety of ways to engage with USC admission counselors and academic units, as well as current USC students. See the menu below to learn more about each of our virtual events:

Events for Everyone
Admitted Student Virtual Celebration: Join us for a message from the leaders of the USC Admission Office, learn a bit more about the incoming first-year class and hear from a panel of current USC students.

International Admitted Student Virtual Celebration: Similar to the program mentioned above, but with a focus on admitted students from outside the U.S.

Focused Sessions
Spring Admit Student Panel and Options for Your Fall Term: Learn what it’s like to begin at USC in January from students who were admitted to the spring term in previous years. We will also discuss options for how to spend your fall semester.

Academic Sessions: Connect with your academic community at USC. Departments will have a variety of virtual programs available that are geared toward their students. Check your email for updates!

Regional Hangouts: Connect with other incoming students from your region in a chatroom. Get your questions answered by current USC students from your area, as well as your admission counselor.

I Am First: A Conversation With First-Generation USC Students: Come join us for a panel to hear from current first-generation USC students. They will share their experiences and be available to answer your questions to help you understand what is ahead for you as a Trojan.

Experiencing Community: Next Steps to Joining the Trojan Family: Learn everything you need to prepare for enrollment in this webinar specifically designed for African American/Black and Latinx admitted students.

Student Services Panel: Learn about housing, health and wellness, student life, and campus safety from a panel of USC staff members.

Live Virtual Campus Tour: Although you won’t be able to actually visit campus this April, you can connect live with USC Ambassadors who will take you on a photo tour of campus and share their experiences.

Financing Your Education: Learn strategies and tips to manage your family contribution, financial plans and payments, and the basics of financial aid.

Cultural Center Open Houses: Connect with Trojan family members from our cultural communities!  Student representatives from our Asian Pacific American Student Services, Center for Black Cultural & Student Affairs, Latinx/ Chicanx Center for Advocacy and Student Affairs as well as our LBGT Resource Center will be available to chat with admitted students during our Virtual Open Houses.

Other Online Resources
Social Media: Follow us on Instagram and Twitter @uscadmission for updates. Watch Instagram stories, highlights and IGTV for more info on student life and to get questions answered by current USC students. Join an admitted student Facebook group (link in your portal) to connect with other newly admitted students and talk to USC Ambassadors. And don’t forget to use #IGotIntoUSC and tag us to share your admission on social media!

Housing Tours: Watch our dorm tours to get a sense of the three different styles of housing at USC and hear from current students about their experiences living on campus.
Residence Halls
Suites
Apartments

Meet USC Video: Watch this video to get a broad overview of USC and learn more about what it’s like to be a student on our campus. You’ll hear about unique learning experiences, research, what it means to study at a global university, life in Los Angeles, campus life and of course, the Trojan Family.

Virtual Campus Tour from Viterbi: Explore a virtual tour presented by the Viterbi School of Engineering Graduate Programs. Although half of this tour is dedicated to Viterbi lab spaces, you’ll still get a good sense of the heart of our University Park Campus, too.

Admitted Student Resources: Check out the Welcome to USC book (available here for fall admits and here for spring admits). This will help you begin to think about enrollment, housing and financial aid. The Living at USC book describes the array of available USC housing options and services.

Fall Admits Next Steps

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

1. Attend a Virtual Admitted Student Event: ASAP


2. Enrollment Commitment Deposit and Form: By May 1

  • Visit admission.usc.edu/status 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 Virtual Orientation: Beginning in May

Visit the Orientation Programs website to make your reservation.


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 a Virtual Admitted Student Event: ASAP


2. Submit Intent to Enroll: By May 1

Visit admission.usc.edu/status 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 admission.usc.edu/status. 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 September 1

  • Visit USC Housing to apply or to find more information.
  • Students admitted to the spring semester should wait until September 1 to submit their housing application.


7. Sign Up For First-Year Virtual Orientation: Beginning in August

Visit the Orientation Programs website to make your reservation.

8. Begin Classes: January 11

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.

FAQ for Admitted Students

Find answers to questions you may have about your admission here.