Admitted Students: First-Year Admits

Congratulations on your admission to USC! 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

We are so excited to welcome our newest students to the Trojan Family! We are offering a variety of online options to help you and your loved ones explore USC from a distance.

These virtual events may not be able to accurately 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. Register in your portal.

Events will include two types of campus tours, student panels, financial aid sessions, and small group chats. Each of the academic units on campus will host additional programming for students to learn more about their major and academic opportunities. Finally, admitted students can meet one another and engage with our cultural centers on campus through the ZeeMee app.

Events for Everyone
Welcome to the Trojan Family:  Join the USC Office of Admission as we welcome you to our university! Learn about USC, what opportunities are available here, and next steps for enrolling, then attend a post-presentation Q&A with admission representatives who work with students from your area. This Zoom webinar is for all admitted students and their guests.

USC 101: Introduction to USC Tour: If you have not yet taken a tour of USC, this event is for you! Student Ambassadors will lead you on a photo tour of campus highlighting academic programs, resources, and student life, all while sharing their own experiences and answering your questions. This Zoom webinar is for all admitted students and their guests.

USC 201: Student Life Tour: If you have already taken a general tour of USC, join us for a photo tour focused specifically on student life. Hear directly from current Student Ambassadors about what it’s like to live and learn at USC. This Zoom webinar is for all admitted students and their guests.

Student Panel: Hear from current students about student life, what the food is like, what to do in Los Angeles, and many other areas of interest! This Zoom webinar is for all admitted students and their guests.

Financing Your Education: Learn strategies and tips for managing your family contribution, financial plans and USC payments, as well as the basics of financial aid.

Focused Sessions
Academic Department Sessions: Learn more about the academic opportunities within your program, hear from faculty and staff, and meet other students admitted to your major.

Living at USC: Hear more about what living at USC is like. Topics will include the various types of housing available, the housing application process, and COVID-19 updates related to USC’s reopening plans. This Zoom webinar is for all admitted students and their guests.

Spring Admission Information Session and Panel: This session will address your most pressing questions about spring admission, including pathways you may consider for the fall before you arrive at USC. We will also have a panel of current students who will share their experiences as students who began in the spring semester.

Spring Admission Roundtable: You’re admitted to spring, but what will you do in the fall? This roundtable is a place for you to talk to Spring Admit Ambassadors and meet other students admitted for the spring semester. We will have breakout rooms for discussion about various fall options as well as conversations about starting at USC in January. Feel free to drop in and chat about as many topics as interest you! Students will be able to move between rooms and topics.

Meet Your Admission Counselor: Join a Zoom meeting hosted by the very first person who read your USC application! Ask any last-minute questions you might have before making your decision and take this opportunity to meet other admitted students from your region.

Experiencing Community: Next Steps for Joining the Trojan Family: Being admitted to USC is a big step on the road to becoming a Trojan. Now, let’s focus on what’s next! Learn everything you need to prepare for enrollment in this webinar specifically designed for African American/Black and Latinx admitted students.

I Am First: A Conversation with First-Generation USC Students: Although deciding which college to attend for the next four years is an exciting time, we understand that this decision may also feel overwhelming, especially when you’re part of the first generation in your family to attend college. Please join us for a live, interactive conversation with a few of our current first-generation USC students.

Cultural Center Chats: Get to know the Student Equity and Inclusion Program centers at USC by participating in chats with staff and current students. No registration required, simply join the admitted student channels on ZeeMee!

Life Outside of the Classroom: Hear from staff members in the Offices of Student Affairs and Student Health as they share information about residential life, campus safety, and COVID-19 protocols.

USC Admitted Native Trojans Panel: Join the USC Office of Admission, members of the Native American Student Assembly, and other Native American Trojans for a conversation about the Trojan Experience! Get your questions ready. We want to help you learn about the next steps and what it’s really like to be a member of the USC Trojan Family.

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 group (link in your portal) to connect with other newly admitted students and talk to USC Ambassadors. And don’t forget to tag us and use #IGotIntoUSC to share your admission on social media!

Digital Library: Here you will find videos to help you learn more about the USC experience.

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: This immersive tour explores various buildings and hangout spots on campus. Learn fun facts and trivia about the locations you see while taking in both still photos and 360-degree shots of campus.

Admitted Student Resources: Check out the Welcome to USC book (fall or spring version), which 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. These books are also available in your Applicant Portal.

Fall Admits Next Steps

Here are the steps you need to take to learn more about USC and accept our offer of admission:

1. Attend a Virtual Admitted Student Event: ASAP

Visit admission.usc.edu/status to learn more about our programs and to sign up for an event.

2. Submit Enrollment Commitment Deposit and Form: By May 1

  • Visit usc.edu/status to complete the Reply form and submit your nonrefundable $300 deposit.
  • Your deposit will be credited toward your tuition when you register for classes.
  • If submitting the enrollment deposit would be a financial burden, you can waive the deposit on your Reply Form.


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

Visit USC Housing to apply or to find more information.

5. Sign Up For First-Year Virtual Orientation

Visit the Orientation Programs website to make your reservation.

6. Submit Transcripts and Exam Scores: By July 1

Be sure to:

  • Submit your final high school transcripts to the Office of Admission as soon as they become available. Transcripts must show your date of graduation.
  • Send 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

Visit admission.usc.edu/status to learn more about our programs and to sign up for an event.

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:

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

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

Be sure to:

  • 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 1

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

7. Sign Up For First-Year Virtual Orientation

Visit the Orientation Programs website to make your reservation.

8. Begin Classes: January 10

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

Your admission to USC is secure for the spring term, but what will you do in the fall? It’s up to you to decide how you’ll spend your time before enrolling at USC in January.

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.