Next Steps Fall
Commit to Enroll at USC
Check out our Enrollment Checklist for a full list of next steps.
May 1: First-year students
June 1: Transfer students
(or within two weeks of receiving your admission letter)
To accept our offer of admission and reserve your place in the incoming class, you must submit the Reply form online in your applicant portal.
A deposit of $300, or a deposit waiver, is required by the deadline listed for your class. We cannot guarantee your space in the class if you submit your enrollment commitment deposit after the deadline. The deposit is nonrefundable and will be applied to your fall 2024 tuition and fees.
Deposit waiver: If financial hardship prevents you from submitting the deposit, you may select a waiver when submitting the online Reply form.
If you have questions, please contact your USC Admission Counselor. You may also call the Office of Admission at (213) 740-1111 or email us by visiting ask.usc.edu and clicking on the “Email Us” link at the top of the page.
Not Enrolling at USC?
If you do not intend to enroll at USC, please let us know by visiting your applicant portal and declining your offer of admission on the Admit Reply form.
Frequently Asked Questions
Find answers to commonly asked questions and learn more about enrolling at USC.
Complete Financial Aid Application
Financial Aid Application Deadline: ASAP
To view the status of your financial aid application, visit your Financial Aid Summary and Tasks (FAST) page.
Apply for Housing
Housing Application Deadline: ASAP
The Living at USC booklet describes the variety of housing options available to you as an incoming USC student. You may apply for housing even if you have not yet committed to enroll at USC.
Visit the Housing website to submit your housing application online and participate in the optional roommate matching process. First-year students must apply by May 1, 2023. If you have additional questions, feel free to email email@example.com for assistance.
Transfer students may also apply for USC housing. However, space is extremely limited, so we recommend admitted transfers explore other housing options as well.
If you have a disability and would like more information about academic and/or housing accommodations, please visit the Office of Student Accessibility Services.
Sign Up for Orientation
Orientation Sign-Up Deadline: Beginning in April
After submitting your Admit Reply form
Welcome Trojans Orientation – Summer 2023
We encourage all new students to attend the Welcome Trojans orientation program. Welcome Trojans connects new students and their families to the campus community through an inclusive experience that enriches their transition into the university and the Trojan Family.
Orientation comprises two components: course registration and student engagement programs. All students will complete academic advising and course registration online.
Student engagement programs will be available online or on campus throughout summer.
Invitations to Welcome Trojans orientation will be emailed beginning in April to all first-year and transfer students who have submitted their Admit Reply Form. Reservations are required and students will have the ability to include a guest in their reservation. For more information, please refer to the Orientation website.
Note for all new international students:
The Welcome Trojans orientation programs are separate from the passport verification (PPV) process. Passport verification does not restrict students from attending orientation events or registering for courses online.
You will be required to complete passport verification (PPV) with the Office of International Services (OIS) upon your arrival for the fall 2023 term.
Submit Academic Records
All newly admitted students should have their final high school and/or college transcripts and standardized exam scores sent to USC to ensure you receive proper transfer credit for any college-level coursework completed. It will also allow your academic advisor to help plan your course of study at USC.
To see how your previous college coursework may transfer to USC, we also encourage you to view our Transfer Credit Resources page.
E-transcripts must be submitted by your school. Transcripts uploaded or sent by the student are not considered official.
First-year students: Send the Office of Admission a final, official transcript showing the date of high school graduation. A photocopy of your high school diploma is not sufficient. The deadline is July 1. We understand that some students attending schools outside of the U.S. may have difficulty meeting this deadline, so USC extends a grace period for the submission of final transcripts. However, students will not be permitted to continue their USC enrollment beyond the first semester if the requirement remains unsatisfied.
Transfer students: Send an official transcript showing final grades as soon as your current term is completed and grades become available.
If your school requires an email address for transcript submission, please use firstname.lastname@example.org. If your school does not support electronic submission of transcripts, please have your transcripts mailed to the Office of Undergraduate Admission in an official envelope from the school, with the seal and any other security features intact.
Transfer Credit Earned Prior to High School Graduation
Undergraduate students may receive a combined maximum of 32 elective units for AP/IB/A-Level examinations and/or select college courses taken before high school graduation. Standardized exam results should be submitted electronically to USC.
Restrictions apply, and not all courses will meet our criteria for credit.
Review the Exam Credit page on the Registrar’s website for more information.
Senior-Year and Final-Term Grades
Your admission to USC is conditional on your continued achievement at the same level of academic performance. The Office of Admission carefully reviews all final transcripts. If your senior-year or final-term grades decline, we will contact you. In the most serious cases, offers of admission will be rescinded. If you have questions or concerns you wish to bring to our attention, please contact the Office of Admission.
First-year students: First-year students must provide one official copy of all records, in their native language, of academic coursework. Records must be sent directly from the school and be accompanied by a certified English translation.
Transfer students: Transfer students who have completed coursework at institutions outside the U.S. should contact the International Education Research Foundation for a “Detail Report with Course Level Identification.” IERF will evaluate your documents and transmit a report directly to USC. USC will then complete a transfer credit evaluation.
Transfer Credit Reports (TCR)
After we receive your enrollment commitment deposit and complete, official transcripts of all your college or university work, as well as AP, IB or A-Level exam scores, USC will provide a Transfer Credit Report (TCR) summarizing the degree credit awarded for your transfer courses. This report will be essential for helping you and your academic advisor plan your coursework at USC.
Transfer Credit Reports will be available online at my.usc.edu after your commitment deposit is received. Your TCR will be updated throughout the summer as official transcripts and exam scores are reported, and it will be finalized by the time you attend orientation.
Complete Health Requirements
All documentation must include an official signature or stamp from the physician or clinic, as well as the student’s full name, 10-digit USC ID number and telephone number. Submit documented proof of immunizations by uploading them to your student health record.
Student Health Insurance
All USC students must have supplemental health insurance to help cover the cost of care not available at the student health centers, particularly in case of an emergency requiring hospitalization. Optional dental insurance is also available.
Student Health Fee
All students are required to pay the Student Health Fee, which covers most primary care services provided at the student health centers. This fee appears on your tuition bill and is included in your cost of attendance on your financial aid summary. Students can make an appointment at the health center by calling (213) 740-WELL (9355) or by accessing their student health portal.
Review International Student Requirements
USC students represent 135 countries around the world. International students make up nearly a quarter of our entire student population.
To be eligible to study at USC, international students need to have a valid non-immigrant visa status. The F-1 visa is the most common student visa and is issued to full-time students enrolled in an academic degree program at USC.
To apply for the F-1 visa, students must first receive their USC I-20, a four-page form issued by the Office of Admission with a USC official’s signature on page 1.
I-20s are available to admitted students who have committed to enroll at USC and have submitted their commitment deposit.
To receive your I-20:
Log in to Trojan International and submit the “New F-1 Student Request” e-form located in the “Admission” section. New undergraduate students should request an Initial I-20.
Upload your financial documentation and a copy of your passport, even if you already submitted these during the admission process. You will need to upload new documents, as the Office of Admission will not be able to provide you with previously submitted copies.
Students currently attending a U.S. school on F-1 status:
Follow these instructions for transferring your SEVIS record to USC. Submit the “New F-1 Student Request” e-form in Trojan International and request a Transfer I-20.
Guidelines for preparing documents: Trojan International Checklist
General information: Admission I-20 Processing page
Guidelines for acceptable financial documentation: Graduate Admission website
English Language Proficiency and Testing
Students who were asked to demonstrate English proficiency in the application review process and who did not submit a valid, USC-approved English Language Proficiency exam are required to sit for the International Student Exam (ISE) through USC’s American Language Institute (ALI) later this summer. Students who submit a valid USC-approved English Language Proficiency exam do not need to sit for the ISE exam. Even if you applied test-optional, we strongly encourage you to submit one of USC’s approved exams—including the SAT or ACT—to waive this English placement test before orientation.
Transfer students who have completed coursework at institutions outside the U.S. need to contact the International Education Research Foundation (IERF) to have their coursework evaluated.