Next Steps Spring

Commit to Enroll at USC

Check out our Enrollment Checklist for a full list of next steps.

Intent to Enroll Deadline:

May 1: First-year students

June 1: Transfer students (or within two weeks of receiving your admission letter)

Submit the Admit Reply Form

 

Commitment Deposit Deadline:

August 1: First-year students

August 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 Intent to Enroll form online in your applicant portal.

First-year students admitted to the spring term should submit their Intent to Enroll form by May 1 if they wish to be considered for the fall term (should any space become available). Even if you choose to submit your Intent to Enroll Form by May 1, you may still wait until August 1 to submit your deposit, as it is not required to be considered for movement to the fall term.

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 spring 2025 tuition and fees.

Deposit waiver: If financial hardship prevents you from submitting the deposit, you may select a waiver when submitting the online Admit 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.

New Transfer Admits
Visit our Transfer Admit FAQ 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 Intent to Enroll form.

Complete Financial Aid Application

Financial Aid Application Deadline: ASAP

Visit our “Manage Your Finances” page and the Financial Aid website to learn more about completing your financial aid application and funding your USC education.

To view the status of your financial aid application, visit your Financial Aid Summary and Tasks (FAST) portal.

Apply for Housing

Housing Application Open: July 1, 2024

Visit the USC Housing website to review housing options available to you as an incoming student, submit your housing application online and participate in the optional roommate matching process. Students admitted to spring 2025 may apply beginning July 1, 2024. If you have additional questions, feel free to email housing@usc.edu for assistance.

Both first-year and transfer students may apply for USC housing. However, space is extremely limited, and spring admits are not guaranteed an assignment in USC housing. Therefore, we recommend spring admits explore other housing options as well.

Special Accommodations

If you have a disability and would like more information about academic and/or housing accommodations, please visit the Office of Student Accessibility Services.

Activate your USC NetID

1 to 2 days after submitting your Enrollment Commitment

After activating your USC NetID, you can access your USC email, which is the university’s official means of communication. Information about registering for orientation, described below, will be sent to your USC email only.

Sign Up for Orientation

Orientation Sign-Up Opens: April 2024

Welcome Trojans Orientation – Winter 2025

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 winter.

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 when they register. For more information, please refer to the Orientation website.

Note for all new international students:
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’ll be required to complete passport verification (PPV) with the Office of International Services (OIS) upon your arrival for the spring 2025 term.

Submit Academic Records

Academic Records Submission Deadline:

July 1: First-year students

ASAP: Transfer students

All newly admitted students should have their final high school and/or college transcripts, as well as standardized exam scores sent to USC. This ensures that you receive proper transfer credit for any completed college-level coursework. 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, and to plan any upcoming coursework for the fall semester, we also encourage you view our Transfer Credit Resources page.

 

Transcripts

E-transcripts must be submitted by your school. Transcripts uploaded or sent by students are not considered official.

First-year students: Have your school 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 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: Have your college or university send an official transcript showing final grades as soon as your current term has finished and grades are available.

If your school requires an email address for transcript submission, please use uetrans@usc.edu. If your school does not support the 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, and/or A-Level examinations, as well as 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.

 

International Coursework

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 and/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

For the health and safety of the campus community, all students must comply with certain vaccination requirements. New students should familiarize themselves with USC Student Health, and review the detailed Health Requirements for Students.

Health Documentation

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 university’s student health centers, particularly in case of an emergency requiring hospitalization. Optional dental insurance is also available.

Email studenthealth@usc.edu or visit USC Student Health for more information.

Student Health Fee

All students are required to pay the Student Health Fee, which covers most primary care services provided at the university’s 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.

Visit My Student Health Record Portal

Review International Student Requirements

USC students represent over 130 countries around the world. International students make up nearly a quarter of our entire student population.

 

Visas

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.

I-20 Form

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’ll 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”.

More Information:

Guidelines for preparing documents: Trojan International Checklist
General information: Admission I-20 Processing
Guidelines for acceptable financial documentation

 

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.

 

Transcripts

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.

Plan Your Fall Semester

Your admission to USC is secure for the spring term, but what can 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 abroad—to stay on pace to finish your degree in four years. Alternatively, you could take time off to work, explore new cultures or participate in a service-learning opportunity to improve the lives of those in your community or around the world. We’ve created helpful information to guide you through your options.

 

Study

Most spring admits will graduate with their peers who started in the fall. One way you can ensure on-time graduation* is to take courses in the fall that will count toward USC degree requirements. Your USC admission counselor can help you select courses to make sure you stay on track. Choose a community college or enroll as a non–degree-seeking student at a local university (look for visitor status, continuing education or extension/professional studies programs). You might even explore study abroad opportunities such as those listed below.

*Please note that some majors require that a certain number of semesters be spent at USC. Therefore, spring admits in those majors will graduate later than their classmates admitted in the fall, regardless of coursework taken in the fall.

Before you enroll:
Familiarize yourself with USC’s General Education Program, found in the Spring Admit Course Planning Worksheet. This worksheet will help you determine how you may complete some of these requirements before enrolling at USC.

Also be sure to review the requirements for your intended USC degree in the USC Catalogue. Pay close attention to lower-division courses you can complete during the fall. Check with the admission office in the Dornsife College (science majors, take note) or Viterbi School of Engineering if you intend to pursue a course of study in these schools. Some schools, including study-abroad agreement schools, may not be a good fit for majors with lower-division science requirements.

Next, refer to the Student Development Programs page for spring admits. You can see if your courses have already been evaluated for transfer credit, request pre-approval for any courses we have not previously reviewed, or find out which standardized exams fulfill GE Core Literacies or major-related requirements.

Consider these enrollment options:

Community College
Most first-year spring admits choose to enroll in a community college, often close to their home, during the fall. Community colleges encourage you to apply right away to allow ample time for placement testing and academic advisement. USC does not prefer one community college over another, so choose the school that is most convenient for you.

Study Abroad
USC has established agreements with these five American institutions in Europe. Each is U.S. accredited and provides instruction in English. Each school has its own brief, fast-tracked application in the links provided below. Students will stay connected as a USC-bound cohort, so you’ll have an instant network of fellow Trojans upon returning to the U.S. Space may be limited, so apply soon.

American University of Paris
Franklin University Switzerland
Richmond, The American International University in London
John Cabot University, Rome
Anglo-American University, Prague

Please do not hesitate to contact Student Development Programs at sdpesd@usc.edu if you have any questions about one of our agreement institutions.

Four-Year Options
Do not enroll in a four-year college under the false pretense of finishing your degree there. Doing so may take up a valuable space for someone else who wanted to attend the school. Enroll as a non–degree seeking student or in a continuing education program.

“I studied abroad at the American University of Paris, where I traveled to seven different countries that I had never been to before, and it ended up being the best experience of my entire life. Looking back, I wouldn't trade those four months for anything else.”

—Moera Ainai. Fall Semester at the American University of Paris

Gap Semester

Taking a break between high school and college is a common choice around the world, and it’s becoming increasingly popular in the U.S. Although USC does not maintain formal partnerships with these programs, here is a sampling of some opportunities for travel, volunteering or exploring in the U.S. and abroad.

Please note that USC does not award college credit for gap programs. Any college credit offered by these programs cannot be applied toward your USC degree requirements. Students should consider these options for cultural exploration and volunteer opportunities only.

Adventures Cross-Country
Make friends, develop leadership skills and spend a gap semester in Asia, Africa or Latin America.

World Endeavors
Choose from international internship, volunteer or study abroad programs around the world.

EF Gap Year
Prepare to thrive in an ever-changing world on an EF Gap program where you’ll have experiences such as service learning, language study, internships and leadership workshops in up to six countries per semester.

Pacific Discovery
Offered throughout Asia and Southeast Asia, Australia and New Zealand, and Central and South America, these programs emphasize leadership development, outdoor and wilderness education, volunteer and service-learning opportunities, and sustainability.

Art History Abroad
Explore the connections between art, music, literature, history and philosophy while traveling throughout Italy.

Carpe Diem Education
Carpe Diem provides three-month and yearlong gap programs focused on community, cultural immersion, service learning and adventure.

National Outdoor Leadership School
A leader in outdoor education, NOLS leads students on wilderness expeditions to teach them technical outdoor skills, leadership and environmental ethics.

 

Work and Internships

Many students also choose to gain valuable hands-on experience and professional skills through internships and paid work. Community colleges may allow you to complete an internship for academic credit. Check with their advising or career office for more information. You may also check with local employers for job opportunities.

Stay Connected

ZeeMee Group for Spring Admits
Visit your applicant portal for a link to the private group specifically for spring admits. It’s a great way to meet other students before you even begin classes!