Campus Tours



Prospective Student Tours

Duration:

2 hours

Offered:

Monday – Friday
Reservations are required.
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Unfortunately, we will not be offering Campus Tours on the following dates. If you plan to visit campus when we are unable to offer a tour, please utilize our Self-Guided Tour brochure.

Friday, May 11, 2018 – USC offices closed for Commencement
Monday, May 28, 2018 – Memorial Day
Wednesday, July 4, 2018 – Independence Day
Wednesday, August 15, 2018 – USC Fall Move-in Day

* September through December reservations will be available Tuesday, June 26, 2018.

Includes:
  • Optional Admission Presentation for First-Year Students and Transfer students (30 minutes)
  • Campus Tour (90 minutes)
Details:

Campus walking tours give prospective students and their families a look into the life of USC students, including academics, campus resources, residential life, athletics and much more. Tours are led by current undergraduate students who share their stories while presenting an overview of the university.

Each campus tour is preceded by an optional, half-hour presentation from one of our admission counselors, covering undergraduate admission and financial aid at USC. This program is ideal for prospective students with parties no larger than five (5) total guests. Parties with more than seven (7) total guests should request a group tour described below.

Transfer applicants who wish to listen to an admission presentation are encouraged to sign up for our weekly Transfer Information Sessions.

Tours are not offered on Saturdays and Sundays. If you would like to visit campus on these days, please call (213) 740-6605 to have a self-guided tour map mailed to you, or download the Self-Guided Tour.

Housing Tour Information

Please note that we are unable to offer visits to our housing facilities during these tours. To maintain our students’ safety and security, access to residence halls is electronically monitored and restricted to current residents and their registered guests. While we understand this may be disappointing – we know residence hall life is an important part of the undergraduate experience – we hope you will respect our students’ privacy and safety. We believe families appreciate knowing this same protection would be extended to their own students. For more information, and to explore our housing options, please visit the USC Housing website.

 

School Group Tours

Duration:

45 minutes

Offered:

Tours are available most weeks, Monday–Friday. Reservations are required, and you can begin this process by placing the appropriate request below.

Groups in middle school or earlier may place a request on this form.
All other groups may place a request on this form.

Our tour guides will be in touch with you regarding your request. Please call them at (213) 740-6605 for any questions or updates.

Includes:
  • Campus Tour (45 minutes)
Details:

USC welcomes groups and other organizations to visit the campus and learn more about the university. Groups will be led on a 45-minute walking tour by a student tour guide. Tours cover USC academics, student life, athletics, history and more. Optional presentations may be offered based on availability of classrooms and presenters.

 

Policies and Exceptions:

Tours are not typically offered on Saturdays and Sundays. If you would like to visit campus on these days, please call (213) 740-6605 to have a self-guided tour map mailed to you, or you may download the Self-Guided Tour.

While priority reservations are given to students in ninth grade and above, we can be flexible in making elementary and middle school group reservations during the months of January, May and December. To learn more about alternative visit programs for younger students, please contact us at (213) 740-6605.

Group Tour Policies:

We can accommodate a maximum of 70 guests per group. For every 35 people on a tour, we must allocate one tour guide. Therefore, groups larger than 35 will be split into smaller groups. Group Tours are provided in the English language. Please let us know if a specific language is preferred, and we will do our best to match an available tour guide with your group. Otherwise, please provide a translator throughout your visit.

Important Note: All group tours will be reduced in February, March and April. If you plan to visit during this time, please be prepared to lead your group across campus with our Self-Guided Tour brochure.

Dining on Campus:

Groups are welcome to bring their own lunches or purchase food from one of our on-campus eateries.

Passenger Unloading and Bus Parking:

Details and a campus map will be provided via a confirmation email once your reservation is confirmed.

USC’s campus cannot accommodate bus parking. Buses must enter through the Downey Way Entrance (located at Vermont Avenue and 36th Place) and unload passengers in front of Vivian Hall of Engineering (VHE) on Watt Way. After passengers have exited the bus, the bus driver should travel south on Watt Way and exit campus through the Watt Way Entrance. Make a left onto Exposition Blvd and finally a right on Figueroa Street to reach bus parking at Exposition Park (enter at Figueroa Street and 39th Street). Parking costs $30 per day, or $12 per day if your group is also visiting the California Science Center.

Housing Tour Information

Please note that we are unable to offer visits to our housing facilities during these tours. To maintain our students’ safety and security, access to residence halls is electronically monitored and restricted to current residents and their registered guests. While we understand this may be disappointing – we know residence hall life is an important part of the undergraduate experience – we hope you will respect our students’ privacy and safety. We believe families appreciate knowing this same protection would be extended to their own students. For more information, and to explore our housing options, please visit the USC Housing website.