Meet USC Tour Program
Designed especially for high school juniors, seniors in their fall semester, and their families, this program introduces you to USC’s admission process, academic opportunities and campus life.
• Admission presentation led by an admission counselor (1 hour).
• Campus walking tour led by a current USC student (90 minutes).
• Academic department information session selected by the student* (1 hour).
*Departmental visits are based on availability and subject to change. If necessary, we will make every effort to contact you to either reschedule or meet with another department.
Duration: 3.5 Hours
Offered: Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays, 8:30 a.m. & 12:30 p.m.
Housing Tour Information:
Please note that we are unable to offer visits to our housing facilities during these tours. For more information, and to explore our housing options, please visit the USC Housing website.
Campus Tour Programs
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 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.
• Optional admission presentation for first-year students (30 minutes)
• Campus walking tour led by a current USC student (90 minutes)
Duration: 2 hours
Offered: Monday – Friday. Reservations are required.
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.
Discover USC Open House
Join us on campus for our full-day Discover USC Open House. Designed especially for high school juniors, seniors in their fall semester, and their families.
Includes: Admission and financial aid information sessions, academic information sessions, campus walking tours and student panels.
Duration: All day.
This full-day event will give you and your family a firsthand glimpse at life at USC. Meet with admission and academic department representatives, attend student panels and tour the campus. Find out all that USC has to offer.
Welcome! We encourage prospective transfer students to visit campus and we offer programs designed especially to help you get to know USC. Please read below to learn more about Transfer Days and Transfer Information Sessions.
Typically offered once in September, October, November and January, Transfer Day is a half-day comprehensive program designed to give you an in-depth look at the transfer process and academic life at USC. Specifically, the program includes the following:
• Admission and transfer credit presentation (1 hour)
• Academic department information session selected by the student* (1 hour)
• Campus walking tour led by a current USC student (50 minutes)
• Financial Aid Presentation (60 minutes)
*Departmental visits are based on availability and subject to change. If necessary, we will make every effort to contact you to either reschedule or meet with another department. Reservations are required.
Transfer Day programs will be on the following dates:
- Friday, September 6, 2019
- Friday, October 11, 2019
- Friday, November 8, 2019
- Friday, January 17, 2020
Duration: 3-4 Hours
If any of our Transfer Day programs are full, please consider attending one of our weekly Transfer Information Sessions.
While designed for individual students and their guests, Community College groups are encouraged to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org so we can provide some options on optimizing a visit to campus.
Transfer Information Sessions
Led by a USC admission counselor, these one-hour sessions are designed to help prepare students to transfer to USC. You should attend this session as soon as you know you are interested in the university. The presentation includes information about the application process, transfer course selection, transfer credit policy, academics and financial aid. Reservations are required.
To prepare for your visit with our office, please download our Transfer Planning Worksheet.
Duration: 1 Hour
Offered: Most Tuesdays at 3:15 p.m.
If Transfer Information Sessions are unavailable during your campus visit, please consider signing up for a Campus Tour, which includes an optional 30-minute presentation about USC and the application process.
Group Tour Programs
USC welcomes groups from schools 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.
Duration: 45 minutes
Offered: Three tours per day on a first-come, first-served basis. Tours are available Monday–Friday.
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 download the Self-Guided Tour.
Priority reservations are given to students in ninth grade or above. To learn more about alternative visit programs for younger students, please contact us at 213-740-6605 or visit tommystours.usc.edu.
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.
All group tours will be reduced throughout March and April to accommodate other campus visit programs.
Visit tommystours.usc.edu to learn more about bus parking during group tours.
Self-Guided Tour Brochure
USC Campus Self-Guided Tour
This guided tour through USC’s University Park Campus includes a detailed walking route, as well as descriptions of significant buildings and landmarks. Also featured are the various cafes and eateries where you can grab a quick bite to eat or enjoy full-service dining. To round out your visit to USC, you will want to check out the lists of local attractions in neighboring Exposition Park and Downtown L.A.
Whether you are printing this document and visiting on the weekend or viewing this from the comfort of your own home, you can enjoy your own personal USC tour.
If you plan to be on campus, we encourage you to make the most of your visit by exploring some of the following options:
USC Village Self-Guided Tour
Tour one of the largest campus expansions in USC’s history. Explore its common areas, retail shops and restaurants. Learn more about its construction and points of interest.