Meet Us: On-Campus Tour Programs

Meet USC Tour

Designed especially for high school juniors, seniors in their fall semester, and their families, this program includes an information session led by an admission counselor, a walking tour led by a current USC student, and an information session with an academic department of the student’s choice.

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.

Includes:
• Admission Presentation (1 hour)
• Campus Tour (90 minutes)
• Academic Department Information Session (1 hour)

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 Tours

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.

Includes:
• Optional Admission Presentation for First-Year Students (30 minutes)
• Campus Tour (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.

Transfer Programs

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.

Transfer Days

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 presentations on the admission process, transfer credit policy, academics and financial aid. You will also have the opportunity to visit an academic department and take a campus tour. Reservations are required.

Includes:
• Admission Presentation
• Financial Aid Presentation
• Campus Tour (Optional)

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 visitusc@usc.edu 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 3:00 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 Tours

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.

Includes: Campus Tour

Duration: 45 minutes
Offered: Four 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 parking during group tours.

Self-Guided Tours

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:

Campus Events
Trojan Athletics
Arts & Culture
USC Ticket Office

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.