Meet Us: On-Campus Tours

On-Campus Tours

USC is now offering limited reduced-capacity campus tours as we continue to move cautiously toward a full return to campus activities.

Admitted and prospective undergraduate students are invited to reserve a student-led or self-guided tour. Student-led tours are hosted by current undergraduate USC students who will provide a general overview of the university. On-campus tours are currently entirely outdoors. Please come prepared for all types of weather conditions, and we encourage you to bring a full water bottle to stay hydrated.

Student-led tours are offered weekday mornings, typically departing every 30 minutes:

  • Tour length: 60-90 minutes, depending on health and safety measures
  • First daily tour: 9 a.m. PT
  • Final daily tour: 12 p.m. PT

Self-guided tours include online mobile access to our Self-Guided Tour PDF, which highlights various areas of the University Park Campus. Although this opportunity is entirely self-guided, current USC students and admission staff members will be available to answer questions until 5 p.m. PT.

Self-guided tours are offered weekday afternoons, departing every 15 minutes:

  • Tour length: 60-90 minutes, depending on your pace
  • First daily tour: 12:45 p.m. PT
  • Final daily tour: 4 p.m. PT

The online calendar will provide specific dates and times for our tour offerings. All in-person campus tours will be suspended from August 21 through September 6 so we may support new and admitted students in their transition to campus life. However, we will continue to offer virtual programming for prospective undergraduate students. Registration for September through December tour dates will be available in late August.

Tour Policies and
Guidelines

Traveling to Los Angeles

Fully vaccinated guests are not subject to any travel restrictions; unvaccinated visitors from outside of California should refrain from any non-essential travel.

Regardless of vaccination status, USC requires everyone over the age of 2 to wear a mask/face covering indoors in public places. In addition, all registered tour guests regardless of vaccination status are required to wear masks during guided tours and maintain six feet of physical distance from other guests outside their own household.  Masks are an effective way to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and other airborne illnesses.

Tour guests needing mobility and/or auditory accommodations as outlined by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) should email visitusc@usc.edu at least five business days in advance of their scheduled tour.

In general, visitors to campus buildings will only be permitted inside if absolutely essential or if attending a permitted event. Meetings should be conducted online or via phone whenever possible. Campus libraries are open to visitors, and every visitor must wear a face mask and provide a form of government-issued identification to gain entry.

Health and Safety Measures

  • Visitors are expected to follow all public health guidance from the City and County of Los Angeles and abide by USC campus guidelines and signage. USC guidelines may be stricter to ensure a safe community for all. For more information, visit the university’s COVID-19 resource page.
  • Trojan Check will be required for everyone accessing campus. See more details in the Campus Access section below.
  • All visitors must properly wear their face masks or coverings during their scheduled student-led tour program. The Admission Center will provide masks and/or face shields upon request. Unless in a crowded setting, self-guided tour participants are not required to wear face masks when outdoors.
  • Maintain six feet of physical distancing from people outside your own party.
  • Practice safe hygiene, including hand washing and sanitizing.
  • USC Admission Center guidelines require that tour groups are 10 to 12 people or fewer (including the student tour guide). Therefore, tour groups will be limited to no more than three or four students per tour, with each student allowed up to two guests from their household.
  • Tour guides who do not pass their daily health screening, Trojan Check, will be unable to lead tours. In the event that we are insufficiently staffed with tour guides, guests will be provided with the Self-Guided Tour PDF. Thank you for your patience and understanding as we continue to monitor and mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

Arriving at USC

Due to limited tour guide staffing, student-led tours will have a 10-minute grace period for late arrivals. If you are more than 10 minutes late to your scheduled student-led tour, we will instead provide you with a self-guided tour PDF. Please plan your arrival to campus accordingly.

Directions

USC is accessible via the Metro E-Line (exit Expo Park/USC station) and several municipal bus routes. Visit metro.net to plan your trip.

If navigating to campus by GPS, including via rideshare services, use the following addresses for our most commonly used campus entrances and parking structures:

McCarthy Way Entrance (no elevator access available)
620 USC McCarthy Way
(G-5 on campus maps and here)

Downey Way Entrance (elevator access available)
3620 S. Vermont Ave.
(B-5 on campus maps and here)

Helpful Publications

Parking Information

Parking permits must be purchased and displayed in your vehicle at all times while it is on campus. Please see the attendant at the transportation kiosk at your chosen campus entrance to purchase a day pass ($14) or to be directed to the nearest hourly lot.

Campus Access

Regardless of vaccination status, employees, students, and visitors are all required to complete a daily Trojan Check prior to entering campus. This ensures that individuals entering campus areas are compliant with their daily symptom attestation and other university requirements, including vaccination policy and trainings. All individuals will need to show proof of completed Trojan Check (online or via mobile phone app) at one of the campus entry points at buildings on the University Park Campus and the Health Sciences Campus. Vehicle and pedestrian access to campus will be routed through specific entry points:

  • Vehicular and Pedestrian – Jefferson and McClintock entrance (here)
  • Vehicular and Pedestrian – McCarthy Way and Figueroa entrance (here)
  • Vehicular and Pedestrian – Vermont and Downey entrance (here)
  • Vehicular – Jefferson Blvd Structure (here)
  • Pedestrian – Exposition and Trousdale entrance (here)
  • Pedestrian – Jefferson and Trousdale entrance (here)

See the General Restart FAQs for more information regarding campus access.

Most campus buildings will remain accessible only to authorized employees performing essential services, as well as any students attending in-person courses and/or other university-approved activities on campus.

Finding Your Campus Tour

The Admission Center and our temporary outdoor check-in tent is a 5- to 10-minute walk from most campus entrances near Hahn Central Plaza where Tommy Trojan is located.  We recommend using Google Maps walking directions to 3607 Trousdale Parkway. Please do not drive to this location. Vehicles must park in a parking structure or parking lot as directed by the Transportation kiosk attendants.

Please be sure to follow all signs and directional arrows.

Also remember that Trojans are friendly! If you need any assistance, please ask anyone on campus to direct you toward the Tutor Campus Center (TCC).

If you’re looking for a bite to eat during your visit, we recommend checking out the USC Village for dining options.

FAQ

What if I’m late for my scheduled tour?  
Due to limited tour guide staffing, student-led tours will have a 10-minute grace period for late arrivals. If you are more than 10 minutes late to your scheduled student-led tour, we will instead provide you with a self-guided tour brochure. Please plan your arrival to campus accordingly.

I’m a graduate student, how can I reserve a tour?
The USC Admission Center employs undergraduate students as tour guides. Therefore, the academic department of your interest will be better equipped to connect you with a current graduate student in the same school or department. However, you are also welcome to sign up for virtual programs hosted by the Office of Graduate Admission.

I’m a school group, how can I reserve a tour?
Group Tour coordinators can submit requests for a virtual group tour using our online form. Due to the reduced-capacity restrictions for large tour groups, USC is unable to schedule in-person group tours at this time. You can learn more on the Group Tours webpage.

How does USC use demonstrated interest in application reviews?
USC does not track demonstrated interest. Your chances of admission will not increase by signing up for more tours or informational sessions.

Can I have a tour guide from the major I’m interested in?
Unfortunately, scheduling conflicts prevent us from securing tour guides with specific majors. Fortunately, all trained USC tour guides can speak generally about USC’s more than 150 undergraduate majors.

Can I come to campus without reserving a student-led or self-guided tour?
There are no reservations required to visit the University Park Campus at USC. However, reservations are required to access guided and self-guided tours. Due to limited tour group capacity, there is no opportunity for walk-ins. All campus visitors must adhere to the university’s health and safety protocols, including wearing face masks when indoors.

Is there a fee for tours?
Formal tours at USC are free of charge, but we do require prior registration to manage the volume of visitors to campus. We have suspended all walk-in registration options until further notice.

How many COVID-19 cases are there at USC, and will I be safe from contracting the virus if I visit?
For the latest COVID-19 numbers at USC, view USC’s COVID-19 dashboard.

Please know that USC and the Admission Center are taking precautions to mitigate COVID-19 exposure. We thank you for adhering to our health and safety measures, including wearing face masks, maintaining six feet of distance from anyone outside of your household, and washing your hands or using sanitizer.

By registering for a tour, you are acknowledging that despite precautions taken, the university cannot prevent visitors from becoming exposed to, contracting, or spreading COVID-19 or any other illness, and we assume no responsibility if you do, including medical services necessitated by any such exposure.

Do I have to show my COVID-19 vaccination card to access my scheduled tour?
The Admission Center will not be checking vaccination records for the purposes of accessing campus or taking a tour. However, we expect registered tour guests to adhere to the guidelines. Trojan Check will also be verified for every person accessing campus and the Admission Center.

Do I have to wear a mask if I’m fully vaccinated?
Masks are an effective way to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and other airborne illnesses. Regardless of vaccination status, USC requires everyone over the age of 2 to wear a mask/face covering indoors in public places. Due to the nature of student-led campus tours, all guests are required to wear masks during guided tours and maintain six feet of physical distance from other guests outside their own household. Self-guided tour participants are not required to wear face masks outdoors.

Due to COVID-19, I’d really prefer a private tour. Is that possible?
The USC Admission Center is not arranging private tours. Viewing the Immersive Online Tour is your best option.

How can I prepare for my campus visit?
We recommend you view the Immersive Online Tour and become familiar with the campus map.

What campus buildings are open?
Many campus buildings should open to more individuals starting with the first day of classes on Monday, August 23. Until then, most campus buildings are closed to visitors. Campus libraries are accessible to visitors. Face masks and government-issued identification is required to gain entry. The university bookstore is also open, but please check the hours of operation before your campus visit.

Why are there no in-person tours offered in late August?
Members of the USC community are thrilled to return to campus life after nearly 18 months of being fully remote. We expect our new and current students will need additional support during this time. The Admission Center’s tour guides will make good use of the first few weeks of classes to prepare for a resumption of tours after the Labor Day holiday. We’ll continue to offer virtual programs during this time, and we thank you for your patience and understanding. Fight on!