Meet Us: On-Campus Tours

On-Campus Tours

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 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 Monday through Friday and last between 60 and 90 minutes. All tours are subject to change or cancellation—updates will be provided promptly by email.

Self-guided tours are offered daily. These tours include online mobile access to our Self-Guided Tour PDF, which highlights various areas of the University Park Campus. We recommend viewing our immersive online tour prior to arriving for a self-guided tour. Please plan your visit so it is within the campus entrance hours.

Tour guests needing mobility and/or auditory accommodations as outlined by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) should email visitusc@usc.edu or call 213-740-6605 at least five business days in advance of their scheduled tour.

The online calendar will provide specific dates and times for tour options.

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.

Health and Safety Measures

Symptoms and Testing

All students, faculty, staff and visitors should monitor themselves for symptoms daily when accessing campus. If you develop any of the symptoms listed by the CDC, please stay home and arrange to have a COVID-19 test as soon as possible.

Face Coverings

Masks are no longer required indoors in most locations on the USC campus. However, they are still highly recommended. Local, state, and federal guidance requires continued masking in healthcare facilities (including patient care buildings and testing sites) and on public transportation (including USC shuttles). Masking may also be required in certain circumstances, such as in the event of an outbreak on campus.

  • Visitors are expected to follow all public health guidance from the City and County of Los Angeles. USC guidelines may be stricter to ensure a safe community for all. For more information, visit the university’s COVID-19 resource page.
  • Maintain six feet of physical distancing from people outside your own party.
  • Practice safe hygiene, including hand washing and sanitizing.
  • 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.
  • All school or organizational group tours will continue through our virtual programming.

Arriving at USC

If you are more than 20 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 (parking structure is on the left and has no elevator access)
620 USC McCarthy Way
(G-5 on campus maps and here)

Downey Way Entrance (parking structure is on the right and has elevator access)
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.

Finding Your Campus Tour

The Admission Center 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. You may call us at 213-740-6605 with questions.

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)—just ensure you are not misdirected to Ronald Tutor Hall (RTH).

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?  
Please plan your arrival to campus accordingly. If you will be more than 20 minutes late, please call us at 213-740-6605 so we can provide you with a self-guided tour brochure and help you plan your visit without a student-led tour.

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 request 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.

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, 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?
Yes, all visitors are required to show proof of being fully vaccinated or of receiving a negative COVID-19 test result within 72 hours of the campus visit date. Upon verification, a wristband will be provided to each visitor 12 years and older. Tour guests 12 years and older must have this wristband to access a campus tour.

Do I have to wear a mask if I’m fully vaccinated?
Beginning March 7, masking will no longer be required indoors in most locations on USC campuses. This includes classrooms, labs, offices, libraries, recreational facilities, dining facilities, and athletic facilities.

Local, state, and federal guidance requires continued masking in health care facilities (including patient care buildings and testing sites) and on public transportation (including USC shuttles). Masking may also be required in certain circumstances, such as in the event of an outbreak on campus.

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.