Meet Us: Tour Policies

On-Campus Tour Policies and

Guidelines

On-campus tours will become available beginning June 15, 2021.

Pursuant to the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health’s Protocols for Institutes of Higher Education, campus tours should remain virtual whenever possible, although exceptions may be granted with restrictions. At USC, we’ve determined we will offer tours requiring online registration in advance.

The following students are invited to register for one of the tours listed below: first-year and transfer students who were new to USC in fall 2020 or spring 2021; incoming first-year and transfer students who are admitted for fall 2021 and spring 2022.

Student-led tours:

• Weekday mornings, departing every 30 minutes
• Tour length: 60 minutes
• First daily tour: 9 a.m. PT
• Final daily tour: 12 p.m. PT

Self-guided tours:

• Weekday afternoons, departing every 30 minutes
• Tour length: 60-90 minutes, depending on your pace
• First daily tour: 12:30 p.m. PT
• Final daily tour: 4 p.m. PT

Traveling to Los Angeles

Fully vaccinated guests are not subject to any travel restrictions; however, unvaccinated visitors from outside of California are not permitted on campus at this time.

Tour guests needing ADA accommodations should email visitusc@usc.edu at least five days in advance of their scheduled tour.

Prospective Students and Other Guests

Tours for prospective students remain fully virtual until further notice. Prospective students and general guests can register for virtual tours and information sessions online.

Guests, including members of the local community, will be permitted to walk the campus grounds under the university’s health and safety protocols. All guests are required to wear face coverings, maintain six feet of physical distancing and complete Trojan Check.

In general, visitors to campus buildings will only be permitted if absolutely essential and by appointment. Meetings should be conducted online or via phone whenever possible.

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.
• All visitors must complete TrojanCheck as a ‘guest’ on the day of their visit to campus and should not visit campus if they are experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms. Paper forms will be available at the Admission Center pop-up tent when you check in, if you are unable to complete TrojanCheck in advance.
• All visitors must properly wear their face masks or coverings at all times. Visitors who have been instructed by their medical provider that they should not wear a face covering must wear a face shield with a drape on the bottom edge, to be in compliance with State directives, as long as their condition permits it. A drape that is form fitting under the chin is preferred. Masks with one-way valves are not allowed. The Admission Center will provide masks and/or face shields upon request.
• Maintain six feet of physical distancing from people outside your own party.
• Practice safe hygiene, including hand washing and sanitizing.
• LA County guidelines require that tour groups are 10 people or fewer (including the student tour guide). Therefore, tour groups will be limited to no more than three students per tour, with each student allowed up to two guests from their household.

Arriving at USC

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)

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

Helpful Publications

• Campus Map (download)
• Daily Trojan: Student Newspaper (view)

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

Vehicle and pedestrian access to campus will be routed through specific entry points. As of May 3, the perimeter access controls the university put in place at the outset of the pandemic are removed. However, CARE Crew personnel will remain in tents throughout campus to provide information as well as reminders to physically distance and wear face coverings.

Although your Trojan Check will not be verified when you access the perimeter, it is imperative that students, faculty, staff, and visitors continue to complete TrojanCheck daily whenever accessing campus. Trojan Check continues to be one of the most important tools we have to ensure the health and safety of our campus community. Please be prepared to show proof of TrojanCheck to access your registered campus tour.

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

Campus access points for UPC are as follows:

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

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

Finding Your Way Around

The Admission Center check-in tent is a 5- to 10-minute walk from most campus entrances. We recommend using Google Maps walking directions to 3607 Trousdale Parkway.

Although the Admission Center building remains closed, we have added outdoor pop-up tents located on Trousdale Parkway near Hahn Central Plaza where Tommy Trojan is located. Specifically, you can connect with us between the Moreton Fig restaurant and the Alan Hancock Foundation building (D-6 on map). 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

I’m a prospective student, how can I reserve a tour?
Future undergraduate applicants to USC who are currently in high school or attending another college can sign up for live virtual tours, informational webinars, and virtual student panels via our Virtual Tours and Programs webpage.

I’m a graduate student, how can I reserve a tour?
The USC Admission Center typically 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. You can learn more on the Group Tours webpage.

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

Can I come to campus without reserving a student-led or self-guided tour?
Visitors, including members of the local community, will be permitted to walk the campus grounds under the university’s health and safety protocols. All visitors are required to wear face coverings, maintain six feet of physical distancing, and complete TrojanCheck as a ‘guest’. You can list Tommy Trojan statue for your “Location of Campus Visit”.

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 tour options until further notice or until USC lifts all COVID-19 restrictions.

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?
USC and 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 highlighted in the RSVP process and TrojanCheck.

Due to COVID-19, I’d really prefer a private tour. Is that possible?
The USC Admission Center is not currently 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.