Meet Us: Tours and Information Sessions

On-Campus Tours

Prospective undergraduate students are invited to reserve a student-led or self-guided tour. Review our tour schedule.

Student-Led Tours

Student-led tours are hosted by current USC undergraduate students who provide a general overview of the university. Please come prepared for all types of weather conditions and bring a water bottle to stay hydrated.

Student-led tours are offered Monday through Friday and last between 75 and 90 minutes. All tours are subject to change or cancellation—updates will be provided promptly by email.

Self-Guided Tours

Self-guided tours are available daily during our campus entrance hours. Please plan your visit for these hours. It is not necessary to check in with the Admission Center. 

These self-led 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 to familiarize yourself with our campus prior to your arrival.  

Accessibility

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 before their scheduled tour. 

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

Information Sessions

If you plan to spend your day on campus, consider adding an admission information session and/or an academic department session to your schedule. Admission sessions are available before most tours. Department sessions vary.  

Can’t Make It to Campus?

We encourage you to explore our immersive online tour

First-Year Information Session

Register for an in-person or virtual session.

  • Intended for high school students interested in applying to USC.
  • An admission counselor will discuss the unique learning experiences available at USC, the undergraduate admission process, and a general overview of financial aid.
  • In-person sessions are available immediately prior to most campus tours.
  • Get your questions answered by an admission counselor.
  • First-Year Undergraduate Admission Resources:
  • First-Year Student Profile
  • Application Procedures

In the fall we offer Discover USC—our premiere admission program for prospective first-year students. Events are held on-campus, in select cities around the world, and online. Read more about Discover USC offerings.

Transfer Information Session 

Register for an in-person or virtual session.

  • One-hour session intended for students interested in learning about the process of transferring to USC.
  • Beginning in October in-person sessions will take place on Mondays.
  • Virtual sessions are offered on Fridays.
  • Learn about how courses transfer to USC, how to put together a competitive application, get an overview of the USC experience, and learn about financial aid.
  • Get your questions answered by an admission counselor.
  • Transfer Admission Resources:

Academic Department Information Session 

Register for an in-person or virtual session.

Each undergraduate academic department at USC offers information sessions that cover their majors, minors and opportunities available to their students. Programs with additional application requirements also discuss their admission process and expectations.

Learn more about our schools and available majors.

Group Tours

Group tours are offered by the Admission Center for K-8, high school, community college and community-based organizations. Requests must be submitted by a teacher, counselor and/or administrator at one of these organizations.

Due to high demand, we limit schools and organizations to one visit per academic semester.

To request a visit or make a reservation, please visit the website and follow the instructions provided below:

  • High schools, community colleges and community-based organizations with 12th-grade and older students can reserve a date from the available calendar.
  • K-8 grade schools and organizations should submit the K-8 Group Tour request form provided on the website.

If you are an individual student and/or family group, please sign up for an on-campus tour.

Tour Policies and Guidelines

Health and Safety Measures

COVID-19 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 related to COVID-19 or other transmissible illnesses, 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.
  • 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.

Minors Policy

Guests 12 and younger must be accompanied by an adult to participate in a campus tour. Guests 13-17 years of age will be required to receive consent from a parent or legal guardian as part of their reservation if they are attending a tour program without an adult.

FAQ

What if I’m late for my scheduled tour?  
Please plan your arrival to campus accordingly. Guests who do not arrive in time for the tour departure will be provided a self-guided tour brochure.

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?
We expect to return to in-person group tours in summer 2022. Please consider our self-guided options in the interim.

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. All 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. 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.

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, 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?
Proof of vaccinations or negative COVID-19 tests are not required at this time. We expect all guests to self-monitor any symptoms.

Do I have to wear a mask if I’m fully vaccinated?
Beginning March 7, 2022, masking is no longer 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.