Tours

Student-Led & Self-Guided Tours

 

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.

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

 

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.

Please note, campus access is currently restricted to registered guests. You must register for a self-guided tour one day prior to your planned visit.

 

Immersive Online Tour

Can’t make it to campus, or simply want to familiarize yourself with campus before visiting in person? We encourage you to explore our immersive online tour!

 

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.

These tours are for individual student and/or family groups. School group and community-based organization tours are available as part of our Group Tours.

View Calendar to register.

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.

Select the appropriate website for your specific grade range to request or make a reservation for a tour of the University of Southern California.

  • USC Group Tours:  High schools, community colleges and community-based organizations with 12th-grade and older students can reserve a date from the Group Tours calendar.
  • USC Tommy’s Tours: K-8 grade schools and organizations should review the request and reservation information from this Tommy’s Tours calendar.
  • 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.

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • See our Group Tours section for details and reservation information.

  • USC does not track demonstrated interest. Your chances of admission will not increase by signing up for more tours or informational sessions.

  • 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.

  • Reservations are required to access the University Park Campus. Visitors will be automatically registered as guests of the university when they make their reservations for guided tours, self-guided tours, and academic department information sessions. Walk-ins are not permitted.

  • Formal tours at USC are free of charge, but we do require prior registration to manage the volume of visitors to campus.

  • 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.

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

  • 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. Masking may also be required in certain circumstances, such as in the event of an outbreak on campus.

  • The USC Admission Center is not arranging private tours. Viewing the Immersive Online Tour is your best option.

  • We recommend you view the Immersive Online Tour and become familiar with the campus map.