Day 1
Check-In and Continental Breakfast
Check-in for Orientation and receive a full schedule of events, including the time and location of your academic advising and course registration. Students and guests staying on campus will have the opportunity to take their belongings to their assigned room. A light continental breakfast will be available throughout the check-in window.
University Welcome
Hear from USC dignitaries and administrators as they welcome you to the university. This is the official start of Orientation.
Student Life Discussions
Meet your Orientation Advisor, a current student who will guide you through the orientation schedule and answer your questions about college life and USC.
Academic Expectations
Join your academic department to learn about the requirements and policies for your major. This session is required for all students to attend.
Lunch
Connect with other new students over lunch with your guests.
Foreign Language Placement Exams
Students who plan to enroll in a foreign language course their first semester, either by choice or because it is required by their major, should take the Foreign Language Placement Exam. (A placement test is not required if a student has no prior experience in the language they plan to study.)
Composition Placement Exam
Students who have been notified to take the Composition Placement Exam will have time to take it during Day 1 of Orientation.
Academic Advising
Students will meet academic advisors prior to course registration. This meeting focuses on the student's first-semester coursework at USC. This is the first of many opportunities to meet with your advisor throughout your college experience. (Students only)
Mandatory Meetings
Students in various programs and populations will have mandatory meetings to attend. OAs can help students identify which meetings they need to attend.
Campus Tours
Join campus tour guides for a 60-minute walking tour. Tours will be offered on an on-going basis throughout the afternoon.
Orientation Advisor Chats
Meet one-on-one with your Orientation Advisor and ask any questions you still have about USC and course registration. This is a great opportunity to connect with your OA.
Dinner
Experience USC's freshman residential dining facilities at Everybody's Kitchen (EVK).
Campus and Personal Safety
Hear about the safety resources the university offers and what steps you can take to ensure a safe and rewarding experience at USC. Required for all students to attend.
Spirit Rally
Everyone converges for this time-honored tradition with the Trojan Marching Band. Become an expert in USC’s fight song, cheers and traditions that unite Trojans in their pursuit of victory!
SCit: Significant Campus Issues for Today's Students
Watch your Orientation Advisors perform skits that highlight issues you may face at college. Followed by a discussion about healthy relationships and building a safer community. Required for all students to attend.
Late Night Hangout
Grab a late night bite and hang out with new friends at USC’s underground concert venue.
Day 2
Breakfast
Get a great start to your day with breakfast at Everybody’s Kitchen (EVK).
Mandatory Meetings
Students in various programs and populations will have mandatory meetings to attend. OAs can help students identify which meetings they need to attend.
Course Registration
Register for your first semester of courses with support from your academic advisor.
Lunch
Enjoy lunch with your OAs and fellow new Trojans.
Students and guests eat lunch at separate locations on Day 2.
Visions and Voices: The USC Arts & Humanities Initiative
A university initiative highlighting USC's excellence in the arts and humanities, Visions and Voices features presentations by critically acclaimed artists and distinguished speakers, theatrical productions, music and dance performances, film screenings, and lectures and workshops throughout the academic year. During Orientation you will have a chance to preview this dynamic program.
Student Services Fair
Students and guests will have the opportunity to interact with representatives from campus departments to learn about resources and services available to students. Students will also pick up their USCard!
Residential College and Commuter Receptions
Meet fellow Trojans who will be living in the same residential area. Those living in USC housing will learn about resources your area offers during your first year at USC.
Residence Hall Tours
See the inside of select residence halls and apartments. Not all buildings will be available to view but most have similar floorplans.
Day 1
Check-In and Continental Breakfast
Check-in for Orientation and receive a full schedule of events, including the time and location of your academic advising appointment and course registration. Students and guests staying on campus will have the opportunity to take their belongings to their assigned room. A light continental breakfast will be available throughout the check-in window.
University Welcome
Hear from USC dignitaries and administrators as they welcome you to the university. This is the official start of Orientation.
Family Matters
Learn how you can support your student during their first year at USC as they experience many transitions and challenges.
Academic Expectations
Join your student's academic department to learn about the requirements and policies for your major. This session is required for all students to attend.
Lunch
Connect with fellow Orientation attendees over lunch with your students.
Campus Tours
Join campus tour guides for a 60-minute walking tour. Tours will be offered on an on-going basis throughout the afternoon.
Guest Breakout Sessions
Attend sessions about services and resources that will assist you in supporting your student. Topics will include housing, transportation, meal plans and USCard.
Dinner
Experience USC's freshman residential dining facilities at Everybody's Kitchen (EVK).
Campus and Personal Safety
Hear about the safety resources the university offers and what steps you can take to ensure a safe and rewarding experience at USC. Required for all students to attend.
Spirit Rally
Guests and students converge for this time-honored tradition with the Trojan Marching Band. Become an expert in USC’s fight song, cheers and traditions that unite Trojans in their pursuit of victory! This event marks the conclusion of the guest schedule for the day.
Day 2
Breakfast
Get a great start to your day with breakfast at Everybody’s Kitchen (EVK).
Guest Breakout Sessions
Attend sessions about services and resources that will assist you in supporting your student. Topics will include student health insurance and paying for college.
Lunch
Enjoy lunch while mingling with other guests and staff members from the Division of Student Affairs.
Guests and students eat lunch at separate locations on Day 2.
Faculty Showcase
This Orientation highlight offers guests a glimpse of the USC classroom experience as one of USC’s notable faculty members delivers an engaging lecture.
Student Services Fair
Students and guests will have the opportunity to interact with representatives from campus departments to learn about resources and services available to students.
Residence Hall Tours
See the inside of select residence halls and apartments. Not all buildings will be available to view but most have similar floorplans.
Day 1
USC Housing Move-in
Students with USC Housing contracts who opted for Early Move-In when making their orientation reservation will be able to move in to their residence hall prior to the start of Orientation.
Passport Verification
Students may complete Passport Verification once they are finished moving into their residence hall.
Composition Placement and International Student English Exams
These exams apply to students who have received notice about them.
Orientation Check-In
Check-in for Orientation and receive your schedule of events, name badge and lanyard.
University Welcome
Hear from USC dignitaries as they welcome you to the university. This is the official start of the event.
Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA): Rights and Responsibilities and Emergency Planning
Learn about the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, which protects the privacy of student records and allows students to grant their parents access to certain information. This session also covers USC's emergency procedures.
Campus and Personal Safety
Hear about the safety resources the university offers and what steps you can take to ensure a safe and rewarding experience at USC. Required for all students to attend.
SCits: Significant Campus Issues for Today's Students
Watch your Orientation Advisor in a skit that highlights issues you may face in college.
Late Night Hangout
Grab a late night bite and hang out with new friends at USC’s underground concert venue.
Day 2
Academic Expectations
Join your academic department to learn about the requirements and policies for your major. This session is required for all students to attend.
Academic Advising Appointments
Students will meet in small groups or individually with their academic advisors prior to course registration. This meeting focuses on the student's first-semester coursework at USC. This is the first of many opportunities to meet with your advisor throughout your college experience. (students only)
Campus Tours
Join campus tour guides for a 60-minute walking tour. Tours will be offered on an on-going basis throughout the afternoon.
Lunch
Enjoy lunch with your OAs and fellow new Trojans.
Students and guests eat lunch at separate locations.
Course Registration
Register for your first semester of courses with support from your Academic Advisor.
Student Services Fair
Students and guests will have the opportunity to interact with representatives from campus departments to learn about resources and services available to students.
Paying for College
Learn about fee bill settlement deadlines, payment plans and financial aid options. This session includes important information for all individuals responsible for paying fee bills.
Day 3
Bank and Cell Phone Fair
Bank and cell phone companies will be available for students and guests to open student accounts, order phones or learn more about their options here in the U.S.
Day 1
Check-In
Check-in for Orientation and receive your schedule of events.
University Welcome
Hear from USC dignitaries as they welcome you to the university. This is the official start of the event.
Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA): Rights and Responsibilities and Emergency Planning
Learn about the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, which protects the privacy of student records and allows students to grant their parents access to certain information. This session also covers USC's emergency procedures.
Campus and Personal Safety
Hear about the safety resources the university offers and what steps you can take to ensure a safe and rewarding experience at USC. Required for all students to attend.
Day 2
Academic Expectations
Join your student's academic department to learn about the requirements and policies for their selected major. This session is required for all students to attend.
Engemann Student Health Center & Student Health Insurance
Learn about health center services and insurance options available to USC students.
Campus Tours
Join campus tour guides for a 60-minute walking tour. Tours will be offered on an on-going basis throughout the morning.
Lunch
Enjoy lunch while mingling with other guests and staff members from the Division of Student Affairs.
Guests and students eat lunch at separate locations.
Faculty Showcase
This Orientation highlight offers guests a glimpse of the USC classroom experience as one of USC’s notable faculty members delivers an engaging lecture.
Student Services Fair
Students and guests will have the opportunity to interact with representatives from campus departments to learn about resources and services available to students.
Paying for College
Learn about fee bill settlement deadlines, payment plans and financial aid options. This session includes important information for all individuals responsible for paying fee bills.
Day 3
Bank and Cell Phone Fair
Bank and cell phone companies will be available for students and guests to open student accounts, order phones or learn more about their options here in the U.S.
Day 1
Check-In
Check-in for Orientation and receive your schedule of events, name badge and lanyard.
Welcome
The official start of the Orientation event with a welcome from university officials.
Campus and Personal Safety
Hear about the safety resources the university offers and what steps you can take to ensure a safe and rewarding experience at USC.
Academic Expectations
Join your academic department to learn about the requirements and policies for your major. This session is required for all students to attend.
Lunch
Connect with other new students over lunch with your guests.
Course Registration
Register for your first semester of courses with support from academic advisors.
Trojan Family Reception
Mix and mingle with new classmates, current Trojans and alumni.
Day 1
Check-In
Check-in for Orientation and receive your schedule of events.
Welcome
The official start of the Orientation event with a welcome from university officials.
Campus and Personal Safety
Hear about the safety resources the university offers and what steps you can take to ensure a safe and rewarding experience at USC.
Academic Expectations
Join your student's academic department to learn about the requirements and policies for their selected major. This session is required for all students to attend.
Lunch
Connect with fellow Orientation attendees over lunch with your students.
Guest Informational Session
Topics include student housing, health center resources, paying for college and Welcome Week. Students may join when they are finished with course registration.
Trojan Family Reception
Mix and mingle with new classmates, current Trojans and alumni.