How will I receive my invitation to participate in the Welcome Trojans orientation program?
After submitting your Enrollment Commitment Deposit, you will receive an invitation in your USC email inbox within five to seven business days. Please contact our office if you do not receive your invitation within seven business days of submitting your Enrollment Commitment Deposit.
When is Welcome Trojans? How long is it?
Students admitted for fall will attend the Summer Welcome Trojans orientation program starting in June for freshmen and July for transfer students and continuing with online events and information sessions throughout the summer. Spring-admitted students will attend the Winter Welcome Trojans orientation program in December. Invitations are emailed to students for fall and spring after they submit their Enrollment Commitment Deposit.
I deferred my admission from a previous semester. Do I need to participate in Welcome Trojans?
If you did not attend orientation prior to your deferral, you should participate in Welcome Trojans in order to receive first semester advising and to register for your courses.
If your deferral was for one semester and you attended an orientation prior to your deferral, you do not need to attend online Welcome Trojans events or complete the Pre-Registration Checklist. Please work directly with your academic advisor to complete your first semester advising. Your advisor will work with orientation staff to arrange your registration date and time.
If your deferral was for two (or more) semesters, we strongly recommend you participate in Welcome Trojans, even if you attended an orientation event prior to your deferral.
What is course registration?
Course registration is when students sign up for their first semester courses. However, students are able to make changes to their schedule through the first three weeks of courses.
When does course registration begin?
Students register for classes during their course registration appointments as indicated in their Welcome Trojans orientation reservations. All times are listed in Pacific Time.
If the date and time within the Web Registration system doesn’t match the time listed on your orientation confirmation email, don’t worry. Course registration permits only change in the Web Registration portal an hour before the appointment.
Is there a disadvantage to having my registration appointment later in the month as opposed to earlier in the month?
There will be seats open in courses during every course registration window, so don’t worry if your appointment falls later in the month.
When can I meet one-on-one with an advisor for student-specific Q&A?
During Welcome Trojans, you may meet one-on-one or in a small group setting depending on your department. Course registration held during orientation is for the first semester only. Once the semester has begun, all students will schedule one-on-one appointments with their advisors for a longer appointment to plan out future semesters.
Will I speak with an academic advisor prior to my course registration appointment, or is that a part of the appointment?
You will speak to your academic advisors prior to your course registration appointment. Once you have completed the Pre-Registration Checklist, you will be asked to review your Academic Department folder in Blackboard. Each department’s folder will vary, but it will include information on when students should anticipate connecting with an academic advisor to discuss first semester course plans in preparation for registration. Be sure to check your USC email for official communication from the Office of Orientation Programs and your academic department.
Where do I find course requirements for my major(s)?
Reviewing academic requirements is an important component of completing your Pre-Registration Checklist on Blackboard. Parents and guests are welcome to look at department websites to see information about major requirements, but all students must follow the Blackboard Pre-Registration Checklist to ensure they have all the details that are relevant for orientation.
How do I register for certain classes before I’ve received my AP scores? Should I just guess?
Your academic advisor will assist you with this process.
Is it possible to enroll in five courses?
To enroll in more than 18 units, you must submit a request to your department, which will decide whether or not to approve the request.
How much time should I leave open between classes?
Classes generally end 10 minutes before the hour, leaving a 10-minute window for students to make it to their next class, which is usually sufficient. You can check the USC interactive map to find out where various buildings are on campus. This is also a great question to ask an Orientation Advisor during an OA Chat!
After I register for courses, is it possible to change my schedule before classes begin?
Yes, after you’ve registered for courses, your registration permit remains open and you will be able to make changes to your classes through the first three weeks of the semester.
Will the majority of first-year classes be in-person, online, or both?
Classes are currently online with the exception of specific departments. Refer to the Schedule of Classes for up-to-date information.
Will there be an option to choose an online-only format this fall?
Yes, there will be. We will post details as soon as they become available.
If I want to defer enrollment for a semester, what is the guarantee of a seat?
All questions about deferral must be directed to the Office of Admission.
Do I have to register for courses before participating in Trojan 101?
Students are able to participate in Trojan 101 before or after their registration time.
When should I apply for a student loan?
See the USC Financial Aid website for information.
How do I settle tuition and fees?
Per university policy, the deadline to settle fees is the Friday before the first day of courses. Refer to the Student Financial Services website for details on how to pay your fee bill.